Athletics' Khris Davis: Clobbers 40th homer Saturday
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Davis hit his 40th home run of the season Saturday, a solo blast, during a 1-for-3 effort against the Rangers.

He pelted a laser to right-center field off Texas' Miguel Gonzalez to provide the only run in this surprising pitcher's duel. Davis' .241 batting average continues to hold him back for fantasy value, but even in a season packed with power, his stability in that category likely has helped many a fantasy title contender.

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Athletics' Raul Alcantara: Shines with win in spot start
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Alcantara (1-1) earned the win Saturday against the Rangers, throwing five shutout innings while working around two hits and two walks in Oakland's 1-0 victory over the Rangers. He struck out five.

A last-minute replacement for Sean Manaea (back), Alcantara spun a gem, eking out just enough innings to qualify for the helpful decision. He threw 49 strikes in 86 pitches, though, which reflects his risky skill set. Still, AL-only players and desperate mixed streamers desperate enough to start him came away with a pleasant surprise. He may take another turn if Manaea can't go Thursday on the road against these same Rangers.

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Mets' Noah Syndergaard: Throws five pitches in return
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Syndergaard pitched a scoreless first inning with just a single hit allowed before exiting Saturday's loss to Washington. He didn't factor into the decision.

Syndergaard's last start was on April 30, so after missing nearly five months, the hard-throwing righty was handled cautiously by the Mets. Barring any setbacks, he projects to make another appearance before the end of the season. It's probably not worth owning Syndergaard outside of keeper/dynasty settings at this stage of the game.

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Blues' Chris Butler: Exits Saturday's contest with facial laceration
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Butler left Saturday's Preseason game against the Stars in the third period after taking a puck to the face, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Blues' coaching staff didn't have an update on Butler's status following Saturday's contest, so it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined for. Either way, the 30-year-old blueliner wasn't going to be in consideration for a spot on St. Louis' Opening Night roster, so fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with his status.

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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Mediocre in no-decision
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Strasburg allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six batters through five innings during Saturday's win over the Mets. He didn't factor into the decision.

This wasn't Strasburg's best outing, and it also snapped a four-game winning streak. Still, he's having one of the best seasons of his career and takes a 2.68 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.5 K/9 into his final projected start against Pittsburgh at Nationals Park. However, with a playoff berth secured and little on the line for Washington, there is always a chance Strasburg is skipped or the National's rotation is rearranged.

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