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Yasmany Tomás Headshot

Tomas (hip) went 0-for-4 with a walk in Friday's 4-2 win over the Brewers in 10 innings.

Tomas had been held out of the lineup the previous two games with the sore hip, but played nine innings in left field without issue Friday before being lifted in the bottom half of the 10th for Gregor Blanco. The 26-year-old's season-best seven-game hitting streak might have come to an end, but fantasy owners have to be happy that the hip issue didn't end up forcing him to disabled list.
9:48 am (EST)
Avisail García Headshot

Garcia went 3-for-5 with a three-run double in Friday's 8-2 win over Detroit.

Garcia entered Friday without a hit in his previous 14 plate appearances, the longest stretch of futility he's experienced in what has been a breakout season for the outfielder. More than a quarter of the way through the season, Garica is slashing .341/.385/.576 with eight homers and 37 RBI. There might be temptation to view this 45-game stretch as an anomaly, but he's just 26-years-old and players develop on different schedules. This could be the beginning of what becomes a productive career for the one-time highly regarded prospect.
9:47 am (EST)
Jim Johnson Headshot

Johnson struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Friday to notch his 10th save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Giants.

The veteran closer returned to form after blowing his third save of the year in his last appearance Tuesday. Johnson is entrenched at the head of the Braves' bullpen, but with the club going nowhere in the NL East he could be an attractive trade target for a contender later in the year.
9:45 am (EST)
A.J. Ramos Headshot

Ramos pitched one-third of an inning on Friday, recording his fifth save of the season.

It took Ramos only one pitch to seal the deal in this contest and record his fifth save of the season. Save chances have come few and far between for the closer, so fantasy owners will take them any way they can get them. He now has a 5.28 ERA to go along with a 1.57 WHIP on the season, but most of the damage against him has come in non-save situations. He's converted all five of his save opportunities on the campaign and has a firm hold on the closer's role.
9:43 am (EST)
Jorge De La Rosa Headshot

De La Rosa struck out two batters in his lone inning of relief, but gave up a solo home run and walked a batter in Friday's 4-2 win over the Brewers in extra innings.

With the Diamondbacks' clinging to a 1-0 lead entering the seventh inning, De La Rosa served up the equalizer to Jett Bandy and was charged with a blown save as a result. The veteran lefty, who has regularly worked as a starter in previous seasons, has been one of manager Torey Lovullo's most trusted options out of the bullpen in 2017, but he's stumbled of late, conceding at least one run in three consecutive appearances. With De La Rosa already having racked up 20 appearances less than a third of the way through the season, Lovullo may look to scale back the 36-year-old's workload in the short term.
9:42 am (EST)
Tyler Flowers Headshot

Flowers went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's 2-0 win over the Giants.

It's his third multi-hit performance in his last four starts, and Flowers has a .333/.455/.528 slash line over his last 10 games with two homers, five RBI and six runs. He remains in a timeshare with Kurt Suzuki, but if Flowers keeps hitting that workload split could begin to tilt in his favor.
9:42 am (EST)
Jaime García Headshot

Garcia (2-3) tossed 6.2 scoreless innings Friday, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out five, in a 2-0 win over the Giants.

He also drove in the game-winning run with a two-out single in the seventh inning. Garcia's 3.58 ERA and 1.27 WHIP are now the lowest they've been all season, and the lefty will try to keep things rolling Wednesday on the road against the Angels.
9:39 am (EST)
T.J. McFarland Headshot

McFarland pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to capture the win Friday in the Diamondbacks' 4-2 victory over the Brewers in 10 innings. He gave up one walk and struck out a batter.

McFarland had a brief stint on the disabled list earlier this month due to an ankle issue, but he returned last weekend and has looked strong in three appearances. The left-hander is expected to work in long relief or low-leverage situations more often than not, so he shouldn't be in line for holds on a regular basis.
9:38 am (EST)
Hanser Alberto Headshot

Alberto (shoulder) played seven innings at shortstop and went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in an extended spring training game Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Alberto and Adrian Beltre (calf), who have both been sidelined all season, comprised the left side of the infield in Friday's game, but it's believed that Beltre is further along in his recovery and will be in store for a quicker activation from the disabled list. Once Alberto demonstrates in rehab games in the minors that he's capable of playing all over the diamond and that the right shoulder tightness isn't compromising his hitting, he'll likely rejoin the Rangers and work in a utility role.
9:33 am (EST)
Melky Cabrera Headshot

Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 8-2 win over Detroit.

Cabrera's average had fallen to .234 and his ISO to .076 just a few days ago, but he's improved both numbers after going 6-for-13 with two homers, six RBI and four runs scored over the last three games. Fantasy owners are right to be patient with Cabrera who is under-performing his career marks, but they should also be cognizant that the soon-to-be 33-year-old is leaving his prime years. And as an older player on a rebuilding team, Cabrera is a prime candidate to be traded, perhaps to a contending team that may need him to start nightly.
9:32 am (EST)
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