MLB In Full Bloom – Cubs To Recall Jorge Soler – 8/26/2014

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The Chicago Cubs are ready to give everyone another glimpse into their future just a few weeks after they recalled Javier Baez. The Cubs are set to recall Jorge Soler and he will join the team on Wednesday in Cincinnati. In what amounts to a walk-off homer, Soler hit a three-run bomb in his final minor league at-bat Monday night in Tacoma off Taijuan Walker before being removed from the game to begin his journey to the majors. Heading into Monday’s game, the 22-year-old was batting .338 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI through 61 games across three minor league levels this season. His most recent stop was Triple-A Iowa, where Soler hit .282 with eight home runs in 32 games. That power is what prompted the Cubs to give Soler a nine-year, $30 million contract in 2012, and it’s what he’ll offer for fantasy owners in his September cameo.

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MLB In Full Bloom – Victor Martinez Collects 5 RBI In Tigers Win – 8/25/2014

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It should not be this difficult for the Detroit Tigers, but that has been the feeling the past couple months for this team. And so it was again this weekend, even as they did an about-face against the Twins, rebounding from a pair of losses to the Minnesota Twins over the weekend to gain a split in Minneapolis to keep pace with the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers should be thankful to give up 42 runs in a four-game series and somehow win twice. They hadn’t given up that many runs in any four-game stretch since 1996, and they hadn’t split a four-game stretch allowing 40 or more runs since 1994. Victor Martinez went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI to help the Tigers pound the Twins 13-4 on Sunday. The Tigers racked up 18 hits to go along with the 13 runs. Martinez hit his 25th home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning, and he added two more RBI in the game. His 84 RBI are seventh-most in the American League, as are his 25 homers. His .328 average, which ranks second-best in the league as he continues his stellar season. Max Scherzer (15-5) didn’t dominate in this one, but he made big pitches at big times and benefited from the offensive explosion.

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  • Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in the Mets’ 11-3 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday. Duda completed quite the week with Sunday’s performance. In his past six games, Duda is batting .348 (8-for-23) with five home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored. His 26 home runs are third-most in the National League, and he’s also among the league leaders in RBI and OPS. It’s definitely been a breakout year for the him.
  • Yasmani Grandal homered and had four RBI, and the Padres beat the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Sunday. Grandal drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before he hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, which was his 11th of the season. Despite the occasional power, it’s been a forgettable year for Grandal, who owns a .204 BA.
  • Robinson Cano (flu) expects to play Monday in the Mariners’ series-opener against the Rangers. Cano left Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox after experiencing some light headedness in the top of the third inning. Cano told reporters Sunday night that he felt like he had the flu and felt dizzy. He should be good to go today.
  • The Seattle Mariners swept the Boston Red Sox at Fenway on Sunday which sent the Sox to their 8th straight loss. The Mariners have won 14 of their last 18 games to put themselves a season-best 13 games over .500 at 71-58, maintaining a one-game lead over the Tigers in the chase for the American League’s final Wild Card berth.
  • Sean Doolittle (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Athletics with a strained right intercostal muscle. Doolitte is expected to need just the minimum trip on the disabled list, but side injuries can tend to linger. The A’s are planning to use Eric O’Flaherty as their primary closer in Doolittle’s absence. Fantasy owners should add O’Flaherty in all formats.
  • Rusney Castillo and the Boston Red Sox officially agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract on Saturday. Castillo chose the Red Sox over a number of other teams — 28 teams were represented at Castillo’s workout in July, and a handful of teams were believed to be serious contenders for the 27-year-old in the days leading up to his decision. Castillo’s addition leaves things in the Red Sox outfield muddled to say the least. With Castillo expected to make his debut sometime next month, the Sox have Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Brock Holt, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr, Shane Victorino, and now Castillo for three spots.
  • Jackie Robinson West’s rally on Sunday against South Korea fell shot on the scoreboard. History will say it was 8-4 in favor of the Little League Baseball World Series champions from South Korea. History also will say Jackie Robinson West was the best in the U.S. in Little League Baseball. Thirteen boys from the South Side of Chicago fell short of becoming the first all-African-American team to win a Little League World Series in front of 28,671. Jackie Robinson West became the first team from Chicago since North Roseland in 1967 to qualify for the championship game, and the fourth team from Illinois.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Alex Cobb Outduels David Price – 8/22/2014

