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  • Tony Gonsolin LAD SP
    Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Pitches two innings in return
    2h ago

    Gonsolin (forearm) tossed two innings against Colorado on Monday, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out three batters in a no-decision.

    Gonsolin missed over a month while dealing with a right forearm strain, so his start Monday was intentionally brief. The right-hander threw 40 pitches (24 for strikes) and did well by striking out three batters, though a trio of Rockies hits in the second inning resulted in a run against him. Gonsolin finished the regular season with a standout 2.14 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 130.1 innings, but the time missed due to injury means he won't qualify to be among the league leaders in those categories. Gonsolin will next throw a simulated game Sunday, and if that goes well, he's expected to be placed on the NLDS roster as a potential starter in Game 3 or 4, per Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA.

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  • Justin Lawrence COL RP
    Rockies' Justin Lawrence: Notches first big-league save
    2h ago

    Lawrence recorded a save against the Dodgers on Monday, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Usual closer Daniel Bard pitched two innings while recording a save Sunday, so he was given the day off while Lawrence was summoned in the ninth inning after Colorado had taken a one-run lead. The righty Lawrence allowed a leadoff single to Trea Turner but got the next three batters to fly out to notch his first career major-league save. Lawrence has struggled with a 5.70 ERA and 1.55 WHIP with the Rockies this season, and he's likely not in the plans as a future closer for Colorado.

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  • Jose Urena COL SP
    Rockies' Jose Urena: Pitches well in no-decision
    2h ago

    Urena did not factor in the decision against the Dodgers on Monday, allowing one run on five hits and no walks while striking out four batters over six innings.

    The Dodgers have wrapped up MLB's best regular-season record, but that didn't intimidate Urena as he logged one of his best starts of the campaign. The right-hander gave up only one run (on a Trayce Thompson solo homer) and didn't walk any batters for just the second time this season. It was the culmination of a nice late-season turnaround for Urena, who had a 6.13 ERA after a poor start Sept. 4 but has since lowered that to 5.01 by giving up just seven earned runs over 28 innings across his subsequent five starts.

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  • Wil Myers SD RF
    Padres' Wil Myers: Goes deep Monday
    2h ago

    Myers went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's 7-4 win against San Francisco.

    Neither team was able to score until the Padres put up seven runs in the eighth inning. Myers' 423-foot shot to center field accounted for the final three runs of the offensive outburst. This was the veteran outfielder's first start since Sept. 28, as Jose Azocar and Jurickson Profar have been starting in the outfield alongside Juan Soto of late. Myers has been limited by injuries in 2022 and has only six homers and 39 RBI along with a .260/.313/.390 slash line over 278 plate appearances.

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  • Sean Hjelle SF RP
    Giants' Sean Hjelle: Fans eight in bulk-relief role
    2h ago

    Hjelle did not factor in the decision against San Diego on Monday, pitching five scoreless innings during which he allowed four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters.

    John Brebbia started for San Francisco but pitched only one inning. Hjelle ended up logging a starter's workload, throwing 76 pitches over five frames and holding the Padres without a run. It was the second time this season that the right-hander has tossed five innings in relief, and his eight strikeouts Monday were a season high. Hjelle has pitched well over his past three appearances, giving up just three earned runs across 13 innings, but a pair of blowups prior to that means he'll likely finish his rookie campaign with an unappealing 5.76 ERA and 1.64 WHIP.

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  • Josh Hader SD RP
    Padres' Josh Hader: Notches 36th save
    2h ago

    Hader registered a save against the Giants on Monday, striking out one batter over a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.

    The Padres entered the ninth inning up 7-0, so it looked like Hader would get the night off. However, Tim Hill was very wild and gave up four runs while retiring just one batter, creating a save situation for Hader. The veteran closer settled things down with a strikeout of Austin Slater before hitting Joey Bart with a pitch, and he finished off the save by inducing a flyout. Hader appeared to have lost his way throughout much of August, but since the final day of that month he's allowed just one earned run across 12 appearances while racking up seven saves in eight chances and posting a 14:2 K:BB.

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  • Eric Haase DET C
    Tigers' Eric Haase: Takes seat Monday
    12h ago

    Haase isn't starting Monday against the Mariners.

    After recording four hits over the last two games, including two home runs, Haase will get a breather Monday. Instead, Tucker Barnhart will serve as Detroit's backstop and bat eighth.

