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De La Rosa flirts with no-hitter in victory 05-16-2014
Jorge De La Rosa P COL
Jorge De La Rosa carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Friday, and wound up allowing just one hit and a walk over seven scoreless frames in a victory over the Padres. Chris Denorfia's triple in the seventh brought an end to the no-hit bid. The veteran southpaw punched out five and was in complete command against the Padres anemic offense on the night. Now 5-3 on the season, he'll carry a 4.14 ERA and 1.20 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Giants.
Denorfia has two hits in loss to Rockies 05-16-2014
Chris Denorfia RF CHC
Chris Denorfia had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Rockies, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and a run scored. He's been one of the Padres best hitters to date, slashing .311/.344/.429 with a homer, 12 RBI and six stolen bases. As long as he's hitting atop the Padres lineup on a regular basis, he'll hold a fair amount of mixed league fantasy value.
Jedd Gyorko goes hitless in loss to Rockies 05-16-2014
Jedd Gyorko 2B STL
Jedd Gyorko went hitless in Friday's loss to the Rockies, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. The disappointing night drops his season slash to a disappointing .150/.205/.272. He does have five homers and 20 RBI, but until he is able to make more consistent contact, fantasy owners with better options available may consider benching the slugging second baseman until he gets it going.
Eric Stults pitches well in loss to Rockies 05-16-2014
Eric Stults P LAD
Eric Stults pitched well in a losing effort against the Rockies on Friday, surrendering only two runs (one earned) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. The soft-tossing left-hander walked one and struck out a pair on the evening. Despite the unexpected strong start at Coors Field, Stults still owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 21/8 K/BB ratio on the season. He's best served being left on the waiver wire for Thursday's home start against the Cubs.
Torii Hunter plates game-winning run Friday 05-16-2014
Torii Hunter RF MIN
Torii Hunter drove home a run with an RBI single in the first inning on Friday, which would prove to be the difference in the Tigers 1-0 victory over the Red Sox. Hunter finished the night 2-for-4. It looked as though the Tigers were going to break things open against Jon Lester in the first inning, but had to settle for just the one run which Max Scherzer and company made sure was enough to stand up. Hunter is now slashing .305/.338/.461 with four homers and 21 RBI on the season.
Lynn improves to 5-2 with solid outing vs ATL 05-16-2014
Lance Lynn P STL
Lance Lynn earned his fifth win of the season, allowing two runs over seven innings as the Cardinals defeated the Braves 5-2 on Friday. Lynn tied a season-high by lasting seven innings. The right-hander allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out three in the effort. Lynn has been solid through nine starts, owning a 3.67 ERA with a 53/19 K/BB ratio over 54 innings. He'll face the Diamondbacks at home in his next outing.
Joe Nathan picks up fourth straight save 05-16-2014
Joe Nathan P SF
Joe Nathan saved his fourth consecutive game on Friday, working a perfect inning to maintain a one-run lead over the Red Sox. He's been absolutely terrific since getting over an early season dead-arm period, and has been the rock that the Tigers desperately needed at the back of their bullpen. The 39-year-old right-hander now sports a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 15/8 K/BB ratio through 16 2/3 frames on the year.
Santana picks up first loss with shaky outing 05-16-2014
Ervin Santana P MIN
Ervin Santana earned his first loss of the season, surrendering five runs over five innings against the Cardinals on Friday. The outing is Santana's worst as a Brave. The right-hander surrendered a season-high ten hits, walked one, and struck out a season-low three. Santana has otherwise been excellent for the Braves, however, carrying a 2.76 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He'll look to pick up his fifth win of the season in his next outing against the Brewers at home.
Max Scherzer hurls six shutout innings in win 05-16-2014
Max Scherzer P WAS
Max Scherzer hurled six shutout innings against the Red Sox on Friday, scattering three hits and four walks to earn his sixth win of the season. The reigning AL Cy Young winner racked up seven strikeouts in the ballgame. He continues to build his pending free agent value, beginning the season 6-1 with an outstanding 1.83 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/20 K/BB ratio over his first 59 innings. He'll look to keep things rolling when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Rosenthal slams door on Braves for 12th save 05-16-2014
Trevor Rosenthal P STL
Trevor Rosenthal had an easy time handling the Braves in the ninth inning to pick up his 12th save on Friday. Rosenthal picked up two strikeouts in a perfect ninth. His 12 saves are now tied for third-best in the National League. However, Rosenthal has hardly been lights out as he still owns a 4.50 ERA and a 24/12 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He has had three scoreless outings and three scored-upon outings in the month of May.
Ortiz stays hot, reaches base twice in loss 05-16-2014
David Ortiz DH BOS
David Ortiz stayed hot in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 1-for-3 plus a walk. On a night where the Red Sox could only muster three total hits, all singles, against Max Scherzer and company, Ortiz's output looks like a Herculean effort. He continues to defy age, slashing a healthy .297/.390/.574 with 11 homers and 25 RBI.
Allen records 3 hits as Cards top the Braves 05-16-2014
Allen Craig RF BOS
Allen Craig went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Braves. Craig's bat had been noticeably absent for most of the first month of the season. Friday's effort, however, marks his fifth multi-hit game since April 28. As a result, Craig brought his OPS up to a high-water mark of .653.
Jackie Bradley goes hitless in loss to Tigers 05-16-2014
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF BOS
Jackie Bradley Jr. had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. The disappointing night drops Bradley's season slash to an anemic .200/.301/.296. While he plays tremendous defense in center field, it doesn't appear that his bat is ready for the big leagues just yet, and he may benefit from more seasoning in the minors.
Jon Lester pitches well in loss to Tigers 05-16-2014
Jon Lester P CHC
Jon Lester pitched well in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing just one run on four hits over five innings. Lester racked up seven strikeouts while walking three on the night. He had to sit through a 50-minute rain delay earlier in the game which may have played a part in the early exit, though he did throw 94 pitches in his five frames. Now 4-5 on the season, he'll carry an impressive 2.67 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 73/16 K/BB ratio into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays.
Wong contributes 2 hits, SB to Cards' win 05-16-2014
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's win over the Braves. Wong, making his first start in the majors since April 25, had a nice ballgame. He was slow to start the season, but seemed to find himself when he was demoted to Triple-A. With the Memphis Redbirds, he hit .344 in 68 plate appearances. Both the Cardinals and fantasy owners hope that translates to sustained big league success in his second go-around.
Johnson remains hot, logs 2 more hits vs. STL 05-16-2014
Chris Johnson 3B MIA
Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Cardinals. Johnson has been on fire since the calendar turned to May. Friday's performance marked his eighth multi-hit game in the month. After a poor start to the season, Johnson has picked his slash line up to .285/.311/.368.
Brian Dozier blasts 10th homer to lead Twins 05-16-2014
Brian Dozier 2B MIN
Brian Dozier blasted his 10th home run of the season on Friday, helping to power the Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Mariners. His solo shot off Chris Young in the fifth inning increased the Twins lead at the time to 4-1. Dozier also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. He's been an absolute monster for fantasy owners, hitting .250 with 10 homers, 38 runs scored, 22 RBI and 12 stolen bases already on the season.
Glen Perkins slams the door on Mariners 05-16-2014
Glen Perkins P MIN
Glen Perkins slammed the door on the Mariners in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a one-run lead and securing his 11th save of the season. He had a bit of trouble, allowing the tying run to get to third base with just one out, but battled back to get Corey Hart and Justin Smoak to end the evening without any damage. He's been terrific in the early going, posting a 3.72 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 28/3 K/BB ratio in his first 17 1/3 innings.
Cruz knocks in two runs as O's top Royals 05-16-2014
Nelson Cruz RF SEA
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in as the Orioles defeated the Royals 4-0 on Friday. Cruz broke a 0-0 tie with an RBI single in the fourth inning, and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to put the Orioles up 3-0. Cruz is now slashing .283/.345/.566 and his 37 RBI are second in the American League, behind Jose Abreu's 41.
Kyle Gibson goes seven strong to beat M's 05-16-2014
Kyle Gibson P MIN
Kyle Gibson picked up his fourth win of the season on Friday, firing seven innings of one-run ball against the Mariners. Gibson allowed six hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. The only damage against him came on an RBI double off the bat of Robinson Cano in the fifth inning. While he's been good in flashes, he remains far too inconsistent to trust in most mixed leagues. He'll take on the Giants next in San Francisco on Friday.
Butler 0-for-4, numbers continues to freefall 05-16-2014
Billy Butler DH NYY
Billy Butler's struggles continued in Friday's loss to the Orioles with an 0-for-4 performance. Butler now has one hit in his last 16 plate appearances. The DH has not been able to get it going this season, only recently getting his OPS over .600. But Friday's performance drops it back down to .572. It goes without saying that Butler needs to pick it up sooner rather than later.
Saunders has three hits in loss to Twins 05-16-2014
Michael Saunders LF PHI
Michael Saunders returned to the Mariners lineup with a bang on Friday, going 3-for-4 plus a walk in a losing effort against the Twins. Saunders has really picked it up at the plate since being moved to the top of the lineup after Abraham Almonte's demotion. As long as he's playing on a nightly basis, his blend of power and speed make him a very valuable commodity as a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues.
Corey Hart has brutal night at dish in loss 05-16-2014
Corey Hart RF PIT
Corey Hart had a brutal night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Twins, going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. Hart also left five runners on base, including a pop out with the tying run at third base with one out in the ninth inning. The rough night leaves him hitting just .209/.293/.351 on the season.
Young gives up five runs in loss to Twins 05-16-2014
Chris Young P KC
Chris Young gave the Mariners seven innings on Friday, but surrendered five runs on 10 hits in a losing effort against the Twins on Friday. Young walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the game. While it's nice to have an effective innings-eater, Young was far too hittable to have success in this one. The Twins got on the board with a pair of runs in the third inning, then added single runs on solo homers by Josmil Pinto in the fourth and Brian Dozier in the fifth innings. He'll head into Thursday's matchup against the Astros with a 3.22 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 18/17 K/BB ratio through 44 2/3 frames.
Davis blasts third homer in win over Royals 05-16-2014
Chris Davis 1B BAL
Chris Davis went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run as the Orioles defeated the Royals on Friday night. Davis has been getting on base at a high clip, but the power hasn't been there in the first month and a half, though he did miss some time with an oblique injury. He took Jeremy Guthrie deep in the eighth inning, padding the Orioles' lead to 4-0. Davis is now slashing .247/.370/.392 and fantasy owners hope that slugging percentage crosses the .400 threshold soon.
Guthrie's solid start not enough, earns loss 05-16-2014
Jeremy Guthrie P KC
Jeremy Guthrie took the loss on Friday against the Orioles, allowing four runs over eight innings. The Orioles scatted a handful of singles and were able to push across two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Chris Davis added a fourth run with a solo home run in the eighth. Overall, Guthrie allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out two. He'll face the White Sox at home next, searching for his first win since April 9.
Tillman tosses shutout against the Royals 05-16-2014
Chris Tillman P BAL
Chris Tillman tossed a complete game shutout as the Orioles defeated the Royals on Friday. Tillman had an easy night against the Royals' anemic offense, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out three. It's the second complete game and the first shutout of Tillman's major league career. Tillman continues to post good results despite a pedestrian ability to miss bats, now carrying a 3.34 ERA with a 4-2 record. He'll face the Indians at home next.
Lind singles twice as Blue Jays beat Rangers 05-16-2014
Adam Lind 1B WAS
Adam Lind went 2-for-4 as the Blue Jays defeated the Rangers 2-0 on Friday. Lind was the only Blue Jay with multiple hits on the night, as they had the face the always-tough Yu Darvish. Activated from the disabled list on May 8, Lind hasn't missed a beat, having hit safely in five out of his last six games. He's now slashing .313/.413/.500 in 75 plate appearances.
Cabrera's 2-run 2B the difference in Jays win 05-16-2014
Melky Cabrera LF CWS
Melky Cabrera went 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run double as the Blue Jays defeated the Rangers on Friday. The two teams were knotted up in a scoreless endeavor through seven innings, but Melky Cabrera put his team on the board with a two-run double to right field in the eighth inning against Yu Darvish. It turned out to be the game-winning hit. Cabrera's slash line remains impressive at .320/.361/.500, a nice bounce back from an unfortunate 2013 season.
Hutchison tosses shutout against the Rangers 05-16-2014
Drew Hutchison P PIT
Drew Hutchison tossed a complete game shutout as the Blue Jays defeated the Rangers on Friday. The right-hander outdueled superstar Yu Darvish, holding the Rangers to three hits and a walk while striking out six in his first career complete game. Hutchison has had some hiccups but has done a good job for the Blue Jays overall, owning a 3.64 ERA with a 55/16 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings. He will face the Red Sox on the road next week.
Darvish strikes out 11, but takes loss vs TOR 05-16-2014
Yu Darvish P TEX
Yu Darvish received no run support and took the loss despite holding the Blue Jays to two runs over eight innings on Friday. Darvish shut the Blue Jays out through seven innings, but the Jays led off the eighth inning with a pair of bunt singles. Melky Cabrera brought them home with a double. Other than that, Darvish was sharp as usual, allowing five hits and walking three overall while striking out 11. Darvish, now with a 2.32 ERA, will face the Tigers on the road in his next start.
Soriano evades trouble to pick up ninth save 05-16-2014
Rafael Soriano P CHC
Rafael Soriano worked around a pair of walks in the ninth inning to pick up his ninth save as the Nationals defeated the Mets 5-2 on Friday. Soriano got two quick outs, but walked Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr. to bring the tying run to the plate in Daniel Murphy. Murphy hit a deep fly ball to right field, but Jayson Werth leaped and snagged the ball for the final out of the ball game. Soriano is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities with a 1.06 ERA and a 15/7 K/BB ratio in 17 innings.
Werth gets 2 hits, makes game-saving catch 05-16-2014
Jayson Werth LF WAS
Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's win over the Mets. Werth got the scoring started in the first inning with an RBI single. As a tidy bookend, he made what appeared to be a game-saving catch at the wall in the bottom of the ninth inning. Daniel Murphy hit a deep fly ball to right field and Werth snagged it before it could clear the fence for a game-tying three-run home run. Closer Rafael Soriano owes Werth a nice steak dinner.
Moore contributes to win with 2 hits, 2 RBI 05-16-2014
Tyler Moore 1B WAS
Tyler Moore went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in as the Nationals defeated the Mets on Friday. Moore knocked in the Nationals' third run in the first inning with an RBI groundout, then added his second RBI with a single in the third inning. Moore has seen an increase in playing time since Adam LaRoche went on the disabled list and has now hit safely in four consecutive games.
Abreu starts, reaches base 3 times vs. Nats 05-16-2014
Bobby Abreu RF NYM
Bobby Abreu, getting another rare start, went 1-for-2 with two walks in Friday's loss to the Nationals. Manager Terry Collins overlooked Abreu's defensive shortcomings, trying to infuse some on-base skills into the lineup. Through Abreu reached base three times, the Mets could never get him home. Whether in the starting lineup or coming off of the bench, Abreu has met expectations thus far, slashing .240/.333/.440 in 30 plate appearances.
Roark good enough to earn 3rd win vs. Mets 05-16-2014
Tanner Roark P WAS
Tanner Roark held the Mets to two runs over five innings, picking up his third win of the season on Friday. The Mets didn't muster much of an offensive threat against Roark, as the right-hander allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. May 3's shellacking against the Phillies aside, Roark has been very reliable for the Nationals. He'll go for his fourth win next week at home against the Reds.
Niese struggles vs. Nats, earns 3rd loss 05-16-2014
Jon Niese P NYM
Jon Niese struggled in Friday's start against the Nationals, allowing five runs (three earned) in four innings, resulting in his third loss of the season. The Nationals singled Niese to death, as seven of the eight hits he allowed were of the one-base variety. Niese also walked two and struck out only two. The loss, which sent him to 2-3, is his worst outing of the season. Niese will take his 2.54 ERA and 1.19 WHIP into next week's home start against the Dodgers.
Reddick homers twice, plates six to lead A's 05-16-2014
Josh Reddick RF HOU
Josh Reddick had a monster day at the plate on Friday, blasting a pair of homers and driving home six runs as the A's thrashed the Indians 11-1 in Cleveland. Reddick launched a towering grand slam to right field off Zach McAllister, highlighting an eight-run uprising in the second inning. He then tagged Carlos Carrasco with a two-run shot in the seventh inning, finishing the night 2-for-4. While he's still hitting just .236 on the season, he has three multi-hit efforts in his last four games and has now plated 18 runs on the season.
Josh Donaldson belts 10th home run in rout 05-16-2014
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
Josh Donaldson belted his 10th home run of the season on Friday as the Athletics routed the Indians in Cleveland. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, capping the damage in an eight-run second inning against Indians starter Zach McAllister. After a breakthrough season in 2013, Donaldson continues to silence all of his doubters, slashing .266/.342/.503 with 10 homers and 31 RBI in his first 41 games.
Sonny Gray fans nine in win over Indians 05-16-2014
Sonny Gray P OAK
Sonny Gray turned in another dazzling performance in Friday's win over the Indians, striking out nine while allowing just one run over six innings. Gray surrendered just a pair of hits and three walks on the evening. The impressive young right-hander now sits at 5-1 on the season with a 2.10 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 60 innings. He'll look to continue that dominance when he does battle against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Swisher clobbers third homer in loss to A's 05-16-2014
Nick Swisher 1B ATL
Nick Swisher clobbered his third home run of the season in a losing effort against the Athletics on Friday. Swisher's solo blast off Sonny Gray got the Indians on the board in the first inning, unfortunately that would be the only run that they'd scratch out over the course of the ballgame. He's off to a very slow start at the dish, slashing just .201/.304/.325 with three long balls and 16 RBI.
Jose Ramirez goes hitless in loss to A's 05-16-2014
Jose Ramirez 3B CLE
Jose Ramirez had another rough day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Athletics, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. The young infielder has yet to make the most of his opportunity to play while Jason Kipnis is on the disabled list, hitting just .100 (2-for-20) with one RBI. He's plenty talented, but it doesn't look likely that he'll have any fantasy value this season.
McAllister clobbered in loss to Athletics 05-16-2014
Zach McAllister P CLE
Zach McAllister was absolutely clobbered in Friday's loss to the Athletics, surrendering eight runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. McAllister walked three and struck out three on the evening. After striking out the side in the first inning, all hell broke loose in the second when the A's struck for eight runs including a grand slam off the bat of Josh Reddick. McAllister has now been hit hard in each of his last two outings and now sports a troubling 5.36 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 45 1/3 innings on the season. He'll look to turn things around when he takes on the Tigers at home on Wednesday.
Simon earns 5th win with 7 2/3 shutout frames 05-16-2014
Alfredo Simon P CIN
Alfredo Simon picked up his fifth win of the season, shutting the Phillies out over 7 2/3 innings as the Reds won 3-0 on Friday. The Phillies' offense could not figure out Simon, who lowered his ERA to 2.45 with the strong effort. The right-hander allowed only five hits and a walk while striking out a season-high eight. Quite a nice rebound after posting his worst start of the season last Saturday against the Rockies. Simon will go for win number six next week on the road against the Nationals.
Kendrick's 7 IP, 3 ER results in loss to Reds 05-16-2014
Kyle Kendrick P COL
Kyle Kendrick put together a decent outing, holding the Reds to three runs over seven innings, but went home with the loss on Friday night. Kendrick made a first-inning mistake to Devin Mesoraco, who hit a wall-scraping three-run home run to left field. Other than that, Kendrick had a stress-free night, even retiring 15 consecutive Reds between the end of the first inning and two outs into the sixth. Overall, he allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five. He falls to 0-4 on the season and will look to pick up his first win in start number nine in his next outing against the Marlins on the road.
Chapman ekes out of jam for second save 05-16-2014
Aroldis Chapman P NYY
Aroldis Chapman worked his way out of trouble to pick up his second save of the season in Friday's win over the Phillies. Chapman, in his first appearance since Tuesday, put himself in a bit of a pickle when he put runners on second and third with two outs. However, he struck out Cesar Hernandez -- the tying run -- to end the ballgame. In three innings since returning from the disabled list, Chapman has struck out seven and walked three while allowing one run.
Utley's 2 hits not enough in loss to the Reds 05-16-2014
Chase Utley 2B LAD
Chase Utley went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Reds. Utley's two singles represented one-third of the Phillies' hits on the night, another shutout. The club hasn't scored since Tuesday. Utley bolsters his slash line to .347/.404/.569 as he remains the best-hitting second baseman in the game.
Asche logs three hits in Phils' loss to Reds 05-16-2014
Cody Asche LF PHI
Cody Asche went 3-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the Reds. The Phillies' lineup mounted a couple of threats but it was mostly listless against the Reds. Asche was an exception, logging his third three-hit game of the season. His slash line goes up to .240/.327/.400.
Willingham goes hitless in first rehab game 05-16-2014
Josh Willingham LF KC
Josh Willingham (wrist) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first minor league rehab game at Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
Willingham has been on the shelf since early April due to the left wrist injury and is now finally making tangible progress toward a return. He's on track to be activated by the Twins at some point next week.
Peter Bourjos ejected for arguing on Friday 05-16-2014
Peter Bourjos RF PHI
Peter Bourjos was ejected from Friday's game against the Braves for arguing balls and strikes.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny got the gate as well. Bourjos finished the night 0-for-2, with Jon Jay coming on to take his place.
Fresh off DL, Mesoraco homers in Reds' win 05-16-2014
Devin Mesoraco C CIN
Devin Mesoraco went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Phillies. Mesoraco hit a first inning, two-out, three-run home run to stake the reads to an early lead. It would represent all of the offense throughout the rest of the game. Mesoraco was activated from the disabled list on Friday afternoon, having dealt with a hamstring injury. He picks up where he left off and is now slashing .460/.509/.820 in 57 plate appearances.
Joel Hanrahan (elbow) shut down from bullpen 05-16-2014
Joel Hanrahan P DET
Joel Hanrahan (elbow) was shut down from a recent bullpen session, as the Tigers decided he needs to build up his arm strength through long toss first before moving to mound work.
Hanrahan will long toss for the next week or so before being re-evaluated. If all goes well, he could resume throwing bullpen sessions next week. There is still no clear time-table for his return, but his agent suggested that it could come in mid-June.
Orioles sign Heath Bell to minor league deal 05-16-2014
Heath Bell P WAS
Orioles signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
The veteran right-hander was given the boot from the Rays after posting a 7.27 ERA over his first 13 relief appearances. He'll function as additional bullpen depth for the Orioles, and should work his way into the big league bullpen before too long.
Chris Sale fans 11 in minor league rehab game 05-16-2014
Chris Sale P BOS
Chris Sale pitched four scoreless innings and struck out 11 in his minor league rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

Scott Merkin on Twitter
Sale, who is working his way back from a flexor muscle strain in his left elbow, will make one more minor league start before rejoining the White Sox rotation. Seeing him dominate in the first outing after such a long layoff is certainly a good sign though.
Joe Maddon still has full support of Balfour 05-16-2014
Grant Balfour P TB
Rays manager Joe Maddon gave Grant Balfour a vote of confidence on Friday, saying that the veteran right-hander was "absolutely" still his closer.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Maddon said that he wants to see Balfour more confident in the role. He suffered a horrendous blown save against the Angels on Saturday, allowing the only three base runners he faced to reach base before being yanked. While it's nice to have the support of his manager, another blown save chance could mean the end.
Sean Burnett (elbow) getting close to return 05-16-2014
Sean Burnett P WAS
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday that Sean Burnett (elbow) is getting "progressively better" and nearing a return to the Angels bullpen.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
Burnett fanned three in a scoreless inning on his minor league rehab assignment on Thursday. If all continues to go well, he'll resume his customary setup role in the Angels bullpen before the end of the month.
Twins will limit pitch counts of Alex Meyer 05-16-2014
Alex Meyer P LAA
Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Friday that the team plans to limit Alex Meyer's pitch counts this season.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
They want to let Meyer pitch the entire season without shutting him down, but will be very cognizant of his workload in each outing. Antony said that Meyer could wind up finishing the season in the bullpen. They'll undoubtedly play things cautiously with their prized young right-hander, so don't expect him to make a big impact in fantasy leagues this year.
Ryu throws 75 pitches in extended spring game 05-16-2014
Hyun-Jin Ryu P LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 75 pitches in an extended spring training game on Friday without any issues.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said afterwards that he's confident Ryu will return to the Dodgers rotation soon, though he wasn't ready to talk about a return on Wednesday. Either way, it appears as his return is growing near.
Johan Santana throws extended spring game 05-16-2014
Johan Santana P TOR
Johan Santana threw another successful session in an extended spring game on Friday.

Dan Connolly on Twitter
He didn't pitch as well as he did the last time out, but the most important thing to take away was that he felt fine. He's still reportedly hitting between 87 and 89 mph with his fastball and could be an option for the Orioles at some point in June if he continues to progress.
Freese will DH in minor league game Saturday 05-16-2014
David Freese 3B PIT
David Freese (finger) is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter in a minor league game on Saturday.

Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
Freese is still working to get his way back as he attempts to return from a fractured middle finger. If all goes well Saturday, and he proves he can throw at full strength, he could be activated when he's first eligible on Monday.
Rafael Betancourt throws successful bullpen 05-16-2014
Rafael Betancourt P COL
Rafael Betancourt threw a second successful bullpen session at extended spring training on Friday.

Thomas Harding on Twitter
The veteran right-hander is on track to begin working with the Rockies rookie league team in June before progressing to higher levels of competition. He's hoping to join the Rockies bullpen before the end of the season.
Jose Fernandez undergoes successful surgery 05-16-2014
Jose Fernandez P MIA
Jose Fernandez underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Friday.

Miami Marlins on Twitter
He will now return to Miami where he will begin the rehabilitation and recovery process. If all goes well, Fernandez could be looking at a return to the Marlins before the end of the 2015 season, but fantasy owners shouldn't count on any serious returns until the 2016 campaign.
Kyle Lohse moves record to 5-1 05-16-2014
Kyle Lohse P TEX
Kyle Lohse held the Cubs to three runs over seven innings in Friday's 4-3 victory. Lohse allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out a pair. Two of the hits the right-hander gave up left the yard, but he was able to cruise through the final four innings unscathed before the Brewers' bullpen closed it out. The owner of a 5-1 record and 2.88 ERA, Lohse will try to keep it going next week in Atlanta.
Francisco Rodriguez nails down save No. 17 05-16-2014
Francisco Rodriguez P DET
Francisco Rodriguez converted his league-leading 17th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Friday's win over the Cubs. K-Rod allowed a leadoff single in the ninth while protecting a one-run lead, but he rebounded to retire the next three hitters in order to snuff out the threat. It was a nice bounce-back effort after he allowed three runs his previous time out. Rodriguez's ERA sits at 1.57.
Jeff Samardzija labors through five innings 05-16-2014
Jeff Samardzija P SF
Jeff Samardzija labored through five frames Friday, surrendering four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks in a loss to the Brewers. Samardzija did strike out six and wasn't helped out by a shaky Cubs defense, but this certainly wasn't his sharpest effort. While he boasts a 1.62 ERA for the season, the big right-hander's record now sits at 0-4. He'll try to get in the win column next week in San Diego.
Jean Segura goes 3-for-5 with two RBI 05-16-2014
Jean Segura SS SEA
Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in Friday's victory over the Cubs. All three hits were singles, but Segura's two-run base knock in the second inning proved to be the winning runs for the Brew Crew. Segura has started four of the last 10 games in the No. 2 spot in the batting order and could be moved up there permanently if he has more days like Friday.
Darwin Barney goes deep in loss 05-16-2014
Darwin Barney 2B TOR
Darwin Barney hit a rare home run -- a two-run shot -- in Friday's loss to the Brewers. Barney's blast into the basket in left field at Wrigley Field in the second inning got the Cubs on the board. Junior Lake followed with a solo shot the next frame, but that's all the scoring the Cubbies could muster. Barney has a pair of longballs this season and is hitting just .183/.266/.268.
Juan Uribe returns to Dodgers' lineup Fri. 05-16-2014
Juan Uribe 3B CLE
Juan Uribe is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Uribe pinch-hit earlier this week, but this is his first start since he tweaked his hamstring last Thursday. The Dodgers' third baseman is batting .311/.343/.474 with four homers and 17 RBI this season.
Sam Fuld had setback but is feeling better 05-16-2014
Sam Fuld CF OAK
Sam Fuld (concussion) had a setback on Wednesday but has improved since then.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
Fuld is still dealing with some post-concussion symptoms and has not been cleared for baseball activities. He should be considered out indefinitely.
Alberto Callaspo to see dip in playing time 05-16-2014
Alberto Callaspo 3B LAD
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Alberto Callaspo will see a drop in playing time following the acquisition of Kyle Blanks.

John Hickey on Twitter
Callaspo has received most of his starts in the DH spot and at first base, but that's where Blanks is going to play. Callaspo has been a borderline middle infield option in mixed leagues so far this year, but he's probably only an AL-only guy at this point.
Jayson Nix inks minors deal with Rays 05-16-2014
Jayson Nix 3B BAL
Rays signed INF Jayson Nix to a minor league contract.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Nix elected free agency after being outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster earlier this week. He'll provide depth at Triple-A Durham.
Porter: Chad Qualls will be used at closer 05-16-2014
Chad Qualls P COL
Astros manager Bo Porter said Friday that he will use Chad Qualls to close games.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
Qualls converted the Astros' last save chance, but they've had so few opportunities that it's been tough to say who the favorite for saves is. The veteran reliever holds a 3.55 ERA and nice 15/3 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings this season, though he's also posted a 1.66 WHIP. While he's far from a safe bet to keep the gig over the long haul, Qualls needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues for the time being.
Votto diagnosed with quad strain; no DL yet 05-16-2014
Joey Votto 1B CIN
Joey Votto has been diagnosed with a left quad strain and will not be placed on the disabled list yet.

C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter
Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder) on Triple-A DL 05-16-2014
Jonathan Pettibone P PHI
Jonathan Pettibone has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley due to shoulder issues.

Jim Salisbury on Twitter
Pettibone dealt with shoulder problems last season and during spring training this year. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but obviously he won't be an option for the Phillies' rotation anytime soon.
Jason Motte to be re-evaluated this weekend 05-16-2014
Jason Motte P COL
Jason Motte (elbow) will throw in front of the Cardinals on Saturday and Sunday before being re-evaluated.

Jim Hayes on Twitter
It seems likely that he'll be activated from the disabled list at that point if they like what they see. Motte has pitched on back-to-back day, has made a two-inning appearance and hasn't given up a run in six rehab appearances, so he doesn't really have any other boxes to check. The Cards figure to ease him with low-leverage situations initially.
Brad Brach recalled from Triple-A 05-16-2014
Brad Brach P BAL
Orioles recalled RHP Brad Brach from Triple-A Norfolk. Brach has allowed three runs over 1 2/3 innings while up with the big club this season. He'll work in middle relief.
Evan Meek designated for assignment 05-16-2014
Evan Meek P WAS
Orioles designated RHP Evan Meek for assignment. Meek is only being designated off the 25-man roster, so he'll be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk Saturday and remain in the organization. He's posted a 6.94 ERA over 12 appearances this season.
Nyjer Morgan has PCL sprain 05-16-2014
Nyjer Morgan CF CLE
Nyjer Morgan has been diagnosed with a sprained PCL in his right knee.

Paul Hoynes on Twitter
Morgan will not require surgery. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but it doesn't seem like something that will require an extra long stay on the disabled list.
Kipnis could begin rehab assignment next week 05-16-2014
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kipnis (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Kipnis began hitting off a tee earlier this week and should be cleared for batting practice soon. The second baseman is tracking towards a return before the endof the month. He's been on the shelf with an oblique strain since late April.
Trevor Bauer to start Tuesday for Indians 05-16-2014
Trevor Bauer P CLE
Trevor Bauer will be called up to start on Tuesday against the Tigers.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
He'll be taking the rotation spot of Danny Salazar, who was sent down on Friday. Bauer allowed one earned run over six frames in a spot start with the Tribe earlier this season and boasts a 2.15 mark over seven outings at Triple-A. Perhaps the most important number he put up at Triple-A were the 14 walks over 46 innings. If Bauer can maintain his improved control, he could finally take the next step. Scoop him up in all fantasy leagues where he's available.
Brantley (back) returns to Indians' lineup 05-16-2014
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley is back in the Indians' lineup Friday.

Paul Hoynes on Twitter
Brantley sat out Thursday's game after having to exit Wednesday's contest with mid-back tightness. The outfielder returns to a .279/.340/.483 batting line with seven homers, 30 RBI and four steals.
Kolten Wong in line on Friday 05-16-2014
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Kolten Wong is starting at second base and batting second in Friday's game versus the Braves.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
Wong missed his first potential start since being recalled due to a stomach bug, but he's feeling much better now. The second baseman hit .225/.276/.268 before his demotion last month but is worth a shot again in deeper fantasy leagues.
Dice-K, Valverde would close Friday 05-16-2014
Daisuke Matsuzaka P NYM
Mets manager Terry Collins said that Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde are the leading candidates to be used in a potential save situation Friday.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
It comes a day after Collins said that Jenrry Mejia would be used in a potential save chance. Mejia wound up pitching in a non-save situation Thursday and it's possible the Mets don't want him pitching on back-to-back days yet as he transitions to the bullpen. Matsuzaka and Valverde are worth a look in deeper formats if you're desperate for saves.
Shane Victorino (knee) set to undergo MRI 05-16-2014
Shane Victorino RF LAA
Shane Victorino (knee) will undergo an MRI Friday.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Victorino injured his left knee when he slid into third base during Wednesday's game. The Red Sox were thinking he'd only miss one game, but he hadn't shown any improvement Friday so they're trying to get a better handle on the situation. An update from the club should be available later Friday.
Nick Martinez to start on Sunday 05-16-2014
Nick Martinez P TEX
Nick Martinez will start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
Members of the Rangers' rotation are dropping like flies, so Martinez will move in from the bullpen and get another shot to start. The young right-hander has posted a 0.77 ERA in five relief appearances but held a 4.09 mark in his two starts.
Nick Christiani optioned to Triple-A 05-16-2014
Nick Christiani P CIN
Reds optioned RHP Nick Christiani to Triple-A Louisville. Christiani served as the 26th man during Thursday's doubleheader. He'll be back with the big club later this season.
Jeff Francis designated for assignment 05-16-2014
Jeff Francis P TOR
Reds designated LHP Jeff Francis for assignment. Francis allowed three runs over five innings in a spot start during Thursday's doubleheader. He'll clear waivers and should stick around as rotation depth.
Reds activate Devin Mesoraco from DL 05-16-2014
Devin Mesoraco C CIN
Reds activated C Devin Mesoraco from the 15-day disabled list. Mesoraco played in rehab games the last three days at Triple-A Louisville -- homering during Thursday's game -- to convince the Reds he was ready. He was batting .468/.509/.787 with three homers and 13 RBI over 13 games when he went down with a hamstring injury. Obviously, fantasy owners need to stick him back into the lineup right away.
Casey Coleman called up from Triple-A 05-16-2014
Casey Coleman P KC
Royals purchased the contract of RHP Casey Coleman from Triple-A Omaha. Coleman allowed just two earned runs over his first 12 relief innings at Omaha after signing on last month. He'll be used as a long reliever.
Justin Maxwell designated for assignment 05-16-2014
Justin Maxwell RF MIA
Royals designated OF Justin Maxwell for assignment. Maxwell was hitting just .138/.219/.172 with no homers over his first 32 plate appearances this season. He's certainly a flawed player, but he has pop and can play all three outfield spots, so someone will give him a shot.
Tony Cingrani to rejoin Reds' rotation Sunday 05-16-2014
Tony Cingrani P CIN
Tony Cingrani (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list to start on Sunday versus the Phillies.

C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter
He was either going to get the ball on Sunday or Monday, and now we have a definitive day. Cingrani missed a couple weeks with a minor shoulder ailment, but fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to stick him back into their lineups immediately. He boasts a 3.34 with 32 strikeouts over 32 1/3 innings this season.
Shane Victorino (knee) still out on Friday 05-16-2014
Shane Victorino RF LAA
Shane Victorino (knee) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
Victorino injured his left knee when he jammed it into a base during Wednesday's game. He was expected to miss just Thursday's contest, but obviously he's still not feeling well enough to give it a go. Consider him day-to-day. Grady Sizemore is in right field Friday.
Indians option Danny Salazar to Triple-A 05-16-2014
Danny Salazar P CLE
Indians optioned RHP Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus. Salazar entered the season with plenty of promise following last year's impressive rookie campaign, but this year his velocity has been down and he posted a 5.53 ERA over his first eight starts. He'll get another chance at some point, but the Indians want him to work on things in the minors for now. The Tribe hasn't announced who will replace him in the rotation, but Trevor Bauer is an obvious candidate.
Coco Crisp returns to A's lineup Friday 05-16-2014
Coco Crisp LF CLE
Coco Crisp is back in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Crisp hasn't placed since tweaking his neck when he crashed into the right-center field wall last Wednesday. The outfielder is hitting .260/.354/.406 with three homers, 11 RBI and seven stolen bases over 28 games this season.
Ben Revere not in lineup on Friday 05-16-2014
Ben Revere CF LAA
Ben Revere is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

Todd Zolecki on Twitter
It's just a day of rest. John Mayberry is getting the start in center field against Alfredo Simon and the Reds, while Jimmy Rollins is in the leadoff spot.
Marlins close to signing Miguel Tejada 05-16-2014
Miguel Tejada 2B KC
ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas reports that the Marlins are close to signing Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract.

Grandesenlos Deportes on Twitter
Tejada, 39, batted .288/.317/.378 last season for the Royals before he was injured and then suspended for testing positive for amphetamines. He still has to serve the final 64 games of his 105-game suspension. Tejada will give the Marlins some infield depth once the suspension is up.
Jeff Bennett catches on with Dodgers 05-16-2014
Jeff Bennett P MLW
Dodgers signed RHP Jeff Bennett to a minor league contract.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Bennett, 33, has been mostly pitching in independent ball and the Mexican League the last four years. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2009 and is merely organizational depth.
Brandon Boggs inks minors deal with Braves 05-16-2014
Brandon Boggs RF PIT
Braves signed OF Brandon Boggs to a minor league contract.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Boggs had been with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. The 31-year-old hit .236/.331/.353 last season at Triple-A for the Brewers and Braves. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011.
Eury Perez recalled; placed on DL 05-16-2014
Eury Perez LF ATL
Nationals recalled OF Eury Perez from Triple-A Syracuse; placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured left toe. The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Greg Dobbs. Perez has been out since late April and isn't not clear how much more time he'll miss.
Sandy Leon optioned to Triple-A 05-16-2014
Sandy Leon C BOS
Nationals optioned C Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nats didn't figure to carry three catchers for long, so Leon gets the boot. He'll provide depth at Syracuse.
Greg Dobbs called up by Nationals 05-16-2014
Greg Dobbs 1B WAS
Nationals purchased the contract of INF Greg Dobbs from Triple-A Syracuse. Dobbs was just inked to a minor league deal earlier this week. The veteran left-handed swinger will give the Nats another option at first base with Adam LaRoche (quad) out.
Sergio Santos doesn't have structural damage 05-16-2014
Sergio Santos P NYY
An MRI on Sergio Santos' right elbow revealed no structural damage.

National Post
The exam showed "normal wear and tear." Santos, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend, will be shut down for a week before resuming throwing on flat ground. "I do feel good," he said. "The soreness is now gone. It's been five-six days and with each day I'm feeling a lot better."
Pirates/Yankees game postponed due to rain 05-16-2014
Edinson Volquez P MIA
Friday's game between the Pirates and Yankees has been postponed due to rain.

Danny Knobler on Twitter
It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. Scheduled starters Edinson Volquez and David Phelps will be pushed back a day to Saturday.
Carlos Gomez to return on Saturday 05-16-2014
Carlos Gomez CF TEX
Carlos Gomez (back) is expected back in the lineup on Saturday.

Todd Rosiak on Twitter
Gomez dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension on Wednesday, but there's a chance he wouldn't have been able to play those days, anyway, due to a tight lower back. However, he was feeling better Friday and should be ready to roll Saturday.
Zach Rosscup's MRI comes back clean 05-16-2014
Zac Rosscup P CHC
An MRI on Zach Rosscup's left shoulder revealed only inflammation.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
It's not clear how long Rosscup will be sidelined, but the fact that he doesn't have any structural damage is obviously good news. Rosscup was unscored upon in four appearances before going on the DL earlier this week.
Ryan Braun not in lineup on Friday 05-16-2014
Ryan Braun LF MLW
Ryan Braun is not in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

MLB Lineups on Twitter
It appears to just be a day off, as the Brewers are easing Braun back into things in his return from a strained oblique. Elian Herrera is starting in right field Friday.
Putkonen (elbow) to see Dr. Andrews 05-16-2014
Luke Putkonen P DET
Luke Putkonen (elbow) has been recalled from his rehab assignment and will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

Tigers PR on Twitter
Well, that's never a good sign. Putkonen had appeared in three rehab games but is evidently still having issues with his pitching elbow. He went on the DL in mid-April with what was called elbow inflammation at the time. It sounds like the injury is worse than originally thought, but we'll just have to see what Dr. Andrews says.
Votto (knee) likely headed to disabled list 05-16-2014
Joey Votto 1B CIN
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joey Votto did not travel with the Reds to Philadelphia and is likely to be placed on the disabled list due to a sore left knee.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Mattingly worried about Brian Wilson 05-16-2014
Brian Wilson P LAD
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admits to being concerned about the struggling Brian Wilson but says the reliever insists he's healthy.

Los Angeles Times
"I don't think we're there," Mattingly said. "He tells Stan [Conte, head trainer] and all our guys -- we check with him all the time -- that he's fine. He says he's healthy." Wilson holds a 10.22 ERA and 2.43 WHIP over 16 appearances this season and has on occasion struggled to reach 90 mph on the radar gun. He was on the DL last month with an elbow issue, so you've got to wonder whether he's in fact healthy as he claims to be.
Josh Hamilton (thumb) takes batting practice 05-16-2014
Josh Hamilton LF TEX
Josh Hamilton (thumb) took batting practice on Thursday.

Los Angeles Times
Everything went well, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton could begin a rehab assignment in about a week. "He's kept himself as close as he can to staying in baseball shape with some of the drills he's done," Scioscia said. It sounds like Hamilton should be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month.
Hellickson (elbow) to face hitters next week 05-16-2014
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI
Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is hoping to throw live batting practice next week.

Tampa Bay Times
Hellickson will throw another bullpen session Friday and again on Monday before being allowed to face hitters if all goes well. The right-hander remains on track to rejoin the Rays' rotation in late June.
Chris Getz decides to retire from baseball 05-16-2014
Chris Getz 2B TOR
Chris Cotillo of reports that Chris Getz has decided to retire from baseball.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Getz was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster earlier this week but has decided to hang up his cleats rather than report to Triple-A Buffalo. Just 30 years old, Getz finishes his career with a .250/.309/.307 batting line over parts of seven major league seasons.
Andrew McCutchen nursing sore foot 05-16-2014
Andrew McCutchen RF PIT
Andrew McCutchen is dealing with soreness on the bottom of his left foot as a result of landing on first base awkwardly during Thursday's game.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
McCutchen stayed in the game and made a nice running catch and also stole a base. He's dealt with a left ankle issue this season but said the ailments are unrelated. "I can run on it fine," he said. "It's more just trying to stop or having to maneuver at the last second." While a bit of an annoyance, it doesn't sound like something that's going to keep McCutchen out of the lineup.
Brett Marshall (finger) has resumed throwing 05-16-2014
Brett Marshall P COL
Brett Marshall (finger) has resumed throwing.

Cincinnati Enquirer
Marshall is feeling good and will continue his rehab at the Reds' spring training complex. Out all season with a torn pulley tendon in his right middle finger, Marshall will likely be optioned to Triple-A Louisville once healthy.
Shane Victorino (knee) was unavailable 05-16-2014
Shane Victorino RF LAA
Shane Victorino was unavailable to play Thursday due to a sore left knee.

Boston Herald
Victorino injured the knee when he jammed it into a base during Wednesday's game. "We felt like he needed a day to get over some of the soreness and discomfort that's in the knee," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He was unavailable." Farrell added that it's "not anticipated" that Victorino will need any more time off.
Miguel Gonzalez expected to rejoin rotation 05-16-2014
Miguel Gonzalez P CWS
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he's leaning toward having Miguel Gonzalez make a start next next week's series in Pittsburgh.

Baltimore Sun
Gonzalez was moved to the bullpen this week in favor of Kevin Gausman, but Gausman is now back at Triple-A and it appears Gonzalez has his rotation spot back. The 29-year-old holds a 4.76 ERA this season, but he put up a 3.58 mark over the previous two years and probably deserves a shot to work through his issues.
Casey Fien P SEA
Casey Fien returned to action on Thursday May 15.
Trout blasts walk-off homer to sink Rays 05-16-2014
Mike Trout CF LAA
Mike Trout hit a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth inning to send the Angels to a 6-5 victory over the Rays on Thursday. The Angels' offense scuffled for most of the night, but woke suddenly in the last frame facing a 5-2 deficit. Three straight reached off Tampa Bay closer Grant Balfour, prompting Joe Maddon to summon Brad Boxberger. Trout deposited Boxberger's third offering over the left field wall to complete the frenzied rally. Trout finished 1-for-4. He's slashing .269/.357/.531 with eight homers and 27 RBI.
Balfour melts down in loss to the Angels 05-16-2014
Grant Balfour P TB
Grant Balfour failed to record an out, allowing three base runners who all came around to score, in an ugly blown save Thursday against the Angels. Joe Maddon's trigger finger couldn't have been much quicker with the veteran, and he might get second-guessed for it. Balfour entered the ninth with a 5-2 lead. He walked the first two batters he faced, and then gave up an RBI single. That was enough for Maddon, who called upon a cold Brad Boxberger to face Mike Trout. Boxberger served up the home run that seemed destined to happen, ending the game. Balfour, who signed a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with Tampa Bay this offseason, is 7-for-9 in save chances with a 6.46 ERA. Two awful outings (five runs in 2/3 of an inning in late April was the other) will take a while to work off.
Myers' bat leads Rays past Angels Thursday 05-16-2014
Wil Myers 1B SD
Wil Myers finished 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Angels. Myers was comatose in April, slashing an anemic .226/.308/.333. He's not lighting the world on fire in May, either, but he's shown signs of getting his timing back. His OPS is more than 100 points higher in May, and most of the gains are in the power department via slugging percentage. Don't stop believing, Myers owners. He's got the overall slash up to .258/.318/.396.
Skaggs allows 4 runs to TB in no-decision 05-16-2014
Tyler Skaggs P LAA
Tyler Skaggs yielded five runs on eight hits over six innings Thursday in a no-decision to the Rays. The left-hander struck out five and walked one. Skaggs isn't going to overpower you, so there'll be nights like this where the vagaries of batted balls determine his fate. Tonight lady luck turned her back, spiking his ERA to 4.53 (to go with a nice 1.16 WHIP). Skaggs has a spectacular matchup on Wednesday when he hosts the hapless Astros.
Bedard allows 0 ER in 5 2/3 frames vs. Angels 05-16-2014
Erik Bedard P LAD
Erik Bedard surrendered two unearned runs over 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, Thursday in a no-decision against the Angels. He struck out five and walked one. This was an impressive showing from a pitcher who wasn't 100-percent. Bedard, with Enny Romero having been on standby as recently as yesterday, took the mound with soreness in his left pec. The veteran has yielded just four earned runs total over his last four starts. He sports a spectacular 2.78 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 32 2/3 innings. Bedard welcomes Oakland to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Colvin cracks 2 doubles in Giants victory 05-16-2014
Tyler Colvin LF MIA
Tyler Colvin finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in a 6-4 win against the Marlins on Thursday. Colvin has blistered the ball in sporadic playing time since his Saturday promotion. He's 6-for-13 (.462) with three doubles, a triple, a homer, three RBI and three runs scored. Colvin is an extremely streaky hitter with direct access to playing time with Mike Morse having shifted to first to cover for Brandon Belt. If he keeps raking, he'll keep playing, and on that chance alone, NL-only owners might want to make a speculation add here. The name Tyler Colvin is radioactive to some fantasy owners, but keep in mind he has a .460 career MLB slugging percentage, has slugged .500 or more in over 350 at-bats twice, and is still only 28.
Morse bashes HR in second straight contest 05-16-2014
Michael Morse 1B PIT
Mike Morse went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI total against the Marlins on Thursday. Prior to Wednesday, Morse had hit .071 over his previous eight games. Let's hope the streaky Morse has awoken from slumber over the past 48 hours. He homered in each contest. The veteran has given the Giants more than they expected thus far, slashing .265/.318/.544 with 10 homers and 28 RBI.
SP Cain allows 4 runs, earns 1st 2014 victory 05-16-2014
Matt Cain P SF
Matt Cain allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings to lead the Giants to a 6-4 win against the Marlins on Thursday. The right-hander wasn't exactly sharp -- he struck out seven and walked three -- but he really didn't need to be with Giants hitters battering Miami starter Nate Eovaldi. It looked like Cain would be the one chased from the contest prematurely after he served up a solo home run to Derek Dietrich in the first inning and a two-run Garrett Jones blast in the second. The veteran got it together eventually, hurling 3 2/3 shutout innings from the fourth on to earn his first victory of the year. Cain, now 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, hits the road to face the dangerous Rockies' lineup in Coors next week.
Eovaldi crashes back to earth against Giants 05-16-2014
Nathan Eovaldi P TB
Nathan Eovaldi suffered through his worst start of the season Thursday against the Giants, coughing up six runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings. He whiffed two and walked a pair. Eovaldi has been one of the most added players in fantasy baseball over the past two weeks. He entered this evening with a 2.86 ERA, sporting terrific peripherals that legitimized his early success. Eovaldi mercilessly pounded the strike zone with his high-octane heater and keep-you-honest slider early on, so it's no surprise he's struggled in his past two outings while regressing to a 5/6 K/BB ratio. Eovaldi's fantasy stock is volatile right now, but it's simply too early to jump ship if you're a mixed leaguer. Eovaldi, 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, gets the Phillies next.