Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 19, 2011 @ 08:50:24 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Anthony Rizzo | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Anthony Rizzo is hitting .314 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Tucson. He's hitting .374 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs on the season.

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols hasn't homered in 88 at-bats, which is one shy of his career worst to end the 2009 season.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning Wednesday, May 18, against Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz to force extra innings.

1B | Mitch Moreland | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland (hamstring) was back in the lineup Wednesday, May 18, against the Kansas City Royals. He was 1-for-4 with two walks and a strikeout while serving as the designated hitter.

1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said after the game Wednesday, May 18, that 1B Joey Votto is "hobbling a bit," although he did not mention any specific injury.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and RBI Wednesday, May 18, against the Philadelphia Phillies. The RBI was his 20th of the season. Last season, Helton didn't collect his 20th RBI until Aug. 14.

1B | Derrek Lee | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (oblique) was not in the lineup Wednesday, May 18, and is being considered day-to-day. 1B Jake Fox could take Lee's spot in the lineup if he misses more time.

1B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said 1B Michael Young will start every game when the team travels to play the Philadelphia Phillies even though he is usually the designated hitter for the team. Young could start all three games at first base or could start one of those games at second base.


Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley is hitting .463 with two homers and eight RBIs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Tacoma. He's now hitting .280 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 164 at-bats.

2B | Martin Prado | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Martin Prado extended his hitting streak to 10 games Wednesday, May 18.

2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano went 2-for-6 with a double, run scored, walk and two RBIs Wednesday, May 18, against the Baltimore Orioles. He has hit safely in 17 straight games against Baltimore.

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs Wednesday, May 18, against the Washington Nationals. It was Turner's third consecutive multi-hit game. He is batting .387 (12-for-31) with a home run and 11 RBIs over his past nine games.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips went 1-for-4 with a double, the only extra-base hit of the night for his team, to extend his hitting streak to nine games Wednesday, May 18, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2B | Elliot Johnson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Elliot Johnson went 2-for-3 with a triple, run scored and three RBIs Wednesday, May 18, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Johnson has forced his way into a timeshare at shortstop with SS Reid Brignac, and manager Joe Maddon is playing the hot hand. Lately, that's been Johnson, who has two homers and five RBIs over his past three games.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knee) will not return to the team this weekend. He is scheduled to play in the minors Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, and is hoping to play nine innings in each game. He is expected to take Friday, May 20, off and then play in back-to-back games again this weekend.

2B | Jonathan Herrera | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 2B Jonathan Herrera is taking the day off Wednesday, May 18, and is being replaced with OF Alfredo Amezaga, who will hit second. Also, OF Ryan Spilborghs is starting over OF Seth Smith in right field.

2B | Bill Hall | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Bill Hall, who is hitting .230 this year, is out of the lineup for the second straight day Wednesday, May 18, in favor of SS Angel Sanchez.

2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (headaches) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, May 18, because he has been dealing with headaches since Monday, May 16.


Shortstop

SS | Jason Bartlett | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SS Jason Bartlett's streak of nine consecutive games with a RBI ended Wednesday, May 18.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two runs scored and his ninth stolen base Wednesday, May 18, against the Chicago Cubs. Ramirez was looking like he was turning a corner last week, but he entered play on an 0-for-13 slide. He has three homers and six RBIs in May after a homerless April.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter, serving as the designated hitter, went 2-for-7 with a strikeout Wednesday, May 18, against the Baltimore Orioles. Jeter now has 300 career hits against the American League East division rivals.

SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS Manny Machado (knee) will travel to the team's spring facility in Florida Thursday, May 19, to begin baseball activities and start rehab on his left knee Friday, May 20. He hasn't played since suffered a dislocated kneecap May 5.

SS | Jose Reyes | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday, May 18, against the Washington Nationals. Reyes is 23-for-66 (.348) during the month of May, raising his average from .308 to .322 since April 30.

SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada got the start at second base in his season debut Wednesday, May 18, against the Washington Nationals. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

SS | Jhonny Peralta | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout Wednesday, May 18, against the Boston Red Sox, ending his 11-game hitting streak. Peralta's run was the American League's longest active streak.

SS | Marco Scutaro | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Marco Scutaro (oblique) feels like he is ready to swing a bat but will wait because he is still feeling some pain in his left oblique. "I barely feel a little bit. They say when you don't feel anything (is when you can start back up)," Scutaro said. "If you start swinging and you feel it a little bit, and then you swing and you feel it, you're going to go back to two or three weeks again. You're going to lose everything. I feel like I can swing right now." He is eligible to return from the disabled list May 23.

SS | Cesar Izturis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Baltimore Orioles SS Cesar Izturis (elbow) will undergo surgery on his right elbow to relieve nerve irritation in his right arm. He will be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Izturis was dealing with numbness and couldn't throw or grip a baseball.

SS | Jack Wilson | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners could wait until mid June to recall 2B Dustin Ackley to avoid making him a Super-Two candidate for arbitration. To be safe, they may wait until July. However, the Mariners do not seem concerned about the arbitration issue with Ackley, so it's likely that he will be with the team by June.

The team will likely consider trading 2B Jack Wilson before they bring up Ackley to keep from wasting Wilson's salary by cutting him.

SS | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Juan Uribe is making an effort to cut down on his large hacks at the plate. "He swings too hard at times, and that's what he's been working on in the last couple of days, kind of letting the ball get there," manager Don Mattingly said. "The harder he swings, the more he pulls off the ball. So just trying to back the ball up a little bit and not try to swing quite as hard."

Uribe has gone 6-for-47 (.128) to begin the month of May, which has brought his average down close to .200 on the season.


Third Baseman

3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is hitting .351 with four homers and 12 RBIs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Omaha. He's now hitting .273 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 139 at-bats on the season.

3B | Mark DeRosa | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Mark DeRosa (wrist) suffered a strained left wrist Wednesday, May 18, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is considered day to day.

3B | Pedro Alvarez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a home run, his second of the season, and three RBIs Wednesday, May 18, against the Cincinnati Reds. Alvarez snapped a 15-game stretch without driving in a run.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) will have his hip looked at by doctors soon. "I think you just want to make sure he's OK," manager Joe Girardi said. "Al talked about wanting to be proactive and making sure everything is OK. He said he doesn't necessarily feel anything so from our standpoint, you're not worried about it. He's had checkups before. We thought he's moved a lot better this year. We just want to get it checked."

Rodriguez indicated that hitting coach Kevin Long suggested that he have the hip looked at before the game Wednesday, May 18. Before hitting two home runs Tuesday, May 17, Rodriguez was hitting .171 with one homer and six RBIs in the previous 21 contests. Apparently he hasn't been using his lower body as much when swinging.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (abdominal) is "close" to moving to the team's spring training facilities to begin rehabbing. He will take light swings with the team before heading to extended spring training. The team is still expecting him to be out until mid June.

3B | Donnie Murphy | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Florida Marlins 3B Donnie Murphy (wrist) has been fielding and throwing, but is still feeling some pain when hitting.

3B | Melvin Mora | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed 3B Melvin Mora (personal) on the bereavement list Wednesday, May 18, and recalled 3B Sean Burroughs from the minors in a corresponding move.

3B | Nick Punto | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals placed 3B Nick Punto (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, May 18, with a strain near his right elbow. The team recalled SS Peter Kozma from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move. Punto's injury has been diagnosed as a strain of the right forearm flexor, which is the next of muscles that work the elbow.

Kozma was batting .220 with 17 RBIs in 38 games with Memphis, but is hitting .245 with 12 RBIs in 16 games in May. He is regarded as an above-average infielder.


Catcher

C | Josh Thole | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Josh Thole is hitting second Thursday, May 19.