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  • Curt Casali SEA C
    Mariners' Curt Casali: Activated by Mariners
    12h ago

    Casali was reinstated from the paternity list Monday.

    Casali was away from the Mariners for their weekend series against the Athletics following the birth of his child, but he'll rejoin the active roster prior to the three-game series against the Tigers to close out the regular season. Brian O'Keefe was sent down to make room for Casali on the active roster.

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  • Austin Nola SD C
    Padres' Austin Nola: Out of Monday's lineup
    12h ago

    Nola isn't starting Monday against the Giants.

    After going 1-for-11 with an RBI in the last series against the White Sox, Nola will get a day off Monday. In his place, Luis Campusano will start behind the plate and bat seventh.

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  • Sean Murphy OAK C
    Athletics' Sean Murphy: Returns to lineup Monday
    12h ago

    Murphy (illness) is starting Monday against the Angels.

    Murphy sat out Sunday's series finale against the Mariners due to an illness, but he'll serve as the designated hitter and bat third a day later. Over his last four games, he's gone 0-for-11 with two walks and four strikeouts.

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  • Ryan Jeffers MIN C
    Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Heads to bench Monday
    13h ago

    Jeffers is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

    Gary Sanchez will get a turn behind the plate while Jeffers rests after he started at catcher in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Tigers. Since coming off the injured list last week, Jeffers has gone 3-for-15 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and two runs in his first five games back in action.

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  • Omar Narvaez MIL C
    Brewers' Omar Narvaez: Sits down Monday
    13h ago

    Narvaez isn't starting Monday's game against Arizona.

    Narvaez -- and his .576 OPS against left-handed pitchers -- will take a seat Monday with Tommy Henry starting for the D-backs. Victor Caratini will start behind the dish instead and bat eighth.

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  • Vinnie Pasquantino KC 1B
    Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino: Records first steal
    5h ago

    Pasquantino went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday's 5-2 extra-inning win over the Guardians.

    Pasquantino's sixth-inning steal was the first of his big-league career. The rookie first baseman has a much stronger reputation as a slugger, but he picked up nine steals across 189 minor-league contests in the last two years. He's done well in the majors this year, posting a .288/.379/.436 slash line with nine home runs, 25 RBI and 23 runs scored in 70 contests, and he should have the inside track to be the Royals' starting first baseman in 2023.

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  • Spencer Torkelson DET 1B
    Tigers' Spencer Torkelson: Takes seat Monday
    12h ago

    Torkelson isn't starting Monday against the Mariners.

    Torkelson started the last three games but went 0-for-10 with five strikeouts. He'll get a breather while Harold Castro takes over at first base and bats fifth.

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  • Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B
    Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: On bench versus lefty
    13h ago

    Tellez isn't starting Monday against Arizona.

    Tellez's .649 OPS against left-handed pitching means he will begin Monday's matchup against Tommy Henry in the dugout. Keston Hiura will instead cover first base and bat seventh.

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  • Luis Arraez MIN 1B
    Twins' Luis Arraez: Still not starting
    13h ago

    Arraez (hamstring) isn't in the lineup Monday against the White Sox.

    Arraez is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, but he's dealing with a hamstring injury that will keep him on the bench for a second consecutive matchup. Matt Wallner will serve as the designated hitter and bat seventh Monday.

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  • Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B
    Yankees' Anthony Rizzo: On bench Monday
    14h ago

    Rizzo isn't starting Monday against the Rangers.

    Rizzo is getting a day off after he went 2-for-12 with two runs and four strikeouts over the last three games. DJ LeMahieu will take over at first base and bat fifth.

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  • Eric Hosmer BOS 1B
    Red Sox's Eric Hosmer: Makes return from IL
    14h ago

    The Red Sox reinstated Hosmer (back) from the 10-day injured list Monday.

    After a 38-game absence due to low-back inflammation, Hosmer will make his return to the Red Sox for the team's final three games of the regular season. The veteran won't be a lock to start all three games for Boston, as the Red Sox may prefer to stick with top prospect Triston Casas as their primary starter at first base.

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  • Andres Gimenez CLE 2B
    Guardians' Andres Gimenez: Notches 20th steal
    5h ago

    Gimenez went 0-for-4 with a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base in Monday's 5-2 extra-inning loss to the Royals.

