Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 1, 2011 @ 09:50:26 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros optioned 1B Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City Sunday, July 31. He hit .388 in April, and was among the league leaders in average through the first two-and-a-half months, but he is batting just .160 since June 18, and he is hitless in 18 at-bats. "It's definitely surprising," Wallace said. "We'll go down there and take care of business."

1B | Albert Pujols | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago Cubs. He improved to 17-for-52 (.327) in his career against Cubs SP Ryan Dempster, including seven home runs, 14 RBIs, 11 walks and just one strikeout.

1B | Prince Fielder | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI Sunday, July 31, against the Houston Astros. Fielder has back-to-back three-hit games, and he is 11-for-24 over his past seven games, raising his average from .285 to .296 just since July 23.

1B | Lyle Overbay | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Lyle Overbay, who will see a decline in playing time following the deadline acquisition of 1B Derrek Lee, swatted his eighth home run Sunday, July 31, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He also struck out three times.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman went 1-for-4 with a seventh-inning base hit and a strikeout Sunday, July 31, against the Florida Marlins, pushing his hitting streak to 15 games.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko (calf) might return to action as soon as Monday, Aug. 1, against the New York Yankees. He left the game Sunday, July 31, due to a bruised left calf after being hit by a pitch.

1B | Brandon Allen | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Sunday, July 31, that 1B Brandon Allen, acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks, will head to Triple-A Sacramento and is in line for a September callup.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday, July 31, that 1B Justin Morneau (neck, wrist) has been taking light batting practice with no problems. Gardenhire said he feels like he is "living the dream," as far as his health is concerned. Morneau might begin a minor league rehab assignment sometime before the end of the week barring any setbacks.

1B | Adrian Gonzalez | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of doubles Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago White Sox. He has seven straight multi-hit games, and he is batting .534 (23-for-43) during a 10-game hitting streak.

1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout Sunday, July 31, against the New York Yankees in his debut with the team. He batted fifth between DH Vladimir Guerrero and 3B Mark Reynolds.

1B | Eric Hosmer | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout Sunday, July 31, against the Cleveland Indians to snap an 11-game hitting streak.

1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell gave OF Adam Lind a day off Sunday, July 31, against the Texas Rangers.

1B | Paul Goldschmidt | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to promote 1B Paul Goldschmidt from Double-A Mobile to the major leagues.


Second Baseman

2B | Argenis Reyes | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent IF Argenis Reyes (Independent League) to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored Sunday, July 31, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has hit safely in 10 of the first 11 games of his career.

2B | Omar Infante | Florida Marlins | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves expressed an interest in re-acquiring Florida Marlins 2B Omar Infante at the non-waiver trade deadline, but he was in the lineup against his former team Sunday, July 31. He finished 1-for-4 with a run scored, remaining with the team.

2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla went 1-for-4 with a first-inning infield single Sunday, July 31, against the Florida Marlins, extending his career-high hitting streak to 22 games.

2B | Orlando Cabrera | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Orlando Cabrera was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout in his team debut Sunday, July 31, against the Cincinnati Reds. He was traded from the Cleveland Indians Saturday, July 30, for minor league OF Thomas Neal.

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips extended his hitting streak to 10 games Sunday, July 31, against the San Francisco Giants. He is hitting .357 (15-for-42) during the span, the longest current run on the team.

2B | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Sean Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base Sunday, July 31, against the Seattle Mariners. Rodriguez is 6-for-12 with six runs scored, a double, home run and four RBIs over the past four games, raising his average from .209 to .224 just since July 27.

2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B/OF Ben Zobrist extended his hitting streak to 11 games Sunday, July 31, against the Seattle Mariners. During the span, he is batting .413 (19-for-46). He finished the game Sunday with a three hits and three RBIs.

2B | Luke Hughes | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned IF Luke Hughes to Triple-A Rochester Sunday, July 31.

2B | Jason Donald | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Donald, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Columbus, made his regualr season debut Sunday, July 31, against the Kansas City Royals. He started at third base, finishing 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts.

