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Padres recall Jesse Hahn from Double-A 08-30-2014
Jesse Hahn P SD
Padres recalled RHP Jesse Hahn from Double-A San Antonio. Hahn is near his innings limit and it's not clear what the Padres have in store for him in September. The rookie boasts a 2.96 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 65 strikeouts in 70 frames this season. He's a big part of San Diego's future.
Padres place Chris Nelson on paternity leave 08-30-2014
Chris Nelson 3B SD
Padres placed INF Chris Nelson on the paternity leave list. Nelson will be back early next week. He's hit .233/.296/.274 in 27 games this season for the Padres.
Brewers option Jimmy Nelson to High-A 08-30-2014
Jimmy Nelson P MLW
Brewers optioned RHP Jimmy Nelson to High-A Brevard County. Nelson will be back next week when rosters expand, but he's probably going to lose his rotation spot to Matt Garza, who is due back soon from the disabled list. The rookie right-hander was 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA in nine starts.
Angels recall Michael Roth from Double-A 08-30-2014
Michael Roth P LAA
Angels recalled LHP Michael Roth from Double-A Arkansas. Roth owns a shiny 2.62 ERA in 140 2/3 innings (22 starts) this year at Double-A, but he has struggled in a relief role at the big league level and holds no fantasy value.
Angels option Efren Navarro to Triple-A level 08-30-2014
Efren Navarro 1B LAA
Angels optioned OF Efren Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake. Navarro is batting just .254/.318/.356 in 130 plate appearances this season at the major league level. He'll likely return when rosters expand early next week.
Coco Crisp not in A's lineup Saturday night 08-30-2014
Coco Crisp CF OAK
Coco Crisp is not in the A's lineup Saturday.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Crisp came up sore after crashing into the center field wall Friday while trying to rob Chris Iannetta of a home run. Sam Fuld is leading off and Craig Gentry is playing center on Saturday night against the Angels.
MRI shows no damage in Jennings' left knee 08-30-2014
Desmond Jennings CF TB
An MRI taken Saturday on Desmond Jennings' left knee showed no major damage.

Roger Mooney on Twitter
Jennings is aiming to return to the Rays' starting lineup on Sunday after sitting out Friday and Saturday. The 27-year-old outfielder has 10 homers and 15 stolen bases in 123 games this season for Tampa Bay, but he's registered a disappointing .244/.319/.378 slash line.
Watkins homers as Cubs take first game of DH 08-30-2014
Logan Watkins 2B CHC
Logan Watkins went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-1 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. Watkins and Chris Valaika went back-to-back against Justin Masterson in the fourth inning. It was the first home run of Watkins' major league career. The 25-year-old made the start in right field for the first game of the doubleheader, as the Cubs wanted to take it easy on Jorge Soler's hamstring. Watkins has played all over the place in Triple-A this season and could stick as a utility player, though it probably won't lead to much fantasy value.
Doubront gives up one run vs. Cards in win 08-30-2014
Felix Doubront P CHC
Felix Doubront fired seven innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Cubs won the first game of a doubleheader against the Cardinals. Making his first start with the Cubs, Doubront scattered seven hits while walking one and striking out four. The only run scored on a double-play grounder from Jon Jay in the second inning. The southpaw really struggled during his time with the Red Sox this season, but he could be relevant in NL-only leagues if the Cubs give him a look in the rotation in September.
Masterson gives up five runs in loss to Cubs 08-30-2014
Justin Masterson P STL
Justin Masterson was chased after giving up five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs. Masterson gave up six hits, including three home runs. He now owns a 7.43 ERA with 28 hits and 10 walks allowed in 23 innings over his first five starts since coming over from the Indians. It's hard to imagine the Cardinals will keep him in the rotation much longer.
Castro hits 14th homer in win over Cards 08-30-2014
Starlin Castro SS CHC
Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Cardinals. Castro hit the Cubs' third and final home run of the day against Justin Masterson. The 24-year-old now has 14 home runs on the year, matching his career-high from 2012. Meanwhile, his .771 OPS in his best since 2011.
Grichuk singles in loss to Cubs 08-30-2014
Randal Grichuk CF STL
Randal Grichuk went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs. Grichuk started in right field and batted second with left-hander Felix Doubront on the hill for Chicago. The Cubs are slated to throw Tsuyoshi Wada in the nightcap and Travis Wood on Sunday, so we should see more of him this weekend.
