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Zach Walters went 1-for-3 with two RBI in the Columbus Clippers' victory on Saturday, taking his tally to 33 RBI in Triple-A this season.

Fantasy Impact: 2015 has not been the season many expected from Zach Walters after hitting 10 home runs in the Majors in 2014 in just 127 at-bats. He is hitting .235 AVG with six home runs in 238 at-bats in Triple-A this season and despite playing DH, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS and OF, he is not offering enough to warrant a call up. An injury or a trade could change that.

Category: Game Recaps

Jesus Montero started at first base for the Mariners and went 1-for-3 at the plate earning a hit for the third game in a row.

Fantasy Impact: Since his call-up on July 10th, Montero has swung an impressive bat owning a .353 BA with one home run and three RBI in his seven games. Until his role with the Mariners is set he is a risk to own in any format.

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Kyle Seager batted in the second hole and went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Mariners 3-2 loss to the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Seager has gone 6-for-30 in his last seven games failing to record a home run or RBI during that stretch. Batting .268 with 15 HR and 43 RBI on the year his numbers are lower than expected, but he provides solid value in daily leagues.

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Fernando Rodney pitched the eighth inning with the Mariners leading 2-1 and struck out the side for an easy inning of work. The Mariners ultimately lost to the Twins 3-2 with a blown save in the ninth inning from Carson Smith.

Fantasy Impact: Rodney has still struggled out of the Mariners bullpen since being removed of his closer duties, but he has managed to lower his ERA to an ugly 5.44. With Mariners closer Carson Smith not performing much better, the closer situation in Seattle is up in the air. Monitor Rodney's status within the coming weeks to see if he could regain his closer job to end 2015.

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Carson Smith came in to close out the Twins in the ninth inning with the Mariners leading 2-1, but he could not get the job done. He recorded two outs but allowed two runs in the Twins 3-2 walk-off victory.

Fantasy Impact: Smith allowed one runner to score on two wild pitches, and gave up a walk-off single to Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki to earn his fifth loss of the year. The Mariners have had issues at closer all year long with Fernando Rodney blowing his share of saves earlier in the year. If Smith keeps his closer role he possesses decent fantasy value with a 2.81 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 41.2 IP.

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Mike Montgomery pitched six solid innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out six batters against the Twins. The Mariners bullpen collapsed again in the ninth as the Twins walked-off for a 3-2 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Montgomery has been solid in his 12 starts this season, owning a 4-4 record with a 3.07 ERA in 76.1 IP. With J.A. Happ shipped to Pittsburgh at the deadline, the 26-year-old will be sticking in the Mariners rotations for the rest of the year barring injury. He is a solid play in deeper mixed or AL-only leagues.

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After another rough outing, Matt Moore has been optioned to Triple-A Durham after his loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. He is 1-3 with a 8.78 ERA on the season. (Source: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: It is likely that Moore will pitch in Durham until rosters expand on September 1st. A rotation spot will be determined if he can improve his location and control during his time in Triple-A.

Category: Transactions

Josh Fields started the seventh inning for the Astros replacing starter Dallas Keuchel, and threw four pitches to record one out before being replaced himself.

Fantasy Impact: Fields has been solid out of the pen for Houston, owning a 2.62 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 34.1 IP. Unless his role as setup man changes into closer, he does not offer a lot of value in most fantasy leagues.

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Hank Conger started behind the plate but provided the Astros with a lot of offense, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in the Astros 9-2 victory over Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: The catcher position has been sub par offensively this season, but over the last week the duo of Castro and Conger has hit four home runs and driven in 10+ RBI. Conger smacked his seventh and eighth home runs in limited duty this season, solid numbers for a lack of consistent playing time. Without his name being in the lineup every night he is a risk to own in most leagues.

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Jose Altuve was able to reach base once in five at-bats against the Diamondbacks with a single off of Jeremy Hellickson. The Astros won 9-2.

