Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 2, 2011 @ 09:40:32 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Kila Ka'aihue | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Kila Ka'aihue hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, April 1, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reports The Associated Press. "I was just trying to get a hit and start us off," Ka'aihue said. "I got a good pitch to hit, and that's it."

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (concussion) opened the 2011 regular season with a hitless evening in four at-bats Friday, April 1, against the Toronto Blue Jays, reports Phil Mackey, of 1500ESPN.com. It was Morneau's first regular season game since suffering a concussion in Toronto July 7, 2010.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee went hitless in four at-bats in his debut Friday, April 1, against the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day. Lee was slotted in the No. 3 spot of manager Buck Showalter's lineup.

1B | Russell Branyan | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Russell Branyan came off the bench Friday, April 1, against the Colorado Rockies on Opening Day. He drew a walk in the ninth inning in a pinch-hitting appearance. 1B Juan Miranda got the start, but made a throwing error.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton went 2-for-4 with a run scored and sacrifice fly Friday, April 1, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Helton has multi-hit games on Opening Day in two straight seasons, and three of the past four years. In addition, Helton has hit safely in each of his past 12 Opening Day starts.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez had a pleasant debut against the Texas Rangers Friday, April 1, recording two hits and knocking in three runs in a 9-5 loss, according to The Associated Press. Gonzalez also stole a base in the contest.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox busted out the sticks during their season opener against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, March 31, putting up 15 runs and 18 hits, according to The Associated Press. OF Carlos Quentin hit a home run and knocked in five runs and 1B Adam Dunn homered and had four RBIs. 2B Gordon Beckham also had a nice day, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland will start at first base Saturday, April 2, after C Mike Napoli started at first base against a lefty in the team's opener Friday, April 1, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

1B | Brandon Allen | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks scouts have seen 1B Brandon Allen steadily improve, but are unsure if the organization will ever give him a chance to prove he can be an everyday player, reports Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.


Second Baseman

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler hit his 14th career leadoff homer Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press' Stephen Hawkins, in a 9-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. Kinsler became the first Ranger to hit a leadoff homer on Opening Day since Oddibe McDowell in 1987.

2B | Brad Emaus | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Brad Emaus went hitless in two at-bats with a walk Friday, April 1, against the Florida Marlins in his major league debut, reports The Associated Press.

2B | Omar Infante | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins 2B Omar Infante went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Friday, April 1, against the New York Mets in his debut.

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill (quadriceps), who dealt with a right quadriceps injury for much of the spring, was removed from the game Friday, April 1, after striking out in the seventh inning, reports The Associated Press. Hill went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI before departing. It is uncertain if he was lifted due to injury, or because of the lopsided score.

2B | Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 1-for-4 with a strikeout Friday, April 1, in his Major League debut against the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day, reports Phil Mackey, of 1500ESPN.com. Nishioka also had an error on a ground ball.

2B | Jose Lopez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Jose Lopez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in his debut Friday, April 1, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lopez started at second base, moving over to finish at third base.

2B | Willie Bloomquist | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Willie Bloomquist got the starting nod at shortstop Friday, April 1, on Opening Day with SS Stephen Drew (abdomen) out of the lineup. Bloomquist posted three hits, including a double, a run scored and a stolen base.

2B | Aaron Miles | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Juan Uribe (arm) is out of the lineup Friday, April 1, and is undergoing X-rays on his left arm, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Uribe was hit by a pitch from San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum Thursday, March 31, and his arm is still sore. 2B Aaron Miles will start at third base Friday.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox busted out the sticks during their season opener against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, March 31, putting up 15 runs and 18 hits, according to The Associated Press. OF Carlos Quentin hit a home run and knocked in five runs and 1B Adam Dunn homered and had four RBIs. 2B Gordon Beckham also had a nice day, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald (hand) played catch Friday, April 1, and fielded baseballs that were rolled to him, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. He is scheduled to fielder grounders Saturday, April 2, but there is still no timetable for his return.

2B | Neil Walker | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker hit a grand slam against the Chicago Cubs Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press. He finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he likes 2B Jonathan Herrera's skills coming off the bench, according to The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck. 2B Jose Lopez is starting at second Friday, April 1. "I think being in this environment with help. And we need to see what we have in Lopez. Is he the guy we saw in 2009? If he's that guy, then we have something. He could be a rebound candidate," Tracy said.

2B | Ronnie Belliard | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent 2B Ronnie Belliard (Yankees) to an undisclosed deal Friday, April 1, according to The Sports Network.


Shortstop

SS | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Juan Uribe (arm) had an X-rays on his left arm, and the results were negative, reports Dylan Hernandez, of the Los Angeles Times.

SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy went 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and a walk out of the ninth spot of the batting order in his debut Friday, April 1, against the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (abdomen) did not play Friday, April 1, against the Colorado Rockies. 2B Willie Bloomquist got the nod at shortstop in his stead. The injury is not believed to be serious enough to force him to the 15-day disabled list, but there is no exact timetable on his return.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
The Florida Marlins Opening Day lineup will be as follows: OF Chris Coghlan, 2B Omar Infante, SS Hanley Ramirez, OF Mike Stanton, 1B Gaby Sanchez, OF Logan Morrison, C John Buck, 3B Donnie Murphy and SP Josh M. Johnson, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.


Third Baseman

3B | Matt Dominguez | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Matt Dominguez (elbow) is expected to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a fractured left elbow in a Triple-A exhibition game Friday, April 1, reports Juan C. Rodriguez, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Dominguez is expected to undergo an MRI in the next couple of days.

3B | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista, the 2010 Major League home run king, opened the 2011 regular season with a home run Friday, April 1, against the Minnesota Twins. Bautista finished 3-for-4 with the solo home run, a walk and three runs scored.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds went hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout in his debut Friday, April 1, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Reynolds was batting in the seventh spot of manager Buck Showalter's order.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (hamstring) is available to play Friday, April 1, although he was not put in the starting lineup, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding. Manager Jim Tracy will be cautious with bringing Stewart back. "I don't feel like I want to push the envelope so hard that what is in good shape right now ends up being a torn hamstring or something like that, and we end up setting him back two months," Tracy said. "That would be a very, very stupid decision on my part."

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets lineup for their opening game of the season will consist of SS Jose Reyes, OF Willie Harris, 3B David Wright, OF Carlos Beltran, OF Angel Pagan, 1B Ike Davis, 2B Brad Emaus, C Josh Thole and SP Mike Pelfrey, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

3B | Ty Wigginton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart (hamstring) is not in the team's Opening Day lineup against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, April 1, according to The Denver Post. 2B Jose Lopez is starting at second base and 1B Ty Wigginton is replacing Stewart at third.


Catcher

C | Kurt Suzuki | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Kurt Suzuki (ankle) left the game Friday, April 1, due to a mild left ankle sprain, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle.

C | John Buck | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins C John Buck went 2-for-4 with a double and a grand slam Friday, April 1, against the New York Mets in his debut, reports The Associated Press. "I thought I missed it," Buck said. "I thought it was going to be a deep fly ball." It was Buck's third-career grand slam, and the fourth Opening Day slam in franchise history.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, a triple and a career-high five RBIs Friday, April 1, against the Minnesota Twins, reports The Associated Press. Arencibia also had a two-homer game in his Major League debut Aug. 7, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

C | John Jaso | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C John Jaso (groin) was healthy enough to start Friday, April 1, on Opening Day against the Baltimore Orioles. Jaso went hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout batting in the ninth spot in manager Joe Maddon's lineup. Jaso missed time down the stretch in the spring due to a groin injury.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler, OF Nelson Cruz and C Mike Napoli all went yard in the team's Opening Day win over the Boston Red Sox Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press. Napoli's homer was a three-run shot in the fourth inning. Kinsler's home run was his 14th career leadoff dinger, which is a team record.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in the team's Opening Day loss to the Chicago White Sox Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona reiterated Friday, April 1, that C Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the team's clear No. 1 catcher and will receive the bulk of the starts behind the plate over C Jason Varitek, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes.