Brewers recall Alfredo Figaro from AAA level 08-30-2014
Alfredo Figaro P MLW
Brewers recalled RHP Alfredo Figaro from Triple-A Nashville. Figaro will give the Milwaukee bullpen a fresh arm after Friday's 13-2 drubbing in San Francisco. The righty owns a 3.71 ERA in 70 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A.
Twins add LHP Aaron Thompson to bullpen 08-30-2014
Aaron Thompson P MIN
Twins purchased the contract of LHP Aaron Thompson from Triple-A Rochester. Thompson was sporting a 3.98 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 51/26 K/BB ratio in 52 innings this season at Rochester. He last appeared in a major league game back in 2011.
Adam Dunn's two-run blast powers White Sox 08-30-2014
Adam Dunn DH CWS
Adam Dunn blasted his 20th home run of the season, powering the White Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Dunn's two-run shot off opposing starter Max Scherzer capped a four-run third inning where the White Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage and never looked back. The veteran slugger is now hitting .220/.340/.433 with 20 long balls and 54 RBI on the 2014 campaign.
Jose Abreu tallies three hits as ChiSox win 08-30-2014
Jose Abreu 1B CWS
Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the White Sox defeated the Tigers in the first game of Saturday's twinbill. The Cuban slugger is enjoying a tremendous rookie season, slashing .320/.378/.605 with 33 homers and 98 RBI in 466 at-bats. He's a lock to take home Rookie of the Year honors in the American League.
Chris Sale punches out 13 as White Sox win 08-30-2014
Chris Sale P CWS
Chris Sale picked up his 11th victory of the season on Saturday, striking out 13 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers. Sale surrendered three runs on six hits and a pair of walks in his seven innings of work. All of the damage against him came in the first inning, where Ian Kinsler belted a solo homer and Victor Martinez added a two-run blast, but Sale settled in nicely afterwards and dominated the rest of the afternoon. Now 11-3 on the season, he'll look to improve upon his outstanding 2.11 ERA and 0.94 WHIP when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Friday.
Astros claim Samuel Deduno off waivers 08-30-2014
Samuel Deduno P HOU
Astros claimed RHP Samuel Deduno off waivers from the Twins. Deduno had a 4.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 74/41 K/BB ratio in 92 innings this season for Minnesota. The 31-year-old right-hander has worked as both a starter and reliever. It's not clear yet how Houston will use him.
Victor Martinez blasts 27th home run in loss 08-30-2014
Victor Martinez DH DET
Victor Martinez blasted his 27th home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to overcome the White Sox in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Martinez tagged Chris Sale with a two-run blast in the first inning, and also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4. He's in the midst of his finest season as a professional, slashing a stellar .329/.395/.559 with 27 bombs and 87 RBI.
Xander Bogaerts activated from concussion DL 08-30-2014
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
Red Sox activated SS Xander Bogaerts from the 7-day disabled list. Bogaerts began exhibiting concussion-like symptoms after taking a Felix Hernandez pitch off his helmet last Friday, so the Red Sox decided to play it safe with their young shortstop. He'll be back in action Saturday night.
Kinsler belts leadoff homer in Game 1 loss 08-30-2014
Ian Kinsler 2B DET
Ian Kinsler belted a leadoff home run as the Tigers dropped the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox. His leadoff shot against Chris Sale was the only offense Kinsler could muster in the contest, finishing the afternoon 1-for-5. He's now slashing .277/.311/.417 with 13 homers and 72 RBI on the season.
Red Sox option Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A 08-30-2014
Anthony Ranaudo P BOS
Red Sox optioned RHP Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Pawtucket. Ranaudo has registered a 4.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in three starts this season at the major league level. He should be back when rosters expand next week.
Max Scherzer whfiffs 11 in loss to White Sox 08-30-2014
Max Scherzer P DET
Max Scherzer struggled in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, surrendering six runs (five earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. Scherzer did manage to save some fantasy value from his outing with 11 strikeouts, and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. Most of the damage came in a four-run uprising in the third inning, capped off on a two-run blast from Adam Dunn. Scherzer will carry a 3.26 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 220/50 K/BB ratio into Thursday's matchup against the Indians in Cleveland.
Springer (quad) still not running at 100 pct. 08-30-2014
George Springer RF HOU
George Springer (quad) still isn't able to run at 100 percent effort.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
Springer took batting practice earlier this week and has done some other baseball-related activities, but the big hurdle for him will be running the bases and it doesn't sound like he's close to doing that. The dynamic young outfielder said "I hope so" when asked Saturday if he expects to return before the end of the season.
