Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a home run (6) on Friday night against the Rays.

After missing nearly a month of action, A-Rod returned on Thursday night to an 0-for-4 night at the dish with two strikeouts. After properly shaking off the rust, he launched a solo shot into the left-center alley, performing yet another bat flip – his second in three nights – appearing to have added a new swagger to his game. Fantasy owners will love to see his power streak continue, even if his average doesn’t fully recover going forward.
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Chris Archer went eight innings, allowed four runs (1 earned) on four hits and three walks, while he struck out seven on Friday night against the Yankees.

It’s been a really rough season for Archer, so despite his four runs allowed – with only one earned mind you – on Friday night, it was nice to see him power through eight innings with full support of the coaching staff. Hopefully – despite the losing effort – this was the turning point of Archer’s season, as he showed a lot of leadership to battle the way that he did on Friday night.
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Masahiro Tanaka went seven innings, allowed zero runs on two hits, while he struck out four in a win on Friday night against the Rays.

Despite the serious elbow concerns, Tanaka continues to get the job done as the Yankees true ace, as he again registered a quality start and lowered his ERA to 2.89 on the season. The win improved his record to 3-0 on the season, while the shutout was his second on the campaign. With a general’s mentality and the strength to power through a legitimate elbow ligament concern, fantasy owners can feel comfortable with Tanaka on their staff going forward throughout the rest of the season.
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J.J. Hardy (left foot fracture) is no longer wearing a boot.

Hardy has been on he disabled list since May 3rd and its definitely a good sign that he is no longer wearing boot as he will likely begin baseball activities soon. The Orioles have not placed a timetable on his potential return to the lineup.
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Greg Garcia went 1-for-2 with a home run (2), one RBI, two runs scored and two walks during Friday’s game against the Nationals.

With Matt Carpenter out, Garcia drew the start and hit leadoff and did not disappoint. He reached base four times including his second home run. The 26-year old is off to an insane start to his season notching eight hits in 13 at-bats and has an insane 1.916 OPS. It’s unrealistic to think he can keep this up or he’d be the greatest player the games ever seen, but Garcia could be picked up while he continues to draw starts and perform at a high level.
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Aaron Blair will start Saturday against the Marlins.

Blair really struggled in his first go around with the Braves, going 0-3 with a 7.59 ERA over his first five starts. After a brief demotion Blair will be called back up to face the Marlins on Saturday. Despite his prospect status Blair should be avoided in all formats this weekend.
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Stephen Piscotty went 1-for-4 with a grand slam (6), four RBI and a run scored during Friday’s game against the Nationals.

With one swing of the bat Piscotty drove in four runs and ended up being the difference in Friday’s game. Piscotty is having an excellent 2016 campaign, hitting .324 and a .395 on-base percentage. If Piscotty were to stay on this current pace, he’d end the season with 20 homers and 99 RBI. He’s been great in fantasy and is showing no signs of slowing down.
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Jamie Garcia allowed two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four over seven innings during Friday’s outing against the Nationals.

Garcia bounced back nicely after lasting just 2.1 innings in his last start by throwing seven innings and allowing just two runs. After getting off to a quick start in the strikeout department, Garcia has reverted back to his old ways notching copious amounts of ground balls. He’s recorded 10 or more groundball outs in five straight games and seven times in 10 contests this season. He’s still a very valuable fantasy commodity despite the lower number of K’s and more groundballs.
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Danny Espinosa went 1-for-4 with a home run (5), an RBI and a run scored during Friday’s game against the Cardinals.

Espinosa has just snuck over the “Mendoza Line” in the last two games thanks to a home run in back-to-back outings. Espinosa’s problem has been his inability to put the ball in play with any sort of consistency. He’s struck out 41 times in 48 games and has only walked 15 times. He has no fantasy value despite his versatility to play multiple positions.
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