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Chen solid vs. Royals to pick up fifth win 05-15-2014
Wei-Yin Chen P BAL
Wei-Yin Chen improved to 5-2, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings as the Orioles defeated the Royals 2-1 on Thursday. Chen was excellent, holding the Royals to seven hits and a walk while striking out only one batter. Danny Valencia brought a run in with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Orioles' lead to 2-1, but that would be it for scoring on the night. Chen, whose ERA is a respectable 3.69, will face the Pirates in Pittsburgh in his next outing.
Ventura posts 3rd consecutive quality start 05-15-2014
Yordano Ventura P KC
Yordano Ventura allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings but took the loss on Thursday against the Orioles. Ventura posted his third consecutive quality start, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out nine. His only mistake came in the fourth inning when he surrendered a two-run home run to Nelson Cruz, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Ventura is 2-3, but it doesn't speak to how well he has pitched. He carries a 2.40 ERA and a 53/16 K/BB ratio into next week's start against the White Sox at home.
Markakis logs three hits as O's top Royals 05-15-2014
Nick Markakis RF BAL
Nick Markakis went 3-for-4 in Thursday's win over the Royals. All three hits were singles, boosting the average up to .302. While the high average is nice, the Orioles would also like to see a little more power out of their corner outfielder, as Markakis is currently sitting on a meager .389 slugging percentage. He put up a career-worst .356 SLG last season.
Cruz's homer proves the difference in O's win 05-15-2014
Nelson Cruz LF BAL
Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Orioles defeated the Royals on Thursday. Cruz's two-run blast, which came in the fourth inning off of Yordano Ventura, proved to be the only offense the Orioles would generate and it was just barely enough. Cruz is now up to 12 home runs, which is second-best in baseball behind only Jose Abreu's 15. Cruz's slash line improves to .275/.341/.564. Not bad for a guy who was teamless through mid-February.
Britton picks up first career save vs. Royals 05-15-2014
Zach Britton P BAL
Zach Britton picked up the first save of his professional career, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win against the Royals. Closer Tommy Hunter has been having some issues finishing his save opportunities, so manager Buck Showalter looked to Britton to end Thursday's ballgame. He had no issues, inducing a trio of groundouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save. Hunter did warm up, but Showalter felt comfortable having the lefty Britton face the right-handed Danny Valencia and Johnny Giavotella.
Happ earns second win with six solid innings 05-15-2014
J.A. Happ P TOR
J.A. Happ picked up his second win, allowing one run over six innings as the Blue Jays defeated the Indians 4-2 on Thursday. Happ has quietly put up two quality starts in three outings since joining the Jays' starting rotation on May 5. The lefty allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four Indians on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 3.57 in the process. Happ will get the Red Sox on the road next.
Salazar falls to 1-4 with short outing vs TOR 05-15-2014
Danny Salazar P CLE
Danny Salazar fell to 1-4 after allowing two runs over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. Salazar has been frustrating as a result of his inconsistency. Thursday's outing, in which he allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out three, actually lowered his ERA to 5.53. Salazar carries a 1.62 WHIP and a 47/17 K/BB ratio, an illustration of his Jekyll and Hyde nature. He'll look to pick up his second win in his next start at home against the Tigers.
Janssen slams the door on the Indians 05-15-2014
Casey Janssen P TOR
Casey Janssen picked up his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning as the Blue Jays defeated the Indians on Thursday. It was a low-stress frame for Janssen, inducing a pair of fly balls and a ground ball in a perfect ninth. Janssen recently reclaimed his role as the club's closer following a stint on the disabled list and hasn't run into any issues yet.
Murphy homers, but Tribe fall to the Jays 05-15-2014
David Murphy RF CLE
David Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays. Murphy followed up Wednesday's five-hit affair with another multi-hit effort. He took J.A. Happ deep in the fifth inning for his third homer of the season. It's notable because Happ is a lefty and Murphy entered the ballgame with a .479 OPS against southpaws. Murphy is now sporting a .280/.355/.440 slash line with 25 runs batted in.
Francisco homers again as Jays top Tribe 05-15-2014
Juan Francisco 3B TOR
Juan Francisco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Indians. It seems like Francisco is homering every other day. Thursday's shot, of the solo variety, came against Danny Salazar in the second inning, bringing his total up to seven on the season in just 95 plate appearances. Francisco is also slugging .622, which ranks second-best among hitters with at least 90 plate appearances, trailing only Troy Tulowitzki's .750.
Encarnacion blasts two homers vs. Indians 05-15-2014
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of home runs in Thursday's win over the Indians. Encarnacion didn't hit any homers in his first 19 games. He has now blasted eight in his last 23 games. He's now on pace for 31 over a full season. Encarnacion took Danny Salazar deep in the second inning for a solo shot, and then victimized C.C. Lee in the fifth inning for a two-run long ball. He's now slashing .253/.331/.506 and tied for eighth in baseball with 30 RBI.
Whitley blanks the Mets over 4 2/3 innings 05-15-2014
Chase Whitley P NYY
Chase Whitley held the Mets scoreless over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut and took the no-decision as the Yankees emerged victorious by a 1-0 margin on Thursday. Whitley was rolling through the ballgame, but got into some hot water in the fifth inning, walking the Mets' first two hitters, who were then moved up to second and third base on a Ruben Tejada sacrifice bunt. That's when manager Joe Girardi opted to pull Whitley in favor of reliever Dellin Betances. Overall, Whitley allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out four. Whitley, filling in for the injured CC Sabathia, will face the Cubs at Wrigley Field next.
deGrom impresses in MLB debut vs. Yankees 05-15-2014
Jacob deGrom P NYM
Jacob deGrom was impressive in his major league debut but took the loss despite holding the Yankees to one run over seven innings on Thursday. deGrom was rarely under pressure, holding the Yankees to four hits and two walks while striking out six. Alfonso Soriano broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with an RBI double and it proved to be all the offense necessary. deGrom, filling in for the injured Dillon Gee, will get the ball against the Dodgers at home next.
Robertson picks up seventh save over Mets 05-15-2014
David Robertson P NYY
David Robertson picked up his seventh save of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Mets on Thursday. The Yankees were in a bit of a pickle, as the Mets had the tying run on third base with two outs in the eighth inning, so they called on Robertson to squelch the threat. He did, inducing David Wright to ground out. The ninth inning was easy as pie for him, getting consecutive strikeouts of Chris Young and Lucas Duda to end the ballgame. Robertson, the successor to Mariano Rivera, has done well when he has been healthy, converting all seven of his save chances while posting a 1.74 ERA with a 12/2 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
Granderson goes 0-for-4 with two strikeouts 05-15-2014
Curtis Granderson RF NYM
Curtis Granderson finished 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Yankees. Granderson had bumped his average up over the Mendoza line on Tuesday, but it was short-lived. Thursday's performance dropped him back to .194. That said, Granderson has had much better results at the plate through two-plus weeks in May than he did throughout the entire month of April.
Soriano's RBI double leads Yankees to win 05-15-2014
Alfonso Soriano LF NYY
Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-4 with an RBI double as the Yankees defeated the Mets on Thursday. Soriano's RBI double in the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie and proved to be the winning run as the Yankees held on to win 1-0. His OPS has been on a precipitous decline over the last three weeks. Thursday's performance only bumps him up to .691. While he has shown occasional power, he hasn't been walking and he has been hitting for a characteristically-low average.
Wade Davis nursing stiff neck 05-15-2014
Wade Davis P KC
Wade Davis was unavailable Wednesday and won't pitch Thursday, either, due to a stiff neck.