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler was given a day of rest Sunday, July 31, against the Toronto Blue Jays.


Shortstop

SS | Miguel Tejada | San Francisco Giants | Injury
Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants IF Miguel Tejada (back) is still unable to move and is at least a couple weeks from returning.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal did not start Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago Cubs due to fatigue from a day of travel, but he came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and grounded into a fielder's choice in his only at-bat.

SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Yuniesky Betancourt went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs Sunday, July 31, against the Houston Astros. He has hit safely in 11 of his past 12 games.

SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (elbow) was able to take about 30 swings off a tee Friday, July 29, and he did not report any issues with his hyperextended left elbow. "I had no pain," Cozart said. "I'm pretty optimistic right now." Cozart is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Aug. 8.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (finger) had X-rays on the middle finger of his throwing hand after the game Sunday, July 31, against the Baltimore Orioles. The X-rays came back negative, and he is considered day to day. Jeter remained in the game, playing defense for one inning before telling manager Joe Girardi he had trouble throwing.

SS | Asdrubal Cabrera | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and two walks Sunday, July 31, against the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera entered play on a 4-for-24 (.167) stretch over his past seven games. He had also walked just once in his previous nine.

SS | Andres Blanco | Texas Rangers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Andres Blanco (back) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, July 31. He was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in his return.

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled SS Dee Gordon from Triple-A Albuquerque. He is expected to serve as the team's everyday shortstop for the final two months of the season.

SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants have optioned SS Brandon Crawford to Triple-A Fresno to make room on the 25-man roster for SS Orlando Cabrera.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have transferred SS Stephen Drew (ankle) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.


Third Baseman

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (knee) is scheduled to visit a doctor for a checkup on his right knee Monday, Aug. 1. It has been three weeks since his surgery, and he is slated to begin rehab this week. "When he goes to Tampa, the idea is to start getting him doing some baseball stuff," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think once he gets going, it shouldn't take that long. It's more just waiting for the knee to heal. I don't think you're talking about having to do a week of rehab games."

3B | Chris D. Johnson | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros optioned 3B Chris D. Johnson to Triple-A Oklahoma City Sunday, July 31. He feels the team lost confidence in him. "It's tough, especially the way I started and battled back," Johnson said. "It's tough to know that people lost confidence in you. That's the hard part, the people don't believe in you anymore. Our goal is to go down and build that confidence back up to show guys I can play."

3B | Ty Wigginton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Ty Wigginton, mentioned in several rumors leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout Sunday, July 31, against the San Diego Padres. Wigginton might still be moved before the Aug. 31 trade deadline, but he'll need to clear waivers then.

3B | Chipper Jones | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones (quadriceps) said he felt better when he woke up Sunday, July 31, but he is still expected to be sidelined for two or three more days.


Catcher

C | Tim Federowicz | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Coletti said Sunday, July 31, that C Tim Federowicz would have a chance to make the team next season. He was acquired in the three-way trade with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners involving SP Erik Bedard. Federowicz was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ramon Hernandez, who was mentioned in several trade rumors leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, went hitless in four at-bats Sunday, July 31, against the San Francisco Giants. Hernandez might still be moved before the Aug. 31 trade deadline, but he would have to clear waivers. Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated that the team might still be interested in adding Hernandez then.

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi used C Francisco Cervelli at second base Sunday, July 31, against the Baltimore Orioles. He played two innings in the field, and made one assist before being replaced in the seventh inning. It was the first time in his career, at any level, he played second base. "I can now say I played second base in the big leagues for the Yankees," Cervelli said.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs Sunday, July 31, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He wrapped up July with a .443 (27-for-61) average with five home runs. His average in the month led the majors.

C | Matt Treanor | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
Confirming previous reports, the Kansas City Royals have placed C Matt Treanor (concussion) on the seven-day concussion list. In a corresponding move, C Manny Pina was recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

C | Yorvit Torrealba | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Yorvit Torrealba (back) is not in the lineup Sunday, July 31, because of a stiff back. He is listed as day-to-day.


