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Mat Latos continues to dominate

9/8/2010

A day after being scratched from a start with the flu, San Diego Padres right-hander Mat Latos fanned 10 Los Angeles Dodgers in seven innings, allowing one run. It's the third time in four starts Latos recorded double-digit strikeouts. With the Padres contending, look for Latos to keep pitching, and pitching well.

New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee won his first major league start Tuesday, tossing seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball in Washington. Gee was a big strikeout guy at Triple-A Buffalo but gave up 174 hits in 161 1/3 innings and had a 4.96 ERA. If he makes more starts, don't expect success.

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum beat the reeling Texas Rangers for his 12th win. Marcum allowed a home run for the seventh consecutive start, but he keeps his walks down and has 145 strikeouts in 170 innings. Marcum, who missed all of 2009 after Tommy John surgery, continues to help fantasy owners.

Florida Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton homered for the third consecutive game Tuesday in Philadelphia, giving him 18 in his rookie season. Stanton entered the series mired in a 4-for-55 slump and might never win a batting title, but the power is legitimate.

Speaking of power, fantasy owners have been waiting for Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist to show some. Zobrist homered Tuesday for the second time in three games but has only nine all season. Last year, Zobrist smacked 27. It's possible Zobrist, still owned in 93.7 percent of ESPN standard leagues, has a power surge left these final weeks. In 2011, he'll be ranked more in line with his 2010 performance, though.

Kansas City Royals third baseman Josh Fields -- yes, he's a Royal now -- homered Tuesday, his first of the season. Fields, who hit 23 home runs as a rookie with the Chicago White Sox in 2007, hadn't even homered in the minors this season. Why he's playing over Mike Moustakas (or even Wilson Betemit) is problematic, but he's only 27 and can provide power.