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Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHC4/23/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks but failed to pick up his first win because Chicago's bullpen blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning.
Insight: Samardzija is 0-2 despite throwing at least seven innings in all five starts this season and posting a 1.53 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/23/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill had four hits, including a double and a triple, in five at-bats Wednesday at Chicago.
Insight: Hill is still hitting just .240 with one home run and a 23/4 K/BB in 96 at-bats this season.
Josh Fields, RP, HOU4/23/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: The Astros went to Josh Fields for a second straight save chance on Wednesday but he couldn't close out the Mariners.
Insight: Fields gave up a walk-off three-run homer to Kyle Seager. Three members of Houston's bullpen -- Fields, Anthony Bass and Chad Qualls -- have recorded a save this year, and the Astros will probably stick with a committee after Fields' blown save on Wednesday.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA 4/23/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager hit two homers, including a walk-off three-run shot, Wednesday afternoon against the Astros.
Insight: Seager drove in all five runs for Seattle to help end an eight-game losing streak. The third baseman came into Wednesday's game with zero homers and two RBI all season.
Martin Perez, SP, TEXHot4/23/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Rangers starter Martin Perez threw a second straight shutout Wednesday at Oakland.
Insight: Perez (4-0, 1.42 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) tossed his first career shutout last Friday and has compiled 26 scoreless innings in a row.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS 4/23/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is getting a routine day off Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: That will allow him to avoid lefty Cole Hamels. Gonzalez has a .722 OPS against lefties this year, compared to a 1.039 OPS against right-handers.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOSCold4/23/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford will not start Wednesday against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels.
Insight: Crawford is 1-for-14 (.071) against left-handers this season and is batting .217 with a .543 OPS and four steals in 17 games.
Justin Ruggiano, RF, CHC4/23/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano left Wednesday's game in the ninth inning with a left hamstring injury and is going for an MRI, according to Patrick Mooney of
Insight: Ruggiano suffered the injury while attempting to make a sliding catch and had to be helped off the field. He's expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARI4/23/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo's MRI revealed a stress fracture in his left foot.
Insight: He'll head for a second opinion. Trumbo has hit .210 with seven homers and 19 RBI in his first 21 games this season.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS4/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is healthy enough to return but the team will wait to activate him after Jon Lester lasted only 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Sean McAdam,
Insight: With the bullpen worn out, the Red Sox have opted to call up Alex Wilson rather than activate Victorino. The outfielder should be back Thursday and is expected to hit first or second when he returns.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, NYY4/23/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox. Kelly Johnson is starting at third base.
Insight: Solarte is in the midst of a 0-for-12 slump. Now that Mark Teixeira is back, Solarte will probably go back to a utility role and won't start enough to help fantasy owners.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL4/23/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Insight: The Cardinals will start Allen Craig at first and Shane Robinson in right field. The 25-year-old Adams is hitting .346 with an .858 OPS this season, though he only has one home run and five RBI.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET4/23/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Davis is hitting .304 with one homer, 11 runs and seven steals in 15 games this season, but he'll take a seat to give J.D. Martinez a second straight start. He has been leading off for the Tigers and should be added in deep leagues.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFGCold4/23/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan was not in Wednesday's lineup at Colorado due to a sore knee, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Insight: Pagan said he's fine, but manager Bruce Bochy said he thought the center fielder looked a step or two off while running down some flares to the outfield that dropped Tuesday night. Pagan went 0-for-5 with three Ks in the game and is two for his last 16.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA4/23/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will play catch on Monday, according to Greg Johns of
Insight: Walker was scratched from what was supposed to be his final rehab start due to a setback with his sore shoulder, so he's basically back to step one in the rehab process.
Josh Johnson, SP, SDP4/23/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Josh Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to Corey Brock of
Insight: It's the second time Johnson has had to undergo the surgery. He had a pitiful 6.20 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP while going 2-8 in 81 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season and may never throw an inning for San Diego because he's on a one-year deal.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS4/23/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a sore quad. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: He'll bat in the cleanup spot tonight against Angels ace Jered Weaver (1-2, 4.74 ERA). LaRoche is currently on a six-game hitting streak (.300 AVG with one RBI during the streak).
Aaron Harang, SP, ATLHot4/23/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang pitched well in a no-decision Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: This wasn't the gem he threw last week against the Mets (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K's) but Harang (3-1) was still plenty effective, racking up a season-high 11 strikeouts and allowing just one run over six innings. His 0.85 ERA this season leads the National League.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX4/23/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Texas left-hander Matt Harrison will make his season debut Sunday against Seattle. SOURCE: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
Insight: Harrison was originally slated to return on Friday but the team didn't want him batting during the team's upcoming interleague series against the Rockies so they pushed him back a couple days. Harrison missed most of last season with back issues. His last start in the big leagues came on April 6, 2013.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI4/23/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have officially activated left-hander Cole Hamels from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He'll get the start Wednesday night against Los Angeles. Hamels got a late start in spring training because of shoulder tighness. His next win will be the 100th of his major league career.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEACold4/23/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: M's right-hander Erasmo Ramirez may be close to losing his place in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Greg Johns,
Insight: The right-hander has had a difficult time throwing strikes (1.82 K to BB ratio) and has given up way too many home runs (six in his last five starts). With Hisashi Iwakuma close to returning from a finger injury, it looks like Ramirez will be the odd man out in Seattle's rotation.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET4/23/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is getting the night off Wednesday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Jason Beck,
Insight: This was a scheduled day off for Hunter, who is now hitting .259 in 15 games this season. Don Kelly (.313, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is getting the start in right field.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/23/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: O's shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli,
Insight: He strained his hamstring over the weekend but only wound up missing two games. Hardy is hitless against the Blue Jays this season (0-for-9).
Matt Wieters, C, BAL4/23/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is back behind the plate Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli,
Insight: He missed yesterday's game with a sore forearm. Wieters' .321 average this season is tied for seventh-best in the American League.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/23/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre will be activated from the disabled list on Friday. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN
Insight: Beltre (.286, 0 HR, 4 RBI) has been out with a strained quad. Friday will be the first day he's eligible to return after being placed on the DL retroactive to April 9.
Daniel Nava, LF, BOS4/23/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have demoted outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Right-hander Alex Wilson was called up in the corresponding roster move. Nava opened the year as Boston's starting right fielder but after hitting .149 in 17 games, it's clear he wasn't up to the task. Even if we see Nava back in the big leagues this season, he won't be a fantasy option.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI4/23/2014 1:27:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is one of the rare hitters who actually likes facing Zack Greinke.
Insight: We don't actually know if he "enjoys" facing Greinke (3-0, 2.42 ERA) but we do know that Revere has six hits against him in 14 lifetime at bats (.429 AVG). That makes him worthy of a start on Wednesday.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDP4/23/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera won't have an easy time Wednesday versus Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Cabrera has just one hit in 12 career at bats against him. Mostly known for his speed, Cabrera (.305, 0 HR, 2 RBI) has been caught stealing on three of his five attempts this season.
Delmon Young, LF, BAL4/23/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Baltimore DH Delmon Young has been awful in his career against Toronto right-hander Dustin McGowan (2-for-15 with four strikeouts).
Insight: Obviously that doesn't bode well for Wednesday. Given the matchup, there's a good chance Buck Showalter sits him.
Nick Markakis, RF, BAL4/23/2014 1:16:00 PM
Description: O's right fielder Nick Markakis hasn't had much luck against Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan in his career.
