Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 16, 2011 @ 12:08:51 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Miguel Cabrera | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and scored two runs against the Oakland Athletics Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

1B | Jake Fox | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup Saturday, April 16, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. 1B Jake Fox is starting behind the plate.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

1B | Ross Gload | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ross Gload (knee) left the game Friday, April 15, after six innings due to a right knee injury, reports David Hale, of The News Journal.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout Friday, April 15, against the Texas Rangers. After hitting safely in his first five games, Teixeira is just 3-for-26 (.115) with no homers and just one RBI over his past seven starts.

1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is starting at first base Friday, April 15, with 1B Aubrey Huff still in right field, according to the team's official Twitter page. OF Aaron Rowand is receiving a start in center field.

1B | Chris Davis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Chris Davis is serving as a bench player for the time being, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. Davis said he is willing to take practice repetitions in the outfield, but 1B Mitch Moreland is more likely to be used out there.

1B | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Kyle Blanks (elbow) is currently participating in a rehab assignment, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

1B | James Loney | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers 1B James Loney is hitting just .201 with 16 doubles (one this year) and five home runs (one this year) in his last 315 plate appearances dating back to last year, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. As of July of last year, he was batting .309 with 26 doubles and six home runs in 381 plate appearances.


Second Baseman

2B | Aaron Hill | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases Friday, April 15, against the Boston Red Sox. It was Hill's first mulit-hit game of the season. He also snapped a six-game stretch with at least one strikeout.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa went hitless in four at-bats with a sacrifice fly and a strikeout Friday, April 15, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Espinosa replaced the slumping SS Ian Desmond in the top spot Friday.

2B | Rickie Weeks | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and two RBIs Friday, April 15, against the Washington Nationals. Weeks has hit safely in eight straight games, batting .313 (10-for-32) during the impressive span.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks 2B Brandon Phillips (groin) could return to the lineup by Sunday, April 17, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. "That's what I'm thinking," Baker said. "We'll see how field conditions are. This is April. This ain't August. With these things, you want to get rid of them, especially Brandon. You've got to be an acrobat at second base. That's the area that's affected the most, getting out of the way of double plays, sliding." Baker said he won't hesitate to use SS Edgar Renteria at second base to spell Phillips, but IF Miguel Cairo is starting there Friday, April 15.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Jonathan Herrera is starting at second base with 3B Ian Stewart receiving the start at third base, according to The Denver Post's Adrian Dater. 2B Jose Lopez is not in the lineup.

2B | Brad Emaus | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Brad Emaus is penciled into the lineup Friday, April 15, according to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.

2B | Orlando Hudson | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Orlando Hudson is being more aggressive on the basepaths and is well on pace to shatter his single-season record for stolen bases, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com.


Shortstop

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Reid Brignac took early batting practice Friday, April 15, concentrating on hitting the ball down the line, reports Roger Mooney, of The Tampa Tribune. Brignac is batting .429 this season when he hits the ball on a line and .111 when he hits it on a fly. "He's in the air too much," manager Joe Maddon said. "Little guys being in the air too much doesn't bode well for their overall career numbers. Most fly balls are going to be outs unless ou can put them over the wall."

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond was dropped to the seventh spot in manager Jim Riggleman's order Friday, April 15, against the Milwaukee Brewers, reports The Associated Press. While he didn't have any hits in two at-bats, dropping his average to .173, he was able to draw a pair of walks and swipe his fifth base of the season. Riggleman said he hoped Desmond would feel less pressure batting seventh.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with four RBIs Friday, April 15, against the Baltimore Orioles. Cabrera now has 14 RBIs through his first 13 games. Cabrera managed just three RBIs in April last season, and didn't record his 14th RBI until Aug. 15.

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett, 3B Jorge Cantu, 1B Brad Hawpe and OF Will Venable are all in the midst of slumps, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune. The four players are hitless in their past combined 42 at-bats.

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
One scout believes New York Mets SS Jose Reyes is good enough to trade for as a part-time rental, but not for the long-term, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "I'd take him as a rental. I wouldn't want to commit to him long-term. But I'd trade for him for two months," a scout said.