Outfielder

OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (knee) and OF Nelson Cruz (quadriceps) are expected to return Tuesday, Aug. 2.

OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) will take batting practice Monday, Aug. 1, and is eligible to return Friday, Aug. 5. However, that's going to be pushing it.

OF | Brian Bogusevic | Houston Astros | Transaction
The Houston Astros recalled OF Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Oklahoma City and IF Jimmy Paredes from Double-A Corpus Christi Sunday, July 31. Paredes will be the seventh Astros player to make his major league debut this season.

OF | Alfonso Soriano | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano cracked a two-run ninth-inning home run Sunday, July 31, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Soriano has homers in back-to-back games, and he has hit safely in four straight.

OF | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago Cubs. He finished 1-for-4 with a three-run home run.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a walk Sunday, July 31, against the Los Angeles Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He is 22-for-46 (.478) during the impressive stretch.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier had four hits in five at-bats Sunday, July 31, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the first left-handed hitter to get four hits in a game against SP Joe Saunders since Oct. 2, 2010.

OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBIs Sunday, July 31, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Parra is 8-for-18 over his past seven games, raising his average from .279 to .288 since July 20.

OF | Chris Denorfia | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia (hamstring) left the game Sunday, July 31, against the Colorado Rockies due to a strained right hamstring.

OF | Aaron Cunningham | San Diego Padres | Transaction
The San Diego Padres will recall P Erik Hamren from Double-A San Antonio and OF Aaron Cunningham from Triple-A Tucson Monday, Aug. 1, to fill vacant roster spots following the trades of RP Mike Adams (Rangers) and OF Ryan Ludwick (Pirates).

OF | Jason Bourgeois | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jason Bourgeois went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and two stolen bases Sunday, July 31, against the Milwaukee Brewers. His last and only major league home run came Aug. 28, 2009.

OF | Ryan Ludwick | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Ryan Ludwick, acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline Sunday, July 31, said he is happy to be back in the pennant chase. "I'm excited because I've got another chance to make the playoffs, going to a team that's in the pennant race, back in the Central to an area I'm familiar with," Ludwick said. He had a team-leading 11 home runs and 64 RBIs in 378 at-bats with the San Diego Padres.

OF | Raul Ibanez | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Raul Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of home runs Sunday, July 31, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished with four RBIs in his first multi-homer game of the season.

OF | Scott Hairston | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Scott Hairston, mentioned in several trade rumors leading up to the non-waiver deadline, remained with the team Sunday, July 31. He became the second player in franchise history to deliver two home runs off the bench in a 3-2 loss against the Washington Nationals.

OF | Michael Bourn | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Michael Bourn, acquired earlier Sunday, July 31, did not make it to Atlanta from Milwaukee, where the Houston Astros were playing, in time for the game against the Florida Marlins. He'll join the team in Washington Monday, Aug. 1, and will make his debut then.

OF | Jose Constanza | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jose Constanza went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored Sunday, July 31, against the Florida Marlins. He was tossed out twice on the basepaths. However, it is likely his last extensive playing time with the team, as they acquired OF Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros earlier in the day.

OF | Carlos Beltran | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Carlos Beltran had a seventh-inning single Sunday, July 31, against the Cincinnati Reds to snap a stretch of 11 consecutive hitless at-bats. He is 2-for-17 in four games since coming over from the New York Mets via trade.

OF | Todd Frazier | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his first in the majors, Sunday, July 31, against the San Francisco Giants.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs went 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored Sunday, July 31, against the San Francisco Giants. He still managed to strike out once, raising his season total to 138, which leads the majors.

OF | Chris Heisey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said earlier this week that OF Chris Heisey will get most of the starts in left field, although OFs Yonder Alonso and Fred Lewis might also see time there occasionally.

OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Casper Wells got the start in left field Sunday, July 31, against the Tampa Bay Rays in his debut with the team. He finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, batting in the seventh spot of manager Eric Wedge's order.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton, mentioned frequently in trade rumors leading up to the non-waiver deadline, was in the starting lineup Sunday, July 31, against the Seattle Mariners. He was hitless in four at-bats with a walk.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Ryan Sweeney drove in two runs Sunday, July 31, against the Minnesota before being ejected for the first time in his career. He was thrown out in the seventh inning by the home plate umpire.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp, the subject of several trade rumors leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, celebrated staying put Sunday, July 31, with a big game against the Minnesota Twins. He went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored, RBI and three stolen bases.

OF | David DeJesus | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF David DeJesus (thumb) entered the game Sunday, July 31, as a defensive replacement against the Minnesota Twins.

OF | Denard Span | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Denard Span (concussion) is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Aug. 2, before the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

OF | Carlos Quentin | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Carlos Quentin, the subject of trade rumors leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, celebrated staying put by going 2-for-5 with a run scored Sunday, July 31, against the Boston Red Sox.

OF | Alex Gordon | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OFs Jeff Francoeur and Alex Gordon each belted their 14th home run of the season Sunday, July 31, against the Cleveland Indians. Gordon finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, while Francoeur walked twice and scored twice.

OF | Kosuke Fukudome | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Kosuke Fukudome went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk Sunday, July 31, against the Kansas City Royals. Fukudome entered play 0-for-7 with a sacrifice fly in his first two games since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus entered play Sunday, July 31, against the Texas Rangers going 0-for-12 with five strikeouts since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals. He struck out in his first at-bat, but ended the day 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and his first two American League RBIs.

OF | Craig Gentry | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Craig Gentry (concussion) is expected to re-join the team in Detroit Tuesday, Aug. 2, and he might come off the seven-day concussion list Thursday, Aug. 4.

OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo (thumb) will travel with the team during its upcoming road trip, and he might be ready to start playing in minor league rehab games by the end of the trip. Choo is aiming for a mid-August return.

OF | Thomas Neal | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have optioned OF Thomas Neal to Triple-A Columbus. Neal was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in a trade for SS Orlando Cabrera.

OF | Luis Durango | Houston Astros | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have recalled OF Luis Durango from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

OF | Fernando Martinez | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said veterans such as OF Scott Hairston probably would have been traded if minor leaguers like OFs Fernando Martinez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and 3B Zach Lutz had been healthy.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager Tony Reagins said OF Mike Trout will remain on the active roster Tuesday, Aug. 2. However, there will be "discussions" on whether he should return to the minor leagues.

OF | Jason Kubel | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins are reportedly not trading OF Jason Kubel.

OF | Chris Dickerson | New York Yankees | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have optioned OF Chris Dickerson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

OF | Alex Castellanos | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded SS Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals for OF Alex Castellanos.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann will be limited to four more starts the rest of the season before reaching his 160-inning plateau.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (back) has a stress fracture in his back and is lost for the season.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster allowed three earned runs, seven hits and a walk over six innings in a win Sunday, July 31, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He leveled his record at 8-8, and recorded six strikeouts in the 99-pitch quality start. Dempster came in on a two-game personal losing streak.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook allowed four earned runs, three hits and three walks over six innings in a loss Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago Cubs. Westbrook was perfect through five innings before falling apart in the sixth. He entered 2-0 with a 2.37 in his first three starts since the All-Star break.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders allowed two earned runs, eight hits and no walks over 7 2/3 innings in a win Sunday, July 31, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out three batters in the 103-pitch quality start. Saunders won his fifth straight road decision while leveling his overall record at 8-8. He wrapped up July 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in six starts. Saunders entered 0-4 with a 4.00 ERA in his past six outings against the Dodgers.

SP | Wade LeBlanc | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Wade LeBlanc, starting in place of the injured SP Dustin Moseley (shoulder), allowed three earned runs, nine hits and two walks over six innings in a no-decision Sunday, July 31, against the Colorado Rockies. He also had six strikeouts in the 103-pitch quality start.

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Esmil Rogers will move into the rotation following the trade of SP Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians).

SP | Juan Nicasio | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio allowed two runs - one earned - and five hits over seven innings in a no-decision Sunday, July 31, against the San Diego Padres. He also struck out a career-high 10 batters. Nicasio entered play 0-3 with an 8.75 ERA in his first five road starts.

