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Brad Hand absolutely dominated the Astros offense on Friday, hurling 7 1/3 shutout innings while allowing just three hits.

Hand punched out four on the night while walking two. The 24-year-old now owns a 4.19 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 36/24 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings on the season. He remains an unattractive fantasy option when he takes on the Nationals at home on Wednesday.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:30:00 PM

Ronald Acuna drew the start in left field and snared his first major league hit while making his debut against the Reds on Wednesday.

The game's top prospect went 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts in his long-awaited debut. He singled in the eighth inning and scored the tying run as the Braves rallied to a victory. He will probably start nearly every day from here on out and could make a fantasy impact right away if he lives up to the hype.
Apr 25 - 10:20 PM

Andrew Miller left Wednesday's game against the Cubs with left hamstring tightness.

Miller threw just two pitches before clutching his leg, and Cleveland didn't hesitate to pull the left-hander from the game. Miller should be considered day-to-day for now, but he'll likely undergo testing to make sure there isn't further damage to the hamstring. Cleveland will likely be extra careful with one of the most important pitchers on the roster.
Apr 25 - 9:40 PM

Francisco Cervelli drove in six of the Pirates’ 10 runs Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.

He reached in four of his five plate appearances, contributing a walk, two singles, a double, a home run and one run scored. Cervelli’s home run was of the three-run variety and came in the third inning off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. He also committed a throwing error but we’re sure Cervelli’s fantasy owners aren’t complaining about his afternoon. Cervelli is now tied with Gary Sanchez for the MLB lead among catchers with 18 RBI.
Apr 25 - 8:21 PM

Miguel Cabrera collected four hits Wednesday in the Tigers’ win over Pittsburgh.

Cabrera provided four of Detroit’s 20 hits in a 13-10 slugfest. His afternoon included a single, three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. Cabrera has erupted over his last seven games, batting .520 with seven RBI during that span. His .329 average for the year ranks 10th-best in the American League.
Apr 25 - 8:18 PM

Jeimer Candelario scored five times while going 3-for-5 Wednesday in the Tigers’ 13-10 win over the Pirates.

Candelario doubled, singled and homered while also reaching base on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error. His lone RBI came in the sixth inning when he launched a solo shot to right field off Pirates reliever Edgar Santana. That was one of four home runs hit by the Tigers on Wednesday. Candelario is beginning his first full season in the big leagues but you wouldn’t know it by the way he’s been hitting. He’s hit .292 in the early going with four round-trippers, six doubles and 11 RBI.
Apr 25 - 8:17 PM

Matt Adams plated six of the Nationals’ 15 runs Wednesday in a win over San Francisco.

Adams entered Wednesday’s action with four RBI for the year. He bettered that in a single afternoon, shredding the Giants for three hits including a three-run homer off Jeff Samardzija. Adams added to the carnage by driving in another two runs in the eighth inning, increasing the Nationals’ lead to 13 (seriously). The three hits Adams provided Wednesday were as many as he had in his previous six games COMBINED. If you were bold enough to use Adams in DFS today, go collect your winnings.
Apr 25 - 7:41 PM

Trea Turner impressed with five hits Wednesday in the Nationals’ blowout win over the Giants.

Turner’s day included four singles, two runs scored, a double and a stolen base. The Nats absolutely slaughtered the Giants in this one, cruising to a season-high 15 runs including six off starter Jeff Samardizja. Wednesday’s outburst raised Turner’s season average from .232 to .267. That’s lower than it should be, though Turner has remained a fantasy asset by collecting 10 steals, which leads the National League.
Apr 25 - 7:38 PM

Jon Gray hurled six shutout frames Wednesday in the Rockies’ win over the Padres.

He racked up 11 punch-outs while allowing just three hits (all singles) and one walk. The right-hander threw 65 of his season-high 101 pitches for strikes. The only time San Diego posed even a remote threat came in the fourth inning when Gray yielded a one-out walk to Carlos Asuaje followed by a single to Wil Myers. The victory ended a three-game slide for Gray, who is now 2-0 against the Padres and 0-4 versus everyone else. The big right-hander will take an ugly 5.79 ERA into his next start Tuesday against the Cubs.
Apr 25 - 7:30 PM

Carlos Correa reached base twice Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Angels.

Correa walked in the fourth inning and later scored on a bases-clearing double by Alex Bregman. He followed that up in the sixth by ripping a double to right field off Halos right-hander Nick Tropeano. In doing so, he extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Correa’s .341 average through 88 at-bats ranks seventh in the American League.
Apr 25 - 6:06 PM

Jose Altuve slugged his first home run of the year Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Angels.

Altuve went hitless with a walk in his other three plate appearances. The reigning AL MVP teed off on Nick Tropeano in the sixth inning, extending Houston’s lead to 4-0 by belting a solo shot to left field. Altuve hasn’t shown much power in the early going—Wednesday’s home run was only his fifth extra-base hit of the year—though he’s still hitting for average with a .333 mark through 102 at-bats.
Apr 25 - 6:05 PM

Justin Verlander gave up four hits and two runs over seven stellar innings Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Angels.

He notched nine strikeouts over his 97 pitches. Verlander had a perfect game going until Zack Cozart broke it up with a two-out single in the fifth inning. He cruised through his first six innings but seemed to run out of gas in the seventh, allowing a solo home run to Albert Pujols and an RBI double to Cozart later in the frame. Including the postseason, Verlander is now 13-1 with a 1.55 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) since joining Houston late last season. Wednesday was the first time the right-hander threw to a catcher other than Brian McCann, who caught all of Verlander’s previous starts with Houston.
Apr 25 - 6:02 PM




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