Third Baseman

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones is expected to play in both games of a doubleheader against the New York Mets Saturday, April 16, but will be out of the starting lineup Sunday, April 17, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

3B | Aramis Ramirez | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 at the plate against the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

3B | Brent Morel | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 3B Brent Morel, thought to be the more superior defensive option when he beat out 3B Mark Teahen in spring training, committed his fourth error of the season Friday, April 15, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was also hitless in three at-bats.

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 3B Chris D. Johnson returned to the lineup Friday, April 15, against the San Diego Padres after missing the past two games. Johnson was hitless in four at-bats with an RBI and a strikeout.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, his first of the season, and two runs scored with two walks Friday, April 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Michael Young collected his 353rd career double Friday, April 15, against the New York Yankees, passing former Rangers C Ivan Rodriguez for most doubles in franchise history, reports Richard Durrett, of ESPNDallas.com.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Mark Reynolds went 1-for-4 with an RBI, his 10th of the season, Friday, April 15, against the Cleveland Indians. Reynolds has eight RBIs overh is past seven games.

3B | Ian Stewart | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ian Stewart admits that he is off to a terrible start at the plate after dealing with injuries and illness to begin the season, according to The Denver Post's Jim Armstrong. "I'm a little behind on the fastball and a little out in front on the breaking ball," Stewart said. "We've got a lot of righties coming up. I know Skip (Jim Tracy) isn't going to play me just to play me, but I hope I can come out and have some good at-bats, string together three or four starts and start feeling comfortable again. I think good things will happen from there." Stewart has started out hitting .050 (1-for-20) with 11 strikeouts.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays placed 3B Edwin Encarnacion on the bereavement list Friday, April 15, and called up SS Mike McCoy, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. Encarnacion is eligible to spend three days on the list.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (oblique) has been taking ground balls and is moving around well, according to BHSN's JB Long. Longoria is also throwing on the field Friday, April 15.


Catcher

C | J.C. Boscan | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have demoted C J.C. Boscan and recalled RP Jairo Asencio from the minor leagues for the first game of their doubleheader against the New York Mets Saturday, April 16, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

C | Gustavo Molina | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Gustavo Molina is starting in place of C Russell Martin Saturday, April 16, according to Sam Borden of The Journal News.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters is not in the starting lineup Saturday, April 16, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. 1B Jake Fox is starting behind the plate.

C | Chris Iannetta | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies C Chris Iannetta went 1-for-3 with three RBIs against the Chicago Cubs Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

C | Kelly Shoppach | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays C Kelly Shoppach went 1-for-3 with a home run, his first of the season, and two RBIs Friday, April 15, against the Minnesota Twins.

C | Drew Butera | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Drew Butera moved into the starting lineup Friday, April 15, against the Tampa Bay Rays, with C Joe Mauer (leg, illness) on the 15-day disabled list. Butera was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout before being lifted for a pinch hitter.

C | Chris Snyder | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Snyder went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs Friday, April 15, against the Cincinnati Reds. It was just Snyder's second game since coming off the 15-day disabled list.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia was hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts Friday, April 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Saltalamacchia's season average is down to .138, and he hasn't had a hit since April 9.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Twins general manager Bill Smith said C Joe Mauer (legs, illness) will be back in "two weeks," according to SI.com's Will Carroll.

C | Carlos Santana | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana, who is hitless in his past 20 at-bats, is not in the starting lineup Friday, April 15, according to Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

C | Ronny Paulino | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets C Ronny Paulino (anemia) will begin a rehab assignment Friday, April 15, and is on schedule to be activated Tuesday, April 26, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.


Outfielder

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran may play in both games of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 16, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Jason Bay (rib cage) will play for Class A St. Lucie Saurday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, April 19.

OF | Scott Podsednik | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Scott Podsednik (foot) will begin a rehab assignment this upcoming week, reports Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford is not playing Saturday, April 16, due to his recent struggles, reports Steven Krasner of ESPNBoston.com. "He's trying too hard," said manager Terry Francona. "No one doubts that he's going to be the player everyone thinks he is. He's real good. It just takes time sometimes. We know how good he's going to be."

OF | Grady Sizemore | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Grady Sizemore (knee) could be activated and return to the lineup Sunday, April 16, according to Anthony Castronovice of MLB.com.

OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) will be sent away to have his stomach issues evaluated by other doctors, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle.

