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Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS4/20/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Danny Espinosa paced Washington with three hits Sunday in a win against the Cardinals.
Insight: It's Espinosa's first three-hit game since September 24, 2012. He's hitting .313 with a .521 slugging percentage in 17 appearances this season.
Rick Porcello, SP, DET4/20/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello was dominant in Sunday's win over the Angels.
Insight: He scattered five hits and one run over seven innings. Porcello (2-1, 3.15 ERA) walked one and struck out four. His next appearance is scheduled for Friday against Minnesota.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANAHot4/20/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick torched the Tigers for three hits on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: It was Kendrick's second three-hit performance in the last three games. He's gone 10-for-23 (.435) during his five-game hitting streak.
Jacob Turner, SP, MIA4/20/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner (shoulder) will start a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday, according to the Miami Herald. If he can avoid a setback, he'll make two starts and rejoin Miami's rotation.
Insight: Turner is out with a strained shoulder. The 22-year-old had a 3.74 ERA in 118 innings last season, but his 77/54 K/BB and 1.44 WHIP left a lot to be desired.
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLECold4/20/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco has allowed four earned runs or more in all three starts this season. He gave up four on six hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: It's only a matter of time before the Indians give up on Carrasco and call up Trevor Bauer. Bauer has a 0.75 ERA and an 18/3 K/BB in 12 innings in the minors and allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over six innings in a spot start for the Indians on April 9.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS4/20/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.
Insight: Lauber didn't mention where the rehab assignment will take place but we're betting he'll end up in Triple-A Pawtucket. The plan is for Middlebrooks, who has been out with a strained calf, to return to the majors by next weekend. With Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) also close to returning, Boston has some important roster decisions to make.
Sam Fuld, LF, MIN4/20/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: The Twins were able to claim outfielder Sam Fuld, who was recently placed on waivers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Fuld was designated for assignment by Oakland about a week ago. Even if Fuld becomes an everyday player, which is certainly possible in Minnesota's lackluster outfield, he won't be much of a fantasy option (.233 average in 743 career at bats).
Jose Valverde, RP, NYMCold4/20/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde will no longer be used in save opportunities.
Insight: Valverde has been a disaster in recent seasons and 2014 has been no different (5.40 ERA in 8 1/3 innings). Kyle Farnsworth (1.23 ERA in eight games) has been installed as the team's closer and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX4/20/2014 3:17:00 PM
Description: The Rangers expect Matt Harrison to return to the starting rotation later this week. SOURCE: Jim Duquette, MLB Network
Insight: Harrison, who has been recovering from a back injury, tossed eight shutout innings Saturday in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco. The left-hander flashed Cy Young potential before injuries limited him to two starts last season and should be a gamble worth taking.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL 4/20/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was ejected from Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Insight: Gerrit Cole took exception to Gomez admiring a ball he thought was a homer and yelled at him when he raced into third base. The benches cleared and Gomez broke free from an umpire's grasp to throw a punch at Travis Snider.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAM4/20/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Rays RHP Alex Cobb (oblique) is targeting late May or early June for his return, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Cobb suffered a strained oblique last week and was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks. He's not going to make it back by the short end of that timeline.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/20/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Texas GM Jon Daniels said third baseman Adrian Beltre (quad) will be ready to play next weekend against the Mariners.
Insight: Beltre is on the DL with a minor quad strain. Kevin Kouzmanoff has hit .395 with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI as Beltre's replacement, but he'll either go back to the bench or the minors when Beltre returns.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOS4/20/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (upper-back strain) said he assumes his next step is a rehab assignment, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kershaw threw a bullpen session and a simulated game on Sunday and was hitting 90 mph with no restrictions. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will beat his expected mid-May return if he can avoid a setback with his back injury.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL4/20/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor is expected to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Reds, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness early in spring training after being unable to throw for a month. He threw 80 pitches in his final rehab start on Saturday.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/20/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is the odd man out on Sunday.
Insight: The Dodgers will roll with Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig in the outfield. Kemp is batting .209 with three homers and 16 Ks in 43 at-bats.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHICold4/20/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: The Phillies will give Carlos Ruiz a break on Sunday.