    Gimenez has scuffled a bit lately, going 3-for-19 with a walk and nine strikeouts over his last five contests. That's limited his chances to do damage on the basepaths, but he was plunked in the eighth inning Monday and swiped second before he was left on base. The 24-year-old has put together a breakout year with a .300/.371/.471 slash line, 20 steals, 17 home runs, 68 RBI and 65 runs scored in 144 contests while serving as the Guardians' top second baseman.

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  • Josh Harrison CHW 2B
    White Sox's Josh Harrison: Powers offense with homer
    7h ago

    Harrison went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Monday's win over the Twins.

    With AJ Pollock on base in the second inning, Harrison took an 0-1 slider from Bailey Ober deep to left field to tie the game at 2-2 and help the White Sox eke out a 3-2 victory. The home run, Harrison's seventh of the season and first since Aug. 9, comes amid a stretch where the veteran has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. In 421 plate appearances this season, Harrison is slashing .257/.311/.369.

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  • Luis Rengifo LAA 2B
    Angels' Luis Rengifo: On bench Monday
    11h ago

    Rengifo isn't starting Monday against Oakland, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Rengifo is getting a rare day off after he went 0-for-8 with a walk and two strikeouts over the last two games. David Fletcher will take over at the keystone and bat ninth Monday.

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  • Abraham Toro-Hernandez SEA 2B
    Mariners' Abraham Toro: Optioned to Triple-A
    12h ago

    Toro was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Shannon Drayer of Seattle Sports 710 AM reports.

    After recording just three hits in his last 12 games, Toro will return to the minors. 2022 has been a disappointing campaign that saw him slash .179/.236/.314 over 339 plate appearances. If he shows signs of progress over the offseason, there is still a chance he could make the Mariners' big-league roster in 2023.

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  • Jonah Bride OAK 2B
    Athletics' Jonah Bride: Retreats to bench
    12h ago

    Bride isn't starting Monday against the Angels.

    Bride went 1-for-4 with two runs, a walk and two strikeouts Sunday but will take a seat for the second time in the last three games. Ernie Clement is starting at the hot corner and batting ninth.

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  • Tony Kemp OAK 2B
    Athletics' Tony Kemp: On bench against southpaw
    12h ago

    Kemp isn't starting Monday against the Angels.

    Kemp will take a seat for a second consecutive game since left-hander Patrick Sandoval is starting for the Halos on Monday. Seth Brown is taking over in left field and batting fifth.

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  • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
    Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Three hits in win
    6h ago

    Devers went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Monday's 4-3 win over the Rays.

    Devers singled in the first and third innings before ripping a double and coming around to score in the bottom of the sixth. He later added a sacrifice fly in following frame, giving the Red Sox the lead at 4-3. The multi-hit effort was his second straight and fourth in his last seven contests. Since Sept. 18, Devers has produced a .388 average with a homer, nine RBI and six runs scored over 49 at-bats in 13 games.

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  • Gio Urshela MIN 3B
    Twins' Gio Urshela: Leads offense in loss
    7h ago

    Urshela went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

    Urshela provided all the offense for the Twins on Monday with a two-run home run to right field in the top of the first inning. Additionally, with Minnesota down 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, Urshela singled against Chicago closer Liam Hendriks to lead off the inning and was removed for a pinch runner before Hendriks stranded him and two other runners to end the game. The third baseman has been rounding out the season hot, batting .472 (17-for-36) with three extra-base hits, six RBI and eight runs scored over his last 10 games.

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  • Justin Turner LAD 3B
    Dodgers' Justin Turner: Riding pine Monday
    11h ago

    Turner isn't in the lineup Monday against Colorado, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    Turner returned from a four-game absence Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Max Muncy is starting at third base while Trayce Thompson serves as the designated hitter Monday.

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  • Evan Longoria SF 3B
    Giants' Evan Longoria: Done for season
    11h ago

    Longoria was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right thumb Monday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Longoria was struck on the hand by a ball Sunday against the Diamondbacks and underwent an X-ray that revealed a fractured thumb. He'll be unavailable for the Giants' final three regular-season games, and it seems likely that he'll require several weeks of rest during the offseason. The 36-year-old slashed .244/.315/.451 with 14 home runs, 42 RBI and 31 runs over 89 games in 2022.

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  • Jeimer Candelario DET 3B
    Tigers' Jeimer Candelario: Absent from Monday's lineup
    12h ago

    Candelario isn't starting Monday against Seattle.

    Candelario went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Sunday against the Twins, and he'll be out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games. Kody Clemens is taking over at the hot corner and batting seventh.

