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5/5/2016 Nelson Cruz, Det, P
Cruz was 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over Oakland.

Analysis: Wednesday's performance capped a big series for Cruz, who went 7 for 12 over the three games.
5/5/2016 Ryan Zimmerman, Was, 1B
Zimmerman had three hits and drove in a run in a 13-2 rout of Kansas City on Wednesday.

Analysis: Zimmerman, now batting .264, went 7 for 14 with four doubles and two RBIs in the three-game series against the Royals.
5/5/2016 Marcus Semien, Oak, SS
Semien went 2 for 4 with a solo homer Wednesday against Seattle.

Analysis: Semien is hitting just .209 but has been good in the power department, second only to Colorado's Trevor Story among shortstops.
5/5/2016 Wilson Ramos, Was, C
Ramos had three hits and drove in a run in a 13-2 rout of Kansas City on Wednesday.

Analysis: Ramos, batting .364 in 17 games, has a combined six hits in his past two.
5/5/2016 Dae-Ho Lee, Sea, 1B
Lee had three RBIs on a pair of homers in Wednesday's win over Oakland.

Analysis: The Korean rookie has been good in limited action, having homered four times while batting .281 in 32 at-bats.
5/5/2016 Kris Medlen, KC, P
Medlen didn't make it out of the third inning in a 13-2 drubbing to Washington on Wednesday.

Analysis: Kris Medlen (1-3, 6.85 ERA) allowed nine runs, six of them earned, and six hits in two-plus innings for Kansas City. His home ERA rose to 20.65 in two starts at Kauffman Stadium this season.
5/5/2016 Stephen Strasburg, Was, P
Strasburg got plenty of support Wednesday while improving to 5-0.

Analysis: Strasburg (2.36 ERA) gave up two runs in six innings while fanning seven in a 13-2 rout of Kansas City.
5/5/2016 Félix Hernández, Sea, P
Hernandez was hit hard by Oakland on Wednesday, surrendering eight runs - four earned - and nine hits in four-plus innings.

Analysis: The outing was by far Hernandez's worst of the season. He entered the matchup with a 1.38 ERA and beat Kansas City with 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday's previous start.
5/5/2016 Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B
Murphy finished a triple shy of the cycle Wednesday and drove in three runs in a 13-2 rout of Kansas City.

Analysis: The Washington Nationals second baseman boosted his average to an MLB-best .398. He is 11 for 21 (.524) with two homers, three doubles and seven RBIs in his last five games.
5/5/2016 José Abreu, CWS, 1B
Abreu cracked a two-run homer Thursday against Boston to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

Analysis: The Cuban slugger is hitting .438 with 10 RBIs over the streak, which has raised his season average from .176 to .255.
5/5/2016 Clay Buchholz, Bos, P
Buchholz threw seven solid innings Wednesday to finally claim his first win of 2016.

Analysis: Buchholz, 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA in five starts preceding Wednesday's outing with the White Sox, held Chicago to two runs and three hits while striking out six in a much-needed sharp effort.
5/5/2016 David Ortiz, Bos, DH
Ortiz finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs and had another big hit in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

Analysis: Ortiz put Boston ahead with a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the 5-2 win. The long ball was the 509th of his career and 451st with the Red Sox, one shy of tying Carl Yastremski for second in team history. The 40-year-old is 7 for 19 with three homers and six RBIs over a five-game stretch.
5/5/2016 Edwin Encarnación, Tor, 1B
Encarnacion had two hits, including a key two-run homer in the sixth inning that helped spark Wednesday's 4-3 comeback victory over Texas.

Analysis: The long ball was just Encarnacion's fourth this season and he hasn't been hitting well of late, owning a .152 average over his past 13 games.
5/5/2016 Rougned Odor, Tex, 2B
Odor went 2 for 5 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss at Toronto.

Analysis: The Texas leadoff man is 10 for 24 with five extra-base hits and five runs scored over a nice five-game stretch.
5/5/2016 Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY, CF
Ellsbury finished 3 for 3 with a pair of walks in Wednesday's win at Baltimore.

Analysis: Though his overall production hasn't been much, Ellsbury is 6 for 11 with a .643 on-base percentage over his past three games.
5/5/2016 Manny Machado, Bal, 3B
Machado doubled twice in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

Analysis: He's batting .458 with five doubles, one home run and five RBIs over a six-game hitting streak and has multiple hits in five of those contests.
5/5/2016 CC Sabathia, NYY, P
Sabathia turned back the clock Thursday in Baltimore.

Analysis: In what was easily his best outing of the season, the 35-year-old allowed six hits and two walks over seven innings in the Yankees' 7-0 win. Though his days as an ace are long behind him, Sabathia has compiled a respectable 2-2 record and 3.81 ERA through his first five starts.
5/5/2016 Nick Castellanos, Det, 3B
Castellanos had two more hits in Wednesday's loss at Cleveland.

Analysis: Atop the American League with a .378 average, Castellanos is 12 for 21 with two homers and nine RBIs over his last six games.
5/5/2016 Corey Kluber, Cle, P
Kluber tossed a five-hitter to lead the Indians to Wednesday's 4-0 victory over Detroit.

Analysis: After a shaky season-opening three-start stretch, Kluber has been dominant over his last three. The 2014 AL Cy Young recipient is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .150 average over that run.
5/5/2016 Tyler Chatwood, Col, P
Chatwood pitched three-hit ball for eight innings to lead the Colorado Rockies over San Diego 2-0 Wednesday.

Analysis: Chatwood has thrown 24 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.
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