Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 23, 2012 @ 09:19:22 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Justin Smoak | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak (hamstring), who was hitting .203, was given the Sunday, April 22, game off to rest a tight hamstring.

1B | Matt Adams | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals prospect 1B Matt Adams (elbow) was out of the lineup Sunday, April 22, for Triple-A Memphis. He suffered a hyperextended right elbow Saturday, April 21. The injury is not believed to be serious, according to a club source.

1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols went hitless in 11 at-bats during the three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, dropping his average to .246. Pujols is still searching for his first home run, and he has managed just four RBIs to this point. His 65 at-bats homerless drought is the longest to start the season in his 12-year career.

1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
In his return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 21, Minnesota Twins DH Justin Morneau (foot) went 1-for-3 with a walk. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau was still experiencing some soreness in his right foot but it wasn't enough to keep him sidelined.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher and 1B Mark Teixeira were a combined 6-for-12 with 12 RBIs, five runs scored, two doubles, and three home runs.

1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton may not start Sunday, April 22, even though the following game may be rained out. Manager Jim Tracy would like to give Helton Sundays off following Saturday night games.

1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko swatted his second homer of the season Saturday, April 21, against the Seattle Mariners. It was also the 398th of his career, tying him for 50th place all-time with former Atlanta Braves OF Dale Murphy. Konerko finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') did not see a wound specialist Friday, April 20, as scheduled. Instead, he will go Monday, April 23, and could be cleared for increased activity in his rehab if all goes well.

1B | Aubrey Huff | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Aubrey Huff played second base for the first time in his major league career Saturday, April 21, against the New York Mets.

1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn hit two homers, doubled and drove in five runs Friday, April 20, in a 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is 10-for-17 with three homers and 12 RBIs in his last four games.

1B | Bryan LaHair | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 1B Bryan LaHair recorded two more hits in a losing effort Friday, April 20, and he's hitting .375 on the year and has a hit in each game he's started. He went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and two strikeouts.

1B | Mark Trumbo | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
An executive of a rival team thinks the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should shop 3B Mark Trumbo or OF Bobby Abreu, or both, in exchange for a controllable bullpen arm to help their depth. Trumbo has started just three games at third base in the first 13 games, including just one in the past week. However, there are no indications that the Angels are willing to move Trumbo.

1B | Lance Berkman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have placed 1B Lance Berkman (calf) on the 15-day disabled list with a calf injury. In a corresponding move, the team activated 2B Skip Schumaker (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list.

1B | Anthony Rizzo | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said it's too early to call up 1B Anthony Rizzo or OF Brett Jackson. "Those guys are continuing their development at Triple-A, and things that they're working on, they need to continue to improve," Epstein said. "We're also not giving up on guys after a homestand and a road trip. Guys are trying to get into the rhythm of a season and show what they can do."


Second Baseman

2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (hamstring) missed the game Sunday, April 22, with lingering left hamstring soreness.

2B | Emmanuel Burriss | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants IF Emmanuel Burriss and IF Ryan Theriot might be candidates to be removed from the roster when 2B Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) returns.

2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker (undisclosed) did not start Sunday, April 22, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and collected a single in his only at-bat. He also scored a run.

2B | Luke Hughes | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics claimed INF Luke Hughes off waivers from the Minnesota Twins Sunday, April 22. Manager Bob Melvin indicated there is a good chance Hughes could see time at third base. "Good chance of that," Melvin said.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 21. He entered play hitting only .167 but was able to raise his average to .226 by the end of the game.

2B | Ryan Roberts | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Ryan Roberts took ground balls prior to the game Friday, April 20, to work on his footwork and throws to first base. He has struggled with his throws across the diamond over the past week. Manager Kirk Gibson noticed an issue with a different arm Roberts has been using on his throws to first. He has two errors through 11 games, and the team isn't worried about him.

2B | Howard Kendrick | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howard Kendrick went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, April 20.

2B | Omar Infante | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 2B Omar Infante (groin) won't start this weekend because of a sore left groin, according to manager Ozzie Guillen. Infante might be used as an emergency pinch-hitting capacity. Guillen is hopeful Infante can return to the starting lineup Tuesday, April 24.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham is hitting .152 with 12 strikeouts in 33 at-bats and has yet to hit a home run.


