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|10/1/2016||José Bautista, Tor, RF|
|Bautista slugged a two-run homer and finished 2 for 3 in Friday's loss at Boston.
Analysis: Joey Bats bounced back well from a rough series against Baltimore in which he went 0 for 10 with seven strikeouts. He's now homered four times and driven in 10 runs over his last nine games, however, and has three homers in his past six at Fenway Park.
|10/1/2016||Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B|
|Donaldson went 2 for 4 with an RBI in Friday's loss at Boston.
Analysis: Now one RBI short of a second straight season with at least 100, Donaldson has got it going again after slumping for a good portion of September. The 2015 AL MVP is hitting .343 with three homers over his last 10 games.
|10/1/2016||Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P|
|Kershaw (12-3, 1.65 ERA), who takes the ball Saturday, is 1-1 with a 0.86 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list Sept. 9.
Analysis: He is 18-7 with a 1.58 ERA in 34 career starts against the Giants.
|10/1/2016||Madison Bumgarner, SF, P|
|Bumgarner allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings and lined a key two-run double in the sixth inning as San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3 on Friday night to maintain their slim lead for the second NL wild card.
Analysis: Bumgarner (15-9) beat the Dodgers for the first time in seven starts since May 21, 2015. It was win No. 100 of his career.
|10/1/2016||Marco Estrada, Tor, P|
|Estrada held the Red Sox to a run on four hits through five innings Friday, though he was denied a 10th win when Boston rallied for four runs against the Toronto bullpen in the seventh.
Analysis: If the Blue Jays are able to reach the ALDS, Estrada will surely be in the rotation after permitting just two runs in 19 innings over his last three starts. He concludes the regular season with a 9-9 record, a solid 3.53 ERA and a career-high 161 strikeouts in 28 starts.
|10/1/2016||Brandon Crawford, SF, SS|
|Crawford had three hits Friday.
Analysis: He is 9 for 16 in his last four contests.
|10/1/2016||Brandon Belt, SF, 1B|
|Belt hit a three-run homer in the seven-run sixth inning of the Giants' 9-3 win over the Dodgers.
Analysis: Belt recorded his second three-hit game of the week.
|10/1/2016||Anthony Rendón, Was, 3B|
|Rendon hit his 20th homer Friday.
Analysis: Rendon became the sixth National with at least 20 home runs this season. The 1965 Milwaukee Braves, 2003 Atlanta Braves and 2016 St. Louis Cardinals, who reached the mark later Friday, are the only other NL teams in history with six 20-plus homers.
|10/1/2016||Justin Bour, Mia, 1B|
|Bour had three hits and two RBIs on Friday.
Analysis: He is 9 for 13 in his last four games.
|10/1/2016||Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B|
|Pedroia continued his hot stretch with three hits and a run scored in Friday's victory over Toronto.
Analysis: After going through a 2-for-29 slump the previous week, Pedroia has bounced back with a .435 average (10 for 23) over a five-game hitting streak. He's homered twice and knocked in seven runs during the sequence.
|10/1/2016||Rick Porcello, Bos, P|
|Porcello didn't get a decision in his final regular-season start of 2016 after allowing three runs while striking out six over six innings Friday against Toronto.
Analysis: Though he couldn't become the first Red Sox hurler to win 23 games since Pedro Martinez in 1999, Porcello will get serious AL Cy Young consideration with his 22-4 record, 3.15 ERA and 189 strikeouts over 33 starts. His next start will likely come in one of the first two games of the Red Sox's ALDS series with Cleveland.
|10/1/2016||David Ortiz, Bos, DH|
|Ortiz began his final regular-season series with another memorable moment, as his tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted Boston to a 5-3 win over Toronto on Friday. The retiring slugger had an RBI single earlier in the game.
Analysis: Ortiz, who was 0 for 10 with four strikeouts in Boston's three-game series at Yankee Stadium that preceded this one, is now tied with Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion for the AL lead with 127 RBIs. The 40-year-old has homered seven times and knocked in 20 runs over his last 19 games.
|10/1/2016||Carlos Martínez, StL, P|
|Martinez allowed five hits and fanned nine in seven innings of Friday's 7-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: This is a good sign for Martinez, who could be called upon to start a wild-card game should the Cardinals qualify.
|10/1/2016||Matt Kemp, Atl, RF|
|Kemp hit his 35th homer in Friday's loss to Detroit.
Analysis: The often-maligned slugger is having quite a finish to an outstanding comeback season. In 27 games since Aug. 31, Kemp is batting .343 with nine homers, 23 RBIs and a .667 slugging percentage. Four of those homers have come over his last seven games.
|10/1/2016||Matt Wisler, Atl, P|
|Wisler's final start of the season was a dud, as he was pounded for five runs on nine hits - including three homers - in 4 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Wisler had mostly pitched well since rejoining Atlanta's rotation in late August. Though the 24-year-old remains an important part of the team's future, he ends 2016 with an unimpressive 7-13 record and a 5.00 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts).
|10/1/2016||Ian Kinsler, Det, 2B|
|Kinsler stayed hot by going 2 for 5 with a leadoff homer in Detroit's 6-2 win at Atlanta on Friday.
Analysis: The veteran second baseman is a scorching 16 for 29 (.552) with 11 runs scored over a seven-game hitting streak. Kinsler has six multi-hit games during the tear and has now homered in consecutive contests.
|10/1/2016||Justin Upton, Det, LF|
|Upton went 3 for 4 with a solo homer to help the Tigers to a crucial 6-2 victory at Atlanta on Friday.
Analysis: The onetime Brave continues to play a major role in Detroit's postseason push. Upton now has eight homers in his last 13 games and is batting .375 with 16 RBIs over that stretch.
|10/1/2016||Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1B|
|Cabrera homered twice and finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored to help the Tigers close the gap in the AL wild-card race with Friday's win at Atlanta.
Analysis: Cabrera is locked in right when Detroit needs him to be. He's riding an eight-game hitting streak, homered in three consecutive contests and gone 10 for-15 with a whopping 14 RBIs over his last four games.
|10/1/2016||Michael Pineda, NYY, P|
|Pineda lost to Baltimore in his final start of the season, allowing five runs, six hits, two homers and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Analysis: Pineda leads the AL with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings, but his 4.82 ERA is among the league's worst. ''It's mind-boggling,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''It just doesn't make sense. And you look for reasons, and believe me, we'll look, and I'm sure we'll look a long time this winter.'' Pineda went winless in his final 10 starts of the year.
|10/1/2016||Matt Holliday, StL, LF|
|Holliday came off the DL on Friday and homered in what could be his final series with the Cardinals.
Analysis: Holliday, out since Aug. 12 because of a thumb injury, was activated off the disabled list at his request Friday. The club informed him earlier this week that it is not planning to bring him back next season.
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