Royals.mlb.com
"Wade showed up yesterday with a bit of a stiff neck," Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday. "He's still fighting it a little bit right now. He's going to come out and play a little catch, but Wade was unavailable yesterday." Davis did say Thursday that he was "a little better," so he should be ready sometime this weekend. The setup man has been fantastic this season with a 2.08 ERA and 32/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings.
Ross goes seven innings in victory 05-15-2014
Tyson Ross P SD
Tyson Ross tossed seven innings of one-run ball as the Padres topped the Reds 6-1 in the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader. Ross allowed an RBI ground out in the first inning, but he didn't give up his first hit until Chris Heisey doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. He tied a season-high with five walks and struck out seven in the victory and now owns a 2.81 ERA and 53 strikeouts across 57 2/3 innings this season. He's capable of being a useful starter in mixed leagues, even away from PETCO Park.
Francis gives up three runs in loss 05-15-2014
Jeff Francis P NYY
Jeff Francis yielded three runs over five innings Thursday in a loss to the Padres. Francis, the 26th man for the doubleheader, gave up five hits (including a home run) and no walks while striking out four batters. It was a decent start, but the Reds just couldn't get much going against Tyson Ross and the Padres' bullpen.
Ichiro Suzuki available off bench 05-15-2014
Ichiro Suzuki RF NYY
Ichiro Suzuki is available to play off the Yankees' bench Thursday.

Yankees.mlb.com
Ichiro has not played since a dive on Sunday resulted in a sore knee and back, but he's ready to play now. The veteran outfielder sports a nice .364/.397/.436 batting line this season.
Cabrera smacks solo homer vs. Reds 05-15-2014
Everth Cabrera SS SD
Everth Cabrera smacked a solo homer in Thursday's win over the Reds. The home run was his first since last May 25. It was just his fourth RBI on the year and his first April 27. Cabrera is off to a disappointing start this year following his PED suspension, but he has at least stolen three bases this month. He had just four in all of April.
Denorfia has two hits against Reds 05-15-2014
Chris Denorfia RF SEA
Chris Denorfia went 2-for-5 with a run scored Thursday against the Reds. Denorfia, who batted leadoff for the nightcap, is now hitting .304/.339/.400 through 36 games this season. While he has the reputation as a lefty-killer, he has actually been more marginally more productive against right-handers so far this year. Of course, at-bats against right-handers might be more hard to come by with Seth Smith swinging the bat well and Carlos Quentin back from the disabled list. His fantasy value will come against southpaws.
Alonso hits first home run of the season 05-15-2014
Yonder Alonso 1B SD
Yonder Alonso went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Reds. Alonso had an RBI single in the sixth inning and later added a solo home run in the eighth. The home run was his first of the year. The 27-year-old is still batting .200/.238/.289 on the year, but at least we are seeing some signs of life. He has four multi-hit games in his last six.
Hamilton steals two bases in loss to Padres 05-15-2014
Billy Hamilton CF CIN
Billy Hamilton walked, stole two bases, and scored a run as the Reds dropped the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Padres. Hamilton drew a walk to lead off the game and manufactured a run from there. The Reds would be held off the board the rest of the way. The rookie speedster got off to a slow start this season, but he's now batting .259/.300/.375 with 14 stolen bases through 35 games.
Anthony DeSclafani to remain in rotation 05-15-2014
Anthony DeSclafani P MIA
Anthony DeSclafani will remain in the Marlins' rotation for now.

Juan C. Rodriguez on Twitter
The thought was that the Marlins would add the newly signed Randy Wolf to their rotation, but DeSclafani pitched so well in his major league debut Wednesday that he'll be given another shot. The 24-year-old is worth a look in NL-only leagues.
Heath Bell receiving interest from four clubs 05-15-2014
Heath Bell P NYY
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Orioles and Mariners are two of four teams that have shown "serious interest" in Heath Bell.

MLBDailyDish.com
Cotillo says that Bell is evaluating offers from the four clubs and trying to determine where would be the best fit for him. He's expected to sign somewhere within the next few days. Bell was released by the Rays over the weekend after putting up a 7.27 ERA over 13 appearances.
Angel Pagan back in action Thursday 05-15-2014
Angel Pagan CF SF
Angel Pagan is back in the Giants' lineup Thursday.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Pagan sat out Wednesday's game due to a nagging knee injury. The speedy outfielder sports a .322/.371/.445 batting line this season.
Pablo Sandoval returns to Giants' lineup 05-15-2014
Pablo Sandoval 3B SF
Pablo Sandoval is back in the Giants' lineup Thursday.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Sandoval exited Wednesday's game with a left big toe injury, but he's fine. The third baseman has seven hits over his last 16 at-bats.
Tim Hudson (hip) to miss Friday's outing 05-15-2014
Tim Hudson P SF
Tim Hudson will not start on Friday due to a strained hip.