C | Koyie Hill | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Koyie Hill went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored Wednesday, May 18, against the Florida Marlins. He is 6-for-21 (.286) over the past six games.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz was back in the lineup Wednesday, May 18, against the Colorado Rockies. He finished 1-for-2 with a strikeout after getting a day off Tuesday, May 17.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez came into the game Wednesday, May 18, with an 11-game hitting streak in which he is batting .425 (17-for-40) with two home runs. "I go up and I'm ready from the first pitch," Hernandez said. "I know I'm hitting ahead of the pitcher and I go get my pitch as early as I can. If I get it, I try to put a good swing on it and try to hit it hard somewhere. I don't want to foul it off."

C | Taylor Teagarden | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers recalled C Taylor Teagarden from the minors Wednesday, May 18, and optioned RP Ryan Tucker in a corresponding move.

C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Russell Martin is taking the day off Wednesday, May 18, and C Francisco Cervelli is behind the dish. Also, OF Brett Gardner is being replaced by OF Andruw Jones.

C | Jesus Montero | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees don't have any current plans to remove C Jorge Posada from their roster. However, the team will reassess their options by the All-Star break if his performance does not improve.

Posada is out of the lineup for the third straight time with them facing a left-handed pitcher Wednesday, May 18. It looks as though he is becoming a part-time designated hitter. Posada is 0-for-24 against lefties this season.

If the Yankees were to release Posada, C Jesus Montero is the likely option to be recalled from the minors to serve as the designated hitter.


Outfielder

OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals optioned OF Jarrod Dyson to Triple-A Omaha and recalled P Greg Holland.

OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Fernando Martinez will be the designated hitter the first two days this weekend against the New York Yankees, and OF Carlos Beltran will be the DH Sunday, May 22.

OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs, 3B Scott Rolen and OF Jonny Gomes have the day off Thursday, May 19, and OF Jay Bruce (flu) has returned to the lineup.

OF | Aaron Rowand | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants OF Aaron Rowand (back) jammed his back while stepping on first base in the ninth inning Wednesday, May 18.

OF | Cody Ross | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Cody Ross hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to win the game Wednesday, May 18.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Ryan Ludwick hit his fourth homer in the last 10 games Wednesday, May 18.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp was out of the lineup Wednesday, May 18, due to a family matter.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton drove in the winning run on a grounder that scored 2B Ryan Roberts, even with a drawn-in infield Wednesday, May 18.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (wrist) had X-rays that revealed no structural damage to his wrist. He said he would wait and see how he felt when he woke up Thursday, May 19.

OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (quadriceps) is likely to sit out of the day game Thursday, May 19, but shouldn't miss much time. Despite being in an 0-for-14 slump, he leads the National League with a .358 average.

OF | Endy Chavez | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Endy Chavez went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base Wednesday, May 18, against the Kansas City Royals. Chavez is 7-for-12 with two doubles, three walks, two stolen bases and five runs scored in his third straight multi-hit game.

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz (quadriceps) was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, May 18, in a minor league rehab game with Double-A Frisco. However, he said his right quadriceps muscle felt fine after playing right field for the first time during his rehab stint. He'll play right field again Thursday, May 19.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton (hand) was the designated hitter in his first minor league rehab game Wednesday, May 18, for Double-A Frisco. He went 2-for-4 and was pleased with his timing. "Overall, the timing felt good," Hamilton said. "There were a lot of different places it could have been. I'm glad it's where it is. It's more than a starting point. I feel good."

OF | Marlon Byrd | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the eighth inning Wednesday, May 18, against the Florida Marlins. "After five strikeouts I finally put the bat on the ball," Byrd said. "In my two previous at-bats, I got a little confidence, and I got a pitch I could drive in a big situation and put us up."

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher (illness) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday, May 18, againts the Baltimore Orioles. He finished 0-for-2 with a walk, sacrifice fly and strikeout.

OF | Chris Dickerson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Chris Dickerson (head) was hit on the batting helmet by a pitch in the 15th inning Wedneday, May 18, against the Baltimore Orioles. Dickerson ended up with a welt on the left side of his head, and his batting helmet was cracked, but he was able to walk off the field on his own power. Dickerson was taken to the hospital for a CT scan.

