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Taylor Jungmann threw 112 pitches over five and two-thirds innings on Friday night against the Cubs to earn his third loss of the season. He allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, while walking two and striking out seven batters.

Fantasy Impact: It was Jungmann's second loss in a row and shortest outing since June 25th. After lowering his ERA to 2.04 with a solid start against Pittsburgh after the All-Star break, he's seen it rise to 2.23 in his last two starts. The shine may be starting to wear off the young pitcher, but he's still shown the skills to warrant a spot in the Brewers rotation. It was his third start where he accumulated seven strikeouts. His next start will come on Wednesday against the Padres at Miller Park.

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He has had trouble since April with bone spurs on his elbow and his range of motion has diminished significantly. The bone spurs have caused nerve impingement and the surgery will repair that. (Source: Bill Shaikin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He should be ready to go for a complete season next year. He still has gas in the tank so shelf him for now and get ready for a successful year in 2016.

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Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk, and two runs in the Cubs' 4-1 win over Milwaukee on Friday. It was the third straight game in which he hit a home run.

Fantasy Impact: Now this is more like it. The Cubs have been fairly woeful on offense for weeks now, and Rizzo has put the team on his back over the past few days. He's up to 19 home runs and 57 RBI on the season.

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3B-turned-RF Lonnie Chisenhall hit a double, two singles, stole a base and scored a run as he went 3-for-4 in the victory over the A's on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Lonnie Chisenhall made the most of his first opportunity to play in the outfield. Lonnie Chisenhall will share playing time with Ryan Raburn and Jerry Sands in a three-man platoon for RF and DH since the departures of David Murphy and Brandon Moss.

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Yadier Molina keeps on hitting for average. The Cardinals' catcher finished Friday's game 2-of-3 with two singles a walk and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Molina isn't the most attractive fantasy option, but he is pretty reliable. The home runs (two home runs) aren't there and the power is well-below where owners hope it would be, but Molina isn't going to hurt your team. Molina isn't the best option in daily leagues, but he's a mid-to-low tier option in standard leagues.

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Randal Grichuk had a nice game at home against the Colorado Rockies on Friday. The 23-year-old had a single, double and a run scored in four plate appearances.

Fantasy Impact: There's been a lot of moving parts for the St. Louis Cardinals this season, but Grichuk has become a constant. With a solid .285 average and 36 RBI in 71 games played, Grichuk is shaping up to be a nice No. 3 or No. 4 outfielder. Also, Grichuk has a hit in eight of his last 10 games, that's not to shabby for the young outfielder.

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Brandon Moss didn't find much success at the plate in this contest. Moss ended up 0-of-4 in the Cardinals 7-0 victory against the Colorado Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Moss is 0-of-6 in his first six at bats as a St. Louis Cardinal, but that's typical Moss for you. With a .213 season average, it's clear that Moss isn't going to help you win the batting average category. But, if you're looking for some cheap power (15 home runs and 50 RBI this season) and the ability to go deep in a daily league then Moss may be your guy depending on the matchup.

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Michael Wacha was on his A-game on Friday night. Wacha threw seven innings of four hit ball while giving up no earned runs and piling up seven strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Before tonight, Wacha was searching for some consistency in his game. Over the previous three games, Wacha totaled 13 earned runs in 17 innings, so it's nice to see him come out firing in this one. This game should give owners a little more confidence in Wacha moving forward because before his little cold spell, he was pitching lights out.

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Matt Carpenter continued his hot streak against the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Carpenter finished the game 2-of-4 with a home run, run, RBI and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: The time to buy-low on Carpenter is now over. Back on July 26, Carpenter was hitting .252 and now he is hitting .264. The St. Louis Cardinals are injury ridden, but Carpenter is filling in all of the lost production.

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Sliding down to the 5 spot during Friday evening's 6-4 extra innings loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Evan Gattis went 0-for-3 with a drawn walk. He also tallied a ground out, a fly out, and a strikeout all collectively in the game. Gattis had his average take another slight shrink, down now to a still steady .244 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Had Gerald Laird been behind the plate for the Diamondbacks, there would have been reason to suspect that knowing his former Atlanta Brave teammate all too well may have worked against the Big White Bear. However, that was not the case, and many, including myself, are scratching our heads at the latest skid from El Oso Blanco. But his solid career numbers suggest another fluke of a dry spell on hand for him that he should be able to get out of as quickly as always. Fans and fantasy holders, you know what I'm about to say here, but I will continue to stand by it. Keep investing in Evan Gattis with the fullest of confidence and faith in the talented, hard working and upstanding DH!