Henry Schulman on Twitter
He felt the injury during his last start, which is why he was removed after six innings. The good news is that the Giants are calling the injury mild and saying that Hudson will be ready to go for his next turn. Yusmeiro Petit will start Friday against the Marlins in Hudson's place.
Calhoun (ankle) on track to return Tuesday 05-15-2014
Kole Calhoun RF LAA
Kole Calhoun (ankle) is on pace to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Pedro Moura on Twitter
Calhoun will begin a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and will be ready to roll on Tuesday against the Astros if all goes well. The young outfielder has been sidelined since mid-April with a badly sprained right ankle.
Elbow surgery would cost Beltran 6-12 weeks 05-15-2014
Carlos Beltran RF NYY
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that Carlos Beltran would be sidelined 6-12 weeks if he winds up needing surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.

Erik Boland on Twitter
Cashman also added that Beltran is likely to be examined by Dr. James Andrews while on the disabled list. The veteran outfielder has been given a cortisone shot and it's conceivable that he could be back relatively soon, but it's all up in the air at this point. It's sounding like he'll likely be out until after the All-Star break if he winds up going under the knife.
Cole Figueroa called up from Triple-A 05-15-2014
Cole Figueroa 2B TB
Rays purchased the contract of INF Cole Figueroa from Triple-A Durham. Figueroa, 26, is batting .299/.397/.462 in 33 games this year at Durham, but he doesn't have power and doesn't run much. He could see the occasional start at second base with Ben Zobrist (thumb) on the shelf.
Ben Zobrist (thumb) placed on disabled list 05-15-2014
Ben Zobrist 2B TB
Rays placed 2B Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left thumb. Zobrist hurt the thumb sliding head-first into second base during Wednesday's game. It's not clear at this point in time how long he'll be on the shelf. The Rays figure to use a combination of Sean Rodriguez, Logan Forsythe and Cole Figueroa at second base in Zobrist's absence.
Wandy Rodriguez (knee) not 100 percent 05-15-2014
Wandy Rodriguez P PIT
Wandy Rodriguez admitted after Thursday's start that his right knee still isn't 100 percent.

Bill Brink on Twitter
However, the lefty says he's feeling good enough to pitch and also to run. That said, this ailment combined with the way Rodriguez has looked so far this season makes him an unappealing option in fantasy leagues.
Adam Moore staying with Padres 05-15-2014
Adam Moore C SD
Adam Moore has decided not to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
He did, however, agree to a new rolling opt-out that will allow him to leave at any time should a major league opportunity arise. Moore is hitting .357/.410/.527 with four homers over 32 games at Triple-A El Paso.
Dodgers ink INF Liddi to minors deal 05-15-2014
Alex Liddi 1B CWS
Dodgers signed INF Alex Liddi to a minor league contract.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Liddi was released by the White Sox earlier this week after batting just .167/.200/.264 over his first 21 games at Triple-A Charlotte this season. He'll serve as organizational depth with Los Angeles.
Jackson could need wrist surgery 05-15-2014
Ryan Jackson 2B SD
Padres minor league infielder Ryan Jackson could need surgery on his right wrist.

Jeff Sanders on Twitter
Jackson's wrist has been bothering him since spring training and didn't show signs of improvement after a second opinion this week. Surgery could cost him most, if not all, of the season.
Brantley (back) out of Thursday's lineup 05-15-2014
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley (back) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Blue Jays.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Brantley left Wednesday's game with mid-back tightness and will get a day off to rest. The expectation is that he'll be fine for Friday.
Lagares not in Thursday's lineup 05-15-2014
Juan Lagares CF NYM
Juan Lagares is not in Thursday's lineup against the Yankees.

