MLB.com Stars of the Game: Friday, Aug. 17

MLB.com Stars of the Game: Friday, Aug. 17

MLB.com Stars of the Game: Friday, Aug. 17
Each day, MLB.com selects one player from each game whose performance stands out:

Ryan Braun | Brewers 6, Phillies 2
Putting the game out of reach, Braun launched his National League-leading 32nd homer, a two-run shot to center field in the sixth inning.
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John Buck | Marlins 6, Rockies 5
The catcher had two hits -- the first setting up a run and the second driving in the go-ahead tally for Miami.
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Josh Donaldson | Athletics 6, Indians 4
Donaldson's fourth hit -- a career high -- drove in the go-ahead run as Oakland erased a four-run deficit at the Coliseum.
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Prince Fielder | Tigers 5, Orioles 3
Fielder crushed a pair of two-run homers, leading Detroit to a victory in the series opener.
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Juan Francisco | Braves 3, Dodgers 2 (11)
Francisco capped a two-out rally in the 11th with a pinch-hit single as the Braves walked off in the opening game of Civil Rights Weekend.
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Todd Frazier | Reds 7, Cubs 3
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a series-opening victory.
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J.A. Happ | Blue Jays 3, Rangers 2
Happ struck out eight and allowed just two hits over six innings of one-run ball against the Majors' best offense.
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John Jaso | Mariners 5, Twins 3
Jaso connected for a two-run homer in the first inning, giving him a career-high eight on the season.
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James McDonald | Pirates 2, Cardinals 1
McDonald allowed only two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless frames, as the Pirates moved two games ahead of the Cards in the National League Wild Card race.
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Wade Miley | D-backs 3, Astros 1
Miley held the Astros to one run in six innings and aided his own cause with a squeeze bunt.
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Michael Morse | Nationals 6, Mets 4
Morse extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning grand slam, giving Washington the lead for good in a series-opening win.
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Angel Pagan | Giants 10, Padres 1
Pagan notched three hits, including an RBI triple and an RBI single, both in the Giants' eight-run third.
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Salvador Perez | Royals 4, White Sox 2
Perez hit a tie-breaking, two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Royals to a series-opening win over the visiting White Sox.
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Nick Swisher | Yankees 6, Red Sox 4
For the second time this season, the Bombers bashed five solo homers vs. Boston, and Swisher lead the onslaught by going deep twice on a soggy night in the Bronx.
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B.J. Upton | Rays 12, Angels 3
Upton homered in a four-hit, three-RBI game that saw the Rays pummel Jered Weaver for a career-worst nine runs in three-plus innings.
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