Yasiel Puig has returned to the Dodgers starting lineup Friday.
Puig was hit by a pitch on the hand and was removed from last Saturday's game. He's making his first career start in CF Friday night, and if he performs well may be there to stay, as the team lacks any better options at the MLB level, though Joc Peterson is waiting to be called up at Triple-A, something that is expected to happen soon, especially if Matt Kemp is dealt. Puig should be fully recovered from his sore hand after several games off and is s=good to go Friday. ANALYST: Ben Diamond
Kevin Gausman allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out six in seven innings against the Tigers on Saturday.
Gausman pitched very well against the Tigers today, en route to earning his second win of the 2015 season. He shutout the Braves over 7 2/3 innings in his last start, and even though he didn’t blank the Tigers, he pitched well enough to get his team the victory. If he can continue to pitch like this, he is going to help a lot of fantasy teams—and the Orioles—down the stretch. However, keep in mind that in the two starts before his matchup against the Braves, he surrendered 11 earned runs on 13 hits in just 9 2/3 innings of work. He will face the Angels on Friday in his next start. Analysis: Colby Conway
Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a double against the Tigers on Saturday.
After a superb month of July, Kinsler is starting off August in a big way. In 27 games in July, Kinsler’s .366 average was the third highest for a second baseman, trailing only DJ LeMahieu (.400) and Devon Travis (.368). Kinsler has three straight multi-hit efforts and he is producing for his owners, despite the subtraction of a few regulars in the Detroit lineup. Even though he hasn’t homered since July 20, he needs to be in all lineups moving forward. Analysis: Colby Conway