Jared Diamond on Twitter
Lagares has now been out of the lineup in three out of the past four days. Mets manager Terry Collins has been trying to get Eric Young, Jr. into the lineup in recent days, which will apparently make Lagares the odd man out. It's a puzzling situation.
Martin Perez to undergo Tommy John surgery 05-15-2014
Martin Perez P TEX
Martin Perez (elbow) told Venezuelan publication Lavinotinto that he will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Dallas Morning News
Perez was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow earlier this week, so surgery considered inevitable. The 23-year-old has yet to schedule a date for surgery, but he's done for the season and figures to miss the early part of 2015, as well.
Michael Wacha goes seven in beating Cubs 05-15-2014
Michael Wacha P STL
Michael Wacha held the Cubs to two runs over seven innings in a victory Thursday. Wacha, who has been somewhat wild of late, went without a walk today for the second time in nine starts this season. Not coincidentally, those two starts are also the only two in which he's lasted seven full innings. The win today was his first since April 13, also against the Cubs (again, not coincidentally).
Trevor Rosenthal gets five-out save 05-15-2014
Trevor Rosenthal P STL
Trevor Rosenthal rebounded from his first blown save of the season by getting five outs Thursday for a save against the Cubs. Rosenthal came into a 5-2 game with the bases loaded in the eighth and gave up a sac fly and a walk before escaping the jam. He then pitched a perfect ninth, striking out Ryan Kalish to end it. Despite his early woes, he's 11-for-12 saving games this season.
Jason Hammel gives up five runs in loss 05-15-2014
Jason Hammel P OAK
Jason Hammel surrendered five runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Cardinals. Hammel had his streak of seven straight quality starts snapped in his one, but it was really all one bad inning; four of the runs came in the second. After that, he retired nine in a row before getting into trouble in the sixth and getting pulled. He'll be worth using in mixed leagues next week with the Diamondbacks on the schedule.
Matt Adams goes 0-for-4 against Cubs 05-15-2014
Matt Adams 1B STL
Matt Adams went 0-for-4 on Thursday to drop his average to .299. It's the first time his average has been under .300 since the second game of the season. Adams is hitting .244 with no homers and a 9/1 K/BB ratio this month. If this keeps up for much longer, the Cardinals will have to think about calling up Oscar Taveras for right field and shifting Allen Craig back to first base.
Starlin Castro goes 3-for-4, homers 05-15-2014
Starlin Castro SS CHC
Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer against the Cardinals on Thursday. Castro was off to a slow start in May, but he ended up going 6-for-16 with three extra-base hits and five RBI in the series against the Cardinals. He now has six homers in 158 at-bats this year after hitting just 10 in 666 at-bats last season.
Martinez (shoulder) to throw for teams soon 05-15-2014
Cristhian Martinez P ATL
Cristhian Martinez (shoulder) is expected to throw for teams by the end of the month.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Martinez was non-tendered by the Braves over the winter after undergoing shoulder surgery last July. However, he's back to 100 percent now and could be a useful bullpen piece somewhere.
Kurt Suzuki goes 3-for-5 in Twins' win 05-15-2014
Kurt Suzuki C MIN
Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a double and scored the winning run Thursday as the Twins beat the Red Sox 4-3 in extra innings. It was practically a carbon copy of Tuesday's game for Suzuki, who had three hits and scored the walkoff winner both times. This time, it was Aaron Hicks who plated him, singling in front of Grady Sizemore in the 10th. Suzuki has his average back up to .325 following his fifth three-hit game of the season.
Phil Hughes strikes out eight Red Sox 05-15-2014
Phil Hughes P MIN
Phil Hughes limited the Red Sox to one run in six innings and struck out eight on Thursday. Hughes gave up a bunch of flyballs once again, but this time, they all stayed in the park. It's also helped his cause that he hasn't walked anyone in nearly a month; he's gone four straight starts without a base on balls. He'll give up more homers as times goes on, but he's on quite a roll right now.
Sale's first rehab start pushed to Friday 05-15-2014
Chris Sale P CWS
Chris Sale's first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte has been pushed back to Friday due to rain.

Dan Hayes on Twitter
Sale, who is working his way back from a flexor muscle strain in his left elbow, is expected to make two rehab starts before coming off the disabled list. If all goes well, look for him to return on or around May 26 against the Indians.
Clay Buchholz allows three runs to Twins 05-15-2014
Clay Buchholz P BOS
Clay Buchholz yielded three runs in six innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Twins. Buchholz battled in this one and gave the Red Sox a fifth quality starts in eight tries. Still, his ERA stands at 6.17 because his bad outings have been awful and even his good outings haven't been all that good (he's allowed one or no earned runs only once and completely seven innings also only once). Since his best stuff is so rarely in evidence, he'll likely remain inconsistent.
Kyle Farnsworth elects free agency 05-15-2014
Kyle Farnsworth P HOU
Kyle Farnsworth has elected free agency.

Marc Carig on Twitter
This, of course, is no surprise. Farnsworth was caught off guard and angry after he learned that the Mets outrighted him to Triple-A following Wednesday's game. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.18 ERA over 19 appearances this year and will attempt to catch on elsewhere.
Chris Colabello goes 0-for-5 05-15-2014
Chris Colabello RF MIN
Chris Colabello went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts against the Red Sox on Monday and is 7-for-52 with 23 strikeouts this month. As a result of his early barrage, Colabello is still in the top 10 in baseball with 30 RBI. However, just three of them have come in May. At this point, he looks like a weak link for the Twins, and there'd be a good case for demoting him to make room for the returning Josh Willingham.
Mike Carp goes 2-for-4 against Twins 05-15-2014
Mike Carp 1B TEX
Making his first start since May 4, Mike Carp went 2-for-4 and drove in a run on Thursday. Even with Daniel Nava gone, the Red Sox have found no room for Carp in their lineup or even really off the bench; he's made just two pinch-hitting appearances in three weeks. He's certainly deserving of more action, and perhaps the Red Sox will begin playing him a bit more in left field if Jackie Bradley Jr. stays cold.
Mets recall C Centeno from Triple-A 05-15-2014
Juan Centeno C NYM
Mets recalled C Juan Centeno from Triple-A Las Vegas. Centeno will take the place of Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) on the active roster. The 24-year-old is mostly known for his excellent throwing arm and isn't a fantasy option.
Mike Napoli goes 0-for-5 against Twins 05-15-2014
Mike Napoli 1B BOS
Mike Napoli went 0-for-5 on Thursday, ending his on-base streak at 33 games. Napoli had long since cooled off at the plate -- his OPS has dropped from .932 to .844 this month -- but he was keeping the streak going with walks. In this one, the Red Sox didn't have a walk all day until the 10th, when Jonathan Herrera drew one. Napoli then followed with a strikeout.
Schoop (finger) not in Thursday's lineup 05-15-2014
Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
Jonathan Schoop (finger) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.

Dan Connolly on Twitter
Schoop suffered a split fingernail on Wednesday and has his right index finger wrapped. While he's not starting Thursday, he has no problems swinging the bat and expects to be available off the bench.
Mets place Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) on DL 05-15-2014
Travis d'Arnaud C NYM
Mets placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 7-day concussion disabled list. D'Arnaud was hit in the head by a backswing during Tuesday's game and will require some extended rest. The Mets have called up Juan Centeno from Triple-A to take his place on the active roster.
Yanks designate RHP Billings for assignment 05-15-2014
Bruce Billings P LAD
Yankees designated RHP Bruce Billings for assignment. The move clears a spot for Thursday's starting pitcher, Chase Whitley, on the active roster. Billings was placed on the disabled list by the Yankees last month with a right forearm strain after he allowed four runs in four innings in his lone appearance.
Rickie Weeks goes 3-for-4, homers in win 05-15-2014
Rickie Weeks 2B MLW
Rickie Weeks went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Thursday in the Brewers' 4-3 defeat of the Pirates. Khris Davis had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth. Weeks is now 13-for-20 this month, raising his average from .188 all of the way up to .365. He should be earning himself more playing time in the process, but we'll see if that materializes.
Wandy Rodriguez gives up two runs in return 05-15-2014
Wandy Rodriguez P PIT
Wandy Rodriguez allowed two runs over five innings Thursday against the Brewers in his return from the disabled list. Rodriguez was ineffective in his two rehab starts, which he probably didn't need in the first place considering that he only really needed to miss one turn with his sore knee. That he was asked to make the rehab starts was really more about him having a 7.65 ERA before he went on the DL. He was better today, but we wouldn't touch him in fantasy leagues.
Stroman or Redmond likely to join rotation 05-15-2014
Marcus Stroman P TOR
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Marcus Stroman or Todd Redmond will likely replace Dustin McGowan in the starting rotation.

