MLB Recent Player News
|7/31/2014||Zack Wheeler, P (NYM)||Wheeler earned his sixth victory of the season in Wednesday's 11-2 win over Philadelphia, limiting the Phillies to two runs in 6 2-3 innings.
Analysis: Wheeler is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in six starts since his last loss.
|7/31/2014||Danny Duffy, P (KC)||Duffy didn't record a decision in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Minnesota, limiting the Twins to a run and four hits over 5 2-3 innings. He matched a career worst with six walks.
Analysis: Duffy has won just once in his last eight starts despite posting a 1.98 ERA. He's received one run of support or fewer in five straight outings, likely making fantasy owners very frustrated with the Kansas City offense.
|7/31/2014||Phil Hughes, P (Min)||Hughes lost for the third straight start and fifth time in seven starts in Wednesday's 3-2 defeat at Kansas City, surrendering three runs in six innings.
Analysis: Hughes' season has really fallen off a cliff after a promising first couple of months. He's 3-5 with a 6.08 ERA in his last eight starts.
|7/31/2014||Alex Gordon, LF (KC)||Gordon was 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Twins.
Analysis: Gordon is hitting .352 over his last 15 games.
|7/31/2014||Kevin Gausman, P (Bal)||Gausman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in a 4-3 win over Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Gausman (5-3, 3.70 ERA) retired the first 14 batters he faced. The rookie allowed three runs and three walks in his first career start against the Angels.
|7/31/2014||Hiroki Kuroda, P (NYY)||Kuroda suffered his seventh loss in Wednesday's 3-2 defeat at Texas, giving up three runs and nine hits in seven innings.
Analysis: Kuroda remains a disappointment with a career-worst 3.98 ERA.
|7/31/2014||Adrian Beltre, 3B (Tex)||Beltre was 2 for 4 with his 58th RBI of the season in a 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.
Analysis: Beltre has driven in a run in a season-best four straight games. His .323 average is the second-highest of his career
|7/31/2014||Brett Gardner, LF (NYY)||Gardner hit his 14th homer of the season and fourth in three games in a 3-2 loss at Texas on Wednesday.
Analysis: Gardner, who had never hit more than eight homers in a season and entered with 23 in his career, is slugging a career-high .460. He had never slugged better than .417 prior to this year.
|7/31/2014||Martin Prado, 3B (NYY)||Arizona has traded third baseman Martin Prado to the New York Yankees
Analysis: Prado has a .686 OPS with 42 RBIs.
|7/31/2014||Kennys Vargas, 1B (Min)||The Minnesota Twins recalled Vargas from Double-A New Britain on Thursday.
Analysis: Vargas, who turns 24 Friday, hit .281 with 17 doubles, 17 home runs and 63 RBIs in 97 games with New Britain. He has a career .288 average in the minors and has never played in the majors. Vargas takes the roster spot of outfielder Sam Fuld, who was traded to Oakland for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone. Milone will report to Triple-A Rochester.
|7/31/2014||Martin Maldonado, C (Mil)||Maldonado tied a career-high with four RBIs and the NL Central-leading Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Wednesday.
Analysis: Maldonado had three hits as Jonathan Lucroy got the day off.
|7/31/2014||Yovani Gallardo, P (Mil)||Gallardo gave up four hits in seven innings Wednesday.
Analysis: Gallardo is now 6-5 as he retired 13 in a row at one point, en route to moving past Ben Sheets into sole possession of fifth place on the Brewers career list with 87 wins. He faces the Giants next.
|7/31/2014||Zack Greinke, P (LAD)||Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and departed with the lead, but didn't factor in the decision Wednesday.
Analysis: Greinke gave up a run in eight innings. He is 14-3 at Dodger Stadium with a 2.27 ERA in 23 home starts with the team.
|7/31/2014||Alex Wood, P (Atl)||Wood was outstanding Wednesday.
Analysis: Wood gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked two. He faces the M's next.
|7/31/2014||Dee Gordon, 2B (LAD)||Gordon had two hits Wednesday.
Analysis: Gordon was caught stealing for the 11th time to hurt his fantasy owners.
|7/31/2014||Matt Kemp, CF (LAD)||Kemp had three hits with a homer Wednesday.
Analysis: Kemp has gone yard three times in the series with six RBIs. He is heating up.
|7/31/2014||Justin Upton, LF (Atl)||Upton had three hits with a homer Wednesday.
Analysis: Upton is 4 for 8 in the series.
|7/31/2014||Travis Wood, P (ChC)||Wood set career highs with 11 strikeouts and 119 pitches on Wednesday.
Analysis: Wood remains winless in eight starts dating to a 3-0 win at Philadelphia on June 15. Wood gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. "It was definitely a positive," Wood said.
|7/31/2014||Brett Anderson, P (Col)||Anderson pitched seven innings Wednesday.
Analysis: Anderson struck out nine and gave up two runs and will face the Cubs again next week.
|7/31/2014||Luis Valbuena, 3B (ChC)||Valbuena had three hits with a homer Wednesday.
Analysis: Valbuena has a .768 OPS with 34 RBIs. He grounds into double plays 4.8 percent of the time.
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