Insight: He's hitting an unimpressive .154 against the right-hander in 13 at bats. Markakis (.275, 0 HR, 5 RBI) is more valuable to his team in real life than he is to fantasy owners.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/23/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Though it hasn't kept him out of the lineup yet, Braves 1B Freddie Freeman admitted he's been struggling with dry eyes. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's an issue Freeman has dealt with on and off throughout his career. He said he cleaned his eye lids out and should be back to normal by Friday. The issue hasn't affected Freeman's performance (.346, 5 HR, 14 RBI) so fantasy owners have no reason to be concerned.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS4/23/2014 1:04:00 PM
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is healthy enough to return but the team may wait to activate him after Jon Lester lasted only 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: With the bullpen worn out, the Red Sox may need to call up an arm from Pawtucket to eat up some innings. Either way, Victorino (strained hamstring) should be back with the team later this week.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK4/23/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: The A's will rest center fielder Coco Crisp on Wednesday. SOURCE: Athletics on Twitter
Insight: Instead, Craig Gentry will lead-off and play center field. Crisp (.317, 2 HR, 7 RBI) has dealt with hamstring issues recently and may see more rest than usual until he's fully recovered.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLCold4/23/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton was given the day off on Wednesday. SOURCE: Mark Bowman,
Insight: Upton has encountered his first mini-slump of the season with only two hits in his last 13 at bats. Ryan Doumit (.143, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is getting the start in left field.
Zack Cozart, SS, CINCold4/23/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hasn't done much versus Pirates starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Cozart has only managed one hit in 13 at bats against the right-hander. With a .149 average through 18 games, Cozart hasn't been on the fantasy radar.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/23/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier has had good success against Pirates starter Charlie Morton (5-for-9).
Insight: Frazier has had his moments this year (four homers, ten RBI) but he's probably just an average fantasy third baseman. Today, however, he should definitely be starting.
Russell Martin, C, PIT4/23/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is hitless in seven trips to the plate against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Martin, who is appealing a one-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl this past weekend, has just one hit in 15 at bats against Cincinnati this season (.067). Tonight should be more of the same.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA4/23/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout is hitless in nine lifetime at bats against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Unfortunately, that's who he's facing on Wednesday. Obviously you're not going to bench Trout (.306, 5 HR, 13 RBI) but expectations do need to be lowered.
Denard Span, CF, WAS4/23/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span has been brutal against Angels starter Jered Weaver throughout his career.
Insight: Span, who used to face the Angels on a fairly regular basis when he played for the Twins, just can't seem to figure Weaver out. In 22 at bats against him, he's logged just two hits (.091). Make sure to bench Span (.208, 0 HR, 5 RBI) on Wednesday.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot4/23/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is still looking for his first hit off Kansas City starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: He's 0-for-9 against him, though bizarrely he has not struck out against the left-hander. Brantley has been killing it lately with five hits and four RBI in his last three appearances. With that said, the odds are definitely against him on Wednesday.
David Murphy, RF, CLE4/23/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid Cleveland right fielder David Murphy on Wednesday.
Insight: That's because of his dreadful batting average against Royals starter Jason Vargas (.091 in 22 at bats). Murphy has gotten off to a nice start (.288, 2 HR, 15 RBI) but we wouldn't expect much from him on Wednesday.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE4/23/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is having a pretty awful season (.205, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 20 games) but he could be worth a look Wednesday against Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: He's hitting .500 against him in ten career at bats. Two of those five hits went for extra bases so this matchup does have potential. Cabrera still has time to turn things around this season but the clock is ticking.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY4/23/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran hasn't made much success against Red Sox right-hander John Lackey (2-for-12).
Insight: We tell you that because that's who Beltran will be facing on Wednesday. Beltran has had a good season though (.296, 5 HR, 13 RBI in 18 games) so you may not want to take him out of your lineup.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFGCold4/23/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence hasn't had the season he was hoping for and it's probably not going to get much better on Wednesday.
Insight: That's because he's facing Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood, a pitcher he's hitless against in his career (0-for-14). Pence is barely hitting .200 right now (.213) and doesn't deserve to be starting in any fantasy leagues until he breaks out of his season-long slump.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFGCold4/23/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan will have his hands full Wednesday against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.
Insight: He has three hits in 17 career at bats against him (.176). Pagan has definitely slowed down after getting off to a great start. Over the last week, he's gone just 5-for-24 with one extra base hit (.208).
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFGCold4/23/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval owns a .417 career average against today's starting pitcher, Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 2.77 ERA).
