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Waiver Wire: Don't forget about the other Davis

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A lesson should probably have been learned from last week's touting of Jake Arrieta, but screw it -- with a handful of my Fantasy teams clawing to get into the top three, I'm all about the gamble right now.

I've added Daisuke Matsuzaka in several Roto leagues.

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I'm not doing this in Head-to-Head points formats because playoffs are a different beast than just chipping away at a bunch of separate categories over the next month in hopes of getting enough stats to make a run in the standings. This is a pure Roto play.

We last saw Matsuzaka in an emergency spot start for the Mets on Aug. 23, giving up five runs in five innings and striking out four. He threw 86 pitches, his fastball averaged about 88 to 89 mph and he gave up two home runs.

But there were some encouraging signs. Often plagued with control issues, Matsuzaka only walked one batter. And after the second inning (once all five runs had been scored), Matsuzaka was perfect, firing three frames of 1-2-3 baseball. Additionally, he was facing the Tigers, who have the second-most runs scored in baseball this year, as well as the best batting average and OBP.

I don't care what he did Wednesday night against the Phillies; it won't change the fact that Matsuzaka -- owned in 3 percent of leagues -- has two starts next week and a good amount of my Roto teams could use two chances at a win, as well as a boost in strikeouts.

The Big Leaps

Khris Davis, OF, Brewers (63 percent ownership, up from 19)

Khris Davis has been a man on a mission since his mid-July recall from the minors. In 27 games (17 of which he started), Davis is hitting .343 with eight home runs, five doubles and a steal. He's also sporting a 1.170 OPS.

The power output shouldn't come as a big surprise -- Davis has hit double-digit homers in each of his last four minor league seasons, including the last two, in which he was kept below 275 at-bats in each (260 in 2012, 243 in 2013).

Davis is a little erratic in batting average and OBP, and his steals output is unpredictable, but in a late-season, no-pressure role (replacing Ryan Braun on a Brewers team well out of the playoff hunt), Davis could be a nice addition to a Fantasy team. I'd be a little reluctant to start him a 12-team standard roster in the middle of the playoffs, just because this could have a bit of Yuniesky Betancourt flavor to it. But Davis has produced enough in the majors to start in a Roto league and makes for a nice addition to a team's bench in a shallower league, in case injury strikes a starter.

Carlos Ruiz, C, Phililes (42 percent ownership, up from 27)

Ruiz started the season serving out a PED suspension (more of the amphetamine nature than steroid), which pushed his value down significantly -- especially in 12-team Head-to-Head leagues, where you only really need one catcher and can add and drop at will using the wire if anything goes awry. After a brief, unspectacular return in late April, Ruiz found himself sidelined again in mid-May, forced to the DL with a hamstring injury. Batting .235 at the time, Ruiz became a forgotten man, left to toil in the free agent waters.

Fast forward to August and Ruiz is back to form. In 22 games this month, he is hitting .342 with three home runs, six doubles and a .916 OPS. His .278 average fits his career lines much better than his early season .240s, and Ruiz is getting his slugging and OBP totals up to where they should be.

With the Phillies out of the playoff hunt, Ruiz -- who will be a free agent after the season -- is playing for a new contract. The 34-year-old has incentive to finish the year on a high note and could be a nice addition to a Fantasy team in need of a steady presence at catcher. Owned in 42 percent of leagues, Ruiz -- who has gotten MVP votes in each of the last three seasons -- is an underrated option for the rest of 2013.

AL-only fun

Danny Duffy, SP, Royals (11 percent ownership)

In a year where seemingly every pitcher returning from Tommy John surgery has hit some sort of snag (Brandon Beachy, Ryan Madson, Daniel Hudson), Danny Duffy has quietly re-entered the scene without much attention and has worked his way back into the Royals rotation with the team still technically in the postseason mix.

At 24 years old, Duffy hasn't had the chance to "wow" at the major league level -- his 3.90 ERA and 9.1 K/9 over six starts last year were impressive, but had to be somewhat marred by the elbow injury. In the minors, though, Duffy was a borderline stud. His K/9 was sub-10.0 just one season of his five, pre-surgery. Despite having a 4.04 ERA this season, his career ERA in the minors is still 2.88. And he's been great recently -- in his last 10 minor league appearances Duffy has a 2.76 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings.

We've seen Duffy twice this season -- in 9 2/3 innings, spanning two starts -- and he's been excellent, with a 1.86 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, striking out 10 batters. With a return to the rotation, Duffy becomes a slam-dunk AL-only play and has value in 12-team Roto leagues and deeper dynasty formats, as well. Take advantage of other owners dialing out for the season and snatch up Duffy where you can. He should be good for nice ERA and WHIP, with a K/9 nearing the 9.5-10 zone.

NL-only fun

Tyler Moore, OF, Nationals (2 percent ownership)

Just looking at Tyler Moore's stats this year does little for you -- he's hitting .214 in 131 at-bats, with three home runs and six doubles. But much of that ugliness came earlier in the season, when Moore was playing sparingly and not afforded regular at-bats.

