2012 Fantasy Baseball Round-Up: Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, Yu Darvish and More


Ryan Braun hit a remarkable three home runs in last nights 8-3 win for the Brewers over the Padres.  Braun also knocked in six runs as he went 4-for-5 on the night, look like he's ready to start hitting again.

Apparently 2012 is the year of the old man resurgence because David Ortiz has joined Derek Jeter in the early season .400 club.  Ortiz went 2-for-3 and hit two home runs to hit a total of 6 on the season but more importantly he's now hitting .405.

Is it even necessary to mention the nightly Matt Kemp home run anymore?  Kemp homered in a Dodgers loss to the Rockies for number 12 on the year with his 25th RBI.

Yu Darvish pitched a gem against the other team that was in on the bidding for his rights this winter; the Blue Jays.  Darvish went 7.0 innings and gave up just one earned run with nine k's.  But most importantly he only gave up a combined six walks/hits, his whip had been the only thing lacking behind the rest of his stats to date.

In his first career start 23 year old Patrick Corbin also notched his first ever win.  He didn't achieve a quality start but he did go 5 2/3rd innings giving up three earned runs while striking out six.

Speaking of the DBacks, Justin Upton might have had the game that finally gets his bat going.  Upton hit just his second home run of the year, stole his third bag, and knocked in four.

The Bryan LaHair parade continued for the Cubs as he hit his fifth dinger of the season.  Don't look now but LaHair doesn't look to be slowing down, and all of you Anthony Rizzo owners better hit the brakes.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched a gem in the Bronx as the Yankees beat the red hot Orioles 2-1.  Kuroda went 7.0 innings, struck out three and gave up just one earned run.

Mike Minor got knocked around by the Pirates but looked good doing it, kind of.  Minor gave up seven earned runs over 6.1 innings but struck out a career tying high of nine.

On the other side James McDonald pitched another gem, going 7.2 innings, giving up three earned runs but striking out 10.  Keep an eye on McDonald as he has been hot of late.

The Rays rallied twice in the 11th and 12th to take an extra innings game against the Mariners.  Brandon League blew his second save of the year and blew the game for Felix Hernandez who went 8.0 innings with nine k's and gave up just one earned run.

On the mound for the Rays they got a great start out of Jeremy Hellickson who almost matched King Felix, going 7.0 innings with seven k's and just one earned run.

Last night's handshakes went to; Joe Nathan (6), Jonathan Papelbon (8), Mariano Rivera (5), Brett Myers (5) and Scott Downs (2).

Pitching match ups I'm looking forward to tonight; Cole Hamels (PHI) Vs. Brandon Beachy (ATL), Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE) Vs. Chris Sale (CHW) and Ricky Nolasco (MIA) Vs. Matt Cain (SF).

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Written by Mike Naclerio exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com
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