OF | Nick Evans | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Nick Evans made his season debut Wednesday, May 18, against the Washington Nationals, appearing as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. He walked in his only plate appearance.

OF | Angel Pagan | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets OF Angel Pagan (oblique) played seven innings in center field during his first rehab game with Class A St. Lucie Wednesday, May 18. He went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk. Pagan is expected to play three more minor league rehab games before he is activated from the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Austin Jackson went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts Wednesday, May 18, against the Boston Red Sox. He is batting .349 (15-for-43) during his 10-game hitting streak.

OF | Matt Joyce | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Matt Joyce went 1-for-3 with his seventh home run, two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs Wednesday, May 18, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Joyce is 21-for-48 (.438) with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games during the month of May.

OF | Shane Victorino | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) will have an MRI Thursday, May 19. Victorino appeared as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, laying down a sacrifice bunt. However, he did not aggravate the injury then, as the test was already scheduled beforehand.

OF | Shelley Duncan | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians DH Travis Hafner (side) was scratched from the lineup Wednesday, May 18, with soreness in his right side. The severity of his injury is unknown. OF Shelley Duncan moved into the designated-hitter spot.

OF | Fred Lewis | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce (illness) was scratched from the lineup Wednesday, May 18, with an illness. OF Fred Lewis is starting in right field. Manager Dusty Baker expects Bruce to return Thursday, May 19.

OF | Matt Stairs | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Matt Stairs is the likely candidate to serve as the designated hitter during interleague play this weekend. Stairs is 2-for-21 with six walks and eight strikeouts this year.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders' defensive play is likely to keep him on the roster for a bit longer. Manager Eric Wedge said that OF Franklin Gutierrez (stomach) will likely sit out at least two days a week when he returns to the team.

OF | John Mayberry Jr. | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, May 18, and OF Michael Martinez is starting in center field. OF John Mayberry Jr. is giving OF Ben Francisco the night off.

OF | Colby Rasmus | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus (abdominal) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, May 18, with OF Jon Jay in center field.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper was fitted with new contact lenses in mid April and was hitting just .231 for Single-A Hagerstown at the time. In 20 games since receiving the new contacts, he has hit .480 (36-for-75) with seven home runs, 10 doubles and 23 RBIs. "It was like I was seeing in HD," Harper said.

OF | Jason Bay | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets skipper Terry Collins said he may move OF Jason Bay to No. 2 in the order soon in order to give him protection and jump start his bat.

OF | Luke Scott | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Luke Scott could see time at first base if 1B Derrek Lee (oblique) is placed on the 15-day disabled list.

OF | Jerry Sands | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OFs Jerry Sands and Jay Gibbons are now part of a platoon in left field. Gibbons will start the majority of games when the team faces a right-handed pitcher and Sands will start mostly against lefties.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Kevin Millwood | free agent | Free Agents
The Boston Red Sox are considering free-agent SP Kevin Millwood (Yankees). However, reports are that his fastball was in the mid-80s when he pitched in the New York Yankees minor league system last month. Arizona Diamondbacks SP Armando Galarraga is another possibility.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning six in five innings in his loss to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, May 18.

SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Jason Vargas allowed four hits and two walks while fanning nine in seven shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Wednesday, May 18.

SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while fanning nine in six innings to beat the San Diego Padres Wednesday, May 18.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while fanning one batter in four innings in his no-decision against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, May 18.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed a run on six hits and struck out three in eight innings to beat the Houston Astros Wednesday, May 18.

SP | Bud Norris | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings in his loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, May 18. He had been 5-1 with a 1.97 ERA against them lifetime.

