Hammel returns; Rizzo just keeps hittin' 

September, 7, 2012
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Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel allowed one run in five innings against the New York Yankees on Thursday, striking out six in his first outing since mid-July. Hammel, recovered from knee surgery, is a worthy fantasy option and is owned in only a third of ESPN standard leagues. This is a new Hammel from his Colorado Rockies days; he's now a strikeout option.

Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson tossed seven solid innings of two-run ball against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, striking out seven and lowering his ERA to 3.81. Johnson is on pace for his most starts since 2009, but also his highest ERA and WHIP. At least he's been healthy! He'll come at some discount in 2013, but the potential for greatness remains.

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Brad Mills/US PresswireAnthony Rizzo hit his 12th homer of the season (in 245 at-bats) Thursday against the Nats.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered Thursday for the second consecutive day, and the 23-year-old continues to prove he can hit big league pitching. Rizzo, hitting .298 with 12 home runs in 64 games, has been better of late, with a .406 batting average, three home runs and seven runs scored in his past eight games. He could crack the top 10 at first base in 2013.

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