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Eduardo Rodriguez took a no-decision in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday. He allowed three runs on nine hits, struck out six and walked three in the loss. When he left the game, Boston trailed by two, but the Red Sox came back to tie it to get Rodriguez off the hook.

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez's numbers on the season look horrible with a 6.51 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, but he has performed much better since being recalled after the All-Star break. In three starts, he has a 3.06 ERA and 15 strikeouts. He is not ready to be owned in standard fantasy leagues, but should be looked at in anything deeper.

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Buster Posey failed to record a hit and finished the game going 0-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: This has not been the best of seasons for Buster Posey. He has 12 home runs and batting just .285 with 47 RBI. Posey should still be considered as the top hitting catcher in baseball, but he isn't near what he has been in the previous seasons.

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Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 in the Giants loss to the Reds in the rubber match. He had one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Pagan has become an everyday starter and is batting at the top of the lineup. He is hitting .290 with six home runs and 34 RBI. Pagan is good for depth or utility option for your fantasy team.

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Gregor Blanco goes 0-for-4

Wed, Jul 27th 8:17pm EDT
By Michael Valverde

SF

Gregor Blanco could not collect a hit in four plate appearances and had one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: He is only batting .237 on the season and is just a spot starter or injury replacement for the Giants. Therefore he holds no value for fantasy leagues.

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V-Mart is now eight for his last 19 at-bats (.421 AVG) and is riding a nice five-game hitting streak. Although he's only batting .217 for the month of July, he might be finally hitting his groove.

Fantasy Impact: A previously perennial .300 hitter, V-Mart might be breathing life back into his bat. Take the recent hot streak with a grain of salt though, as Martinez has only 4 extra base hits all month. If your team is struggling in AVG or OBP, consider trading for V-Mart, the singles machine.

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Madison Bumgarner (10-6) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in eight innings, striking out nine batters without a walk against the Reds on Wednesday. Bumgarner will finish July with a 1.75 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 36 innings, but is 0-2 with a no-decision since the All-Star break. He has a 2.09 ERA this season and will face the Phillies on August 2.

Fantasy Impact: It is a shame that he got a no-decision, but the Giants offense could only muster one run off of Dan Straily. Bumgarner is still a top-three pitcher and now has allowed two walks or fewer in nine of 10 starts. Current Phillies' batters have a .625 OPS in 92 at-bats against Bumgarner, but Andres Blanco is 2-for-7 with a home run against the Giants' ace.

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Miguel Cabrera with a home run

Wed, Jul 27th 6:38pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

DET

Miguel Cabrera finished 3-for-4 with a go-ahead home run and walk for the Tigers against the Red Sox. Cabrera has a .307 batting average, six extra-base hits, nine RBI, and 10 runs scored this month. He has a .905 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera has home runs in back-to-back games and hits in seven of his last 10 games, including four multi-hit games. He has 41 extra-base hits and a .302 batting average this season, keeping him as top-five 1B, but fantasy owners should be wise to see if there are others in their league that value the 33-year-old as a top-five player overall.

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Jay Bruce with another home run

Wed, Jul 27th 6:31pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

CIN

Jay Bruce finished 1-for-4 with a home run on Wednesday, his fifth consecutive game with a home run. Bruce has a .241 batting average, 11 extra-base hits, 14 runs scored, and 20 RBI in July. He has an .895 OPS this season. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bruce keeps crushing the ball and his trade value continues to soar, with the Mariners as the latest team looking to acquire the 29-year-old. He leads the National League with 79 RBI and would be a great left-handed bat for an contender.

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In Tuesday's 6-3 win over Texas, Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 (one hit was a home run) with one run batted in and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Tuesday was a good day to own Semien in either fantasy or DFS leagues. He remains as a decent option to go with right now in either fantasy format despite his horrible batting average (.236) thanks to the pop he shows at the plate from time to time.

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In Oakland's 6-3 win over Texas, Danny Valencia went 0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Valencia's struggles since mid-July continue. He's still a must-start player in deep fantasy leagues, but he's barely a recommended player to own still in standard leagues.

