Phillies' Maikel Franco homers in first game back from DL
Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and RBI single in Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Miami Marlins .
Franco promptly returned to his hitting ways after returning from the disabled list, belting his first home run since Aug. 10. The 23-year-old has exceeded expectations in his rookie season, posting a .359 wOBA and .219 ISO. With impressive numbers in 300 at-bats, Franco will be an intriguing player to follow next year.
Leury Garcia delivers walk-off hit in White Sox win over Tigers
Leury Garcia came off the Chicago White Sox bench to hit a walk-off RBI single in Saturday's 4-3 over the Detroit Tigers .
Originally inserted into the game as a pinch-runner for Melky Cabrera , Garcia wound up receiving a crucial turn at bat - hitting a game-ending single against Neftali Feliz . The walk-off hit is a nice coup for Garcia, who has otherwise played sparingly since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Indians' Ryan Raburn blasts off with eighth homer in win over Red Sox
Cleveland Indians utility man Ryan Raburn went for 1 for 2 with a solo homer in Saturday's 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox .
It was business as usual for Raburn against left-handed pitching, with all eight of his homers this season coming off southpaws. Although he has only tallied 173 at-bats in 2015--primarily against the left-handers that he typically punishes--Raburn has posted an impressive .301 average that is 43 points higher than his career .258 mark.
Two hits for White Sox CF Adam Eaton in Saturday win over Tigers
Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton went 2 for 5 with a stolen base and run scored in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers .
Eaton has continued to rake, putting together a 14-for-35 stretch with three steals and six RBI. With a .905 OPS in the second half, Eaton has turned a corner and dramatically improved his fantasy stock this season.
Indians' Carlos Santana slugs 19th home run in win over Red Sox
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 2 for 3 with a double and a solo homer in Saturday's 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox .
Santana posted his third two-hit outing in the last four games, and has four RBI over the first two games of the season-ending series against the Red Sox. Although he did suffer a drop in homers this season, Santana has now matched last season's 85 RBI and has crossed the plate 72 times, four more than his total in 2014.
Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow surrenders two homers in loss Saturday
Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow (0-4) surrendered five hits and two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. He struck out two.
The veteran southpaw acquitted himself reasonably well in his two starts at the tail end of 2015, amassing an impressive 1.98 ERA over 9 1/3 innings. Breslow's undoing Saturday was the long ball, with both Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn taking him deep. After pitching on a one-year contract in 2015, the 35-year-old Breslow's future is uncertain.
Tigers SP Alfredo Simon diagnosed with patella tendinosis in left knee
A day after Detroit Tigers starter Alfredo Simon said he pitched hurt all season, Tigers' head trainer Kevin Rand clarified the situation by explaining Simon has patella tendinosis, a chronic knee condition the team knew about before they acquired him in trade, reports MLive.com. Patellar tendonosis is also known as jumper's knee.
"If it was an injury, he wouldn't have been pitching with it," Rand said. "If it was a structural injury, he would not have been pitching."
Simon had an up and down season, and after Friday's outing, he blamed the inconsistencies on the left knee issue. Specifically, he said it reduced his velocity at times and meant he couldn't keep the ball down with regularity.
He's headed to free agency this offseason and this little tiff probably did him more harm than good. He returned to Detroit on Saturday to get a platelet-rich plasma injection, just as he did after pitching for the Cincinnati Reds last season.
Indians RP Cody Allen works clean inning for 33rd save on Saturday
Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen secured his 33th save in Saturday's 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox , pitching a scoreless and hitless inning while also striking out a batter.
Allen has not allowed an earned run in nine consecutive appearances and has brought his ERA down to 3.03, the lowest it's been since his first outing of 2015. After a rough April in which he posted two separate four-run outings, Allen settled down and only surrendered more than one earned run on one other occasion. The 26-year-old also set a career high in saves this season, and with an impressive 12.91 K/9 rate, appears to have the stuff necessary to take his game to an even higher level next season.
Chris Coghlan snaps out of slump with three hits in Cubs' win Saturday
Chicago Cubs utility man Chris Coghlan went 3 for 4 with a double and run scored in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers .
Coghlan's multi-hit performance ends a woeful 2-for-28 skid. The versatile Coghlan has been an asset for the Cubs, making starts at five different positions while belting a career-high 16 home runs. Despite receiving 437 at-bats, Coghlan hasn't started a game against a left-handed pitcher in 2015
Indians SP Corey Kluber snaps losing skid with eight shutout innings
Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber (9-16) blanked the Boston Red Sox over eight innings Saturday in 2-0 victory, surrendering only three hits and two walks. He struck out nine.
After a five-start losing streak during which he was done in by a combination of questionable pitching and inconsistent run support, the stars finally aligned for Kluber on Saturday. The outing marked his second eight-inning shutout of 2015, and the third time overall that he blanked the opposing squad during his time on the mound.
Although his ERA did rise over last year's number by a full point--going from 2.44 to 3.49--it was actually lower than the 3.85 figure he'd posted while amassing a solid 11-5 record in 2013. Kluber's other key metrics did not suffer any drastic drops this season either, and his BB/9 rate actually improved from 2014's 1.95 to 1.82. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old practically reversed his 2014 American League All-Stars Cy Young-winning 18-9 record during a disappointing campaign, but certainly has the talent to rebound strongly next season.