Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, two runs scored and a walk against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
The step forward that Stanton has taken this year has been absolutely outstanding for his fantasy owners and is much more representative of our expectations over the last few seasons. It's difficult to imagine him remaining a .295 hitter, but with the maintenance of his 14-plus-percent walk rate and a steady three-year decline in strikeouts, perhaps the notion is too far-fetched. The bottom line though is that the power is there and now suddenly there's some plate discipline too. While it was nice of him to say that he would like to stay in Miami, the only way that's going to happen is if he leaves money on the table. A contract like he will command will have to come from somewhere else, and when it does, we're hoping it's in a home with a much more hitter-friendly ballpark.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Bobby Parnell's velocity was up to 94-95 MPH in his rehab appearance on Thursday.
Parnell conceded eight runs in his first 6 1/3 rehab innings. He's been lights out lately, with his velocity trending in the right direction. He's on the road to recovery from Tommy John, and it often takes pitchers time before their velocity, control and feel return. Parnell's velocity had dropped substantially before the UCL tear was announced last season, so it's a nice sign that he's throwing hard once again. Analysis: Spencer Silva