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|8/28/2016||Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1B|
|Cabrera had two of the Tigers' four hits in Sunday's loss to the Angels.
Analysis: The four-time AL batting champ is 10 for 23 over his last six games, though he's knocked in just four runs over his past 16.
|8/28/2016||Anibal Sánchez, Det, P|
|Sanchez was dealt his 13th loss after being tagged for five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Angels.
Analysis: Sanchez had appeared to turn a corner by allowing a combined three runs while working seven innings in each of his previous two starts, but Sunday's effort was clearly another step back. He'll try to bounce back Saturday against a Kansas City team he threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball against on Aug. 17.
|8/28/2016||Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B|
|Pujols stayed hot by going 2 for 4 with a run scored in Sunday's victory at Detroit.
Analysis: The Anaheim slugger has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .367 with four homers and 12 RBIs during that span. Pujols is 10 for 21 with two homers over a five-game hitting streak.
|8/28/2016||Jefry Marte, LAA, 1B|
|Marte homered and knocked in three runs to help the Angels to a 5-0 win Sunday at Detroit.
Analysis: The former Tiger has shown good power as he's gotten a chance at regular playing time during the second half, though he's hitting just .172 over his last 10 games.
|8/28/2016||Tyler Skaggs, LAA, P|
|Skaggs ended a stretch of four straight rough starts by limiting Detroit to two hits and registering six strikeouts in six innings to lead the Angels to a 5-0 win.
Analysis: After putting together two outstanding starts in his return from Tommy John surgery, Skaggs was shelled for 19 runs and 29 hits over 17 2/3 innings while going 0-3 through his next four. Despite Sunday's strong effort, the lefty will be a risky play when he next takes the mound Saturday in Seattle.
|8/28/2016||Gary Sánchez, NYY, C|
|Sanchez didn't homer Sunday against Baltimore, but still ended 2 for 4 to raise his average to .405 through his first 22 major league games.
Analysis: The rookie sensation is now 12 for 23 with five homers and nine RBIs over a six-game hitting streak and is batting .475 with 11 long balls and 18 RBIs through his last 16 contests. Keep riding him while he's red-hot.
|8/28/2016||CC Sabathia, NYY, P|
|Sabathia struck out eight Orioles in 6 2/3 innings Sunday, though he was dealt the loss in the Yankees' 5-0 defeat after allowing three runs.
Analysis: Sabathia has been piling up the K's of late, amassing 34 in 25 2/3 innings over his past four starts. The aging lefty has recorded three quality starts during that stretch, including Tuesday's win in Seattle in which he yielded one run and three hits in seven innings.
|8/28/2016||Steve Pearce, Bal, 1B|
|Pearce broke out with three hits - including a home run - and three RBIs in Sunday's important victory over the Yankees.
Analysis: Pearce's third tour of duty with Baltimore didn't start off well, as he hit .194 with one RBI in his first 14 games since being acquired from Tampa Bay on Aug. 1. With a .313 average and 1.015 OPS against left-handers, he remains worth considering when facing a southpaw.
|8/28/2016||Mark Trumbo, Bal, RF|
|Trumbo became the first player this season to reach the 40-homer mark when he connected on a two-run shot in Sunday's victory over the Yankees.
Analysis: With six homers in his last 11 games, Trumbo became the fifth-fastest in Orioles' history to hit 40 by doing so in his 129th game. The slugger has knocked in 11 runs during that stretch and is now six away from his second 100-RBI campaign.
|8/28/2016||Kevin Gausman, Bal, P|
|Gausman ended a two-year run of winless starts on the road with a terrific performance Sunday against the Yankees. The right-hander matched a season high with nine strikeouts while scattering seven hits without a walk over seven scoreless innings.
Analysis: Gausman had gone 0-16 with a 5.55 ERA in 25 road starts since defeating Cleveland on Aug. 17, 2014. The 25-year-old has now won three consecutive times out and logged six scoreless innings in his previous start Tuesday against Washington. He'll get the Yankees again at home Saturday.
|8/28/2016||Kyle Gibson, Min, P|
|Gibson struggled again in Sunday's start at Toronto, permitting four runs and eight hits - including two homers - over 5 1/3 innings while not receiving a decision.
Analysis: Gibson now sports an uninspiring 6.62 ERA over his last six starts. Opponents are hitting .348 off the right-hander during that stretch and he's served up seven homers in 34 innings.
|8/28/2016||Miguel Sano, Min, RF|
|Sano finished 2 for 5 with a two-run single in Sunday's loss at Toronto.
Analysis: The young slugger seems to have gotten back on track, as he's 6 for 18 with three RBIs over his last four games after going 1 for 23 over his previous seven.
|8/28/2016||Joe Mauer, Min, 1B|
|Mauer broke out of a slump with two hits and an RBI in Sunday's loss at Toronto.
Analysis: The longtime Twin had been 1 for 21 over his previous six games and is hitting just .228 with one home run and five RBIs through his past 16 contests.
|8/28/2016||R.A. Dickey, Tor, P|
|Dickey wasn't at his best in Sunday's no-decision against Minnesota, which reached the knuckleballer for five runs - three earned - in six innings.
Analysis: The 41-year-old had allowed only three runs in 11 2/3 innings over his previous two starts. Dickey will have six days rest before his next scheduled start next Sunday at Tampa Bay. He's struggled against the Rays this season, producing a 6.46 ERA in three starts and permitting four homers in 15 1/3 innings.
|8/28/2016||Adam Ottavino, Col, P|
|Ottavino struck out two on the way to his second save in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.
Analysis: Ottavino has been outstanding for the Rockies with an 0.48 ERA in 23 appearances. However, this was only his second save in five opportunities this season.
|8/28/2016||Chad Bettis, Col, P|
|Bettis allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Nationals.
Analysis: Bettis had been 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA over his prior three starts.
|8/28/2016||Wilson Ramos, Was, C|
|Ramos turned things around Sunday by going 2 for 4 with his 20th home run in a 5-3 loss to the Rockies.
Analysis: Ramos had been batting .143 over his previous 12 games.
|8/28/2016||Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B|
|Pedroia left the Red Sox prior to Sunday night's game against Kansas City due to a death in the family. The second baseman is expected to miss Monday's game against Tampa Bay as well, but will not be placed on the bereavement list.
Analysis: Pedroia would have had to sit out a minimum of three games had he been placed on bereavement leave, so it appears he'll be back in the lineup Tuesday. The veteran had a hit in 11 consecutive at-bats before grounding into a double play in the eighth inning of Saturday's win over the Royals.
|8/28/2016||José Bautista, Tor, RF|
|Bautista collected three hits and scored twice in Sunday's victory over Minnesota.
Analysis: Bautista has yet to homer in four games since returning from a 16-day absence caused by a strained big toe, but he's 6 for 17 with three doubles and five runs scored following his activation from the DL.
|8/28/2016||Bryce Harper, Was, RF|
|Harper continued to show he may be finishing strong Sunday when he slugged his 23rd home run in a 5-3 loss to the Rockies.
Analysis: Harper, who has been a disappointment for most of the season, is hitting .382 with 16 RBIs over his last 14 games.
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