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  • White Sox's Garrett Crochet: Takes loss in return to mound

    Crochet (0-2) allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out one across 0.2 innings to take the loss Friday against the Red Sox.

    Crochet made his first appearance since being activated from the injured list Wednesday after battling a shoulder injury. He was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning, but he allowed an inherited runner to score after allowing a single and walk. He gave up a run of his own two batters later, so the performance left plenty to be desired. However, with the White Sox out of playoff contention, their primary focus is getting the young reliever some work prior to the close of the regular season.

  • Pirates' Endy Rodriguez: In midst of cold stretch

    Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Friday against the Reds.

    Rodriguez popped a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, the third long ball of his career. He's struggled considerably across his last 10 starts, managing only a .167 batting average with three RBI and four runs scored. Positively, he's struck out at only a 20 percent clip in that span, so he could turn things around prior to the close of the regular season.

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    Pirates' Henry Davis: Hitting poorly since activation

    Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Friday against the Reds.

    Davis hit his sixth homer of the season in the fifth inning, which also marked his first extra-base hit since being activated from the injured list Sept. 16. In five games since his return, he has a 65 percent strikeout rate with only one walk and three hits in 19 at-bats. He remains a near-everyday player in the Pittsburgh lineup, though he's most recently hit seventh or eighth.

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    Pirates' Luis Ortiz: Pitches in bulk relief

    Oritz allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five across 3.2 innings Friday against the Reds. He did not factor into the decision.

    After serving as a traditional starter for several turns through the rotation, Ortiz worked in bulk relief Friday. The results weren't impressive and he also worked inefficiently, needing 81 pitches to get 11 outs. Since rejoining the big-league club Aug 23., Ortiz has a 5.14 ERA and 1.171 WHIP with only a 21:20 K:BB across 28 frames. He'll likely make one more appearance prior to the close of the regular season, though his exact role remains unclear.

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    Twins' Byron Buxton: Set for a second rehab game

    Buxton (knee) went 1-for-4 during a rehab assignment Thursday for Triple-A St. Paul. He had a scheduled off day Friday and will play again for St. Paul on Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    It's not clear when or if he'll play in center field again. If Buxton can stay healthy (his last rehab stint was shut down after two games due to a flareup of the patella tendinitis in his right knee), it's not clear if he'll be able to get enough at-bats to show he can be activated for the playoffs with the minor league season ending this weekend.

  • Royals' Edward Olivares: Picks up steal in win

    Olivares went 1-for-2 with a walk, one RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 7-5 win over the Astros.

    Olivares has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, going 12-for-34 (.353) in that span. The outfielder is seeing steady playing time, albeit not an everyday role, between designated hitter and left field. He's at a .266/.323/.447 slash line with 10 home runs, 11 thefts, 32 RBI, 45 runs scored, 21 doubles and four triples through 100 games this season.

  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Notches first steal

    Luciano went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 5-1 win over the Dodgers.

    Luciano has started the last two games at shortstop since Brandon Crawford (hamstring) went on the injured list. For the season, Luciano is batting .333 (6-for-18) over six major-league contests. He struggled to a .223/.334/.442 slash line over 74 contests between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento this year, but he could close out the year with a starting role in the majors. The steal was his first in the majors.

  • Giants' Tyler Fitzgerald: Provides insurance Friday

    Fitzgerald went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 5-1 win over the Dodgers.

    Fitzgerald's ninth-inning blast produced the final score, giving the Giants a little more breathing room against their rivals. He's gone 2-for-6 with a walk and three RBI over his first two major-league games. Fitzgerald split time between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento this year, posting a combined .292/.365/.511 slash line with 22 home runs, 78 RBI, 87 runs scored, 32 stolen bases, 26 doubles and seven triples through 121 minor-league contests. While a natural infielder, he's made his first two big-league starts in center field, which could be bad news for Mitch Haniger and Michael Conforto over the last week-plus of the season.

  • Giants' Thairo Estrada: Goes yard in win

    Estrada went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-1 win over the Dodgers.

    Despite the Giants' recent struggles with hitting, Estrada has gone 22-for-78 (.282) with three homers, seven RBI and three stolen bases over 20 games in September. The second baseman padded the lead with a sixth-inning solo shot Friday. He's up to 13 long balls, 48 RBI, 62 runs scored, 22 stolen bases and a .276/.320/.425 slash line through 112 contests this season.

  • Giants' Mike Yastrzemski: Blasts two-run home run

    Yastrzemski went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 5-1 win over the Dodgers.

    Yastrzemski's fourth-inning blast proved to be all the Giants needed in this contest. Prior to Friday, he was in a 2-for-23 slump over his previous eight games. The outfielder is at 15 homers, 43 RBI, 54 runs scored, two stolen bases, 23 doubles and a .245/.335/.468 slash line through 98 games this season. He continues to be one of the Giants' few near-everyday players when healthy.

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