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Daily 10 – August 8

No. 10-Cole Hamels looks right at home in his Phillies uniform.  After signing a monster extension with Philadelphia two weeks ago, Hamels reminded everyone Monday night why he commanded such a big pay day. The lefty tossed a five hit shutout against the division rival, Atlanta Braves. 

 

No. 9-Ben Revere wasted no time extending his hitting streak to twenty one games with a first inning single against the Cleveland Indians.  His subsequent at bats were disappointing as the single was his sole hit as he limped to a 1-for-5 performance. 

 

No. 8-Tuesday night was a good night to be a Montero.  Miguel collected three hits, scoring twice while also driving in a pair of runs. Jesus slapped three hits of his own scoring once in an extra inning affair with the Orioles. 

 

No. 7-Jose Valverde snagged save number twenty two on the season despite being roughed up in the ninth by the Yankees.  Valverde surrendered two runs in the final frame but held on to secure the win over the Yankees. 

 

No. 6-After a tough start in his first outing for the Rangers, Ryan Dempster recovered nicely and turned in a quality start against the Red Sox.  Dempster tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball en route to the win.

 

No. 5-If the home run and my vote of confidence yesterday weren’t enough to convince you to get Aramis Ramirez back in to your lineup, the Brewers third baseman followed that up with another long ball on Tuesday.  Ramirez appears to be fine as demonstrated in the 2-for-4 game that saw him drive in two runs. 

 

No. 4-Josh Hamilton collected two hits extending his hitting streak to six games, but his power has been limited of late.  Tuesday marked the eight consecutive gamethat Hamilton has failed to hit a home run. It has been a productive and odd season for the Rangers outfielder.  A preseason alcohol relapse and an early season power surge punctuated by a four home run game have been followed by second half mental lapses and now an effort to quite using tobacco.  Hamilton will need to regroup and avoid anydrama over the last of the season if he hopes to demand the kind of free agent contract that his on field performance typically would command. 

 

No. 3-Johnny Cueto saw his winning streak snapped by the Brewers Tuesday night.  Cueto had won five straight outings before the loss to the Brew Crew.  Cueto still had a solid outing, striking out nine in seven innings while surrendering three earned runs. 

 

No. 2- ‘Hard Hitting” Carlos Quentin has been a good mid-season addition to many fantasy teams. The Padres’ outfielder slapped his twelfth home run of the season despite only playing in fifty-five games. He should continue to be a solid contributor over the final weeks of theseason. 

 

No. 1-Chris Johnson is adapting nicely to his new role with the Diamondbacks.  Johnson is getting regular playing time and has responding by hitting the ball much better than he did when in Houston.  Johnson smacked two home runs against Pittsburgh on Tuesday giving him five home runs in eight games since being traded. 

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