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  • TOR Starting Pitcher #16
    Yusei Kikuchi fanned a career-high 13 while limiting the Giants to two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday.
    It’s Kikuchi’s fifth career 10-strikeout game and first since he joined the Blue Jays in 2022. The showing should help his trade value some, but he still has a 6.38 ERA in his last five starts, mostly because he’s given up eight homers. Kikuchi will take a 4-8 record and a 4.00 ERA into his final start before the break, which will come Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
  • LAA Third Baseman #23
    Brandon Drury smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning on Wednesday, leading the Angels to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Mariners.
    The Angels weren’t able to get anything going against Luis Castillo in this one, but finally broke through and scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning, with Drury’s RBI knock off of Trent Thornton playing Kevin Pillar with the go-ahead run. The 31-year-old slugger finished the day 2-for-4 and is now hitting .172/.253/.213 with a homer and eight RBI.
  • LAA Relief Pitcher #53
    Carlos Estévez closed out the Mariners yet again on Wednesday afternoon, working a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a one-run advantage.
    The 31-year-old closer made it look awfully easy in this one, getting Jason Vosler on a line drive to short, Tyler Locklear on a foul pop to first and Luke Raley on a fly ball to center — needing just nine pitches (seven strikes) to register his 20th save of the season. An increasingly popular target on the trade front, Estévez could be closing games in a new uniform next week.
  • LAA Starting Pitcher #47
    Griffin Canning pitched well in a no-decision against the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon, allowing just one run on four hits over his five innings of work.
    Canning piled up six strikeouts on the day while issuing three free passes. The lone tally against him came on a solo homer off the bat of Mitch Haniger in the second inning. That sole run was enough to put him in line for a loss until the Angels scratched out a run of their own in the eighth. Canning got 11 whiffs on 94 pitches on the day — five of those on his changeup — while posting a CSW of 23 percent. He’ll look to build off of this strong outing when he totes a 5.04 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and a 79/41 K/BB ratio (110 2/3 innings) into Tuesday’s tilt against the Rockies.
  • SEA Right Fielder #17
    Mitch Haniger clubbed his ninth home run of the season on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to power the Mariners to victory over the Angels.
    Haniger opened the scoring in the contest with a 405-foot solo shot off of Griffin Canning in the second inning, but that proved to be the extent of their offense in the contest. The 33-year-old outfielder finished the day 1-for-2 plus a walk and is now hitting .207/.287/.342 with nine long balls and 35 RBI on the season.
  • SEA Starting Pitcher #58
    Luis Castillo was magnificent in a tough-luck no-decision against the Angels on Wednesday, scattering five hits over six innings of scoreless baseball.
    The 31-year-old right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing a pair of free passes. The Angels had plenty of traffic on base against him — putting two men on three times in the first four innings — but were never able to break through. Castillo generated nine swings and misses on 100 pitches on the day, registering a CSW of 31 percent. He’ll look to replicate this fine outing as he carries a 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 126/37 K/BB ratio (130 1/3 innings) into Tuesday’s battle against the Red Sox.
  • HOU Second Baseman #27
    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI on Wednesday, leading the Astros to an 8-1 victory over the Athletics.
    Altuve was at the epicenter of Houston’s eight-run explosion during Wednesday’s series finale in Oakland, tallying three hits, including a pivotal run-scoring double at the outset of a four-run outburst in the seventh inning. The 34-year-old veteran second baseman has turned in an unbelievable season so far, batting .307 (126-for-410) with 59 runs scored, 14 homers, 46 RBI and 15 stolen bases across 99 games.
  • HOU Relief Pitcher #50
    Tayler Scott fired a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday against the Athletics.
    Scott has been one of the better finds for Houston’s front office in recent years as he’s compiled a remarkable 1.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 44/22 K/BB ratio across 47 2/3 innings (43 appearances) in his Astros debut. The 32-year-old journeyman right-hander, who made appearances for three teams last year, signed a minor league pact with the Astros last December and has gone on to collect seven wins in relief so far. That’ll do.
  • HOU Starting Pitcher #58
    Hunter Brown recorded eight strikeouts and allowed one run over six innings on Wednesday in a win over the Athletics.
    Brown delivered a stellar performance during Wednesday afternoon’s series finale at pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum, generating an eye-popping 19 swinging strikes and finishing with a 30 percent CSW. He gave up eight hits, but a second-inning double from Miguel Andujar represented the lone tally against him over six frames. The 25-year-old righty has been magnificent over the last few months, allowing three earned runs or fewer in 11 of his last 12 starts since May 22. He’ll aim to keep the momentum going on Tuesday when he faces off against the Pirates at Minute Maid Park.
  • OAK Starting Pitcher #38
    JP Sears was charged with eight runs (seven earned) over six innings on Wednesday in a loss to the Astros.
    The final line looks a lot worse than the actual performance here as Sears managed to limit Houston’s lineup to just four runs over the first six innings of Wednesday’s series finale before the metaphorical wheels came off the wagon as he was ultimately charged with four additional runs in the seventh inning. He struck out three and didn’t hand out a free pass. He’ll bring a serviceable 4.81 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 83/32 K/BB ratio across 112 1/3 innings (21 starts) into a road tilt on Tuesday against the Giants.
  • COL Right Fielder #9
    Brenton Doyle crushed a grand slam and tallied five RBI on Wednesday, powering the Rockies to a 20-7 blowout victory over the Red Sox.
    It was a career day for Doyle during Wednesday afternoon’s matinee at Coors Field as he delivered a run-scoring single off Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta in the second inning before blasting a grand slam -- his 17th round-tripper of the season -- off reliever Chase Anderson a couple frames later to give Colorado a commanding 19-3 lead at the time. The Rockies finished with 20 runs on 21 hits combined in the one-sided affair. The 26-year-old center fielder has been phenomenal over the last few weeks, batting .310 (36-for-116) with 12 homers, 32 RBI and two steals over his last 30 contests.