Derek Holland back on Rangers' active roster 08-30-2014
Derek Holland P TEX
Rangers activated LHP Derek Holland from the 60-day disabled list. Holland is scheduled to return to the Rangers' starting rotation on Tuesday against the Royals after missing the first five months of the 2014 season due to knee surgery. He wasn't too sharp on his rehab assignment and probably shouldn't be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right out of the gate.
Rangers recall Robbie Ross from Triple-A 08-30-2014
Robbie Ross Jr. P TEX
Rangers recalled LHP Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock. Ross has posted a 6.06 ERA in 65 1/3 innings this season for Texas. The left-hander is not fantasy-relevant.
Rangers option Nick Tepesch to Triple-A 08-30-2014
Nick Tepesch P TEX
Rangers optioned RHP Nick Tepesch to Triple-A Round Rock. Tepesch is 4-8 with a 4.44 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 97 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. He'll likely be brought back next week when rosters expand.
Rangers designate Mike Carp for assignment 08-30-2014
Mike Carp LF TEX
Rangers designated 1B/OF Mike Carp for assignment. Carp lasted less than a month with Texas, batting .125 with zero extra-base hits in 46 plate appearances. He had a really good 2013 season but has struggled mightily this year between the Rangers and Red Sox.
Marwin Gonzalez out Sat. with hamstring issue 08-30-2014
Marwin Gonzalez SS HOU
Marwin Gonzalez was scratched from the Astros' lineup Saturday due to right hamstring discomfort.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
Gregorio Petit will start at shortstop instead against the Rangers. Gonzalez missed time in late July with a similar issue. He is considered day-to-day for now.
Drew Hutchison holds Yanks to one hit in win 08-30-2014
Drew Hutchison P TOR
Drew Hutchison allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings in a win over the Yankees on Saturday. The one hit was a double by Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning. Otherwise, Hutchison dominated by striking out nine and walking two while throwing 64 out of 103 pitches for strikes. Amazingly, this is the first time all season that he has back-to-back quality starts. He'll try to keep it going next week when he brings a 4.47 ERA into a start against the Red Sox.
Pineda gives up two runs in loss to Jays 08-30-2014
Michael Pineda P NYY
Michael Pineda gave up two runs over six innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday. His only mistake on the day was a two-run homer by Jose Bautista in the first inning, but with Drew Hutchison dealing for Toronto, it was enough to put him on the losing side. He struck out three and walked none in the loss and owns a 2.31 ERA and 15/1 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings over four starts since coming back from the disabled list.
Aaron Sanchez notches first career save 08-30-2014
Aaron Sanchez P TOR
Aaron Sanchez recorded six outs against the Yankees on Saturday for his first major league save. Inheriting a 2-0 lead from Drew Hutchison, Sanchez struck out two out of the three batters he faced in the eighth inning before coming back out for the ninth. Struggling closer Casey Janssen was warming in the bullpen during the inning and might have come in if he got into trouble. It didn't happen, as Sanchez sat the Yankees down in order in the ninth, including a strikeout looking to Brian McCann to end it. Sanchez owns a 1.66 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio over his first 21 2/3 innings in the majors.
Jose Bautista homers in fourth straight game 08-30-2014
Jose Bautista RF TOR
Jose Bautista accounted for the Blue Jays' offense Saturday against the Yankees with a two-run homer. Make that homers in four straight games for Bautista. This is the second time in his career he's done that. The veteran slugger now has 28 homers on the year, tying his total from his injury-shortened season last year.
Jeter hitless in loss to Blue Jays 08-30-2014
Derek Jeter SS NYY
Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays. Jeter is now batting .207 with four extra-base hits (including one home run) and a 14/2 K/BB ratio in 25 games this month and owns a meager .622 OPS in his farewell campaign. With the Yankees fighting to remain in playoff contention, it's hard to justify keeping him near the top of the lineup, though there's no indication that a change is coming.
Yadier Molina not in Cards lineup for Game 1 08-30-2014
Yadier Molina C STL
As expected, Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Molina just returned to the Cardinals lineup on Friday, so it was extremely unlikely that he'd catch both games of the twinbill on Saturday. A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate in the day game, with Molina expected to assume the position in the nightcap.
