Indians righty Trevor Bauer won after allowing three hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts over six shutout innings vs. the Twins on Monday. Bauer cruised to his 11th victory of the season as Cleveland stomped Minnesota, 10-0. The outing marked Bauer's third straight win and quality start, lowering his ERA to 2.25. The 11 strikeout were his most since July 10 and raised his season total to 206 -- a new career high. The 27-year-old is in the midst of the best season of his career and will be a must-start in all formats when he takes the hill for his next start on August 11 against the White Sox in Chicago.
Indians DH Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI vs. the Twins on Monday. Encarnacion paced Cleveland's 10-0 rout with a game-high four ribbies, three of which came in the seventh inning on his 25th homer of the year. The long ball was just his third hit in five games this month as he's gotten off to a slow start in August, causing his average to dip to .233. While the 35-year-old is having a bit of a down season by his standards with his lowest OPS (.791) since 2011, he's continue to supply elite power numbers with 25 homers and 80 RBI in 100 games this year. As long as he stays healthy, he'll continue to be an elite run producer in the middle of Cleveland's potent lineup.
Yankees righty Lance Lynn won after allowing two hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in 7 1/3 shutout innings against the White Sox on Monday. Lynn was masterful in his first start for New York after tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings in long relief on August 1. The outing was Lynn's longest of the season as well as his most dominant, as he matched his season high in strikeouts. Lynn has lowered his ERA from 5.10 to 4.58 since being dealt from Minnesota the day before the Trade Deadline, as he's now allowed three earned runs or less in six straight outings (five starts). He'll look to stay hot in his first start at Yankee Stadium in pinstripes on August 11 vs. the Rangers.
Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI against the White Sox on Monday. Torres did his part to back Lance Lynn's dominant effort with an RBI single in the fourth and a solo shot in the eighth for his 18th homer of the year. The single marked his first hit since he swatted a pair of homers on August 1, snapping an 0-for-11 stretch over the four intervening games. The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best young players in baseball this year, batting .279/.344/.539 with 18 homers and 52 RBI in his first 75 career games. The future is bright for Torres, who was named to the All-Star team in his first season even though he didn't debut until April 22.
Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Monday against the Giants. With the Astros down to their last out, Gonzalez brought them back from the dead with a game-winning three-run shot in the top of the ninth off Giants closer Will Smith. The blast was Gonzalez's 10th of the year -- four of which have come in his last five games as he's opened August on a tear. Although his overall numbers aren't very impressive based on his .236 average and .705 OPS, he belongs in fantasy lineups right now based on how hot he's become at the plate.
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