OF | David DeJesus | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF David DeJesus went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs against the Detroit Tigers Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman hit two solo home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Brett Gardner will be once again replaced by OF Andruw Jones in the lineup Saturday, April 16, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs against the Seattle Mariners Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. 1B Billy Butler had three hits and an RBI.

OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a run and a pair of RBIs versus the Kansas City Royals Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

OF | Chris Denorfia | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia went 2-for-3 with a double, solo home run and two runs scored Friday, April 15, against the Houston Astros. In addition to hitting his first homer, Denorfia also swiped his first base of the season.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OFs Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce each had three-hit games Friday, April 15, against the Minnesota Twins. Fuld finished 3-for-4 with a double and run scored, although he was caught stealing twice. Joyce ended up 3-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span was picked off first base in the third inning Friday, April 15, against the Tampa Bay Rays, drawing critical remarks from manager Ron Gardenhire, reports Kelsie Smith, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Getting picked off when you're not going anywhere, that's gotta go," Gardenhire said. "That loses baseball games."

OF | Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen was hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts Friday, April 15, against the Cincinnati Reds, reports The Associated Press. He was just one strikeout short of a single game franchise record.

OF | Jose Tabata | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Jose Tabata went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and stolen base Friday, April 15, against the Cincinnati Reds while batting out of the two-hole, reports The Associated Press. The four-hit game marked a career high.

OF | Corey Patterson | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Corey Patterson went 1-for-5 with a two-run triple Friday, April 15, against the Boston Red Sox, reports The Associated Press. He has six RBIs in four games since coming off the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Logan Morrison | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Logan Morrison went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his fourth of the season, and two runs scored Friday, April 15, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Morrison has homered in two of the past three games, and he has at least one RBI in each of those starts.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth went hitless in five at-bats with a run scored, stolen base and strikeout Friday, April 15, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Werth is 6-for-38 (.158) over his past 10 games.

OF | Nyjer Morgan | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan did not play Friday, April 15, against the Washington Nationals in his first game back at Nationals Park since his trade last month, reports The Associated Press.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, his third homer of the season, and two runs scored Friday, April 15, against the Texas Rangers. Granderson was batting out of the ninth spot in manager Joe Girardi's lineup.

OF | Andres Torres | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants placed OF Andres Torres (Achilles') on the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 15, and recalled OF Darren Ford from Triple-A Fresno, according to the team's official Twitter page.

OF | Magglio Ordonez | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Magglio Ordonez (foot, ankle) remains out of the starting lineup Friday, April 15, with OF Brennan Boesch hitting third, according to the Detroit Free Press' John Lowe. OF Austin Jackson took the night off and OF Don Kelly replaced him in center field. 2B Will Rhymes is hitting leadoff. SS Ramon Santiago is also starting in place of SS Jhonny Peralta.

OF | Corey Hart | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart (oblique) hopes to play in four rehab games with Triple-A Nashville starting Tuesday, April 19, and then return to the team for their next homestand beginning with the Houston Astros, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt.

OF | Mitch Maier | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said all three regular outfielders will see some time off during the series with the Seattle Mariners this weekend in order to give OFs Mitch Maier and Jarrod Dyson some playing time, according to The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Dillon Gee | New York Mets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed that SP Dillon Gee will be recalled from the minors to start against the Atlanta Braves Sunday, April 17, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. A corresponding roster move will need to be made before Gee is activated. Collins also said that Pat Misch was recalled to back up RP D.J. Carrasco in his spot start against the Atlanta Braves in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, April 16.

SP | Chris Young | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Mets SP Chris Young's (biceps) stint on the 15-day disabled list is retroactive to Monday, April 11, according to SNY's Kevin Burkhardt.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo will start the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals Sunday, April 17, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. SP Marco Estrada will start the second game.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves will need to make a roster move prior to the second game of their doubleheader Saturday, April 16, against the New York Mets, in order to add SP Jair Jurrjens (oblique) to the active 25-man roster, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He struck out seven along the way, but earned a no-decision.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello gave up one run on seven hits over six innings against the Oakland Athletics Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He struck out four and did not factor into the decision.

SP | Jon Garland | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Jon Garland gave up five runs on nine hits in four innings against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed two runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He struck out six and walked just one.

