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8/26/2016 Alex Wimmers, Min, P
The Twins have selected the contract of Wimmers from Triple-A Rochester, promoting their 2010 first-round draft pick to the major leagues for the first time.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Wimmers has struggled through several of his seven minor-league seasons since being taken with the 21st overall selection out of Ohio State. Wimmers has a 4.04 ERA in 55 2/3 innings this year between Double-A and Triple-A, with 24 walks, 55 strikeouts and 11 saves in 44 games.
8/26/2016 Brandon Morrow, SD, P
The Padres placed Morrow on the paternity leave list prior to Friday's series opener in Miami.

Analysis: Morrow, who's been working as a middle reliever since returning to the majors earlier this month, could miss the entire three-game set as he and his wife welcome their first child.
8/26/2016 Robinson Canó, Sea, 2B
Cano stayed hot by recording two hits - including his 29th home run - and scoring twice in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.

Analysis: It's the fourth consecutive multi-hit game for the star second baseman, who's 9 for 16 over that stretch. After batting an uncharacteristic .202 with just three homers through his first 21 games following the All-Star break, Cano has bounced back to hit .338 with five homers over his past 16.
8/26/2016 Tim Anderson, CWS, SS
Anderson finished 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored to help the White Sox rally past Seattle on Thursday.

Analysis: The rookie continues to swing a hot bat. Anderson is now 8 for 16 with five runs scored over his last four games and is hitting .383 with a 1.071 OPS through his past 13.
8/26/2016 Todd Frazier, CWS, 3B
After delivering a game-tying two-run single in the seventh inning, Frazier drove in the deciding run in Chicago's 7-6 victory over Seattle on Thursday with a one-out hit in the ninth.

Analysis: Frazier struck out in his three other at-bats, but his 31 homers and 80 RBIs have made his continually low batting average quite tolerable. He's knocked in six runs over his last four games, though he's homered only once in his past 20.
8/26/2016 Melky Cabrera, CWS, LF
Cabrera sat out Thursday's win over Seattle with a case of the flu.

Analysis: The veteran outfielder is considered day to day and a possibility to return to the lineup Friday.
8/26/2016 Adam Eaton, CWS, RF
Eaton helped spark the White Sox's 7-6 comeback win over Seattle on Thursday by going 2 for 4 with three runs scored.

Analysis: Eaton is riding an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .367 with two homers, 12 runs scored and a .426 on-base percentage over his last 12. He's 4 for 11 lifetime off Felix Hernandez, who'll take the ball for the Mariners on Friday.
8/26/2016 José Abreu, CWS, 1B
Abreu went 2 for 4 with an RBI in Thursday's win over Seattle to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

Analysis: The slugger has hit safely in 19 of 21 games in August and is batting an impressive .373 with six home runs for the month. Abreu is 8 for 18 with three homers over his past five contests.
8/26/2016 Kyle Seager, Sea, 3B
Seager sat out a second straight game Thursday with a bruised foot.

Analysis: Mariners manager Scott Servais declared Seager "50-50" to return to the lineup for Friday's game at the White Sox. The standout third baseman was injured fouling a ball off his right foot against the Yankees on Tuesday.
8/26/2016 Bud Norris, LAD, P
Norris will start the Dodgers' series opener against the Cubs on Friday.

Analysis: Norris (6-10, 4.69) is 5-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 career games vs. Chicago. He has a win against the Cubs when he was with the Braves earlier this year, tossing seven innings of one-run ball June 10.
8/26/2016 Jeff Samardzija, SF, P
Samardzija starts the Giants' series opener at home against the Braves on Friday.

Analysis: Samardzija (10-9, 4.17) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Mets on Sunday, the longest such bid of his career. Samardzija is 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA in five starts lifetime against Atlanta.
8/26/2016 Adrián González, LAD, 1B
Gonzalez's 17-game hitting streak ended in Los Angeles' 4-0 loss to San Francisco on Thursday.

Analysis: Gonzalez, who was batting .412 during his run before being stymied by Matt Moore in his no-hit attempt, faced Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery on Friday. The left-handed hitting Gonzalez is hitting .269 with two homers versus southpaws compared to .310 and 13 home runs against righties.
8/26/2016 Corey Seager, LAD, SS
Seager spoiled Matt Moore's no-hit attempt with a bloop single to right with two outs in the ninth in Los Angeles' 4-0 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Seager is 1 for 7 in the last two contests after batting .509 over a 14-game hitting streak. He faces Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery on Friday, and is batting just .279 against southpaws on the season compared to .338 versus righties.
8/26/2016 Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mil, CF
Nieuwenhuis' two-run homer in the seventh inning accounted for the Brewers' lone scoring in Thursday's 3-2, 10-inning loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Nieuwenhuis has two homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored over his last six games and has displayed usable power this season, though he's hitting just .214 overall and doesn't have a clear path to playing time on a Milwaukee team that's going young.
8/26/2016 Brandon Crawford, SF, SS
Crawford doubled among his two hits in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

Analysis: Crawford, who had been 0 for 10 in his previous three games, is 7 for 18 in his last five in San Francisco.
8/26/2016 Buster Posey, SF, C
Posey doubled among his two hits in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

Analysis: It was the second straight two-hit game for Posey, who is batting .371 over his last nine. The Giants open a series with the Braves on Friday and Posey is just 1 for 14 against them this season.
8/26/2016 Wily Peralta, Mil, P
Peralta struck out five over five innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision Thursday against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Peralta has pitched better since returning from a banishment to the minors, having produced a respectable 3.52 ERA in four August starts and permitting two or less runs in three of those outings.
8/26/2016 Robbie Ray, Ari, P
Ray allowed two runs and six hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in five innings in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Atlanta. He left after throwing 108 pitches - his most in 12 starts.

Analysis: Ray, pitching for the first time since being named the National League Player of the Week, is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last four starts. He has 29 strikeouts over 24 innings in those games. He makes his next start Wednesday at San Francisco, a team he has a 3.71 in three appearances against this season.
8/26/2016 Chad Kuhl, Pit, P
Kuhl turned in another solid start Thursday in Milwaukee, where the rookie held the Brewers to two runs and five hits while striking out five in a 6 1/3-inning no-decision.

Analysis: Kuhl is now 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over a sequence of five consecutive quality starts. That streak will be put to the test in a matchup opposite Cubs ace Jake Arrieta Monday in Wrigley Field.
8/26/2016 Paul Goldschmidt, Ari, 1B
Goldschmidt broke up Matt Wisler's no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh inning Thursday against Atlanta. Goldschmidt scored on Chris Owings' groundout.

Analysis: In 17 games since Aug. 9, Goldschmidt is batting .377 with a .500 OBP. The Diamondbacks begin a series with the Reds on Friday, and Goldschmidt is 1 for 11 for six walks in his last four games in the series. His .252 career average versus the Reds is his second-worst against any NL team.
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