Insight: Judging by his paltry .169 average this season, Panda hasn't found his stroke yet. But for once, Sandoval does have a favorable matchup with Chatwood throwing for Colorado today. We'll see if he can take advantage of it.
Wilin Rosario, C, COL4/23/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Wilin Rosario is one of the better offensive catchers in baseball, just not against Matt Cain.
Insight: The Rockies backstop owns a .167 lifetime average versus the Giants right-hander. Catcher isn't the deepest position in fantasy but we're guessing you'll have better options than Rosario (.265, 3 HR, 13 RBI) on Wednesday.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL4/23/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez couldn't have asked for a worse matchup on Wednesday.
Insight: Gonzalez is facing Giants right-hander Matt Cain, a pitcher he's had almost no success against throughout his career (4-for-44 with 17 strikeouts). The idea of benching Gonzalez (.266, 4 HR, 14 RB, 2 SB) in fantasy is usually treated like sacrilege but on this rare occasion, it's actually the right thing to do.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI4/23/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Arizona infielder Martin Prado is not a preferred fantasy option Wednesday against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Samardzija has limited Prado to just two hits in 13 career at bats (.157 AVG). Prado has been pretty useless this season (.247 AVG, zero homers in 22 games) and shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA4/23/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Joe Frisaro,
Insight: It's pretty common for catchers to sit out the day game after a night game so fantasy owners shouldn't be too thrown off by this. Saltalamacchia isn't one of the more exciting fantasy options at catcher but he did have a 25-HR season as recently as 2012.
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL4/23/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin could be activated from the disabled list as early as April 29th. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: He's been in the minors rehabbing a shoulder strain. Chacin logged an impressive 3.47 ERA last season though he was a completely different pitcher on the road (2.44 ERA in 81 IP) than he was at home (4.18 ERA in 116 1/3 IP).
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS4/23/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Dee Gordon injured his head Tuesday against the Phillies but has already passed all his concussion tests. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick,
Insight: He suffered the injury while sliding into second for his 12th stolen base of the season. That total leads the major leagues. Gordon's .369 average won't last but fantasy owners can always rely on his blazing speed. We wouldn't expect this ailment to sideline him for more than a day or two.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY4/23/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury corked two hits in Tuesday's win over Boston.
Insight: Ellsbury received a mixed reaction from fans in his return to Fenway Park. Though he still hasn't homered yet, Ellsbury has collected a robust .342 average in his first 20 games as a Bronx Bomber. He also has eight thefts on ten stolen base attempts.
Franklin Morales, SP, COL4/23/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Rockies starter Franklin Morales was lights out Tuesday in a win over San Francisco.
Insight: Morales surrendered just one run over seven innings, striking out seven with two walks. After losing his spot in the starting rotation earlier this season, Morales (2-1, 3.86 ERA) got it back last week when Brett Anderson underwent surgery to repair a broken finger. We'll see how long he holds onto his job this time around.
Dayan Viciedo, RF, CWSHot4/23/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Chicago right fielder Dayan Viciedo jolted four hits in Tuesday night's loss to the Tigers.
Insight: Viciedo is now on a four-game hitting streak (10-for-18). His .361 batting average this season is fifth-best in the major leagues.
James Loney, 1B, TAMHot4/23/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney stayed hot with three hits Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: He's been ridiculous over his last four games, providing nine hits over that span (.563 AVG). Loney, who has never been a big power guy, is on pace for 97 RBI this season. Fantasy owners in the market for a corner infielder could do a lot worse than Loney (.302, 1 HR, 12 RBI).
Jason Hammel, SP, CHC4/23/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel was brilliant Tuesday in a win over Arizona.
Insight: Hammel (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K's, 0 BB) has been practically unhittable this year, limiting opponents to a .151 batting average over 27 2/3 innings. He has, however, been susceptible to giving up the long ball. In fact, five of the eight runs Hammel (3-1, 2.60 ERA) has allowed this season have come on round-trippers. His next start will be Sunday against Milwaukee.
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU4/23/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Astros right-hander Collin McHugh picked up his first major league victory Tuesday against Seattle.
