Originally written on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 8/8/12
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Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles: Tough first inning for Jon Lester was dealing early.  Dempster also settled down and this turned into the pitcher’s duel I had hoped, but not expected. I trusted Lester against the scuffling Rangers and love him going forward. Dempster still scares me a tad, but he was good enough for the win in this one. Will Middlebrooks hit a three-run HR in the 7th to chase Dempster. Middlebrooks is on pace to hit around 20 in just 450 plate appearances this year. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to him next season as banking on him continuing a 20.9% HR/RB rate might be foolish. As some of those fly balls don’t leave the stadium his BABIP and average will come down. Middlebrooks might be at the apex of his value in keeper and dynasty leagues. New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers: It’s an odd world Bud Selig created when an Orioles fan has to root for the Yanks over the Tigers. Unfortunately, somehow, Rick Porcello outdueled Phil Hughes in this one. ...
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