Gleyber Torres went 4-for-8 with three homers, four runs, seven RBIs and a walk during Monday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Torres, who has feasted off Baltimore pitching all season, cracked a solo homer during the first game before erupting for two more long balls and six RBIs in the second game as the Yankees won both contests. Torres now has an incredible 13 homers against the O's this season - a record for the most against one team in the divisional era and one shy of Lou Gehrig's all-time record of 14, which he set against the Indians back in 1936. The 22-year-old All-Star has 13 homers against the rest of the league combined, giving him two more than last year overall in 15 fewer games. There has been no sophomore slump for Torres, who has raised his OPS from .820 to .873 and is looking like a legitimate star.
Nelson Cruz received good news on Monday, as he will not require surgery on his left wrist. He is scheduled to begin baseball activity and resume his hitting program on Tuesday when he joins the Twins in Milwaukee. The 39-year-old was examined Monday in New York by Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand and wrist surgery specialist, who determined that Cruz did not have any additional damage. There is not yet a definitive timetable for his return, but fantasy owners can breathe easy knowing that he should be back at some point this season.
Randal Grichuk went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, three runs and four RBIs vs. the Rangers on Monday. Grichuk finished a triple shy of the cycle in Toronto's 19-run, 21-hit attack, which included his 21st homer and 20th double of the season. A streaky hitter because of his poor plate discipline, Grichuk has been on fire over the past several weeks, batting .310 with 10 extra-base hits (five homers) and 12 RBIs over his last 14 games. While his .238 average can be a drag in fantasy leagues, he's still posting solid power numbers with 21 homers and 56 RBIs, making him a useful option in five-outfielder formats.
Prior to Monday's game against the Indians, the Red Sox placed Michael Chavis on the 10-day injured list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, which he suffered against the Royals on August 6. The Red Sox are hopeful that he will not need to miss more than the minimum 10 days, as they'll need him in order to make a late push for the second Wild Card. The injury appeared to be bothering Chavis at the dish, as he'd gone hitless in 12 at-bats since the day he hurt himself, lowering his season batting line to .254/.322/.444. The 24-year-old rookie had been fading over the past month after a strong start, so fantasy owners in shallow leagues may want to consider dropping him if they need the roster spot.
Bo Bichette continued his red-hot start to his career by going 4-for-6 against the Rangers on Monday with two doubles, a stolen base, three runs and an RBI out of the leadoff spot. Bichette has done nothing but mash since arriving to the Show on July 29, batting .394 with 15 extra-base hits over his first 15 career games. The 21-year-old has hit safely in 13 of those contests and reached base in all of them, resulting in a monstrous 1.186 OPS. The four hits were a career high for Bichette, who already has 10 multi-hit games under his belt. He'll cool off eventually, but for now he's a must-start in fantasy.
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