SP | Matt Cain | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain allowed one run on four hits in six innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He walked two and struck out three.

SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza surrendered five runs on seven hits over six innings against the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He issued two free passes and struck out five.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin hurled nine scoreless innings of six-hit ball versus the Chicago Cubs Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He whiffed seven and walked a pair.

SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar gave up just a single run over seven strong innings to earn the win over the Seattle Mariners Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He struck out four and walked two.

SP | Erik Bedard | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Erik Bedard allowed five runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings versus the Kansas City Royals Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He walked three and struck out six.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber allowed four runs - two earned - and six hits over five innings Friday, April 15, in a loss against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He walked just one batter and struck out four in the 94-pitch outing.

SP | Scott Kazmir | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Scott Kazmir (back) is working out in Houston, but will join the team Monday, April 18, for a three-game series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers, reports The Associated Press.

SP | Joel Pineiro | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joel Pineiro (shoulder) tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session in Arizona Friday, April 15, reports The Associated Press. "He still has work to do," manager Mike Scioscia said.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver allowed three runs - two earned - and four hits over seven innings Friday, April 15, against the Chicago White Sox, reports The Associated Press. Weaver is the first pitcher in the majors to four victories.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ allowed four earned runs, seven hits and two walks over seven innings in a loss against the San Diego Padres Friday, April 15, reports The Associated Press. "I felt like I was throwing the ball well," Happ said. "I threw a couple balls in there in the seventh. They weren't necessarily bad pitches, but maybe they weren't executed the way I would have liked. It's frustrating."

SP | Aaron Harang | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Aaron Harang allowed one earned run, three hits and one walk over six innings in a win Friday, April 15, against the Houston Astros, reports The Associated Press. Harang also struck out eight batters in the 99-pitch quality start. "I felt really good today," Harang said. "I hit my spots and I threw that slider pretty much any count. It felt like pitches were working."

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann was angry about being lifted in the third inning of his last start Sunday, April 10, but he talked it over with manager Joe Maddon and will be looking for better results Saturday, April 16, in his next outing, reports Roger Mooney, of The Tampa Tribune.

SP | Wade Davis | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Wade Davis allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks over seven innings Friday, April 15, against the Minnesota Twins for his first victory of the season. Davis tossed 59 of his 100 pitches for strikes in the quality start.

SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn threw five scoreless innings Friday, April 15, against the Tampa Bay Rays, but he ended up allowing five earned runs and 10 hits in six innings in the loss, reports Kelsie Smith, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Our pitchers have to be so fine right now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're just not scoring runs. We're putting way too much pressure on them to go out and keep putting up zeroes."

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo allowed five earned runs, nine hits and two walks in four innings Friday, April 15, against the Pittsburgh Pirates to suffer his first loss in three decisions, reports The Associated Press. Arroyo was able to record four strikeouts.

SP | Edinson Volquez | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Edinson Volquez (neck) will be pushed back a day due a stiff neck, starting Sunday, April 17 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, reports The Associated Press.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake has been named starter for the game Saturday, April 16, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, reports The Associated Press.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton threw his second career complete game Friday, April 15, against the Cincinnati Reds, reports The Associated Press. Morton allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks in the 110-pitch quality start. He also struck out three batters, improving to 2-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.64. "He stayed (focused)," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was Charlie's night. Our offense showed up, and it was Charlie's night."

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz allowed three earned runs, three hits and five walks in five innings in a no-decision Friday, April 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays. The five walks tied a career high. Buchholz managed to get just 46 of his 94 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brett Cecil allowed three earned runs, two hits and four walks over six innings in a win against the Boston Red Sox Friday, April 15. Cecil evened his record at 1-1, striking out five batters, in the 92-pitch quality start.

SP | Javier Vazquez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SP Javier Vazquez allowed three earned runs, five hits and four walks in five innings in a no-decision Friday, April 15, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Vazquez managed to get just 41 of his 73 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Oswalt (back), who left his start Friday, April 15, after six innings, said he is hopeful of making his next scheduled start Wednesday, April 20, reports The Associated Press. Originally, it was reported his injury was a lower back strain, but Oswalt said the pain was in the middle of his back. "It's not to the point where it's unbearable," Oswalt said. "It's a muscle spasm."

