The 24 year old spent time in both double and triple A last season for the Tigers, finishing with a 5-12 record with a 3.95 ERA over 28 starts. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in 2010, and the Tigers acquired him this past March in a trade with the Rangers.
The Astros can breathe a sigh of relief. Consider Altuve day-to-day, as his action could be limited down the stretch with the Astros having already clinched, but he should be easily ready for the playoffs.
Betts hasn't been able to explain the wrist pain he felt during Monday's game. The Red Sox haven't made any indications that it's serious, but Betts's status for Tuesday should be considered questionable until the doctors are able to get a look at him.
Fried pitched well aside from the third inning, when he allowed two runs on two hits, an error and a hit batsman. He pumped in 16 first-pitch strikes to 25 hitters and induced 12 groundball outs. Fried struggled in his previous start, but this improved effort lowered his season ERA to a respectable 3.74. He was assigned to the spot start as the team completed a doubleheader, to it's possible that the left-hander has made his final appearance of 2017.
The Astros have clinched, so this move may have been precautionary, but all the small bones in the hand and wrist make any hit-by-pitch scary. Consider Altuve day-to-day until X-rays or any other further evaluations can be performed.
Familia made things interesting allowing a single before committing a throwing error to put the tying run at the plate with nobody out. He allowed an RBI single and a run-scoring groundout on the next two batters but was able to finish the frame to complete the win. It was the first time Familia had been scored upon in six outings as he looks to regain his form near the end of the season.
Kahnle has now tossed 13 consecutive scoreless outings after going through a bit of a rough patch toward the end of August. While he's earned the opportunity to be deployed in high-leverage situations, the back end of the Yankees bullpen is simply too deep to allow Kahnle to see any save chances.
Lugo was dominant in this one, allowing just a pair of singles as he cruised to a quality start. He was on an efficient pitch count and likely could've gone deeper into the game, but manager Terry Collins elected to turn it over to the bullpen for the latter stages. Lugo was shellacked for seven runs but the Cubs earlier this month, but he has since bounced back with just one earned run with a 10:1 K:BB over his last two outings. He will make his final start of the season Sunday against the Phillies.
Baez immediately motioned for the trainer after the base hit. He was able to walk off the field under his own power. It's unclear what the injury is or its severity, so consider him day-to-day until the Cubs can get a good look at him.
Judge's remarkable season continues; his third and seventh-inning long balls -- his 49th and 50th on the season -- tied and broke Mark McGwire's rookie record set back in 1987, and he's now homered against every American League team. The 25-year-old has fully shaken off his second-half slump and is in the midst of his best stretch of the season -- Monday marked Judge's fourth two-homer game in his last 14 contests, a stretch over which he's hitting a healthy .395 with 11 homers and 21 RBI.
Nola allowed a two-run home run to Michael Taylor in the second inning, but he was extremely effective the rest of the way and came away with his third consecutive start. His teammates weren't able to pick him up for the win, but that didn't stop Nola from running his K:BB to an outstanding 36:8 over 25.1 innings in his last four starts. He is not currently schedule to pitch again this season due to the team's six-man rotation, meaning his second season could be in the books unless an alteration is made. If so, the 24-year-old's arrow will be pointed straight up heading into 2018 after posting a 3.54 ERA and 184 strikeouts across 168 innings this year.
Doolittle pumped in 13 of 17 pitches for strikes as he sat down the side in order. He was rested in a save opportunity in favor of Brandon Kintzler on Sunday, but this outing showed that decision was likely related to maintenance. The lefty has been remarkably effective of late, allowing just one unearned run in his last 11 appearances while racking up nine saves in nine chances during that span.
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