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Thursday’s return to Tropicana Field could not have gone much better for David Price. He allowed only one unearned run and one hit in an eight-inning outing that was as dominant as he ever had in a Tampa Bay uniform. Price retired the final 23 Rays he faced, but he came up short as Alex Cobb out-dueled him. Cobb and two relievers hung on for a 1-0 victory that meant more to them than any bragging rights over their former ace. Cobb allowed no runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out six in seven innings to earn his ninth win of the season at the expense of Price. It was the first time in the Rays’ 17-season history that they won with only one hit, and it came at an opportune time. They snapped a four-game losing streak, improved to 62-65 and moved back within seven games of the second American League wild-card spot as they open a stretch of 26 straight games versus AL East rivals.

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MLB In Full Bloom – Rebuilding Keeper Rosters – 8/15/2014

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It’s the middle of August and if you participate in a keeper league and your roster is not in contention, it’s time to look forward to next year. There is plenty of things you can do in the final weeks of this season to improve your 2015 team. Let’s face it, fantasy football grabs the majority of people’s attenti0n and there are productive players to be had on the free agent wire with top prospects being called up in September when MLB clubs can expand rosters. The Chicago Cubs have already brought of Javier Baez and the San Diego Padres recently called up outfielder Rymer Liriano. Both these top prospects will see significant opportunity to contribute in 2015. We have seen several injuries to top talent since the All-Star break, headlined by Troy Tulowitzki, Paul Goldschmidt, and Carlos Gonzalez just to name a few. Since these guys are not helping their owners for the stretch run, you may be able to trade for them now. Be aware of any upcoming changes to your league format such as new rules, new owners, and scoring changes because this should all factor into your decisions. Finish strong over the final six weeks and don’t take these final two months off. If you do, you will end of regretting it in March 2015!

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  • John Lackey allowed just two runs over seven innings and bounced back from a disastrous start in in previous outing, but he got a no-decision in Thursday’s win against the Padres. Lackey gave up nine runs in five innings on Saturday, which was his second start with his new club. Last night, Lackey was so much better as he allowed five hits and struck out five. In 19 innings with the Cardinals, Lackey has a 6.16 ERA. He’ll face the Reds on Tuesday at home in his next start.
  • Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one unearned run en route to his ninth win as the Nats won on Thursday. It was a nice bounce-back start after getting rocked by the Braves in his previous start. Strasburg gave up only three hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight. The Mets only run came in the fourth after Ian Desmond allowed Daniel Murphy to advance to second on a fielding error. Strasburg now has a 3.53 ERA and he’ll face the D’Backs at home in his next start on Tuesday.
  • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will undergo season-ending surgery Monday, but he’s expected to be ready for spring training. The expected rehab time for this type of surgery is 5-6 months, which means Gonzalez will be rounding into form right at the beginning of spring training. Drew Stubbs will likely see the day-to-day action in center field.
  • Max Scherzer threw eight shutout innings and struck out 14 Pirates on Thursday afternoon. He allowed just three hits and two walks in the victory. The big strikeout total helped Scherzer leapfrog Felix Hernandez and Stephen Strasburg for No. 2 in strikeouts across the league with 196. Scherzer hasn’t been quite as masterful this year as he was last season, but he’s been on fire lately with double-digit strikeout totals in three of his last five outings. The right-hander will look to keep it going in his next start against the Rays on Tuesday.
  • Dustin Pedroia had a productive night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a two-run ground-rule double in Thursday’s win against the Astros. Pedroia capped off a seven-run sixth inning by knocking in Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley, Jr. with a double to right field. He had singled and scored previously in the inning. This performance was Pedroia’s fourth multi-hit game in his last six games and he now owns a .285 BA with five home runs and 45 RBI.
  • Mike Fiers struck out 14 Cubs over six scoreless innings Thursday in the Brewers’ 6-2 victory. Fiers joined Max Scherzer in striking out 14 today, but hi day was more impressive because he was given the chance to get just 18 outs total. In fact, Fiers is just the eighth pitcher ever to strike out 14 in an outing of six innings or less. Fiers is expected to get at least one more start with Kyle Lohse’s next turn in doubt.
  • Thursday was the Opening Day of the Little League World Series and a great story is already beginning to take shape. The day belong to a team representing the state of Illinois and so much more. Jackie Robinson West is a team of little leaguers from Chicago’s south side and the first all black team to make the World Series in over a decade and these guys can hit! This team is part of the urban initiative program that the little league began 15 years ago which was a big priority considering only 8% of major leaguers are African American. The first batter of the game, Pierce Jones put Illinois on top 1-0 with his first of three home runs! Jones finished going 4-for-4 with 3 HR and a triple for a total of 15 bases. Jackie Robinson West defeated Washington 12-2 and will face Nevada on Sunday.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Tulowitzki’s Season Is Over – 8/14/2014

