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Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-5 with a homer, a single, and a walk as the Rockies beat the Phillies 4-3 in extra innings on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Blackmon's homer was a walk-off, two-run shot in the bottom of the 12th. It was the first of the year for the 32-year-old outfielder. Hopefully this is what Blackmon needed to get going.

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German Marquez received a no-decision on Friday versus the Phillies, allowing two runs on 10 hits over five innings.

Fantasy Impact: Marquez struck out five and walked two as the Rockies went on to win 4-3 in extras. The 24-year-old obviously allowed plenty of hits but was able to reasonably limit the damage. It was a tough spot for Marquez, pitching at Coors against a good offense. He'll have another tough assignment in his next start versus the Nationals. Still, he's worth starting in fantasy as he's been overall great this season.

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Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI as the Giants fell to the Pirates 4-1 on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Posey plated the only run San Francisco would score in this one. He's batting just .217 with a .599 OPS and zero homers on the season. It's not as if the counting stats will be there either as the Giants have one of the league's worst offenses.

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Joe Panik went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old simply cannot get it going this season. He's now batting .193 without a homer or steal. Panik can be avoided in every fantasy league.

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Madison Bumgarner fell to 1-3 on Friday in Pittsburgh, allowing four runs on six hits over six innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Bumgarner struck out seven and walked one as the Giants went on to lose 4-1. The southpaw allowed all four runs to score in the first inning and was great from that point on. He now has a 3.66 ERA to go along with 30 strikeouts in 32 innings. Bumgarner's next start comes against the Yankees at home.

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Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen says Blake Swihart will move around the diamond to begin his tenure with Arizona. (Source: Steve Gilbert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Basically Swihart won't catch to start out. Arizona wants to get his bat going first, hence moving him around the diamond to get him into the lineup. The former first round pick is worth adding in two-catcher formats if he wasn't owned already.


Nick Ahmed went 0-for-4 and left five runners on base in the D'Backs' 5-1 loss to the Cubs on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Ahmed is now hitting .267 with an OPS under .700 for the season. The 29-year-old got off to a hot start this season but has never been known for his bat.

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Merrill Kelly took the loss on Friday versus the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits over just 3 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Kelly struck out five but walked seven as the D'Backs went on to lose 5-1. The wind was a factor in some of the runs Kelly allowed but he wasn't going to have success either way when allowing seven free passes. He now has a 4.37 ERA on the year and can be avoided for fantasy purposes in his next start versus Pittsburgh.

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Jakob Junis struggled in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday night. Junis allowed five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings of work while striking out just two.

Fantasy Impact: Normally Junis has enough strikeout upside that it offsets the bucketload of runs he normally allows in his starts but that wasn't the case on Friday. Overall, Junis has a 1-2 record, 6.26 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings of work.

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Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Mondesi now has six steals, to go along with a .269 average, two homers, 10 runs, and 14 RBI. He doesn't have the plate discipline to maintain a high average but the speedy infielder should make up for that in the other categories, especially steals.

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton went 0-for-2 with two walks and two steals in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: He attempted three steals, getting caught once. Hamilton batted second in the lineup after spending much of the season hitting last. Hamilton is up to six steals on the season, to go along with a .231 average, nine runs, and one RBI. While it is nice to finally see Hamilton do some damage on the basepaths, keep in mind that teams have been running wild on backup Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka.

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Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's win over the Washington Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson got off to a slow start to the season but has started to pick it up of late. In the last week, he has raised his batting average more than 30 points while hitting two home runs and stealing three bases.

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Marlins starter Caleb Smith allowed one run on five hits and no walks while striking out eight over six innings in a win over the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Smith has been excellent to start the season for the Marlins, striking out 29 batters over 23 innings while sporting a 2.35 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. He is currently scheduled to take on the Phillies in Philadelphia in his next start.

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Vince Velasquez allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight in a no-decision against the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Velasquez pitched well on Friday but was not able to hang on for a win in a game the Phillies went on to lose in extra innings. Through his first 17 2/3 innings, he now has a 2.55 ERA and 16 strikeouts. His next start is scheduled to come against the Mets in New York.

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 5-for-7 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Harper had been slumping a bit for the Phillies, so Friday was a welcome sign that he is busting out of it. He managed to raise his batting average from .250 to .296 in just one night thanks to his five hits.

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Detroit Tigers second baseman Josh Harrison went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Harrison finally has his first home run of the season. It has been a slow start for Harrison, who's hitting just .129 with five runs, three RBI, and two steals.

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Detroit Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Goodrum, batting cleanup, went deep in the ninth inning off of White Sox closer Alex Colome. Overall, Goodrum is hitting .281 with two homers, eight runs, seven RBI, and a steal. He has some potential as a power/speed fantasy asset.

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Matt Barnes pitched one inning of relief striking out two of the three batters he faced and picked up a hold as the Red Sox beat the Rays by a 6-4 score.

Fantasy Impact: Barnes went into the season as the favorite to close out games for the Red Sox but has been used in multiple situations and Ryan Brasier has been getting the save opportunitie4s. Barnes can be dropped in leagues that just count saves but should be held onto into save and hold category formats.

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Detroit Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann didn't pitch well in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday. Zimmermann coughed up five runs in 6 1/3 innings of work while striking out four and walking four.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmermann got off to a fast start this season but has hit a rough patch over his past three starts, allowing 14 earned runs over that span. Overall, Zimmermann has a 0-3 record, 4.94 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings of work.

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Ryan Cordell steals a base

Sat, Apr 20th 8:04am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Chicago White Sox outfielder Ryan Cordell went 1-for-3 with two runs and a steal in a 7-3 win over the Tigers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Cordell has been productive over his past few games, hitting a homer on Thursday and picking up his first steal on Friday. Overall, Cordell is hitting .462 with two homers, four runs, four RBI, and the steal in 13 at-bats. He will need to string together a few more productive games to pop up on fantasy owners' radars.

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