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The Orioles were anialated by the Rays Tuesday night to the score of 11-2. A lone bright spot for the club was that Chris Davis was able to pad his numbers by hitting his 36th home run of the year in the ninth inning. It was his only hit of the night and accounted for the only two runs the Orioles could muster. He now has 94 RBIs on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Davis has had a rough couple of weeks so hopefully this home run will help boost his confidence. He is a power threat every time he steps up to the plate so keeping him in your fantasy roster is not a bad bet. He is also one of very few Orioles worth taking a chance on in daily fantasy leagues. Keep an eye out to see if Davis can turn this into a hot streak or if this was just an anomaly.

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Yohan Flande allowed two earned runs over five innings Tuesday as the Rockies dropped the first game of a doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Arizona racked up five hits and three walks in five innings against Flande. Flande has a 4.04 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in seven starts and eight relief appearances this season for Colorado.

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LF Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: With just 31 games remaining, it is improbable that Michael Brantley will come close to the 200 hits, 20 home runs and 23 stolen bases of 2014. However, his production since the All-Star break has been so good that over a 162 game season, it equates to 246 hits, 30 home runs and 21 stolen bases. If only he had not had that injured-hampered start to the season.

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The Orioles lost once again (stop me if you've heard this before) this time due to Chris Tillman's poor outing. The Orioles got blown out 11-2 to the Rays as Tillman went only 4.2 innings and gave up seven earned runs off eight hits and two walks. His record is now 9-10 on the year and he has a blistering 4.87 ERA. He has lost three straight starts and has a 9.28 ERA over his last seven days.

Fantasy Impact: Tillman and the Orioles are a mess. This is clearly rock bottom for both of them this season. The good news is that it truly can't get much worse. The bad news however is that Tillman has no place on your fantasy or daily league team.

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Gerrit Cole had a short and disappointing outing against the Brewers Tuesday. He completed just four innings while surrendering eight hits and five earned runs while striking out just two batters.

Fantasy Impact: Though this is likely a just poor start and nothing to panic about, it is worth noting that Cole was a bit shaky during August and is approaching his career high in innings pitched in a season. There is no reason to bench Cole for any of his starts moving forward.


2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-5 in the loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Despite a 15-day DL stint, Jason Kipnis still features in the top-20 'most hits' list with 145. He has struggled to match the level he was producing prior to the injury. In the 14 games since coming off the DL, he is hitting .236 AVG (13-for-55) with a .688 OPS. In the 14 games prior to landing on the DL, he was hitting .345 AVG (20-for-58) with a .814 OPS.

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Two homer night for Yan Gomes

Wed, Sep 2nd 12:29pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

CLE

Yan Gomes went 2-for-4 on Tuesday with two solo home runs in the loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Yan Gomes reached double-digit home runs on the season with the seventh inning shot to tie the game off starter Marco Estrada. He then tied the game again with his second of the night, this time off closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth inning. The Indians catcher has hit five home runs over his last 20 games, with a slash line of .234/.307/.468.

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Cody Martin had a rough debut in the big leagues, lasting just three innings and giving up five runs. Martin allowed six hits and walked one batter.

Fantasy Impact: Manager Bob Melvin mentioned after the game that he thought nerves played into the rookie's first start. Martin began the year with the Braves with Oakland trading for him in July.

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Rick Porcello K's 13 in loss

Wed, Sep 2nd 11:21am EDT
By Chris McCoy

BOS

Rick Porcello was a tough luck loser in Tuesday night's game against the Yankees. Porcello went eight innings allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk. The Boston righty also picked up 13 strikeouts along the way.

Fantasy Impact: Procello has looked like an entirely different pitcher since returning from the DL in late August. In his last two starts Porcello has thrown 15 innings allowing only one earned run on 10 hits with 18 strikeouts. Being a groundball pitcher its unlikely that Porcello will continue to strike batters out at the same rate, but if he has corrected whatever plagued him earlier in the year he could be a very solid pickup to round out your rotation for a playoff run.

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Villanueva came on in relief of Carlos Gonzales in the third inning and went on to throw 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He racked up six strikeouts while only allowing one hit. It was Villanueva's first appearance since August 21.

Fantasy Impact: Villanueva holds a 2.19 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 30 appearances this season, all in relief. Villanueva could be a candidate for spot start down the stretch for the Cardinals if any starters need to miss time due to injury or to be rested.

