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|9/29/2014||Yordano Ventura, P (KC)||Ventura gave up four runs over just four innings in Kansas City's 6-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday.
Analysis: Ventura's season ended on a somewhat sour note. He had been 7-2 with a 2.08 ERA over his previous 10 starts before Sunday.
|9/29/2014||Billy Butler, DH (KC)||Butler was 2 for 2 with his 32nd double in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.
Analysis: The Royals are in the AL's wild-card game despite Butler hitting a career-low .271 in 151 contests.
|9/29/2014||Nori Aoki, RF (KC)||Aoki was 2 for 3 against the White Sox on Sunday to close his regular season.
Analysis: Aoki hit .370 over his final nine games to raise his season average from .261 to .285.
|9/29/2014||Alcides Escobar, SS (KC)||Escobar was 2 for 3 in Sunday's season finale against the White Sox, finishing with a .285 batting average - the second-highest of his career over a full season.
Analysis: Escobar enters the postseason on a red-hot stretch, batting .412 over his last 12 contests.
|9/29/2014||Paul Konerko, 1B (CWS)||Konerko was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts Sunday against Kansas City in the final game of his career.
Analysis: Konerko posted a .572 OPS while playing just 81 games this year - not exactly a fitting end to the career of one of the most productive hitters of his generation. He finishes with a .279 career average with 439 homers and 1,412 RBIs over 2,349 games.
|9/29/2014||Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY)||New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Rodriguez will have to show in spring training that he can still play.
Analysis: Rodriguez served a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27. Turning his attention to next season at a Yankee Stadium news conference Monday, Girardi said he expected Rodriguez to be a starter at third but cautioned, ''We've got to see where he's physically at.'' Rodriguez is signed for three additional seasons for a total of $61 million.
|9/29/2014||Adam Eaton, CF (CWS)||Eaton was 3 for 3 in Sunday's season finale against Kansas City, finishing with a batting average right at .300.
Analysis: Eaton proved to be a solid pickup this season for the White Sox and hit .364 over his final 11 contests to finish at the .300 mark.
|9/29/2014||Ichiro Suzuki, RF (NYY)||Suzuki hit his second triple of the season in a 9-5 season-closing win over Boston on Sunday.
Analysis: Ichiro looked somewhat rejuvenated at the plate this season, posting a .284 batting average - his best since hitting .315 in 2010.
|9/29/2014||Michael Pineda, P (NYY)||Pineda matched his career high with 10 strikeouts over 6 1-3 innings Sunday, giving up one run and three hits in a 9-5 victory in Boston.
Analysis: Injuries limited Pineda to 13 starts but he was impressive when he was on the mound, going 5-5 with a 1.89 ERA.
|9/29/2014||Clay Buchholz, P (Bos)||Buchholz lost a career-worst 11th game in Sunday's 9-5 defeat against the Yankees, giving up four runs over six innings.
Analysis: The whole season was a struggle for Buchholz, who ended the season on a particularly bad note. He posted a 6.62 ERA while dropping each of his final three starts.
|9/29/2014||Ian Kinsler, 2B (Det)||Kinsler was 3 for 4 with his 17th homer in a 3-0 win over Minnesota on Sunday - his career-best 161st game of the season.
Analysis: Kinsler hit 40 doubles with a career-high 92 RBIs in his first season as a Tiger.
|9/29/2014||David Price, P (Det)||Price recorded his 15th win Sunday in a 3-0 victory over Minnesota, striking out eight over 7 1-3 innings.
Analysis: Price has been a little disappointing for Detroit, going 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts, but he'll be a weapon in the playoffs if Sunday's outing was any indication.
|9/29/2014||Jonathan Schoop, 2B (Bal)||Schoop hit his 16th homer in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Toronto.
Analysis: Schoop struggled this season, batting .209 with 45 RBIs in 137 games.
|9/29/2014||R.A. Dickey, P (Tor)||Dickey failed to surpass his 14 wins from 2013 in his final start of 2014 despite a solid showing, giving up only two hits over six innings in a 1-0 loss to Baltimore. The lone run came on a Jonathan Schoop homer.
Analysis: Dickey went 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA over his final seven starts and posted a 3.71 ERA for the season.
|9/29/2014||Miguel Gonzalez, P (Bal)||Gonzalez notched his 10th victory in his final start of the season Sunday, giving up five hits over five innings in a 1-0 win over Toronto.
Analysis: Gonzalez went 6-4 with a 2.09 ERA over his final 13 starts this season.
|9/29/2014||T.J. House, P (Cle)||House ended his year with his third straight victory, limiting Tampa Bay to one run over five innings in a 7-2 win on Sunday.
Analysis: House with 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA over his final five starts this year.
|9/29/2014||David Murphy, RF (Cle)||Murphy was 2 for 4 with his eighth homer in a 7-2 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Analysis: Murphy was batting .294 after May 21 but hit a much more pedestrian .245 in 86 games since.
|9/29/2014||Alex Cobb, P (TB)||Cobb took the loss in his final start of the season Sunday, giving up four runs in six innings of a 7-2 defeat to Cleveland. He gave up two homers for only the second time this season.
Analysis: At 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA in 27 starts, Cobb was certainly shortchanged some wins due to a lack of hitting by the Rays. He averaged 3.63 runs of support.
|9/29/2014||Neil Walker, 2B (Pit)||Walker went 2 for 4 with a home run in Sunday's regular-season finale.
Analysis: Walker's long ball was his 23rd of the year, tied with Brian Dozier for the most among second basemen. His previous career high was 16 set last year.
|9/29/2014||Johnny Cueto, P (Cin)||Cueto singled home the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory in Sunday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Cueto (20-9) gave up six hits in eight innings, including Neil Walker's homer, as he became the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games since Danny Jackson in 1988. He's the first Reds right-hander to win 20 since 1965, when Sammy Ellis and Jim Maloney did it.
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