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After sitting out three games with a sore wrist, Yunel Escobar is back in the Nationals' lineup, batting fifth and playing third base. (Source: Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Escobar has been one of the Nationals' most consistent hitters all season, slashing .308/.367/.423 with nine homers, 59 runs scored and 39 RBI in 112 games.

Category: Injury Updates


Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is out of the Red Sox lineup again on Monday night against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Hanley Ramirez missed the entire weekend series with the Mets due to the shoulder fatigue. There is no indication on when he will back. This is just the latest in day to day injuries that Ramirez has had this season which is frustrating to fantasy owners.

Category: Injury Updates


Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) has been cleared by the medical staff to ramp up baseball activities and is still on track to return on Sept. 10, Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net reports. (Source: Sean McAdam on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The plan is for Dustin Pedroia to return on September 10 which is good news for his fantasy owners who have held onto him while he was on the disabled list. Whether or not the Red Sox play him full time the rest of the way remains to be seen as they are out of the playoff race and have no need to push Pedroia too hard.

Category: Injury Updates


Travis Shaw is back in the lineup Monday, batting fifth and playing first base against the Yankees, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Travis Shaw had missed a couple games after ceding first base to David Ortiz on Sunday as the Red Sox played in a National League park against the Mets. Shaw has been hitting well since being called up from the minors hitting .303 but is currently in a 2-for-19 slump over the past week.


San Francisco Giants SP Jake Peavy is set to take the mount Monday night on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Peavy is coming off a recent win over the Chicago Cubs last Wednesday where he gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: This is a great matchup for Jake Peavy. In 27 career starts against the LA Dodgers, Peavy is 14-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Those types of numbers make a good case for Peavy to be in your starting lineup tonight.


Cameron Rupp went 1-3 with a walk and his 8th homer raising his slash line to .254/.320/.456.

Fantasy Impact: Wow! Rupp has been on a roll these past few weeks. Hes been having good at bats and showing off his power. He's not a bad guy to take a shot on.

Category: Game Recaps


Adonis Garcia homers in loss

Mon, Aug 31st 1:45pm EDT
By Zachary Atkins

ATL

Third baseman, Adonis Garcia, went 3 for 5 in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. Garcia hit a solo home run and scored two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Hector Olivera is expected to arrive to man 3B for the Braves soon. However, it looks like Garcia is trying to prove that he deserves to stick around.

Category: Game Recaps


Lance McCullers allowed three runs on four hits in six innings against the Twins on Sunday. He had four walks and six strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: McCullers didn't have the best control of his stuff on Sunday, as was shown by the four walks, and the homer he gave up in the sixth inning. Still, it was a solid outing, and fantasy owners should be happy considering the rookie was in the minors just a short while ago. McCullers should be active in all but the most shallow of mixed leagues, as his strikeouts alone can help teams win championships.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a three-run home run against the Twins on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: This was Carter's first home run in August, with his last coming on July 28th. Carter's playing time has taken a massive cut as of the last two months, going from playing every day and around 90 AB/month, to only 46 AB in July, and 39 in August. Carter's season has been an extreme disappointment, as he's batting a mere .183 with 18 homers after last year's promising campaign (.227/37 HRs). He's only viable in the deepest of AL-Only leagues, and should be avoided even then.

Category: Game Recaps


Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI Sunday in the Royals 3-2 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Zobrist has played second base and right field for the Royals and filled in admirable in the two hole for their offense. His versatility and steady production have been great for the Royals and fantasy owners alike.

Category: Game Recaps


Cain went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base as the Royals fell to the Rays 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: Cain continues to rake at the plate, picking up three hits, two stolen bases, two walks, and two RBI over the weekend against the Rays. He's quietly become one of the top OF options in both season long and daily leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Orlando started each game of the Royals two game set against the Orioles and three games against the Rays. He's picked up a hit in four of five games as the Royals look for production from their third outfield spot.

Fantasy Impact: Over the last five games, Orlando has gone 5-for-20 with one run and three RBI. Those numbers aren't eye-popping, but with Alex Rios lack of production it may be enough to keep the starting role going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Duffy pitched five innings allowing two runs on seven hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. He earned a no decision as the Royals lost to the Rays 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: It was a typical Duffy outing going five innings, allowing a couple runs and striking out a handful of hitters. He's an option in daily leagues if the price and matchup are right, but he's a low upside option due to his lack of innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Davis allowed no hits and no walks while picking up his thirteenth save on the year as the Royals beat the Rays 6-3.

Fantasy Impact: Davis earned a save opportunity after Holland picked up the save the day before. His ridiculous 0.99 ERA and 0.82 WHIP, along with spot save opportunities make him the top non-closer RP in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Pat Venditte earns first win

Mon, Aug 31st 11:28am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

OAK

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte earned his first big league win in Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. He pitched two innings of shutout ball, allowing just one baserunner and striking out one.

Fantasy Impact: Venditte is well known for his ability to pitch with either arm, but has yet to become a fantasy asset. He is now 1-2 on the year with a 3.31 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Kris Medlen solid again

Mon, Aug 31st 11:25am EDT
By Patrick McGinnis

KC

Medlen pitched five and a third innings allowing three runs on just four hits and two walks as the Royals beat the Rays 6-3.

Fantasy Impact: Medlen moved to 3-0 on the year and pitched another solid outing in his second start after elbow ligament replacement surgery. He's been a serviceable starter for the Royals, but is not a strong fantasy target.

Category: Game Recaps


Jesse Chavez turned in a solid start for the A's on Sunday. He lasted just five innings, but gave up just one earned run and struck out six batters. He gave up eight hits and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: Chavez was at 95 pitches after the fifth inning, forcing Oakland to tap into the bullpen early. He has been rather inconsistent over the last month or so and is nothing more than a streaming option at this point in the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Rios went 0-for-4 Friday with two strikeouts in the Royals 3-2 win against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: After going hitless on Friday, Rios didn't earn the start on Saturday or Sunday against the Rays. Despite periods of nice play, Rios is hitting .253 with only two home runs and 22 RBI. He's a low upside fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps


The Cardinals pounded 13 hits in a 7-5 win over the Giants on Sunday. Jason Heyward lead the Cardinals with three hits, including a double and triple. He knocked in a run and scored two and is now batting .291 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Heyward has been a solid all-around fantasy contributor and is on pace to hit 32 doubles, 14 home runs and steal 25 bases. His batting average is 25 points above his career average, while he's nearly on his career average in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Category: Game Recaps


Holland pitched a scoreless ninth Friday in the Royals 3-2 win over the Rays to pick up his twenty-ninth save on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Holland pitched a spotless ninth, which is great to see considering his penchant for getting into jams this year. He remains one of the top RP options in season long fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps