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Christian Yelich (L) Headshot

Yelich went 1-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

The center fielder had a big night overall, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in the opener as the Marlins swept the twin bill. Yelich is now slashing .333/.347/.500 over his last 11 games, pushing his OPS on the season back up to .802.
7:50 am (EST)
Marcell Ozuna (R) Headshot

Osuna homered in each half of Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, going a combined 3-for-8 with two walks, three runs scored and four RBI over both games.

He now sports a .300/.390/.529 slash line in August with five home runs, 11 runs and 16 RBI in 19 games. Ozuna's breakout shows no signs of fading, and his ability to keep slugging and offering support for Giancarlo Stanton will go a long way towards determining whether the Marlins stay afloat in the NL wild-card chase.
7:46 am (EST)
Brad Ziegler (R) Headshot

Ziegler allowed a hit and hit a batter in a scoreless ninth inning during the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader to record his seventh save of the season in a 7-4 win over the Phillies.

His ERA in August remains a pristine 0.00, and Ziegler has yet to blow a save since being entrusted with the closer role following the A.J. Ramos trade. The veteran reliever doesn't offer the strikeout appeal of elite closing options, but with the Marlins trying to stay relevant in the NL wild-card race, he should continue to rack up saves down the stretch.
7:41 am (EST)
Jose Urena (R) Headshot

Urena (12-5) picked up the win in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings while striking out three.

The Marlins staked him to a 6-0 lead after two innings en route to a sweep of the twin bill, so despite the fact the righty needed 101 pitches (64 strikes) to complete the minimum five innings necessary to qualify for a win, the outcome was never in much doubt. Urena has won five of his last seven starts thanks mainly to some impressive run support (7.1 runs per game), but his 3.12 ERA and 1.07 WHIP during that stretch indicate he's more than holding up his end of the bargain. He'll next take the mound Monday on the road against the Nationals.
7:37 am (EST)
Ahmad Brooks Headshot

Brooks has been lining up at left outside linebacker with the first-team defense this preseason, but he isn't a lock to start over Eli Harold as the 49ers look to the future, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

The 33-year-old's track record of success and versatility make him the best fit to start in San Francisco's new 4-3 defense, but the final decision on the left outside linebacker job may not necessarily come down to performance. Harold represents a younger and cheaper option compared to Brooks and his expiring six-year contract. If the veteran holds onto the starting job, he could potentially surpass last year's mark of 53 tackles while serving as a more-traditional linebacker.
7:25 am (EST)
Freddy Galvis (B) Headshot

Manager Pete Mackanin said he wants to start Galvis at shortstop in all remaining games this season, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Galvis has started every game thus far this season, and Mackanin has no plan to pull back on Galvis' playing time even though prospect J.P. Crawford is expected to join the team in September. Galvis has hit .255/.304/.403 with 11 home runs in 474 at-bats this season while playing elite defense at short. He's under control for one more year, and barring a trade, he will force the Phillies to consider other positions for Crawford next season if they want to have both on their major-league roster.
7:17 am (EST)
Austin Hedges (R) Headshot

Hedges went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in a 12-4 rout of the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Hedges has broken out with 16 homers in 92 games in his first full season as a starter in the majors. The 24-year-old's .219 batting average has suppressed his fantasy value, but it is actually a marked improvement over the .161 mark he posted across 161 combined at-bats with the Padres in 2015 and 2016. Hedges has shown an ability to hit for average in the minors, so it isn't inconceivable to think that the youngster can develop into a top-tier fantasy catcher as he enters his prime years if he gets his strikeout rate closer to 20 percent (29.0 K% this season).
7:10 am (EST)
Kaleb Cowart (B) Headshot

Cowart went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in a 10-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old got back on track after going 2-for-22 (.091) in his previous 10 games. Despite his recent struggles, Cowart has slashed a healthy .275/.333/.493 in 25 games while serving on the strong side of a platoon at second base with Cliff Pennington. His fantasy value is limited while stationed at the bottom of the Halos' lineup, but the converted third baseman possesses enough upside to warrant consideration in deeper leagues in which he has acquired second-base eligibility.
6:51 am (EST)
Albert Pujols (R) Headshot

Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI in a 10-1 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

Pujols continues to drive in runs despite carrying a career-low .231 batting average, putting him on pace to reach the century mark in RBI for the 10th time in his illustrious career. While he is no longer a must-own fantasy asset, the aging slugger's solid production in two categories (19 homers and 79 RBI) gives him a niche in deep formats.
6:42 am (EST)
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