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Troy Tulowitzki is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery for a labrum injury in his left hip on Friday. The Rockies made the announcement late Wednesday night that their star shortstop will miss the remaining 42 games on the Rockies schedule. Tulo was putting himself in a nice position for his first National League MVP prior to injuring his hip on a groundout in late July and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He owns a .340 batting average with 21 home runs, 52 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 91 games. Josh Rutledge will finish out the season as the Rockies’ primary shortstop. Unfortunately, the hits just keep on coming for Tulo and the Rockies and this injury continues a trend that clearly he is unable to stay healthy as he played in just 91 games this season, which is his second lowest total since becoming an everyday player in 2007. He has played in 150 games a season just twice in his career in 2007 and 2009 and both years the Rockies made the playoffs.

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  • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) is probably done for the season along with Troy Tulowitzki. CarGo underwent a follow-up MRI on his left knee earlier this week and the news wasn’t good There was more irritation in his knee than there was when Cargo had an MRI earlier this year. There’s no reason at this point for the Rockies to push it with him since they are out of contention. Gonzalez played in just 70 games this year.
  • Ervin Santana allowed just two runs over six innings and improved to 12-6 on Wednesday against the Dodgers. Santana and the Braves behind 2-0 after allowing a pair of runs in the second, but he was able to keep the Dodgers scoreless from there. He allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out nine in the effort. Now with a 3.66 ERA, Santana will look to keep it going when he takes on the Pirates on the road next Monday.
  • Rymer Liriano hit his first major league home run in the Padres’ win over the Rockies on Wednesday. He made his big league debut on Monday, and hit his first career big league home run in his third game. The home run hit the top of the fourth inning was a blast that landed at the top of the Western Metal Supply Company building at Petco Park. Liriano has an impressive set of tools and he has already been putting them on display in his first 12 plate appearances.
  • Adam Jones hit a tie-breaking three-run home run in the eighth inning and the Orioles came back to grab victory out of the Yankees’ hands on Wednesday. Jonathan Schoop tied the game with a solo home run earlier in the eighth inning, and Jones knocked in three with his homer to left-center with two outs in the inning. It was Jones’ only hit in four at-bats. He owns a .287 BA with 23 home runs and 75 RBI on the year.
  • Justin Masterson threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday as the Cardinals’ got a 5-2 victory over the Marlins. This was a bit of a surprise after the right-hander struggled mightily in his first two starts after being traded to St. Louis. Masterson allowed only three Miami singles and did not walk a batter while inducing 15 groundball outs. Masterson will face the Reds at home for his next start.
  • The new MLB home plate collision rule, 7.13, erupted in controversy again in San Francisco in a game between the White Sox and the Giants. With runners on first and third, the Giants’ Joe Panik hit a dribbler up the first-base line that Jose Abreu fielded well and threw to Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who estimated he caught the ball with seven feet to spare as pinch-runner Gregor Blanco slid into home and was tagged out easily. The Giants called for a review and after 4 minutes, 55 seconds the ruling came back that Blanco was safe because Flowers was blocking the plate before he had possession of the ball. Catchers are allowed to block the plate only once they have control of the ball. White Sox manager Robin Ventura went into an epic rant as he yelled at umpires and kicked dirt over home plate.
  • The Baltimore Orioles swept the two games with the Yankees in a rain-shortened series with a 5-3 win Wednesday night. The Orioles have been red hot and now have a 7 1/2 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays and a 8 game lead over the Bronx Bombers. The Orioles have dominated the Yankees this season as their 8-3 against New York, which is a .727 winning percentage. The O’s are now 69-50, which is the third best record behind only the Athletics and the Angels.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Josh Donaldson Crushes A Pair of Homers – 8/13/2014