Shi Davidi on Twitter
Redmond has pitched exclusively in relief this season, but he made 14 starts for the club in 2013. Stroman would obviously be the more interesting name for fantasy purposes.
Mark Melancon takes blown save, loss 05-15-2014
Mark Melancon P PIT
Mark Melancon took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Thursday against the Brewers. Melancon never got an out; after giving up a single to Ryan Braun, he walked back-to-back batters and then surrendered a broken-bat single to Khris Davis that scored two and won the game. The walks were particularly uncharacteristic for Melancon; he had walked just one batter in 19 innings entering the game. He's now 5-for-7 in save chances since replacing the injured Jason Grilli.
Yankees call up RHP Whitley 05-15-2014
Chase Whitley P NYY
Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Chase Whitley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. No word yet on the corresponding 40-man roster move. Whitley, 24, posted a 2.36 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings this season in Triple-A and will make his major league debut Thursday night against the Mets. He's a wait-and-see option in fantasy leagues.
Starling Marte goes 0-for-2 off bench 05-15-2014
Starling Marte LF PIT
Held out of the starting lineup because of back tightness, Starling Marte went 0-for-2 off the bench against the Brewers on Thursday. Marte will probably be back in there on Friday.
Yanks place Beltran (elbow) on disabled list 05-15-2014
Carlos Beltran RF NYY
Yankees placed OF Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 13, with a bone spur in his right elbow. Beltran injured the elbow in the batting cage earlier this week and received a cortisone shot to deal with the pain. He hasn't made a decision yet on possible surgery to take care of the bone spur, so the timeline for his return is up in the air. Surgery would likely sideline him for several weeks.
Tony Sanchez hits first homer 05-15-2014
Tony Sanchez C PIT
Tony Sanchez hit his first homer of the season Thursday against the Brewers. Sanchez has gotten the bulk of the playing time behind the plate over Chris Stewart with Russell Martin out. Still, he'll likely be sent down so that he can continue to play regularly once Martin returns.
Gaby Sanchez homers in loss 05-15-2014
Gaby Sanchez 1B PIT
Gaby Sanchez homered off Yovani Gallardo in Thursday's loss to the Brewers. Sanchez got a rare start over Ike Davis against a right-hander in part because of his superior numbers against Gallardo, and it paid off. It was his first start since May 2, as the Pirates have faced nothing except righties lately.
Blue Jays moving McGowan to bullpen 05-15-2014
Dustin McGowan P TOR
The Blue Jays are moving Dustin McGowan to the bullpen.

John Lott on Twitter
McGowan gets the boot after allowing four runs over four innings of work on Wednesday night against the Indians. On the bright side, the 32-year-old is healthy for once, but he owns a 5.08 ERA and 25/17 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He could be more effective in shorter bursts out of the bullpen. No official word yet on his replacement, but top prospect Marcus Stroman is the most likely option.
Mets undecided on d'Arnaud's status 05-15-2014
Travis d'Arnaud C NYM
The Mets haven't decided whether to place Travis d'Arnaud on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

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D'Arnaud passed an initial concussion test after he was hit in the head by a backswing during Tuesday's game, but he was still feeling the effects on Wednesday. The Mets should make an official announcement on his status soon, but odds are they'll play it safe.
Mejia to close for Mets on Thursday 05-15-2014
Jenrry Mejia P NYM
Mets manager Terry Collins said that he'll use Jenrry Mejia if a save opportunity presents itself on Thursday against the Yankees.

