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Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, one RBI, and one run scored in the Rangers 3-2 win over the Twins on Friday.

Desmond had been in a quiet stretch by his lofty standards as he entered the game 0 for his last seven at bats. He quickly ended that however as he had nice a three-hit game and a game-winning home run. It was his 15th of the season. Desmond could very well be the fantasy MVP of the first half of the season, as he is on pace for 30 home runs, over 100 runs and RBI, and 28 steals, which could compete with Mike Trout and any other elite player.
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Martin Perez allowed two earned runs while walking three and striking out four over seven innings in the Rangers 3-2 win over the Twins on Friday.

Perez recorded 12 of his 21 outs via the groundball in this start, which is an important part of his game. He was also a bit wild however, as indicated by his three walks, but he still managed to complete seven strong innings. He is limited greatly by his inability to strike batters out and his season long numbers could be in for some serious regression in the second half of the season. For example, his K-BB% rate is just 1.5% and his FIP sits at 4.74 and xFIP at 4.92. That said, ride his arm while it’s hot, but have a plan to replace him when the regression hits.
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Adam Duvall went 2 for 6 with a run scored and an RBI in the Reds’ 3-2 loss to the Nationals on Friday.

Duvall continues to be a nice surprise for owners who were able to scoop him off waivers, or had the foresight to draft him. On the season, Duvall is posting a .252/.288/.566 on the season with 22 home runs and 56 RBI on the season, and on his current pace, he projects for 44 home runs, and 112 RBI. The Reds will face Nats starter Joe Ross on Saturday, and Duvall has 19 of his 22 home runs against righties on the season.
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Ervin Santana allowed three hits and two earned runs while walking three and striking out five over 6.1 innings in the Twins 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday.

Santana threw a season high 117 pitches but could only complete 6.1 innings on Friday. Still it’s hard to complain about his performance overall, as it was a quality start and provided useful ratios. He has struggled with consistency throughout the season, but over his past three starts he has allowed just five earned runs over 18.2 innings. However, his value is limited some by the fact that he collected just one win in that span and struck out only 11. That said, there is a good amount of risk for not much upside.
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Anthony DeSclafani pitched 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs, on six hits, while striking out eight and walking two in the Reds 3-2 loss to the Nationals Friday.

DeSclafani has been the most impressive pitcher the Reds have put on the mound this season, and he has only made five starts, four of which have been quality starts. He is sporting a 1.78 ERA and a 1.29 so far on the year, and has struck out 23 batters, and walked nine. His one weakness has been lefties, who are hitting .314 off of him so far this season in 51 at bats.
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Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a home run (20) and a walk on Friday night against the Cardinals on Friday night.

Anyone surprised by Carter’s production should be kicked out of their fantasy leagues, as there is no secret that when given the proper number of at bats, Carter is a lightning rod for power production. He’s currently on pace for his best season yet with a projection of 41 home runs and 100 RBI by season’s end, but even with a slight slip, he would still be worthy of a roster spot in most formats due to his incredible power production.
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Matt Garza went 5 2/3 innings, allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks, while he struck out six in a loss on Friday night against the Cardinals.

Garza certainly wasn’t his best on Friday night, as he allowed seven runs – four of which were earned – while he pitched into the sixth inning, but just couldn’t keep the Cardinals bats in check. After four starts from Garza this season, he appears all right, but not exactly someone you would want to rely upon in fantasy leagues, so perhaps give him a few more looks before forgetting about him, but there is certainly no cause for urgency to pick him up considering his back-to-back four earned run outings.
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Jaime Garcia went eight innings, allowed one run on four hits and four walks, while he struck out six in a win on Friday night against the Brewers.

What a way to bounce back from a five earned run effort, as he went eight strong on Friday night and allowed only one run. His six strikeouts left a bit to be desired by fantasy owners, however they will learn to live with such a quality start from Garcia in the other regards. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come from the veteran left-hander going forward.
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