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|9/26/2016||Zack Cozart, Cin, SS|
|The Reds placed Cozart on the 15-day DL on Monday with right knee soreness.
Analysis: Cozart's knee gave him trouble the entire season. He was limited to 53 games last season after having surgery and was in and out of the lineup this year. Cozart appeared in 121 games in 2016, batting .252 with a career-high 16 homers while driving in 50 runs.
|9/26/2016||Ben Zobrist, ChC, 2B|
|Zobrist had three hits and scored twice in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
Analysis: Zobrist has had 16 plate appearances in his last four games and he's reached 11 times.
|9/26/2016||Carlos Martínez, StL, P|
|Martinez gave up two runs and six hits in six innings of the Cardinals' 3-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday.
Analysis: This was just the second loss of the season on the road for Martinez, who has a 2.45 ERA outside of Busch Stadium.
|9/26/2016||Jon Lester, ChC, P|
|Lester allowed three hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his league-leading 19th victory as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday night.
Analysis: Lester struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 2.28, second lowest in the majors behind his teammate Kyle Hendricks (2.06), another candidate for the NL Cy Young Award. Lester hasn't allowed more than two runs in a start since July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
|9/26/2016||Tyler Glasnow, Pit, P|
|Glasnow gave up four runs and seven hits in just three innings of a 10-7 loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
Analysis: He also allowed three stolen bases. Holding runners will be a big emphasis in the offseason and spring for Glasnow, who has allowed nine steals in 11 1/3 innings as a starter.
|9/26/2016||Jung Ho Kang, Pit, 3B|
|Kang went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in the Pirates' 10-7 loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
Analysis: The Pirates aren't ending the season on a high note, but Kang is. He's hitting .360 with a 1.250 OPS over his last 19 games.
|9/26/2016||Anthony Rendón, Was, 3B|
|Rendon went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs in the Nationals' 10-7 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
Analysis: Rendon had gone just 2 for 23 over his last six games.
|9/26/2016||Bryce Harper, Was, RF|
|Harper injured his left thumb making an awkward slide to avoid a pretend tag by Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang, and the teams later cleared the benches Sunday in Washington's 10-7 win.
Analysis: Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Harper was ''sore'' and would have X-rays on Monday. The reigning NL MVP had surgery to repair a torn ligament in the same thumb in 2014.
|9/26/2016||Nolan Arenado, Col, 3B|
|Arenado was 0 for 2 with a pair of walks in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.
Analysis: The Rockies begin a series with the Giants on Tuesday, and Arenado is batting .328 with five homers, nine doubles and 22 RBIs in the season series. He has doubled twice in four at-bats against Matt Moore, the scheduled starter for the opener.
|9/26/2016||DJ LeMahieu, Col, 2B|
|LeMahieu singled twice Sunday to raise his average to .350.
Analysis: LeMahieu has a slight lead over Washington's Daniel Murphy (.347) in the race for the NL batting title. The Rockies second baseman has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 contests, batting .417 in that span.
|9/26/2016||Justin Turner, LAD, 3B|
|Turner singled and doubled in Sunday's win over Colorado.
Analysis: Turner is 7 for 10 with three walks in the last three games but has little luck this season against the Padres, whom the Dodgers visit on Tuesday. In 16 meetings, Turner is batting .193, though he does have three homers and three doubles.
|9/26/2016||Corey Seager, LAD, SS|
|Seager homered with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday off Colorado's Adam Ottavino, tying the game 3-all. It was the rookie's 190th hit of the season to go with a single in the first and triple in the seventh.
Analysis: Seager is a lock to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award, but the Padres - the team the Dodgers visit on Tuesday - have stymied the young star all season. In 16 games versus San Diego, Seager is batting .197 without a homer and 15 strikeouts while leaving 29 men on base.
|9/26/2016||Brandon McCarthy, LAD, P|
|McCarthy came off the disabled list (right hip stiffness) Sunday to make his first start for the Dodgers since Aug. 13. He gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked one against the Rockies.
Analysis: McCarthy replaced Rich Hill, who skipped his scheduled start for precautionary reasons because of a recurrence of blisters on the index finger of his left pitching hand. McCarthy has thrown just 40 innings this season as he tries to make a case to be on the Dodgers postseason roster.
|9/26/2016||Hunter Pence, SF, RF|
|Pence was 1 for 3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Padres.
Analysis: After an off day Monday, the Giants open their final homestand of the season with three against the Rockies on Tuesday. Pence is hitting .375 with a homer, five doubles and nine RBIs in 11 games against Colorado this season.
|9/26/2016||Buster Posey, SF, C|
|Posey singled, walked and drove in two runs in Sunday's loss to San Diego.
Analysis: After an off day Monday, the Giants open their final homestand of the season with three against the Rockies on Tuesday. Posey is batting just .174 but has homered twice in seven games against Colorado this season at AT&T Park.
|9/26/2016||Wil Myers, SD, 1B|
|Myers' RBI single in the seventh inning lifted the Padres past the Giants 4-3 on Sunday.
Analysis: Myers has hit safely in 10 of 12 games, driving in 12 over that stretch.
|9/26/2016||Mookie Betts, Bos, RF|
|Betts extended his hitting streak to 12 games Sunday against the Rays.
Analysis: Betts is batting .444 during his run with a .528 OBP. The Red Sox open a series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, and Betts is 9 for 21 in his last five versus the Bronx Bombers.
|9/26/2016||Hanley Ramírez, Bos, 1B|
|Ramirez was hitless in five at-bats in Sunday's win over the Rays.
Analysis: Despite Sunday's ofer, Ramirez is still batting .355 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs in his last 19 games. The Red Sox open a series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, and Ramirez is batting .579 with four homers, two doubles and 11 RBIs in his last five against New York.
|9/26/2016||David Ortiz, Bos, DH|
|Ortiz had three hits and drove in the winning run with a double in the 10th inning in Sunday's win over the Rays.
Analysis: Ortiz is batting .393 with three homers and eight RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak - all on the road. The Red Sox open a series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, and Ortiz is batting just .208 but has hit three homers in six games in the Bronx this season. It will be his final trip to Yankee Stadium. ''Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special,'' Ortiz said.
|9/26/2016||Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B|
|Pedroia homered among his two hits and used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.
Analysis: Pedroia has homered in consecutive games giving him 15 on the season - the most since he hit 15 in 2012.
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