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Carl Crawford stole his 10th base of the season in a win over the Padres on Sunday.

The stolen base is noteworthy for the fact that it's his first since returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him since late May. Crawford is hitting .261/.295/.389 and appears to be the odd man out in the Dodgers outfield. Until that changes, he can't be trusted in fantasy leagues.
Jul 13 - 11:17 PM

Dee Gordon went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Padres.

It had been seven games since Gordon stole a base, so he was due. He's now got an NL-best 43 steals at the break. The second baseman is batting .292/.344/.398 with nine triples and 52 runs scored on the year, and with Alex Guerrero nowhere to be seen, he'll continue to wreak havoc atop the Dodgers lineup in the second half.
Jul 13 - 11:12 PM

Kenley Jansen worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth inning to earn the save against the Padres on Sunday.

A walk and a single put runners on the corners with one out, but Jansen recovered to strike out Jake Goebbert and Seth Smith to end the threat. Jansen goes into the break with a 3.49 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings. He's third in the National League with 27 saves, and he'll continue to be one of the game's best closers in the second half.
Jul 13 - 11:08 PM

Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Puig's RBI single in the sixth inning ended up being the game's only run. The multi-hit game was his fourth in his last eight games, bringing his season line up to .309/.393/.522. He's also got six doubles and a triple in that span. Puig is one of the most dynamic offensive performers in the game, and he should continue to perform at a high level in the second half.
Jul 13 - 11:02 PM

Tyson Ross struck out nine while allowing one run over seven innings but he was the unlucky loser against the Dodgers on Sunday.

Ross showed off his All-Star form, limiting the Dodgers to one run on six hits and a walk, but his offense failed him yet again. The right-hander is now 7-10 while owning a 2.85 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 126/43 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings. Record aside, Ross arrived in the first half, and the second half should further solidify his place as one of the league's better starters.
Jul 13 - 10:55 PM

Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI in the Twins' 13-5 beatdown of the Rockies on Sunday.

Dozier led off the game with a ground-rule double, and he only got better from there. Dozier hit a solo home run in the eighth and added a three-run homer in the ninth for good measure. This season is shaping up to be Dozier's coming out party -- the second baseman has 18 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 45 RBI and an American League-best 69 runs scored heading into the break.
Jul 13 - 10:49 PM

Justin Morneau went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's loss against the Twins.

If the first baseman is disappointed about not being chosen to the All-Star Game, he's certainly not showing it. Morneau had three hits against his former team, raising his season line to .312/.345/.502. The move to Colorado has revived Morneau's career, and there's no reason to think he'll drop off in the second half.
Jul 13 - 10:43 PM

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three runs scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

The Twins banged out 18 hits on the day, and Plouffe had three of the team's 13 runs scored. He's hitting .245/.317/.409 on the season, and he'll be nothing more than an AL-only option in the second half.
Jul 13 - 10:39 PM
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