Shortstop

SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki went 6-for-13 with a double, homer, three RBIs and a stolen base in the series at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Tulowitzki is batting .402 (45-for-112) with 12 doubles, eight home runs and 24 RBIs in his career against the Brewers.

SS | Brian Dozier | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins are unlikely to recall SS Brian Dozier to the big club, as manager Ron Gardenhire said Dozier is still "working on coming in on balls. He's had a little trouble coming in...but we didn't see that in spring training." General manager Terry Ryan also indicated Dozier would not be recalled unless he was to play every day.

SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal went 3-for-4 with one RBI against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, April 22.

SS | Yuniesky Betancourt | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Yuniesky Betancourt served as the leadoff hitter for the first time in his career Saturday, April 21, against the Toronto Blue Jaus. DH Billy Butler was moved from the cleanup spot to the No. 3 spot in the batting order. "We tried to make some minor adjustments, shake things up a little bit," manager Ned Yost said. "It's a different look to see if we can't get some offense going. Every once in a while it's good to make an adjustment especially when you're struggling a little bit offensively."

SS | Alcides Escobar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SS Alcides Escobar went 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, April 21.

SS | Alex Gonzalez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, April 21.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter served as the designated hitter Saturday, April 21, against the Boston Red Sox, allowing for SS Eduardo Nunez to join the starting lineup and play the field. Jeter went 3-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI in the leadoff spot, while Nunez had three singles, two runs scored and a walk while stealing a base out of the ninth spot in manager Joe Girardi's order.

SS | Mike Aviles | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Mike Aviles went 2-for-5 with a run scored, two RBIs and a stolen base Saturday, April 21, against the New York Yankees. It wasn't all great, as he had his second error of the season on a ground ball.

SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) is still battling stiffness in his right ankle, although he continues to slowly progress and he is optimistic about his recovery. He played three innings in an extended spring game, and legged out a double, Thursday, April 19. It was his first time running out of the batter's box in live game action.

SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro committed two more errors Saturday, April 21, against the Cincinnati Reds, bringing his season total to seven. He is on pace for 81 errors this season. "Sometimes when I make errors, it's tough for me," Castro said. "(I think) that's not gonna happen because I work too much on my defense. But I'm still working, concentrating, I'll be good on my defense, too." Manager Dale Sveum said he won't talk to a player about every mistake, but did notice a mechanical issue on the first error which he'll discuss with Castro.

SS | Ian Desmond | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond had just one hit in four at-bats Saturday, April 21, against the Miami Marlins. The hit was good for a home run, his second of the season. Desmond is tied with OF Jayson Werth with seven RBIs, second on the team behind 1B Adam LaRoche (13).

SS | Jose Reyes | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins SS Jose Reyes had two doubles in five at-bats Saturday, April 21, against the Washington Nationals. The leadoff hitter ended a two-game hitless stretch. However, the leadoff hitter still has managed just four runs scored over his past 10 games, and none over his past three.

SS | Freddy Galvis | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Since being held hitless in his first 12 major-league at-bats, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis is 11-for-33.

SS | Reid Brignac | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to option SS Reid Brignac to Triple-A Durham Sunday, April 22, after claiming 1B Brandon Allen off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. Brignac managed just two hits in his first 17 at-bats (.118).

SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon was given the day off Friday, April 20, against the Houston Astros because manager Don Mattingly felt like he was "pressing." SS Justin Sellers made the start in his absence.


Third Baseman

3B | Chone Figgins | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Chone Figgins went 0-for-3 Sunday, striking out three times. Figgins has struck out 20 times in 65 at-bats.

3B | Kevin Youkilis | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Sunday, April 22, that 3B Kevin Youkilis (quadriceps) was scheduled to be in the lineup against the New York Yankees, but the game Sunday was postponed due to rain. Youkilis was hit in the left quadriceps by a pitch Saturday, April 21.

3B | Edwin Encarnacion | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 21.

3B | Brandon Inge | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers 2B Brandon Inge went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He's 1-for-17, and the hit was a game-winning homer.

3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4 with an RBI Saturday, April 21, against the New York Mets to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. It is the second-longest hitting streak to start a season since the Giants moved to San Francisco. Hall of Fame OF Willie Mays holds the record with a 16-game streak in 1960.

3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington inserted 1B Michael Young into the starting lineup at third base Saturday, April 21, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers. Washington said Young will be the primary third baseman while 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) is on the mend. Beltre expects to miss four games.

