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Doug Fister stingy yet again

8/31/2011

&#8226 Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister brought a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, ultimately allowing a run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings. Fister, owned in 39.5 percent of ESPN standard leagues, sports a 0.83 ERA in his past three outings, with 18 strikeouts and one walk.

&#8226 Florida Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez threw seven shutout innings Tuesday at Citi Field, allowing three singles, one walk and fanning six. Vazquez boasts seven consecutive quality starts, and in his six August starts he struck out 40 against seven walks in 40 innings. He's back and owned in only 36.9 percent of leagues.

&#8226 Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens was 12-3 with a league-leading 1.87 ERA on July 6. After getting pummeled by the Washington Nationals for six runs Tuesday, the fourth time in seven starts he's permitted five or more runs, Jurrjens is no longer reliable for fantasy. Perhaps more knee issues are holding Jurrjens back.

&#8226 Michael Cuddyer handled first base duties for the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday while Justin Morneau was again out dealing with mild concussion symptoms. Morneau, who had raised his batting average 12 points in the past week, is expected to miss at least the next few games. Morneau is owned in 58.3 percent of leagues, but fantasy owners should move on for this season.

&#8226 Speaking of first base, Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana was there Tuesday, hitting his 21st home run, as incumbent Matt LaPorta was surprisingly demoted to Triple-A Columbus. LaPorta, 26, was a popular sleeper pick in March, but his 11 home runs and .238 batting average didn't cut it.

&#8226 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez homered among his three hits Tuesday, returning as a starter after nine days away due to a groin injury. Ibanez has a low .242 batting average but is on pace for 21 home runs and 83 RBIs, and he did hit .340 with a .962 OPS last September. Perhaps he'll close well again.