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A.J. Ramos (R) Headshot

Ramos pitched a perfect inning to earn his 18th save of the year Friday against the Reds.

Ramos was protecting a two-run lead, and was able to close out the Reds with no drama. Despite a very high ERA and WHIP for a closer, his ability to close out games continues to make him a valuable fantasy asset.
Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
Homer Bailey (R) Headshot

Bailey (2-4) allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three across six innings to take the loss Friday against the Marlins.

Bailey gave up both runs in the first inning, but was able to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard over each of the next five frames, but was unable to get much offensive support. Although he has a ridiculous 8.56 ERA, he's held opponents to two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts, and although he has clear downside, it appears as if he's turned a corner, making him a player who fantasy managers could consider using in lineups. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Yankees.
Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Jose Urena (R) Headshot

Urena (8-4) allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out four across six innings to earn the win Friday against the Reds.

Urena was provided a two-run lead in the first inning and was able to hold onto it until turning the game over to the bullpen for the final three frames. This was the first time in three outings that he was able to fire a quality start, and he currently owns at 3.78 ERA, which has made him a solid but unspectacular fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Rangers.
Yesterday 11:55 pm (EST)
Corey Dickerson (L) Headshot

Dickerson went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Rangers.

It's Dickerson 18th homer of the year but his first in almost a month, and he'd produced a sluggish .233/.269/.315 slash line in 19 games between blasts. The 28-year-old is still on pace for his best campaign since leaving Colorado, but without the benefit of playing his home games at Coors Field a second-half fade remains a distinct possibility.
Yesterday 11:01 pm (EST)
Troy Tulowitzki (R) Headshot

Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 with his ninth double of the year in Friday's lopsided loss to Cleveland.

The aging shortstop has picked his game up in July. He's now 19-for-63 (.302) while playing in all but one of the team's 17 games this month. However, there's a glaring downside to Tulowitzki's uptick in average, and that is an unusually high 16:2 strikeout to walk ratio in July. In league's that don't penalize whiffs, owners might be wise to ride Tulo while he's hot -- but temper expectations as he's certainly more of a name than a producer at this point in his career.
Yesterday 11:00 pm (EST)
Miguel Cabrera (R) Headshot

Cabrera was diagnosed with a right clavicle contusion after taking a hard grounder off the chest in Friday's game against the Twins, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

In English, that's a bruised collarbone. X-rays taken after Cabrera left the game were negative, so it doesn't sound like this will be a major injury. The Tigers could choose to rest him this weekend in Minnesota, though, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Yesterday 10:59 pm (EST)
Alex Cobb (R) Headshot

Cobb gave up three runs on five hits while striking out four over eight-plus innings but didn't factor into the decision in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Rangers.

He carries a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth inning but got the hook after allowing a Joey Gallo double and game-tying home run to Shin-Soo Choo before he could record an out. Cobb has now delivered seven quality starts in his last eight trips to the mound, posting a 2.35 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 32:11 K:BB in 57.1 innings over that stretch. His next outing will come Wednesday at home against the Orioles.
Yesterday 10:57 pm (EST)
Erik González (R) Headshot

Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in Friday win over Toronto.

The youngster is taking full advantage of his big-league opportunity while Jason Kipnis remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Although Gonzalez was expected to contribute mostly with his glove, the 25-year-old has provided strong numbers at the plate, too. Since June 1, Gonzalez is 18-for-55 (.327) with five doubles and 11 runs. His lack of plate discipline leaves much to be desired, but he's still offering plenty of production, especially for those in leagues that don't mind the strikeouts.
Yesterday 10:52 pm (EST)
Elvis Andrus (R) Headshot

Andrus went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's extra-inning win over the Rays.

His first-inning solo shot got the Rangers on the board, while his 10th-inning single brought home Delino DeShields for the winning run. Andrus had been in a 2-for-29 rut since the All-Star break, but he snapped out of it in fine fashion Friday and his 12 homers on the season has already blown past his previous career high of eight.
Yesterday 10:52 pm (EST)
Yu Darvish (R) Headshot

Darvish allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out 12 over eight innings but had to settle for a no-decision in Friday's extra-inning win over the Rays.

All three runs scored on solo shots, and Darvish exited the game on the hook for a loss before the Rangers rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to tie it up. The 12 Ks were a season high for the right-hander, and if this was his last start in a Texas uniform before getting traded he went out on a high note. For the moment, though, he's still listed as the team's starter for Wednesday's home tilt against the Marlins.
Yesterday 10:47 pm (EST)
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