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Panthers have notified DE Greg Hardy that the franchise tag will be applied to him, per league source.

Trevor Plouffe was 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored on Saturday.

Trevor Plouffe has had a very productive season in relative anonymity. Plouffe hit a triple in four at bats on Saturday and scored a run. For the year, Plouffe has 50 runs, 14 home runs, 55 RBI while hitting .257 for Minnesota in 96 games. Plouffe could eclipse 20 home runs and 75 RBI for the Twins and would represent great value for those in fantasy who took him late in drafts.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Miguel Sano was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on Saturday.

Miguel Sano was down to his last at bat to extend his hitting streak and promptly doubled in the ninth inning. Although Sano was lifted for a pinch runner, his double started the comeback win for the Twins over the Mariners. During his eight game hitting streak, Sano has three doubles, two home runs and six walks. Sano will be priced at $2900 on FanDuel on Sunday as he faces Hisashi Iwakuma. Through 23 games this year, Sano has four home runs and fourteen RBI for Minnesota. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Eddie Rosario was 0-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored on Saturday.

Eddie Rosario did not get a hit but was on base twice due to walks and stole a base in the ninth inning that led to scoring the winning run for the Twins. Rosario has been a spark to the Twins since his promotion with 35 runs, five home runs, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases in 68 games for Minnesota.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Kurt Suzuki was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday.

Kurt Suzuki was productive on Saturday with two hits and an RBI for Minnesota. But with only 31 RBI this season along with three home runs in 83 games, Suzuki is only a catcher option in the deepest of leagues. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Kyle Gibson pitched seven innings with six hits allowed, two earned runs, one walk with four strikeouts in a no decision on Saturday.

Kyle Gibson was 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA versus the Mariners in his last three starts versus Seattle prior to Saturday. Even though he only gave up two earned runs in seven innings with four strikeouts, Gibson was saved from taking the loss as the Twins rallied to win in the ninth innings. Gibson remains 8-8 this season with a 3.44 ERA and 4.02 FIP. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Carson Smith pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out one to take the loss.

Carson Smith has been struggling of late and after a break, returned to try and close out the Twins on Saturday. But Smith gave up two hits and a walk along with two earned runs to take the loss and blown save. Smith allowed the tying run to score on a wild pitch and relied far too much on his slider. This year, Smith has a 2.81 ERA with a 2.34 FIP and a 11.66 strikeouts per nine. Better days should be ahead.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Nelson Cruz was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, RBI and run scored on Saturday.

Nelson Cruz is hot again as he is now in the midst of a 12 game hitting streak. Cruz is now 22-for-54 (.444) with seven home runs and 11 RBI during the streak. His home run was his 28th of the season. Cruz is now hitting over .400 in his last 12 games at Target Field with four home runs in his last six games there so his $4400 price tag may be worth it tomorrow against Mike Pelfrey. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Mike Montgomery pitched six innings giving up four hits, one earned run, two walks while striking out six in a no decision on Saturday.

Mike Montgomery bounced back in Minnesota on Saturday. Entering the game 0-2 in his last four starts giving up 16 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings, Montgomery lasted six innings with six strikeouts and only allowed one earned run. After the quality start, Montgomery has lowered his ERA to 3.07 this year but his FIP of 4.16 bears watching as the second half moves forward.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Justin Jackson tore his ACL in Saturday's practice.

With the injury during a special teams walk through, the Cowboys lost linebacker Justin Jackson to a torn ACL. The former leading tackler for Wake Forest will be lost for the season and the Cowboys now only have nine linebackers in camp.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Von Miller has been dismissed from the NFL's drug program.

After a series of clean tests, Von Miller is no longer in the NFL drug program. Due to his perseverance on the program, if Miller were to test positive again, he would begin at stage one of the process with no suspension. Last year Miller had 14 sacks for the Broncos and is in the last year of his contract so he will be motivated this season for a one more large payday.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Chase Utley (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.

Chase Utley has been on the disabled list since June 23 and will begin his rehab with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Although Utley is only hitting .179 in 65 games this year, he could be a trade candidate during the waiver period this month.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Manager Lloyd McClendon said if there is a save situation Sunday he will go to Carson Smith.

Carson Smith blew the save on Saturday giving up two hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out one in Minnesota. Smith had a wild pitch score the tying run and then allowed the winning run to score with two outs. Smith did use his slider a bit too much but the pitch could have been blocked as well. This season Smith has nine saves with a 2.81 ERA and 2.34 FIP and the Mariners seem committed to letting him pitch through this rough patch. Analysis: Greg Jewett

Carlos Beltran did not play Saturday due to a sore left foot. He is expected to play on Sunday.

Carlos Beltran had played nine of the last ten for the Yankees and since Chris Young has been hot versus left-handed pitching, Beltran was given the day off to rest his foot. Reports expect Beltran to be in the lineup on Sunday. Carlos Beltran is 5-for-14 (.357) versus Jeff Samardzija in his career with a double and a home run. He will cost $2800 on Fanduel on Sunday.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Mike Fiers has been activated by the Astros.

With his activation, Mike Fiers is on track to make his first start against Texas. To this point of the season, Fiers is 5-9 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and had 121 strikeouts in 118 innings. For his career in inter-league games, Fiers is 2-2 in 10 starts with a 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with a 43:17 K:BB versus American League teams for the Brewers.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

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