Chris Davis Smacks 37th Home Run

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Chris Davis finished off the first half of the season in grand style on Sunday as he went 2-for-4 with his 37th homer and four RBI in the Orioles 7-4 win over the Blue Jays. Davis tied Reggie Jackson's record for most homers at the All-Star break in AL history, a record Jackson set in 1969. Davis also doubled and scored two runs on Sunday. Its doubtful that his owners even noticed, but Davis has struggled in July as he had a .171 batting average entering Sunday's game.  He leads the American League in homers and is second in RBI and runs. Davis is on pace to post ridiculous offensive numbers this season and 60 or more home runs is certainly realistic for him. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Freddie Freeman (thumb) beat out Yasiel Puig in the NL Final Vote last week, but he jammed his thumb when he was making a tag on Saturday night. It sounds that Freeman will be able to return the the Braves after the break.  Brian McCann will replace Freeman on the All-Star roster.
  • B.J. Upton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right abductor strain. Upton has been such a disappointment this season for the Braves and fantasy owners that it may actually beneficial for a few weeks to not have to figure out if today is the day that he break out of this season long slump. Stash him away and pick up Reed Johnson who will fill in for Upton.
  • Mark Trumbo belted his 21st home run on Sunday in the Angels 4-3 loss to the Mariners. Trumbo homered off Hisashi Iwakuma in the fifth inning. Trumbo is batting just .245 this year,  but he's on track to surpass career highs in both home runs (32) and RBI (95) this season.
  • Ben Revere (foot) will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured right foot after he fouled a ball off his right ankle on Saturday. This is a big loss for the Phillies as they are starting to turn things around this year. John Mayberry will receive the majority of playing time while Revere is out.
  • Scott Feldman earned his first victory as a member of the Orioles on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Feldman struck out seven allowed three runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings. In his first three starts since being traded by the Cubs, Feldman has not had the same success he did in Chicago. Feldman does have a decent record against AL East teams, so he should be owned in most formats.
  • C.C Sabathia got rocked on Sunday as the Yankees lost to the Twins Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Sabathia surrendered eight runs- three earned- in four innings. The Yankees defense did not help Sabathia as they committed two errors, but that will not keep fantasy owners from wondering what he'll do in the second half of the season.
  • Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBI as the Reds defeated the Braves on Sunday. Bruce finished the first half with 19 home runs and 56 RBI.
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) is expected to return from the disabled list on July 21st. That is the first day he’s eligible to return to the Dodgers. Kemp will begin baseball activities this week and appears to be on track to be back in the Dodgers lineup soon.
  • Jim Johnson earned his 33rd save this season on Sunday for the Orioles. He has converted his last four saves and even though he has six blown saves this year, he remains an elite closer.