Pirates recall INF Brent Morel from Triple-A 08-30-2014
Brent Morel 3B PIT
Pirates recalled INF Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis. Morel has struggled mightily in his brief time with the Buccos this season, slashing a paltry/.143/.182/.190. He will function as extra infield depth for the remainder of the season, but holds no fantasy value.
Jeff Locke optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis 08-30-2014
Jeff Locke P PIT
Pirates optioned LHP Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Nothing to read too much into, as Locke will surely rejoin the Pirates rotation once rosters expand in September. This was done merely as a procedural move to allow for an extra bench player for the next couple of days.
Royals option Christian Colon to Triple-A 08-30-2014
Christian Colon SS KC
Royals optioned INF Christian Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Colon was sent back out to make room on the active roster for Jayson Nix who was claimed off waivers from the Pirates. He's expected to rejoin the Royals at some point in early September.
Soria will throw off flat ground on Saturday 08-30-2014
Joakim Soria P DET
Joakim Soria (oblique) is schedule to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday.

Chris Iott on Twitter
Soria has begun to progress in his recovery from a strained oblique, but still isn't close to returning to the Tigers bullpen. His chances of usurping the closer's role from Joe Nathan are dwindling with each passing day.
Anthony Rizzo remains out of Cubs lineup 08-30-2014
Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
Anthony Rizzo (back) remains out of the Cubs starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Rizzo was pulled from Tuesday's game due to tightness in his lower back and has yet to progress enough to return to the lineup. Chris Valaika will once again draw the start at first base in his place.
Jacoby Ellsbury not in lineup on Saturday 08-30-2014
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

David Waldstein on Twitter
Ellsbury was still hobbling around the clubhouse on Saturday after injuring his left ankle while sliding into home plate in the ninth inning on Friday. With an off day scheduled on Monday, the team may just opt to play things cautiously and rest him on Sunday as well to avoid further aggravation.
Tigers purchase contract of Kyle Ryan 08-30-2014
Kyle Ryan P DET
Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo. The 22-year-old right-hander will make his major league debut on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago. Across two minor league levels, he registered a 3.95 ERA and 98/37 K/BB ratio over 159 2/3 innings. He's likely to head back to Triple-A afterwards, regardless of how his outing turns out.
White Sox purchase contract of Chris Bassitt 08-30-2014
Chris Bassitt P CWS
White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Chris Bassitt from Double-A Birmingham. The 25-year-old hurler will be making his major league debut in the nightcap of Saturday's twinbill against the Tigers. He's done a terrific job at Double-A this season, compiling a 1.56 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 36/14 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings. He could be worth a gamble as a streaming option in AL-only formats.
White Sox recall Eric Surkamp from Triple-A 08-30-2014
Eric Surkamp P CWS
White Sox recalled LHP Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte. Surkamp has bounced back and forth between the White Sox bullpen and Triple-A throughout the season. He owns a 6.91 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 11/7 K/BB ratio over his 14 1/3 innings with the big league club.
White Sox option Scott Carroll to Triple-A 08-30-2014
Scott Carroll P CWS
White Sox optioned RHP Scott Carroll to Triple-A Charlotte. Carroll was knocked around in Friday's loss to the Tigers, but this move has more to do with him having minor league options remaining than anything else. He will rejoin the rotation once rosters expand next week.
Tigers designate Justin Miller for assignment 08-30-2014
Justin Miller P DET
Tigers designated RHP Justin Miller for assignment. The move was done to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Kyle Ryan who will start the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Miller, provided he passes through waivers unclaimed, will continue to serve as additional bullpen depth in the minor leagues.
Ellsbury (ankle) hopeful of playing Saturday 08-30-2014
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury (ankle) remains hopeful that he'll be able to play on Saturday.

Jack Curry on Twitter
Ellsbury injured his left ankle while sliding into home plate during the ninth inning of Friday's victory over the Blue Jays. He'll test it to see how it feels on Saturday, but expect the speedy outfielder to suit up and give it a go for the Yankees.
Felix Doubront activated for Saturday start 08-30-2014
Felix Doubront P CHC
Cubs activated LHP Felix Doubront from the 15-day disabled list. Doubront will make his Cubs debut on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cardinals. The Cubs plan to utilize a six-man rotation in the month of September, meaning Doubront should stick around for the remainder of the season and could carve out fantasy value in NL-only formats.
Scott Van Slyke LF LAD
Scott Van Slyke returned to action on Friday August 29.
Alex Rios RF TEX
Alex Rios returned to action on Friday August 29.
