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Tommy Joseph (R) Headshot

Joseph went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 7-5 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Joseph has started at first base just 10 times in the Phillies' last 23 games. His playing time will continue to be limited over the remainder of the season with the Phils focused on getting Rhys Hoskins at-bats.
6:39 am (EST)
Dinelson Lamet (R) Headshot

Lamet was touched up for six runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts over 5.1 innings Wednesday. He did not receive a decision in a 13-7 loss to Arizona.

It's ironic that San Diego's offense exploded for seven runs on a day where Lamet struggled, after they provided little to no run support over his last four dominant outings (0-2 with a 1.88 ERA). Baseball can be a cruel game sometimes. The rookie has struggled against the Diamondbacks this season, serving up 15 runs and four homers over 8.1 innings. The 25-year-old can take solace in that he won't have to face them again until next season. Lamet's final 2017 start will come next Tuesday against the Dodgers, who he held to one run over six innings with 10 punchouts on Sept. 1.
6:32 am (EST)
Will Harris (R) Headshot

Harris experienced an increase in fastball velocity during his scoreless relief inning in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the White Sox, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Harris' heater ticked 93 mph on the gun, up from the 90-92 he'd generated over his previous six appearances. The right-hander had missed several weeks because of a bone bruise in his pitching shoulder, returning to the active roster in late August. Prior to his turn Tuesday, Harris had given up three runs, seven hits and a walk over 4.2 innings in six outings since his activation off the 10-day disabled list. With his velocity returning, manager A.J. Hinch can rely on him for key outs in October.
6:18 am (EST)
Joe Musgrove (R) Headshot

Musgrove allowed two hits and struck out two over 1.1 scoreless innings to earn his second save in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.

Closer Ken Giles was unavailable after tossing 35 pitches over two appearances in three days, so it fell to Musgrove, who closed out a second save in five days.
6:11 am (EST)
Pablo Sandoval (B) Headshot

Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

Don't look now, but Sandoval appears to be heating up at the plate, going 7-for-11 with three extra-base hits over his last three contests. His recent hot streak comes on the heels of an atrocious 36-game stretch where he slashed .174/.223/.256. That said, fantasy owners should have recency bias when evaluating players this late in the season, and Sandoval's production should warrant consideration.
6:04 am (EST)
Brad Peacock (R) Headshot

Peacock (12-2) allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out six in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.

Injuries earlier this month prevented a planned move to the bullpen for Peacock, who submitted yet another piece of evidence that he should be part of the Astros' postseason rotation. The right-hander has a 2.10 ERA over his last six starts and looks like a Game 3 or Game 4 starter in the playoffs. The knock on him is that his effectiveness drops off the third time through a lineup, but that becomes less important in the postseason when managers tend to manage differently and are quick to call for relievers.
6:03 am (EST)
Brandon Crawford (L) Headshot

Crawford went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Rockies.

Crawford's bat has cooled during his team's current homestand that began Sept. 11 (5-for-22), but he was able to crush a ball through the cold San Francisco night and deliver his 14th homer of the season. Despite enduring a brief slump, the 30-year-old has looked like a different hitter in the second half, slashing .273/.339/.440 with six homers and 27 RBI since the All-Star break.
5:55 am (EST)
Deven Marrero (R) Headshot

Marrero went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Since being recalled back on Sept. 3, Marrero had seen a slender total of seven at-bats before getting into Wednesday's lineup. As a reserve infielder with an unimpressive track record in the minors, Marrero holds nearly zero fantasy value.
4:33 am (EST)
Mike Fiers (R) Headshot

Fiers is eligible to play after serving his five-game suspension, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Fiers was available for Wednesday's contest but ultimately wasn't used. He's expected to serve as a mop-up man out of the Astros' bullpen down the stretch, though he'll remain an option to start should an opportunity arise. He's posted an unremarkable 5.22 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 153.1 innings this season.
4:29 am (EST)
Hanley Ramírez (R) Headshot

Ramirez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Back in the lineup after sitting out of the starting nine for six straight games due to a biceps injury, Han-Ram looked none the worse for wear in this one. Still, the 33-year-old has shown significant signs of decline this year, with his numbers down across the board and his strikeout rate at a career high. He's become a fringe fantasy own in shallower formats.
4:24 am (EST)
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