After heading back down to Triple-A, where Moore hit .318 with 10 home runs and 14 doubles over 173 at-bats, the 26-year-old was recalled a couple weeks ago. He's been a man possessed since, starting six games and getting multiple hits in five of them. Over that six-game span, Moore is hitting .480 with a 1.000 OPS. He's still playing somewhat sparingly, but with the team essentially out of the postseason, Moore can slot in at first and give Washington's starters occasional days of rest in the outfield, as well. He has a ton of power (Moore hit 31 home runs in two straight minor league campaigns) and has kept an average above .300 the last two seasons.

Moore will still see days off, but as the season winds down, the Nationals should play him plenty, if for no other reason than to see what they have in this would-be power hitting outfielder/first baseman.

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by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:09 am ET) Royals pitcher Jason Vargas is scheduled to return from the disabled list on Tuesday to start for the injured Danny Duffy, according to the Kansas City Star.

Vargas, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a strained felxor muscle, will have a 75-pitch limit in his start against the Yankees, manager Ned Yost said on Monday.

Vargas has not thrown in a game since May 5 when he suffered the injury and currently holds a 3-1 record with a 5.26 ERA in 25 2/3 innings of work. The Royals are currently the underdogs (+105) against New York.


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by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:58 am ET) It wasn't long ago that Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver was dealing with a 0-4 start to the season. His ERA stood at 6.29 through his first six starts and his fastball velocity was sitting around 83 mph.

However, days after falling to 0-4 following a May 3 start against the Giants, Weaver began to iron out some mechanical issues, according to MLB.com. He focused on keeping his head "on the target" and throwing through his across-the-body delivery, rather than "pulling off" and not having a direct line to home plate.

The results have been pretty good since fixing the flaws in his delivery. He threw a complete-game shutout May 8 against the Astros to pick up his first win. He is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last four starts, lowering his ERA to 4.06.

"My front side was kind of erratic and I wanted to clean that up," Weaver said. "But my front side has been a lot better, which leads to a better arm slot, so everything's coming out of the same slot now. It's a good feeling."


Rays' Cash: Logan Forsythe will start at 1B with James Loney out
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(9:34 am ET) Utility infielder Logan Forsythe will be the Rays starting first baseman with James Loney sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken finger, manager Kevin Cash told reporters Monday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Cash added Rene Rivera and Tim Beckham will fill in at first base as needed.

Forsythe started at first base Monday against the Mariners and hit his fifth home run of the season. He has a .323/.379/.527/.906 slash line in his last 25 games.


Cards' Mozeliak: We will know more about Gonzales' status Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:21 am ET) Cardinals starting pitcher prospect Marco Gonzales will undergo medical tests Tuesday to determine what is the cause of the recurring soreness in and around his left shoulder, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"We’ll know a lot more on Marco (on Tuesday)," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. "At that point we’ll make a decision on what that next step will look like. … Any time you have a pitcher who is feeling discomfort especially in the shoulder or elbow areas it always sends up a flag so hopefully we’ll get good news, but we’ll see."

The highly touted prospect is on the disabled list in the minors for the second time this season with pain in his biceps/shoulder area. He is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Memphis.


Fastball, slider fueling Blue Jays SP Drew Hutchison's turnaround
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:14 am ET) Following Monday's complete-game shutout against the White Sox, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison has a 2.36 ERA and .220 opponents' batting average in his last four starts. It's been a nice turnaround after he posted an 8.88 ERA and .327 opponents' batting average in his previous five starts.

"It started with my fastball command that night (in Houston on May 14)," Hutchison said, per Sportsnet.ca. "I was able to hit down and away real consistent and then the last three innings that game I found my slider, and I feel like I’ve done a good job of repeating that and making good pitches and executing quality pitches in the zone, not just falling behind and throwing pitches in the zone.

"There’s a difference, and I feel like I’ve done a better job of that lately."


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"I wasn't playing much," Cron said, per MLB.com. "Obviously when you're not playing, you're doing something wrong, and the opportunity is not there for you to just prove you belong. I knew in the recent stretch there was a chance [of getting optioned].

"When you're getting at-bats every once in a while, it's hard to get your timing right. That's what I'm going down for, to get better timing and to start swinging like I know I can."

The team plans to call up outfielder Grant Green, sources told MLB.com. Green is 2 for 6 in three games for the Angels this season.


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Cowgill suffered the injury during batting practice Sunday and he has missed the last two games. He is considered day to day.


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(12:33 am ET) Padres outfielder Will Venable accounted for two RBI in Monday evening's 4-3 loss to the Angels. 

Venable went 1 for 3 from the plate and hit a two-run single in the seventh inning that scored Jedd Gyorko and Yangervis Solarte. Venable also drew a walk during the game. 

For Venable, he now has 10 RBI this season. 

Venable has a batting average of .444 in his past five games. For the season, he holds a slash line of .293/.361/.467.


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The single was his only hit in five at-bats during the game. It was his 17th career walkoff hit and first this season. The Padres intentionally walked Mike Trout to get to Pujols.

Prior to his one-hit game Monday, Pujols was hitting .259 with two home runs in his last seven games.


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