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Roto Roundup: Jesus Montero Homers Twice, Brett Lawrie Hits Game Winning HR

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Yankees hitting prospect Jesus Montero showed off his 80 power yesterday as he homered twice in the Yankees win over the Orioles. Montero went 2-3 with a walk, 3 runs and 3 RBI. Montero is 5-13 in his first 4 games in the big leagues, with 2 HRs, 5 runs and 3 RBI. He should see plenty of at bats as the Yankees DH if he continues to hit like this.

Tigers starter Doug Fister completely dominated the Indians on Monday, giving up 2 runs, just one earned run, on 4 hits a walk and striking out 13. Fister is 7-13 on the season with an excellent 3.17 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and a 125-36 K/BB rate in 190 innings. Since his trade from the Mariners to the Tigers, he has given up 2 runs or less in 6 of his 7 starts, and 1 run or less in his last 4 starts.

Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie went 1-3 with 2 walks and a game winning home run in the Blue Jays 1-0 win over the Red Sox on Monday. Lawrie is hitting .318-.381-.682 with 8 HRs, 21 RBI, 17 runs and 5 SBs in his first 30 games in the big leagues. I wonder what kind of stats he would have at this point had he not been hit in the wrist back in June. He is fast becoming a top third baseman in 2012. He has power, hits for a solid BA and steals some bases.

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett fanned 6 in 3.2 innings on Monday, but left his start with a sprained ankle, and could miss his next scheduled start.

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Rays starter James Shields threw his 11th complete game yesterday, holding the Rangers to one run on 4 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. He is now 14-10 with a 2.77 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a 205-54 K/BB rate in 218 innings pitched this season. He has to be a top 3-4 candidate for the AL Cy Young award, even though Justin Verlander is running away with the award at this point.

Pirates starter James McDonald has proven he can be a decent major league starter this season. He held the Astros to one run on 3 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts in 7.1 innings yesterday to win his 9th game of the season. He is now 9-7 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 132-70 K/BB rate in 158.1 innings this season. 

Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler is on fire at the plate right now. He went 3-5 with 2 HRs, 2 runs and 2 RBI yesterday and in his last 3 games, he is 9-14 with 3 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs, 5 runs and 2 RBI. He is now hitting .275-.370-.450 with 4 HRs, 38 RBI, 75 runs and just 10 SBs in 19 attempts. 

Royals DH Billy Butler went 3-4 with a walk, 2 HRs, 4 runs and 3 RBI, and is now hitting .303-.375-.480 with 18 HRs and 83 RBI thus far in 2011. Butler could put up a 20-100-.300 season this year, which is not too shabby for a mid-round pick.

I can't stop writing about Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer lately, but he is giving me plenty of reason to do so. He went 3-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI and has upped his triple slash line to .287-.337-.456 with 15 HRs, 65 RBI, and 53 runs in 108 games in his rookie season. It will only take him a few years to be in the discussion for top 5 first baseman in baseball.

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is having a very strong finish to the 2011 season. He held the Padres to 2 runs on 7 hits, a walk and 13 strikeouts and is now 10-12 on the season with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has given up 2 runs or less in 7 of his last 10 starts, with a 74-1 K/BB rate in 71.2 innings of work. Bumgarner could make my Top 24 starting pitchers for 2012 if he keeps this up, as he is on pace for close to 200 strikeouts.