Insight: McHugh was spectacular, fanning 12 hitters and allowing just three hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings. He was called up Monday to replace the injured Scott Feldman (biceps tendinitis) in the starting rotation.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETHot4/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler had two doubles, two RBI, two runs and a walk Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Kinsler is batting .319 with 14 runs, 13 RBI, three steals and a 7/5 K/BB in his first 72 at-bats with the Tigers.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot4/22/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu socked a solo homer over the center-field wall off Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning Tuesday night.
Insight: That's the center-field wall at Comerica Park, 420 feet away from home plate, if you were wondering. Abreu went 2-for-3 with two runs in the game and has six homers on the young season. He's done a good job to shake off his first MLB slump, going 8-for-20 with three doubles and two homers after a 1-for-25 stretch.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN4/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer blasted four hits Tuesday in an 8-2 win over Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer hasn't found his home run stroke yet (still homerless in 74 at bats) but who needs the long ball when you're hitting over .300? Here's another thing Hosmer owners should be thrilled about: the 24-year-old has just six strikeouts in 19 games. With a contact rate like that, Hosmer should be in for a great season.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET4/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Cabrera is off to a slow start but fantasy owners should know better than to panic.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET4/22/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed two runs on eight hits and had a 7/2 K/BB in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.
Insight: Verlander's K/9 is still a little low (7.36) and his WHIP is high (1.36), but he's 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA and has allowed only one homer in 33 innings.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS4/22/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Napoli is hitting .286, but his average will soon tumble. He has struck out in 29.5 percent of his plate appearances and hit .370 on balls in play even though his line-drive rate is just 11.8 percent.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS4/22/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit his fourth homer of the season Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Ortiz (.256, .782 OPS) has gone 6-for-15 with two home runs and three RBI his last four games.
David DeJesus, LF, TAM4/22/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus broke out of a slump by delivering three hits in Tuesday's win over Minnesota.
Insight: His first inning single ended an 0-for-24 drought. It's a start but DeJesus (.174, 0 HR, 3 RBI) still has a long way to go before we consider him a legitimate fantasy option.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYYHot4/22/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran went deep off Edward Mujica in the eighth inning Tuesday at Boston.
Insight: The game was out of hand by that point with the Yankees up 8-2, but fantasy owners will take it just the same. Beltran leads New York with five home runs and 13 RBI.
David Price, SP, TAM4/22/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Rays starter David Price pitched a complete game Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Joe Mauer hit a hard line drive off Price's leg in the fourth inning but it didn't seem to affect him as the left-hander still finished with a season-high 12 strikeouts over 113 pitches. Price's next start is Sunday against the White Sox.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYYHot4/22/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Back-to-back solo homers from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli were the only blemishes on New York starter Masahiro Tanaka's record Tuesday in his first taste of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
Insight: Tanaka gave up three doubles and the two round-trippers but held Boston to two runs over 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking none. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and an impeccable 35/2 K/BB in 29 1/3 innings.
Jon Lester, SP, BOS4/22/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester entered Tuesday's game having walked four batters in his first 29 innings this season but he issued four free passes against the Yankees.
Insight: Lester also allowed 11 hits and eight runs, though just three were earned so he was able to walk away with a 2.67 ERA. He struck out seven and has a 9.62 K/9 this season.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot4/22/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: McCutchen went 5-for-6 with two homers, three walks and three runs in the first two games of Pittsburgh's series versus Cincinnati and is hitting .288 with a career-high 18.2 percent walk rate, up from 11.6 percent last year.
Edinson Volquez, SP, PITHot4/22/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: After walking 4.07 batters per nine innings last year, Volquez has issued just five total walks in 28 innings this season and owns a 1.93 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He has a 4.0 percent HR/FB and allowed one homer all year.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN4/22/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with a steal and a run Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Hamilton has gone 8-for-25 (.320) with five runs and six steals on six attempts his last six games after going 7-for-44 (.159) at the plate and 2-for-4 on the basepaths his first 13 games.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STLHot4/22/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hyperextended his knee Tuesday in a win against the Mets. SOURCE: Andy Martino, New York Daily News
Insight: Wainwright finished the inning so the injury couldn't have been that serious. He had another brilliant outing on Tuesday, allowing just four hits across seven shutout frames. Wainwright (1.46 ERA) is tied with Mark Buehrle and teammate Lance Lynn for the major league lead in victories (four each).
