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8/23/2016 Grégory Polanco, Pit, RF
Polanco hit two home runs and went 3 for 4 to lead the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Analysis: It was Polanco's second two-home run game of his three-year career. The other was July 4 at St. Louis. The right fielder hit a combined 19 homers in his first two seasons. ''I guess I'm getting stronger,'' Polanco said. ''My swing is getting better, shorter and quicker. Experience, too. The more swings you take, the better you get every day.''
8/23/2016 Iván Nova, Pit, P
Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter to lead the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Nova struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts with the Pirates. It was the fourth complete game of the right-hander's seven-year career with the others coming in 2013. He's walked only one batter thus far with Pittsburgh.
8/23/2016 Reynaldo López, Was, P
Lopez yielded six runs, four earned, and seven hits in 2 2/3 rocky innings as the Nationals lost 8-1 to the Orioles on Tuesday.

Analysis: Lopez had surrendered only two earned runs while going seven innings in each of his previous two starts, though both came against woeful Atlanta.
8/23/2016 Trea Turner, Was, 2B
Turner had a career-high four hits for Washington in the Nationals' 8-1 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.

Analysis: Turner is hitting .323 with an impressive .581 slugging percentage in August.
8/23/2016 Adam Jones, Bal, CF
Jones went 4 for 5 and the Baltimore Orioles breezed past the Washington Nationals 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Jones hadn't had a multi-hit game in his last nine, posting a .171 average in that stretch.
8/23/2016 Kevin Gausman, Bal, P
Gausman scattered six hits over six shutout innings and the Baltimore Orioles breezed past the Washington Nationals 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Gausman improved to 5-1 at home, though he's 0-9 on the road. He has a 3.03 ERA in five August outings.
8/23/2016 R.A. Dickey, Tor, P
Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Analysis: Dickey, who allowed two runs, is 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in his last four starts.
8/23/2016 Russell Martin, Tor, C
Martin had three hits and two RBIs on Tuesday.

Analysis: He is batting .469 with 13 home runs in his last eight games.
8/23/2016 Chris Tillman, Bal, P
Tillman appears headed to the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder.

Analysis: After having his last start pushed back three days, Tillman gave up six runs in two innings against Houston on Saturday. He and manager Buck Showalter insisted the right-hander's shoulder wasn't an issue, but now there's no question about it. After Tuesday's game against Washington, Showalter said: ''I think he's going to be on the disabled list.''
8/23/2016 Neil Walker, NYM, 2B
Walker is away from the team during its series in St. Louis because his wife is expecting.

Analysis: Walker is set to return Friday against the Phillies.
8/23/2016 Gregor Blanco, SF, LF
Blanco was placed on the DL due to a right shoulder impingement.

Analysis: Blanco's actual return date is uncertain, though he isn't much of a fantasy option at this point.
8/23/2016 Craig Kimbrel, Bos, P
Kimbrel struck out two on the way to his 23rd save in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.

Analysis: Kimbrel has been outstanding of late, posting an 0.96 ERA while converting all six save opportunities in his last nine appearances.
8/23/2016 Clay Buchholz, Bos, P
Buchholz allowed one run and five hits while striking out a season-high nine over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.

Analysis: The veteran right-hander, in the midst of a disappointing season, has given up two runs over 12 1/3 innings in his last two starts.
8/23/2016 Corey Dickerson, TB, LF
Dickerson went 2 for 3 and scored a run in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Analysis: Dickerson has heated up of late, going 9 for 24 (.375) with two homers, three doubles and five RBIs in his last eight games.
8/23/2016 Andrew Benintendi, Bos, LF
Benintendi finished with his third two-hit game in his last five as Boston topped the Rays on Tuesday.

Analysis: Benintendi has given the Red Sox a nice boost, batting .323 with 10 RBIs in his 20 games. He's also made some spectacular plays defensively.
8/23/2016 Scott Kazmir, LAD, P
The Dodgers have placed left-handers Brett Anderson and Kazmir on the disabled list, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox for the major league record with 27 players on the DL this season.

Analysis: Kazmir is out with neck inflammation after pitching a season-low 2 2/3 innings Monday in a 19-8 win over Cincinnati.
8/23/2016 Brett Anderson, LAD, P
The Dodgers have placed Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the disabled list, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox for the major league record with 27 players on the DL this season.

Analysis: Anderson has a blister on his left index finger. He has totaled four innings over two starts and has a 24.75 ERA since returning from back surgery.
8/23/2016 Jonathon Niese, NYM, P
Niese was lifted from New York's game against the St. Louis Cardinals four batters into the bottom of the first inning Tuesday due to left knee pain.

Analysis: The Mets later announced that Niese had the ailment previously but did not feel anything wrong while warming up. After the game, multiple media outlets reported that Niese is headed for the disabled list, with New York calling up reliever right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster spot.
8/23/2016 Shawn Tolleson, Tex, P
Tolleson has been moved to the 60-day DL with a back issue and will not pitch the rest of the season.

Analysis: Tolleson endured a rough season, going 2-2 with a 7.68 ERA in 37 games and losing his closer role.
8/23/2016 Anthony Swarzak, NYY, P
The Yankees have placed Swarzak on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

Analysis: The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.90 ERA in 25 appearances as a middle reliever for New York, so therefore carries no fantasy relevance.
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