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Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI against the Astros on Wednesday.
Although Desmond is not hitting for average in 2014 (.238 BA), he has certainly been able to contribute in other areas, keeping him among the better options to own at the shortstop position. With 13 home runs and 44 RBI, Desmond remains a great source of power from a position that is typically not a place to get that type of production from, so as long as you can absorb his low batting average fantasy owners will be just fine. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Carl Crawford exited Monday night's game with tightness in his right side.
It was only a matter of time before the glass-made Crawford cracked in some capacity. It's unknown whether or not he'll need a DL stint to rid him of the tightness, but if he does Scott Van Slyke and Alex Guerrero are likely to fill in for him. Guerrero has been among the hottest hitters in baseball, in a limited role, and would become mixed league relevant if/when he finds himself in the lineup. Don Mattingly, however, doesn't appear to be Guerrero's biggest fan. Let's hope he's not pigeon-holed to pinch-hitting duties. Analysis: Spencer Silva