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  • Nolan Arenado STL 3B
    Cardinals' Nolan Arenado: Late scratch Monday
    12h ago

    Arenado was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Pirates for an undisclosed reason, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

    Arenado was scratched from the lineup with approximately 15 minutes remaining until first pitch, but a reason for his removal isn't yet clear. Juan Yepez will enter the lineup at third base and bat sixth.

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  • Javier Baez DET SS
    Tigers' Javier Baez: Snaps Kirby's homerless streak
    3h ago

    Baez went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Monday's 4-3 win over Seattle.

    Seattle starter George Kirby entered the contest having gone 14 starts since serving up his last long ball, but Baez snapped that streak with his two-run shot in the third inning on an 0-2 slider. The homer was Baez's 18th of the campaign, giving him an outside chance of reaching 20 for his fifth straight full season (excluding the substantially shortened 2020 campaign). Baez's power has ticked up near the end of the season, as he has five long balls over his past 16 contests.

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  • Bobby Witt KC SS
    Royals' Bobby Witt: Achieves 30-steal season
    5h ago

    Witt went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 5-2 extra-inning win over the Guardians.

    Witt has struggled a bit to begin October, going 2-for-13 with two walks and two steals in three games this month. The late surge on the basepaths was ultimately enough to earn him a 30-steal season as a rookie. He's also maintained a .254/.295/.431 slash line with 20 home runs, 80 RBI, 82 runs scored, 31 doubles and six triples through 148 contests.

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  • Wander Franco TB SS
    Rays' Wander Franco: Three hits including homer in loss
    6h ago

    Franco went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and triple in Monday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Franco launched a leadoff homer off Rich Hill to open Monday's contest, giving the Rays an early 1-0 lead. He later added a single and a triple in the contest. The homer was his sixth of the season and first since July 2. Since returning from the 10-day injured list Sept. 9, Franco has produced a .322 average with a homer, a triple, eight doubles, 10 RBI, 12 runs and three stolen bases over 86 at-bats in 24 games.

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  • Bryson Stott PHI SS
    Phillies' Bryson Stott: Perfect at plate Monday
    6h ago

    Stott went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and a double in Monday's 3-0 win over the Astros.

    Stott reached base in all four of his plate appearances Monday, just the second time that he has reached base four times in his young career. The home run, a solo shot which came in the top of the eighth, was his 10th of the season and first since Sept. 3. The rookie is heating up to close the season, as he is now 9-for-17 over his last five games with three steals, four runs scored and five RBI.

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  • Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
    Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Should return Tuesday
    8h ago

    Bogaerts (back) is expected to play Tuesday against the Rays, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

    Manager Alex Cora noted that Bogaerts' back tightened up when taking swings in the cage prior to first pitch, but he believes the shortstop will be ready to go Tuesday. He'll likely be re-evaluated Tuesday morning to determine his status for the second to last contest of the regular season.

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  • Marwin Gonzalez NYY SS
    Yankees' Marwin Gonzalez: Homers in win
    8h ago

    Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Rangers.

    Gonzalez took Jonathan Hernandez deep for a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning, extending the Yankees' lead to 2-0. The homer was his sixth of the season and third since Sept. 5. Gonzalez is now batting .182 with six home runs, 17 RBI, 20 runs and three stolen bases over 84 games with the Yankees this year.

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  • Wil Myers SD RF
    Padres' Wil Myers: Goes deep Monday
    2h ago

    Myers went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's 7-4 win against San Francisco.

    Neither team was able to score until the Padres put up seven runs in the eighth inning. Myers' 423-foot shot to center field accounted for the final three runs of the offensive outburst. This was the veteran outfielder's first start since Sept. 28, as Jose Azocar and Jurickson Profar have been starting in the outfield alongside Juan Soto of late. Myers has been limited by injuries in 2022 and has only six homers and 39 RBI along with a .260/.313/.390 slash line over 278 plate appearances.

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  • Sam Haggerty SEA RF
    Mariners' Sam Haggerty: Departs with groin injury
    2h ago

    Haggerty left Monday's game against Detroit with a groin injury and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.

    Haggerty singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and subsequently stole second base. However, he had to leave the field with a trainer after sliding hard into the bag. Manager Scott Servais later indicated that Haggerty injured his groin, and the concern is serious enough to warrant an MRI. Before departing, Haggerty went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, a run and the aforementioned stolen base.