Insight: Wil Nieves will catch Roberto Hernandez. Ruiz is hitting .204 with zero RBI in 14 games this season.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI 4/20/2014 2:07:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado is getting a day off Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Prado hasn't hit a homer or stolen a base and is batting .260 in 77 at-bats this year.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDPCold4/20/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Gyorko has gone just 9-for-61 (.148) with 21 Ks this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG4/20/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the lineup Sunday for the first time this season.
Insight: Sandoval is hitting .171 with two homers in 70 at-bats, so he could use the day off.
Matt Joyce, RF, TAMHot4/20/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: With lefty Vidal Nuno on the mound for the Yankees Sunday, Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce will take a seat.
Insight: Joyce can't hit lefties and rarely starts against them. The 29-year-old is hitting .349 with two homers, seven RBI and a 1.044 OPS in 43 at-bats this year.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot4/20/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: The Cubs lifted Anthony Rizzo from Saturday's game because of back spasms, but he's in the lineup Sunday, according to Jesse Rogers of
Insight: Rizzo started every game this season for Chicago and is hitting .333 with two homers, eight RBI and just nine strikeouts in 60 at-bats. He struck out 127 times and hit .233 in 606 at-bats last season.
Brian McCann, C, NYY4/20/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann will sit out Sunday to rest.
Insight: John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate for starter Vidal Nuno. McCann has hit .220 with three homers in 59 at-bats this his new team.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL4/20/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the lineup Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Mark Ellis is starting at second base. With just a .237 average, zero homers, four runs, five RBI and three steals, Wong hasn't offered much fantasy value in his first 59 at-bats this season.
Russell Martin, C, PIT4/20/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Chris Stewart is starting behind the plate for the Pirates on Sunday, giving Russell Martin a day off.
Insight: Russell Martin will rest for the day game following a night game. He's hitting .283 with two homers and 11 RBI in 53 at-bats.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold4/20/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Alvarez has gone 3-for-18 with eight strikeouts against Marco Estrada and he went 3-for-33 (.091) with 13 Ks in his last nine games. Josh Harrison is starting in his place.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILHot4/20/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez was hit in the arm by a pitch in the ninth inning Saturday night, but he's fine. His day off on Sunday was already planned and unrelated to the HBP, according to Adam McCalvy of
Insight: Ramirez has driven in 15 runs in 18 games this season and is batting .352 with an .860 OPS. Jeff Bianchi is starting at third.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL4/20/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will get a routine day off Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Gattis went 0-for-9 the last two games after a 9-for-13, three-homer stretch from April 12-14. He should be back in the lineup Monday.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA4/20/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Miami catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will receive a day of rest Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: Salty is hitting .283 with four doubles, two homers, 10 walks and 17 strikeouts in 53 at-bats so far. Jeff Mathis is catching Kevin Slowey.
Brad Miller, SS, SEACold4/20/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller is not starting Sunday at Miami.
Insight: A tremendous spring and a hot start to the regular season has turned into a .194 average and a .598 OPS pretty fast for the 24-year-old Miller. He has gone 9-for-57 (.158) with 16 Ks in his last 14 games. Nick Franklin will start in his place Sunday.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEACold4/20/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Seager is 9-for-56 (.161) with zero home runs this season and will get a day off. Willie Bloomquist is starting at the hot corner.
Raul Ibanez, DH, ANACold4/20/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Angels DH Raul Ibanez will take a seat Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Los Angeles is going with David Freese at DH, Ian Stewart at third base and Brennan Boesch in right field. Ibanez is 1-for-21 over his last five games and hitting .150 this season.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE4/20/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Gomes is batting .245 with two homers in 53 at-bats. Carlos Santana will start behind the plate Sunday, with Lonnie Chisenhall at third base and Ryan Raburn at DH.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/20/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Teixeira spent the minimum amount of time on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. In his absence, the Yankees used Kelly Johnson, Scott Sizemore and Francisco Cervelli at first base.
Alex Gonzalez, SS, DET4/20/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: The Tigers have released shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
Insight: Gonzalez went from hitting a walk-off single on Opening Day to off the team in three weeks. The 37-year-old hit just .167. Andrew Romine will take over the starting shortstop job.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, NYM4/20/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Kyle Farnsworth has replaced Jose Valverde as the Mets' closer, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Valverde allowed six hits, four homers and eight runs (five earned) over his last three appearances. The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who has a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings this season, hasn't closed regularly since 2011.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY4/20/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees starter Ivan Nova has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.
