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Steven Souza went 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in the Rays 5-2 win on Monday. Despite scoring twice his average continues to decrease as he is 3 for 22 since returning from the disabled list.

Fantasy Impact: If Souza continues to struggle, there might come a point where the Rays start taking away his playing time to another young player. Souza has 15 home runs for the year but hasn't hit a ball out since July 4. Souza is best left in the free agent pool until he starts hitting on a consistent basis.

Category: Game Recaps

Cain went 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs in the Royals 9-4 win over the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Cain continues to heat back up, reaching base three times against the Indians and scoring all three times. He also had a flashy play where he threw Jason Kipnis out at home for a double play, although that doesn't help for fantasy. The Royals offense as a whole is clicking, in large part to Cain's hot streak.

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Blanton pitched three innings allowing one earned run on three hits and no walks, earning his second save in the Royals 9-4 victory over the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Blanton pitched well in relief, but allowed a HR off Francisco Lindor in the first AB, allowing two inherited runners to score. After that, he only allowed two base runners and was able to lower his ERA to 3.89 while picking up the save.

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Volquez pitched six innings allowing three runs, six hits, and five walks, and striking out four en route to the Royals 9-4 win over the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Volquez had pitched well until the seventh inning, when he walked the first two batters that would later score on a Francisco Lindor HR off Joe Blanton. That pushed his walks to five and ER to three, making his line less appealing, but Volquez was able to pick up his team leading tenth win on the year. He's now 8-2 over his last fourteen starts and remains a decent fantasy option when in a good matchup.

Category: Game Recaps

Chase Headley goes 3-for-4

Tue, Jul 28th 10:50am EDT
By Craig Rosenkrantz


Chase Headley went 3-for-4 in a 6-2 win over the Rangers

Fantasy Impact: Chase Headley on the season is hitting .268 with 9 homers and 39 RBI. Headley has had a strong showing in July, batting .369 in the month, and has been especially hot lately with seven RBI over the span of a four game hitting streak. The third baseman is still hitting only .268 overall though, with just a modest nine long balls on the year.

Category: Game Recaps

The Cardinals got all of their runs on one swing of the bat in defeating the Reds on Monday, 4-1. Kolten Wong belted a grand slam in the fourth inning. The home run was his 11th of the season and he's now batting .275.

Fantasy Impact: Wong has driven in 42 runs and has an OPS of .766. He remains one of the most productive fantasy second basemen in the league. Fantasy owners should attempt to trade for him if they are struggling at second base.

Category: Game Recaps

The Cubs blew a 7-4 lead in the ninth, but scored two of their own in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Rockies, 9-8. Starlin Castro contributed for the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. He's now batting .236 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Castro's on-base percentage of .270 and OPS of .574 are well off his career averages of .319 and .717, respectively. He's not a good fantasy option at shortstop, except in NL only leagues.

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The Los Angeles Angels have cleared SP Jered Weaver to make a minor league rehab start on Thursday. The veteran has been out since July 20 with a hip injury. (Source: Alden Gonzalez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The one-time ace dropped off the fantasy radar this season. Weaver posted a 4.75 ERA in 15 starts while watching his SO/9 drop 4.6. Considering Andrew Heaney's brilliance, Weaver's return to the rotation could force Matt Shoemaker to the bullpen.

Category: Injury Updates

The Detroit Tigers have moved P Shane Greene to the bullpen. His spot in the rotation will be taken by Buck Farmer. (Source: Tigers)

Fantasy Impact: After getting off to a hot start, Greene has struggled to a 9.20 ERA in his last 13 starts. He can safely be dropped in all formats if he hasn't been already.

Kyle Lohse earned his second loss in a row, number twelve on the season against the Giants on Monday. He tossed six and two thirds innings while allowing four earned runs on five hits and three walks. He didn't strikeout any batters.

Fantasy Impact: Lohse has allowed five home runs in his last four games, and has only three appearances this season in which he has not allowed a home run. His 15.3% home run to fly ball rate is at a career high. His 1.81 HR/9 rate is second only to Kyle Kendrick. His next start will come on Sunday against the Cubs at Miller Park.

Category: Game Recaps

Carlos Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with two singles and a pair of two-run homers against the Cubs on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: CarGo's line for the last two games is ludicrous. He's went 7-for-9 with a walk, three singles, four homers, six runs, and ten RBI. Gonzalez has done a complete 180 since May, giving patient fantasy owners their money's worth with 20 homers, and an average that keeps on climbing (now at .278).

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Tyler Clippard was traded to the New York Mets for minor league RHP Casey Meisner. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Clippard will move back into a setup role, one that he's been in for most of his career, as the Mets have a solid closer in Jeurys Familia already (27 of 31 save opportunities converted). This reduces Clippard's fantasy value drastically, hurting AL-Only owners the most of course, while making him only viable in leagues that count holds.

Category: Transactions

Parra went 1-for-2 and also had two walks in the Brewers 4-2 loss to the Giants. He also scored a run in the sixth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Parra continues to provide steady offense under the radar as a Brewer. He is batting .318 this season and has forced his way into regular playing time as the leadoff hitter for the team. In his last seven games, he is batting .391.

Category: Game Recaps

Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the sixth inning of the Brewers 4-2 loss to the Giants. Davis batted fourth in the lineup with Adam Lind and Ryan Braun getting the night off.

Fantasy Impact: Davis is batting .244 this season and just .222 in his last 30 games.

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Luis Avilan gave up the game-winning, walk-off home run to Matt Wieters on Monday night in another poor effort from the Braves bullpen.

Fantasy Impact: If Jim Johnson is to be traded by the deadline, Braves fans should be hoping Jason Frasor takes over the closing duties and not Luis Avilan, who has been mediocre at best this season. Fantasy-wise, if he's not piling up saves, he has no value.

Jim Johnson allowed two hits and the game-tying run on Monday night versus the Orioles,

Fantasy Impact: This was Johnson's fourth blown save of the season, and it came at the hand of some timely hitting on behalf of the Orioles. Johnson will look to bounce back in his next appearance, which may or may not be with the Braves - and this outing certainly did not help his trade value.

Alex Wood worked quickly through the struggling Orioles lineup on Monday before being lifted in the eighth, when the Braves bullpen gave up the game.

Fantasy Impact: Wood pitched 7.1 strong innings, allowing three hits and walking two while getting seven strikeouts. He has allowed only three runs in 14 innings since the All-Star Break.

In his 12 AB against Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, McCutchen is batting .417 with 3 RBI. McCutchen is also leading the way for the Pirates, first on the team in batting average (.292), Runs (52) and RBI (61)

Fantasy Impact: The Pirates (57-41) will look to pad their Wildcard positioning against the Twins this week. Despite being second in their division, the Bucs have the third most wins in the majors.. Look for McCutchen to be a key contributor should the Pirates take the first game in this series.

Category: Game Recaps

Jason Motte had himself another rough night, failing to record an out in the ninth inning with a three run lead. He finished with three earned runs but Rafael Soriano had to come in and finish the inning.

Fantasy Impact: Motte seemed to have the closer role locked down as recently as earlier in the week, but now with the arrival of Rafael Soriano and the possibility of a Jonathan Papelbon trade, things are not looking good for the bearded right hander. He is now sporting a 3.49 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

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Hunter Pence managed to reach base twice with a 1-for-3 effort from the plate (one single and one walk). He was unable to produce any RBI, but he did make it around the bases once to score.

Fantasy Impact: Pence's batting average has dropped a bit since his huge four hit night earlier in the week, but it still sits comfortably at .300. Batting in the middle of the lineup, he should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs and score runs himself now that his teammates are fully healthy.

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