MLB Recent Player News
|4/30/2016||Zach Davies, Mil, P|
|Davies lost his third straight start to open this season with a 6-3 defeat to Miami on Friday night.
Analysis: Davies (0-3, 8.78 ERA) gave up four runs in five innings. He has received one run of support in his three games, and the Brewers didn't get their first hit Friday until one out in the ninth.
|4/30/2016||Adam Conley, Mia, P|
|Conley tossed 7 2/3 hitless innings Friday night in Milwaukee, but the Miami Marlins' bullpen couldn't finish the job in a 6-3 victory. Jonathan Lucroy singled with one out in the ninth inning off Jose Urena.
Analysis: Conley (1-1, 3.67 ERA) was pulled after 116 pitches. He had given up a combined eight runs and 15 hits in 12 1/3 innings in his previous two starts.
|4/30/2016||Juan Nicasio, Pit, P|
|Nicasio tossed seven scoreless innings while fanning eight in a 4-1 victory against Cincinnati on Friday night.
Analysis: Nicasio (3-2, 3.33 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 19 innings in his three home starts for Pittsburgh. He's 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his two on the road.
|4/30/2016||Jordy Mercer, Pit, SS|
|Mercer had a pair of hits and scored two runs in a 4-1 win against Cincinnati on Friday night.
Analysis: Mercer, now batting .317, is 16 for 38 (.421) with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs in his last nine games.
|4/30/2016||Trevor Story, Col, SS|
|Story tied a rookie record with his 10th homer of April, a two-run shot, and the Colorado Rockies hit four home runs in a 9-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Analysis: Story, the Rockies' shortstop, tied Jose Abreu of the White Sox, who hit 10 in April 2014. Story and teammate Nolan Arenado, who also homered, are tied for the major league lead in home runs. With his 10th home run in his 21st games, Story tied George Scott in 1966 as the fastest player in MLB history to 10 homers.
|4/30/2016||Matt Kemp, SD, RF|
|Kemp hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and doubled Friday night in a 5-1 victory over his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Analysis: Kemp is batting .385 with six doubles in his last six games. He also has two home runs and five RBIs in his last two.
|4/30/2016||Mike Trout, LAA, CF|
|Trout extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 2 for 4 in Friday's loss at Texas.
Analysis: The game's best player is batting a torrid .438 with four homers and nine RBIs during the streak, which has raised his season average to .220 to .305.
|4/30/2016||Colby Lewis, Tex, P|
|Lewis allowed two runs over seven innings to beat the Angels on Friday.
Analysis: Lewis continues to deliver solid outings for Texas. He's notched a quality start in four of his first five outings and owns a 3.19 ERA thus far.
|4/30/2016||Álex Rodríguez, NYY, DH|
|Rodriguez homered for a second straight game in Friday's loss at Boston.
Analysis: A-Rod is finally getting going after a miserable start. The 40-year-old is 5 for 9 with four extra-base hits over a three-game stretch after he hit .132 over his first 14.
|4/30/2016||David Ortiz, Bos, DH|
|Ortiz finished 2 for 4 and hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning of Friday's win over the Yankees.
Analysis: The retiring slugger has had a nice start to his final season, as he's hitting .307 with 18 RBIs in 21 games. Ortiz is batting .391 over his last six.
|4/30/2016||Félix Hernández, Sea, P|
|Hernandez picked up his second win of the season with a dominant 7 2/3 innings Friday against Kansas City.
Analysis: King Felix yielded five hits in the 1-0 victory to lower his ERA to 1.38 in five starts. He's held opposing hitters to a .165 average thus far.
|4/30/2016||Jason Kipnis, Cle, 2B|
|Kipnis had a two-run homer Friday in Philadelphia to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Analysis: The reliable second baseman has homered in two of his last three games and driven in at least one run in four straight.
|4/30/2016||Odubel Herrera, Phi, CF|
|Herrera went 2 for 4 on Friday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Analysis: The center fielder is batting .371 with 10 runs scored over the tear.
|4/30/2016||Ryan Howard, Phi, 1B|
|Howard went 3 for 5 and hit a game-winning solo home run in the 11th inning Friday against Cleveland.
Analysis: The former NL MVP had been 5 for 33 over his previous 10 games. Though no longer the fantasy superstar of years past, Howard is still capable of producing usable home run and RBI totals.
|4/30/2016||Manny Machado, Bal, 3B|
|Machado collected two more hits in Friday's win over the White Sox.
Analysis: He's up to 31 this season, tied for second in the AL, and Friday's 2 for 4 effort raised his average to .341.
|4/30/2016||José Abreu, CWS, 1B|
|Abreu went 2 for 4 with an RBI in Friday's loss at Baltimore.
Analysis: Though he hasn't homered since April 19, the big first baseman is 7 for 17 over his last four games.
|4/30/2016||Michael Saunders, Tor, LF|
|Saunders belted a pair of solo homers in Friday's win at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Saunders has now homered three times in four games and he's batting .400 over his last seven. He's hitting .324 so far this season.
|4/30/2016||Drew Smyly, TB, P|
|Smyly struck out eight while holding Toronto to two runs in six innings Friday.
Analysis: The left-hander was again plagued by a lack of run support in the Rays' 6-1 loss. Smyly has just one win in five starts despite a 2.60 ERA, and he's struck out 41 in 34 2/3 innings.
|4/30/2016||Aarón Sánchez, Tor, P|
|Sanchez gave the Blue Jays another strong outing by tossing seven scoreless innings in Friday's win at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The converted reliever has posted a 2.59 ERA in five starts and has yielded one earned run or less in four of those assignments.
|4/30/2016||Yoenis Céspedes, NYM, CF|
|Cespedes set a New York Mets record in Friday night's 13-1 rout of San Francisco with six RBIs in a 12-run third inning.
Analysis: The Mets slugger had a two-run single off starter Jake Peavy and a grand slam against reliever Mike Broadway to finish off the outburst. Cespedes is batting .382 with six homers, four other extra-base hits and 20 RBIs during a nine-game hit streak.
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