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Collins isn't ready to name a permanent closer, so he'll go day-to-day with the situation until one emerges. Jeurys Familia has shown some promise, but Mejia should be considered the favorite assuming he can handle pitching on back-to-back days. Pick him up in leagues where he was dropped.
Padres recall RHP Quackenbush from Triple-A 05-15-2014
Kevin Quackenbush P SD
Padres recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso. Quackenbush was just optioned down to the minors on Wednesday, but he's back to serve as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader. The 25-year-old has allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings with the Padres this season.
Orioles recall Evan Meek from AAA Norfolk 05-15-2014
Evan Meek P BAL
Orioles recalled RHP Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk. Meek allowed nine earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in a stint with the Orioles earlier this season. The veteran right-hander will pitch in a middle relief role.
Orioles option Kevin Gausman back to AAA 05-15-2014
Kevin Gausman P BAL
Orioles optioned RHP Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk. Gausman was lit up for five runs in four innings in his 2014 regular-season debut Wednesday against the Tigers. The 23-year-old righty should get another shot soon, and will likely be a full-time member of the Orioles' starting rotation around the All-Star break.
Reds recall Nick Christiani from Triple-A 05-15-2014
Nick Christiani P CIN
Reds recalled RHP Nick Christiani from Triple-A Lousville. Christiani will serve as the 26th man for the second half of Thursday's doubleheader against the Padres. The right-hander has a 5.54 ERA in 13 innings this year.
Reds' Cueto notches fourth career shutout 05-15-2014
Johnny Cueto P CIN
Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter against the Padres on Thursday for his fourth career shutout. Cueto actually entered with a 6.00 ERA in five career starts against the Padres, but he dominated them right from the start today and lowered his season ERA to a remarkable 1.25. He's been so outstanding that if he allows one earned run in seven innings next time out, his ERA will go up.
Brandon Phillips hits three-run homer 05-15-2014
Brandon Phillips 2B CIN
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer Thursday in the win over the Padres. After finishing April with a .590 OPS, Phillips is hitting .385 with eight extra-base hits in 39 at-bats during May. He has just two multi-RBI games this year; today's with the three-run homer and April 5 when he hit a two-run homer. Overall, he has 12 RBI in 37 games.
Blue Jays recall Anthony Gose from AAA 05-15-2014
Anthony Gose CF TOR
Blue Jays recalled OF Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo. Gose is taking the roster spot left vacant by Colby Rasmus, who was placed on the disabled list in a corresponding move with tightness in his right hamstring. Gose has two hits in six at-bats this year for Toronto. He is doubtful to hold fantasy relevance.
Zack Cozart goes 3-for-4, knocks in two 05-15-2014
Zack Cozart SS CIN
Zack Cozart had three hits and two RBI against the Padres on Thursday to raise his average to .208. It's the highest his average has been all season. His two RBI today were first since April 22. The Reds have stuck with him because of his defense, but they're hoping his bat ticks up as time goes along.
Blue Jays place Rasmus (hamstring) on DL 05-15-2014
Colby Rasmus CF TOR
Blue Jays placed OF Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. It's only being labeled as "tightness," so Rasmus will presumably be ready to return as soon as his 15 days are up. The 27-year-old center fielder is batting .222/.266/.489 with nine homers and 19 RBI in 37 games this season.
Yasmani Grandal goes hitless in loss 05-15-2014
Yasmani Grandal C SD
Yasmani Grandal went 0-for-3 on Thursday and is without a hit since homering on May 6. Grandal is just 4-for-32 this month, though at least all of those hits have gone for extra bases (two homers, two doubles). He hasn't stepped up as a mixed-league asset yet, though it could happen later this season.
Hanley Ramirez seeks 'excess of $130 mil' 05-15-2014
Hanley Ramirez SS LAD
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, impending free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez is seeking a contract in "excess of $130 million" from the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers -- under their new ownership group and billion-dollar television contract -- aren't afraid to spend money. But Heyman's source says there is a "significant gap" between the two sides at this point. Ramirez, 30, is scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2014 World Series. He's batting .313/.377/.570 with 25 homers and 13 stolen bases in 127 games since the beginning of the 2013 season.
Indians place Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day DL 05-15-2014
Nyjer Morgan CF CLE
Indians placed OF Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right knee sprain. Morgan suffered the injury on Wednesday night. He is expected to be ready as soon as his 15 days are up.
Willingham (wrist) cleared for rehab games 05-15-2014
Josh Willingham LF KC
Josh Willingham (wrist) is headed to Triple-A Rochester to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

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Willingham took batting practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday without issue. He has been on the disabled list since early April with a left wrist injury. If all goes well, the outfielder will be activated next week.
Fernandez to have Tommy John surgery Fri. 05-15-2014
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Friday.

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Fernandez was diagnosed earlier this week with a significant tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and can now be ruled out through the first couple months of the 2015 season. The 21-year-old right-hander has been a dominant force in his young career, boasting a 2.25 ERA and 10.13 K/9 in 224 1/3 total major league innings. He'll be missed while he's gone.
Phillies activate then option OF Darin Ruf 05-15-2014
Darin Ruf RF PHI
Phillies activated OF Darin Ruf from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruf is healed from his spring oblique strain, but the Phillies want him to get more at-bats against minor league competition. The 27-year-old is 2-for-10 in three games since joining Lehigh Valley earlier this week.
A's designate Daric Barton for assignment 05-15-2014
Daric Barton 1B OAK
Athletics designated 1B Daric Barton for assignment. Barton got the boot off the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for Kyle Blanks, who was acquired from the Padres for two minor leaguers. Barton owns a pedestrian .247 career batting average and .365 career slugging percentage, but he has a good OBP skillset and is a strong defender at first base. The 28-year-old should draw interest from other teams.
Fien (biceps) available out of 'pen Thursday 05-15-2014
Casey Fien P MIN
Casey Fien (biceps) is available on Thursday.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Fien played catch before the Twins' series finale with the Red Sox and felt fine. He had been on the shelf for a couple of days with a bruise on his right biceps.
A's land outfielder Kyle Blanks from Padres 05-15-2014
Kyle Blanks 1B OAK
Athletics acquired OF Kyle Blanks from the Padres for LHP Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later.

Dennis Lin on Twitter
Blanks finally gets a chance of scenery after posting a .712 OPS in parts of six seasons with the Padres. The 27-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder has a big body, enticing minor league power numbers, and was once rated a Top 50 prospect by Baseball America. The A's will hope some upside remains.
Mets recall Josh Edgin from AAA Vegas 05-15-2014
Josh Edgin P NYM
Mets recalled LHP Josh Edgin from Triple-A Las Vegas. Edgin will add badly-needed depth to the Mets' bullpen, but effectiveness is another issue. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a rough 4.97 ERA, 2.13 WHIP, and 12/11 K/BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A.
Wong (flu) not in Cardinals' lineup Thursday 05-15-2014
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Kolten Wong (flu) is not in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

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Wong was brought back from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday but is now dealing with a stomach virus. Mark Ellis will start at second base Thursday versus Chicago.
Pirates C prospect McGuire heating up 05-15-2014
Reese McGuire C PIT
Pirates catching prospect Reese McGuire went 2-for-5 for Low-A West Virginia on Wednesday, and is hitting .414/.452/.414 over his past seven games. He is hitting 280/.327/.312 with one double and one triple for the season. The power has yet to appear, but McGuire is viewed as a good defender who could hit .300, so any power would be a bonus.
Marte (back) not in Pirates' lineup Thursday 05-15-2014
Starling Marte LF PIT
Starling Marte (back) is not in the Pirates' lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Brewers.

