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Anibal Sanchez was dominant Saturday shutting out the Rockies through seven innings while striking out twelve batters in the Tigers 4-0 victory at Comerica Park.

This was one of the best games Sanchez has pitched this season. It is amazing that the Tigers have a pitcher of his quality as their fifth starting pitcher. Sanchez will try to repeat his solid performance when he takes the mound Friday at Toronto. ANALYST: Mark Kaplan

David Cobb (calf) won't play against the Chiefs.

The calf injury isn't considered to be serious, but with the expected role Cobb should play this season, the Titans are going to err on the side of caution and hold him out. He should return to practice next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Coby Fleener (knee) will hopefully return to practice at some point next week.

Fleener will miss the Colts' upcoming preseason game, but he is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Consider him day-to-day and look for him to return to the field next week. Analysis: Howard Bender

DeMarco Murray doesn't know how the running back rotation will be yet, but he doesn't expect to alternate series with Ryan Mathews.

While nothing has been laid out by head coach Chip Kelly, it should be clear that Murray will be the lead dog on the sled. Mathews should work as a complement and change-of-pace back, but even with the lack of preseason work, Murray should see the majority of touches. Analysis: Howard Bender

Miles Austin hasn't stood out enough, or even been given the opportunity to stand out, to fully comprehend yet what his role on the Eagles will be this season.

Austin is buried on the depth chart and while some may criticize the Eagles for not giving him enough opportunities to shine in practice, the veteran should know that it is up to him to make his own breaks. With Jordan Matthews and rookie Nelson Agholar leading the way and with Riley Cooper still around, Austin needs to try and take more initiative to try and stand out. Fantasy owners will be able to ignore him in drafts. Analysis: Howard Bender

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said OF Adam Jones (head, neck, wrists) would be evaluated on Friday.

Jones experienced whiplash symptoms after crashing into the outfield wall Thursday, but x-rays on his wrist came back negative. Once he is re-evaluated Friday, should he be cleared to play, the Orioles will then make the decision as to whether to let him play or give him at least a day to rest. Stay tuned for updates when the Orioles release their lineup card.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Giancarlo Stanton is expected to face live pitching in batting practice for the first time Monday.

Stanton will likely return for a limited run in September, but he is going to need some time in the cage to work on his consistency and timing. He's not going to win anyone their fantasy league this year, but you could get a little two-week jolt from him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jose Fernandez (biceps) threw his first bullpen session on Thursday, and said it went extremely well.

The Marlins are hoping to get a couple of starts out of Fernandez this year to continue his work and return from Tommy John surgery. The biceps injury put a damper on the team's original plan with the former Rookie of the Year, but they'll try to get him another start or two at the big league level and then determine an offseason throwing program to "extend" his season a bit. Analysis: Howard Bender

Christian Yelich is continuing to deal with discomfort in his bruised right knee.

Yelich finally returned from the DL, played two games and was back on the bench Thursday. The Marlins are going to continue to ease him back in, and considering that he is still feeling some soreness, he could be rested a lot morte regularly than his fantasy owners would like. With nothing to play for this season, the Marlins are going to put his health first. Analysis: Howard Bender

Odell Beckham has been dominant in practice every day, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.

Well,the beat writer hype was bound to come out of Giants camp once Beckham started up practices, so enjoy it, but take it with a grain of salt. We know he's a spectacular talent and he is considered a first-round draft choice by most, but continue to watch and make sure those hamstrings are healthy. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of walks against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Inciarte has been solid for the Diamondbacks all season, as he is now slashing .298/.332/.397 with four home runs, 36 RBI, 58 runs scored and 13 steals through 403 at-bats. Considering his ability to get on base at a high clip, Inciarte will likely be atop the Diamondbacks lineup for years to come, but he will have to work on his walk rate (19 BB) before gaining lasting fantasy value outside of deep league formats.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Rubby De La Rosa surrendered five runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four batters over five innings against the Cardinals on Thursday.

After allowing only three runs over his previous two starts, De La Rosa took a step backwards on Thursday night as he allowed a nine game-high five runs. He is now sitting 11-6 with a 4.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a 129:50 K:BB rate through 26 starts, but will need to work on both his walks and home runs allowed (27 HR) before becoming a complimentary piece outside of deep league formats. De La Rosa will try to get himself back on track when he takes on the Rockies on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Trevor Rosenthal worked in and out of trouble to earn his 41st save of the season against the Diamondbacks on Thursday

Pitching for the third time in four days Rosenthal was able to record his league-leading 41st save Thursday night in the Cardinals victory. Considering his usage of late, fantasy owners should not expect him to pitch on Friday night barring an extreme circumstance.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Carlos Martinez allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six batters over six innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Martinez is now sitting 13-6 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a 156:54 K:BB rate through 154 2/3 innings as he continues thrive in his first full season in the Cardinals starting rotation. Although he has fallen off slightly in the month of August (4.15 ERA), he is still a must-start in all fantasy formats as long as his strikeout rate remains consistent down the stretch. He will try to earns win No. 14 when he takes on the Nationals on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Tony Cruz went 1-for-4 connecting on his first home run of the season against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Cruz was filling in for Yadier Molina, who was given the night off on Thursday, and was able to contribute to the cause in the Cardinals victory. However, there is no reason to monitor his production considering he has just 83 at-bats on the season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Brandon Moss went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Moss managed to connect on his first home run since being dealt to the Cardinals as he continues to see limited playing time since his move prior to the trade deadline. Unless this performance sparks a power surge, there is no reason he should be rostered outside of NL-only leagues.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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