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Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, four RBIs and three runs scored against the Royals on Tuesday night. Donaldson’s first home run tied his career-high of 24 homers, and he wasted little time in setting a new season high by belting his 25th later in the game. Donaldson’s three hit night was apart of a 20-hit, 11-3 victory to even this four-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Donaldson’s .255 batting average is a disappointment to some fantasy owners, but Donaldson makes up for the lost points of average with better marks in homers and steals. He’s on pace to top his runs scored and RBI marks from 2013 as well. Even with a lower average, Donaldson has cemented himself as one of the game’s elite options at third base.

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MLB In Full Bloom – Giancarlo Stanton Belts Two Homers – 8/12/2014

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Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of home runs and also displayed his defensive skills in the field Monday night to lead the Marlins to a 6-5 win against the visiting Cardinals. It’s Stanton’s fourth multi-homer game of the season and the 13th of his career, making him the franchise leader in that category, surpassing Hanley Ramirez. The Miami slugger also made a sensational catch in the fifth inning that earned him a standing ovation from the fans. Stanton launched a 470-foot home run in the third inning, which was his second home run of the night. Stanton is up to 31 for the season, tying him with Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. It seems like he’s pretty much wrapped up the NL home run title, as long as he stays healthy. Anthony Rizzo is six back at 25 and no one else has more than 22 home runs.

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  • Chris Davis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer after replacing Manny Machado at third base Monday against the Yankees. It was Davis’s fourth appearance at third base this year, and he’ll likely be seeing more action there with Machado set to miss some time. The multi-hit game was his first since July 19, though he did manage to hit three homers last week.
  • Manny Machado (knee) has been diagnosed with a right knee sprain. The diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean a lot right now, as he will undergo further testing today, which will include an MRI. It’s possible something worse will be found after Machado injured his knee when it buckled on him during a swing Monday. The Orioles and Machado’s fantasy owners will be crossing their fingers in hopes of getting good news.
  • Felix Hernandez was brilliant as he pitched seven strong innings Monday night. He allowed one run on three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts against the Blue Jays for his 13th victory of the season. Hernandez ran his record streak to 16 consecutive starts of seven innings pitched and two runs or less. His only mistake was a solo homer given up to Jose Bautista, which was just his seventh homer allowed this season. He’ll face the Tigers this weekend.
  • Andrew McCutchen (rib) was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Pirates on Monday. This move is retroactive to August 4, with a fracture of his 11th left rib. It appears that McCutchen is making excellent progress, but he’s apparently not close to game action. The good news is that he has already missed a week, so he’ll be eligible to return next week if everything goes well. The Pirates and fantasy owners will have to keep their fingers crossed.
  • Justin Verlander (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore shoulder today. Verlander, who lasted just one inning in his start Monday against the Pirates, was pulled after allowing five earned runs and throwing just 40 total pitches. This is the first injury-related MRI he’ll undergo in his career. The heavy innings totals over the years may finally be starting to take their toll on the right-hander. The Tigers will announce the results sometime today.
  • Josh Willingham was traded from the Twins to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon in exchange for RHP Jason Adam. Willingham figures to share designated hitter duties with Raul Ibanez while Billy Butler plays first base with Eric Hosmer (hand) out. He’ll give the Royals some extra pop down the stretch.
  • The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Monday night to win their 8th straight game and for the first time in more than a decade, the Royals are in first place in mid-August. The Royals trailed the Tigers by eight games on July 21st, but their 16th win in 19 games wiped away the deficit and gave them the lead at the latest point in a season since 2003.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Kershaw Wins 11th Straight Decision – 8/11/2014

