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Date Player
7/2/2015 John Lackey, StL, P
Lackey recorded his fourth consecutive quality start Wednesday, but fell to 6-5 in the Cardinals' 7-1 loss to the White Sox.

Analysis: Lackey, who gave up two runs over seven innings, owns a 2.17 ERA over his last four games.
7/2/2015 Jose Quintana, CWS, P
Quintana improved to 4-7 Wednesday after allowing one run over six innings in a 7-1 victory at St. Louis.

Analysis: Quintana is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA over his last seven starts.
7/2/2015 Tyler Flowers, CWS, C
Flowers has homered in three straight games after going 2 for 4 with his seventh dinger of the year Wednesday at St. Louis.

Analysis: Flowers is 9 for 26 with four homers and six RBIs in his last eight games.
7/2/2015 Taijuan Walker, Sea, P
Walker won his fifth straight start Wednesday at San Diego, yielding just one hit over six innings in a 7-0 victory.

Analysis: Walker has quietly been one of the best pitchers in baseball lately, going 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA over his last seven outings
7/2/2015 James Shields, SD, P
Shields lost his third straight start Wednesday, giving up two runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-0 defeat against Seattle.

Analysis: Unlike his last two outings when he gave up a combined 11 runs over 10 innings, Shields was actually decent this time around. However, walks continue to be an issue - he's averaging 3.02 walks per nine innings after issuing four Thursday.
7/2/2015 Nelson Cruz, Sea, RF
Cruz was 2 for 5 with his 20th home run Wednesday at San Diego.

Analysis: Cruz has been slumping with a .239 average for the month of June, though he's 7 for 20 during a five-game hitting streak.
7/2/2015 Robinson Cano, Sea, 2B
Cano had his first four-hit game of the season Wednesday at San Diego, hitting his fifth homer and third in eight games.

Analysis: He's not setting the world on fire, but Cano's .311/.333/.600 line over his last 12 games dwarfs the .236/.277/.323 slash he posted previously.
7/2/2015 Johnny Cueto, Cin, P
Cueto won his fifth game of the season Wednesday against the Twins, limiting them to one run over eight innings.

Analysis: Cueto, who struck out eight, improved to 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in seven home starts this year.
7/2/2015 Brandon Phillips, Cin, 2B
Phillips hit his eighth double of the season Wednesday against the Twins.

Analysis: Phillips is 10 for 32 with five extra-base hits during a seven-game hitting streak.
7/2/2015 Brian Dozier, Min, 2B
Dozier hit his 25th double Wednesday at Cincinnati.

Analysis: Dozier is hitting .308 with seven extra-base hits in his last 12 games. He's one double behind Jason Kipnis for the major league lead.
7/2/2015 Jon Jay, StL, CF
The St. Louis Cardinals placed Jay on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist stress reaction and bone bruise.

Analysis: Jay has struggled coming off wrist surgery in the offseason and is batting .223 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 57 games. He was also on the DL in May with left wrist tendinitis.
7/2/2015 Bartolo Colon, NYM, P
Colon gave up three hits and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs, but the New York Mets lost 2-0 in 11 innings.

Analysis: Colon (9-6, 4.55 ERA) did not get a decision for the first time in 28 starts. He allowed 11 runs in 10 1-3 innings while losing each of his previous two.
7/2/2015 Jon Lester, ChC, P
Lester pitched seven scoreless innings but the Chicago Cubs needed 11 for a 2-0 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday.

Analysis: Lester (4-6, 3.74 ERA) has a 2.22 ERA in his last four starts but has gotten a combined two runs of support. He's winless in eight starts since May 16.
7/2/2015 Kyle Lohse, Mil, P
Lohse had three hits and earned the win in a 9-5 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Lohse (5-9, 6.24 ERA) gave up four runs in 6 1-3 innings in his second win in as many starts. The three hits matched his career high from Aug. 22, 2006.
7/2/2015 Manny Machado, Bal, 3B
Machado's 12-game hitting streak ended Wednesday.

Analysis: Machado still contributed in the field with several exceptional plays at third base. In the seventh, he dived to his left to snare a grounder by Shin-Soo Choo, made the throw while on his back and got the runner by a step.
7/2/2015 Nick Martinez, Tex, P
Martinez fell to 5-5 on Wednesday and was optioned to the minors.

Analysis: Martinez gave up four runs, three earned, and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He has lost three straight starts. Rangers manager Jeff Banister says the team is monitoring Martinez's innings and wants to keep him fresh. Martinez pitched 150 innings last year and is already at 97.
7/2/2015 Wei-Yin Chen, Bal, P
Chen fashioned an effective pitching performance to carry Baltimore to a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.

Analysis: Chen allowed two runs, four hits and a walk over eight innings to win his third straight decision. The Taiwanese left-hander is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA lifetime against the Rangers.
7/2/2015 Ryan Flaherty, Bal, 2B
Flaherty was 2 for 3 on Wednesday.

Analysis: Flaherty bats .394 when leading off so maybe that's something the Orioles should consider.
7/2/2015 Jimmy Paredes, Bal, 2B
Paredes was 2 for 4 with his 10th dinger on Wednesday.

Analysis: Paredes is hitting a sizzling .441 in his last 10 games.
7/2/2015 Adam Jones, Bal, CF
Jones was 2 for 4 on Wednesday.

Analysis: Jones is 4 for 12 in the series.
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