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Marte hit a two-run double as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday but still isn't feeling well enough to play the field. He has been out of the Pirates' starting lineup since Saturday because of tightness in his lower back.
Bucs activate Rodriguez for Thursday start 05-15-2014
Wandy Rodriguez P PIT
Pirates activated LHP Wandy Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list. Rodriguez will start for the Bucs on Thursday afternoon at Milwaukee's Miller Park. He had a 7.65 ERA in four starts before landing on the disabled list and seems doubtful to suddenly find success after three weeks of rest.
Pirates option Jaff Decker back to Triple-A 05-15-2014
Jaff Decker LF PIT
Pirates optioned OF Jaff Decker to Triple-A Indianapolis. Decker was only up in the major leagues for a couple of days and went hitless in three plate appearances for the Bucs. The 24-year-old was batting just .238/.339/.356 with 26 strikeouts in 30 games this season at Triple-A. He is no longer considered a prospect.
Astros GM says 1B Singleton is 'on deck' 05-15-2014
Jon Singleton 1B HOU
Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said Wednesday that first baseman Jonathan Singleton is "on deck."

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Lunhow refused to disclose details, but noted that "when the time is right" Singleton will be promoted to Houston. The Super Two deadline is set to pass in early June. That's presumably when the time will be right. Singleton, 22, is batting .293/.401/.629 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 38 games this year at Triple-A.
Reds option Nick Christiani to AAA level 05-15-2014
Nick Christiani P CIN
Reds optioned RHP Nick Christiani to Triple-A Louisville. Christiani had a 5.54 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio in 13 innings this season out of the Cincinnati bullpen. The 26-year-old right-hander should get another shot soon.
Reds call up Jeff Francis for spot start 05-15-2014
Jeff Francis P NYY
Reds purchased the contract of LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Louisville. Francis will make a spot start for the Reds in the second half of Thursday's doubleheader with the Padres. The 33-year-old left-hander has a 5.84 ERA over his last 183 1/3 innings at the major league level and is not a good fantasy bet, even against San Diego.
Reds transfer Mat Latos to the 60-day DL 05-15-2014
Mat Latos P CIN
Reds transferred RHP Mat Latos from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. It's a procedural move to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jeff Francis, who will make a spot start in Thursday's doubleheader against the Padres. Latos (elbow) is currently throwing bullpen sessions and still at least three weeks away from returning to the Reds' rotation.
Victorino getting the day off on Thursday 05-15-2014
Shane Victorino RF BOS
Shane Victorino is not in Boston's lineup Thursday.

