Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee and missed Friday's game, but was available for pinch-hit duties so can't be too far from playing. This favorable matchup would be a nice spot to return. Update: Martinez is in the starting lineup.
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career 15-for-25 (.600) against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter has posted back-to-back two-hit games and now sees a pitcher he owns in Bailey who is making his first appearance of the season. That's a great matchup for Carpenter and he's a must-start.
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee and missed Friday's game, but was available for pinch-hit duties so can't be too far from playing. This favorable matchup would be a nice spot to return.
Description: Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland could need minor elbow surgery, according to TR Sullivan of mlb.com.
Insight: If true he'd likely miss 2-3 weeks. Moreland can't stay healthy enough for fantasy owners and Rangers fans to see what he can do with a season's worth of at-bats. He played just 52 games last season.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 in his return to the field on Friday versus the Twins.
Insight: Brantley missed a week with a sore back. Hopefully, he can stay in the lineup and start hitting like he did on Friday. Brantley, however, didn't play left field. He was the designated hitter versus the Twins.
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the, 6-1, loss to the Cardinals on Friday.
Insight: Votto has continued to hit very well in the two-hole of the Reds lineup. He is slashing .378/.489/.811 with four home runs and 10 RBI this season. Votto is proving he definitely wasn't healthy last season.
Description: Cardinals righty Michael Wacha pitched seven solid innings in his second victory of the season.
Insight: Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven frames as he improved to 2-0. He also had four strikeouts and one walk. The only run he allowed was a solo home run to Joey Votto as the Cardinals won, 6-1.
Description: Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead New York over Tampa Bay, 5-4.
Insight: Rodriguez hit a solo blast in the second inning and then a two-run bomb in the sixth. He capped off the great night with the game-winning RBI in the eighth. Rodriguez has been the Yankees best hitter this season, hitting .344 with four home runs and 11 RBI.
Description: Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton accounted for the Marlins only run on Friday, hitting a solo home run versus the Mets.
Insight: Stanton's bomb gave Miami a, 1-0, lead, but the Mets scored the final four runs of the game. The blast was Stanton's second in as many games and second of the season. He is hitting .243 with 10 RBI.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon pitched well again, throwing seven innings and allowing one run on Friday versus the Marlins.
Insight: Colon is a perfect 3-0 and has allowed just five runs in 20 innings. On Friday, the only run he yielded was a solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton. He also struck out five and walked none. Colon just continues to defy father time.
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning versus the Orioles and picked up the victory as Boston won in the bottom of the ninth, 3-2.
Insight: Uehara struck out two batters and didn't allow a hit on Friday. He has two appearances in the 2015. One of them was a save and the other is this win. Uehara has struck out four batters in his two innings of work.
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth on Friday as Boston defeated Baltimore, 3-2.
Insight: Bogaerts was the only Red Sox with two hits in the game. His first single broke up a no-hit bid in the fifth. He also scored on catcher Ryan Hanigan's home run. Bogaerts is hitting .395 through 10 games.
Description: Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez his no-hit bid versus the Red Sox end due to an ejection in the fourth inning.
Insight: Jimenez didn't allow a hit in his 3 2/3 innings, but the home plate umpire claimed he nailed Pablo Sandoval with a pitch on purpose, and therefore was ejected from the game. Jimenez allegedly hit Sandoval in retaliation for his dirty slide into second base earlier in the game. Jimenez left with two strikeouts and three walks in addition to the no hits.
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a pair of home runs on Friday against the Braves.
Insight: Donaldson didn't have a home run this season coming into Friday's game, but he went deep in the third and fifth innings. Donaldson was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs in the game. He is hitting .302 this season.
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit a monster home run for his second of the season as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee, 6-3, on Friday.
Insight: Marte has really struggled to start the year, but manager Clint Hurdle mixed up his order and moved Marte down, which seemed to work. Marte went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb that went close to 450 feet. Marte is hitting .152 with four RBI, so maybe this game gets him going.
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the, 6-3, victory over the Brewers on Friday.
Insight: Like many of the Pirates hitters, Polanco has been struggling in the first two weeks of the season, but he and the Pirates offense got it going on Friday. Polanco had two singles and a double. He also stole his third base of the season.
Description: Padres right-hander James Shields didn't pitch great, but he and his team won in Chicago on Friday.
Insight: Shields allowed four runs, three earned on five hits in six innings versus the Cubs. He also struck out nine and walked two. Wil Myers bailed him out, though, as he hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Padres a, 5-4, lead. The San Diego bullpen shut the door from there. Shields is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts.
Description: Cubs super prospect Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 in his major league debut on Friday agianst the Padres.
Insight: Bryant hit clean up in the Cubs order, and the youngster seemed a bit anxious. He swung at pitches out of the strike zone in all his at-bats, and Bryant struck out three times. He still has tremendous talent, though, and the sky seems to be the limit with him.
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers went 3-for-4 with the game-winning three-run home run in the seventh in the, 5-4, victory over the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Myers' previous two hits didn't lead to any runs, but his bomb in the seventh was the difference in the game. Chicago took a, 4-2, lead in the sixth, but Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amarista each singled and with two outs, Myers hit his homer. It was his first of the season, and Myers is also hitting .333 with seven RBI in nine games.