Colby Rasmus CF TOR
Colby Rasmus returned to action on Friday August 29.
Albert Pujols 1B LAA
Albert Pujols returned to action on Friday August 29.
Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
Adrian Gonzalez returned to action on Friday August 29.
Cashner much improved in start vs. Dodgers 08-30-2014
Andrew Cashner P SD
Andrew Cashner, making his second start since being activated from the disabled list, took a no-decision despite allowing just one run over six innings as the Padres needed 12 innings to defeat the Dodgers 3-2 on Friday. Cashner only struck out one batter in his first start off of the DL, but he managed to fan eight Dodgers on the evening. He yielded only six hits and did not issue a walk as well. The only run scored in the third inning on Hanley Ramirez's RBI double. Over 14 starts, Cashner sports a 2.37 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 68/24 K/BB ratio. He'll look to keep it going when he takes on the D'Backs at home on Wednesday.
Haren pitches well in a no-decision vs. SDP 08-30-2014
Dan Haren P LAD
Dan Haren pitched well again, yielding two runs (one earned) over six innings in a no-decision as the Dodgers lost in 12 innings to the Padres on Friday. Four of Haren's last five starts have been of the quality start variety, something the Dodgers have needed in their attempt to maintain their NL West lead over the Giants. On Friday, Haren surrendered five hits and a walk while striking out three. The right-hander has a 4.33 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 118/33 K/BB ratio. He'll match up against the Nationals at home on Wednesday next.
Turner has another multi-hit game in a loss 08-30-2014
Justin Turner 3B LAD
Justin Turner went 3-for-5 and scored a run, but the Dodgers lost in 12 innings to the Padres on Friday. Turner notched his third consecutive multi-hit game and his fifth in his last six games. He's been filling in for Juan Uribe at the hot corner and has done a good job. Overall, Turner is slashing .326/.396/.452 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 270 plate appearances.
Ramirez's homer, 2 RBI not enough for LAD 08-30-2014
Hanley Ramirez SS LAD
Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a solo home run, providing the Dodgers their only runs of the evening in a 12-inning loss to the Padres on Friday. Ramirez tied the game at 1-1 with a third-inning RBI double off of Andrew Cashner, then tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth inning with a solo home run off of Dale Thayer. Entering the night, the shortstop had been 1-for-12 since returning from the disabled list on Sunday. Ramirez has 13 home runs, 60 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and a .276/.363/.457 slash line on the season.
Grandal hits walk-off RBI single in the 12th 08-30-2014
Yasmani Grandal C SD
Yasmani Grandal hit a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning to help the Padres overcome the Dodgers on Friday. Grandal was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the game prior to his single. The 25-year-old has otherwise had a tough season, slashing .210/.309/.372 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 337 plate appearances.
Vogelsong strong over seven innings in a win 08-30-2014
Ryan Vogelsong P SF
Ryan Vogelsong picked up his eighth win of the season, holding the Brewers to two runs over seven innings as the Giants enjoyed a cakewalk 13-2 victory on Friday. Vogelsong had a 3-0 lead after the first inning and an 8-1 lead after four, so it was a very stress-free night. The right-hander yielded only four hits and a walk while striking out seven, resulting in his first win since August 6. Vogelsong will take his 3.73 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 128/44 K/BB ratio into a start at Coors Field against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Peralta suffers loss on a tough night vs. SFG 08-30-2014
Wily Peralta P MLW
Wily Peralta was handed his ninth loss with an ugly start against the Giants on Friday, surrendering six runs in only three innings. The Giants kept piling up the hits, recording nine of them along with a pair of walks over Peralta's three frames. The right-hander only struck out one of the 20 batters he faced. It's his second poor start in a row after he managed to lower his ERA all the way to 3.27. It's now 3.82 and he carries a 1.35 WHIP and a 122/51 K/BB ratio with it. Peralta will make his next start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Blanco homers, draws 3 walks, swipes base 08-30-2014
Gregor Blanco LF SF
Gregor Blanco went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, three walks, and a stolen base on Friday as the Giants trampled the Brewers. Blanco stole his 14th base of the season in the second inning, then went yard against Marco Estrada in the fifth inning. He has shown the power stroke as of late, homering in consecutive games and in three of his last six. Overall, Blanco has four home runs, 29 RBI, and a .251/.330/.349 line.
