- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
• Philadelphia Phillies first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf smacked his first big league home run Tuesday, and he could be a source of power the final week and perhaps in 2013. Ruf hit .317 with a surprising 38 home runs at Double-A Reading this season. He's a bit past prospect status at 26, but power is power, and NL-only owners should not ignore potential helpers.
• Similarly, Cleveland Indians designated hitter/first baseman Russ Canzler isn't a prospect, but he homered for the second consecutive game Tuesday, adding a single and double. Canzler, the 2011 International League MVP, has shown power in the minors and could bloom late in the majors, especially against left-handed pitching.
• St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia tossed seven innings of shutout baseball in Houston on Tuesday, allowing six hits and walking no one. Garcia entered play with a 5.67 ERA over 10 road starts this season, so even though he wasn't facing the 1961 Yankees, it's an impressive result. Garcia is a worthy spot starter Monday against the Reds.
• Oakland Athletics lefty Tommy Milone seemed a lesser bet in Tuesday's outing in hitter-friendly Arlington, Texas, with his road ERA entering play at 5.17. Instead, Milone gave up two unearned runs over six innings, lowering his overall ERA to 3.74. It's been a solid rookie campaign for the former Nationals prospect, but he has average stuff and should be used only in home games, making him a risky choice in 10-team drafts next season.
• Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers doesn't have noteworthy home/road splits, however, and should be avoided regardless at this point. He allowed nine hits and four runs over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday, and the last time Fiers -- a midseason fantasy hero for his 1.01 July ERA -- delivered a quality start or even registered an out in the sixth inning was in August. With his September ERA at 6.96, avoid Fiers the rest of the way.
• New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin tied his career high with his 19th home run Tuesday, including three in the past eight games. Martin's batting average is a woeful .206, and it has dropped each season since 2007, but he's playing regularly and the power certainly seems legit, since he hit 18 home runs as a Yankee last year. Now if only he could hit a few more singles as well.
Eric Karabell identifies a couple of hitters providing power for the home stretch