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|8/21/2014||Yan Gomes, C (Cle)||Gomes was replaced in the sixth inning Thursday by Roberto Perez after being hit by a ball on the side of the mask.
Analysis: Gomes was evaluated for a concussion, but manager Terry Francona said he felt "a lot better" afterward. "We obviously had to keep an eye on him," Francona said.
|8/21/2014||Garrett Richards, P (LAA)||The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Richards for a playoffs run. One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.
Analysis: Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season. General manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday "we'll be open" about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.
|8/21/2014||Lucas Duda, 1B (NYM)||Duda went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's win over Oakland.
Analysis: It was his 23rd of the season, and he's homered in two of his last three games.
|8/21/2014||Gordon Beckham, 2B (LAA)||The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.Beckham has struggled offensively this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience.
Analysis: The White Sox, who selected Beckham with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft, will receive a player to be named or cash in Thursday's trade.
|8/21/2014||Jose Reyes, SS (Tor)||Reyes went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win in Milwaukee.
Analysis: Reyes is batting .406 in his last 14 games.
|8/21/2014||Edwin Jackson, P (ChC)||The Chicago Cubs placed Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain and put shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list Thursday
Analysis: Jackson took his 14th loss of the season Wednesday, when he lasted only 2 2-3 innings and allowed seven earned runs. He is 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA.
|8/21/2014||Marcell Ozuna, CF (Mia)||Ozuna went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in Wednesday's loss to Texas.
Analysis: He's homered in consecutive games and is batting .391 with six RBIs in his last six.
|8/21/2014||Lance Lynn, P (StL)||Lynn allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings of Wednesday's 7-3 win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: He's won three straight starts and has a 1.66 ERA over his last six.
|8/21/2014||Mike Aviles, 3B (Cle)||Aviles went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in Wednesday's 5-0 win at Minnesota.
Analysis: Aviles had been struggling before breaking out Wednesday, going 6 for 42 (.143) over his previous 13 contests.
|8/21/2014||Adam Jones, CF (Bal)||Jones went 3 for 4 with his 24th home run in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Jones has gone 8 for 17 over his last four games - all Baltimore victories.
|8/21/2014||Carlos Contreras, P (Cin)||The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen before the start of a series against Atlanta on Thursday, sending right-handers J.J. Hoover and Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.
Analysis: Contreras was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA..
|8/21/2014||J.J. Hoover, P (Cin)||The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen before the start of a series against Atlanta on Thursday, sending Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.
Analysis: The bullpen has fallen apart since the All-Star break, going 0-10 with a 4.69 ERA. Hoover was 1-10 with a 5.27 ERA. He hit a batter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss in St. Louis on Tuesday.
|8/21/2014||Rick Porcello, P (Det)||Porcello was spectacular on Wednesday, allowing three hits in a complete-game 6-0 win at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Porcello had been 0-3 with a 4.20 ERA over his previous three outings, including one relief appearance.
|8/21/2014||Victor Martinez, DH (Det)||Martinez had a home run, double and five RBIs in Wednesday's 6-0 win at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Martinez has been hitting well with a .359 average and 17 RBIs in his last 17 contests.
|8/21/2014||David Ortiz, DH (Bos)||Ortiz went 4 for 4 with his 30th home run in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Angels.
Analysis: Ortiz is 14 for 26 with four home runs and nine RBIs over his last seven games.
|8/21/2014||Josh Hamilton, LF (LAA)||Hamilton went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs in Wednesday's 8-3 win at Boston.
Analysis: It's a good sign for Hamilton, who had been 5 for 41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts over his previous 11 games.
|8/20/2014||Garrett Richards, P (LAA)||Richards was taken off the field on a stretcher with an apparent leg injury Wednesday. The Angels said he sustained a patellar injury but didn't disclose the extent.
Analysis: Richards was hurt in the second inning Wednesday night while running to cover first base on a potential double-play grounder by Boston's Brock Holt. Richards' right leg buckled on the dirt near the base. Several minutes later he was wheeled off while he raised his right arm to the crowd.
|8/20/2014||Buster Posey, C (SF)||Posey was out of the lineup Wednesday night for the Giants' game against the Cubs with soreness in his left hip.
Analysis: Giants manager Bruce Bochy likened it to an unscheduled day off and expected Posey to be back behind the plate Thursday.
|8/20/2014||Starlin Castro, SS (ChC)||The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain and put Castro on the bereavement list Thursday
Analysis: Castro left the team on Wednesday due to a family emergency and is out indefinitely. Bereavement list rules allow for a minimum stay of three days and a maximum stay of seven days.
|8/20/2014||Masahiro Tanaka, P (NYY)||Tanaka has thrown 35 pitches in his second bullpen session as he tries to return to the New York Yankees this season.
Analysis: The rookie ace from Japan threw fastballs, breaking balls and five splitters Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. He says he felt a little rusty, but his elbow is fine and now it's just a matter of rebuilding arm strength and getting sharp.
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