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Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 14th win of the year, and the Dodgers topped the Brewers 5-1 on Sunday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner raised his career-high win streak to 11, upped his bid for a second Gold Glove Award with a ridiculous diving catch to start a double play, singled home a run and scored another as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. Kershaw gave up a run in the first inning, just his fourth first-inning run allowed this year, but he bounced back to hold the Brewers scoreless over the next seven innings. He gave up six hits and two walks, striking out six in the outing. He moved to 14-2 with a 1.78 ERA with the win, and he’ll get a shot at repeating the feat when he takes on the Brewers again on Friday.

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  • Alex Wood delivered an outstanding performance in Sunday night’s victory over the Nationals as the Braves won 3-1. Wood matched his career-high with 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Wood surrendered just one run on five hits and three walks last night. The only damage came on a solo homer from Ian Desmond in the fourth inning. Wood owns a 3.08 ERA over 117 innings on the season. He’ll look to carry over this dominant effort when he faces the Athletics on Friday.
  • Austin Jackson drove in all four of the Mariners’ runs on Sunday in a 4-2 win over the White Sox. Jackson went 3-for-4 with four RBI and is now 10-for-36 (.278) atop the Mariners lineup. Jackson delivered a three-run double in the second inning and added an RBI single in the seventh. He’d driven in just one run in his first eight games as a member of the Mariners.
  • Anthony Rizzo hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. Rizzo hit a single off left-hander Cesar Ramos to give the Cubs the victory. He finished 2-for-6, and is hitting .280 in a breakout season for him.
  • Phil Hughes limited the A’s to one run over seven innings as the Twins earned a 6-1 victory on Sunday in Oakland. Hughes gave up just four hits and a walk, striking out seven on the afternoon. Hughes has now won two straight decisions after a three-game losing streak and he improved to 12-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 150 2/3 innings this season. Hughes will try to keep going Saturday against the Royals.
  • Devin Mesoraco homered twice and had six RBI in the Reds’ win over the Marlins on Sunday. The second homer was a grand slam off Brad Hand that put the game out of hand. The other home run was a two-run shot in the first inning. Mesoraco now has three grand slams during his breakout season and 20 home runs overall with 61 RBI over 79 games.
  • Rymer Liriano will be recalled today from Triple-A El Paso by the San Diego Padres. Liriano has torn the cover off the ball in 15 games since being promoted to El Paso, hitting .467 with 13 RBI and three stolen bases. With his combination of power and speed, he’s immediately worth a look in all mixed leagues.
  • Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Unlike Matt Harvey and several other pitchers who have suffered late-season UCL tears and required Tommy John surgery, Skaggs has already closed the door on pitching next year.
  • The Kansas City Royals season has resembled a roller coaster this year. On Sunday, it was Alex Gordon Bobblehead Day at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday and so, naturally, the man himself belted a two-run homer to help the Royals to a 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Royals have won seven straight games the 15th win in the last 18 games for the Royals. Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers lost a 19-inning marathon in Toronto and the Royals trail the Tigers by just a 1/2 game. One week ago, the Royals trailed the Tigers by 4.5 games.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Javier Baez Fuels Cubs Victory – 8/8/2014

