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The Cardinals dropped their third straight game, a 5-3 decision to the San Diego Padres. Jhonny Peralta had a solid game in the loss, going 2-for-6. Peralta has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and is batting .301 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta's averages this season are above his career marks. He's on pace for 39 doubles, 23 home runs and 85 RBI. One of the top fantasy shortstops in the league, Peralta should be grabbed if still available.

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The Chicago Cubs improved to 42-35 following a 6-1 win over the Mets on Thursday. Jonathan Herrera provided half of the offense with a home run and three RBI. The home run was his first of the season and he's now batting .229.

Fantasy Impact: Herrera only has 70 at-bats this season. He's been mainly a singles hitter and only has three extra-base hits. He's also only walked twice and has an OPS of .564. While he's likely not going to have significant fantasy value, his first home run of the season was worth mentioning.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a 13-hit attack in their 8-4 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Francisco Cervelli belted the only Pirates home run. He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. He's now batting .304 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Cervelli is 4-for-9 over the last two games. His averages this season are above his career marks and is on pace for eight home runs and 58 RBI. Cervelli could get the day off today but will likely play this weekend.

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Darren O'Day gave the Orioles just what they asked for, 1 1/3 perfect innings against the Texas Rangers Thursday night. O'Day entered in the middle of the seventh inning and retired all four batters he faced while recording one strikeout. Unfortunately, the Orioles could not muster up any offense and fell to the Rangers, 2-0.

Fantasy Impact: O'Day has clearly been one of the Orioles' best relievers this year and he proved that against the Rangers Thursday. O'Day now boasts a 1.16 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. O'Day also has a perfect 5-0 record and has only walked 8 batters all year. O'Day is a consistent and safe pick-up if your fantasy team is in need for relievers. Start O'Day with confidence as he has not allowed more than one run in any appearance this year.

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Christian Yelich found himself on base all day on Thursday, making his way around twice after walking twice and hitting a double.

Fantasy Impact: Christian Yelich is playing incredibly right now, and is making my post all-star breakout prediction look conservative. While his power hasn't quite returned yet, he is an excellent play in daily leagues during his hot on-base streak.

Jason Grilli tossed another strong ninth inning on Thursday in a tight game against the Nationals. The Braves walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and Grilli was the winning pitcher.

Fantasy Impact: A bonus win for Grilli owners, who have had quite a week running the closer out there. In the past week he has one loss, one win and two saves.

In a game where little offense was to be found, Chaz Roe gave up two runs in the top of the ninth inning in the Ranger's 2-0 win over the Orioles. Roe gave up two hits as well as a walk in his one inning's work, ensuring him his first loss of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This now makes back to back appearances where Roe has given up two runs in only one inning. Over his last two starts, Roe has increased his ERA from 0.90 to 2.45. Roe does not get an ample amount of playing time and the fact he's had two bad performances in a row does not bode well for him. Roe currently has little to no value on any fantasy team.

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Manny Banuelos tossed five and two thirds scoreless innings on Thursday, allowing only two hits and striking out seven before being lifted in the sixth due to dehydration and cramping.

Fantasy Impact: Well, now that we have seen that Banuelos can breeze through the potent Nationals lineup, there's no reason to not go out there and get him. He will be fantasy relevant immediately.

Kevin Gausman was excellent Thursday night pitching 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in the O's 2-0 loss to the Rangers. Gausman allowed only four hits and two walks while picking up seven strikeouts. Gausman massively improved his ERA from 4.24 to 3.09.

Fantasy Impact: Gausman's performance Thursday night was easily his best start of the season and one of the best of his young career. Look for Gausman to contnue in the starting rotation if he can consistently pitch like he did Thursday night. Take a wait and see approach on Gausman for fantasy purposes to ensure this was not just a fluke appearance. If Gausman follows up this performance with another quality appearance, he would make for an excellent pick-up as a high reward player.

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Granderson was the only productive Met against Cubs' pitcher Arrieta. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI double.

Fantasy Impact: Granderson has been on a hot streak lately, and his DFS price has risen accordingly. He'll have a tough matchup on Friday against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

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Scott Kazmir allowed no runs on two hits in eight innings against the Mariners on Thursday. He had no walks and seven strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: This was Kazmir's third straight quality start, and fourth out of his last five, all of which were seven innings or longer. Kazmir has also had six or more strikeouts in each of his last five outings, as he's hit a great groove heading into the All-Star Break. Kazmir is a legitimate ace, despite the low win total (5), and he should be active in all fantasy formats.

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Fielder was 2-for-3 Thursday while also working a base on balls. While Fielder has just one home run over his last ten contests, he has continued to get on base at a very high rate. Reaching base 20-of-39 plate appearances his last 10 games.

Fantasy Impact: Fielder began the 2015 season hitting for a very high average however, it didn't come with much power in April. Then May came and he had a power surge hitting nine home runs and driving in 28 runs. He seemed to be in a similar holding pattern in June, putting the ball in play and getting on base. This would lead me to believe another run of homers is right around the corner for Fielder. If he keeps hitting for average he could be in for a career year, as we all know the power is coming.

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Brandon Belt got the start in left field, but he came through at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort. Both of his hits were singles, he drove in one run, and he stole one base (his fourth of the year).

Fantasy Impact: Belt has been solid (but not spectacular) all season. He holds more value at his regular position of first base, but expect him to still pick up the occasional start at left field, especially when the team is dealing with injuries.

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David Ortiz hit a three-run home run and finished 1-for-5 which helped lead the Red Sox to a 12-6 victory over the visiting Blue Jays on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: David Ortiz's power is back. He has hit eight home runs and driven in 18 in the last 21 games. He is still struggling with his average and is hitting .228 for the season.

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Walker recorded four hits and three RBI on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Walker has nearly outproduced his statistics for the entire month of June just two days into July. While this torrid streak certainly is not the norm for Walker, it is an extremely encouraging sign for his owners.

After a brief one day absence following a dental procedure, Odor was 2-for-5 with a double, and RBI single in the ninth Inning Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Odor continues to rake, and should be active in all leagues right now. Odor has been one of the Rangers most consistent hitters in June. In his last nine starts Odor has three runs scored and five RBI. He has also been contributing across the board as he has two stolen bases, six extra base hits, including two home runs, and five walks in the same timeframe.

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Clint Barmes went 1-for-3 with a walk in the 5-3 victory. He scored the game winning run.

Fantasy Impact: He is a hard player to get a handle on. He performs like a strong medium league option when he plays, but he doesn't always start. Making it more complicated, even when he doesn't start, he has produced off the bench. If you have the time to monitor daily lineups and alter your starting spots after the Padres release that day's lineup, he is a solid option for medium league as long as you have an alternative to fall back on.

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Solarte went 1-for-3 with a solo HR Thursday. His HR opened up the scoring for the Padres after some difficulties with scoring recently.

Fantasy Impact: He simply does not produce enough to play outside of a deep league.

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Will Venable pinch hit in the 11th inning and hit the game winning HR.

Fantasy Impact: Will Venable is frustrating to analyze. He has teased fantasy owners in the past and then failed to continue to deliver. He has stopped stealing bases lately so there is some room for concern. For now, start him in medium sized leagues that start 5 OF and hope he ends up being more like the 2013 version.

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Shawn Kelley went two innings Thursday to gain the win. He allowed two hits while striking out four. In his last two outings, he has gone four innings allowing three hits while striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Shawn Kelley is not relevant in most leagues. He is an inning eater but he occasionally blows up so his ratios are not strong enough to overcome his lack of outcome (wins, saves or holds) outings.

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