SP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
Houston Astros SP Brett Myers, rumored to be headed out of town at the non-waiver trade deadline, remained with the team Sunday, July 31. He allowed four runs - three earned - and eight hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers. He did not walk any batters and struck out six in the 75-pitch quality start.

SP | Chris Narveson | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Chris Narveson allowed three earned runs, four hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday, July 31, against the Houston Astros. Narveson also struck out four batters in the 86-pitch quality start. Narveson has lost just once in his past seven outings dating back to June 20.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens allowed three earned runs, seven hits and two walks over seven innings in a no-decision Sunday, July 31, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Karstens also struck out five batters in the 98-pitch quality start.

SP | Vance Worley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Vance Worley allowed four earned runs, seven hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Sunday, July 31, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He threw just 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Worley had allowed two or fewer runs in seven straight starts dating back to May 29 when he suffered his last loss. Worley tossed a complete game in his last outing.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese allowed two earned runs, eight hits and no walks in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday, July 31, against the Washington Nationals. Niese worked five scoreless innings before unraveling in the sixth.

SP | Ricky Nolasco | Florida Marlins | Fantasy,
Florida Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco allowed one earned run while allowing 12 hits over 6 2/3 innings in a win Sunday, July 31, against the Atlanta Braves. He also struck out four batters in the 99-pitch quality start. "I kept getting singled to death," Nolasco said. "A couple big double plays helped. I'd rather give up 12 hits and no walks than eight hits and four walks. I just want to make them put the ball in play."

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson allowed three earned runs, six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over six innings in a loss Sunday, July 31, against the Florida Marlins. "I expect to go out and do a lot better than that," Hanson said. He has won just once over his past five outings dating back to July 4.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito allowed five earned runs, eight hits and two walks over five innings in a loss Sunday, July 31, against the Cincinnati Reds. He also threw a wild pitch. After sitting 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA through nine starts July 7, Zito is 0-3 with a 10.91 ERA over his past three outings.

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto allowed just three hits and a walk in a complete game shutout Sunday, July 31, against the San Francisco Giants. He also struck out six batters in the 111-pitch quality start. "(Manager Dusty Baker) asked me for a complete game this morning. I said, 'I will,'" said Cueto. It was his first shutout since May 11, 2010. He needed 7 1/3 innings to qualify for the National League ERA lead, which now sits at a sparkling 1.72.

SP | Bronson Arroyo | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said over the weekend that there is nothing wrong, health-wise, with SP Bronson Arroyo. He wrapped up July with an 0-3 record and 7.42 ERA. "I talked to the trainers and they said that he's fine," Baker said. "Sometimes you're just not pitching effectively. His velocity has been down most of the year, but most of his problems have come from location."

SP | Jason Vargas | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Jason Vargas allowed six runs - four earned - and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings in a loss Sunday, July 31, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He also struck out six batters, but he suffered his 10th loss against just six victories.

SP | Charlie Furbush | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Charlie Furbush allowed a solo home run and a walk in an inning of work Sunday, July 31, against the Tampa Bay Rays in his debut with his new team. He is expected to move into the rotation in place of the departed SP Erik Bedard (Red Sox).

SP | Jeremy Hellickson | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday, July 31, against the Seattle Mariners. He ended up allowing an earned run, five hits and a walk over seven innings in a win, his 10th of the season. Hellickson leads all American League rookies with 10 victories, and he is the fastest first-year player in franchise history to reach the mark since former SP Rolando Arrojo reached the mark June 27, 1998. He is the first rookie with 10 wins before the month of August since Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka had 12 victories in 2007.

SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics transferred SP Brett Anderson (elbow) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list Sunday, July 31.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy allowed three runs, eight hits and no walks while posting a career-high nine strikeouts over six innings in a win Sunday, July 31, against the Minnesota Twins. McCarthy has won three straight decisions following a five-game losing streak.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano allowed seven earned runs, nine hits and two walks in just four innings in a loss Sunday, July 31, against the Oakland Athletics. It's the third consecutive start in which Pavano has allowed 10 baserunners or more in six innings or fewer. Pavano and C Drew Butera also allowed three more stolen bases. Opposing base stealers are converting 90 percent (18-of-20) attempts this season with Pavano on the mound. The A's entered the game as the only team in the majors without a win against Pavano in his career.

