(Statistics through Thursday)
Luis Ayala, P, Braves: After returning from anxiety disorder, he’s important part of bullpen (2.97 ERA).
Scott Baker, P, Cubs: Has given up one run in 11 innings after return from elbow surgery.
Grant Balfour, P, Athletics: 38 saves in 41 chances for AL West leaders.
Henry Blanco, C, Mariners: Defense keeps him in majors at 41. Hit only .138 for Blue Jays and Mariners.
Craig Breslow, P, Red Sox: A career year for lefty specialist, he’s posted 1.91 ERA in 56 innings.
Alex Burnett, P, Cubs: Pitched two innings in majors. Ended up at Class AAA Iowa, but injury ended season in June.
Drew Butera, C, Dodgers: Called up to be third catcher, he’s 0-for-2 in his only Dodgers appearance.
Jamey Carroll, IF, Royals: Not the way he wanted to go out: 3-for-33 with Royals, one hit shy of 1,000 for career.
Matt Carson, OF, Indians: Spent season in AAA, but 7-for-9 with a homer after September call-up.
Alexi Casilla, IF, Orioles: Mostly a pinch runner, has a career-low 109 at-bats and hit just .220.
Jesse Crain, P, Rays: All-Star season with White Sox (0.74) until shoulder injury, he hasn’t pitched yet for Rays.
Michael Cuddyer, OF, Rockies: He leads NL in hitting (.331) and the Rockies in RBI (81).
R.A. Dickey, P, Blue Jays: Disappointing follow-up to Cy Young season, but he’s 5-1 since Aug. 1.
Matt Garza, P, Rangers: 3.17 ERA with Cubs ballooned to 4.94 after midseason trade to Texas.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Brewers: Sensational year: .501 slugging, leads Brewers with 21 HRs, Gold Glove defense.
Matt Guerrier, P, Cubs: Pitched well for Cubs after Doders trade, but tore muscle in forearm in August.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Orioles: 26 doubles, 25 home runs, a .263 average and an All-Star berth.
|Baltimore - K. Gausman||1:20 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Arrieta|
|Houston - B. Peacock||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - C. Carrasco|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson||6:05 PM|
|Washington - D. Fister|
|St. Louis - A. Wainwright||6:05 PM|
|Philadelphia - K. Kendrick|
|Chicago WSox - J. Danks||6:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - S. Greene|
|Tampa Bay - D. Smyly||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - M. Stroman|
|Atlanta - M. Minor||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - M. Latos|
|Seattle - F. Hernandez||6:10 PM|
|Boston - J. Kelly|
|Kansas City - Y. Ventura||7:05 PM|
|Texas - C. Lewis|
|Pittsburgh - J. Locke||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo|
|Detroit - R. Ray||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - T. Milone|
|Miami - H. Alvarez||7:40 PM|
|Colorado - F. Morales|
|San Diego - O. Despaigne||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - J. Collmenter|
|LA Angels - H. Santiago||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Gray|
|NY Mets - J. Niese||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - D. Haren|
|NY Giants||6:30 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M||8/28/14 5:00 PM|
|(9) So Carolina|
|Wake Forest||8/28/14 6:00 PM|
|Boise State||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|(18) Ole Miss|
|Tulane||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|Temple||8/28/14 8:15 PM|
|Rutgers||8/28/14 9:00 PM|
|Weber State||8/28/14 9:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State|
|Real Salt Lake||8:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 2:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Los Angeles||9:00 PM|
Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?