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  • Akil Baddoo DET LF
    Tigers' Akil Baddoo: Swipes two bags in win
    2h ago

    Baddoo went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run and two stolen bases in a 4-3 victory versus the Mariners on Monday.

    Baddoo served as an excellent table setter atop the lineup, reaching base three times. He led off the contest with a walk and subsequently stole second base before coming around to score on a Miguel Cabrera single. Baddoo is up to nine thefts on the campaign, which is half as many as he recorded as a rookie last season, though he's seen substantially less playing time in 2022.

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  • Christian Yelich MIL LF
    Brewers' Christian Yelich: Two hits including homer in win
    6h ago

    Yelich went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Monday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Diamondbacks.

    Yelich took Tommy Henry deep for a solo shot in the bottom of the second frame before notching a single and coming around to score in the ninth. The homer was his 14th of the campaign and second in the last three games. After going 1-for-26 in his previous eight contests, Yelich has now produced five hits over his last 19 at-bats, going deep twice while compiling three RBI, four runs and a stolen base over the last five games. On the season, the outfielder is batting .254 with 14 home runs, 57 RBI, 99 runs and 18 stolen bases over 152 games.

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  • Hunter Renfroe MIL RF
    Brewers' Hunter Renfroe: Homers and walks it off Monday
    6h ago

    Renfroe went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's extra-inning win over the Diamondbacks.

    Renfroe launched a solo homer off Joe Mantiply in the bottom of the ninth inning before ripping a walk-off single in the 10th frame. The home run was his 29th of the year and fourth in his last nine games. Renfroe has now notched at least one hit in nine out of his last 10 games, batting .375 with four homers, nine RBI and eight runs over that stretch.

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  • Kyle Schwarber PHI LF
    Phillies' Kyle Schwarber: Launches two solo shots
    6h ago

    Schwarber went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in Monday's 3-0 win over the Astros.

    The Philadelphia slugger crushed Houston's pitching staff with two long balls which accounted for two of Philadelphia's three runs on the night. Schwarber now has an NL best 46 home runs this season and has reached 94 RBI and 100 runs scored, all career highs. He is slashing .219/.324/.506 in 154 games this season.

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  • Tony Gonsolin LAD SP
    Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin: Pitches two innings in return
    2h ago

    Gonsolin (forearm) tossed two innings against Colorado on Monday, allowing one run on three hits and no walks while striking out three batters in a no-decision.

    Gonsolin missed over a month while dealing with a right forearm strain, so his start Monday was intentionally brief. The right-hander threw 40 pitches (24 for strikes) and did well by striking out three batters, though a trio of Rockies hits in the second inning resulted in a run against him. Gonsolin finished the regular season with a standout 2.14 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 130.1 innings, but the time missed due to injury means he won't qualify to be among the league leaders in those categories. Gonsolin will next throw a simulated game Sunday, and if that goes well, he's expected to be placed on the NLDS roster as a potential starter in Game 3 or 4, per Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA.

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  • Jose Urena COL SP
    Rockies' Jose Urena: Pitches well in no-decision
    2h ago

    Urena did not factor in the decision against the Dodgers on Monday, allowing one run on five hits and no walks while striking out four batters over six innings.

    The Dodgers have wrapped up MLB's best regular-season record, but that didn't intimidate Urena as he logged one of his best starts of the campaign. The right-hander gave up only one run (on a Trayce Thompson solo homer) and didn't walk any batters for just the second time this season. It was the culmination of a nice late-season turnaround for Urena, who had a 6.13 ERA after a poor start Sept. 4 but has since lowered that to 5.01 by giving up just seven earned runs over 28 innings across his subsequent five starts.

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  • Joe Musgrove SD SP
    Padres' Joe Musgrove: Outstanding in postseason tuneup
    2h ago

    Musgrove pitched six scoreless innings against San Francisco on Monday, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. He did not factor in the decision.

    Musgrove got no offensive support while he was in the contest -- all seven of San Diego's runs came in the eighth inning, after the starter departed -- but he was nonetheless in fine form in his final start of the regular season. The right-hander finished the campaign with a flourish, giving up just one earned run while posting a 27:8 K:BB across 22 innings over his final four starts. Musgrove's second campaign in San Diego was even better than his first, as he compiled a career-best 2.93 ERA and 1.08 WHIP along with 10 wins and a 184:42 K:BB over 181 frames. He'll likely get Game 3 (if necessary) in the Padres' upcoming wild-card series.

