Denard Span CF WAS 3 Hrs
Span went 2-for-3 Thursday with a walk, a stolen base and the game's only run in yet another walk-off win for the Nationals.
The stolen base not only gave him a new career high with 27 on the season, it set up the winning run as Span scored from second on Jordan Pacheco's throwing error. Span now has a ridiculous .388/.447/.448 line in 33 games (134 at-bats) since the All-Star break, with 19 runs scored and 12 steals.
Justin Turner 1B/2B.. LAD 3 Hrs
Turner went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead home run Thursday in the Dodgers' 2-1 win over San Diego.
Turner is batting a surprising .314/.386/.441 on the year. With both Hanley Ramirez (oblique) and Juan Uribe (hamstring) due back shortly, Turner will return to a super-utility role.
Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 3 Hrs
Kershaw was his usual dominant self Thursday against the Padres, tossing eight innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, and fanning 10.
Kershaw improved to 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA. He's gone at least seven innings in each of his last 13 starts while allowing more than three earned runs just once all year.
Welington Castillo C CHC 3 Hrs
Castillo is out of the lineup Friday against the Orioles.
Castillo caught the night cap of Thursday's doubleheader, so he'll sit for the Friday day game. John Baker will man the backstop in his stead.
Oliver Perez RP ARI 3 Hrs
Perez allowed the game-winning run after 1.1 innings on work, striking out one in the Diamondbacks' 1-0 loss to the Nationals on Thursday.
Perez had pitched three perfect innings in the last four outings before Thursday. Despite the bad outing, the 33-year-old's ERA sits at 1.98 for the season. He ranks 16th in the NL in ERA per 50 innings pitched.
Kyle Parker RF COL 4 Hrs
Since returning to Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 12, Parker is batting .279 with five doubles and four homers over 136 at-bats.
The numbers aren't astounding by any means, but are likely good enough for Parker to warrant another look with the Rockies come September. However, the team is still quite deep in the corner outfield and at first base even with Carlos Gonzalez (knee) out for the season, so at-bats might be limited for Parker down the stretch.
Rosell Herrera SS COL 4 Hrs
Herrera hasn't played in a game at High-A Modesto since Aug. 13 and is on the 7-day DL with an undisclosed injury.
With the minor league season coming to a close, it's possible we've seen the last of Herrera for 2014. Much like fellow Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story a year earlier, Herrera has seen his stock tumble with the move from the Sally League to Modesto. In his injury-plagued season, Herrera slashed a meager .244/.302/.335 over 72 games, with only four homers and a 9-for-16 success rate on the base paths.
Matt Szczur CF CHC 4 Hrs
Szczur went 1-for-3 Thursday, getting his first big-league hit in the process.
Szczur was once upon a time one of the most heralded prospects in the Cubs' system, but those days have long passed. He's always had a decent eye in the minors and has been able to steal bases, so he looks like he could be a serviceable fifth outfielder in the majors.
Wesley Wright RP CHC 5 Hrs
Wright pitched a scoreless inning against the Giants on Thursday.
Wright has given up just one run in nine appearances this month, lowering his ERA to 2.54 in the process.
Josh Vitters 3B CHC 5 Hrs
Vitters has been placed on the DL at Triple-A Iowa with a broken finger, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
Given how little time is left in the season and how poorly Vitters is playing - he's hitting .213 in 112 games with Iowa this year - he may have played his last game as a member of the Cubs' organization. A first-round pick by the Cubs in 2007, Vitters has only played 36 games at the big-league level, hitting .121 in 2012.