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J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 a double, three RBI and a pair of runs scored against the Yankees on Sunday.
Hardy is now 9-for-23 (.391 BA) with a home run, four RBI and three runs scored over his last six games, as he makes a strong effort to bounce back from a very slow start. Despite sitting on a .295 average, Hardy has just one home run and 19 RBI through 251 at-bats, which is a far cry from the three straight 20-plus home runs seasons we have grown accustomed to seeing from him. At this point he will be lucky to reach 10 home runs, which is only going to hurt his fantasy value even more as the season progresses. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond