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Martinez blasts 10th homer, Tigers sweep Sox 05-18-2014
Victor Martinez DH DET
Victor Martinez belted his 10th home run of the season on Sunday, helping to power the Tigers to a 6-2 victory and a sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Martinez fell behind 0-2, but battled back to deposit a Jake Peavy offering over the wall in right-center for a two-run shot in the three-run third inning. He's been a monster at the plate thus far, slashing .333/.380/.599 with 10 homers and 25 RBI. Astoundingly, he has struck out just nine times on the season in 147 at-bats.
Ian Kinsler has four-hit night in victory 05-18-2014
Ian Kinsler 2B DET
Ian Kinsler had a terrific night at the dish in Sunday's victory over the Red Sox, going 4-for-5 with a double and a pair of runs scored. Kinsler has done a tremendous job as a spark plug atop the Tigers lineup, hitting .311/.341/.451 with four homers, 20 RBI and five stolen bases. As long as he remains healthy, he should finish the season as one of the top fantasy performers at the second base position.
Sanchez defeats Red Sox in return to rotation 05-18-2014
Anibal Sanchez P DET
Anibal Sanchez defeated the Red Sox in his return to the Tigers rotation on Sunday, allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings of work. Sanchez walked three and struck out three on the evening. He had been sidelined with a blister issue since April 26, but showed very little rust in his return to the hill. The victory was his first on the season, bringing him to 1-2 to go along with a stellar 2.89 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio over his first 28 innings. He'll look to keep things rolling when he takes on the Rangers on Friday.
Xander Bogaerts has two hits in loss 05-18-2014
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
Xander Bogaerts was one of the lone bright spots for the Red Sox offense in Sunday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. The rookie shortstop continues to hold his own at the plate offensively, hitting .269/.369/.379 through his first 41 games.
Pierzynski goes hitless in loss to Tigers 05-18-2014
A.J. Pierzynski C ATL
A.J. Pierzynski went hitless in Sunday's loss to the Tigers, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Pierzynski has been up to his free-swinging ways this season, and despite a .246 batting average is only getting on base at a .283 clip. He has also seen a downtick in the power department with just three homers and 20 RBI on the season.
Peavy gives up five runs in loss to Tigers 05-18-2014
Jake Peavy P SF
Jake Peavy struggled in Sunday's loss to the Tigers, surrendering five runs on 11 hits over his six innings. Peavy struck out two without walking a batter on the evening. The Tigers jumped on him in the third inning with an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera and a two-run homer from Victor Martinez. Peavy has not been very effective in the early part of the season, compiling a 4.33 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 43/27 K/BB ratio through 54 innings. He'll try to turn things around when he does battle against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Braves acquire Osvaldo Martinez from Dodgers 05-18-2014
Ozzie Martinez SS CWS
Braves acquired INF Osvaldo Martinez from the Dodgers. No word yet on what the Dodgers will receive in return. Martinez will report to Triple-A Gwinnett and function as infield depth for the Braves.
Starling Marte expects to play on Tuesday 05-18-2014
Starling Marte CF PIT
Starling Marte said Sunday that he expects to return to the Pirates lineup on Tuesday.

Travis Sawchik on Twitter
Marte left the second game of Sunday's twin-bill due to tightness in his left hamstring, but it appears to be only a minor issue. Fantasy owners should have Marte back early in the week.
Carlos Quentin day-to-day with tweaked groin 05-18-2014
Carlos Quentin LF ATL
Carlos Quentin tweaked his groin running the bases in Sunday's loss to the Rockies and is considered day-to-day.

Dennis Lin on Twitter
The oft-injured outfielder is likely to miss a game or two while the injury heals, but it doesn't appear he will require a trip to the disabled list.
Nicasio gets no-decision as Rockies walk off 05-18-2014
Juan Nicasio P PIT
Juan Nicasio earned the no-decision, allowing four runs in six innings as the Rockies defeated the Padres 8-6 in ten innings on Sunday. Nicasio allowed nine hits, including two home runs to Seth Smith and Rene Rivera, while walking one and striking out two. It's the fourth consecutive start in which Nicasio has registered three or fewer strikeouts, which is concerning. Overall, he has a 4.03 ERA with a 32/15 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings. Nicasio will face the Braves on the road in his next start.
Gerrit Cole strikes out eight in victory 05-18-2014
Gerrit Cole P PIT
Gerrit Cole yielded three runs over six innings and struck out eight Sunday as the Pirates beat the Yankees 5-3 to split a doubleheader. It was a tie game when Cole's day came to an end, but Josh Harrison's homer in the top of the seventh put him back in line for the win. Bryan Morris, Tony Watson and Mark Melancon combined to get the job done from there. While Cole hasn't been dominant, he has been solid and he still probably has a big run left in him. Right now, he's 4-3 with a 3.84 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings.
Smith remains hot, homers in loss to Rockies 05-18-2014
Seth Smith RF BAL
Seth Smith went 1-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Padres. Smith has been on fire this season. His first-inning home run off of Juan Nicasio is his fifth of the season and now gives him 17 RBI with a .333/.434/.608 slash line. Smith has hit safely in 12 of 15 May games. He appears on his way to a career year if he can keep it up.
Vidal Nuno takes no-decision 05-18-2014
Vidal Nuno P LAD
Vidal Nuno gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Pirates. Nuno had two errors committed behind him in the second, an inning that could have turned out quite a bit worse if not for some poor baserunning by Jose Tabata. As it was, he gave up just the one unearned run then. The two earned runs came in the sixth on an Andrew McCutchen single and a Starling Marte homer. Since Nuno did get through the sixth, he was credited with his second quality start in six tries this season. His hold on a rotation spot remains tenuous.
Roach picks up no-decision on Sunday vs. COL 05-18-2014
Donn Roach P OAK
Donn Roach allowed four runs in three innings, picking up the no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Padres. As Roach was spot starting, manager Bud Black took him out after throwing 46 pitches. Overall, he allowed four hits and two walks without recording a strikeout in his first major league start. Despite contributing out of the Padres' bullpen, Roach has plenty of minor league experience as a starter. It remains to be seen if he'll be the Padres' go-to option again with Andrew Cashner on the disabled list.
Josh Harrison homers, doubles 05-18-2014
Josh Harrison 2B PIT
Josh Harrison homered, doubled and made a terrific catch in left field in the eighth inning Sunday as part of the win over the Yankees. Harrison started game two of the doubleheader at third base and made a couple of nice plays there, but it was his catch in left field, robbing Yangervis Solarte of what would have been a big double with a man on first in a one-run game, that will make the highlight reel. Harrison is now batting .304 in 56 at-bats for the season, and he figures to be looking at more outfield time with Starling Marte and Jose Tabata banged up. That makes him a pretty good pickup in NL-only leagues.
Hawkins blows the save, but Rockies win 05-18-2014
LaTroy Hawkins P TOR
LaTroy Hawkins blew his first save of the season, but the Rockies walked off in the tenth inning on Sunday against the Padres. Hawkins came in with a 6-4 lead but served up a one-out, two-run home run to Everth Cabrera to knot the game up at six apiece. Despite the one blown save, Hawkins has been shaky since the calendar turned to May and now owns a 4.11 ERA with a 6/3 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings.
Yangervis Solarte hits fifth homer 05-18-2014
Yangervis Solarte 3B SD
Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 with a homer in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Pirates. Solarte had gone hitless in three straight, including the first game of the twinbill. He should have had a third today, but Josh Harrison went airborne to rob him of a double in the bottom of the eighth.
Cabrera homers, swipes bag, but Padres lose 05-18-2014
Everth Cabrera SS SF
Everth Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to the Rockies. Cabrera went deep in the ninth inning off of LaTroy Hawkins, his second homer of the season, to knot the game up at six apiece. He also swiped his ninth bag. Cabrera isn't known for his power; he'll need to hit for a high average, steal bases, and play good defense to provide value to the Padres. He's slashing .249/.277/.343 thus far.
C.C. Sabathia to be re-examined on Monday 05-18-2014
CC Sabathia P NYY
C.C. Sabathia (knee) will be re-examined on Monday to formulate a plan and a timetable for his return.

Jeff Roberts on Twitter
At this point, there has still been no estimate as to when the veteran southpaw will be able to return to the Yankees rotation, only that he''' be sidelined longer than the 15 days allotted to him. Chase Whitley will continue to fill in while Sabathia is sidelined.
Rivera's efforts not enough in Padres' loss 05-18-2014
Rene Rivera C NYM
Rene Rivera went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rockies. Rivera went deep off of Juan Nicasio in the sixth inning, his third homer of the season. He also threw out three would-be base-stealers on the afternoon. Rivera hasn't played a whole lot, but when he has, he has contributed, now slashing .275/.302/.529 in 54 plate appearances.
Tulowitzki stays hot, hits 13th homer in win 05-18-2014
Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Padres. Tulowitzki's fifth-inning solo shot off of Tim Stauffer gives him a league-leading 13 on the season. He trails only Jose Abreu's 15 for the MLB lead. Tulo's home and road splits are concerning, but one wonders if he'll be a contender for the Triple Crown. Along with the 13 homers, Tulowitzki has 35 RBI and a .393/.494/.764 slash line.
Morneau's walk-off homer sends Rockies home 05-18-2014
Justin Morneau 1B CWS
Justin Morneau went 2-for-5 with a walk-off two-run home run in the tenth inning as the Rockies defeated the Padres on Sunday. Morneau blasted a rocket to dead center for a walk-off two-run homer off of Dale Thayer. After falling off of the map over the last three seasons due to concussion issues, Morneau appears to be back back. The Canadian has nine home runs, 32 RBI, and a .327/.355/.585 slash line.
Vogelsong masterful in win over the D'Backs 05-18-2014
Ryan Vogelsong P PIT
Ryan Vogelsong earned the win with seven shutout innings against the Marlins as the Giants went on to win 4-1 on Sunday. The Marlins, without Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup, weren't able to get much going offensively against Vogelsong. The right-hander allowed only five hits and a walk while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 3.62. Vogelsong will go for his third win next weekend against the Twins at home.
Turner allows 4 ER in 6 IP to fall to 0-2 05-18-2014
Jacob Turner P CWS
Jacob Turner allowed four runs in six innings and took the loss on Sunday against the Giants. Turner ran into some trouble in the first inning as the Giants manufactured three runs, but was otherwise solid. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out seven. Turner has only turned in one quality start in five opportunities thus far, but he'll go for number two in his next start against the Brewers at home.
MRI shows sprained shoulder for Angel Pagan 05-18-2014
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan's MRI revealed a sprained shoulder on Sunday, though he hopes that he'll be able to play for the team's series opener against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
Giants manager Bruce Bochy called the findings "pretty good news", and was equally optimistic that Pagan wouldn't require any missed time. While it certainly sounds encouraging, fantasy owners should have a contingency option ready just to be safe.
Romo picks up 15th save in win over Marlins 05-18-2014
Sergio Romo P LAD
Sergio Romo worked around a one-out single to convert his 15th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Marlins. Despite raising some eyebrows with a markedly lower strikeout rate dating back to last season, Romo has been getting the job done for the Giants. His 15 saves are second-best in baseball, and he carries a 2.21 ERA with an 0.64 WHIP and a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings.
Sandoval homers, extends hitting streak to 9 05-18-2014
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win against the Marlins. Sandoval's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to nine games, and his fifth-inning solo home run off of Justin Turner was his third of the season. Sandoval is starting to find himself at the plate, now slashing .220/.279/.340 overall in what has been a disappointing walk year.
Collmenter just good enough to get second win 05-18-2014
Josh Collmenter P ATL
Josh Collmenter earned the win, allowing three runs over 5 1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday. Collmenter made a couple of mistakes, issuing home runs to Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez. Other than that, he carved through the Dodgers' lineup, allowing only four hits in total with two walks and three strikeouts. Collmenter will take his 4.02 ERA in search of his third win next weekend against the Mets on the road.
Ramirez hits 6th homer in Dodgers loss to ARI 05-18-2014
Hanley Ramirez 1B BOS
Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Ramirez's first-inning solo home run off of Josh Collmenter was his sixth of the season. He has had only one multi-hit game since May 7, as the shortstop hasn't gotten on a hot streak yet. Ramirez is slashing .251/.333/.450 with 21 RBI.
Pujols homers twice in Angels' win 05-18-2014
Albert Pujols DH LAA
Albert Pujols snapped his home run drought with a pair of solo shots off David Price in the Angels' 6-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday. Pujols went 12 straight games without a homer, and he hadn't had a multi-RBI day since hitting his 499th and 500th career homers back on April 22. Health seems to have played a role in his slump, and while today provides some hope for the future, he still doesn't appear to be quite 100 percent with his lower body.
Haren allows 10 hits, takes loss vs. D'Backs 05-18-2014
Dan Haren P CHC
Dan Haren fell to 5-2 after allowing five runs (four earned) in six innings in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Haren allowed ten hits overall, tying a season-high, but issued no walks and struck out three. The D'Backs scored in four of his six innings, raising his ERA to 3.18. Haren will look for his sixth win next weekend against the Phillies on the road.
Matt Shoemaker strikes out six in win 05-18-2014
Matt Shoemaker P LAA
Matt Shoemaker allowed one run over six innings and struck out six in a victory over the Rays on Sunday. Shoemaker has pitched well in both starts since replacing Hector Santiago in the rotation, giving up three runs over 11 innings. He lacks top-notch stuff and his minor league results have been rather unimpressive even after accounting for the fact that he's spent so much time in hitter's parks. In other words, fantasy leaguers should tread carefully. He's not a mixed-league option.
Reed closes out win over LAD for 12th save 05-18-2014
Addison Reed P NYM
Addison Reed picked up his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth in Sunday's win over the Dodgers. Reed struck out the first two batters he faced before allowing a two-out single to Scott Van Slyke. He retired Dee Gordon to end the very minor threat and the game. May hasn't been kind to Reed, as he has had four scored-upon appearances out of eight thus far, and he now owns a 4.57 ERA despite a 26/4 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings.
David Price gives up six runs in loss 05-18-2014
David Price P BOS
David Price gave up six runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Angels. Yet again, Price had an outstanding K/BB ratio (7/0 today). Still, that hasn't been any sort of guarantee of success for Price this year. As is, his 77/6 K/BB ratio through 69 2/3 innings has gotten him just a 4.28 ERA. That's mostly because he's allowed 11 homers, including a pair today off the bat of Albert Pujols. His ERA will drop, but he's a clear notch below the elite fantasy starters right now.
Ross hits 1st homer as D'Backs beat LAD 05-18-2014
Cody Ross RF OAK
Cody Ross went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Dodgers. Ross took Dan Haren deep in the fourth inning for his first jack of the season. He has been dreadful at the plate after starting the season on the disabled list. Sunday's effort pushes him over the Mendoza line, however, as he is now slashing .203/.244/.270.
Grant Green goes 3-for-4 against Rays 05-18-2014
Grant Green 2B SF
Grant Green went 3-for-4 on Sunday, lifting his average to .368. Green, who hit his first homer last night, is now 14-for-38 since his callup on May 2. He's started against lefties since day one of his callup, but he needs to play against righties too while he's hitting like this.
Owings gets 3 hits, swipes 2 bags in win 05-18-2014
Chris Owings CF ARZ
Chris Owings went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and two stolen bases in Sunday's win over the Dodgers. That's back-to-back three-hit games for Owings since manager Kirk Gibson moved him into the two-spot in the lineup. The two stolen bases give him six in as many attempts on the season and the three hits boost his slash line up to .291/.336/.433.
Gonzalez's homer not enough in Dodgers' loss 05-18-2014
Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez smacked a two-run homer off of Josh Collmenter in the third inning, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead an inning after they had lost it. It wasn't enough, however as the rest of the Dodgers' lineup -- aside from Hanley Ramirez -- was impotent. Gonzalez now has 10 home runs, 30 RBI, and a .275/.353/.515 slash line on the season.
Starling Marte leaves with tight hamstring 05-18-2014
Starling Marte CF PIT
Starling Marte was removed from the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees due to tightness in his left hamstring.

Bill Brink on Twitter
Prior to exiting, Marte was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs, two RBI and his fourth home run of the season. The injury appears to be minor, but the team should have an official update on his status later in the evening.
Kevin Kiermaier hits first home run 05-18-2014
Kevin Kiermaier CF TB
Kevin Kiermaier hit his first big-league homer Sunday off the Angels' Matt Shoemaker. The homer came in his 10th at-bat for the Rays. He's not much of a power hitter, though; he had just 15 homers over 1,438 at-bats over parts of five seasons in the minors. The odds are against him getting enough playing time to be relevant in AL-only leagues.
Mitch Moreland homers in Rangers' win 05-18-2014
Mitch Moreland 1B BOS
Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and doubled as the Rangers bested the Blue Jays 6-2 on Sunday. Moreland's line is far from what was expected of him, as the homer was just his second in 99 at-bats this year. He does have a .283 batting average, though. Last year, he hit 23 homers with a .232 average in 147 at-bats. Since he's getting the job done even as a different type of hitter, the Rangers will keep starting him against right-handers. He's not playing versus lefties at all.
Nick Martinez solid for five innings 05-18-2014
Nick Martinez P TEX
Nick Martinez limited the Blue Jays to one run in five innings in a no-decision on Sunday. Martinez left with a one-run lead, but that was blown by Aaron Poreda in the sixth. Since Martinez had made his previous four appearances in relief, the Rangers didn't want to push him today, taking him out after 85 pitches. He figures to make at least one more start before any changes come, but since his next outing will come against the Tigers, he's probably not worth using in AL-only leagues.
R.A. Dickey takes loss to Rangers 05-18-2014
R.A. Dickey P ATL
R.A. Dickey allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday. Dickey had to work around some poor infield defense today and wasn't quite good enough to make lemonade out of it. As it was, he allowed just three hits, one of them an infield single. Still, his winning streak was snapped at three.
Juan Francisco hits eighth homer 05-18-2014
Juan Francisco 3B TB
Juan Francisco hit his eighth homer as part of a 2-for-4 day on Sunday, but he also committed two errors in a loss to the Rangers. The Blue Jays have to keep Francisco's bat in the lineup against right-handers, but the downside struck in a big way today; not only did he commit two errors, but Brett Lawrie, playing out of position, committed one at second. Francisco's homer was his third in five games and sixth of the month. He'll keep starting against right-handers, someway, somehow.
Matt Dominguez homers twice for Astros 05-18-2014
Matt Dominguez 3B TOR
Matt Dominguez hit a pair of two-run homers off John Danks as part of the Astros' 8-2 win over the White Sox on Sunday. Dominguez, who drove in 77 runs last season, entered today's game with just 14 RBI in 42 games. Obviously, this one helps his pace a bit. He's a zero in steals and below average in batting average and runs scored, so he has to keep showing power to be an adequate fantasy third baseman.
Brad Peacock earns first win of year 05-18-2014
Brad Peacock P HOU
Brad Peacock notched his first win of the year after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings Sunday against the White Sox. Having given up five homers in his previous three starts, Peacock was certainly happy to see Jose Abreu out of the White Sox lineup. He had been 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA in five starts since moving into the rotation.
John Danks gives up eight runs in loss 05-18-2014
John Danks P CWS
John Danks was pounded for eight runs -- seven earned -- and three homers in 4 2/3 innings by the Astros on Sunday. Danks allowed one homer in 31 innings in April. This month, he's given up seven in 21 2/3 innings. He's not as bad as he's been lately, but since he's also not as good as he was during the first month, he's strictly an AL-only pitcher these days.
Adrian Nieto goes 3-for-3 against Astros 05-18-2014
Adrian Nieto C CWS
Adrian Nieto went 3-for-3 and drove in both White Sox runs Sunday against the Astros. Nieto hasn't played as much as expected with Tyler Flowers off to a nice start, but he's done well in his limited opportunities, going 11-for-34. We wouldn't expect him to keep it up if his role expands.
Adam Dunn strikes out four times 05-18-2014
Adam Dunn DH OAK
Adam Dunn fanned all four times he was up Sunday versus the Astros. Dunn is hitting just .200 with one homer and three RBI in 40 at-bats this month after an excellent April. The White Sox would love to see him pull out of it with Jose Abreu out, but today wasn't a very good sign.
Blue Jays option Marcus Stroman to Triple-A 05-18-2014
Marcus Stroman P TOR
Blue Jays optioned RHP Marcus Stroman to Triple-A Buffalo. Rather than work out of the bullpen at the major league level, the Blue Jays want Stroman to work as a starter in the minor leagues. It remains only a matter of time before he secures a regular spot in the Jays starting rotation.
Robinson Cano goes 4-for-5 in Mariners' win 05-18-2014
Robinson Cano 2B SEA
Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Mariners' 6-2 victory over the Twins on Sunday. Not only was it Cano's first four-hit game for Seattle, but it was his first with three hits. Last year, he had 17 three-hit games for the Yankees. This year, it took him 43 for his first.
Felix Hernandez goes eight strong for win 05-18-2014
Felix Hernandez P SEA
Felix Hernandez pitched eight innings of two-run ball Sunday in a defeat of the Twins. Hernandez went a fifth straight start without allowing a homer, as all seven hits he gave up today were singles. He finished with five strikeouts and one walk on the afternoon.
Ricky Nolasco takes loss to Mariners 05-18-2014
Ricky Nolasco P LAA
Ricky Nolasco fell to 2-4 after allowing three runs in five innings against the Mariners on Sunday. Nolasco string of three straight quality starts was lost, though today's outing was still better than most of the ones he had in April. It was also just the second in nine starts this year in which he didn't give up a homer.
Michael Saunders triples, doubles 05-18-2014
Michael Saunders LF PHI
Michael Saunders tripled, doubled and drove in two runs versus the Twins on Sunday. After being held out of the lineup for a few days with a hyperextended knee, Saunders went 6-for-11 with a homer in the series against the Twins, taking his OPS from .612 to .729. He should be a fixture against right-handers while he produces.
Gavin Floyd labors through 5 1/3 innings 05-18-2014
Gavin Floyd P TOR
Gavin Floyd labored through 5 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing four runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and three walks before escaping with a no-decision in a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. Peter Bourjos reached base after a strikeout with two outs in the second inning, which is why three of the runs were unearned. Still, Floyd was sloppy in this one, needing 95 pitches to record 16 outs. He has a deceiving 2.41 so far but will be a shaky fantasy option next week against the Rockies.
Craig Kimbrel closes door in ninth 05-18-2014
Craig Kimbrel P BOS
Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless inning to record his 11th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Kimbrel allowed a one-out single to Matt Adams and had no feel for his slider. However, he was able to blow away Peter Bourjos with his fastball to end the threat. The fireballer boasts a 2.20 ERA and has converted 11 of 13 save chances this season.
Jaime Garcia solid in first start of season 05-18-2014
Jaime Garcia P ATL
Jaime Garcia was solid in his season debut Sunday, allowing four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Braves. Garcia surrendered just five hits, walked no one and struck out four. Though he managed to allow just the five base knocks, two of them resulted in long home runs. Garcia was working in the 90-92 mph range, as he generally looked similar to what he looked like pre-shoulder surgery. He'll take on the Reds in Cincy next weekend.
Martin Prado leaves due to blurred vision 05-18-2014
Martin Prado 3B MIA
Martin Prado was removed from Sunday's game against the Dodgers due to blurred vision in his left eye.

Jack Magruder on Twitter
Eric Chavez came on to replace Prado. It's unclear at this time how serious the injury may be and what type of potential timetable he may miss. The Diamondbacks should have an update on his status after Sunday's game.
Trevor Rosenthal suffers second blown save 05-18-2014
Trevor Rosenthal P STL
Working on a fourth straight day, Trevor Rosenthal blew his second save of the season when he walked in a run in Sunday's loss to the Braves. Rosenthal got a strikeout and a popout following a leadoff single. However, Ryan Doumit then laced a first-pitch double before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny curiously ordered an intentional walk of Evan Gattis to load the bases. Rosenthal wound up walking Jordan Schafer on a borderline 3-2 pitch to force in a run, at which point the closer was pulled. Carlos Martinez then proceeded to throw a wild pitch to let the go-ahead runner score. Rosenthal threw a whopping 97 pitches over a six-day period, so the Cards would be wise to rest him for at least an additional day after Monday's off day.
Freddie Freeman homers, drives in three 05-18-2014
Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Freeman hit a solo blast in the first inning, tied the game with a two-RBI single in the seventh and then scored the tying run in the ninth after leading off the frame with a single. The Braves managed to scratch out a win even though their 4-9 hitters combined for just one hit (and that was a pinch-hit double from Ryan Doumit in the ninth).
Jose Tabata exits with tightness in hamstring 05-18-2014
Jose Tabata RF LAD
Jose Tabata left the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees due to tightness in his right hamstring.

Bill Brink on Twitter
He sustained the injury attempting to go from first to third on a single early in the game. He's considered day-to-day.
Kolten Wong drives in three runs 05-18-2014
Kolten Wong 2B STL
Kolten Wong went 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing double in Sunday's loss to the Braves. He also drew a walk, as Wong has reached base seven times in three games since being recalled from Triple-A. The young second baseman is still hitting just .256/.315/.305 overall on the season, but he has the upside to be a nice middle infield option in fantasy leagues.
Alex Gordon homers twice to lead Royals 05-18-2014
Alex Gordon LF KC
Alex Gordon had a huge game Sunday, going 4-for-4 with a pair of three-run homers to lead the Royals past the Orioles 8-6. Gordon had just one homer all season before exploding today. It was his third career two-homer game, the last coming against the Orioles in 2012, and the six RBI topped his previous career high by two. He had gone 10 straight games without driving in a single run.
Twins recall Chris Herrmann from Triple-A 05-18-2014
Chris Herrmann C ARZ
Twins recalled C/OF Chris Herrmann from Triple-A Rochester. Herrmann has already appeared in 15 games with the Twins this season, slashing .128/.190/.128 with nine strikeouts in 39 at-bats. He'll provide depth and versatility on the Twins bench.
Twins optioned Michael Tonkin to Triple-A 05-18-2014
Michael Tonkin P MIN
Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins needed to send a pitcher out to clear a spot on the roster for Chris Herrmann, and Tonkin was the odd-man out. The 24-year-old posted a 6.35 ERA, 1.77 WHIP and 8/6 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings with the Twins.
Ubaldo Jimenez gives up five runs in loss 05-18-2014
Ubaldo Jimenez P BAL
Ubaldo Jimenez yielded five runs in five innings Sunday in a loss to the Royals. After three straight strong outings to begin the month, Jimenez tied his season high for runs allowed in this one. Still, he did end the game with seven strikeouts and one walk, so this wasn't a complete return to his poor form of April. He'll get his former team, the struggling Cleveland Indians, in his next start.
Castellanos not in starting lineup on Sunday 05-18-2014
Nick Castellanos 3B DET
Nick Castellanos is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Red Sox.

Detroit Tigers PR on Twitter
It's simply a routine day of rest for the rookie third baseman. Don Kelly will be getting the start at third base and will hit fifth for the Tigers.
Billy Butler goes 3-for-4 versus Orioles 05-18-2014
Billy Butler DH NYY
Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored versus the Orioles on Sunday. Butler is hitting .268 with eight RBI in 17 games this month after finishing April at .224 with eight RBI in 26 games. So, it's an improvement. His fantasy value will remain limited until he starts hitting some homers again, but even baby steps are appreciated at this point.
Adam Jones hits three-run homer 05-18-2014
Adam Jones CF BAL
Adam Jones went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer off Aaron Crow in Sunday's loss to the Royals. It was the infield hits keeping Jones afloat early on, but his power has come around now, with three homers in his last nine games. It is rather ugly that he's walked just four times in 194 at-bats, but he does everything else well.
Porcello's next start pushed back to Saturday 05-18-2014
Rick Porcello P BOS
Rick Porcello (side) will have his next start pushed back a few days to Saturday against the Rangers.

Jason Beck on Twitter
Porcello had been scheduled to pitch on Thursday, but will be given a few extra days to rest as he's experiencing soreness in his right side. Robbie Ray will make another start for the Tigers on Thursday in his place.
Robbie Ray to make another start on Thursday 05-18-2014
Robbie Ray P ARZ
Robbie Ray will remain with the Tigers and is scheduled to make another start on Thursday against the Rangers.

James Schmehl on Twitter
There had been talk of keeping Ray in the bullpen even with the return of Anibal Sanchez on Sunday, but with Rick Porcello experiencing soreness in his side, Ray will start in his place on Thursday. He makes for an interesting streaming option in mixed leagues.
Rondon picks up 5th save as Cubs top Brewers 05-18-2014
Hector Rondon P CHC
Hector Rondon worked around a lead-off double in the ninth inning to secure his fifth save as the Cubs defeated the Brewers 4-2 on Sunday. Rondon allowed a lead-off double to Ryan Braun to begin the frame, but used a pair of strikeouts and a pop-up to keep the Brewers at bay. Rondon has done a fine job for the Cubs thus far, sporting a 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 24/6 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings.
Wood deals against the Brewers to pick up win 05-18-2014
Travis Wood P KC
Travis Wood worked around some early control problems to pick up his fourth win of the season, allowing two runs in seven innings against the Brewers on Sunday. Wood walked the bases loaded with two outs in the first inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Rickie Weeks put the Brewers on the board with a two-run home run in the fifth, but otherwise, Wood was sharp. The lefty allowed just two hits and the three walks while striking out seven. It was a nice change as Wood had been shaky in his previous two starts. Wood will have a very nice match-up in his next start, facing the Padres at Petco Park.
Tigers option Justin Miller back to Triple-A 05-18-2014
Justin Miller P COL
Tigers optioned RHP Justin Miller to Triple-A Toledo. Someone had to get the ax with Anibal Sanchez returning from the disabled list on Sunday, and Miller happened to be the casualty. The 26-year-old posted a 3.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 5/1 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings with the Tigers this season. He'll be back the next time that they need a bullpen arm.
Estrada gives up two home runs in loss 05-18-2014
Marco Estrada P TOR
Marco Estrada took the loss after allowing four runs in five innings against the Cubs on Sunday. Estrada made two big mistakes, serving up home runs to Welington Castillo and Mike Olt. Overall, he allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out four. It was the first time since his first start of the season that Estrada failed to get into the sixth inning. He'll take his 3.64 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Marlins.
Olt blasts ninth homer as Cubs top Brewers 05-18-2014
Mike Olt 3B CWS
Mike Olt went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Cubs defeated the Brewers on Sunday. Olt's fourth-inning blast off of Marco Estrada was Olt's ninth of the season. The prospect hasn't done much with the bat other than homer, as he now carries a lopsided .176/.254/.451 slash line with 20 RBI. That Olt is on pace for 35 home runs is a nice consolation, however.
Brandon Moss reaches five times for A's 05-18-2014
Brandon Moss DH KC
Brandon Moss tripled, doubled twice, walked twice and scored four runs as the A's topped the Indians 13-3 on Sunday. Moss's good games are usually of the two-homer variety, not so much with the triples, doubles and walks. It's the second time in his career that he's reached base five times and also the second time he's scored four runs. He's currently hitting .301, a huge improvement over last year's .256 mark.
Weeks continues to hit, homers as Crew loses 05-18-2014
Rickie Weeks LF ARZ
Rickie Weeks went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Cubs. Weeks took Travis Wood deep in the fifth inning to bring the Brewers back in the game with a 4-2 deficit. In limited playing time, Weeks has two homers and a .351/.403/.509. He has started five games in the last eight games and should earn more time based on his performance.
Tabata leaves game with apparent leg injury 05-18-2014
Jose Tabata RF LAD
Jose Tabata left the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees with an apparent leg injury.

Bill Brink on Twitter
Tabata appeared to pull a hamstring while running the bases as he was gunned down by a mile trying to go from first to third on a single. Travis Snider replaced him in right field. Look for the team to provide an update on his status shortly.
Jesse Chavez allows two runs in victory 05-18-2014
Jesse Chavez P LAA
Jesse Chavez allowed two runs in five innings Sunday in a win over the Indians. It was a given that Chavez would start allowing more homers. However, that's no big deal if they're solo shots -- as both were today -- and the offense is giving you 13 runs of support. Chavez is now 4-1 with his fine 2.54 ERA.
Castillo's power gives Cubs early lead in win 05-18-2014
Welington Castillo C BAL
Welington Castillo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers. Castillo's second-inning two-run homer off of Marco Estrada staked the Cubs to an early 2-0 lead and proved important throughout the game. The blast is Castillo's fifth of the season. One can certainly do worse than his .240/.295/.419 slash line with 19 RBI at the catching position.
Jim Johnson walks three in sixth 05-18-2014
Jim Johnson P ATL
Pitching in the sixth inning, Jim Johnson walked three of the six batters he faced, hitting another, before being pulled against the Indians. Fortunately, Johnson's wildness did little harm; he allowed just one run in a 9-2 game before Fernando Abad came in and got the final out of the inning. Still, it was a very uncharacteristic outing from a guy who seems to have lost his confidence. He obviously won't be closing out any games in the ninth for a while. Sean Doolittle and Luke Gregerson will probably share those duties.
Justin Masterson gives up seven runs in loss 05-18-2014
Justin Masterson P BOS
Justin Masterson surrendered seven runs and walked five in 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the A's. Masterson's walk rate was down a bit earlier, but now he's issued 12 free passes over his last three starts, recording just 12 strikeouts in the process. With his velocity still down, he just doesn't have the stuff to work around those free passes right now. He should be treated as a spot starter in mixed leagues, and he's not a very good play with a road start against the Orioles next on the schedule.
Lee solid enough to earn fourth win vs. Reds 05-18-2014
Cliff Lee P PHI
Cliff Lee got the win, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Phillies defeated the Reds 8-3 on Sunday. The Reds jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Lee, but the left-hander settled down, shutting them out the rest of the way until his departure in the seventh. Overall, Lee allowed nine hits, walked one, and struck out three, lowering his ERA to 3.18 in the process. His strikeout rate has been curiously low but the results are there nonetheless. Lee will go for win number five next weekend against the Dodgers.
Yoenis Cespedes knocks in five runs in win 05-18-2014
Yoenis Cespedes LF NYM
Yoenis Cespedes doubled twice and drove in five runs versus the Indians on Sunday. It still doesn't seem like Cespedes has gotten hot, but he has seven homers, 13 doubles and 27 RBI through 40 games. When he does catch fire, he could start climbing AL leaderboards in a hurry.
Cingrani takes the loss following shaky start 05-18-2014
Tony Cingrani P CIN
Tony Cingrani fell to 2-3 on the season after giving up four runs in six innings of work against the Phillies on Sunday. The Phillies were crushing everything Cingrani -- activated from the disabled list prior to the ballgame -- was throwing early, as Jimmy Rollins and Wil Nieves hit back-to-back home runs to start the bottom of the first. He allowed three home runs in total for the first time in his career. Overall, he allowed seven hits, walked three, and struck out seven. Cingrani will take his 3.76 ERA into his next start against the Cardinals at home.
Michael Bourn hits first home run 05-18-2014
Michael Bourn CF BAL
Michael Bourn hit his first homer of the year and walked twice Sunday against the A's. We're more impressed by the two walks; he entered the day with just four in 100 at-bats, leaving him with a poor .276 OBP. The Indians need more from him in order to set up the rest of their lineup.
Nick Swisher goes 0-for-5 from sixth spot 05-18-2014
Nick Swisher 1B ATL
Finally dropped from the second spot in the order, Nick Swisher went 0-for-5 as a No. 6 hitter Sunday against the A's. It was a long overdue move; Swisher entered the day with a dreadful .203/.303/.323 line. He's been pretty much worthless in shallow mixed leagues since the day he joined the Indians.
Rollins leads off Sunday's win with a homer 05-18-2014
Jimmy Rollins SS CWS
Jimmy Rollins led off Sunday's win over the Reds with a solo home run and finished 1-for-3 with a pair of walks on the afternoon. Rollins' lead-off blast was his fifth of the season. That, along with the two walks, boost his slash line up to .262/.359/.428 along with five stolen bases. Many thought he was done, but Rollins has been among the five best-hitting shortstops in the National League thus far.
Byrd's homer one of Phillies' four on Sunday 05-18-2014
Marlon Byrd RF CLE
Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Reds. Byrd went to the opposite field in the sixth inning off of Tony Cingrani for his fifth homer of the season. Dating back to April 24, Byrd has logged 12 multi-hit games out of 20 and is now slashing .296/.337/.491 in 169 plate appearances. For the first time since Jayson Werth left, the Phillies are getting solid production out of right field.
Hiroki Kuroda picks up win over Pirates 05-18-2014
Hiroki Kuroda P NYY
Hiroki Kuroda yielded three runs in six innings Sunday to pick up a win in the first game of a doubleheader against the Pirates. Kuroda struck out seven. He has a much improved 25/3 K/BB ratio over his last four starts after coming in at 18/6 over the first five. Kuroda will face the White Sox in Chicago next time out. That's an easier assignment with Jose Abreu out, but it still doesn't make him a great play in mixed leagues.
Asche part of Phils' loud offense with homer 05-18-2014
Cody Asche LF PHI
Cody Asche went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Reds. Asche took lefty reliever Manny Parra deep in the seventh inning for his fourth homer of the year. Asche's playing time appeared to be in jeopardy during his recent slump which also included a three-error game. But he has put up three multi-hit games in a row and has looked very comfortable against left-handed pitching. Asche's slashing a respectable .259/.344/.444 now.
Charlie Morton falls to 0-6 05-18-2014
Charlie Morton P HOU
Charlie Morton dropped to 0-6 after giving up four runs in seven innings against the Yankees on Sunday. Three of the runs scored in the first, an inning that started with a walk, a bunt single and then a HBP on a curveball. Morton was plenty good otherwise, but once again, the run support simply wasn't there. His 0-6 record has come with a nice 3.45 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
Neil Walker hits ninth homer against Yankees 05-18-2014
Neil Walker 2B NYM
Neil Walker had a homer and an RBI single against the Yankees in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Walker deposited a Hiroki Kuroda pitch over the wall in right to start the scoring in the first. It was his ninth homer already this year, putting him more than halfway to his 2013 total and career high of 16. He hasn't excelled otherwise -- the rest of his stats make it look like a typical Walker year -- so enjoy the homers while they last.
Mesoraco's four hits not enough as Reds lose 05-18-2014
Devin Mesoraco C CIN
Devin Mesoraco went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. Mesoraco hasn't skipped a beat after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury. He's hit safely in both games since returning, and his slash line is an eye-popping .500/.541/.870 with 17 RBI in 61 plate appearances.
Soriano picks up 10th save as Nats top Mets 05-18-2014
Rafael Soriano P CHC
Rafael Soriano tossed a perfect ninth inning to pick up his tenth save as the Nationals defeated the Mets 6-3 on Sunday. A hiccup on May 10 against the Athletics aside, Soriano has been money for the Nationals in the ninth inning thus far. Along with 10 saves in 11 chances, Soriano has a 1.00 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and a 16/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.
Desmond hits seventh homer in Nationals' win 05-18-2014
Ian Desmond 1B COL
Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Mets. Desmond cracked a solo shot in the second inning off of Zack Wheeler for his seventh homer of the season. His OPS was in danger of slipping into the .500's a week ago, but is now comfortably back up to .689.
Ramos knocks in quartet of runs in Nats' win 05-18-2014
Wilson Ramos C TB
Wilson Ramos went 2-for-3 with a double and four runs batted in as the Nationals defeated the Mets on Sunday. It was a breakout day for Ramos, who hadn't done much at the plate since being activated off of the disabled list following recovery from hamate bone surgery. It's his first four-RBI game of the season and first since September 15 last season when he knocked in five against the Phillies. Ramos is slashing .207/.286/.276 but he shouldn't be stuck down there for too long.
Wright reaches base 3 times but Mets lose 05-18-2014
David Wright 3B NYM
David Wright went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Nationals. Wright was an activate participant in a Mets offense that otherwise didn't get much going against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann until the sixth inning. Wright has cooled off a bit after a torrid start to the month of May, and is now slashing .287/.332/.376.
Zimmermann's quality start results in a win 05-18-2014
Jordan Zimmermann P DET
Jordan Zimmerman improved to 3-1, allowing three runs over six innings in Sunday's win over the Mets. It was the first time Zimmermann got through the sixth inning in the month of May. The right-hander allowed eight hits, walked two, and struck out only one batter. Zimmermann, now with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP, will face the Pirates on the road in his next outing.
Wheeler's struggles continue, earns the loss 05-18-2014
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Zack Wheeler was ineffective in Sunday's loss to the Nationals, allowing five runs (three earned) over six innings. Wheeler has now been mediocre in three out of his last four starts. Against the Nationals, he allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out five. Wheeler is now 1-4 and will look to improve that in his next start against the Diamondbacks at home.
Villar makes early exit with hand contusion 05-18-2014
Jonathan Villar 3B MLW
Jonathan Villar was forced to leave Sunday's game against the White Sox early due to a right hand contusion.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
It sounds as though the young shortstop was able to avoid any significant injury and should be considered day-to-day for the time being. Before exiting, he was 2-for-2 with a run scored, two RBI and had swiped his 11th base of the season.
Jake Elmore moved to 60-day DL 05-18-2014
Jake Elmore 1B MLW
Athletics transferred INF Jake Elmore from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. The move clears room on the 40-man roster for Jeff Francis. Elmore remains out indefinitely with hamstring and quad injuries.
Hart (hamstring) to be re-evaluated Monday 05-18-2014
Corey Hart RF PIT
Corey Hart has been diagnosed with a strained left hamstring and will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Bob Dutton on Twitter
Hart injured the hamstring while stealing second base during Sunday's game. The Mariners don't play again until Tuesday night, so any potential roster move involving Hart might not happen for a while.
Joe Savery placed on paternity leave 05-18-2014
Joe Savery P CWS
Athletics placed LHP Joe Savery on the paternity leave list. He'll be away from the club for a few days while his wife gives birth. Jeff Francis has replaced Savery on the roster.
Jeff Francis claimed off waivers by A's 05-18-2014
Jeff Francis P TOR
Athletics claimed LHP Jeff Francis off waivers from the Reds. Francis had been designated for assignment after allowing three runs over five innings in a spot start last week. He'll be used as a long man out of the A's bullpen.
Hart leaves with apparent hamstring injury 05-18-2014
Corey Hart RF PIT
Corey Hart left Sunday's game against the Twins with an apparent hamstring injury.

Shannon Drayer on Twitter
Hart appeared to tweak his hammy on a stolen base in the fourth inning. He immediately came off the field, not even waiting for the Mariners' trainer to check on him. The M's should update Hart's status before long.
Gonzalez's MRI reveals shoulder inflammation 05-18-2014
Gio Gonzalez P WAS
An enhanced MRI on Gio Gonzalez's left shoulder has revealed only inflammation.

Washington Post
It's good news, as the southpaw has been cleared of any structural damage. Gonzalez has been prescribed rest, and it would seem like he'd have a good shot to return when first eligible in early June. Officially, the Nationals have yet to set a timetable for the left-hander's return.
Angel Pagan (shoulder) undergoes MRI 05-18-2014
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan (shoulder) underwent a precautionary MRI Sunday.

Andrew Baggarly on Twitter
The results are not yet known. Pagan jammed his left shoulder during Saturday's game and is sitting out Sunday. The Giants think he'll be fine, but they want him to get checked out just in case.
Marco Scutaro has blood-spinning procedure 05-18-2014
Marco Scutaro 2B SF
Marco Scutaro (back) had a blood-spinning procedure in Miami recently.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
Scutaro has been given PRP injections before, but they haven't helped. The Giants are hoping that the blood-spinning procedure will prepare the veteran infielder for a possible pinch-hitting role. It's looking like the 38-year-old's days as a regular could be over.
Jose Abreu to undergo further testing 05-18-2014
Jose Abreu 1B CWS
Jose Abreu (ankle) has returned to Chicago to undergo an MRI.

CSN Chicago
The White Sox are confident that Abreu will be ready to go when his 15 days are up, but they want to put him through some more testing just in case. He's been diagnosed with posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle, an ailment he dealt with for over a week before he was finally placed on the DL Sunday.
Ryu (shoulder) to rejoin rotation Wednesday 05-18-2014
Hyun-Jin Ryu P LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will rejoin the Dodgers' rotation on Wednesday against the Mets.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
He was cleared after getting through an extended spring training game over the weekend with no issues. Ryu threw 75 pitches in the extended spring outing, so he shouldn't be limited too much from a pitch count perspective even though he didn't go out on a rehab assignment. Paul Maholm will move to the bullpen.
Rougned Odor scratched with sore wrist 05-18-2014
Rougned Odor 2B TEX
Rougned Odor was a late scratch from the Rangers' lineup Sunday due to a sore right wrist.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
It's unclear when Odor was injured and if the ailment might be more than a day-to-day situation. Luis Sardinas is starting at second base in his place.
Jed Lowrie exits game with strained neck 05-18-2014
Jed Lowrie 2B OAK
Jed Lowrie left Sunday's game against the Indians due to a strained neck.

John Hickey on Twitter
The A's are calling the shortstop day-to-day. With an off day Monday, it's possible he'll be ready to go on Tuesday. Nick Punto took Lowrie's spot at shortstop Sunday.
Michael McKenry optioned to Triple-A 05-18-2014
Michael McKenry C STL
Rockies optioned C Michael McKenry to Triple-A Colorado Springs. McKenry has four hits in 19 at-bats with the big club this season. He's no longer needed with Wilin Rosario back from the disabled list.
Wilin Rosario activated from disabled list 05-18-2014
Wilin Rosario 1B COL
Rockies activated C Wilin Rosario from the 15-day disabled list. Rosario missed the minimum amount of time with a virus. The slugging catcher returns to a .239/.274/.398 batting line with three homers and 15 RBI this season. Michael McKenry has been sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Giancarlo Stanton getting a day off 05-18-2014
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA
Giancarlo Stanton is not in the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
It's just a day of rest. Ed Lucas is starting in right field Sunday.
Anibal Sanchez activated from disabled list 05-18-2014
Anibal Sanchez P DET
Tigers activated RHP Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list. Sanchez will get the ball Sunday night versus the Red Sox. The right-hander will be on a pitch count, though manager Brad Ausmus hasn't revealed the exact number. The Tigers have yet to announce a corresponding move.
Angel Pagan (shoulder) not in lineup Sunday 05-18-2014
Angel Pagan LF SF
Angel Pagan (shoulder) is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
Pagan injured his left shoulder on a dive during Saturday's game. He stayed in to finish that contest but is feeling sore the day after. Consider him day-to-day.
Daniel Robertson recalled from Triple-A 05-18-2014
Daniel Robertson LF SEA
Rangers recalled OF Daniel Robertson from Triple-A Round Rock. Robertson had two hits in 11 at-bats during a previous stint with the big club. He'll provide some outfield depth.
Miles Mikolas optioned to Triple-A 05-18-2014
Miles Mikolas P TEX
Rangers optioned RHP Miles Mikolas to Triple-A Round Rock. Mikolas was up for a few days but didn't appear in a game. He'll return to a 3.38 ERA in eight innings at Round Rock.
Wieters (elbow) won't return when eligible 05-18-2014
Matt Wieters C BAL
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that Matt Wieters (elbow) will not be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on May 26.

Dan Connolly on Twitter
Wieters received a shot in his right elbow on Monday in hopes that it will help speed along the healing process. It's not clear at this point how long the catcher will be sidelined, and season-ending surgery will become an option if he's not feeling better by July.
Ramirez doesn't have pain when walking 05-18-2014
Aramis Ramirez 3B PIT
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday that Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) no longer feels pain while walking.

Todd Rosiak on Twitter
Ramirez did some throwing on Sunday. He's going to do some light jogging while the Brewers are in Atlanta from Monday through Thursday before being re-evaluated. Ramirez is eligible to return Thursday, but an activation seems unlikely.
Michael Almanzar given another injection 05-18-2014
Michael Almanzar 3B BAL
Michael Almanzar (knee) was given another PRP injection in his left knee on Thursday.

Dan Connolly on Twitter
Almanzar has struggled to overcome the patellar tendinitis in his knee, which has been bothering him since spring training. There's no timetable for the Rule 5 pick's return.
Nick Franklin likely to be promoted 05-18-2014
Nick Franklin 1B TB
Nick Franklin is likely to be called up this week by the Mariners as soon as Tuesday.

Bob Dutton on Twitter
That's assuming his back is OK, as he tweaked it recently at Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin was just 2-for-13 at the plate earlier this season for the Mariners. It's possible he could supplant the struggling Brad Miller at shortstop.
Carlos Gomez (flu) remains out of lineup 05-18-2014
Carlos Gomez CF TEX
Carlos Gomez is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday due to illness.

Todd Rosiak on Twitter
Gomez was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to nagging lower back tightness, but it's a stomach bug that's keeping him out of action Sunday. He should be back in the lineup in a day or two. Logan Schafer is in center field Sunday.
Rizzo: 'Not overly concerned' about Gonzalez 05-18-2014
Gio Gonzalez P WAS
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that he's "not overly concerned" about Gio Gonzalez (shoulder), but the club won't know more until the results from an enhanced MRI are known.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
The Nats went ahead and placed Gonzalez on the disabled list because he wasn't going to be available for a while after having dye injected into his shoulder before the MRI. The hope is that he's only dealing with inflammation, but more should be known following Sunday's game. Blake Treinen is expected to take Gio's spot in the rotation.
Tyler Pastornicky nursing sore calf 05-18-2014
Tyler Pastornicky 2B ATL
Tyler Pastornicky is dealing with some soreness in his left calf.

David O'Brien on Twitter
Pastornicky tweaked the calf when he jumped for a ball on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day. Dan Uggla is starting at second base Sunday.
Jonny Venters (elbow) has setback 05-18-2014
Jonny Venters P ATL
Jonny Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow.

David O'Brien on Twitter
It doesn't sound like a major setback but rather a minor bump in the road that many experience in their recovery from Tommy John surgery. It's not clear when Venters will resume throwing. The Braves have been hoping to get the southpaw back sometime next month.
Nats considering using Ryan Zimmerman in LF 05-18-2014
Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
The Nationals are considering the possibility of using Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) in left field when he returns from the disabled list.

Washington Post
Zimmerman performed drills in the outfield Saturday for a second straight day. Although the Nats refuse to publicly admit they're considering using him there, a team official indicated to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that it's a possibility. "We haven't said anything to him," the official said. "But we're watching him. Put him out there, let him go." The idea behind the experiment would be to use Zimmerman in left until Bryce Harper (thumb) returns, allowing the club to keep Danny Espinosa at second base and Anthony Rendon at third. Zimmerman is still a few weeks away from coming off the disabled list.
Jorge Rondon optioned to Triple-A 05-18-2014
Jorge Rondon P PIT
Cardinals optioned RHP Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Memphis. Rondon has been up with the big club twice this season but still hasn't made an appearance. He'll return to a 2.51 ERA and 8/1 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings at Memphis.
Jaime Garcia activated from disabled list 05-18-2014
Jaime Garcia P ATL
Cardinals activated LHP Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list. Garcia will get the ball on Sunday versus the Braves in what will be his first start in the majors in almost exactly a year. The left-hander will be allowed to get his pitch count up to as much as 95. Garcia is a potentially intriguing fantasy option, but it might be best to see how he looks Sunday before throwing him into your starting lineup.
Holland not ready for rehab assignment yet 05-18-2014
Derek Holland P CWS
Derek Holland (knee) thinks he's ready for a rehab assignment, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club is "tapping the breaks" on that idea.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"We just don't want him to be at risk," Daniels said. "When he comes back, we want him to have confidence and us to have confidence that we're not putting the knee at further risk or something else at risk because he's compensating for it." Coming back from January microfracture surgery on his left knee, Holland threw a three-inning simulated game Thursday. He will continue strengthening the muscles around the knee while also building up his arm strength. The Rangers are planning on a midseason return for the lefty.
Tucker Barnhart optioned to Triple-A 05-18-2014
Tucker Barnhart C CIN
Reds optioned C Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville. Barnhart made a nice impression with his work behind the plate, but he hit just .107/.138/.214 and the Reds have decided to no longer carry three catcher. He'll be back later this season.
Tony Cingrani activated from disabled list 05-18-2014
Tony Cingrani P CIN
Reds activated LHP Tony Cingrani from the 15-day disabled list. Cingrani missed just barely over the minimum amount of time due to a minor shoulder ailment. He didn't make a rehab start, so his pitch count could be relatively limited against the Phillies Sunday. Cingrani boasts a 3.34 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 32 1/3 innings this season.
Motte (elbow) to be activated Tuesday 05-18-2014
Jason Motte P COL
Jason Motte (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday if he gets through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

Jim Hayes on Twitter
Motte struck out five over 6 2/3 scoreless innings during a rehab assignment. He was touching 95-96 mph during the assignment, so it appears he's not far off from where he was pre-Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals figure to ease him with low-leverage situations initially.
Adam Eaton activated from disabled list 05-18-2014
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White Sox activated OF Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list. Eaton missed the minimum amount of time with a strained right hamstring. The speedy outfielder returns to a .276/.363/.378 batting line with one homer, 14 RBI and two steals.
Ryan Mattheus recalled from Triple-A 05-18-2014
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Nationals recalled RHP Ryan Mattheus from Triple-A Syracuse. Mattheus is unscored upon during his three relief innings with the big club this season. He'll be used in middle relief.
Jose Abreu (ankle) lands on disabled list 05-18-2014
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White Sox placed 1B Jose Abreu on the 15-day disabled list with posterior tibia tendonitis in his left ankle. Abreu has been dealing with the ankle issue for over a week and was noticeably hobbled during Saturday's game. The good news is that he's only dealing with inflammation, so he should be ready to go when his 15 days are up. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn will handle first base while Abreu is out.
Nats place Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) on DL 05-18-2014
Gio Gonzalez P WAS
Nationals placed LHP Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Gonzalez was set to undergo an MRI Sunday, and the injury designation would indicate that the exam came back clean. However, he's going to need at least a couple weeks off. It's the first time Gonzalez has ever been on the disabled list, but he did miss a few days in spring training with a sore shoulder and also had a bout of soreness back in 2009. Blake Treinen is likely to take his spot in the rotation.
Jays could use Hendriks as fifth starter 05-18-2014
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Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has indicated that Liam Hendriks could be the favorite to start on Saturday versus the Athletics.

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Hendriks threw seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Buffalo Saturday with Anthopoulos in attendance. The righty holds a 1.48 ERA and 36/3 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 frames at Buffalo this season. "You know you don't have to have a 60- or 80-pitch first appearance. He's fully stretched out," Anthopoulos said of Hendriks. It sounds like those hoping to get a look at Marcus Stroman in the rotation will have to wait a bit longer.
Mookie Betts making first start in CF 05-18-2014
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Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts is making his first professional start in center field on Sunday for Double-A Portland.

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Betts is a second baseman by trade, but with Dustin Pedroia entrenched there with the big club, they're trying to find another way to potentially fit the 21-year-old into the lineup. A former fifth-round pick, Betts has been one of the best hitters in the minors this season, batting .383/.452/.591 with six homers, 26 RBI and 18 stolen bases for Portland.
Hanigan (hamstring) out until at least Tues. 05-18-2014
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Ryan Hanigan (hamstring) will likely be sidelined until at least Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Times
Hanigan is dealing with soreness in his right hamstring. He's hoping it's just a cramp or a mild strain, but the Rays don't have a clear diagnosis yet. "We haven't officially called it a pulled hammy," manager Joe Maddon said. "Ronnie just said it's really sore, and to lift it or attempt to run with it would be very difficult, so we'll play it very cautious, but if we need to use him we will. . It's not awful, but it is debilitating right now."
Gio Gonzalez (arm) headed to disabled list 05-18-2014
Gio Gonzalez P WAS's William Ladson reports that Gio Gonzalez (arm) will be placed on the disabled list.

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Gonzalez was slated to undergo an MRI on his pitching arm Sunday. The results of the exam have not yet been revealed, but obviously it's bad enough that the left-hander will need at least a couple weeks of down time. The Nationals will provide an update on Gonzalez's status shortly.
Indians drop Carlos Santana to No. 7 spot 05-18-2014
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Carlos Santana is hitting seventh for the Indians on Sunday.

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It's the first time this season that he's not batting cleanup. Santana is still drawing his walks (35 in 42 games), but he's hitting a paltry .156/.319/.293 for the season. Manager Terry Francona has also moved Nick Swisher down in the order from second to sixth.
Brandon Cumpton recalled from Triple-A 05-18-2014
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Pirates recalled RHP Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis. He'll serve as the 26th man during Sunday's doubleheader. Cumpton has allowed six runs over 12 2/3 innings for the Pirates this season.
Cardinals could sign Pedro Feliciano 05-18-2014
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Pedro Feliciano is working out at the Cardinals' spring training facility and could be signed by the club.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Feliciano is expected to pitch at the complex for a couple weeks before the Cards determine whether he's worth signing to a minor league deal. The 37-year-old left-hander posted a 3.97 ERA over 25 relief appearances for the Mets last season after missing the previous two years with shoulder issues.
Garcia (shoulder) on pitch count of 95 05-18-2014
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Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will be allowed to get his pitch count up to 95 in Sunday's start against the Braves.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Garcia threw 74 pitches in his final rehab start. "With a 95 (pitch) ceiling, that's room to go a long time," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "So we're not going to do anything out of the ordinary." Even though he won't be held back much pitch count-wise, Garcia is still a risky fantasy option in what will be his first big league start since May 17 of last year.
LoMo (hamstring) ready for rehab assignment 05-18-2014
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Logan Morrison (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week.

Tacoma News Tribune
LoMo has been taking batting practice and running the bases in recent days and on Saturday participated in a simulated game. He seems likely to be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month. "I think he's close," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's swinging the bat pretty decent. He doesn't seem to be restricted on the basepaths. He's moving as slow as ever."
Grilli (oblique) to throw back-to-back days 05-18-2014
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Jason Grilli (oblique) will throw on back-to-back days sometime during the Pirates' six-game homestand that begins on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It could be the last step before he's activated, so a return by the end of the week seems possible. It's not clear whether the appearances will come in more simulated games or if Grilli will go out on a short rehab assignment. He threw a simulated game Saturday with no issues. "Followed the glove very well," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I thought the breaking ball shaped up better than last time out, sharper. Threw some changeups. I thought it was a very good step forward for him."
Martin (hamstring) runs the bases Sat. 05-18-2014
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Russell Martin (hamstring) ran the bases Saturday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He also took batting practice and completed strength and agility drills. "It took a while to get loose," Martin said. "Once I got loose I opened up a little bit. I was running pretty aggressive. That's encouraging." Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wouldn't provide a timetable for Martin's return but said the catcher is "probably on the back end" of his rehab. Martin doesn't think he'll need a rehab assignment, but it's possible the Pirates might send him out on one, anyway.
Chen (back) not close to rehab assignment 05-18-2014
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Bruce Chen (back) isn't close to beginning a rehab assignment.

Kansas City Star
Chen, who is nursing a bulging disk in lower back, threw a more intense bullpen session Saturday, but he's still got a ways to go. "I don't imagine it's going to be in the next four, five, six, seven days" that he takes a mound in a minor-league game, Royals manager Ned Yost said. With Danny Duffy pitching well, Chen might not have a rotation spot waiting for him once he's ready.
Crain (biceps) throwing at 60-70 percent 05-18-2014
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Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) threw a bullpen session Saturday at what he estimated to be 60-70 percent effort.

Houston Chronicle
Crain is coming along slowly but surely after having a setback last month when he developed bursitis in his shoulder. He's hoping to join the Astros' bullpen sometime in June. "It went good, good as I can expect right now," Crain said after tossing Saturday. "I was able to get through it, didn't have any setbacks. . It was a positive, a step forward."
Anibal Sanchez will be on a pitch count Sun. 05-18-2014
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Anibal Sanchez (blister) will be on a pitch count in Sunday's start versus the Red Sox.

Detroit News
Ausmus wouldn't reveal what the pitch count will be, but it's no surprise Sanchez has been saddled with one given that he hasn't started a game since April 26 and went just 2 2/3 innings in that outing. Fantasy owners might be better off keeping Sanchez on the bench for this one considering the matchup and the pitch count.
Mat Latos (elbow) to throw live BP 05-18-2014
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Mat Latos (elbow) will throw live batting practice Tuesday.

Cincinnati Enquirer
He's been cleared to face hitters after another successful bullpen session on Saturday. If Tuesday's live BP session goes well, Latos could be cleared for a rehab assignment. He's on track for an early June return. "The bullpen sessions feel really good," Latos said. "The ball feels like it's jumping out of my hand. I feel like I've got good action on my pitches. I'm able to throw all of my pitches. It wasn't an issue before hand but it's still a good thing. We're still on the right track."
Jim Henderson to throw bullpen session 05-18-2014
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Jim Henderson (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Henderson has been throwing from 120 feet with no problems. He'll be sent out on a rehab assignment if the 'pen session goes well. "The thing that was an issue before was I had a hard time getting loose and that's been good right off the bat playing catch," he said. "That's encouraging. I'll have to go rehab, and that's for everybody's benefit to make sure that we're ready to go and I'm back to where I used to be. It's more I want to make sure. I don't think I've really been right all year, and I want to get there so I can come back and be helpful to the team."
Justin Ruggiano ready for rehab assignment 05-18-2014
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Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

Chicago Sun-Times
Ruggiano has been sidelined the last three weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. Barring a setback, he should be activated by the Cubs later this week.
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Rick Porcello returned to action on Saturday May 17.
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Wade Davis returned to action on Saturday May 17.
C.J. Wilson pitches second career shutout 05-18-2014
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C.J. Wilson went the distance for his second career shutout in the Angels' 6-0 win over the Rays on Saturday. Wilson's previous shutout came in 2011. He hadn't even had a complete game in three years with the Angels, but manager Mike Scioscia let him go for one tonight, even though he was at 113 pitches through eight. Fortunately, a couple of well-hit balls in the ninth found gloves, allowing Wilson to finish his gem at 126 pitches. He's 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA, and his WHIP is down to 1.12.
Cesar Ramos gets lifted in second 05-18-2014
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Cesar Ramos lasted just 1 1/3 innings and gave up four runs in a loss to the Angels on Saturday. Ideally, this will be his last start for a while. Alex Cobb is going to return next week and should slide into his rotation spot. Ramos did well in his first four starts of the season, but he's been lit up in the last two. Middle relief is likely his best role.
Grant Green hits first homer of season 05-18-2014
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Grant Green hit his first homer of the year Saturday in the win over the Rays. It was a two-run shot off Cesar Ramos. Green was mostly playing against lefties a week ago, but it seems his performance is earning him some time versus righties now. As it should: the Angels need to find out whether he's someone who can contribute after Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun return. Green has picked up at least one hit in eight of his nine starts and is batting .324 in 34 at-bats.
Paul Goldschmidt has monster game in rout 05-18-2014
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Paul Goldschmidt had two homers, two doubles and six RBI in the Diamondbacks' 18-7 demolition of the Dodgers on Saturday. Tony La Russa's impact is already being felt, what with the Diamondbacks using their lefty specialist to get two outs in a 14-7 game. This one got so bad in the ninth that Drew Butera pitched... again. For a third time this season. He's practically Brooks Kieschnick now, minus the offense. Goldschmidt's second homer came off the catcher and gave him nine homers this year. It's his first career six-RBI game. He's the first player since Josh Willingham in 2009 to finish a game with five runs scored and five RBI. He joins Charlie Blackmon, Ryan Braun and Corey Dickerson as the only players this year to amass 12 total bases in a game.
Chase Anderson gets win over Dodgers 05-18-2014
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Chase Anderson moved to 2-0 as a big leaguer after giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday against the Dodgers. If Anderson had dreamed of outdueling Clayton Kershaw, this probably wasn't exactly how it went. The Diamondbacks racked up seven runs in the second inning of this one, leading to a long wait for Anderson and a two-run top of the third. Anderson bounced back after that until the Dodgers rallied for five runs in the sixth, three of which scored off Anderson on Carl Crawford's homer. As odd as the circumstances were, we won't hold the runs against Anderson. He's a worthy play in NL-only leagues right now.
Clayton Kershaw pulled in second 05-18-2014
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Clayton Kershaw had the second shortest of his career Saturday, giving up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings versus the Diamondbacks. Kershaw's only shorter start came when he allowed seven runs to the Brewers in 1 1/3 innings on May 4, 2010. He had allowed more than seven runs twice, including once last year against the Cardinals (eight runs in 5 2/3 innings). Still, this one probably qualifies as the worst performance of his career, and that it comes so soon after he returned from the DL will make some nervous. We're not especially concerned, though. Expect much better next time out.
A.J. Pollock goes 4-for-6, homers 05-18-2014
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A.J. Pollock homered and tripled as part of a four-hit night Saturday against the Dodgers. Pollock got the start in the leadoff spot tonight against a left-hander and made the most of it. He was originally expected to occupy that spot on a regular basis this year, but he's started just 10 games there, compared to 30 for Gerardo Parra. That he's spent so much time hitting low in a poor lineup has hurt his fantasy value. However, he's played well, especially for a guy who was supposed to become a fourth outfielder after Cody Ross was activated.
Chris Owings misses cycle by a single 05-18-2014
Chris Owings CF ARZ
Inserted into the starting lineup after Aaron Hill was scratched, Chris Owings missed the cycle by a single Saturday against the Dodgers. Owings was scheduled for the night off. Instead, he had the best game of his young career, scoring four times. Since hitting him second worked out so well tonight, it'll be interesting to see if the Diamondbacks put him back there tomorrow. He's mostly been hitting seventh and eighth.
Tom Koehler goes seven scoreless in win 05-18-2014
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Tom Koehler pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out seven in a win over the Giants on Saturday. That's four times this year Koehler has pitched seven or more scoreless innings, which is tied with Adam Wainwright for the most in the majors. Everyone saw that coming, right? Koehler has done it with a pretty unremarkable 37/24 K/BB ratio in 56 innings. He could remain a useful starter for the Marlins all year long, but he's not this good.
Giancarlo Stanton homers, doubles 05-18-2014
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After having his 17-game hitting streak snapped Friday, Giancarlo Stanton homered and tripled against the Giants on Saturday. Stanton had gone eight straight games without a homer, his longest drought of the year. He's up to 12 homers now, but his 12 doubles and .320 average are even more encouraging.
Hector Sanchz reaches four times 05-18-2014
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Hector Sanchez had three of the Giants' six hits and one of their two walks Saturday in the shutout loss to the Marlins. Sanchez is 13-for-31 this month, but he didn't add to his exceptional total of 16 RBI in 63 at-bats in this one. He's getting more playing time with Brandon Belt hurt, but probably still not as much as his recent performance deserves.