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy allowed two earned runs, four hits and six walks over four innings in his major league debut Wednesday, May 18, in a no-decision against the Texas Rangers. He also struck out four batters, throwing 54 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando allowed two earned runs, four hits and a walk over seven innings in a no-decision Wednesday, May 18, against the Kansas City Royals. He also struck out five batters in the 116-pitch quality start.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson allowed just one earned run, five hits and two walks over eight innings in a complete game loss Wednesday, May 18, against the Chicago White Sox. He also struck out eight batters in the 115-pitch quality start. Masterson is winless in four straight starts, although he is 0-2 with a 2.78 ERA during the impressive span.

SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy allowed three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a complete game shutout Wednesday, May 18, against the Cleveland Indians for his first win of the season. Peavy managed to get 78 of his 111 pitches over for strikes. "A lot of fans around here haven't seen him at the top of his game," OF Juan Pierre said. "I faced him for many years in the National League when I was with the (Los Angeles Dodgers) and he was with (the San Diego Padres), and he was a bulldog, just what you saw tonight."

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Fantasy,
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco allowed five runs - four earned - and nine hits over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday, May 18, against the Chicago Cubs. He also walked two batters and struck out five in the 102-pitch outing.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Jeff Samardzija allowed one hit and two walks in two scoreless relief innings in a win Wednesday, May 18, against the Florida Marlins. He also struck out three batters in the 40-pitch appearance, lowering his ERA to 2.96.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster allowed five earned runs, eight hits and two walks over five innings in a 90-pitch no-decision Wednesday, May 18, against the Florida Marlins. He also struck out three batters.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs SP Randy Wells (forearm) might return to the rotation during the team's next homestand starting May 24. He'll make another minor league rehab start, this time for Triple-A Iowa, Sunday, May 22.

SP | Bartolo Colon | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon allowed just three hits and a walk over eight scoreless innings in a no-decision Wednesday, May 18, against the Baltimore Orioles. He also struck out seven in the 87-pitch quality start.

SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton allowed one unearned run, six hits and three walks over seven innings in a no-decision Wednesday, May 18, against the New York Yankees. He also struck out four batters in the 102-pitch quality start. The Orioles haven't scored in Britton's last three starts while he's been in the game. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 19 1/3 innings.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jeremy Guthrie was pressed into action in the 15th inning Wednesday, May 18, against the New York Yankees after RP Mike Gonzalez was ejected. It was Guthrie's first relief appearance since April 30, 2007.

SP | Tom Gorzelanny | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Tom Gorzelanny allowed three earned runs, eight hits and five walks over 5 2/3 innings in a loss Wednesday, May 18, against the New York Mets. He also struck out seven batters. Gorzelanny managed to get just 67 of his 116 pitches for strikes.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese allowed six hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings in a win Wednesday, May 18, against the Washington Nationals. He also struck out seven batters in the 112-pitch quality start.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Bronson Arroyo allowed five earned runs, seven hits and two walks over seven innings in a loss Wednesday, May 18, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also struck out four batters in the 107-pitch outing.

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton allowed five hits and two walks in a complete game shutout Wednesday, May 18, against the Cincinnati Reds. It was his second career shutout.

SP | Phil Coke | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Phil Coke allowed three hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings Wednesday, May 18, against the Boston Red Sox in a no-decision. He also struck out four batters in the 78-pitch quality start. Coke is winless in six starts dating back to April 14.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz allowed four hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings Wednesday, May 18, against the Detroit Tigers. He also struck out seven batters in the no-decision, and his 127 pitches were a career high.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero will start Thursday, May 19, against the Tampa Bay Rays, with SP Jo-Jo Reyes working Friday, May 20, against the Houston Astros. Both starters will be kept on turn, simply being pushed back one day, after the rainout Tuesday, May 17.

SP | Brett Cecil | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Wednesday, May 18, that SP Brett Cecil isn't close to returning to the rotation any time soon. "The overall velocity, the execution of pitches was average, I would say," Farrell said. "I think he had a tendency to pitch up in the (strike) zone a little bit more than he had in his previous three starts, so it's still a work in progress." He is 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA since the team optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

SP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Jesse Litsch allowed six runs - five earned - and seven hits over five innings in a loss Wednesday, May 18, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He also walked three times and struck out just one in the 111-pitch effort.

