Chris Young
Royals' Chris Young: Takes no-decision against Nationals
Chris Young, SP, KC
3:09 AM
News: Young allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over 4.2 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Nationals.

Young was helped out by his bullpen, as Luke Hochevar recorded the final out of the fifth inning with the bases loaded. The Royals starter was shaky all day. He threw just 10 first-pitch strikes to 20 batters, drew just five swinging strikes in 85 pitches, and gave up a pair of home runs. Young has now gone three starts since his last quality start and now has a 5.76 ERA.

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Alcides Escobar
Royals' Alcides Escobar: Records four hits, stolen base against Nationals
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
2:17 AM
News: Escobar went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

Escobar had been struggling mightily, with just one multi-hit game in his last 10 contests. His batting line is just .259/.288/.321 but he is at least making the most of the limited times he has been on base -- he already has seven stolen bases, putting him on pace for 43 this season.

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Luke Gregerson
Astros' Luke Gregerson: Picks up sixth save against Twins
Luke Gregerson, RP, HOU
1:53 AM
News: Gregerson struck out one in a perfect ninth to close out the Twins for his sixth save Tuesday night.

Gregerson is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities and has yet to allow a run in a save situation. He has now struck out a batter in four straight appearances to give him eight strikeouts to go with his 1.64 ERA.

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Collin McHugh
Astros' Collin McHugh: Wins over Twins
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU
1:47 AM
News: McHugh allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings in a win Tuesday over the Twins.

McHugh induced 12 swinging strikes and was nasty at times, but he was touched up for a pair of home runs. McHugh has a decent 23:7 K:BB in 27.1 innings, but hitters are squaring him up with ease this season. Opposing batters now have 43 hits and a .411 BABIP against McHugh in 2016. Hits won't keep dropping against McHugh like this forever, but his velocity is down from 2015 (89.8 MPH average fastball) and he is allowing more line drives and fly balls in 2016 than he did last season.

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Jason Castro
Astros' Jason Castro: Homers against Twins
Jason Castro, C, HOU
1:39 AM
News: Castro hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Castro's defense has kept him in the lineup through a brutal start to the season, but he was entering the game hitting .175/.299/.263, pushing the limits of what is acceptable from even the best of defensive catchers. Castro has showed solid power throughout his career, as he has homered at least 11 times in each of the past three season. His power won't matter, however, if he can't rectify his 35.7 percent strikeout rate.

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George Springer
Astros' George Springer: Homers for second straight night
George Springer, RF, HOU
1:33 AM
News: Springer hit a two-run home run, walked twice and scored twice in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Springer's power has been streaky this year. He hit his second, third and fourth home runs in a four day stretch in mid-April. Now, after 11 games without a dinger, Springer has two in as many nights. His slugging percentage has jumped .446 to .500 with the latest power surge.

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Danny Santana
Twins' Danny Santana: Homers in loss to Astros
Danny Santana, CF, MIN
1:19 AM
News: Santana hit his first home run, a leadoff blast, and stole a base in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Santana's poor .298 on-base percentage continues to restrict him, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon, as he has just a 3.5 percent walk rate in 203 career games. But his batting average is up to a solid .283, and he now has four stolen bases in seven opportunities. He's going to be running whenever he's on base, now he just has to get on enough to make his speed count. Don't expect the power to be a regular bonus -- it was Santana's first since August 31, 2014.

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Sonny Gray
Athletics' Sonny Gray: Roughed up by Mariners
Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
1:15 AM
News: Gray (3-3) allowed seven runs on 11 hits over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, striking out six with just one walk.

This was Gray's second consecutive subpar outing after he allowed four runs in just two innings pitched his last time out. He's still walking over four batters per nine innings despite improvement in that category this time around, and now batters are also starting to pile up hits against the 26-year-old. Gray's ability to pitch deep into games has earned him six decisions in six starts, but he's going to have to be more effective in those extensive innings if he wants to climb back above .500 Monday in Boston.

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David Robertson
White Sox's David Robertson: Picks up ninth save against Red Sox
David Robertson, RP, CHW
1:11 AM
News: Robertson threw a clean inning with a strikeout to pick up his ninth save Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Robertson is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities and has been fantastic all year, with a 15:4 K:BB in 12.1 innings and a 0.73 ERA. Robertson has struggled with the home run ball the past two years, but he has yet to surrender one in 2016.

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Jose Quintana
White Sox's Jose Quintana: Throws eight strong innings in win over Red Sox
Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
1:07 AM
News: Quintana allowed just one run on four hits with five strikeouts over eight innings in a win Tuesday over the Red Sox.

Quintana had faced the minimum until Hanley Ramirez took him deep in the fifth inning. Ramirez would be the only runner to get past first base against Quintana. Nearly two-thirds of Quintana's strike zones went for a strike not in play (called strike, swinging strike or foul ball). That meant Quintana was pitching ahead in the count almost the whole night, and as a result he was able to quiet the Red Sox despite inducing just four swinging strikes.

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