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|4/23/2017||Kyle Gibson, Min, P|
|Gibson struggled again Sunday against Detroit, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings of a 13-4 loss.
Analysis: Gibson's ERA ballooned to 9.00 and he hasn't completed six innings in any of his four starts this season. He's 0-5 with a 7.02 ERA in his last seven starts dating to last season.
|4/23/2017||Michael Fulmer, Det, P|
|Fulmer notched his fourth quality start in as many outings this season, allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings Sunday in a win at Minnesota.
Analysis: Fulmer has surrendered three earned runs or fewer in 25 of his 30 career starts.
|4/23/2017||Jeff Samardzija, SF, P|
|Samardzija remains winless after going 5 1/3 innings and surrendering seven runs in Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Rockies. That's the most runs he has allowed since Sept. 15, 2015, when he gave up 10 against Oakland when he was with the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Samardzija will make his first start of the season against the Padres on Friday. In six starts against San Diego last season, the righty went 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA.
|4/23/2017||Jim Adduci, Det, LF|
|Adduci made quite a debut with the Tigers on Sunday, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Analysis: Adduci, who was recalled from the minors earlier in the day, hadn't appeared in the majors since 2014 with Texas. He should continue to see playing time with Jacoby Jones going on the disabled list.
|4/23/2017||Hunter Pence, SF, RF|
|Pence returned to the lineup and went 2-for-3 Sunday against the Rockies.
Analysis: Pence pinch-hit Saturday after twisting his knee Friday. The Giants open a four-game series with the Dodgers on Monday in San Francisco, and Pence is batting .455 in 22 career at-bats against scheduled starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.
|4/23/2017||John Hicks, Det, C|
|Hicks had three hits, including his first career homer, and drove in five runs Sunday at Minnesota in his second game of the season.
Analysis: Hicks is 5 for 10 with a homer and six RBIs in two game since he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
|4/23/2017||Trevor Story, Col, SS|
|Story drove in two run in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Analysis: Story is slowing starting to regain some of his 2016 form. He has hit safely in five straight games, homering three times while driving in eight.
|4/23/2017||Stephen Strasburg, Was, P|
|Strasburg will not take his regular turn in the Nationals' rotation this week as he awaits the birth of his second child. The Nationals plan to put Strasburg on the paternity list Monday, when they open a four-game series in Colorado. The team has not announced a scheduled starter for that game.
Analysis: Strasburg's next turn comes up Tuesday, but Washington bumped back Joe Ross a day into that slot. The team said Sunday that Strasburg could pitch next weekend at home against the Mets. A two-time All-Star, Strasburg is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in four outings this season. He has 29 strikeouts in 28 innings.
|4/23/2017||Charlie Blackmon, Col, CF|
|Blackmon led off with a triple for the second straight game in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Analysis: Blackmon went 2 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He has hit safely in eight straight at Coors Field, batting .419 with four homers and 10 RBIs.
|4/23/2017||Yadier Molina, StL, C|
|With a scheduled off day on Monday, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny kept Molina out of his starting lineup against the Brewers on Sunday. Molina has started in 16 of the Cardinals' 19 games this season.
Analysis: The Cardinals return home to open a three-game set against Toronto on Tuesday, and Molina is batting .542 with a homer and two doubles in 24 at-bats against Marco Estrada, the scheduled starter for the series opener.
|4/23/2017||Zach Putnam, CWS, P|
|Chicago manager Rick Renteria said the team had no concern about Putnam, who exited Saturday's game against Cleveland with right elbow tenderness. Renteria said Putnam was available to pitch Sunday.
Analysis: Putnam has no record and a 1.04 ERA in seven appearances this season. He's allowed just two hits over 8 2/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.
|4/23/2017||Tim Anderson, CWS, SS|
|Anderson had his first multi-hit game of the season in Sunday's win over Cleveland.
Analysis: Anderson is 12 for 67 (.179) this season with two RBIs.
|4/23/2017||Todd Frazier, CWS, 3B|
|Frazier went 1 for 4 in Sunday's win over the Cleveland.
Analysis: Frazier's hit was just his fourth in 37 at-bats this season. His lone RBI came on his only home run at Cleveland on April 11.
|4/23/2017||Ryan Braun, Mil, LF|
|Braun had an RBI double among his two hits in Sunday's loss to St. Louis.
Analysis: The Brewers open a series with the Reds on Monday at Miller Park, and Braun is batting .476 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last five meetings with them in Milwaukee.
|4/23/2017||Mark Trumbo, Bal, RF|
|Trumob went 0 for 4 in Sunday's loss to Boston and continues to experience a power drought.
Analysis: Since hitting an extra-inning, walk-off home run on opening day, Trumbo has gone 16 games without a homer and has just five RBIs in that span. His longest stretch without a homer last season was 13 games.
|4/23/2017||Hyun Soo Kim, Bal, LF|
|Kim, who has played sparingly this season, had an infield single off Fernando Abad Sunday for his first hit off a left-hander in his career.
Analysis: Kim now has one career hit in 23 plate appearances against left-handers.
|4/23/2017||Matt Carpenter, StL, 1B|
|Carpenter was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
Analysis: The Cardinals open a 10-game homestand Tuesday against the Blue Jays, and Carpenter is batting .167 with no extra-base hits in seven contests in St. Louis this season. He enjoys facing AL pitching, however, batting .367 with eight homers, 13 RBIs and 19 runs in 23 interleague games since the start of last season.
|4/23/2017||Kevin Gausman, Bal, P|
|Gausman was hit hard again Sunday in a 6-2 loss to Boston, allowing five runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Analysis: After a very strong second half in 2016, Gausman has struggled mightily this season. He has a 7.50 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP in five starts, completing six innings just once.
|4/23/2017||Mookie Betts, Bos, RF|
|Betts hit yet another home run at Camden Yards in Sunday's 6-2 win.
Analysis: Betts is batting .326 (30 for 92) with 10 home runs and 19 RBIs in 24 career games in Baltimore.
|4/23/2017||Andrew Benintendi, Bos, LF|
|Benintendi had a career-high five hits in Sunday's win at Baltimore.
Analysis: Benintendi is 15 for 30 with four RBIs in his last seven games. He's 12 for 33 (.364) in nine career games against the Orioles.
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