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In Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers, Stephen Vogt went 1-for-4 at the plate for the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Vogt hasn't done a whole lot at the plate this year, but he's still done enough to remain as a viable option to go with at the catcher spot in any fantasy league you're signed up for right now.

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Khris Davis was out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Rangers. It was a day of rest for the A's outfielder. (Source: Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: Davis's absence from Oakland's lineup yesterday looked to be well-needed and deserved since he did appear in every game in the month of July up to this point minus Tuesday's game. He'll be back in action later today, though, and remains a viable start in all fantasy/DFS leagues right now

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In a 6-3 win over Texas, Josh Reddick went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and one run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Reddick's still being targeted by teams via trade (potentially) at the moment, but that hasn't been a negative distraction for him. He continues to hit (he's gone 3-for-9 at the plate in his last two games) and is currently a solid option to go with right now in both fantasy and DFS leagues against any right-handed starting pitcher he faces.

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Tyler Thornburg earned his fourth win of the season in a relief appearance on Tuesday evening against the Diamondbacks. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out three batters in an inning and a third of work.

Fantasy Impact: Thornburg was credited for a blown save in this one, but it came from previous reliever Will Smith allowing two baserunners earlier in the inning. Thornburg escaped the top of the seventh inning by holding Arizona to a tie, and proceeded to strike out three batters in the top of the eighth before the Brewers hung five runs on the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the eighth. Thornburg has been outstanding for the Brewers this season. He has a 57/14 K/BB rate over 40.2 innings of work to go along with a 0.98 WHIP and a 2.21 ERA.

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Matt Garza held the Diamondbacks to three runs on five hits over six innings of work on Tuesday evening. He walked two, and struck out two batters in the outing. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Despite not earning a win, it was Garza's longest outing since June 25th when he earned a win against the Nationals in six innings of work. Tuesday's effort was Garza's second quality start of the season. He probably won't get moved at the August 1st trade deadline, but he's a candidate to be moved sometime after the non-waiver deadline.

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Tyler Collins is batting ninth Wednesday at BOS while Cameron Maybin is still sidelined. While he has been serviceable at times throughout July (.272 AVG, 2 HR), his playing time could diminish rapidly in the near future. (Source: MLBLineups on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: OF Tyler Collins could face a pending demotion to Triple-A with Cameron Maybin and JD Martinez expected back in the lineup by the weekend. Whatever limited fantasy value Tyler Collins held, it is that much smaller moving forward. Consider Collins droppable in even the deepest of leagues.


Leonys Martin went 2-for-4 with one double, one run, and one RBI in Tuesday's win in Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Impact: Martin continues to either go hot or cold throughout the month of July. He has nine hitless games in the month and just four multi-hit games. Martin is batting .240/.367/.440 in his last 15 games.

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Although Lonnie Chisenhall did not get the start to avoid Natoinals' lefty Gio Gonzalez, he managed to go 1-for-1 with a walk and one RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Chisenhall has been making solid contact in his last seven games batting .389/.450/.556. He also has three runs and three RBI in that stretch. Chisenhall should get more starts in the rotation against lefties, but he must prove to hit them consistently.

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Michael Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out every batter he faced. The Astros fell to the Yankees 6-3.

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old pitcher owns a 6-1 record with a 3.95 ERA, but more impressively has 64 strikeouts in 43 1/3 IP. His stuff is electric and if he had more of a role with the Astros this season he could be a solid fantasy contributor. But that will have to wait at least one more season, as Feliz is used sparingly within the Astros bullpen.

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Doug Fister could not get out of the fifth inning, lasting 4 2/3 allowing six runs on nine hits. He walked and struck out three batters each in the 6-3 loss to the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Fister has been the Astros most consistent pitcher this season, but did not have his best stuff last night. His control was lost and he was leaving pitches over the heart of the plate that Yankees batters were not missing. With a 10-7 record to go along with a 3.73 ERA, Fister still holds a lot of value, and owners should look at this start as a minor speed bump in what has been a successful season to-date.

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