Johnny Cueto, SP, CINHot4/22/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a second straight complete game Tuesday.
Insight: Cueto (1.38 ERA, 0.77 WHIP) shut out the Pirates on three hits his last start, and he victimized them again Tuesday in a 4-1 win. The right-hander has given up 19 hits and six earned runs while striking out 39 in 39 innings this season.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, ANA4/22/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs worked around four walks Tuesday at Washington to grab his second win of the season.
Insight: Skaggs threw seven innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out five. The left-hander's velocity is back up to where it was when he was a top-10 MLB prospect prior to 2013, and he has a 3.21 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 28 innings.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANAHot4/22/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit home runs No. 499 and 500 Tuesday at Washington.
Insight: "The Machine" is officially back up and running. Pujols has eight homers, 19 RBI and a .956 OPS in his first 20 games this season. He didn't hit his eighth homer last year until May 23.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLCold4/22/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton has gone 6-for-32 with 19 Ks over his last eight games.
Insight: Upton went down on strikes three times in three at-bats Tuesday against the Marlins and has struck out three times in each of his last three games.
Alex Wood, SP, ATLHot4/22/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood struck out 11, walked none and gave up one run on four hits over eight innings Tuesday against the Marlins, but Jose Fernandez was a touch better.
Insight: Wood (1.54 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) has lost two straight 1-0 decisions. The 23-year-old left-hander has 35 strikeouts in 35 innings so far.
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIAHot4/22/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Marlins starter Jose Fernandez won a pitchers' duel against Alex Wood of the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.
Insight: The two hurlers combined for 16 innings, seven hits, one earned run, 25 strikeouts and zero walks. Fernandez accounted for 14 of those strikeouts over eight innings in a 1-0 win. After giving up six runs on eight hits with four walks in four innings April 11 at Philadelphia, Fernandez has surrendered zero earned runs and posted a 24/0 K/BB in his last two turns.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS4/22/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham should be activated from the disabled list later this week. SOURCE:
Insight: He's hoping to play this weekend against the Rays. Beckham missed the first few weeks of the season with a strained oblique. His return will probably mean less playing time for Marcus Semien (.227, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and Conor Gillaspie (.302, 0 HR, 12 RBI).
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEX4/22/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Texas left fielder Shin-Soo Choo does not have a high ankle sprain. SOURCE: MLBlogs
Insight: His MRI came back clean. Choo, who has already been ruled out for Wednesday's series finale, is hoping to play this weekend against Seattle.
Lucas Harrell, SP, HOU4/22/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Houston right-hander Lucas Harrell will head to Triple-A Oklahoma City after passing through waivers unclaimed.
Insight: He was designated for assignment last Wednesday to make room for top prospect George Springer. Harrell (0-3) posted a 9.49 ERA in three starts before his demotion.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL4/22/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects to have catcher Matt Wieters (forearm soreness) back in the lineup Wednesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of
Insight: Wieters felt forearm soreness on a throw to second base in Sunday's game and was not in the starting lineup for a second straight game Tuesday.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA4/22/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw 58 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday and said he feels "pretty close" to returning. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Iwakuma was expected to begin his rehab assignment today but the team moved him to a simulated game due to inclement weather in Tacoma. The plan is to have Iwakuma throw roughly 75 pitches Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma at Las Vegas. If all goes well there, he could rejoin the Mariners.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/22/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill won't be in action Tuesday versus the Cubs. SOURCE: Diamondbacks on Twitter
Insight: We haven't heard of any injury so we're assuming it's just a routine off day for the 32-year-old. Martin Prado (.247, 0 HR, 6 RBI) is getting the nod at second base.
