Nelson Cruz hit his third homer of the season Friday, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs.
He’s 7-for-14 with four runs, seven RBI and two doubles this season. He had 20 steals (in 24 tries) in 2009, but it’s hard for him to get that part of his game going when he’s going for extra bases every swing.
The other nine most notable performances from around fantasy baseball on Friday:
Javier Vazquez — Gave up eight earned runs in just 5 2/3 innings in his Yankees debut. New Yankees’ Vazquez looks just like the old Yankees’ Vazquez.
Drew Stubbs — Slugged a grand slam, went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. If you want him on your team get him now.
Chris Young — Went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBIs. Young is an outfielder that I was picking and recommending late in the draft season because of his 30-30 potential. I still recommend rostering him. He’s probably available on your waiver wire.
Jorge de la Rosa — Another one of my targets in just about every draft, de la Rosa debuted with a gem. He struck out nine and allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings.
Placido Polanco — Was 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. He’s been ripping the cover off the ball and fitting perfectly into that stacked Phillies lineup.
Edgar Renteria — The 35-year-old must think it’s 2003 — the same year he drove in 100, stole 34 bases and hit .330. Renteria hit a homer and a double and was 3-for-5 for the Giants. He’s 11-for-16 with four runs and five RBIs in 2010.
Jason Heyward — Struck out four times in five hitless at-bats. He’s a young rookie. Expect uglies on occasion.
Rick Ankiel — Went 4-for-4 with a homer, 3 RBI and a stolen base. I still can’t recommend him, but if he stays hot and you need OF help, I’d consider him at least until his bat cools.
Jeff Francouer and Rod Barajas — Pair of Mets hitters each slugged a pair of homers on Friday. Unless you’re in an NL-only league, in which case these guys are probably already owned, I’d go wait-and-see with these two.
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