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Phil Hughes keeps hold on rotation spot

8/3/2011

&#8226 New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, perhaps hurling for his rotation spot with Ivan Nova lurking, tossed six shutout innings Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Hughes allowed three singles and issued nary a walk, and in his five starts during the past month, only one was bad. Still, this is not the same strikeouts option from 2010. Tread carefully.

&#8226 Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star right-hander Kevin Correia was tagged for four home runs, 10 hits and eight runs against the struggling Chicago Cubs Tuesday. Correia's ERA rose to a season-worst 4.71. Yes, Correia has 12 wins, but his July ERA was 6.08, and that's a better indicator he shouldn't be owned in 44.2 percent of leagues.

&#8226 Washington Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel smacked a grand slam Tuesday, his third home run in two days. Ankiel, now with six home runs and a .241 batting average on the season, has been leading off, and he does possess power: Ankiel hit 25 home runs as recently as 2008. Look his way in NL-only formats.

&#8226 Cleveland Indians rookie infielders Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall each homered Tuesday, the third of the season for both players. Kipnis, however, has homered three consecutive days. His batting average is low, but there's obvious power. Chisenhall has been an Indian since late-June, and has mostly struggled.

&#8226 Houston Astros rookie infielder Jimmy Paredes -- eligible at second base, playing third base -- singled and scored the team's lone run Tuesday. On Monday, he hit a two-run triple and scored. Paredes, 22, was promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi Monday, where he hit nine home runs and stole 29 bases, but walked 15 times against 84 strikeouts. Look elsewhere, even in NL-only leagues.

&#8226 Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Tuesday's game early with a left shoulder injury, though it isn't considered serious. Ramirez, a major fantasy bust for three months, hit .293 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and five steals in July. Buy low if you still can.