Neil Walker
Mets' Neil Walker: Continues fine hitting Saturday
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
7:18 AM
News: Walker tied his career-high in home runs, blasting his 23rd Saturday against the Phillies.

Walker hasn't missed a beat since returning from paternity leave. He was on fire before missing three games and has picked up from where he left off. Walker has more than a month to set a new career-best mark and should be in the lineup almost daily as the Mets play for a Wild Card spot.

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David Price
Red Sox's David Price: Gets ERA below 4.00
David Price, SP, BOS
7:14 AM
News: Price allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Boston's 8-3 win over Kansas City on Saturday.

A big start for Price, who stopped Boston's three-game losing streak while lowering his season ERA, which stood at 6.75 in May, to 3.97. The improved velocity and location of his fastball, with a corresponding improved changeup, have fueled Price's best stretch of the season. He's allowed just 13 earned runs over 48 innings (2.44 ERA), over his last seven starts. The signs are there that he's pitching like a pitcher upon whom the Red Sox lavished $30 million per year in the offseason.

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Noah Syndergaard
Mets' Noah Syndergaard: Brilliant effort Saturday
Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYM
7:08 AM
News: Syndergaard had his second straight dominant start, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings to notch the win Saturday against Philadelphia.

With the strong effort, Thor improved to 12-7 on the year while lowering his ERA to 2.55, third best in the majors. Syndergaard loves facing the Phillies, as he is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four starts against them. He will next face the Nationals in a key series for the Mets.

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Rafael Montero
Mets' Rafael Montero: Starting for Mets on Monday
Rafael Montero, RP, NYM
7:02 AM
News: Montero will be promoted and start Monday in place of Jacob deGrom, whose turn on the rotation os being skipped due to fatigue and to work on mechanical issues, ESPN New York reports.

Montero opened the season at Triple-A Las Vegas but was demoted due to poor performance after he posted a 4.60 ERA in 16 starts with the 51s. With his prospect status diminished and his career possibly hanging by a thread, Montero turned it around at Double-A Binghamton, posting a 1.70 ERA in eight starts, albeit with 19 walks in 47.2 innings pitched. With the rosters expanding Thursday, look for Montero to remain with the Mets as a spot-starter and bullpen arm.

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Brian Johnson
Red Sox's Brian Johnson: Roughed up Saturday
Brian Johnson, SP, BOS
6:26 AM
News: Johnson allowed seven runs on eights hits, including three homers, in a loss for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.

A rough outing for Johnson, who had been on a roll entering Saturday's game, having allowed the six earned runs over his previous five starts spanning 30.2 innings. The good stretch of pitching has featured the pinpoint control that characterized the left-hander's rise through the system. Given his two-month layoff to address anxiety issues, Johnson still has a lot of innings left in his arm. The Red Sox will likely call him up when rosters expand in September.

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Jackie Bradley
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley: Two hits from the nine hole
Jackie Bradley, CF, BOS
6:14 AM
News: Bradley went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Boston's 8-3 win over Kansas City on Saturday.

Bradley has been in a free fall in August, dragging a .167 batting average (15-for-90) with 32 strikeouts in the previous 24 games entering Saturday's game. The slump was enough to drop him in the order to the No. 9 hole. His production Saturday night, coming off the white hot Danny Duffy of the Royals, could be the start of a turnaround.

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Ryan Hanigan
Red Sox's Ryan Hanigan: Begins rehab assignment Saturday
Ryan Hanigan, C, BOS
6:02 AM
News: Hanigan (ankle) began a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Portland on Saturday, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.

Hanigan, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 5 with a case of peroneal tendinitis in his left ankle, went 0-for-3 with an RBI while catching seven innings. The catcher is expected to return to Boston when rosters expand in September.

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Koji Uehara
Red Sox's Koji Uehara: More bullpens
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
5:58 AM
News: Uehara (pectoral muscle), who threw a 53-pitch bullpen session Friday, will throw another one Monday, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.

Optimism is the word to describe how the Red Sox feel when discussing Uehara's return this season. Manager John Farrell said he expected Uehara to begin facing live hitters in a batting practice setting within the week. "Given the two bullpens that he's thrown and the volume combined with the intensity, he's making some pretty good strides here of late," Farrell said.

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Hernan Perez
Brewers' Hernan Perez: Smacks pair of homers in Saturday loss
Hernan Perez, 3B, MIL
5:40 AM
News: Perez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and a solo shot in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Pirates.

The emerging infielder opened the scoring for the Brewers with a 398-foot shot in the first that drove in Scooter Gennett and Ryan Braun, before adding a solo shot in the third to give Milwaukee a 5-1 lead at the time. The round-trippers were Perez's first since Aug. 18, while the multi-hit effort was his seventh of the month. The 25-year-old's breakout season includes a .281/.308/.470 line with 11 doubles, a pair of triples, 13 homers and 47 RBI.

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Jeremy Hellickson
Phillies' Jeremy Hellickson: Allows five runs Saturday
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, PHI
5:36 AM
News: Hellickson allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings in a 12-1 loss to the Mets on Saturday. He struck out four and walked three.

Hellickson entered the game with a 2.60 ERA in his previous 11 starts. He was victimized by the long ball Saturday, allowing a two-run homer and a three-run homer in back-to-back innings. He'll face the Braves in his next start.

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