Description: Tigers starter David Price finally allowed his first earned run of the season on Friday.
Insight: In his last start, Price committed an error which led to three runs and spoiled his own start. He pitched eighth innings and only allowed a solo home run to Avisail Garcia on Friday. He also allowed four hits, two walks and struck out nine. Price has a 0.40 ERA in three starts this season.
Description: White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija had his first very good start of the season, but it wasn't enough against Tigers ace David Price.
Insight: Samardzija only allowed a solo home run to Yoenis Cespedes in his eight innings of work on Friday. He was able to pitch out of jams in the first, third, fifth and seventh to strand runners in scoring position. Samardzija also had seven strikeouts and no walks. As we said after his two previous rough outings, Samardzija would be fine. He has allowed just one run in his last 13 innings of work.
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth as Detroit beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1.
Insight: With his two hits, Iglesias raised his batting average to .484, which is quite impressive for the defensive-minded shortstop even if it is only 10 games. He still doesn't have much power and won't drive in runs hitting ninth, but Iglesias is outplaying owners expectations through a week and a half.
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson (.361) could be a candidate to sit against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Dickerson is hitless in six at-bats with four strikeouts in their matchups. Unfortunately, right-hand hitter Drew Stubbs isn't much better (3-for-23), so manager Walt Weiss doesn't have many good choices
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez has been placed on the disabled list according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Gomez has a small tear in his hamstring and will be re-evaluated in a week after receiving a sortisone injection. The injury might require more than the 15 days to heal. Gerardo Parra should get the majority of the center field work, but Jean Segura could move into the leadoff slot which may help his fantasy production.
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left Thursday's game after he took a pitch in his left hip according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Insight: Rays starter Chris Archer hit a couple Blue Jays during the game, and Toronto may have responded by hitting Longoria. Hopefully, the injury to Longoria is not serious. The Rays should have an update soon.
Description: Cubs super prospect Kris Bryant will be called up to the major league club on Friday according to ESPN Chicago.
Insight: The Cubs were expected to keep Bryant in the minors for 10 days to prevent him from becoming a free agent after the 2020 season. Because he started the season in the minors, Bryant will not be a free agent until 2021. In his final Triple-A game on Thursday, he hit a three-run bomb. Bryant should be owned in all standard leagues.
Description: Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 7-5, victory over the Marlins on Thursday.
Insight: Cuddyer singled in Lucas Duda in the sixth inning, and Curtis Granderson scored on Cuddyer's infield single in the seventh. Cuddyer is hitting .297 with a home run and six RBI in 10 games this season.
Description: Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit just fine without his protective mask on his helmet on Thursday.
Insight: The game versus the Mets on Thursday was the first time since getting hit in the jaw with a pitch last August that Stanton was hitting without the protective face mask on his helmet. He promptly hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat and went 2-for-3 in the game. The homer was Stanton's first of the season.
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with two runs in the, 4-2, victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Insight: Kiermaier scored in the third inning on Steven Souza Jr.'s ground out and scored again on David DeJesus' double in the fifth. Kiermaier is hitting .344 with two home runs and four RBI to begin the season.
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis went 2-for-4 against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Toronto only had four hits in the game, so Travis was the only Blue Jays hitter to make an impact. He doubled in the ninth to score Russell Martin. Travis has been impressive through the first 10 games, hitting .371 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking two batters and striking out 11.
Insight: It was a very impressive night for Archer, who now supports a 1.37 ERA in three starts this season. He hasn't allowed a run in 14 innings as he pitched seven shutout innings in his last start as well. Fantasy owners who drafted Archer late are looking pretty smart right now.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed five runs and walked four batters in six innings against the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Hamels fell victim to the long ball again, allowing home runs to Yunel Escobar and Ryan Zimmerman. He did strike out seven batters, but the four walks cancels them out in any leagues with K/BB as a category. Hamels supports a 5.00 ERA in 18.0 innings this season.
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura wetn 1-for-4 in the, 4-0, loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Insight: Milwaukee only had six hits and was shutout, so no one in the lineup stood out. Segura is off to a nice start, hitting .323 in nine games. He hit lead off on Thursday with no Carlos Gomez in the lineup.
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas was 2-for-4, hitting his first home run of the season on Thursday against the Royals.
Insight: Vargas tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second. Minnesota went on to score six of the next seven runs and beat Kansas City, 8-5. Vargas is hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI this season.
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and home run against the Twins on Thursday.
Insight: Cain hit a two-run homer in the first inning and then drove in another run on a double in the ninth. Cain finished with three runs and three RBI. He is off to a great start this season, hitting .429 with two home runs and 11 RBI in nine games.
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had three RBI in the, 8-5, victory over the Royals on Thursday.
Insight: Mauer was just 1-for-4, but he was a solid run producer on Thursday. Danny Santana scored on Mauer's groundout in the third, Torri Hunter scored on Mauer's single in the fourth and then Shane Robinson scored on Mauer's sacrifice fly in the eighth. Mauer, however, needs to hit more home runs to be fantasy relevant in standard leagues.
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich (back) did not play on Tuesday or Wednesday, but is in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ichiro Suzuki would have gotten the start in Yelich's place, but is batting just .188 in the early going and isn't a viable fantasy option. Yelich, at this point in his career, is a better option.