Insight: Nova will undergo further examinations, but he's likely headed for Tommy John surgery. The right-hander started off this season with an 8.27 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings, and the injury explains why he has been struggling. Either David Phelps, Vidal Nuno or Adam Warren will take Nova's spot in the rotation.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BALCold4/20/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has had a tough time getting anything going against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Peavy has limited Hardy to one hit in 17 at-bats, a .059 average. Hardy, who has dealt with back spasms on and off this year, is hitting .244 with zero round-trippers.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/20/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected seven hits in 13 at-bats against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Pedroia (.250) has gone 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles and four walks since he returned to the lineup from wrist inflammation, and he'll face a struggling Jimenez Sunday.
Will Venable, RF, SDPCold4/20/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has struck out Padres right fielder Will Venable 18 times in 48 at-bats. Venable has gone 11-for-48 (.229) against Lincecum.
Insight: Venable hit .312 with 12 homers and 13 steals over his final 74 games last year to finish with 22 homers and 22 stolen bases, but he's failed to carry that over into this season. He's batting .233 with zero home runs and zero steals so far and will get Lincecum on Sunday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CINCold4/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips has mustered three hits in 24 at-bats (.125) against Carlos Villanueva of the Cubs.
Insight: Phillips is one for his last 11 and will face Villanueva on Sunday, so avoid him.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill has taken 38 at-bats against Dodgers starter Josh Beckett and come away with 15 hits (.395), including seven doubles and one homer.
Insight: Hill has struck out 20 times in 82 at-bats and is hitting .232 with one homer, but seeing Beckett Sunday should wake up his bat.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC 4/20/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro hasn't performed well against Reds starter Homer Bailey in the past.
Insight: Castro, who is hitting .292 with two homers and nine RBI this season, has gone 5-for-27 (.185) against Bailey.
Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC4/20/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz has gone 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles and a home run against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Schierholtz is struggling right now, batting .231 with zero home runs in 52 at-bats, but so is Bailey (8.16 ERA, 2.02 WHIP).
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold4/20/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Brewers starter Marco Estrada has held Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to three hits in 18 at-bats.
Insight: Alvarez struck out eight times against Estrada, Sunday's scheduled starter against Pittsburgh. The third baseman is stuck in one of his typical extended slumps, going 3-for-33 (.091) with 13 Ks in his last nine games. He's tied for the NL lead with six homers but is batting .162.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANA4/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick hasn't gotten the better of Tigers starter Rick Porcello when they've faced off in the past.
Insight: Kendrick (.264, 2 HR, 11 RBI) is 5-for-22 (.227) with eight strikeouts against Porcello, who will toe the rubber Sunday against Los Angeles.
Austin Jackson, CF, DET 4/20/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is a .133 career hitter against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Jackson is batting .320 so far but he has gone 2-for-15 with six strikeouts against Santiago.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLECold4/20/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has gone 4-for-27 (.148) with eight Ks against Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow.
Insight: Swisher is hitting .174 with 18 strikeouts in 69 at-bats this season and facing Morrow Sunday won't help matters.
Carlos Santana, 3B, CLECold4/20/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Cleveland C/3B Carlos Santana will carry a 3-for-40 (.075) slump into Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, but he'll face a pitcher he's had success against in the past.
Insight: Santana has gone 5-for-10 with two doubles and four walks against Brandon Morrow in their previous meetings. That may help him break out of this frigid stretch.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWSCold4/20/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton will miss at least three games with a hamstring injury, according to
Insight: Eaton hurt his hamstring and ankle on Friday and aggravated the hamstring injury Saturday. Chicago's leadoff hitter is mired in a 3-for-23 slump.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG4/20/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse hit his third home run of the season Saturday night at San Diego.
Insight: Morse came into the game with two hits in his last 17 at-bats. The 32-year-old is hitting .302 with a .920 OPS through 53 at-bats.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEXHot4/19/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has hit safely in all 10 of his games this year.
Insight: Kouzmanoff, who has been filling in for Adrian Beltre (quad), is back in the majors for the first time since 2011 and has gone 15-for-38 (.395) with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSCold4/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had two singles, a walk and two runs in four plate appearances Saturday at Texas.
