Medlen, Chipper shine in Braves win 

August, 17, 2012
Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen spun a nifty five-hit shutout against the San Diego Padreson Thursday, lowering his ERA to 2.03 and likely securing his rotation spot. Medlen was a candidate to be pushed back to the bullpen, as right-hander Tommy Hanson is scheduled to come off the DL Friday, but with a 1.05 ERA in his four starts, Medlen is a must-own.

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Daniel Shirey/US PresswireChipper Jones is hitting .315 after not hitting better than .275 in each of the three previous seasons.
• Medlen's teammate, Chipper Jones, swatted a pair of home runs on his own bobblehead night Thursday, giving him 12 in only 76 games, along with a .315 batting average. Jones obviously isn't keeper-worthy, since he claims he's retiring, but he's helping owners now and is still available in a third of ESPN standard leagues.

Chicago White Sox left-hander Francisco Liriano earned his first victory in four outings with the team, allowing two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 effective frames Thursday. Liriano remains capable of ugly outings at any point, as with last week's six-run explosion, but he continues to pile on the strikeouts, earning six Thursday. He's available in three-quarters of ESPN leagues, but buyer beware.