- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos hit his first major league home run Wednesday, accounting for the team's two runs. Ramos, acquired in the Matt Capps trade from the Minnesota Twins in July, has generally hit for average in the minors (.316 at Triple-A Syracuse), and should get a long look behind the plate this month.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins left Wednesday's win with right hamstring tightness, and might miss a game or two. Rollins singled and doubled in two at-bats, and has hit better since moving down in the lineup. With a .245 batting average and durability questions, Rollins probably isn't a top-50 fantasy option anymore.
Atlanta Braves right-hander Derek Lowe tossed six innings of one-run ball in Pittsburgh Wednesday, winning his 12th game. Lowe missed his previous start with a sore elbow, and he remains risky for future outings, even though he's next scheduled to face the Nationals. The wins are nice, but the 4.42 ERA and 1.42 WHIP are not.
Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland gave the team a much-needed strong outing with five shutout innings in Toronto Wednesday, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Holland had been 0-3 with a 9.24 ERA on the road this season. Holland, who was dominant (1.87 ERA) at Triple-A Oklahoma City, will keep starting, and AL-only owners should be interested.
The amazing Brian Duensing keeps on winning, as the Minnesota Twins left-hander tossed eight innings of one-run ball Wednesday, outdueling Zack Greinke. Duensing is 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA and showing no signs of late-season fatigue. He's owned in fewer than 40 percent of ESPN standard leagues, and is next scheduled to face the Chicago White Sox.
Baltimore Orioles sophomore catcher Matt Wieters hit his 11th home run of the season Wednesday, giving him seven RBIs in five games, and a .421 batting average in September. Wieters has obviously been a disappointment for fantasy owners, but just like last season he's doing his best hitting late in the season.