Insight: Abreu went 1-for-25 with 11 Ks in his previous seven games.
Jordan Lyles, SP, COL 4/19/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Rockies starter Jordan Lyles is 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings this season.
Insight: Lyles held the Phillies to one earned run over seven innings Saturday. He had an ERA above 5.00 in each of his first three seasons, all with the Astros. Lyles did have a 3.22 ERA in his first 58 2/3 innings last year but had a 7.27 ERA in his last 83 innings and shouldn't be owned in most leagues despite the solid start to 2014.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot4/19/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hit his third homer in the last seven games Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: It was Morneau's first home run at home this year. The 32-year-old hasn't hit 20 home runs since 2009, but he should get there this year; Coors Field is a much better hitter's park than either Target Field or PNC Park.
David DeJesus, LF, TAMCold4/19/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: The Rays scored 16 runs Saturday against the Yankees, but left fielder David DeJesus went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
Insight: DeJesus had zero hits in his last 20 at-bats and is batting .122 this season. The 34-year-old outfielder has little power and little speed so there's no need to own him.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TAM4/19/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan hit two balls out of the park and drove in six runs Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: The 33-year-old Hanigan had no more than two homers in each of the last two seasons with Cincinnati but he now has three in his first 37 at-bats with Tampa Bay.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM4/19/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers exploded out of a slump with a double, two homers, four RBI, four runs and a walk Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Myers has gone 6-for-9 with seven RBI in his last two games. He went 10 games without an RBI prior to that and didn't have a homer before Saturday.
Chris Archer, SP, TAM4/19/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer was roughed up by the Orioles in his last start but he gave up just one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Archer has tossed three quality starts in four chances this year, but he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits over five innings in his one non-quality outing. The 25-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings.
Ervin Santana, SP, ATLHot4/19/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana allowed a run in the first inning Saturday but held the Mets scoreless for the next six innings.
Insight: Santana (2-0, 0.86 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) gave up six hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings. He's enjoyed the NL East so far, but he'll have to pitch against a non-division opponent for the first time this season versus the Reds in his next start.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT 4/19/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte has swiped four bases in his last three games.
Insight: Marte went 5-for-13 with five singles and two walks in that span, so he was on first base a lot. He's hitting .274 with 13 runs and seven steals, but the strikeouts are starting to pile up. Marte has 28 Ks in 73 at-bats.
Francisco Rodriguez, RP, MILHot4/19/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez hs six saves, 13 Ks and two walks in nine innings this season.
Insight: K-Rod has allowed just three hits and zero runs. Manager Ron Roenicke turned to him to close after Jim Henderson struggled in spring training, but he said he planned to go back to Henderson once he got back on track. Henderson has 10 Ks and a 3.86 ERA in seven innings, but Rodriguez has been flawless and hasn't given Roenicke a chance to take him out of the role.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP, PITCold4/19/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez gave up four runs on six hits in four innings Saturday against the Brewers.
Insight: Rodriguez, who missed most of last season with an elbow injury, has allowed 26 hits, 17 earned runs and seven homers in 20 innings this season.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIAHot4/19/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has gone 9-for-17 with two doubles, a homer, six RBI and six runs over his last four games.
Insight: Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Saturday against the Mariners. The 23-year-old is batting .343 with three longballs, 10 RBI and 12 runs. He's in a nice spot right now, hitting in front of Giancarlo Stanton and behind Christian Yelich.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL4/19/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds hit his fourth homer of the sesaon Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Reynolds starts against lefties as part of a first-base platoon with Lyle Overbay. Reynold's numbers are nothing out of the ordinary for the slugger -- .208 average, four homers, 19 Ks in 48 at-bats.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MILHot4/19/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy had three doubles and two RBI Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: The 27-year-old catcher is batting .344 with nine doubles in 61 at-bats.
Ryan Braun, LF, MILHot4/19/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: He came in with great numbers against Wandy Rodriguez but actually hit both homers off Pittsburgh's bullpen. All five of Braun's homers this season have come in his two multi-homer games.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY4/19/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Ivan Nova left Saturday's start with right elbow soreness, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. He'll undergo tests.
