Grady Sizemore went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Nationals.
Sizemore has done nothing but hit since joining the Phillies. Thursday's outing brings his slash line up to .328/.359/.459 in 64 plate appearances. He has a home run and five RBI to go along with it. The Phillies can still trade Marlon Byrd at any point in August, but until then, Sizemore will be sharing playing time in left and center field with Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, respectively.
Jimmy Rollins had a three-hit night at the plate along with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases in five trips to the plate in Thursday's win against the Nationals.
Rollins now has 21 stolen bases on the season, leaving him five home runs shy of a 20/20 season. The 35-year-old has been more than adequate, slashing .245/.325/.409 with 49 RBI.
Gio Gonzalez didn't make it out of the fourth inning, allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings, as he took his seventh loss of the season on Thursday against the Phillies.
It's the second time in his last three starts that Gonzalez couldn't escape the fourth. The Phillies more or less singled Gonzalez to death, racking up eight hits in total along with a walk. The lefty only struck out two. Gonzalez will take a 3.88 ERA into Tuesday's home start against the Mets.
Ben Revere finished with four hits and a stolen base in six at-bats as the Phillies handily defeated the Nationals on Thursday.
Thursday's game didn't start off so well, as Cliff Lee quickly exited with an injury, but Revere did his best out of the lead-off spot to ensure a victory. It's Revere's third four-hit game of the season, and the stolen base brings him up to 30 on the season in 34 opportunities. Acknowledging his total lack of power, Revere has done his job at the plate thus far, slashing .306/.326/.366.
Andrelton Simmons aggravated a nagging right shoulder injury during Wednesday's game.
It's not clear when he first injured the shoulder, but it doesn't appear to be a concern. Simmons was back in the lineup Thursday and will continue to play through the ailment. "He's fine," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He got some treatment last night on his shoulder, but he's fine. If [the trainers] tell me there's more than that, then I would definitely not play him. But, he's fine."
Greg Holland ran his save total up to 29 after working a perfect ninth inning as the Royals defeated the Twins 6-3 on Thursday.
It was Holland's 18th 1-2-3 inning of the season in 42 appearances. Fernando Rodney converted his 30th save on Thursday, so Holland remains one off of the American League lead. Holland is 29-for-31 in save opportunities with a 1.77 ERA and a 61/12 K/BB ratio.
David Buchanan is expected to be recalled next week to take Cliff Lee's (elbow) spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Buchanan was the most logical candidate and just happened to pitch at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. He's posted a 4.40 ERA over 10 starts in the majors this season and can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Danny Santana led off Thursday's game with a home run and later walked, but the Twins fell to the Royals on Thursday.
Santana greeted Royals starter Ervin Santana coldly, taking him out to right field to begin the ballgame. The outfielder has been productive at the plate since rejoining the team to begin the second half, having hit six extra-base hits in his last 53 plate appearances. Overall, he's slashing .313/.347/.467 with four home runs, 22 RBI, and six stolen bases.