Pence goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in a win 08-30-2014
Hunter Pence RF SF
Hunter Pence finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBI singles in Friday's win against the Brewers. The Giants banged out 19 hits on the evening against the Brewers. Pence was one of four Giants to record at least three hits as well. The outfielder is having another great season, slashing .290/.343/.468 with 18 home runs, 62 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.
Panik logs four hits as Giants rout Brewers 08-30-2014
Joe Panik 2B SF
Joe Panik finished 4-for-6 with a double and two runs scored in Friday's easy win against the Brewers. Panik has only played in 46 games in his young career but already has two four-hit games under his belt. He has had a strong showing since making his major league debut on June 21, batting .312/.359/.376 with one home run and 13 RBI.
Posey records 5 hits Giants rout the Brewers 08-30-2014
Buster Posey C SF
Buster Posey went 5-for-5 with a triple, three RBI, and three runs scored as the Giants routed the Brewers on Friday. It's the second five-hit game of Posey's career, and it continues the catcher's fantastic month of August. Since the beginning of the month, Posey is batting .350 (36-for-103). He singled in a run in the second inning and tripled in two more in the fifth. Posey owns a .297/.352/.472 slash line with 18 home runs and 71 RBI.
Zimmermann outduels King Felix in a win 08-30-2014
Jordan Zimmermann P WAS
Jordan Zimmerman earned his 10th win of the season after holding the Mariners to two runs over six innings as the Nationals won 8-3 on Friday. Rarely can one say they out-pitched Felix Hernandez, but Zimmermann got to say it on Friday. The right-hander scattered seven hits and a walk while punching out eight batters on the evening. Zimmermann has won his last four decisions and hasn't lost since July 11, posting a 2.73 ERA over his last eight starts. Overall this season, he has a 2.93 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 148/25 K/BB ratio. He'll toe the slab next against the Dodgers in Wednesday's road start.
Hernandez gives up 4 homers in loss to Nats 08-30-2014
Felix Hernandez P SEA
Felix Hernandez allowed four home runs in a start for the first time in his career, suffering a loss on Friday against the Nationals. Hernandez had previously given up a career-high of three, which he had done six times in his career with the most recent occurring in 2012. It was an uncharacteristically poor start from the right-hander, who gave up five runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out only one batter. Nevertheless, Hernandez's numbers remain sterling as he owns a 2.23 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and a 205/35 K/BB ratio. He'll look to rebound on Wednesday when he takes on the Athletics in Oakland.
Desmond homers, Nationals top the Mariners 08-30-2014
Ian Desmond SS WAS
Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a solo home run against the Mariners in Friday's win. Desmond went deep off of Felix Hernandez in the fourth inning, one of four the Cy Young candidate allowed on the evening. Desmond has 22 homers on the season along with 81 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and a .253/.310/.430 slash line.
Harper hits one of 6 Nats homers in a win 08-30-2014
Bryce Harper LF WAS
Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Nationals earned a victory against the Mariners on Friday. Harper's eighth inning solo home run off of Joe Beimel was one of six the Nationals slugged on the evening, and the eighth of the outfielder's season. He has, at times, appeared locked in lately, but he entered the night hitless in his previous nine plate appearances. He's slashing .263/.338/.401 with 26 RBI.
Ramos swats a pair of homers in a Nats win 08-30-2014
Wilson Ramos C WAS
Wilson Ramos slugged two solo home runs in four at-bats in Friday's victory against the Mariners. Ramos went deep in the fourth against Felix Hernandez and again in the eighth off of Joe Beimel. They represented two of six Nationals home runs on the night. Ramos, as expected, has been productive since injuries interrupting his season twice. He has nine home runs, 38 RBI, and a .292/.329/.438 slash line.
Rendon's perfect night leads Nats past SEA 08-30-2014
Anthony Rendon 3B WAS
Anthony Rendon reached base in all five plate appearances in Friday's win against the Mariners. Rendon finished a triple short of the cycle. He drove in his only run with a first inning solo home run to left-center off of Felix Hernandez. He has been just what the Nationals needed at third base after losing Ryan Zimmerman to an injury. Rendon has 18 home runs, 71 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and a .282/.341/.471 slash line.
Weaver blanks A's over 7 frames for 15th win 08-30-2014
Jered Weaver P LAA
Jered Weaver shut the Athletics out over seven innings of work on Friday as the Angels enjoyed a 4-0 victory. Weaver finished the seventh inning for the first time in over a month, finishing out the month of August on a high note. The right-hander limited the A's to just three hits and three walks while striking out three. He owns a 3.57 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 137/57 K/BB ratio, which he'll bring into a road start on Thursday against the Twins.
