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|5/22/2015||David Freese, LAA, 3B|
|Freese went 2 for 4 with a home run, double and three RBIs in Thursday's loss in Toronto.
Analysis: Freese has homered in three of the last six games.
|5/22/2015||Yoenis Cespedes, Det, LF|
|Cespedes was 3 for 3 in Thursday's win over Houston.
Analysis: Cespedes is 6 for 6 with two doubles and three walks in the last two games.
|5/22/2015||Steve Pearce, Bal, 1B|
|Pearce hit a grand slam in Thursday's win over Seattle.
Analysis: It was the first slam of Pearce's career. Power, however, is the least of his concerns right now with a .198 average. He hasn't recorded a hit in consecutive games this month.
|5/22/2015||Will Smith, Mil, P|
|Smith has been suspended for eight games for having a foreign substance on his pitching arm during a game at Atlanta. Major League Baseball says Smith plans to appeal, so the penalty is on hold. Smith will be available for Friday night's game at the Braves.
Analysis: Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning of Thursday night's 10-1 loss. He said after the game he put the substance on his forearm before warming up in the bullpen on a brisk night. He expressed regret for not wiping it off before entering the game.
|5/22/2015||Devon Travis, Tor, 2B|
|Travis missed his fifth straight game Thursday.
Analysis: Travis is dealing with a left shoulder injury.
|5/22/2015||Edward Mujica, Oak, P|
|Mujica on the 15-day disabled list Friday and called up shortstop Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville.
Analysis: The fractured thumb Mujica suffered is minor and the A's hope surgery will not be necessary.
|5/21/2015||Will Smith, Mil, P|
|Smith was ejected for allegedly having pine tar on his right forearm in the seventh inning Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves.
Analysis: With the bases loaded and one out and Atlanta leading 2-1, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez emerged from the dugout and asked the umpires to check if Smith had pine tar on his arm. After all four umpires gathered around Gonzalez, crew chief Jim Joyce walked to the mound, touched Smith's arm and tossed the reliever from the game. Television cameras showed a shiny substance that was visible on Smith's forearm.
|5/21/2015||Erisbel Arruebarrena, LAD, SS|
|Arruebarrena has been suspended by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the remainder of the season.
Analysis: The Dodgers said Thursday they disciplined the 25-year-old Cuban "for repeated failures to comply with his contract." Arruebarrena signed a $25 million, five-year contract in February 2014. He split the season among four minor league teams and the Dodgers and made his big league debut on last May 23. He hit .195 in 22 games for Los Angeles.
|5/21/2015||Jeremy Guthrie, KC, P|
|Guthrie held the Reds scoreless in six innings of Wednesday's 7-1 win.
Analysis: Guthrie has won his last three starts with a 1.96 ERA.
|5/21/2015||Nick Castellanos, Det, 3B|
|Castellanos was 2 for 4 with four RBIs in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: It was the second four-RBI game of his career.
|5/21/2015||Torii Hunter, Min, RF|
|Hunter was 3 for 5 with three RBIs in Wednesday's win in Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Hunter is batting .359 with 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.
|5/21/2015||Jorge De La Rosa, Col, P|
|De La Rosa became the Colorado Rockies' career strikeouts leader by fanning Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis in the fourth inning Thursday.
Analysis: That strikeout gave De La Rosa 774 with the Rockies, one more than Ubaldo Jimenez. De La Rosa joined the Rockies in 2008. He's one of the few pitchers who actually feels comfortable at Coors Field, going 45-15 in the hitter-friendly park.
|5/21/2015||Conor Gillaspie, CWS, 3B|
|Gillaspie continues to trend upward after going 2 for 4 with a homer in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Indians.
Analysis: Gillaspie, who batted a career-high .282 last season, is hitting .333 with two homers and six RBIs in his last 10 games.
|5/21/2015||Jose Ramirez, Cle, SS|
|Ramirez went 2 for 3 and scored two runs in Wednesday's 4-3 road win over the White Sox.
Analysis: Ramirez is 5 for 10 with three RBIs over his last three games against the Sox.
|5/21/2015||Mike Napoli, Bos, 1B|
|Napoli is showing signs of breaking out of his season-long funk. He went 2 for 4 in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Texas.
Analysis: Napoli is 4 for 8 with a home run in the first two games against the Rangers after entering the series with a .162 average.
|5/21/2015||Adrian Beltre, Tex, 3B|
|Beltre stayed hot Wednesday, going 2 for 4 in a 2-1 win at Boston.
Analysis: Beltre is 15 for 40 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last 10 games, raising his average from .228 to 264.
|5/21/2015||Mike Trout, LAA, CF|
|Trout went 2 for 3 with his 11th home run in Wednesday's 4-3 win at Toronto.
Analysis: Trout had been 1 for 13 over his previous three games. He's cooled off after a hot start, hitting .288 with 22 RBIs on the season.
|5/21/2015||Roenis Elias, Sea, P|
|Elias allowed one run and six hits over 7 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 4-2 win at Baltimore.
Analysis: Elias hasn't given up more than three runs in five starts. The left-hander has gone 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA.
|5/21/2015||Adam Jones, Bal, CF|
|Jones went 3 for 4 in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Mariners.
Analysis: Jones has moved past a recent mini-slump and is 6 for 13 over his last three games.
|5/21/2015||Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P|
|Keuchel won his eighth consecutive decision in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over Oakland. Keuchel allowed six hits and no earned runs in seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.67.
Analysis: He is 8-0 with a 1.79 ERA since an Aug. 21 loss at the New York Yankees, the longest current unbeaten streak by a big league starter. And his 6-0 mark this year is the best by an Astros pitcher since Roger Clemens opened the 2004 season at 9-0.
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