3B | Cody Ransom | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks INF Cody Ransom (kidney stones) was back with the club Friday, April 20, after a bout with kidney stones. He was hospitalized Thursday, April 19. Ransom is available as a late-inning replacement.

3B | Josh Bell | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles traded 3B Josh Bell to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, April 21, although there are no further details on the transaction. Bell was designated for assignment by the Orioles last week. The deal is for cash considerations or a player to be named.

3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) said he probably won't return to action until Tuesday, April 24, against the San Diego Padres. However, he added that he probably could have played Saturday, April 21, against the Miami Marlins, with mild right shoulder inflammation.

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox minor league 3B Will Middlebrooks, currently playing with Triple-A Pawtucket, homered for the fourth consecutive game Saturday, April 21. He has seven home runs in 16 games this year.

3B | Jack Hannahan | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 3B Jack Hannahan went 1-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and a walk against the Oakland Athletics Friday, April 20.

3B | Mark DeRosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) was a last-minute scratch from the starting lineup Saturday, April 21, against the Miami Marlins, because of mild right shoulder inflammation. A team spokesman said there is "no structural damage in the least" and he is listed as day-to-day. Manager Davey Johnson had previously announced that Zimmerman was scheduled to receive his first off day of the season on Sunday, April 22. 3B Mark DeRosa replaced Zimmerman in the lineup on Saturday, batting third.

3B | Evan Longoria | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria went 1-for-3 with one home run and two RBIs against the Minnesota Twins Friday, April 20.

3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with one home run and two RBIs against the Boston Red Sox Friday, April 20. It was Rodriguez's 631st career home run which passes former MLB OF Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth all-time on the career home run list.

3B | Juan Francisco | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 3B Juan Francisco may see as many as 300 at-bats in the 2012 season, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. The Braves are being careful with 3B Chipper Jones (knee), who sat out two games this week. In those games Francisco was 4-for-10 with a homer and four RBIs.

3B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Juan Uribe (wrist) might get the start Sunday, April 22, according to manager Don Mattingly. Uribe is available off the bench Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21.

3B | Miles Head | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics prospect 3B Miles Head is working on a 15-game hitting streak through the games Friday, April 20, for Class A Stockton.

3B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 3B Logan Forsythe (foot) is in San Diego for two to three days to work out and have his foot examined by the team's medical staff. He also hit in the batting cages and fielded some ground balls. Forsythe will return to the team's extended spring training camp in Arizona and starting playing games "in a couple of weeks." He had surgery March 9 to remove the fractured sesamoid bone from his left foot.

3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright said he hasn't engaged in any contract talks with the team.

3B | Donnie Murphy | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 2B Omar Infante (groin) remains out of the lineup Friday, April 20, and INF Donnie Murphy will receive the start at second base. Infante has now missed three straight games. OF Logan Morrison is also receiving a planned day off.

3B | Mark Reynolds | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles apparently are still looking to trade 3B Mark Reynolds and RP Kevin Gregg. "They'd do anything to move those guys," said one scout.

3B | Geoff Blum | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury
Arizona Diamondbacks IF Geoff Blum (oblique) said he has been told he could miss as much as four to eight weeks because of the torn oblique muscle he suffered Tuesday, April 17.

3B | Scott Rolen | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Scott Rolen has started the year hitting .171 through the first 13 games, and he's been bumped from the cleanup spot.


Catcher

C | Nick Hundley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley homered, tripled and drove in four runs Sunday, April 22.

C | Ryan Doumit | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Ryan Doumit went 1-for-2 with two RBIs against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, April 22.

C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers C/1B Mike Napoli struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, April 21, against the Detroit Tigers. He had homered in five consecutive games prior to the pinch-hitting appearance.

C | Carlos Ruiz | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said X-rays for C Carlos Ruiz (wrist) came back negative. He has missed the last two games because of a jammed left wrist and remains day-to-day.

C | Matt Wieters | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Matt Wieters went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, April 21.

C | A.J. Pierzynski | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski caught the perfect game of SP Philip Humber Saturday, April 21, against the Seattle Mariners. Pierzynski actually had the day off in 2009 when former White Sox SP Mark Buehrle threw his perfect game.

C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored Saturday, April 21, against the New York Yankees. The four-hit game actually doubled his season batting average from .103 to .206.

C | Geovany Soto | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum indicated Saturday, April 21, that C Geovany Soto will be back behind the plate Sunday, April 22, against the Cincinnati Reds. Despite the hot play of C Steve Clevenger, who is 10-for-17 this season, Soto remains the primary catcher.

C | Steve Clevenger | Chicago Cubs | Draft, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Steve Clevenger and OF Joe Mather each made rare starts Saturday, April 21, against the Cincinnati Reds, and they contributed in the 6-1 win. The duo combined for five hits in eight at-bats with two runs scored and two RBIs, as the team snapped a six-game losing streak.

C | J.P. Arencibia | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-3 with two RBIs against the Kansas City Royals Friday, April 20.

C | Joe Mauer | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 20.

C | Josh Thole | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Josh Thole posted a game-tying single through the right side of the infield Friday, April 20, against the San Francisco Giants. He has reached safely in all 12 games he has played this season.

C | Jose Lobaton | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Rays C Jose Lobaton (shoulder) is "doing all right," according to manager Joe Maddon, but he is not close to returning.

C | Brian Schneider | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz is taking the day off Friday, April 20, with C Brian Schneider starting behind the plate.

C | John Hester | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Orioles released C John Hester Friday, April 20, and assigned C Luis Exposito to Triple-A Norfolk.

C | Ramon Hernandez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (toe) is sitting out with a sore left big toe Friday, April 20, but C Ramon Hernandez (hand) is back after missing two games with an injured left hand.

C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey is starting at first base Friday, April 20, for the first time since May 8 of last year. 1B Brett Pill is making his first career appearance in left field.

C | Stephen Vogt | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays reinstated OF B.J. Upton (back) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 20, and optioned C Stephen Vogt to Triple-A Durham in a corresponding move. Upton went 3-for-21 in seven minor league rehab games.


Outfielder

OF | Josh Hamilton | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton said he is no longer bothered by the sunlight during day games. "I'm putting those drops in my eyes and I've got some shades I like for the field," Hamilton said. "I got it figured out toward the end of last year."

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp's 10-game hitting streak ended Sunday, April 22.

OF | Tony Campana | Chicago Cubs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he plans to "mix and match" to fill the void in center field created by OF Marlon Byrd's departure to the Boston Red Sox, using a combination of Tony Campana, Reed Johnson and Joe Mather at the position.

OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer hit his first career grand slam Sunday, April 22, in a 12-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

OF | Hunter Pence | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
On the team's current road trip out west, Philadelphia Phillies OF Hunter Pence is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and is 0-for-27.

OF | Dexter Fowler | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Dexter Fowler did not start Sunday, April 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers. OF Tyler Colvin took his place in the lineup and batted second.

OF | Josh Willingham | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham was hitless in two at-bats Sunday, April 22, against the Tampa Bay Rays to snap his 15-game hitting streak. His 15-game run tied Hall of Famer OF Kirby Puckett's team record season-opening hit streak set in 1994. Willingham was able to walk and reached after a hit by pitch.

OF | Desmond Jennings | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings had one of the team's franchise record four sacrifice flys Sunday, April 22, against the Minnesota Twins, and he finished with three RBIs.

OF | Jon Jay | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay (shoulder) returned to Missouri Sunday, April 22, to have his troublesome right shoulder examined. Jay said he hoped to re-join the team Monday, April 23, in time for the series opener against the Chicago Cubs.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (illness) went 2-for-5 with all three of his team's RBIs Sunday, April 22, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Manager Buck Showalter said Markakis has been ill, but he soldiered on. "Nick's been sick as a dog the last two days," Showalter said. "During BP yesterday, I was an eraser away from changing the lineup - and I'm sure he didn't feel a whole lot better today. He wouldn't let us take his temperature, hardly, and he's been scuffling. A lot of guys would have bailed, but that's Nick Markakis."

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold (neck) was out of the lineup again Sunday, April 22, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to neck spasms. Manager Buck Showalter said he was available off the bench in some capacity, but he was not used.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper belted his first home run Sunday, April 22, in a game with the Triple-A Syracuse. It took 16 games and 60 at-bats for Harper to collect his first career Triple-A homer. "I just got a pitch I could drive," Harper said. "I was finally on time on something. I was trying to put something in play and do something."

OF | Chris Carter | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 1B Chris Carter busted out of a slump with three home runs and five RBIs Sunday, April 22, for Triple-A Sacramento. The breakout is due to part to a small mechanical change in his swing.

OF | Torii Hunter | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Torii Hunter was hitless in three at-bats Sunday, April 22, against the Baltimore Orioles, and he has yet to hit a home run during the regular season. He also failed to reach the seats in spring training.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect OF Mike Trout (undisclosed) was lifted from his game with Triple-A Salt Lake Sunday, April 22, after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. Manager Keith Johnson said the move was precautionary.

OF | Nick Swisher | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher is in the final year of his contract and playing well, as he potentially heads into free agency at season's end. Swisher already has four homers with career highs in slugging percentage (.583) and OPS (.955). Swisher has shown well in the two-hole when called upon, hitting .308 with a .438 on-base percentage in 26 at-bats.

OF | Raul Ibanez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees OFs Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones have split the duties in left field with OF Brett Gardner (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list, and they'll continue to do so until at least May 3 when Gardner can come off the DL. Ibanez starts against right-handed pitchers, with Jones facing lefties.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday, April 22, that he expects OF Brett Gardner (elbow) to come off the 15-day disabled list when he is eligible May 3.

OF | Johnny Damon | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians OF Johnny Damon started playing in extended spring games Friday, April 20, in Arizona, and Saturday, April 21, he appeared in left field. He had a home run in the game Saturday, as well. Acta was still uncertain when Damon would join the Indians, although the veteran has a May 1 deadline in his minor-league contract. "He's getting in shape, he's getting at-bats. There's no such thing as a set schedule. When Johnny is ready, when he's gotten enough at-bats and played enough out there and in Triple-A, he'll join us. It's as simple as that," Acta said.

OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith swatted his first American League home run Sunday, April 22, against the Cleveland Indians. The homer ended a personal 45-game homerless streak.

OF | Jason Repko | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Transaction
The Boston Red Sox will place OF Jason Repko (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 23, and they will recall 1B Lars Anderson from Triple-A Pawtucket in the corresponding move.

OF | B.J. Upton | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF B.J. Upton went 0-for-2 with two RBIs against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, April 22. Upton had two of the team's record-setting four sacrifice flys during the game.

OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch went 1-for-5 with one home run and one RBI against the Texas Rangers Sunday, April 22.

OF | Jason Heyward | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward's 10-game hitting streak ended against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, April 21, after he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

OF | Colby Rasmus | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, April 21.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B/OF Kyle Blanks (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.

OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout Saturday, April 21, against the Seattle Mariners to push his hitting streak to nine games.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored Saturday, April 21, against the New York Mets. He is 3-for-10 with two runs scored, a double, home run and RBI in the first two games of the series at Citi Field, his former home park.

OF | Cody Ross | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Cody Ross went 2-for-5 with a home run, his third of the season, Saturday, April 21, against the New York Yankees. Ross also had a pair of runs scored and two RBIs.

OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton (thumb) was back in the starting lineup Saturday, April 21, against the Atlanta Braves. He had been held out of the starting lineup over the past four games due to a thumb issue.

OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson is mostly unaffected by the deal of OF Marlon Byrd to the Boston Red Sox Saturday, April 21. It was a deal made due to Byrd's contract status, and not one to open up a spot on the 25-man roster for Jackson. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer remain determined not to rush along prospects, and promote them only when they believe the player is major league-ready.

OF | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Logan Morrison clubbed his first home run of the season Saturday, April 21, against the Washington Nationals. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (elbow, wrist) went 2-for-4 in extended spring training Saturday, April 21, with a double, home run and three walks. He will be re-examined in Boston in the next few days.

OF | Alex Presley | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates OF Alex Presley hit a leadoff inside-the-park home run off St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn Friday, April 20. It was his first homer of the season.

OF | Norichika Aoki | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Norichika Aoki hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning against Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin Friday, April 20. It was the first home run of his career. Aoki later added a double and scored another run in the sixth inning.

OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (groin) may start a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas Saturday, April 21.

OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes had three hits and drove in two runs for his team Friday, April 20, in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin was back in the second spot in the order on Friday, April 20, against the Philadelphia Phillies after going hitless in three at-bats there the day before with two strikeouts. He finished Friday going 1-for-4 with one run scored.

