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29 Aug

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Zack Greinke gave up five runs on 11 hits with no walks and four strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the Royals on Monday.

Greinke failed take down his former team on Monday night, to the tune of a season-high five runs, falling to 9-4 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.21 WHIP through 16 starts. Although this was clearly one of his worst performances of the season, Greinke remains an elite fantasy starter moving forward as he has allowed more than three earned run in a start only twice in 2014. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Cardinals on Saturday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Tigers on Friday

What else is there to say about Donaldson… He’s the leading AL MVP candidate, is the first to 100 RBI, second in the AL in home runs, and has been flirting with a .300 average all season long. He might, for years to come, might be considered the biggest trade steal in the history of the MLB since Ruth to the Yanks for cash in the winter of 1919.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Tigers Friday

Tulo has been a bit of a disappointment in terms of pure production since coming to the “Great White North”, posting only a .205 average with two home runs, and a .314 OBP. He has done wonders for the Toronto lineup however, spurring this run by striking fear in the hearts of opposing managers and pitchers. Hopefully this home run was a sign of good things to come from the All-Star shortstop.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Roberto Osuna picked up his 16th save of the year against the Tigers on Friday

Osuna picked up his 16th save of the season, and once again struck out the side in the ninth. He’s been a great closing option since assuming the ninth inning role, and should continue to be as the season comes to a close due to his electric stuff and elite strikeout power.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

UPDATE: James Develin sustained a broken leg in Friday night's preseason game.

The fullback was carted off the field with eight minutes left in the game and upon first look it looked to be serious injury with his foot catching in the turf before bending backward during the tackle. Develin was also the only fullback on the Patriots roster so clearly they will be making a roster move in the coming days. While there is no timeline for his return right now it wouldn't be surprising if he misses a large chunk if not all of the season. Analysis: Matt Selz

Muncy is being optioned to Triple-A

Somebody had to get sent down in order to make room for Brooks to come up and the odd-man out is Muncy once again. Aaron Brooks is coming up just for a spot start and come Monday, Muncy could be back up as roster will also expand on Tuesday. Analysis: Matt Selz

Aaron Brooks to start Saturday for Oakland in lieu of Felix Doubront.

With Doubront not at 100% quite yet, Oakland is in need of a spot starter and have one in Aaron Brooks. The young right hander will take on Arizona in the second game of the series facing his counterpart in Jhoulys Chacin and will look to improve on his 6.20 ERA. Analysis: Matt Selz

Oakland would like to give Felix Doubront an extra couple of days to recover from taking a liner off the foot in his last start.

After taking one off the leg in his last start it looks like Oakland is not comfortable quite yet with how he's feeling. Doubront will start on Monday instead of Saturday thus setting him up for a two start week which could be beneficial as his numbers are pretty decent across nine appearances six of which were starts. Aaron Brooks is being recalled from Triple-A to spot start on Saturday. Analysis: Matt Selz

Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Pirates on Friday

CarGo continues to produce since the break, hitting 24 of his 31 home runs during the span. If there was a second half MVP, Gonzalez would certainly be in the discussion, so although he hasn’t propelled his team to potential playoff heights, he has, most likely, elevated any fantasy teams that picked him in their drafts this spring. Expect the power surge to continue as the season comes to a close.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Pirates on Friday

Reyes has been open to being traded during the waiver period, however, he has not allowed that to stop him from producing, as he went deep on Friday night against the Pirates. He’s posted a .270 average and four steals since going to Colorado, so fantasy owners haven’t seen too big of a drop off during the month span.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mark Melancon picked up his 42nd save of the year against the Rockies on Friday

Melancon recorded a perfect, 10-pitch, ninth inning on Friday night, while picking up his major league leading 42nd save of the season. As of now, his 1.45 ERA and 42 saves keep him in discussion as the best closer in the game, however his mere 44 strikeouts in 62 innings leave more to be offered. In any event, Melancon continues to satisfy fantasy owners and his team, so consider him an elite option.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Francisco Liriano allowed three runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over six innings against the Rockies on Friday

Liriano has been good all season long, maintaining a rock solid 3.28 ERA, while recording more than a strikeout per inning. He’s an established veteran who is an integral piece to the Pirates playoff push going forward, so expect more of the same from the crafty lefty going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jon Gray allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings against the Pirates on Friday

Gray is no legitimate fantasy option by any stretch of the word, and his 6.00 ERA tells most of the story. He’s known to give weak length and a bunch of runs, so keep him out of your thoughts when building lineups down the stretch.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Anthony Gose went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Blue Jays on Friday

The home run was Gose’s fourth of the season, and while he’s had over 370 at-bats to prove himself, Gose just hasn’t turned out to be a great fantasy option. Don’t expect many more round trippers from the young outfielder going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Blue Jays on Friday

Kinsler’s home run total is not what was expected this season, but his .306 average and 60 RBI have more than impressed fantasy owners. Expect a strong finish from the veteran second baseman. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jose Bautista went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored against the Tigers on Friday

Osuna picked up his 16th save of the season, and once again struck out the side in the ninth. He’s been a great closing option since assuming the ninth inning role, and should continue to be as the season comes to a close due to his electric stuff and elite strikeout power.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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