Salazar pitches five scoreless frames in win 08-30-2014
Danny Salazar P CLE
Danny Salazar spun five scoreless innings in a 6-1 win over the Royals on Friday. Salazar allowed just four hits (all singles) and two walks while striking out three batters. He threw 45 out of 73 pitches for strikes before the bullpen took over. The 24-year-old right-hander was a big disappointment for fantasy owners prior to his demotion earlier this season, but he has a 2.84 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio in 38 innings over his last seven starts in the majors. He's worth a flier if you are looking for an upside play in fantasy leagues down the stretch.
Vargas allows four runs in loss to Indians 08-30-2014
Jason Vargas P KC
Jason Vargas fell to 10-7 on the year after allowing four runs over six innings Friday against the Indians. Vargas gave up 10 hits in the loss and three out of the four runs scored in the third inning. He has now lost back-to-back starts, allowing six runs on 21 hits and four walks over 12 innings in the process. The southpaw now owns a 3.27 ERA on the year and will look to get back on the winning side when he faces the Rangers next week.
Lester not helped by offense, takes 9th loss 08-30-2014
Jon Lester P OAK
Jon Lester suffered his ninth loss of the season, surrendering three runs (two runs) over six innings in Friday's defeat against the Angels. The Athletics couldn't get anything going against Jered Weaver, so the two-run home run Lester allowed to Chris Iannetta in the fifth inning was curtains. The lefty gave up six hits and a walk while striking out five on the evening. He has failed to earn a win in each of his last three starts despite pitching reasonably well. Since joining the A's, Lester has a 2.88 ERA with a 37/8 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home on Wednesday when he makes his next start.
Santana homers in win over Royals 08-30-2014
Carlos Santana 3B CLE
Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk in Friday's win over the Royals. Santana had an RBI single in the third inning and later added a two-run homer in the ninth. The 28-year-old came into Friday's action with just three hits in his last 20 at-bats and a .195 batting average this month. This was his first multi-hit game since August 16, which was also the date of his last home run.
Brantley has three hits to break out of funk 08-30-2014
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored Friday against the Royals. Nice to see from Brantley, who had just five hits over his last 11 games. Despite the recent funk, "Dr. Smooth" still owns an excellent .310/.369/.496 batting line with 18 home runs, 83 RBI, and 16 stolen bases.
Ramirez has two hits, RBI in win over Royals 08-30-2014
Jose Ramirez 2B CLE
Jose Ramirez went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Royals. Ramirez continues to swing a hot bat since taking over as the starting shortstop following the Asdrubal Cabrera trade. He's now hitting .400 (14-for-35) over his last eight games. The 21-year-old has some speed, but he's still mostly an option in AL-only leagues.
Escobar has four hits in loss to Indians 08-30-2014
Alcides Escobar SS KC
Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 and drove in the Royals' only run of the night in Friday's loss to the Indians. All four hits were singles. Escobar had just four hits in 26 at-bats over the past week coming into Friday's action. Fantasy owners will have to hope that this will get him going again.
Pujols homers as the Angels shut out the A's 08-30-2014
Albert Pujols 1B LAA
Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's win against the Athletics. Pujols slugged a solo home run in the seventh inning off of Evan Scribner, adding what turned out to be a meaningless run. It's number 24 on the season and 516 in the career for Pujols, who is slashing a respectable .277/.334/.474 with 82 RBI.
Iannetta homers, knocks in 3 as Angels win 08-30-2014
Chris Iannetta C LAA
Chris Iannetta drew a bases-loaded walk and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats as the Angels shut out the Athletics on Friday. Iannetta came into the game mired in a slump, hitting .056 (1-for-18) dating back to August 20. He broke a scoreless tie with his two-run shot off of Jon Lester in the fifth inning, then walked with the bases loaded to force in a run in the sixth. The catcher has quietly put together a productive season, slashing .257/.372/.412 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 309 plate appearances.
Collmenter pitches well in a no-decision 08-30-2014
Josh Collmenter P ARZ
Josh Collmenter yielded only one run over 6 1/3 innings but was handed a no-decision as the D'Backs came back late and defeated the Rockies 5-2 on Friday. Collmenter and Bergman were locked in a pitcher's duel -- or, more accurately, an offensive ceasefire -- for much of the evening. The right-hander gave up only two hits without walking a batter while striking out five. Collmenter has pitched well over his last two starts and now sports a 3.94 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a 100/34 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday next.