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  • George Kirby SEA SP
    Mariners' George Kirby: Fizzles in final start
    3h ago

    Kirby (8-5) took the loss against Detroit on Monday, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five batters over four innings.

    This looked like a promising final regular-season outing for Kirby on paper, but he allowed constant traffic on the basepaths and labored with 93 pitches over four frames. Detroit tallied three runs -- two of which came on a Javier Baez homer, the first long ball Kirby has yielded in his past 14 starts -- over his final two innings to send the rookie right-hander to his fifth loss of the campaign. Kirby nonetheless put together a fine first big-league campaign, notching eight wins and posting a 3.39 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 133:22 K:BB over 130 innings. He also tossed 26.2 innings in the minors, and the sizeable workload may have contributed to a drop in velocity in his final start, per Daniel Kramer of MLB.com. Kirby is expected to work out of the bullpen in Seattle's upcoming wild-card series, though he could retain a starting role if the Mariners advance to the ALDS.

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  • Bryan Garcia DET SP
    Tigers' Bryan Garcia: Beats Seattle for second win
    3h ago

    Garcia (2-0) earned the win over the Mariners on Monday, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six batters over 6.2 innings.

    Garcia was called up earlier in the day to make his first major-league start since Aug. 15. He allowed a run in the first frame but bounced back by keeping Seattle off the scoreboard over the next three innings. The right-hander yielded another run in the fifth and departed with two outs in the seventh, after which one more run was posted to his final line. Garcia finished with a season-best six punchouts and his second quality start of the campaign. This was his first season working as a starter in the majors, and he finished with a respectable 3.54 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 17:10 K:BB over 20.1 innings.

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  • Miles Mikolas STL SP
    Cardinals' Miles Mikolas: Yields run as piggyback reliever
    5h ago

    Mikolas allowed a run on three hits over three innings and did not factor into the decision in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates.

    Mikolas followed starter Jose Quintana, who began the game with three innings of one-hit ball. This was Mikolas' last scheduled appearance of the regular season, and he'll end with a 3.29 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 153:39 K:BB in a career-high 202.1 innings. He was sharp over his last six outings, giving up nine runs (eight earned) over 34 innings while logging four quality starts in that span. The right-hander will likely be included in the Cardinals' postseason rotation.

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  • Justin Lawrence COL RP
    Rockies' Justin Lawrence: Notches first big-league save
    2h ago

    Lawrence recorded a save against the Dodgers on Monday, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Usual closer Daniel Bard pitched two innings while recording a save Sunday, so he was given the day off while Lawrence was summoned in the ninth inning after Colorado had taken a one-run lead. The righty Lawrence allowed a leadoff single to Trea Turner but got the next three batters to fly out to notch his first career major-league save. Lawrence has struggled with a 5.70 ERA and 1.55 WHIP with the Rockies this season, and he's likely not in the plans as a future closer for Colorado.

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  • Sean Hjelle SF RP
    Giants' Sean Hjelle: Fans eight in bulk-relief role
    2h ago

    Hjelle did not factor in the decision against San Diego on Monday, pitching five scoreless innings during which he allowed four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters.

    John Brebbia started for San Francisco but pitched only one inning. Hjelle ended up logging a starter's workload, throwing 76 pitches over five frames and holding the Padres without a run. It was the second time this season that the right-hander has tossed five innings in relief, and his eight strikeouts Monday were a season high. Hjelle has pitched well over his past three appearances, giving up just three earned runs across 13 innings, but a pair of blowups prior to that means he'll likely finish his rookie campaign with an unappealing 5.76 ERA and 1.64 WHIP.

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  • Josh Hader SD RP
    Padres' Josh Hader: Notches 36th save
    2h ago

    Hader registered a save against the Giants on Monday, striking out one batter over a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.

    The Padres entered the ninth inning up 7-0, so it looked like Hader would get the night off. However, Tim Hill was very wild and gave up four runs while retiring just one batter, creating a save situation for Hader. The veteran closer settled things down with a strikeout of Austin Slater before hitting Joey Bart with a pitch, and he finished off the save by inducing a flyout. Hader appeared to have lost his way throughout much of August, but since the final day of that month he's allowed just one earned run across 12 appearances while racking up seven saves in eight chances and posting a 14:2 K:BB.

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  • Andrew Chafin DET RP
    Tigers' Andrew Chafin: Notches second save in three days
    3h ago

    Chafin earned the save against Seattle on Monday, allowing one hit and striking out two batters over one inning.