Miguel Montero, C, ARI4/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero will be given the night off Tuesday against Chicago. SOURCE: Diamondbacks on Twitter
Insight: It's only his third absence of the season. Tuffy Gosewich, who is hitless on the season, will start at catcher for Arizona.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARI4/22/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Mark Trumbo's absence from Tuesday's starting lineup is related to a sore left foot. SOURCE: Nick Piecoro, Arizona Republic
Insight: It's unknown if Trumbo is headed for any tests on the injured foot. The Diamondbacks are off to a terrible start (5-17) and losing Trumbo would just be adding insult to injury.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WASHot4/22/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is hitting cleanup Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Rendon is hitting .304 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs in 79 at-bats this season and will hit behind Jayson Werth and in front of Ian Desmond. He's hit in every spot in the order this season other than third and the pitcher's spot.
A.J. Pollock, CF, ARI4/22/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock (neck) is not in the lineup for the second straight game Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Pollock left Sunday's game due to a stiff neck and is still not ready to return. Tony Campana will start in his place.
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEX4/22/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo will sit out with an ankle injury Tuesday against Oakland. SOURCE: Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: Choo had an MRI today and is still waiting for the results. Michael Choice (.231, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will grab the start in left field on Tuesday.
Daniel Nava, LF, BOS4/22/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava won't be in the lineup Tuesday against New York.
Insight: Nava has had a very poor season offensively (.149, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and is unlikely to be an everyday player when Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) returns from the disabled list later this week.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHIHot4/22/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will get the night off Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: A lefty, Hyun-Jin Ryu, is on the mound, but Utley has two homers in four at-bats against him. Utley is hitting .391 with nine doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 11 runs so far.
Matt Moore, SP, TAM4/22/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Rays lefty Matt Moore had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Roger Mooney, Tampa Tribune
Insight: That officially ends his season. Fantasy owners playing in non-keeper leagues can feel free to discard the talented 24-year-old.
Johnny Hellweg, SP, MIL4/22/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: An MRI revealed a torn UCL in the elbow of Brewers pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg, according to Adam McCalvy of
Insight: ranked the right-hander as Milwaukee's No. 7 prospect prior to the season. He had a 4.95 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP in his first 20 innings with Triple-A Nashville this year.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT4/22/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: Somehow, Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was able to avoid a suspension despite his role in instigating a brawl Sunday against the Brewers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Cole took exception to Carlos Gomez admiring his triple and things escalated quickly from there. To Cole's credit, he only yelled at Gomez and didn't throw any punches. Some will say he got off too easy but Cole (2-1, 3.67 ERA) should be a decent fantasy play when he starts Friday against St. Louis.
Andre Ethier, OF, LOS4/22/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier will take a seat Tuesday against the Phillies, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ethier (.220, 2 HR, 13 RBI) wasn't in Monday's lineup with lefty Cliff Lee on the mound and he won't start against right-hander A.J. Burnett either.
Martin Maldonado, C, MIL4/22/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado will not appeal his five-game suspension. Maldonado was involved in Sunday's bench-clearing brawl with Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Brewers on Twitter
Insight: Maldonado was given the longest ban of the four players suspended for Sunday's incident. His absence means more playing time for Jonathan Lucroy (.313, 1 HR, 7 RBI) behind the plate.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL4/22/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will start his rehab assignment with Single-A Frederick on Friday. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Machado will probably miss all of April after undergoing offseason knee surgery but he could be back in the big leagues sometime in early May. Ryan Flaherty (.213, 0 HR, 3 RBI) and Jonathan Schoop (.259, 1 HR, 9 RBI) have been splitting third base duties in his absence.
Vidal Nuno, SP, NYY4/22/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have promoted left-hander Vidal Nuno to the starting rotation. SOURCE: Sweeny Murti, WFAN
Insight: Nuno's start on Sunday at Tampa Bay -- five innings, zero runs, six strikeouts -- was supposed to be a spot start but ended up being an audition after Ivan Nova's MRI revealed a torn UCL in his elbow. Nuno has compiled a 2.84 ERA in 428 career minor league innings and went 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts for the Bronx Bombers last season, but he's a non-prospect who should only be added in very deep leagues.

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