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Javier Baez hit the game-winning homer in extra innings in his major league debut on Tuesday night as he continued to impress yesterday in hitter-friendly Coors Field. Baez fueled the hype leading up to his home debut today by smacking two home runs to cap a three-hit, four-RBI performance that enabled the Cubs to coast to a 6-2 victory over the Rockies. Strikeouts are going to be an issue for Baez as he fanned nearly 30 percent of the time between Double- and Triple-A, but we’re already getting a look at the power he can provide from a middle infield position. It’s exciting to see some of the pieces begin to fall into place with the Cubs after four years of losing. Baez doesn’t know where he is going to live for the duration of the season, but Cubs fans can look forward to seeing their 21-year-old phenom settle in the batter’s box today when he makes his Wrigley Field debut.

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  • Jon Lester threw a three-hit shutout against the Twins as the Athletics won 3-0 on Thursday night in Oakland. Lester racked up eight strikeouts and had a perfect game through five innings. He found himself in trouble in the sixth, when Brian Dozier very nearly tied the game with a three-run homer that hooked foul. Outside of that inning, the Twins were helpless against the left-hander. Lester will look to keep it going against the Royals in Kansas City in his next start.
  • Giancarlo Stanton belted his 27th home run of the season in a losing effort Thursday against the Pirates. The Marlins’ offense was held in check by Edinson Volquez and the Pirates bullpen until Stanton put the Marlins on the board with a two-run shot in the ninth. Stanton continues to post a .289 BA over 114 games with 27 home runs and 76 RBI.
  • Angel Pagan (back) went 2-for-5 in his return from the disabled list on Thursday. Pagan returned to his usual role as the Giants’ leadoff hitter after missing seven weeks with a back injury. He will hit for average and be a good source of runs and stolen bases. Pagan is definitely worth a pick up if he was dropped due to his injury.
  • Jake Lamb went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his major league debut in the Diamondbacks’ 6-2 loss to the Royals on Thursday. Lamb, a sixth round pick in 2012, batted .318 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI in 103 games at Double-A. He figures to get regular playing  for the starting spot at third. The rookie should be picked up in NL-Only leagues and deeper mixed league formats.
  • Wily Peralta collected his MLB-leading 14th win Thursday against the Giants, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk over 6.2 innings and he struck out nine. Big strikeout numbers like this have been rare for Peralta, who entered Thursday’s action with just 99 strikeouts in 138 innings. But even if he hasn’t been totally dominant, he’s been steady and the Brewers offense has been very supportive. He’ll try to make it 15 wins Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley.
  • Kyle Hendricks completed eight innings and held the Rockies to two runs in Thursday’s win. Hendricks doesn’t miss a whole lot of bats, but in his last three starts, he’s walked a total of two batters and given up just one solo home run. Overall, he’s 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA, with the lone loss coming in a 1-0 game. His peripherals say he’s been lucky so far, but if he keeps getting grounders and avoiding walks, he won’t fall far.
  • The Chicago Cubs claimed Cole Hamels off waivers earlier this week, but it appears unlikely that the Cubs and the Phillies will make a trade for the left-hander. Hamels has more than four years left on his $144 million, six-year Phillies deal. It was reported that Hamels was claimed Wednesday, so the 48-hour window to complete a trade would close Friday.
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MLB In Full Bloom – Doug Fister Continues Hot Streak – 8/7/2014

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Doug Fister was acquired by the Washington Nationals in the offseason from the Detroit Tigers and the Nats fan base was excited to add the right-hander to their starting rotation. The excitement quickly diminished after the Fister landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a lat strain and then he struggled in his 2014 debut on May 9th in Oakland.  Fister was brilliant over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday night in Nationals Park against the New York Mets. He allowed just one (unearned) run on six hits while striking out seven batters. All six of those hits were singles and Fister did not issue a walk. Since that rough early-May debut, Fister owns a 2.15 ERA in 100 1/3 innings. He doesn’t have the high strikeout rate like most fantasy aces, but the ERA should remain low and the wins should keep coming as the Nationals hit their stride.

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