    Chafin was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the ninth frame and worked around a two-out single and stolen base to get the job done. He threw nine of 15 pitches for strikes and racked up multiple punchouts for his third straight outing. Chafin has picked up two saves in the past three days, with Gregory Soto recording a save of his own in between. Soto is clearly still the Tigers' primary closer, but Chafin has posted consecutive strong campaigns in a high-leverage role.

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  • Giovanny Gallegos STL RP
    Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Takes loss Monday
    4h ago

    Gallegos (3-6) took the loss Monday versus the Pirates. He was charged with one run on three walks and no hits while striking out one in one-third of an inning.

    Gallegos got the last out of the eighth inning, but then walked the first three batters in the ninth in a tied game. JoJo Romero walked the next batter, and the run and the decision were left on Gallegos' line. That's not the way the 31-year-old right-hander would want to celebrate his signing of a two-year contract extension earlier Monday. The poor outing ended Gallegos' 7.1-inning scoreless streak. He now has a 3.05 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 73:18 K:BB across 59 innings while adding 14 saves and 12 holds this year.

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  • Kirk McCarty CLE RP
    Guardians' Kirk McCarty: Dealt loss Monday
    5h ago

    McCarty (4-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit and struck out one in two innings to take the extra-inning loss Monday versus the Royals.

    McCarty pitched a clean ninth inning in a tied game, but an error in the top of the 10th set the stage for Drew Waters' tie-breaking three-run home run. The Guardians didn't provide a response, leaving McCarty with the loss, his first since July 2. He's given up seven runs (five earned) over 10 innings in his last five appearances as a long reliever. For the season, he owns a 4.78 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 26:13 K:BB through 37.2 innings across 13 outings (two starts). He's not a lock for the Guardians' postseason bullpen.

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  • Albert Pujols STL DH
    Cardinals' Albert Pujols: Moves into second in all-time RBI
    4h ago

    Pujols went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates.

    In what's becoming a regular occurrence late in the year, Pujols reordered another part of baseball's record book. His two-run blast gave him 2,216 career RBI, passing Babe Ruth for second place all-time, behind only Hank Aaron's 2,297. Pujols got to the lofty spot with a surge of offense, which has seen him homer five times and drive in 13 runs in his last eight contests. The future Hall of Famer is up to a .269/.344/.551 slash line with 24 homers, 66 RBI, 42 runs scored and a stolen base in 108 contests.

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  • Giancarlo Stanton NYY DH
    Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton: Solo shot in win
    8h ago

    Stanton went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks in Monday's win over the Rangers.

    Stanton launched a solo homer off Jonathan Hernandez in the eighth frame, expanding the Yankees' lead to 3-0. The long ball was his 30th of the campaign and sixth since Sept. 10. Over his last 17 games, Stanton has produced a .197 average with six homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs.

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  • Brian O'Keefe SEA DH
    Mariners' Brian O'Keefe: Sent down Monday
    12h ago

    O'Keefe was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

    The 29-year-old's contract was selected Friday to provide additional depth behind the plate while Curt Casali was on the paternity list. O'Keefe went 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts over two big-league games and will head back to the minors after Casali was activated Monday.

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  • Carlos Santana SEA DH
    Mariners' Carlos Santana: Riding pine Monday
    12h ago

    Santana isn't in Monday's starting lineup against Detroit, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.

    After going 3-for-8 with an RBI and two runs scored over his last two games, Santana will miss a second consecutive start Monday. Julio Rodriguez will fill in as Seattle's designated hitter, allowing Jarred Kelenic to start in center field and bat sixth.

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  • Nelson Cruz WAS DH
    Nationals' Nelson Cruz: Still out of lineup
    13h ago

    Cruz (eye) isn't starting Monday against the Mets.

    Cruz hasn't played since Sept. 13 due to left eye inflammation, and he'll be sidelined yet again while Luke Voit serves as the designated hitter and bats cleanup. It's not yet clear whether Cruz will return prior to the end of the regular season.

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  • Marcell Ozuna ATL DH
    Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Hits bench Monday
    14h ago

    Ozuna is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins.

    Ozuna will take a seat after going 1-for-6 with a double and two strikeouts after serving as Atlanta's designated hitter over the final two games of its weekend series with the Mets. He'll likely continue to be part of a three-way timeshare at DH with Willson Conteras and Travis d'Arnaud.

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