MLB Recent Player News
|5/6/2016||Nick Castellanos, Det, 3B|
|Castellanos had another multihit game, including a three-run homer, in a 9-4 loss to Cleveland on Thursday.
Analysis: Castellanos went 2 for 4 to raise his average to an AL-best .383. He is 14 for 25 (.560) with 12 RBIs in his past seven games.
|5/6/2016||Michael Brantley, Cle, LF|
|Brantley was 4 for 5 with three RBIs in a 9-4 win over Detroit on Thursday night.
Analysis: Brantley batted .167 in his first seven games after returning from right shoulder surgery.
|5/6/2016||José Altuve, Hou, 2B|
|Altuve went 4 for 4 and homered in a 6-3 loss to Seattle on Thursday.
Analysis: Altuve, now batting .330, is 7 for 9 with two homers, two doubles and five RBIs in his past two games.
|5/6/2016||Robinson Canó, Sea, 2B|
|Cano had three hits and his tiebreaking three-run double in the ninth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to their fourth straight win, 6-3, over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
Analysis: Cano, now batting .287 with an MLB-best 30 RBIs, is 12 for 22 during a string of five consecutive multihit performances to open this month.
|5/6/2016||J.A. Happ, Tor, P|
|Happ got plenty of support while improving to 4-0 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Happ gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. The 33-year-old has permitted no more than three runs in 16 consecutive starts since Aug. 14 last year, when he was with Seattle.
|5/6/2016||Derek Holland, Tex, P|
|Holland was horrendous Thursday night.
Analysis: The Texas Rangers left-hander was charged with 11 runs in 2 2/3 innings, the most by any MLB pitcher so far this season. He also gave up 11 hits and three walks while dropping to 3-2 and raising his ERA from 2.48 to 5.40 in six starts.
|5/6/2016||Kevin Pillar, Tor, CF|
|Pillar doubled twice, singled and had two RBIs in a 12-2 rout of the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Analysis: Pillar, now batting .297 with nine RBIs, is hitting .409 with seven doubles in his last 12 games.
|5/6/2016||Adam Conley, Mia, P|
|Conley pitched shutout ball for the second start in a row Thursday and the Miami Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-0 win.
Analysis: Conley (2-1, 3.06 ERA) gave up two hits in 5 1/3 innings and departed after throwing 88 pitches. The left-hander allowed no hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings last Friday before being taken out of the game at Milwaukee when his pitch count reached 116. Conley's hitless streak of 11 1/3 innings ended when Welington Castillo singled sharply with two out in the fourth.
|5/6/2016||Edwin Encarnación, Tor, 1B|
|Encarnacion homered, doubled twice and drove in six runs, powering the Toronto Blue Jays past the Texas Rangers 12-2 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Encarnacion's three-run shot with two outs in the third was his 202nd home run for the Blue Jays, tying former AL MVP George Bell for fifth on the club's career list. The six RBIs were the most in a game by a Toronto player since Encarnacion had nine against Detroit last Aug. 29.
|5/6/2016||Vin Mazzaro, SF, P|
|Mazzaro was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants before their game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Analysis: Mazzaro was knocked around for nine runs - seven earned - in Colorado's 13-run fifth inning Thursday night. He retired one batter. Right-hander Albert Suarez, 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA in five games with Triple-A Sacramento, had his contract purchased and will be looking to make his major league debut.
|5/6/2016||Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B|
|Pedroia went 3 for 5 with a solo homer in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
Analysis: Pedroia, now batting .322, was 4 for 21 in his previous five games.
|5/6/2016||Avisail García, CWS, RF|
|Garcia went 2 for 4 with a solo homer in a 7-3 loss to Boston on Thursday night.
Analysis: Garcia is 10 for 22 (.455) with two homers and two other extra-base hits in his last six games. He was batting .135 in his first 15 contests.
|5/6/2016||Jay Bruce, Cin, RF|
|Bruce had a three-run homer in Thursday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: The veteran outfielder won't help much in the batting average department but can still put up useful power numbers, as his team-leading 21 RBIs in 26 games will attest.
|5/6/2016||Brandon Phillips, Cin, 2B|
|Phillips homered in a second straight game and collected three RBIs in Thursday's victory over Milwaukee.
Analysis: The 34-year-old Phillips continues to produce, as he's hitting .293 with 11 RBIs over a solid 25-game start to his 15th major league campaign.
|5/6/2016||Chris Carter, Mil, 1B|
|Carter hit his 10th home run in Thursday's loss at Cincinnati.
Analysis: The first baseman now has five homers and seven RBIs over a five-game tear in which he's hitting .333 and quickly gaining fantasy supporters.
|5/6/2016||Brian Dozier, Min, 2B|
|Dozier is out of the lineup against the Chicago White Sox with a sore right hamstring.
Analysis: Dozier said he was injured coming out of the box after his first at-bat Wednesday night in a 16-4 loss at Houston. He did some light running Friday afternoon and said he felt much better than a day earlier. Dozier is hitting .220 for the struggling Twins, but was 6 for 11 in the Astros series and hit his fourth home run Wednesday. He said before the game Friday night that he hopes to return Saturday.
|5/6/2016||Mike Moustakas, KC, 3B|
|Moustakas was scratched from the Royals' lineup Friday night against Cleveland because of a sore left thumb.
Analysis: Moustakas was in the original lineup, but was removed about two hours before the first pitch. Manager Ned Yost said he was available to pinch hit. Moustakas started Wednesday against Washington after not being in the lineup for the first two games of the series because the thumb was bothering him. He's hitting .258 with seven homers and 13 RBIs in 25 games.
|5/6/2016||Henry Owens, Bos, P|
|The Red Sox have brought up right-hander Sean O'Sullivan from Pawtucket and optioned Owens to the Triple-A farm team.
Analysis: Owens had a 5.11 ERA and no decisions in three starts for Boston this year.
|5/6/2016||Sean O'Sullivan, Bos, P|
|The Red Sox have brought up O'Sullivan from Pawtucket and optioned left-hander Henry Owens to the Triple-A farm team.
Analysis: The 28-year-old O'Sullivan was 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts at Pawtucket. He has an 11-23 record with a 5.95 ERA in 52 starts and 14 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels (2009-10), Kansas City (2010-11), San Diego (2013) and Philadelphia.
|5/6/2016||Stephen Piscotty, StL, RF|
|Piscotty contributed a two-run double to Thursday's win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: One of the Cardinals' most consistent hitters thus far, Piscotty now has five RBIs over his last four games and is batting .378 with 11 RBIs through his past 11.
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