Fantasy Impact: Altuve has seen his batting average dip below .300 in his last seven games going 7-for-30 in that span. Despite the shaky play, Altuve is a must-start in all formats. He has the ability to carry a fantasy team with hits, RBI and SB.

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Nick Swisher, on the 15-day DL with knee issues, is rehabbing in Low-A. He is set to move up to Triple-A on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians would like to see a healthy Nick Swisher play RF instead of solely DH. Fantasy owners would rather see what Lonnie Chisenhall, Jerry Sands, Ryan Raburn and Tyler Holt can offer. Presumably Holt will be optioned when Swisher returns from the DL. At the moment, only Lonnie Chisenhall is offering any fantasy-relevant form, although Jerry Sands should see playing time over the next few days.

Category: Injury Updates

Segura went 0-for-4 but did have an RBI groundout in the Brewers 4-2 loss to the Cubs. He also stole his 16th base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: In his last 15 games, Segura has batted .207 and is 0-for-12 in the current home series versus the Cubs.

Category: Game Recaps

Aaron Brooks shut down the Indians offense in seven and one-third innings of one-run baseball. He struck out five batters in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: Brooks was part of the deal that sent Ben Zobrist to Kansas City. He made a good impression in his first Oakland appearance and he's worth keeping an eye on in the future.

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2B Jason Kipnis played DH for the second straight game in the loss to the A's on Saturday. And for the second straight game he went 0-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: Indians' manager Terry Francona said "His throwing shoulder is a bit sore. I don't think it is anything we need to worry about. I'll let him DH another night. I don't think that will hurt him". As long as the shoulder issue does not linger and regardless of the slight difference in output (.882 OPS at 2B and .702 OPS at DH), you should continue with Jason Kipnis in your lineup, wherever he plays. Despite the two hitless games, he has a .345/.400/.414 slash line since the All-Star break.

Category: Game Recaps

Jhonny Peralta homers again

Sun, Aug 2nd 11:05am EDT
By Kerry Kauffman


The Cardinals fell to the Rockies on Saturday, 6-2. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 66-38 on the season. Jhonny Peralta provided a highlight for the Cardinals, belting his 16th home run of the season. It was his only hit in four at-bats and is batting .288 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta is 5-for-12 in the series with two home runs and five RBI. He's broken out of a recent 1-for-24 slump and is on pace to hit 25 home runs, which would be a career high.

Category: Game Recaps

The Pirates fell to the Reds on Saturday, 4-3. Jung-Ho Kang belted is eighth home run of the year. It was his only hit in four at-bats, which dipped his batting average back below .300 to .299 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Kang, a 28-year old from South Korea, has been solid in his first Major League season. He has an on-base percentage of .372 and OPS of .832. Kang is on pace to hit 13 home runs and knock in 55 runs this season.

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Lind went 2-for-4 with a double in the Brewers 4-2 loss to the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Lind has struggled over the last two weeks, he has batted .185 in his last 15 games. For the season, he is batting .278 with 16 home runs.

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The Reds defeated the Pirates on Saturday by the score of 4-3. Eugenio Suarez played a major role, going 1-for-2 with two sacrifice flies, a double and three RBI. Suarez raised his batting average to .302 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez is a free-swinger who rarely walks, but has 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBI in 149 at-bats. He's been a consistent producer and is a solid fantasy option at shortstop.

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The Reds improved to 47-55 following a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Jay Bruce belted two doubles, knocked in a run and scored a run in four at-bats. Bruce is now batting .260 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has 11 RBI over the past five games an raised his total to 60 for the season. His average, on-base percentage and OPS are all above his career marks and is on pace for 27 home runs and 95 RBI this season.

Category: Game Recaps

CF Michael Bourn went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Michael Bourn has a generous contract for the output he provides - $13.5M (2015), $14M (2016) and $12M (2017 - if 550 PA in 2016). He could be exposed to waivers and if picked up by another team, perhaps a change of scenery could revitalize the 32 year old. The Indians (and any fantasy owners) would do well to stress his recent production .400 AVG (14-for-35), six runs, three doubles and four stolen bases in his last ten games.

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