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Tom Gorzelanny allowed just two earned runs, five hits and two walks over six innings in a no-decision and quality start Friday, April 15, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Gorzelanny also racked up four strikeouts.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson allowed three earned runs, five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Friday, April 15, against the Washington Nationals. He managed to get just 54 of his 100 pitches over for strikes.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova allowed five earned runs, four hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings Friday, April 15, in a loss against the Texas Rangers.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton allowed five earned runs, eight hits and a walk over six innings Friday, April 15, against the Cleveland Indians, taking his first loss of the season, reports Roch Kubatko, of MASNSports.com.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson allowed just one earned run, four hits and a walk over seven innings in a win against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, April 15, reports Dennis Manoloff, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Masterson improved to 3-0, striking out three batters in the 90-pitch quality start. Last season, Masterson didn't log his third victory until July 1. Over his first two starts, Masterson threw 137 of his 209 pitches for strikes. Friday, he managed 66 strikes out of his 90 pitches.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta went away from his fastball when he was roughed up by the New York Yankees Thursday, April 14, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "Just being aggressive with my fastball and not getting to the offspeed before I needed to," said Arrieta of the key to his outing. "I think that's what I did in that third inning against Texas, just throwing offspeed pitches for no reason. I got to be aggressive with my fastball. I have a good one."

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) will resume throwing Monday, April 18, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez (thumb), who was supposed to return and start against the San Francisco Giants Monday, April 18, will be pushed back a day to Tuesday, April 19, according to The Denver Post's Adrian Dater. Manager Jim Tracy said there is no cause for alarm. The team wants SP Esmil Rogers to go Monday to avoid having nine days off between starts. Jimenez said he was feeling great Friday, April 15.

SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke (ribs) threw a 30-pitch simulated game Friday, April 15, and said he felt good, according to The Associated Press. He is hoping to make his first rehab start with Single-A Brevard County Tuesday, April 19. Manager Ron Roenicke said Greinke could throw 30-35 pitches in the first game and will need at least three rehab starts before returning to the rotation.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz (intercostal) is still sore and will not rejoin the team next week unless he's progressed to throwing off a mound, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SPs Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee focus on pitching efficiently, which allows them to regularly pitch into the late innings, according to David Hale of The News Journal. Neither pitcher throws many waste pitches, instead making the hitter swing and therefore avoiding lengthy at-bats. Halladay threw 123 pitches Wednesday, April 13, a count he's only exceeded nine times, despite throwing 54 complete games since 2003.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the New York Yankees placed SP Phil Hughes (arm) on the disabled list because they think he is going through a dead-arm phase, but they do not believe he is seriously hurt, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley. Hughes is 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA in his first three starts.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
One scout thinks Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek has better stuff than his father, former SP Doug Drabek, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "He's got better stuff than his father," the scout said of Kyle. "He's got the four-seam and the two-seam fastball. He's got a real good curveball. He's got a cutter. He pitches inside. He's not up there with the great power guys, but this guy can pitch. He'd be our No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 starter. I know that."

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
National League executives think the St. Louis Cardinals would be crazy not to keep SP Chris Carpenter on their roster this year, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "If you look at the makeup of their club, why would they not pick up his ($15-million) option, unless he's hurt?" wondered one NL executive. "And if he's hurt, why would you want (to trade for) him?"


Relief Pitcher

RP | J.P. Howell | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said RP J.P. Howell (shoulder) looked good during a 35-pitch bullpen session Saturday, April 16, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals say that RP Joakim Soria is OK, despite his struggles in three of his past four appearances, according to Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star.

RP | Matt Albers | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Matt Albers (lat) is slated to make rehab appearances Sunday April 17 and Tuesday, April 19, for Class AAA, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

RP | Brian Fuentes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics RP Brian Fuentes suffered his first blown save of the season and took the loss against the Detroit Tigers Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He was shelled for six runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.

RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson needed to pitch just 1/3 of an inning to get the save over the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, April 15, according to The Associated Press. He allowed one hit.

RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jordan Walden worked a perfect ninth inning Friday, April 15, against the Chicago White Sox for his second save.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RPs Luke Gregerson and Mike M. Adams each worked a scoreless inning of relief Friday, April 15, against the Houston Astros. Both pitchers secured their third holds of the season. RP Heath Bell allowed a run on two hits, but hung on to pick up his third save of the season.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth came on and picked up the third out of the ninth inning Friday, April 15, against the Minnesota Twins for a one-out save, his third of the season.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman (elbow) is expected to miss a couple of days due to a tender pitching elbow, reports The Associated Press. Manager Dusty Baker said Friday, April 15, that team doctors do not believe the injury is serious.

RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox RP Bobby Jenks allowed four earned runs, four hits and a walk while recording just one out Friday, April 15, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Jenks took the relief loss, throwing just 14 of his 26 pitches for strikes.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays RP Jon Rauch was efficient Friday, April 15, in picking up his third save of the season. Rauch needed just 10 pitches, throwing nine for strikes.

RP | Leo Nunez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins RP Leo Nunez allowed a walk in a scoreless ninth inning Friday, April 15, against the Philadelphia Phillies for his fifth save. He needed just eight pitches in the efficient appearance.

RP | Sean Burnett | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Sean Burnett allowed one earned run and two hits in the ninth inning Friday, April 15, against the Milwaukee Brewers, blowing his first save of the season. Burnett has allowed runs in back-to-back outings after posting 22 2/3 scoreless innings dating back to last season.

RP | Damaso Marte | New York Yankees | Injury
New York Yankees RP Damaso Marte (shoulder) said Friday, April 15, that doctors have said he can begin to play catch after the All-Star break, reports Mike Mazzeo, of ESPNNewYork.com. "I have been working hard to come back," Marte said.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz allowed an earned run, two hits and a walk in the ninth inning Friday, April 15, against the New York Yankees, but he hung on for his fifth save of the season.

RP | Joe Smith | Cleveland Indians | Injury
Cleveland Indians RP Joe Smith (abdomen), activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier Friday, April 15, allowed a run and three hits in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Dennis Manoloff, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Smith was able to throw 15 of his 19 pitches for strikes.

RP | Rafael Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Rafael Perez worked a scoreless inning Friday, April 15, against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Dennis Manoloff, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Perez has not given up a run in five innings over six appearances.

RP | Kevin Gregg | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said RP Kevin Gregg is still his closer after blowing a one-run lead Thursday, April 14, according to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. However, Showalter didn't make it sound like the ninth-inning job was Gregg's exclusively. "We'll still kind of go with where we are (situationally), but we're too young in a season. We feel like we have some people capable of doing the job and Gregg's pitched pretty well for us. When Koji (Uehara) gets right, he'll figure more into the equation when he gets physically where he needs to be." Uehara is not ready to pitch on back-to-back days, but the team thinks he could be ready to do so early next month. Gregg has given up one run and six hits while striking out four and walking two in four outings this year. He acknowledged that it would benefit him to receive more regular work, as he has appeared just twice in the last eight days.

RP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens has officially been named the team's starter for Sunday, April 17, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.

RP | Huston Street | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Huston Street, who was roughed up in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the New York Mets Thursday, April 14, will not pitch Friday, April 15, but will be back ready to close Saturday, April 16, according to The Denver Post's Adrian Dater.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) is progressing well in his rehab and will meet with a doctor to be re-evaluated Saturday, April 16, according to the Courier-Post's David Hale.

RP | Aaron Heilman | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed RP Aaron Heilman (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 15, with right shoulder tendonitis, according to The Sports Network. The move is retroactive to April 14. P Josh Collmenter was recalled from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.

RP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
One National League executive is still wary that Texas Rangers RP Alexi Ogando has the stuff to remain in the starting rotation, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "His delivery says 'relief pitcher' for me. He's got kind of a rough delivery to be a 200-inning starter," the NL executive stated.

RP | Wilton Lopez | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
The Houston Astros placed RP Wilton Lopez (elbow) on the disabled list and called up P Jose Valdez, according to Alyson Footer of MLB.com.

RP | Joe Beimel | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates added RP Joe Beimel to the 40-man roster and designated RP Garrett Olson for assignment Friday, April 15, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

RP | D.J. Carrasco | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SP D.J. Carrasco will get the start Friday, April 15, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

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