Insight: Nova gave up eight hits (four homers) and eight runs in four innings Saturday against the Rays and now has an 8.27 ERA. An injury would certainly help to explain his performance so far.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL4/19/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) took batting practice Saturday but he's still sore and may have to go on the DL, according to the Denver Post.
Insight: "You can probably carry a player like that 3-4 days before you make a call," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He’s still pretty sore. So we’ll have to watch him pretty close the next few days." Cuddyer tweaked his left hamstring Thursday and missed the last two games.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEACold4/19/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano has collected two hits in his last 21 at-bats.
Insight: One of them was his first home run of the season. He's hitting .254 after going 0-for-3 Saturday, and the M's have lost seven of their last eight games, but we aren't worried about the star second baseman.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA4/19/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez allowed just two hits and walked none in a shutout of the Mariners on Saturday night.
Insight: Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) has thrown two shutouts in his last five starts. The first one was a no-hitter in his final start of 2013. In between, however, he has given up 25 hits and seven earned runs in 14 2/3 innings.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot4/19/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: The Cubs lifted Anthony Rizzo from Saturday's game because of back spasms, but he's expected to play Sunday against the Reds, according to
Insight: Rizzo started every game this season for Chicago and is hitting .333 with two homers, eight RBI and just nine strikeouts in 60 at-bats. He struck out 127 times and hit .233 in 606 at-bats last season.
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAKHot4/19/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics LHP Scott Kazmir hasn't walked a batter in three of his four starts this season.
Insight: Kazmir tossed eight innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits Saturday against Houston. He's 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP with his new team.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK 4/19/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has gone 6-for-9 with a homer and three RBI over his last two games.
Insight: He was 4-for-41 prior to that. Going back to July 2012, Reddick has hit .214 with 164 Ks in his last 679 at-bats.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN 4/19/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 3-for-3 with a walk and one RBI Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Bruce has been much more selective this year than in the past -- he has a career-low 18.3 percent chase rate and a career-high 20.3 percent walk rate. However, he's only batting .204 with two homers.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC4/19/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Cubs IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-5 with a steal and two runs Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Bonifacio entered play 2-for-24 over his last six games, but he's still batting .358 due to his extremely hot start (19-for-38 first eight games). The 28-year-old has 11 runs and eight steals in 15 games and should be owned in all leagues.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/19/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton has gone 5-for-12 with one RBI, three runs and four steals over his last three games.
Insight: Hamilton went 3-for-5 Saturday at Chicago to raise his average to .214.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS 4/19/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against Baltimore.
Insight: Ortiz is only hitting .239 with a .719 OPS so far. The DH has hit .309 or better the last three seasons so we're confident he'll turn it around.
Max Scherzer, SP, DETHot4/19/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Max Scherzer earned his first win of the year Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: He fired seven innings, allowed three hits, two walks and one run and fanned nine. The right-hander has a 2.33 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and 34 Ks in 27 innings this season.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET4/19/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with two walks and a homer Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: Martinez is off to a much better start than last season, when he batted .225 in his first 77 games. The 35-year-old is hitting .333 with three homers, seven RBI and just two Ks in 48 at-bats.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANAHot4/19/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols launched his sixth homer of the season Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: All six have come in the last 10 games. The 34-year-old Pujols is in a much better physical condition than last season and it has shown at the plate. He's hitting .282 with 11 extra-base hits, 14 RBI, 11 runs, a .960 OPS and a 7/7 K/BB in his first 17 games this year.
Lance Lynn, SP, STL4/19/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn improved to 4-0 with a win over the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Lynn gave up five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings Saturday but he gave up just one run. He still has just one quality start this season. The right-hander was been provided with at least 5.1 runs per start in each of his first three seasons and 5.5 in four starts this year.
Carlos Santana, 3B, CLECold4/19/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Cleveland C/3B Carlos Santana is two for his last 35 (.057).
Insight: He hit his first homer Friday night but went 0-for-4 Saturday against the Blue Jays and is hitting .153. His only positive is a 13/16 K/BB.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLECold4/19/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Corey Kluber gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Kluber (5.40 ERA, 1.71 WHIP) has allowed 34 hits in 23 1/3 innings this season. He has been crushed for a line-drive rate north of 31 percent and that's reflected in his .390 BABIP.