C | Ronny Paulino | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets placed C Ronny Paulino (anemia) on the restricted list Friday, April 1, according to The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough.


Outfielder

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran (knee) was in the lineup Friday, April 1, against the Florida Marlins on Opening Day. Beltran went 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.

OF | Logan Morrison | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with a walk, solo home run and two runs scored Friday, April 1, against the New York Mets. Morrison hit just two home runs in 244 at-bats in 62 games in his rookie season of 2010.

OF | Mike Stanton | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton (hamstring) suffered a strained left hamstring Friday, April 1, against the New York Mets, reports Juan C. Rodriguez, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Stanton left the game in the fifth inning after reaching base for the third time. Stanton is considered day to day.

OF | Juan Rivera | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Juan Rivera went hitless in three at-bats with a walk, run scored and strikeout in his debut Friday, April 1, against the Minnesota Twins. Rivera served as the designated hitter in manager John Farrell's lineup and he batted eighth.

OF | Travis Snider | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Travis Snider (hip) was in the lineup Friday, April 1, against the Minnesota Twins. Snider finished 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

OF | Manny Ramirez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OFs Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez were each hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout Friday, April 1, in their debuts against the Baltimore Orioles. Damon started in left field and batted second in manager Joe Maddon's lineup, while Ramirez was the designated hitter and he batted cleanup.

OF | Seth Smith | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Seth Smith opened the season with three hits, including a double and an RBI, Friday, April 1, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda is scheduled to start in left field Saturday, April 2, reports Anthony DiComo, of MLB.com.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan batted fifth on Opening Day Friday, April 1, against the Florida Marlins, but he will move down to the fifth spot in manager Terry Collins' lineup Saturday, April 2, with OF Lucas Duda starting in left field, reports Anthony DiComo, of MLB.com.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his debut with the team Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler, OF Nelson Cruz and C Mike Napoli all went yard in the team's Opening Day win over the Boston Red Sox Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press. Napoli's homer was a three-run shot in the fourth inning. Kinsler's home run was his 14th career leadoff dinger, which is a team record.

OF | Carlos Quentin | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox busted out the sticks during their season opener against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, March 31, putting up 15 runs and 18 hits, according to The Associated Press. OF Carlos Quentin hit a home run and knocked in five runs and 1B Adam Dunn homered and had four RBIs. 2B Gordon Beckham also had a nice day, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs against the Chicago Cubs Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have reason to be optimistic about how long OF Matt Holliday (appendix) will be out, as a short recovery time is quite possible if he requires a less invasive procedure and his appendix is only slightly inflamed, according to Stephania Bell of ESPN.com. Bell points to San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres, who had a similar surgery last season and returned 13 days later. Bell reports that Holliday's appendectomy was not an emergency one. "I think they caught it early, so I think that's good news," said general manager John Mozeliak.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland will have a tough time finding playing time for both OFs Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells this year, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck. Wells could start against left-handed pitchers on days that C Victor Martinez is behind the dish. "I think the trick is going to be to get Boesch and (Ryan) Raburn (enough time)," Leyland said last weekend. "With Magglio (Ordonez)'s situation (needing to DH every so often), I think we can get those guys at-bats." Boesch will be in the lineup Saturday, April 2, but Leyland indicated that he wouldn't be against sending him to the minors if he can't find enough at-bats for him.

OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks scouts prefer OF Gerardo Parra over OF Xavier Nady, due to Parra's better all-around ability and Nady's lack of bat speed, reports Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks scouts are waiting for OF Justin Upton to take his production to the next level and live up to his potential, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks scouts expect OF Chris B. Young to post a season similar to last year's, only with more stolen bases, reports Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic. Young improved his discipline at the plate last season and was running well in Spring Training.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers' Opening Day lineup will have 2B Ian Kinsler leading off, followed by SS Elvis Andrus, OF Josh Hamilton, 3B Adrian Beltre, 3B Michael Young, OF Nelson Cruz, C Mike Napoli, C Yorvit Torrealba and OF Julio Borbon, according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham. Napoli is serving as the first baseman and Young is the designated hitter.

