Kris Medlen, Pedro Alvarez stay hot 

August, 29, 2012
Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco tossed a five-hit shutout against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, striking out six with nary a walk. Unlike Strasburg, Nolasco hasn't been much fun to own; even now, his ERA is 4.78, and this was his first quality start in 10 outings. Let's assume Tuesday was aberrant for Nolasco, and for Strasburg's untimely pounding (seven runs, five earned).

Baltimore Orioles rookie Manny Machado tallied the first stolen base of his career on Tuesday. He went hitless in the game and is batting .250 in 60 at-bats, with two walks, and after producing seven extra-base hits in his first week (including three home runs), he has just one in 10 games. Still, Machado is shortstop-eligible this year, and will be a third baseman in fantasy for 2013, and he'll be relevant in all formats.

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Daniel Shirey/US PresswireKris Medlen is up to 96.6 percent ownership (in ESPN leagues).
• Speaking of relevant, Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen hurled eight innings of shutout ball at San Diego on Tuesday, allowing five hits and fanning nine, and he has passed Felix Hernandez, who also is on quite a streak, as fantasy's top pitcher over the past 30 days. Medlen finished August with a 0.50 ERA and 35 strikeouts versus just four walks.