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson allowed four runs - three earned - and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in a win Wednesday, May 18, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He also walked three and struck out six in the 89-pitch effort. Hellickson has won four consecutive starts.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa allowed two runs - one earned - and five hits over eight innings with no walks and four strikeouts in a complete game loss Wednesday, May 18, against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was his first career complete game. His record fell to 5-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.34. De La Rosa is 0-4 lifetime against the Phillies.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels allowed one earned run, five hits and a walk over eight innings in a win Wednesday, May 18, against the Colorado Rockies. He also struck out eight batters in the 107-pitch quality start. Hamels became the 60th active pitcher to go over 1,000 innings for his career. It was the first win of his career in four decisions against the Rockies.

SP | Aaron Cook | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook (finger) allowed three hits and one earned run while striking out six and walking one in five innings with Double-A Tulsa Wednesday, May 18. He threw 77 pitches in the outing. Cook is eligible to return May 30.

SP | Josh Beckett | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Josh Beckett has been throwing a "softened" changeup, which could be the reason for his recent success. He is 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA and has thrown 18 1/3 scoreless innings going into his start Thursday, May 19.

He has thrown the changeup 13.8 percent of the time this year, according to FanGraphs.com, which is the most he's ever used it. The new pitch looks like it has more horizontal movement, moving further away from lefties and in on righties. Also, the velocity of his changeup appears to be at the highest it's ever been at.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) has not felt any pain in his shoulder in months and is building up arm strength. He has thrown up to 65 pitches in an extended spring game, but he is not scheduled for any more minor league games at this point.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow) visited with an orthopedic surgeon Wednesday, May 18, and the checkup went "very well." Strasburg will throw off a mound for the first time since his surgery "any day now."

SP | Justin Duchscherer | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Justin Duchscherer (hip) did not participate in his scheduled simulated game Wednesday, May 18, but the reason for him backing out is "uncertain at this point."

SP | Zach Duke | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Zach Duke (hand) allowed five hits and one earned run while walking none and striking out four in five innings with Single-A Visalia Wednesday, May 18.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) will not throw during his two weeks of rest, and the team is hoping that he can avoid Tommy John surgery through rest and rehab.

SP | Troy Patton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles 1B Derrek Lee (oblique) said he was feeling better Wednesday, May 18, and is trying to stay off of the disabled list. The team may give him a few more days before placing him on the DL. SP Troy Patton will be recalled if Lee goes on the DL.

SP | Kyle Davies | Kansas City Royals | Injury
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals SP Kyle Davies (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of right rotator cuff inflammation.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets CL Francisco Rodriguez has converted 13 straight save chances, which is the longest since his streak of 16 three years ago to open his Mets tenure.

RP | Ryan Madson | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies interim CL Ryan Madson has been nearly unhittable this season with a 2-0 record, a 0.53 ERA and he's 7-for-7 in save chances. He has allowed a run, 10 hits, seven walks (three intentional) and fanned 22 batters in 17 innings. With RPs Jose Contreras (elbow) and Brad Lidge (shoulder) on the mend, Madson is making a case to remain the closer. "It will be a tough decision, but I think it'll work itself out," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think when (Madson is) pitching like that, he kind of makes it tough right now to move him. What would be the point?"

RP | Joe Nathan | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Joe Nathan pitched out of trouble in the ninth inning and recorded the win Wednesday, May 18. "Nathan made some great pitches and that's what we're looking for him to do," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We have been keeping him away from situations to let him get his feet wet but it's time to push the envelope. We need him to make big pitches in the seventh and eighth innings."

RP | Brian Tallet | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
Updating previous reports, St. Louis Cardinals RP Brian Tallet (hand) will make another rehab outing Friday, May 20.