OF | Randy Winn | Retired Players | Transaction
Free-agent OF Randy Winn (Orioles) has announced his retirement from baseball after 13 major league seasons, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (rib cage) is expecting to return to action as soon as he is eligible April 9, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma. "I've never had it before, so I'm kind of playing it by ear and listening to the doctor," said Bay, who received a cortisone shot Wednesday, March 30. "I'm anticipating being out there next Saturday (April 9). That would be my goal, but we'll see how it goes."


Starting Pitcher

SP | Kevin Correia | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Correia scattered seven hits in six innings of work Friday, April 1, in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports Correia retired 10 of 11 batters in one stretch beginning with the final out of the third inning. He threw 61 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

SP | Rich Harden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Rich Harden (lat) threw a bullpen session Friday, April 1, and he'll throw another Monday, April 4, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Harden might be ready to face hitters as soon as Thursday, April 7, perhaps in a simulated game.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren allowed just one earned run, six hits and no walks wth six strikeouts Friday, April 1, against the Kansas City Royals. Haren got 64 of his 103 pitches over for strikes in the quality start.

SP | Jeff Francis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Jeff Francis allowed just one earned run, five hits and a walk in seven innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday, April 1, reports The Associated Press. Francis also struck out four in his debut for the Royals. He rarely got over 85 mph on the radar gun in the quality start.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs - four earned - and four hits in 4 1/3 innings Friday, April 1, against the Florida Marlins, reports The Associated Press. Pelfrey also walked four batters with two strikeouts in his first-career Opening Day start.

SP | Josh M. Johnson | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Josh M. Johnson carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a win Friday, April 1, against the New York Mets, reports The Associated Press. Johnson ended up allowing two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out three batters. "He was pretty tough tonight," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When we got behind, he's pretty tough to catch up against. You don't get that many good pitches to hit."

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero allowed three runs - one earned - and seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings Friday, April 1, against the Minnesota Twins in a win. Romero got 60 of his 96 pitches over for strikes in the quality start.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman has been moved up a day to start Saturday, April 2, as manager Buck Showalter juggles his rotation slightly due to the injury to SP Brian Matusz (intercostal), reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. Tillman was originally scheduled to work Sunday, April 3.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start Sunday, April 3, in place of the injured SP Brian Matusz (back, biceps), reports Dan Connolly, of The Baltimore Sun.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) has a strained intercostal muscle, and he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy McPhail estimated Matusz might miss anywhere from three to six weeks.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie allowed just three hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings in a win against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 1, on Opening Day. Guthrie also struck out six batters in the 94-pitch quality start, throwing 67 of those pitches for strikes.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (finger) made 50 throws at 100 feet Friday, April 1, reports The Associated Press. Cook's throwing program is expected to last for weeks, as he makes his way back from a broken finger.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits over six innings against the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 1, in his first-career Opening Day start. Kennedy also walked three batters and struck out three in the 108-pitch no-decision.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs - five earned - and seven hits in six innings Friday, April 1, against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a no-decision, reports The Associated Press. Jimenez also struck out just one batter. The last time he struck out just one batter was May 21, 2008, when he managed one strikeout in a seven-inning no-decision.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk in seven innings against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, April 1, in his Opening Day start. Price also struck out seven batters, throwing 103 pitches in his initial outing of the regular season.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano allowed eight runs - seven earned - and six hits over four innings in his Opening Day start against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, April 1. Pavano also walked two batters while striking out three. He also served up three home runs, getting just 44 of his 64 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Chris Capuano | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP Chris Capuano, the team's fifth starter, will be available out of the bullpen over the weekend with a fifth starter not needed until next weekend, reports Anthony DiComo, of MLB.com. Capuano will make his first regular season start Saturday, April 9 against the Washington Nationals.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito (neck) said Friday, April 1, that his neck felt good after a throwing session, reports Jaymee Sire, of CSNBayArea.com. It appears Zito is on track to make his first regular season start Sunday, April 3, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester allowed five runs, including three home runs, in five innings in a no-decision against the Texas Rangers Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press. He also hit two batters and struck out one.

SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Friday, April 1, that he doubts there will be in-season talks about a long-term contract extension with SP Tim Lincecum, but "you never say never," reports Andrew Baggarly, of The Mercury News. Lincecum has two more years of arbitration after 2011, and the Giants are typically stingy when it comes to extending younger players.

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona surrendered 10 runs and 11 hits in just three innings to lose to the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster surrendered six runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings and took the loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press. He walked four and tallied seven strikeouts.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ (oblique) will take the mound for his first scheduled start of the season Sunday, April 3, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle.

SP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Brett Myers pitched well versus the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, April 1, allowing one earned run on three hits over seven innings, but ended up with a no-decision, reports The Associated Press. Myers walked three and did not register a strikeout.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay allowed one run on five hits in six innings against the Houston Astros Friday, April 1, and did not factor into the decision, according to The Associated Press. He struck out six and did not issue a walk.

SP | Barry Enright | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Scouts like Arizona Diamondbacks SP Barry Enright for his ability to throw strikes, manage a game, field, hit and handle adversity while on the mound, reports Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Scouts believe that Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders could see some rough outings this season after struggling with his velocity and making a lot of mistakes during Spring Training, reports Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

SP | Brandon Webb | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Brandon Webb (shoulder) was pleased with his most recent 65-pitch bullpen session and will pitch a simulated game Monday, April 4, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard allowed four runs and four hits Friday, April 1, in a 9-5 loss to the Texas Rangers. MLB.com's Ian Browne reports the four hits allowed were a career high, and the four earned runs equaled a career high set in May 2009.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) had a long toss session Friday, April 1, extending out to 120 feet, reports Susan Slusser, of the San Francisco Chronicle. Bailey might work off a mound some time next week.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
There has been concern about the velocity for Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz, but he worked a perfect inning Friday, April 1, on Opening Day, posting two strikeouts and his first save of the new season. Putz got nine of his 13 pitches over for strikes.

RP | David Hernandez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks RP David Hernandez will begin the year as the team's setup man to RP J.J. Putz in the ninth inning, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. RP Joe Paterson will be the lefty specialist. "Just based on his stuff," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's got power stuff, he can overpower people. It's just an organizational decision. That's how we're going to do it to start out with." RPs Aaron Heilman, Juan Gutierrez, Sam Demel and Kam Mickolio round out the bullpen.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan nailed down his first save of the season against the Chicago Cubs Friday, April 1, according to The Associated Press. He allowed two baserunners on a hit and a walk, but struck out two and didn't allow a run.

RP | Brandon Lyon | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros RP Brandon Lyon blew his first save attempt of the season versus the Philadelphia Phillies Friday, April 1, by allowing three runs on six hits, according to The Associated Press.

RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Injury
Texas Rangers SP Scott Feldman (knee) said he plans to throw roughly 40 pitches Saturday, April 2, according to ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins.

RP | Carlos Rosa | free agent | Free Agents
Arizona Diamondbacks P Carlos Rosa cleared waivers Thursday, March 31, and has become a free agent, according to CBSSports.com.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford said he is ready to move on from his first blown save of the season on Opening Day against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday, March 31, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt. "The ball felt like it was coming out (of my hand) well," said Axford. "I just left some pitches up and that's what got me. I got away with one earlier to Gomes but that time I paid for it. I'll reflect on it a little bit. I'll check some video tomorrow and be ready to go Saturday, let it go. It's a long year. We've got 161 games left. I'm pretty sure I'll be all right."

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