Hanley Ramirez Continues Hot Streak

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Hanley Ramirez won the batting title in 2009 and the way he looks at the plate these days resembles that kind of production. Ramirez has not played alot this year, but when he has been able to play, he has been really good. Ramirez singled and hit a two-run homer in Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the Giants. In 2009, three years after his Rookie of the Year season, Ramirez batted .342. Then, the mileage started catching up to him with multiple injuries that consisted of shoulder, lower back pain, and most recently hamstring issues. But those injuries are quickly becoming old news and Ramirez is looking like that guy that won the batting title four years ago. Ramirez has a hit in each of his last eight games and has four home runs while driving in 10 runs over that stretch. Overall, he’s now batting .361 with five homers and 13 RBI over 61 at-bats this season. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Rickie Weeks went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in the Brewers 9-3 win over the Cubs on Tuesday. Weeks is official hot and the opportunity to buy low on him has passed. When Weeks is on a tear like he is now, there are not many better options for fantasy owners.
  • Chris Tillman held the Indians to just three runs over seven innings as the Orioles won 6-3. Tillman never seems to be dominant, but he is able to find a way to consistently turn in solid starts for the O's . Last night, he earned his ninth win and will take a 3.72 ERA into this weekend's start at home against the Yankees.
  • J.B. Shuck went 3-for-5 with four RBI in the Angels 14-8 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night.  Shuck is batting .301 and is worth adding during this hot streak in AL-Only leagues.
  • Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with a run scored and made a marvelous catch to end the game in his return from the disabled list to help the Dodgers win 6-5 over the Giants.
  • Josh Hamilton (wrist) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in his return to the Angels lineup Tuesday night. Hamilton was out for the entire weekend series against the Pirates with the wrist injury.
  • Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the Braves 4-3 win over the Royals on Tuesday. Heyward is obviously having his best month of the season, batting .297 with four home runs this month. Heyward has been streaky this season and battled the injuries, but fantasy owners that were patient with him should see better offensive production the second half of the season.
  • Chris Sale struck out 13 over eight innings of three-run ball against the Mets Tuesday, but did not earn a victory after the White Sox latest blunder in the ninth inning that allowed the Mets to tie the game. Sale is 0-4 with a 3.15 ERA this month. Sale will take a 2.76 ERA into his next start against the Indians.
  • Carlos Marmol finally was designated for assignment on Tuesday by the Cubs. This move had to happen when Marmol's inability to hold leads late got to a point that he was destroying team morale. Marmol has no trade value and the Cubs were forced to let him go. There will be a team that will give him a fresh start, but buyer beware.....
  •  Bryce Harper (knee) had a successful start to his rehab on Tuesday night. Harper hit a double and walked as he reportedly looked comfortable on the bases.