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Brock Holt finished 5-for-6 with a home run and two runs scored against the Astros on Sunday.

Holt put an exclamation point on a breakout first half, hitting his third home run of the season to go with four singles. The 26-year-old has been a revelation for the Red Sox this season, batting .327/.371/.463 and serving as the team's primary leadoff hitter. Look for him to continue his strong season in the second half.
Jul 13 - 7:08 PM

Todd Frazier hit his 19th home run of the season, a two-run blast, as the Reds bested the Pirates 6-3 on Sunday.

The homer was Frazier's second in as many days, and it was his only hit in five at-bats. His 19 home runs are fourth-most in the National League at the break, and he's also among the league leaders in runs scored (57) and slugging percentage. Perhaps no player had a bigger breakout in the first half -- Frazier will take a .290/.353/.500 line with 14 stolen bases and 53 RBI into the second half.
Jul 13 - 6:56 PM

Neil Walker hit his 13th home run in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Walker drove in two on the afternoon, bringing in a run with a groundout in the fourth inning before blasting the solo shot in the sixth. He's got a good shot at setting a career best in home runs this year -- his 16 homers in 2013 are the current record -- and he owns a .271/.342/.444 line heading into the second half.
Jul 13 - 6:52 PM

Devin Mesoraco had two hits and walked twice, reaching base in all four plate appearances, in Sunday's win over the Pirates.

Mesoraco scored on Kristopher Negron's three-run homer in the second inning, and he delivered an RBI double in the fifth. It wraps up what's been a breakout first half for the 26-year-old, as he garnered his first All-Star nomination with a .304/.375/.609 line.
Jul 13 - 6:48 PM

Aroldis Chapman struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning Sunday, earning his 21st save against the Pirates.

The dominant left-hander has now struck out 60 batters in 29 2/3 innings of work this year. He's converted all five save chances in July after blowing his last chance of June, and Chapman owns a 2.12 ERA and 0.78 WHIP overall. He'll continue to be a top-flight fantasy option in the second half.
Jul 13 - 6:45 PM

Francisco Liriano was wild in his return to the mound Sunday, walking six while allowing three runs over four innings against the Reds.

In his first start since June 10 due to a strained oblique, Liriano was a mixed bag. The six walks were a negative, but he gave up just three hits and struck out four over his four innings of work. Liriano struggled to a 4.72 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in the first half that included the oblique injury, so he'll look for a better showing in the season's second half.
Jul 13 - 6:42 PM

Johnny Cueto finished the first half on a high note, allowing three runs over six innings in a win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Cueto gave up five hits, including a Neil Walker home run, while walking two in the outing. He also struck out seven to run his season total to 141 in 143 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 10-6 with a stellar 2.13 ERA and 0.89 WHIP heading into the All-Star break, and he's won five of his last six decisions.
Jul 13 - 6:38 PM

Jarrod Dyson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Tigers.

Getting his fifth straight start, Dyson drove in a run with a groundout in the Royals' five-run seventh inning. He also had two singles and stole his 18th base of the year. The speedy outfielder is batting .293/.348/.340 heading into the break, and he'll continue to see plenty of playing time as the Royals' fourth outfielder going forward.
Jul 13 - 6:34 PM
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