Bergman walks 5 but limits damage vs. ARI 08-30-2014
Christian Bergman P COL
Christian Bergman held the D'Backs to one run over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision on Friday. Bergman struggled with his control, walking five while allowing only two hits and striking out five. The D'Backs, however, were only able to push across the one run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. The 26-year-old rookie has a 5.74 ERA and a 16/9 K/BB ratio in five starts this season. Bergman will face the Giants at home on Wednesday in his next start.
Choice blasts three-run homer in win 08-30-2014
Michael Choice LF TEX
Michael Choice went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in Friday's 13-6 win over the Astros. Choice returned to the majors this week after it was announced that Shin-Soo Choo needed season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle. The 24-year-old is still batting just .179/.251/.330 over 73 games this season, but he has some pop in his bat and should be worth using in AL-only leagues down the stretch if the playing time is there.
Baker gives up two runs in win over Astros 08-30-2014
Scott Baker P TEX
Scott Baker yielded two runs over 6 1/3 innings Friday in a win over the Astros. Baker gave up six hits (including a solo homer to Jason Castro) and one walk to go along with three strikeouts. He now has wins in each of his last three appearances, the first in a relief appearance and the most recent two in starts. He'll look for four in a row when he faces the Royals last week, but most fantasy owners have better options at their disposal.
Oberholtzer knocked around in loss to Texas 08-30-2014
Brett Oberholtzer P HOU
Brett Oberholtzer was tagged for a career-high seven runs over 4 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Rangers. It was his shortest outing since April 24. Oberholtzer gave up nine hits, including a three-run homer to Michael Choice in the fourth inning. The 25-year-old southpaw dropped to 4-10 with the loss and holds a 4.39 ERA and 81/24 K/BB ratio in 121 innings over 20 starts. He'll try to bounce back next week against the A's in Oakland.
Reed strikes out two to grab his 31st save 08-30-2014
Addison Reed P ARZ
Addison Reed recorded a pair of strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning as he recorded his 31st save in Friday's win against the Rockies. The D'Backs had taken a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, so Reed had plenty of breathing room. Reed is 31-for-36 in save chances with a 3.61 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 62/12 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.
Odor launches three-run homer vs. Astros 08-30-2014
Rougned Odor 2B TEX
Rougned Odor was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored against the Astros on Friday. Now that the Mets have called up Dilson Herrera, Odor is no longer the youngest player in the majors. Still, this should put in perspective why the 20-year-old has scuffled in his first exposure to major league pitching. Through 89 games, he owns a .247/.281/.381 batting line with a 57/11 K/BB ratio. On the bright side, four of his seven homers this season have come in August.
Gonzalez has three hits, two RBI in loss 08-30-2014
Marwin Gonzalez SS HOU
Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored Friday against the Rangers. Gonzalez had a pair of doubles on the night and is now batting .272/.320/.398 with six homers and 22 RBI through 91 games this season. While he's not much of a fantasy option, he has hit leadoff each of the last two games with Robbie Grossman (hamstring) sidelined.
Lamb slugs 8th inning slam to power D'Backs 08-30-2014
Jake Lamb 3B ARZ
Jake Lamb's eighth-inning grand slam gave the D'Backs the lead and, shortly thereafter, the win against the Rockies on Friday. The D'Backs had the bases loaded with nobody out and appeared well on their way to squandering their golden opportunity after two unproductive outs. Lamb then slugged a 420 grand slam to center field off of Adam Ottavino to put his team up 5-2. Lamb finished 1-for-4 on the evening. The 23-year-old rookie hasn't had a whole lot of success at the plate to begin his career, slashing .218/.279/.345 with a pair of homers and nine RBI.
Castro hits solo homer against Rangers 08-30-2014
Jason Castro C HOU
Jason Castro connected for a solo homer Friday against the Rangers. Castro has now homered in back-to-back games. However, with a .227/.297/.383 batting line to go along with 14 home runs and 51 RBI, he has regressed in a big way from last season.
Mike MIkolas scratched from Saturday start 08-30-2014
Miles Mikolas P TEX
Mike Mikolas was scratched from Saturday's start against the Astros due to shoulder fatigue.

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Robbie Ross will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place on Saturday. Mikolas, coming off the finest start of his career, will hopefully only need a couple of days of rest before he is able to rejoin the Rangers rotation.