SP | Mark Buehrle | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Mark Buehrle allowed two earned runs, five hits and three walks over six innings in a no-decision Sunday, July 31, against the Boston Red Sox. He also struck out two batters in the 105-pitch quality start, throwing 63 pitches for strikes. Buehrle hasn't lost in seven starts dating back to June 6. He has also posted quality starts in six straight outings.

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Andrew Miller labored Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed 10 hits with one walk while hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Miller also allowed three runs while striking out eight.

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia allowed two earned runs, five hits and two walks over six innings with six strikeouts in a win Sunday, July 31, against the Baltimore Orioles. He did not allow a homer, and has not allowed a home run in 59 2/3 innings, the longest current streak in baseball.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta (foot) allowed four runs - two earned - and five hits with six walks over five-plus innings Sunday, July 31, in a loss against the New York Yankees. He threw just 59 of his 106 pitches for strikes. He left his last start July 26 due to a right foot contusion. Arrieta has won just once in his past six starts dating back to June 20.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday, July 31, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was irked when SS Erick Aybar tried to lay down a bunt in the eighth, throwing wildly to help Aybar reach on an error which was close to being a hit. 2B Maicer Izturis singled cleanly later in the inning to break up the bid, but Verlander still won his 15th of the season. He ended up allowing two unearned runs, the hit and two walks in eight inning while striking out nine.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver was ejected in the seventh inning Sunday, July 31, for throwing at Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila. He was frustrated after two batters admired home runs earlier in the game. He allowed three earned runs, four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the quality start. "I had a lot of respect for those guys, but then they stand at the plate and do something like that," Weaver said. "I'm not going to try to hit someone, but what (2B Carlos Guillen) did cross the line."

SP | Danny Duffy | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy worked five-plus innings Sunday, July 31, against the Cleveland Indians in a win, allowing two runs and eight hits with six strikeouts. He made an emergency start in place of the injured SP Kyle Davies (shoulder). "I'm pretty microwaveable," Duffy said. "You give me 30 minutes, and I'll be ready."

SP | Fausto Carmona | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Fausto Carmona allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings Sunday, July 31, in a loss against the Kansas City Royals. He has managed just one win since June 15. "He's throwing well," manager Manny Acta said. "That's all I'm going to say. I've seen him and a couple of our guys put together six or seven good ones and go back."

SP | Brandon Morrow | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow allowed two earned runs, six hits and two walks over seven innings in a win Sunday, July 31, against the Texas Rangers. Morrow also posted a season-high 11 strikeouts in the quality start. Morrow bounced back from an awful outing Tuesday, July 26, against the Baltimore Orioles.

SP | C.J. Wilson | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP C.J. Wilson allowed seven runs - five earned - and seven hits with three walks over 3 2/3 innings in a loss Sunday, July 31, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He threw just 44 of his 84 pitches for strikes, and he failed to go more than four innings in each of his past two starts. Wilson also allowed his 10th homer, equaling his entire total from the 2010 season.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler will start against the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Aug. 4. SP Tom Gorzelanny has been moved to the bullpen for the time being.

SP | Erik Bedard | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox have acquired SP Erik Bedard and RP Joshua Fields in a three-team deal which also involves the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mariners will receive OF Trayvon Robinson from the Dodgers and OF Chih-Hsien Chiang from the Red Sox. The Dodgers will receive C Tim Federowicz, P Stephen Fife and P Juan Rodriguez from the Red Sox.

SP | Mitch Talbot | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have designated SP Mitch Talbot for assignment, in order to make room for SP Ubaldo Jimenez on the 25-man roster.

SP | Aaron Harang | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres are reportedly working on a trade that would send SP Aaron Harang to the Philadelphia Phillies.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians are reportedly close to acquiring Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez, in exchange for two minor leaguers.