Mark Buehrle, SP, TORHot4/19/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle is now 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA after beating the Indians Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Buehrle gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings. He's given up two runs in 28 innings this season. The left-hander has stranded 92.9 percent of his baserunners and he has a .253 BABIP even though his line-drive rate is near 28 percent. The regression is coming.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY4/19/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is not in the lineup Saturday night against the Rays, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN. Dean Anna is starting in his place.
Insight: Jeter started the last three games after sitting out three straight with a quad injury. He's hitting .286 with three runs and two RBI.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOS4/19/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup Saturday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Puig is getting a rest. The 23-year-old is still dealing with a left thumb injury and has hit .235 with one home run and five RBI this season.
Jenrry Mejia, SP, NYM4/19/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jenrry Mejia (blister) has been cleared to start Monday against the Cardinals, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Mejia (2-0, 2.81 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) left his last start after five scoreless innings and 77 pitches due to a blister on his right middle finger, but he wasn't bothered by it during his bullpen session on Saturday.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI4/19/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) has been cleared to make his 2014 debut Wednesday against the Dodgers, according to Jim Salisbury of
Insight: Hamels came to camp behind in his throwing program after dealing with shoulder discomfort in the winter and he suffered a setback during spring training. However, he's ready to rejoin the rotation.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDP4/19/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (biceps strain) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Giants, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Headley didn't start the last three games. He's hitting just .176 with one homer and four RBI this season after a down year in 2013. At this point, 2012 looks like a massive aberration.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM4/19/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings (groin) will not start Saturday or Sunday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings has been dealing with a groin injury and will be limited to pinch hitting for the next two days.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/19/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper was pulled from Saturday's game for a "lack of hustle," not for quad tightness, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Harper has been dealing with the quad injury for the past week or so but that wasn't why manager Matt Williams decided to remove him Saturday after six innings. Harper has gone 2-for-15 over his last four games after goign 11-for-21 with five extra-base hits from April 9-14. However, it's a good sign that he has struck out in just one of his last 21 at-bats after fanning 16 times in his first 40.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY4/19/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is in the starting lineup for Saturday.
Insight: Beltran was chasing down a foul ball and tumbled over a fence, hurting his left shoulder and right wrist on Thursday and sat out Friday. He's off to a solid start, batting .298 with four homers and nine RBI in his first 15 appearances.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS4/19/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Nats left fielder Bryce Harper left Saturday's game against St. Louis due to tightness in left quadriceps.
Insight: Harper hasn't been durable throughout his career so we've come to expect he'll be in and out of the lineup. He's batting .310 this season with one homer, five RBI and seven runs. He's struck out 17 times and is 0-for-2 in stolen base attempts. Fantasy expect more.
Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL4/19/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel has been the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY4/19/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran could get a second consecutive game off after taking a spill Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Beltran was chasing down a foul ball and tumbled over a fence, hurting his left shoulder and right wrist. He stayed in the game, so the injury isn't considered serious. He's off to a solid start, batting .298 with four homers and nine RBI in his first 15 appearances.
Ryan Ludwick, LF, CIN4/19/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick took a foul tip off his big toes and is expected to miss a couple of games, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: X-rays came back negative. Ludwick is averaging .289 with a pair of homers and six RBI while striking out 13 times. He needs a good season to protect Joey Votto in the Reds lineup.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/19/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: A's center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Friday was his first start since Sunday. Hamstring and wrist issues have plagued Crisp (.333, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 runs, 4 SB) throughout April and the team is likely just playing it cautiously.
Jason Castro, C, HOU4/19/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Houston catcher Jason Castro is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Oakland.
Insight: No injury, normal catcher rest with a day game after a night game. castro has hit three homers, but is struggling with a .216 average. carlos Corporan will start behind the plate, but his .190 batting average should be enough to keep fantasy owners at a distance.
Yadier Molina, C, STLHot4/19/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is 6-for-14 (.429) against Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Molina may be the best catcher in the game both in fantasy and real life. He's great behind the plate and is batting over .300 for the fourth consecutive season. He's batting .344 this season with three homers and a .920 OPS. Update - Molina is not in the starting lineup.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS4/19/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski will rest on Saturday with David Ross getting the start behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off after a late night. Pierzynski is batting .255 this season with one homer and six RBI. The Red Sox are hoping for a more production than that.

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