David Price
Red Sox's David Price: Two-start plans could change
David Price, SP, BOS
7:20 AM
News: Price is lined up to start Tuesday and then the final game of the regular season Sunday, but Boston manager John Farrell acknowledges those plans could change, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Price will start Game 162 only if the Red Sox need it to clinch the AL East, but after Saturday's slate of games, Boston's magic number for the division is three and they could clinch as early as Monday.

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Jhoulys Chacin
Angels' Jhoulys Chacin: Pitches well in another no-decision versus Astros
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, LAA
1:06 AM
News: Chacin allowed two runs (none earned) on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks over six innings in a no-decision Saturday against Houston.

He has yielded just two earned runs over his last three outings, but Chacin hasn't been able to win any of those games. Fortunately for Los Angeles, the Angels did come back to beat the Astros 10-4. Chacin has 13 strikeouts in his last 16.2 innings, but he did walk three Saturday. As a starter this season, he is 4-8 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 108.1 frames.

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Wade Miley
Orioles' Wade Miley: Strikes out 11 over 8.2 innings against Diamondbacks
Wade Miley, SP, BAL
12:28 AM
News: Miley (9-13) threw his longest outing since April, pitching 8.2 innings and allowing just one run on seven hits. He also struck out 11 and walked none in the victory against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

The left-hander didn't give up a run in his previous outing either, but taking that out of account, this near complete-game performance came out of nowhere. Before Saturday, Miley was 1-5 with a 7.55 ERA since coming over to Baltimore from Seattle at the trade deadline. He also had just seven strikeouts in his previous 10.1 frames. Miley is scheduled to pitch again next Saturday against the Yankees.

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Ariel Miranda
Mariners' Ariel Miranda: Takes loss with short outing, ending brief quality start streak
Ariel Miranda, SP, SEA
9/24/2016
News: Miranda (5-2) pitched four innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk, and did not record a strikeout in Saturday's loss to Minnesota.

His team didn't help him much by going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but Miranda wouldn't have qualified for a win anyway, although this was only the second time he's lasted less than five innings in his past nine starts. Run support has been a struggle lately for the Mariners, who've scored two runs or fewer in six of their past eight games (despite winning 11 of their last 15). Over his eight starts this year, Miranda owns a solid 3.47 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, and had three consecutive quality starts before this short outing. The 27-year-old lefty should make his last start of the season Thursday at home against the A's, a favorable matchup to consider by owners looking for spot starts during the final stretch.

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Tyler Duffey
Twins' Tyler Duffey: Helps Twins snap seven-game losing streak with quality start
Tyler Duffey, SP, MIN
9/24/2016
News: Duffey (9-11) held the Mariners to two runs on four hits, struck out four, and did not issue a walk in Saturday's home win.

The second-year pitcher continues to have success inducing ground balls to generate outs -- he made the Mariners hit 12 of them in this game - but he still sports an ugly 6.18 ERA and 1.47 WHIP due mostly to the high amount of homers he's allowed; out of his 24 starts, only 8 have been without allowing a long ball. He only gave up one in this game, but it was an absolute moonshot by Nelson Cruz that landed in the third deck, estimated at 454 feet. The 25-year-old righty is set to make his last start of the season Friday at U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox, opposite starter Carlos Rodon.

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Matt Andriese
Rays' Matt Andriese: Solid in Saturday no-decision
Matt Andriese, SP, TB
9/24/2016
News: Andriese didn't factor into the decision Saturday versus the Red Sox, giving up two earned runs on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five.

The 27-year-old righty actually pitched better than he had in notching victories in his two most recent starts, completing six full innings for the first time since Aug. 24. After a two-start stretch where he gave up a whopping 14 earned runs over nine innings, Andriese has bounced back to allow just five earned runs over the 16.1 innings covering his last three trips to the mound. He'll try to end the season on a winning note when he takes on the White Sox next Thursday.

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Rick Porcello
Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Tallies 22nd victory versus Rays on Saturday
Rick Porcello, SP, BOS
9/24/2016
News: Porcello (22-4) continued his storybook season in a 6-4 victory over the Rays on Saturday, striking out nine and giving up three earned runs and a walk on eight hits over 6.1 innings.

The ace right-hander fired a robust 116 pitches, with 80 of them finding the strike zone. All of Porcello's troubles were in the third inning, when he surrendered a two-RBI double to Brad Miller and a run-scoring single to Corey Dickerson. The 27-year-old has rattled off victories in eight of his last nine decisions and given up no more than three earned runs in 11 straight outings. He'll look to close out his Cy Young-caliber campaign with another win next Friday versus the Blue Jays.

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Raul Alcantara
Athletics' Raul Alcantara: Done in by long ball in Saturday loss
Raul Alcantara, SP, OAK
9/24/2016
News: Alcantara (1-2) gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Rangers. He struck out six.

Elvis Andrus was the source of all of Alcantara's problems Saturday, with the veteran shortstop tagging him for a pair of two-run homers in the second and sixth innings. He's now given up at least one round-tripper in each of his first four appearances, but the six innings represented his longest stint on the mound to date. Alcantara will look to finish the season on a high note against the Mariners next Friday.

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Daniel Norris
Tigers' Daniel Norris: Solid in Saturday no-decision
Daniel Norris, SP, DET
9/24/2016
News: Norris gave up two earned runs on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in a Saturday no-decision versus the Royals. He struck out six.

He was in line for the victory until the the normally reliable Francisco Rodriguez imploded in the ninth and gave up five runs to the Royals. Norris fired 64 of 100 pitches for strikes while also notching an impressive 16 swinging strikes during his time on the mound. The 23-year-old has put together a string of solid starts since his return to the major league club on Aug. 9, pitching at least five innings and giving up no more than three earned runs in his nine appearances over that span. Norris will try to wrap up his season in positive fashion when he takes on the Indians next Thursday.

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CC Sabathia
Yankees' CC Sabathia: Stellar over seven in Saturday no-decision
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
9/24/2016
News: Sabathia fired seven innings of scoreless, four-hit ball in a Saturday no-decision versus the Blue Jays. He walked three and also recorded a pair of strikeouts.

The ageless southpaw was outstanding while shutting down one of the most potent lineups in baseball. Sabathia has now posted scoreless performances in two of his last three trips to the mound, but now has four straight no-decisions overall. He'll face off with the Red Sox next Thursday in his final start of the regular season.

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