It was his first career three home run game and the 10th multi-homer game of Donaldson's career. The reigning AL MVP has been overshadowed a little by teammate Edwin Encarnacion this season but Donaldson still has a fantastic .294/.407/.578 slash line with 33 homers, 91 RBI and 105 runs scored on the year with plenty of baseball left to play. He may not repeat as MVP, but his 2016 campaign may end up being just as valuable as last year's.
He's racked up four multi-hit performances in his last five games with three home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored, pushing Machado's slash line on the season to .309/.360/.564. Expect him to once again be a big part of the conversation when it comes to the AL MVP at the end of the year.
Profar had served in a bench role over the past six days while he's remained in an extended swoon in August, batting just .148 with a .220 on-base percentage in 59 plate appearances this month. While the 23-year-old's versatility has allowed him to see opportunities all over the diamond and in the outfield this season, the Rangers' wealth of hitting options might make it hard for Profar to see everyday playing time until his bat heats up again.
Much like Alex Rodriguez before him, Headley is another underperfoming veteran who has seen his at-bats trend downward with the Yankees looking to open up more playing time for some of their younger bats over the final two months. Headley will hit the bench Sunday for the sixth time in nine games, paving the way for 23-year-old Ronald Torreyes to take over as the club's primary third baseman. It doesn't look as though Torreyes will surrender those duties back to Headley anytime soon, as the youngster has gone an impressive 12-for-23 with six extra-base knocks in his past seven games.
The Yankees seem to be fully embracing a rebuild at this stage of the season, with veterans like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and now Chase Headley seeing their roles diminished in the second half. In Headley's case, it's Torreyes who has been the main beneficiary. Though the 23-year-old still remains a low-end fantasy option, he's certainly justified his place in the lineup of late, going 12-for-23 with five doubles, a homer, four RBI and six runs in his last seven contests.
The rookie extended the Astros' lead to 4-0 in the third with a 341-foot shot to left that drove home George Springer, and followed with a run-scoring hit to center in the next frame that brought in Marwin Gonzalez. Bregman now has hits in five straight and 10 of his last 11, bringing his improving season line up to .242/.301/.435 after a slow start.
The power-hitting third baseman stayed hot on a day in which he reached three times and drove in a pair of key runs with a seventh-inning single. Donaldson now has a six-game hitting streak, with two homers and six RBI over that span.
He went deep for the second straight game after not having hit a homer since July 1 prior to yesterday's blast. Plouffe's 360-foot blast to right in the seventh plated Max Kepler and extended the Twins' lead to 7-3 at the time. The 30-year-old has now reached safely in four straight and tallied six RBI over the last contests.
After missing three straight games to rest his sore foot, Seager will return to the Mariners lineup Saturday and bat fifth. Seager, who hits just .230 with a .723 OPS against lefties, will be welcomed back to the order in time to face Chicago southpaw Jose Quintana.
Donaldson has now gone deep in consecutive games and has hit the 30-homer mark in consecutive seasons. He's also hit safely in five straight and has four RBI in the last two contests.