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Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on A-Rod, Strasburg and more

August 6, 2013

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It was a relatively quiet evening on the diamond last night, with many MLB teams taking a day off in preparation for their early-week series. The fantasy world never takes a day off, however, and as a result we’ve got some fresh updates for you this morning. Let’s take a closer look at a few players who are making headlines right now.

Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees: Yesterday was an eventful day for those players involved in the Biogenesis debacle, with Rodriguez receiving the harshest penalty of all (211 games, which would last for the rest of this year and all of next). He’s appealing the suspension, and will be able to play while the process plays out--and that could take weeks. Rodriguez went 1-for-4 in his debut yesterday, and he’s worth a pickup for those in need of help at the hot corner.

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R.A. Dickey, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Dickey had another nice outing yesterday against the Mariners. He went 7 2/3 and allowed just one earned while striking out five. Over his past two starts, Dickey has allowed just the one earned run and is 1-0, raising his season-long record to 9-11. He’ll toss again on Sunday against the A’s.

Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox: Let’s head back to that Yankees-White Sox game for a moment and check in on Ramirez. He had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run. Ramirez has now hit in six of the last nine games, with three multi-hit outings mixed into that stretch. He’s hitting a decent .283 on the season, with 45 runs and 23 steals.

Jonathan Villar, SS, Houston Astros: The young Villar will be getting plenty of waiver wire attention today following his excellent outing against the Red Sox. He went 2-for-2 in the game, adding three steals to his line as well. That makes nine runs and nine steals so far in his first 14 games. Villar won’t offer much otherwise, as he’s hitting just .216, but if you need some low-end swipes, he’s your guy.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Strasburg had to take yet another no-decision yesterday against the Braves, even though he pitched pretty well. The Nats ace lasted seven innings, allowing two earned and striking out nine. He hasn’t been able to record a win since July 7, but the stat line is encouraging--he’s had some stinkers lately. Strasburg will throw again Sunday at home against the Phillies.

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