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Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 8/21/13

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Cabrera, Stanton and more

August 21, 2013

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The mid-week series are in full swing around the MLB, which will lead us into a full weekend of fantasy action. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy stars out there who are making headlines with their on-field play. Here’s the latest from around the league.

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: Stanton seems to be coming out of his funk lately, much to the delight of the fantasy owners who have stuck with him all this time. He’s now hit in seven straight games, thanks to his nice 3-for-5 effort yesterday against the Dodgers. Stanton has five hits so far in the two games of the series. He’s still hitting just .215 this month, but if he can keep it going he’ll do a little late-season good for owners.

Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 8/21/13

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Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants: After a three-game hitless streak, Belt’s lights came back on again in grand fashion. He posted a 3-for-4 outing, missing the cycle by only a home run. August has been his month: he’s hitting .379 so far. Belt and the Giants have one more game against the Red Sox today, then will host the Pirates for a four-game series this weekend. We’ll see if he can stay hot against the potent arms of Pittsburgh’s staff.

Sonny Gray, SP, Oakland Athletics: Gray has been a trending waiver wire pickup over the last several days, and he tossed another gem last night. He went seven innings against the Mariners, allowing two earned on just two hits and striking out seven. Unfortunately, the A’s bullpen mucked things up for him shortly thereafter and he ended up with a no-decision. Still, Gray has allowed just four earned in his three starts, and has gone at least seven innings in the most recent pair. He’ll get another shot at a win in Detroit on Monday.

Jason Grilli, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates: We’ve got an update on Grilli this morning as he continues to progress from his forearm injury. He did some light throwing work off a mound yesterday, his first attempt at elevated tossing since getting hurt late last month. Grilli’s schedule still remains intact: he’ll work himself back gradually and with any luck could make a return late this month or early next month (early September is more likely at this point). He’ll come back to 30 saves, a 2.34 ERA and 66 Ks.

Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit Tigers: Now on to the most worrisome (potential) injury in fantasy. Cabrera appeared to hurt himself during his last at-bat against the Twins last night, grimacing in pain as he swung. Early speculation says he may have re-aggravated his abdomen strain, which has been nagging at him for quite some time. We’ll have to wait and see what the team says about it, though. Cabrera owners will need to keep a close watch on any news out of Detroit today to see if they’ll need to do some roster tinkering for the evening games.

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