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Brandon Crawford sat out of Tuesday's showdown against the Dodgers while dealing with soreness from a wild pitch in Monday's game. It has been an injury-riddled past couple of weeks for Crawford, first with the oblique tightness and now the leg soreness. Due to the Giants facing Kershaw tonight, who pitches lefty, Crawford is likely to rest for the night and Ehire Adrianze will get the starting role at shortstop.

Fantasy Impact: Due to the Giants now being 5.5 games back from the Dodgers, both the Giants and Crawford hope he will return for one last push for a playoff spot before the season ends. Crawford has had an All-Star caliber year and his presence is surely felt both offensively and defensively.

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Gonzales, making his first start for the Cardinals this season, was only able to last 2 2/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen. Gonzales put up two scoreless frames before he was unable to make it through the third inning. He gave up four runs on seven hits, while striking out one batter and issuing one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzales allowed five out of the first six Nationals batters to reach base with hits in the third inning. Gonzales could get more spot starts down the stretch depending on the health of the other Cardinals starters. Wait to see him start to perform better before considering him for a spot in your fantasy lineup.

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Though he did not get a hit in the DH role and cleanup spot during Tuesday evening’s 7-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Evan Gattis did get on base by way of two separate walks, one of them brough on intentionally. He did, however, go 0-for-3 with a ground out, pop out and fly out all collectively in the game. Gattis took another slight shrink in his average, down now to .239 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: There was noticeably a lot of frustration and lack of patience in Gattis in this past outing. If those two things can be worked on, even a little bit, then El Oso Blanco will back to his full offensive form in no time. Luckily, history has shown him to be able to do just that. Fantasy holders should conitnue investing in Evan Gattis going forward.

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Holding at shortstop during Tuesday evening’s 7-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Correa went 1-for-5 with a double. He also tallied a whopping three ground outs and a strikeout collectively in the game. Correa has held his average to a stellar and steady .279 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: As good as the strides he has made with the bat have been, Correa continues to impress with the glove as well. Making a diving catch on a line drive from Robinson Cano to rob him of a possible double shows exactly why the rookie phenom shortstop will be a true and iminent threat in this lineup for years to come. Fantasy holders fortunate enough to have this kid on their rosters should continue holding on to him.

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Shifting between both left and right field during Tuesday evening’s 7-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Colby Rasmus went 1-for-4 with a double and a fieding error that allowed him to reach third base. He also tallied a fly out and a pair of strikeouts in the game. Rasmus has dipped his average down slightly to .227 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: It was a little upsetting to have Rasmus be robbed of a triple, since he showed great judgement in running the base paths. However, the veteran outfielder is certainly expected to make more plays like this as the season winds down. Fantasy holders will certainly want to keep an eye on Rasmus coming down the stretch.

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The Reds have had a poor overall season, but one player who has been extremely productive is first baseman Joey Votto. He went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss and is now batting .315 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Votto has an impressive .458 on-base percentage and 1.020 OPS. He's on-pace to surpass 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 140 walks. Votto is clearly the top overall fantasy first baseman in the league.

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Keeping at center field during Tuesday evening’s 7-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Gomez went 1-for-3 with a bunt single. He also tallied a ground out and a strikeout collectively in the game. Gomez has kept his average steady at .249 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Gomez kept his now 7 game hit streak alive with the bunt single, which should be indicative of what is to come from him. The veteran outfielder has been making great strides, and the hope is that these will start paying off for him and the team real soon. Fantasy holders may keep an eye on Gomez, if they wish.

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The Cubs improved to 75-56 on the season with a 5-4 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Kyle Schwarber had a big night, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Schwarber is now batting .270 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Schwarber has been very productive, compiling 19 extra-base hits, 13 of them home runs, in 163 at-bats. He's stuck out 55 times, but has an on-base percentage of .365 and OPS of .917. Schwarber is a good option down the stretch for teams in need of another outfielder.

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Starting again in right field during Tuesday evening’s 7-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Jake Marisnick went 2-for-3 with his 7th home run of the year and another single. He also tallied a strikeout in the game. Marisnick has bumped his average up to .234 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: The talented young outfielder came through in the clutch in a big way in this past outing. Despite the loss, Marisnick should get more playing time in the coming weeks. That should also help to keep his streak going. Fantasy holders may want to keep that eye to Marisnick.

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Stephen Drew goes 1-for-3

Wed, Sep 2nd 10:25am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz

NYY

Stephen Drew went 1-for-3 with two RBI in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Stephen Drew on the season is hitting .205 with 16 homers and 41 RBI. His 16 homers are second most in the league at the keystone, but there's not much else the second baseman has been able to provide offensively this year.

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