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Grady Sizemore and A.J. Pierzynski are also getting the afternoon off. Victorino went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored on Wednesday night against the Twins. Jonny Gomes is starting in right field on Thursday.
Padres RHP Kelly makes Double-A rehab start 05-15-2014
Casey Kelly P SD
Padres right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly went six innings for Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday, scattering seven singles, one walk, and one hit batsman, while allowing three runs (one earned) and striking out two batters. Kelly threw 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes, and is progressing toward returning to the major leagues in the next few weeks.
Cubs OF prospect Almora stays hot, homers 05-15-2014
Albert Almora CF CHC
Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora went 2-for-4 with a home run on Wednesday for High-A Daytona. Almora is hitting just .258/.287/.383 for the season, but he has raised his OPS 83 points in the past two days by going 5-for-9 with three doubles and a home run. He still projects to be the Cubs center fielder of the future, and, at 20-years old, he has time for bumps in the road like his start to the season.
Carlos Gomez drops his suspension appeal 05-15-2014
Carlos Gomez CF MLW
Carlos Gomez dropped his three-game suspension appeal.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gomez -- who's been dealing with tightness in his lower back -- dropped the appeal on Wednesday and will be out of commission until Saturday. He was given the punishment for his role in last month's brawl at PNC Park.
Phillies LHP prospect Biddle fans seven 05-15-2014
Jesse Biddle P PHI
Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle struck out seven in six innings on Wednesday, allowing one unearned run for Double-A Reading. Biddle walked four batters and allowed two hits, both of which were doubles. His inconsistency is maddening, but he has a 3.20 ERA with a 1.224 WHIP. He could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and could see time in Philadelphia later in the season.
Padres OF prospect Liriano blasts two homers 05-15-2014
Rymer Liriano RF SD
Padres outfield prospect Rymer Liriano went 3-for-6 with two home runs for Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday, bringing his season line to .262/.329/.517 with Texas League-leading nine home runs. Liriano's day also included two strikeouts, encapsulating his skill set - big power, too much swing and miss. He has 42 strikeouts in 161 plate appearances, so he will need to improve his pitch selection if he is to be successful at higher levels.
White Sox prospect Johnson hits in Triple-A 05-15-2014
Micah Johnson 2B CWS
White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double on Wednesday, picking up his first hits after his promotion to Triple-A Charlotte. He hit .329/.414/.466 in 37 games with Double-A Birmingham, and will look to continue his hot start in the International League. With the sub-par performance of the White Sox second basemen in 2014, Johnson could force his way into the lineup in Chicago before the end of the season.
Farnsworth outright off Mets' 40-man roster 05-15-2014
Kyle Farnsworth P HOU
Mets sent RHP Kyle Farnsworth outright to Triple-A Las Vegas. Farnsworth told reporters Wednesday that he is "very bitter" about the move, and the veteran right-hander is fully expected to refuse the outright assignment and become a free agent. He had been serving as the Mets' closer as recently as Monday and owns a cool 3.18 ERA in 19 total appearances this year. The Mets cut him to avoid a cash payout related to a 45-day consent waiver.
Red Sox 2B prospect Betts keeps hitting 05-15-2014
Mookie Betts CF BOS
Red Sox second base prospect Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk for Double-A Portland on Wednesday night. His season line sits at .394/.460/.599, and he has reached base in 64 consecutive regular season games (69 including the 2013 playoffs). Betts continues to rise.
Rangers OF prospect Williams rips three hits 05-15-2014
Nick Williams LF TEX
Rangers outfield prospect Nick Williams went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI for High-A Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Williams is hitting .269/.322/.418 for the season, but has taken a step forward lately in terms of decreasing his strikeouts. He struck out 34 times in his first 22 games, but has struck out just eight times in his past 12 games while hitting a robust .319/.385/.489. Williams is a very good defensive center fielder who has the tools to hit 20 home runs with 20 stolen bases, but he will need to continue to decrease his strikeouts in order to become anything more than a fourth outfielder.
Mariners prospect 3B Peterson hits 5th homer 05-15-2014
D.J. Peterson 3B SEA
Mariners prospect third baseman D.J. Peterson hit his fifth home run of the season on Wednesday night to push his season line to .295/.331/.477 for High-A High Desert. Since he missed a week due to a strained hamstring, Peterson has been hitting well, hitting .302/.323/.556 with 4 home runs, four doubles, and three stolen bases over 14 games. He has paired with Gabriel Guerrero to form a potent 3-4 punch, and they could be the next big sluggers in Safeco Field.
Marte (back) doubles in return to PIT lineup 05-15-2014
Starling Marte LF PIT
Starling Marte (back) hit a two-run double in the Pirates' win over the Brewers on Wednesday. It was his first taste of action since leaving Saturday's game against the Cardinals with tightness in his lower back. Marte should be in the Bucs' starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale at Miller Park.
Rockies RHP prospect Butler fires shutout 05-15-2014
Eddie Butler P COL
Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Eddie Butler threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday, scattering six hits and one walk while striking out four for Double-A Tulsa. Butler has bounced back with two strong outings after his worst outing of the season, and he could be in line for a promotion for the major leagues by mid-season. He has done a great job lowering his walk rate this season, but his strikeout rate has taken a tumble from in excess of 8% to just 5.48%.
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Juan Uribe 3B LAD
Juan Uribe returned to action on Wednesday May 14.
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Michael Saunders RF SEA
Michael Saunders returned to action on Wednesday May 14.
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Starling Marte LF PIT
Starling Marte returned to action on Wednesday May 14.
Stanton leads offensive assault of Dodgers 05-15-2014
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with a walk, double, and run scored in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers. Stanton doesn't always get the help of his teammates, but he certainly had it tonight, as Miami collected 17 hits off Paul Maholm and crew. With a big lead, Miami gave Stanton the night off early, pinch hitting Marcell Ozuna in the seventh. Stanton is riding a 16-game hitting streak (he last went hitless on April 27), and the last four have all been multi-hit efforts. Stanton, one of the best we have in fantasy baseball, is batting .321 with an NL-leading 11 homers and 42 RBI.
Johnson corks a homer in blowout of Dodgers 05-15-2014
Reed Johnson LF MIA
Reed Johnson went 2-for-5 with a homer in the rout of the Dodgers on Wednesday. Johnson doesn't play much, but the 37-year-old has performed whenever called upon in 2014. Coming off a season in which he slashed just .244/.311/.341 in 136 plate appearances, Johnson had put up a .340/.370/.560 in 50 at-bats. Because his playing time is sporadic, Johnson can only be used in deep NL-only formats.
DeSclafani impressive in MLB debut vs. LAD 05-15-2014
Anthony DeSclafani P MIA
Making his major league debut, Anthony DeSclafani fired six innings of two-run ball in Dodger Stadium to lead the Marlins to a 13-3 victory. He allowed seven hits, walked one, punched out seven batters, and even had two RBI at the plate. DeSclafani, recalled from Double-A Jacksonville earlier in the day, took Jose Fernandez's (elbow) spot in the rotation. Miami's No. 5 prospect (according to Baseball America) came over in the 12-player Jose Reyes trade with the Blue Jays. DeSclafani is a late bloomer, a shaky college reliever whom Toronto taught to refine secondary pitches during a transition to starting. He doesn't have the ace upside of Andrew Heaney, but DeSclafani could be a reliable inning muncher for years. NL-only owners should snap him up.
Maholm gets whacked around for 10 R by Fish 05-15-2014
Paul Maholm P LAD
Paul Maholm was pummeled for 10 runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in a blowout loss to the Marlins. It wasn't pretty. Maholm failed to strike out a batter, he walked three, and he was kicked all around the park for 11 hits. Two of those hits were home runs off the bats of Ed Lucas and Reed Johnson. Indeed, this was a Miami lineup batting Jeff Baker cleanup, Johnson No. 5, and started Jeff Mathis so Jarrod Saltalamacchia could have a day off. It's no certainty that the Dodgers will keep Maholm's 5.40 ERA and 1.73 ERA in the rotation, but if they do, he'll square off against the Mets in New York next week.
Dexter Fowler reaches five times in win 05-15-2014
Dexter Fowler CF HOU
Dexter Fowler reached all five times he was up and scored the winning run on Matt Dominguez's hit in the bottom of the ninth as the Astros topped the Rangers 5-4 on Wednesday. The Astros overcame a 4-0 deficit for perhaps their best win of the year. Fowler finished 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. He's been of little help in fantasy leagues since a big first week, but he has really upped his OBP of late with seven hits and nine walks in his last six games.
Scott Feldman gives up four runs to Rangers 05-15-2014
Scott Feldman P HOU
Scott Feldman gave up four runs and 10 hits over five innings Wednesday against the Rangers. Feldman was terrific against his former team when he faced them last month, pitching seven scoreless innings. Obviously, tonight didn't find him in the same form. He's given up six runs in 11 innings since coming off the DL last week, which is more along the lines of what we'd expect from him going forward.
Nick Tepesch holds Astros to one run 05-15-2014
Nick Tepesch P TEX
Making his first start of the season, Nick Tepesch pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball and struck out eight against the Astros on Wednesday. Tepesch left with a 4-0 lead, but the runner he left on base came around to score and the Astros went on to tie the game in the seventh, ruining the right-hander's night. At least Tepesch showed enough to ensure that he'll hang in the rotation for a bit. We're not very high on him as a mixed-league option, but he should be a nice play in AL-only leagues for now.
George Springer hits third home run 05-15-2014
George Springer RF HOU
George Springer hit a two-run homer to help fuel Houston's rally Wednesday against the Rangers. Springer also struck out three times, but that's OK tonight. He has three homers in his last seven games after going his first 19 without one.