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The Phillies continued their hot streak with a 9-3 victory over Atlanta on Friday night. Domonic Brown went 2-for-5 with a 2-run homer.

Fantasy Impact: For those of you keeping score at home, this is two days I a row that Brown has left the yard. It seems as though Brown had figured something out. He's hitting .364 over the past week with two homers, four runs scored, and six RBI. If he can keep this hot streak up, he could become a very sneaky pickup with a lot of upside.

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The Cardinals pounded 14 hits in a 7-0 win over the Rockies on Friday. Jhonny Peralta provided a big blow with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He finished 2-for-4 and is now batting .288 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta continues his excellent season, now with 15 home runs and 53 RBI. His average has dropped 11 points over the last ten games, but Peralta's average, on-base percentage and OPS are still significantly above his career averages.

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Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-4 victory over the Reds. More importantly though, he saved the game with two outstanding catches in the ladder innings of the game.

Fantasy Impact: Marte has been a versatile player all season. He is currently batting .292 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI. Although there are no fantasy points for defense, his glove work must be noted. He may be on his way to a Gold Glove come award season in the MLB.

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The Pirates got just seven his in a 5-4 win over the Reds on Friday. Three of those hits came off the bat of Jung-Ho Kang. He collected three doubles, knocked in a run and scored two. Kang is now batting .299 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Kang is 17-for-37 over the last ten games with six doubles and two home runs. Fantasy owners with issues at third base may want to consider picking up Kang while he's hot.

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Cody Allen needed just 16 pitches to record the three outs in a hitless ninth inning vs. the A's on Friday to secure his 21st save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians have not given Cody Allen many save opportunities recently. This was only the third chance since the All-Star break, one of which he blew. Allen still has a good success rate of 21 saves in 23 opportunities and only a handful of other closers have better job security.

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With Jace Peterson in a July slump, manager Fredi Gonzalez moved Markakis into the leadoff spot in Friday's game against the Phillies, Markakis went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in the 9-3 loss.

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't change Markakis' value much at all. He is still a singles hitter at this stage of his career, albeit the best on-base option (.372) the Braves have. He is not a stolen base (two) threat at this point either. In conventional leagues, he is worth a spot start in OF at best.

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The Pirates made the most of seven hits in defeating the Reds on Friday, 5-4. Andrew McCutchen got just one hit, but it was his 15th home run of the season. He now has 66 RBI and is batting .294.

Fantasy Impact: McCutchen has hit safely in eight of his last nine games with three home runs and nine RBI over the span. Remarkably consistent, McCutchen's batting average is four points off from his career mark and OPS is .884, compared to .883 for his career.

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Pierzynksi went 3-for-4 including his 17th double of the year in the Braves 9-3 loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski is a great matchup option in daily leagues as he continues to punish RHPs to the tune of .301/.458/.788 on the season. Not bad for a platoon catcher. Make sure you check lineup before first pitch to make sure the veteran isn't given a day of rest.

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Batting cleanup during Friday evening's 6-4 extra innings loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Preston Tucker went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He also tallied a line out and a fly out collectively in the game. Tucker has had his average bump up to .270 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Perhaps the uncertainty of the Gomez acquisition was enough to make Tucker fight for his outfield job. His impressive past outing made it clear how much he deserves to remain an Astro for the foreseeable future. The talented young outfielder is on pace to keep this hitting streak going, and will only get better in the coming months left of the season. Fantasy holders should keep a close eye on Tucker, and invest if the opportunity comes around.

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Marksberry came in the fifth inning for a struggling Williams Perez and pitched one and 2/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut. The rookie allowed two hits and one walk.

Fantasy Impact: With the Braves trading away some of their bullpen assets before the trade deadline, Marksberry will look to get some work in the next couple of weeks to see if he'll stick in the big leagues. His first outing was encouraging, albeit against the lowly Phillies. He is not fantasy relevant yet.

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