Garrett Jones Blasts Two Home Runs

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Garrett Jones stayed hot at the plate on Thursday against the Dodgers as he belted a pair of three-run homers to power the Pirates to a 10-6 victory and allowing them to salvage one game of their four-game series. Jones entered the game just 1-for-13 against Joe Blanton, but Jones took him deep twice on this day. He is enjoying the finest offensive season of his career, hitting .283 with 19 homers and 64 RBI. His career-high for home runs is 21 that he set in 2009 and 2010.

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Jones has been sizzling since the All-Star break, hitting .315 (34-for-108) with seven homers and 27 RBI in 32 games. He is enjoying another solid season for the Pirates and is one homer shy of tying his career-high, so keep him active in NL-Only formats for now.

In other fantasy news…..

  • A.J. Burnett became the first Pirate in 13 years to win 15 games in a season. Todd Ritchie was the last Pirate to do it in 1999. On Thursday, Burnett didn’t have his best stuff, but still earned his 15th win of the season, three shy of his career high. He’ll face the Padres at Petco Park in his next start.
  • It was a good night for a couple of Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. David Price threw seven scoreless innings against the Angels, improving to 16-4 with a 2.39 ERA. Meanwhile, Evan Longoria hit his first home run in nine games since returning from the disabled list.
  • Dan Haren continued his recent struggles, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays.
  • Ryan Braun broke out of his recent slump in a big way on Thursday, blasting a pair of solo home runs off Cliff Lee.
  • Kris Medlen threw the first shutout of his career as he limited the Padres to just five hits over nine brilliant innings. Medlen has been sensational since joining the rotation, allowing just three runs in 25.2 innings.
  • Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young hit back-to-back solo homers in the ninth off Jason Motte to defeat the Cardinals David Hernandez pitched a perfect eight inning to earn the victory and J.J. Putz came in to earn a save for the D’Backs.
  • Chipper Jones blasted a pair of home runs on his bobble-head night, the second of which was his 2,700th career hit.
  • Matt Harvey was impressive on Thursday as he shut down the Reds over 7 2/3 innings. Harvey gave up just one run on four hits. to one run on four hits as the Mets got a much needed victory.
  • Yoenis Cespedes blasted his 15th homer, and is now hitting .301 in an impressive rookie season.