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Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/12

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Craig, Strasburg and more

August 12, 2013

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It’s the start of a new work week, and although that sounds bad, at least we get some brand new series all across the MLB. Those new games will bring plenty of fantasy considerations, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on what’s happening around the league. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names out there. Here’s the latest.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Remember those days when Strasburg had a short leash in regard to innings? Well, the leash has officially grown longer it seems. He tossed his first career complete game yesterday, notching a shutout against the Phillies. It was a dominating performance, with 10 strikeouts and four hits over just 99 pitches. Strasburg (6-9) definitely needed the win, as he hadn’t recorded a W since July 7. He’ll try to make it two in a row in Atlanta on Saturday.

Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/12

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Mariano Rivera, RP, New York Yankees: Now, on to one of the stranger developments from yesterday’s MLB games. Rivera blew his third save in a row after coming on in the ninth against the Tigers, allowing home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. The Yankees offense bailed him out in the bottom of the inning, however, and he managed to snag a win. Rivera has now allowed five earned runs in his past three appearances. If it were anyone else, we’d start getting worried, but he should be okay moving forward.

Allen Craig, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Craig had a nice outing yesterday against the Cubs, and he helped end the Cardinals’ losing skid. He finished 3-for-3 in the 8-4 win, posting two runs and an RBI. That makes 87 RBI on the year for Craig, and that goes along with a nice .319 BA and 11 homers. He’s been a great pickup for fantasy owners thus far. Next up is a big series against the Pirates this week. That starts tomorrow.

Alex Rios, OF, Texas Rangers: If the Rangers knew Rios would be doing this well when he joined their club, they’d have traded for him a long time ago. He tallied another nice outing yesterday against the Astros, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI. That makes four hits, three runs and two RBI in Rios’ first two games in Texas. The Rangers have one more game in Houston today before they head back home to face Milwaukee.

Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City Royals: After suffering something of a drought earlier this month, Gordon seems to have found his stroke. He tallied a 3-for-4 performance yesterday against the Red Sox, including a homer, a pair of RBI and a steal. That makes eight hits, three homers and six RBI in the last five games for Gordon, who has hinted at some monster potential this season. We’d like to see his season BA a little higher (.267), but on the whole he’s been pretty darn good.

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