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Roberto Osuna struck out two, gave up no hits in the ninth against Boston, to secure the win for Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: It was nice to see Osuna bounce back after blowing a save. He ranks third in the AL in saves, and remains one of the top young closers in the game.

Kevin Pillar went 1-for-4 with a single as the Blue Jays lost to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Pillar has been fairly mediocre this season hitting .253 with 10 home runs and 12 steals. He does have a chance to finish as a 20-20 player for the year but does little else for fantasy owners.

Aaron Sanchez struggles at Fenway

Wed, Jul 19th 11:04pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Aaron Sanchez allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits over four inning in Wednesday night's loss to the Red Sox. Sanchez walked five and struck out just two.

Fantasy Impact: Last season's American League ERA leader simply had no control of his pitches tonight, as evidenced by the five free passes Sanchez allowed. He now carries a 4.25 ERA in what has become a frustrating season.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision on Tuesday night in Boston, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings of work. The southpaw also walked two and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: The Blue Jays ended up losing in 15 innings on a Hanley Ramirez walk-off home run. Happ has now allowed two earned runs or less in six of his past seven starts. He's certainly worth owning and starting in fantasy right now.

Joe Smith is expected to be activated from the DL on Wednesday. He's been out with shoulder inflammation. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith was a useful player, specifically in holds leagues, prior to his injury. He's been racking up the strikeouts while posting useful ratios as the Blue Jays' primary setup man. He's likely to return to the role upon activation.

Jose Bautista fans four times

Tue, Jul 18th 11:25am EDT
By Andrew Seifter


Jose Bautista had a game to forget on Monday, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Bautista's elevated strikeout rate in his age-36 season has been a concern all year, and makes it unlikely he'll be able to significantly improve on his .230 batting average. His .268 BABIP is actually higher than he's posted in four of the last five seasons, so he can't blame poor luck on batted balls.

Russell Martin went 1-for-5 with a run scored and two strikeouts on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: The All-Star festivities apparently came at an inopportune time for Martin, who was swinging a hot bat going into the break but is just 2-for-13 in three games since he returned to action.

Steve Pearce goes deep

Tue, Jul 18th 11:14am EDT
By Andrew Seifter


Steve Pearce had two hits, including a home run, in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Pearce continues to provide a nice spark for the Blue Jays. He's up to a .279/.337/.476 slash line for the season and remains a viable option in leagues where he has middle infield eligibility.

Marcus Stroman threw 6 2/3 innings of five-hit ball on Monday night in Boston, allowing three unearned runs en route to an eventual Toronto win.

Fantasy Impact: Stroman also struck out five in the outing, which lowered his season ERA to 3.10. Ever since a late June clunker in Texas the Toronto ace has been as dominant as he's ever been. He's a top 10 fantasy starter right now.

Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts during the Blue Jays' 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Tigers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The 32-year-old SS is scuffling to one of his worst fantasy seasons of his career with a .244 average, seven homers, 24 RBIs and 16 runs in 57 games this season. He has shown a little life so far in July with a .289 average and two homers but a 23.9% strikeout rate this month is also his highest mark this season.

Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Tigers. He finished the game 2-for-5 with run and two RBIs during the 6-5 extra-inning loss.

Fantasy Impact: Smoak is showing no signs of slowing down for the Blue Jays and his fantasy owners with 24 home runs, 58 RBIs, 50 runs with a .290 batting average. With two more RBIs and four more runs, Smoak will set his career-high marks in all four categories this season.

Kendrys Morales was on the tail end of back-to-back homers for the Blue Jays in the first inning off Tigers' starter Anibal Sanchez on Sunday. The home run was Morales' lone hit of the game in three at-bats while adding a walk during the 6-5 extra-inning loss.

Fantasy Impact: The homer was the 17th of the year for Morales in his first season with the Blue Jays. The 34-year-old DH is on his way to another productive season for fantasy owners.

Josh Donaldson went 1-for-5 with a single and run scored on Sunday during the Blue Jays' 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson went just 2-for-14 during the weekend series against the Tigers with a pair of singles. He has struggled to find his groove during an injury-plagued season. His .254 average is the lowest since his 2014 season when he hit .255 with the A's. Fantasy owners should remain patient with Donaldson.

Marco Estrada allowed four runs on five hits in just 3 2/3 innings on Sunday in Detroit. Estrada also walked four and struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: It's been a disappointing season for the right-hander, who has struggled to find 2016's success. Estrada now owns a 5.33 ERA mid way through July and doesn't need to be owned in fantasy.

Francisco Liriano allowed five runs on three hits in just two innings on Saturday while walking four and striking out two.

Fantasy Impact: The loss dropped Liriano to 5-5 with a 6.04 ERA for the season. The southpaw entered 2017 with plenty of streaming potential, but he shouldn't be anywhere near your fantasy roster for the rest of the year.

For the second time in three days, Ezequiel Carrera hit a home run off Francis Martes in the ninth inning of a blowout loss to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: He did not start in either game. Carrera will head into the All-Star break slashing .285/.351/.419, and if Toronto's offensive struggles continue, perhaps he'll see a bit more playing time in the second half.

Miguel Montero went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Friday's loss to the Astros, and is now 0-for-7 as a member of the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Montero could take some playing time away from Russell Martin if Martin struggles, but right now Martin is hot and Montero is not. That's good news for Martin's fantasy value, at least for now, and means Montero isn't even an option in deep two catcher leagues.

Joe Biagini took the loss on Sunday afternoon versus Boston, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Biagini also walked two and struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Biagini fell victim to a pair of Mookie Betts homers. There's no shame in getting hurt by a player of Betts' caliber, but Biagini has shown no real signs this year that he's ready to make an impact in fantasy. He's currently 2-8 with an ERA over 5.

Dwight Smith Jr. went 1-for-3 with an RBI against the White Sox on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Smith is 5-for-8 since being recalled from the minors, but there isn't much in his minor league track record to suggest the good times will continue for long. He offers a sprinkling of power and speed, but isn't worth fantasy consideration outside of the deepest of leagues.

Devon Travis underwent a procedure on Monday to clean up some cartilage issues in his right knee, a recurring injury for the second baseman. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Manager John Gibbons said "it'll be a while" in regards to his return, so we're looking at no less than a couple months for Travis to return, if he even does return in 2017. When he's at his best, he's an excellent fantasy 2B. Unfortunately, we've never seen a stretch longer than a month of his best without injuries.

Danny Barnes allowed one hit in relief of J.A. Happ on Monday night, striking out one over 1 2/3 IP.

Fantasy Impact: In very deep leagues, Barnes is worth a look. He's posted a 2.88 ERA over 25 innings this season, recording two holds and striking out 28.