A Few Notes…

– He didn’t run tonight despite three hits, but Emilio Bonifacio is a burner that is now in the Washington Nationals’ lineup likely for the balance of the year. He stole 21 bases in the minors this year. Not only does he offer a known commodity in stolen bases, but he plays second base as well. He’s a great waiver option if he’s still available.

-Most attention in the AL RoY race has gone to Evan Longoria (with good reason), but a 2-for-4 effort that included a homer and two runs batted in brings David Murphy up to 15 bombs and 73 (!) runs batted in.

Huston Street has apparently fallen out of favor as the primary closer in Oakland. Why they didn’t deal him then is beyond me. Opportunities could be spread very thin between Jerry Blevins, Santiago Casilla, Joey Devine and Brad Ziegler making it very tough on fantasy owners. Casilla is my favorite, but I think Devine is the favorite in Oakland. Ziegler is interesting because he has yet to yield a run, but his peripherals aren’t that impressive.

-In other Oakland news, they sent down Dana Eveland, who was obliterated by opposing hitters in all of July and blowup start in August. He was replaced on the roster by Dan Meyer, though it doesn’t look like Meyer will jump into the rotation. He pitched four sparkling innings of mop-up on Monday night in relief of a shaky Sean Gallagher. He struck out three and allowed just four hits.

More notes Tuesday morning/afternoon and an extended piece Tuesday night…


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