Pirates' Matt Joyce: Comes through in rare start
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(1:21 am ET) Joyce went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Astros.

Joyce's RBI double got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, as the veteran took advantage of a rare night in the lineup. His usual duty as a pinch-hitter limits the former Rays slugger's effectiveness, though.


Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Homers in win over Mariners
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(1:19 am ET) Ellsbury homered, scored twice and drove in two runs in a win Tuesday over the Mariners.

Ellsbury has now homered twice in his past five games. This power surge follows a stretch in which he went 116 at-bats without a home run and hit just .224/.272/.267 from July 15 through August 16. Unfortunately, that has been the Ellsbury who has shown up for most of the year; he owns just a .262/.321/.368 batting line and six home runs on the season.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Smacks two homers against Astros
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(1:17 am ET) Polanco went 3-for-4 with two homers, three runs and three RBI in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Astros.

Polanco got off to a hot start with an RBI single off rookie starter Joe Musgrove in the first, and piled on with solo homers in the third and fifth innings. The 24-year-old outfielder hit just nine long balls in 153 games last season, but has already managed more than double that amount in only 110 games this year. His massive increase in power more than makes up for a downturn in steals.


Pirates' Ivan Nova: Throws complete-game gem Tuesday
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(1:09 am ET) Nova (3-0) held the Astros to just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six in a complete-game gem Tuesday.

Nova has been a valuable addition since coming over from the Yankees, holding the opposition to nine runs over 25.1 innings in four starts en route to a 3-0 record with his new team. This was by far his best effort yet, as the 29-year-old needed just 98 pitches to get 27 outs after failing to pitch more than seven innings on any previous occasion this season. Another strong outing could be in the cards when he faces an underwhelming Brewers team on the road Sunday.


Astros' Joe Musgrove: Struggles for second straight start
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(1:03 am ET) Musgrove (1-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over just four innings in Tuesday's loss at Pittsburgh while striking out two without a walk.

The rookie looked impressive in his firth three major league appearances, but has come crashing down to earth with 13 runs allowed in just 9.1 innings over his last two outings. Musgrove will have a good chance to rebound in his next start, as he faces the Athletics at home Monday. While he has been good at Minute Maid Park, it'll be tough to trust him after mixed results through 27.2 innings with the Astros.


Mets' Justin Ruggiano: Mashes second homer in win over Cardinals
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(12:59 am ET) Ruggiano hit his second home run in a 1-for-3 game with a walk in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Ruggiano is off to a hot start for the Mets, with two home runs out of his six hits to go with six RBI in just three games since he came off the disabled list August 18. With Jay Bruce struggling, Ruggiano could be in line for many more at-bats if the Mets opt to ride the hot hand.


Cardinals' Jaime Garcia: Gives up six runs to Mets in loss
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(12:57 am ET) Garcia (10-9) allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts over just four innings in a loss Tuesday to the Mets.

Garcia has now allowed five home runs over his past two starts and has watched his ERA jump from 4.04 to 4.37 in the process. He still had hitters whiffing, as he induced 12 swinging strikes in just 64 pitches, but his mistakes were regularly punished. Garcia had just a 0.8 HR/9 in his first 22 starts of the season, though, so there's good reason to believe he can turn this around.


Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Three hits in loss Tuesday
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(12:53 am ET) Gonzalez went 3-for-4 in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

This was a big rebound performance for the versatile fielder after he had been hitless in his previous four starts. Houston's overall offensive ineptitude against Pirates starter Ivan Nova sadly kept Gonzalez from doing more with this three-hit effort.


Orioles' Matt Wieters: Drives in two Tuesday
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(12:47 am ET) Wieters went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBI in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Nationals.

Wieters followed up a second-inning RBI double with a run-scoring single in the seventh. The catcher had driven in just three runs in his previous 15 games, so this was a much-needed offensive breakout. Don't expect things to pick up much going forward, though, as Wieters is on pace to finish with a slugging percentage below .400 for the first time since 2010.


Orioles' Mark Trumbo: Two hits in Tuesday win
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(12:37 am ET) Turbo went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Nationals.

While Trumbo has been consistently launching balls out of the park, this was surprisingly only his second multi-hit effort since Jul. 22. The feast-or-famine right fielder's power has entrenched him as a key cog in the heart of the Orioles lineup, and that's unlikely to change given his seven homers in 11 games coming into this one.


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