RP | Mark Lowe | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Mark Lowe allowed an earned run, hit and walk with two strikeouts Wednesday, May 18, against the Kansas City Royals for his first save of the season. He was getting the chance in extra innings after regular closer RP Neftali Feliz blew a save earlier in the game.

RP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz served up a game-tying home run in a blown save Wednesday, May 18, against the Kansas City Royals. It his his first blown opportunity of the season after converting his first eight save chances.

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol allowed a hit with one strikeouts in a scoreless four-out save Wednesday, May 18, against the Florida Marlins. Marmol has converted nine of his 11 save opportunities, but it was his first chance since May 3. Marmol has yet to allow a run in 10 2/3 innings on the road this season.

RP | Sean Marshall | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Sean Marshall allowed a walk with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning in a relief appearance Wednesday, May 18, against the Florida Marlins. He picked up his ninth hold while lowering his ERA to 1.53.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera allowed an earned run and two hits in the ninth inning Wednesday, May 18, against the Baltimore Orioles. He has three blown saves this season, including two against the Orioles. The other blown save against Baltimore came April 24 at Camden Yards. He has blown eight saves during his career against the Orioles.

RP | Mike Gonzalez | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Mike Gonzalez was ejected in the 15th inning after hitting New York Yankees OF Chris Dickerson with a pitch on the side of the batting helmet after giving up a tie-breaking two-run double to 2B Robinson Cano.

RP | Jason Isringhausen | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Jason Isringhausen allowed a hit in a scoreless eighth inning with one strikeout Wednesday, May 18, against the Washington Nationals. Isringhausen's remarkable comeback continues, as he posted his 10th hold while lowering his ERA to 1.93.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Jonathan Papelbon allowed a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday, May 18, against the Detroit Tigers for his eighth save.

RP | Carlos Villanueva | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays RP Carlos Villanueva allowed one hit over two scoreless innings with four strikeouts Wednesday, May 18, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He threw 17 of his 25 pitches for strikes while lowering his ERA to 1.48.

RP | Brad Lidge | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies RP Brad Lidge (shoulder) might throw from a mound Thursday, May 19, for the first time since landing on the 15-day disabled list.

RP | Clay Hensley | Florida Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Florida Marlins RP Clay Hensley (shoulder) is set to pitch one inning in a minor league game Wednesday, May 18, and could have another outing Friday, May 20. He is expected to be activated from the disabled list Sunday, May 22.

RP | Michael Stutes | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Michael Stutes (back) played catch before the game Wednesday, May 18, and is hoping to be ready to pitch by Friday, May 20.

RP | Evan Meek | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Evan Meek (shoulder) is likely to rejoin the team Sunday, May 22, and be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, May 24. "He will throw back to back games on Friday and Saturday," manager Clint Hurdle said today of Meek's schedule in Indianapolis. "If he comes out well from all of that, he will rejoin us on Sunday. We have Monday off and he will be fit for duty on Tuesday."

RPs Daniel Moskos or Jose Ascanio are both in danger of being sent down to make room for Meek.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell (finger) tossed a scoreless inning with Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday, May 18, allowing two hits while striking out one.

RP | Vicente Padilla | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers team trainer Stan Conte said he doesn't think RP Vicente Padilla's (forearm) stiffness is in the same spot that forced him onto the disabled list earlier this year.

RP | Andrew Bailey | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Andrew Bailey (forearm) said he is ready to start a rehab assignment after his second outing in extended spring training Tuesday, May 17. He will have to be cleared to go on the rehab stint after playing long toss Wednesday, May 18. Bailey will make at least four rehab outings before returning to the team.

He threw 19 pitches Tuesday and allowed no hits while walking two and striking out one. He used all of his pitches. "I felt great," Bailey said. "I think it's definitely more of a baseball thing now, and hopefully it responds the way we want it to tomorrow."

RP | Marcos Mateo | Chicago Cubs | Transaction,
The Chicago Cubs recalled P Scott Maine from the minors and optioned P Marcos Mateo to the minors in a corresponding move Tuesday, May 17.

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