SP | Yunesky Maya | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals have optioned SP Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse. In a corresponding move, the team recalled P Atahualpa Severino from Triple-A Syracuse.

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley allowed six runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, July 30, to suffer his ninth loss of the season. He struck out four batters and walked five in the game.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Carlos Marmol | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Carlos Marmol allowed a hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, July 31, against the St. Louis Cardinals for his 20th save in 27 opportunities.

RP | J.J. Putz | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz allowed a hit in two-thirds of an inning Sunday, July 31, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, nailing down his 24th save in 28 chances.

RP | Heath Bell | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
San Diego Padres RP Heath Bell, surprised to still be with the team at the non-waiver trade deadline, said Sunday, July 31, that he would give the team a hometown discount if he gets a three-year contract. "I pretty much thought I was gone," he said. "I thought there was a small, small chance (of staying)." Bell will be a free agent at season's end.

RP | Drew Storen | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen allowed a solo home run Sunday, July 31, in an inning of work against the New York Mets. He was mentioned in trade rumors to the Minnesota Twins, but stayed put at the non-waiver deadline.

RP | Bobby Parnell | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Bobby Parnell (ankle) twisted his left ankle Sunday, July 31, just one at-bat before allowing the game-winning hit to Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond. "As time gone on, it's loosened up a little bit, so it should be all right," Parnell said.

RP | Leo Nunez | Florida Marlins | Fantasy,
Florida Marlins RP Leo Nunez, who saw the tradewinds surrounding him leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, allowing a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, July 31, against the Atlanta Braves. Nunez has converted 30 of his 33 save opportunities.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Daniel Bard allowed a hit with a strikeout in 1 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago White Sox. He hasn't allowed an earned run or unearned run in 25 appearances over 26 1/3 innings dating back to May 23.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Jonathan Papelbon struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Sunday, July 31, against the Chicago White Sox for his 24th save. Papelbon has converted 24 of his 25 save chances this season.

RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth inning Sunday, July 31, against the Baltimore Orioles for his 27th save in 31 opportunities.

RP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and president of baseball operations Andy McPhail will discuss during the team's off-day Monday, Aug. 1, where to use SP Tommy Hunter. They'll try to figure out whether he is ready to serve as a starting pitcher again, or if he needs more time in the bullpen. Hunter will join the team in Kansas City Tuesday, Aug. 2, and he'll be added to the 25-man roster then.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, July 31, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for his 28th save in as many opportunities.

RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria wanted redemption Sunday, July 31, against the Cleveland Indians after blowing a save and losing the night before. He got his wish, working a scoreless ninth inning for his 20th save. "I wanted the ball big-time today," Soria said. "Baseball is like that. You lose one day, but the good part of baseball is you always have the next day to redeem yourself."

RP | Koji Uehara | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Koji Uehara worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning Sunday, July 31, against the Toronto Blue Jays in his debut. The appearance was highlighted by a strikeout of home-run king OF Jose Bautista.

RP | Brandon Lyon | Houston Astros | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have transferred RP Brandon Lyon (biceps, shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

RP | Pedro Viola | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have optioned RPs Pedro Viola and Mike Ballard to Double-A Bowie.

RP | Jason Berken | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles have optioned RP Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk. They have also recalled RP Pedro Viola from Double-A Bowie and purchased the contract of P Mike Ballard from Bowie.

RP | Jon Rauch | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have talked to the Toronto Blue Jays about re-acquiring RP Jon Rauch but no deal appears imminent.

RP | Mike Adams | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres have traded RP Mike Adams to the Texas Rangers, in exchange for minor league Ps Robert Erlin and Joseph Wieland.

RP | Alberto Castillo | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed RP Alberto Castillo (tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list because of left shoulder tendinitis. In a corresponding move, P Ryan Cook has been recalled from Triple-A Reno.

RP | Brad Ziegler | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired RP Brad Ziegler from the Oakland Athletics for 1B Brandon Allen and P Jordan Norberto.

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