With Diaw sidelined for a couple weeks, the Jazz are still going to restrict Derrick Favors' minutes, so they'll look to Trey Lyles for an expanded role. Diaw has been dealing with the leg contusion since the preseason so Utah will hope the extra two weeks will get him back to 100%.
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.
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.
The good news is that Kennedy extended his unbeaten streak to eight games, but the obvious bad news is the right-hander's poor effort Friday. In what looked to be a favorable matchup, Kennedy failed to pitch more than four innings for just the third time this season while watching his ERA balloon to 4.61, its highest mark this month. The veteran will look for better results in his next start Wednesday in Detroit.
Guduan hadn't appeared since Tuesday and recorded just one out since his call-up July 15. He gave the Astros some left-handed depth in their bullpen, but with Collin McHugh expected to return from the disabled list soon, Guduan was expendable.
Almonte's blast, his third of the year, was part of an eight-run seventh inning that blew the top off the game. He's now slashing .248/.336/.416 through 41 games, but's the 28-year-old has been hot lately. Since being activated from the DL (biceps) on July 5, Almonte is 9-for-27 (.333) with a pair of home runs, four RBI and three runs.
With the Astros entering the ninth inning with a six-run lead, a massive rally had the team concerned about blowing a huge lead, but once Giles took the hill, he quickly ended the drama by recording a single out. As the closer for one of the best teams in the league, will continue to be one of the best options that fantasy managers can hope for.
Aside from his 20th blast of the season, the DH added his 12th double and 54th RBI of the campaign. Encarnacion start the second half slow (2-for-18), but Friday's big game pumped his average to .261, its highest mark since June. He'll need to pick up the pace if he's going to reach 35-plus homers and 100-plus RBI for a third straight season.
The good news is that Bauer rebounded with a win after suffering one of the worst defeats of his career last time out. The bad news is that his control issues carried over as he issued six-plus walks for the first time since August of 2015. With a 5.58 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 19 starts, Bauer's fantasy value is limited to AL-only leagues at this point. The right-hander will be happy to take the win, but he'll look for more efficiency next time out versus the Angels on Thursday.
Blevins was protecting a two-run lead and was allowed to stay on the mound while collecting five outs to notch his first save of the season. Aside from the save, he's a decent middle reliever with a 3.16 ERA, but and unimpressive 1.34 WHIP.
Estrada gave up just one run on three hits through his first four frames Friday, but four Indians crossed the plate before the veteran could finish the fifth. After posting career-best marks in his first two seasons with Toronto, Estrada has looked like a different man in 2017. The 34-year-old's 5.52 ERA and 1.49 WHIP are his worst numbers since becoming a starter. He'll aim to get back on track in his next start Wednesday against Oakland.
Conforto crushed his 17th and 18th bombs of the campaign to help lead the Mets to a home win. He's been an absolute fantasy superstar this year, as he's rewarded fantasy managers with a .289/.406/.570 slash line.
Matz entered the fifth inning with a 2-1 lead, but gave up a pair of runs to hasten his exit from the contest, however, the offense was able to wipe out the deficit, keeping him from dropping his fourth decision of the season. As recently as July 3, he had a 2.12 ERA before a couple of horrible outings inflated his ERA, and he's hopefully turning the corner to return to his status as a reliable fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Padres.
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