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Date Player
7/29/2016 Johnny Cueto, SF, P
Cueto matched his shortest outing of the season Thursday and suffered just his third loss, allowing three runs and eight hits in five innings of a 4-2 defeat to Washington.

Analysis: The All-Star right-hander hasn't been at his best in recent weeks, yielding three runs or more in four of his last six starts. He's next scheduled to face the Phillies, a team against which he's 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA in 10 starts. They scored six runs in six innings against him last month.
7/29/2016 David Price, Bos, P
The Red Sox wasted eight scoreless innings from Price on Thursday when Hanley Ramirez's throwing error to the plate on a bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score, giving the Angels a stunning 2-1 walkoff win.

Analysis: Price has been inconsistent over the past six weeks, mixing a handful of strong starts with rocky outings. He followed up eight scoreless innings against Tampa Bay before the All-Star break by allowing eight runs and 22 hits in 11 1/3 innings over his next two starts.
7/29/2016 Jonathan Papelbon, Was, P
Papelbon was puled in the ninth inning Thursday, retiring one batter before giving up a single and a walk.

Analysis: It was the third straight terrible performance by Papelbon, a span in which he's recorded only three outs while allowing eight runs, seven hits and four walks. His closer role could be in jeopardy, with rumors swirling the Nationals are trying to acquire the Yankees' Andrew Miller.
7/29/2016 Tanner Roark, Was, P
Roark outdueled Giants All-Star Johnny Cueto to record his 10th victory Thursday, allowing a run and four hits in seven innings with three walks and three strikeouts in a 4-2 win.

Analysis: It seems his previous performance, allowing five runs in five innings in a loss to San Diego, was an outlier. That poor outing included the only two home runs he's surrendered in his last seven games, a span in which Roark is 4-1 with a 2.49 ERA.
7/29/2016 Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B
Pujols went 2 for 4 on Thursday.

Analysis: He's batting .341 with four homers and 18 RBIs in his last 11 games.
7/29/2016 Yunel Escobar, LAA, 3B
Escobar extended his hitting streak to eight games Thursday.

Analysis: He's hitting .424 with four RBIs and six runs scored over that stretch.
7/29/2016 Jayson Werth, Was, LF
Werth singled in the fifth inning of Thursday's win over the Giants to extend his on-base streak to a career-high 31 games, the longest active streak in the majors.

Analysis: Werth, however, is batting just .236 with seven RBIs during the streak.
7/29/2016 Danny Espinosa, Was, SS
The slumping Espinosa had an RBI single and scored in the second inning of Thursday's 4-2 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Espinosa entered the game in a 2-for-34 slump. He has just three RBIs in 19 games since his last homer, his 18th of the season on July 4.
7/29/2016 Travis Shaw, Bos, 3B
Shaw recorded a hit in his fifth straight game Thursday.

Analysis: He's 6 for 17 with a homer, double and four RBIs over that span.
7/29/2016 Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B
Murphy had a 12-game hitting streak snapped Thursday but walked twice in a 4-2 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Murphy batted .417 during the streak with six homers and 19 RBIs.
7/29/2016 Xander Bogaerts, Bos, SS
Bogaerts pushed his hitting streak to 10 games Thursday.

Analysis: He's batting .429 with 10 runs scored during that stretch but is just 4 for 16 over the last four games.
7/29/2016 Trea Turner, Was, SS
Turner continued to make the case for more playing time Thursday as he went 2 for 4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in the Nationals' 4-2 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Turner has started nine of the team's last 10 games, batting .325 with six steals, and has been shifted to center field for the last three over the slumping Ben Revere. Turner has flourished since being moved into the leadoff spot four games ago, going 8 for 17 with four RBIs, four runs and three steals.
7/29/2016 Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B
Pedroia extended his streak of reaching base to 31 games Thursday.

Analysis: He's batting .389 with two homers, three doubles, five RBIs and eight runs scored during an eight-game hitting streak.
7/29/2016 Mookie Betts, Bos, RF
Betts drove in a run in his third straight game Thursday.

Analysis: He has seven RBIs over his last seven games and is second on the team with 66, which ties him for 10th place in the AL. During that seven-game stretch, Betts is batting .393 with two homers, five doubles and a triple.
7/29/2016 Sam Dyson, Tex, P
Dyson earned his 21st save in 23 opportunities Thursday, stranding the tying run at third base after walking the leadoff batter in the ninth.

Analysis: Dyson is 5 for 5 in save opportunities in July behind a 1.04 ERA.
7/29/2016 Cole Hamels, Tex, P
Hamels was dominant Thursday in winning his third straight start. The left-hander gave up two runs and struck out a season-high 12 in eight innings against the Royals.

Analysis: After allowing five earned runs in back-to-back outings against the Twins earlier this month, Hamels (12-2) has allowed two earned runs over 21 1/3 innings in his last three starts.
7/29/2016 Yordano Ventura, KC, P
Ventura was hurt by the longball Thursday as he lost his fifth straight decision. The right-hander gave up four hits in eight innings at Texas in his first career complete game, but three were solo homers.

Analysis: Ventura is 0-5 with a 5.66 ERA in six starts since beating the Tigers on June 17.
7/29/2016 Mitch Moreland, Tex, 1B
Moreland hit a pair of solo homers Thursday.

Analysis: He has five homers in his last 10 games while hitting .290. Moreland entered that streak with a .230 batting average.
7/29/2016 Rougned Odor, Tex, 2B
Odor hit his 19th homer of the season Thursday.

Analysis: He's batting .333 with four homers and 13 RBIs in his last 20 games.
7/29/2016 Paulo Orlando, KC, RF
Orlando hit a solo homer Thursday.

Analysis: He's batting .394 in his last nine games.
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