OF | Rick Ankiel | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Rick Ankiel went 3-for-3 with a double, solo home run and two runs scored Friday, April 20, against the Miami Marlins, missing hitting for the cycle by a triple.

OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis had the first opposite-field home run in Citi Field history by a Mets left-handed hitter Friday, April 20, against the San Francisco Giants. He has hit safely in seven straight games, and he also made a diving catch on the warning track.

OF | Jared Mitchell | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox prospect OF Jared Mitchell launched his first home run for Double-A Birmingham Friday, April 20.

OF | Kyle Gaedele | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres prospect OF Kyle Gaedele missed the cycle by a home run in a game with Class A Fort Wayne. He is the great nephew of former St. Louis Browns PH Eddie Gaedel.

OF | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Carp (shoulder) started in left field Friday, April 20, in a minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma. It was his first game in the outfield after serving as the designated hitter for seven games.

OF | Andre Ethier | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier leads the majors with nine RBIs against left-handed pitchers heading into the game Friday, April 20, against the Houston Astros. New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter is second in the majors with seven RBIs against lefties.

OF | Jonathan Singleton | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jonathan Singleton swatted his first home run for Double-A Corpus Christi Friday, April 20.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) put on a show in batting practice Friday, April 20, reaching the seats in left and left-center field six times during four rounds of live batting practice. Still, there is no firm date on when he'll be able to come off the 15-day disabled list. "There is no timetable yet about when he plays," manager Bud Black said. "However, a rehab assignment in the minor leagues might be seven to 10 days away.

OF | Erik Komatsu | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker (undisclosed) left the game in the first inning Friday, April 20, after crashing into the center field wall trying to catch a fly ball. OF Erik Komatsu replaced him in center.

OF | Michael Cuddyer | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (toe) is expecting to return to the lineup Saturday, April 21.

OF | Andy Dirks | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Andy Dirks (shoulder) is taking batting practice with the team Friday, April 20.

OF | Drew Stubbs | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Drew Stubbs had three hits, two stolen bases and three RBIs in the team's victory Friday, April 20. Stubbs raised his average to .264 on the year.

OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Lucas Duda is taking the day off Friday, April 20.

OF | Shane Robinson | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals have yet to decide to place OF Jon Jay (shoulder) on the disabled list, but he is not in the lineup Friday, April 20, with OF Shane Robinson starting in center field. Jay will be re-evaluated Friday.

OF | Chris Pettit | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners signed free-agent OF Chris Pettit (Dodgers) to a minor league deal Friday, April 20.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi hinted that SS Eduardo Nunez will see some time in left field with OF Brett Gardner (elbow) on the disabled list. "It's possible," Girardi said. "We'll just have to see how guys are feeling. Without Gardy being here, the one guy that we probably have to pay the closest attention to is (Curtis) Granderson, because we don't necessarily have a true center fielder, besides Curtis. We're going to have to check with him as much as we can." Nunez and OF Andruw Jones could be used to spell OF Curtis Granderson in center field.

OF | Ryan Sweeney | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Sweeney, who was hitting .424 entering the game Friday, April 20, was moved into the second spot in the lineup Friday. 2B Dustin Pedroia shifted to third, and 1B Adrian Gonzalez is hitting cleanup.

OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals aren't interested in trading OF Roger Bernadina with OF Mike Morse (lat) on the disabled list, but Bernadina is expected to become available when Morse returns and if OF Bryce Harper is called up.

OF | Adam L. Jones | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta, C Matt Wieters and OF Adam L. Jones are all off to good starts in 2012, and are receiving praise from scouts. Arrieta has a 0.85 WHIP and 2.66 ERA early on. "He's always had a really good arm," said one scout. "But now he's 93-96 (mph), with a plus curveball and a plus slider. And he's gotten very aggressive. He doesn't look like a young guy trying to figure it out anymore. He's really aggressive going after hitters." Wieters has a 1.054 OPS. "There's no question in my mind," said a second scout. "Matt Wieters is the best catcher in baseball." Jones already has five home runs and a 1.036 OPS. "Adam Jones," said another scout, "has really matured a lot."

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (knee) said his injured knee is feeling better and will have to deal with the soreness during the season.

OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have swung at 33.1 percent of pitches outside the strike zone this year, second highest in the majors behind the Philadelphia Phillies. 1B Kendrys Morales has no walks in 42 plate appearances, OF Peter Bourjos has no walks in 32 plate appearances and OF Vernon Wells has one walk in 47 plate appearances.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez allowed three hits and three walks while fanning six in seven shutout innings to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, April 22. He is 1-2 with a 1.42 ERA.

SP | Duane Below | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Updating a previous item, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland refuted talk of RP Duane Below joining the rotation based on his performance Saturday, April 21. "Could he be? Yeah, I guess. But it won't be here right now, if that's what you're asking," Leyland said. "Because he's done good in the bullpen, everybody wants to know if I'm going to start him right now. And the answer to that is no -- emphatically no right now."

SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto allowed one earned run and five hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings for the visiting Reds Sunday, April 22, in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

SP | Josh Johnson | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
The Miami Marlins' Sunday, April 22, rainout against the Washington Nationals does not change the team's rotation plans. The Marlins will bump SP Josh Johnson to Tuesday, April 24, and continue from there.

SP | Kevin Millwood | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
After pitching well in his first start, Seattle Mariners SP Kevin Millwood has a 10.61 earned-run average in his past two games.

SP | Anthony Swarzak | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Anthony Swarzak might return to the starting rotation if the team elects to remove SP Francisco Liriano from starting duties. Swarzak worked two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit with three strikeouts. A change of some sort will be made once SP Nick Blackburn (shoulder) comes off the 15-day disabled list this week.

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeff Niemann allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings in a win Sunday, April 22, against the Minnesota Twins. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but was unable to finish like his college teammate at Rice University. Niemann was a college teammate of Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber, who pitched a perfect game Saturday, April 21.

SP | Erik Bedard | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Erik Bedard allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits with four walks over seven innings in another loss Sunday, April 22, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He also struck out seven batters in the 102-pitch quality start. Bedard's record fell to 0-4 despite an impressive 2.63 season ERA.

SP | Kyle Lohse | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Kyle Lohse allowed one earned run, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts over seven innings in a win Sunday, April 22, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He threw 69 of his 97 pitches for strikes in the quality start. His ERA actually rose from 0.89 to 0.99, which is indicative of how well he has pitched to date. Lohse improved to 8-2 in his career against the Pirates.

SP | Wei-Yin Chen | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen allowed one earned run, five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday, April 22, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He lowered his season ERA to 2.60 after the 96-pitch quality start. The outing was his longest in three career starts.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Bauer worked seven scoreless innings Sunday, April 22, for Double-A Mobile, and he struck out eight batters to move to 4-0. Bauer also came around to score a run, helping his own cause.

SP | Dan Haren | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Dan Haren allowed two earned runs with six hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday, April 22, against the Baltimore Orioles. He also racked up a season-high nine strikeouts in the 115-pitch quality start.

SP | Derek Lowe | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Derek Lowe is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season Tuesday, April 24, against the Kansas City Royals. He is 4-5 in 23 career appearances against the Royals.

SP | Justin Masterson | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson allowed four runs on six hits with six walks over five innings in a loss Sunday, April 22, against the Oakland Athletics. He needed 111 pitches to record 15 outs. "The ball is moving a lot," Masterson said. "We're really close. We're not trying to pick the corners. We seem to be right there, but just missing."

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians have decided the mechanics of SP Ubaldo Jimenez are what they are, and while they might do some minor tinkering with the pitcher, no major overhaul is coming. "We all knew at the beginning that he had unorthodox mechanics and that it was going to be tough to change any of that stuff," manager Manny Acta said. "He's been doing it for too long. He's either going to have command of the strike zone or not."

SP | Jeanmar Gomez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Jeanmar Gomez dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension after his outing Saturday, April 21, against the Oakland Athletics. As such, his next scheduled start will come Saturday, April 28, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

SP | Tyson Ross | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Tyson Ross allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to pick up a win Sunday, April 22, against the Cleveland Indians on his 25th birthday. Ross is the 18th Athletics pitcher to start on his birthday, and only the fifth to win. Former SP Todd Stottlemyre was the last Athletics pitcher to win on his birthday, 17 years ago in 1995.

SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics transferred SP Dallas Braden (shoulder) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list Sunday, April 22.

SP | Jarrod Parker | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics will recall SP Jarrod Parker from Triple-A Sacramento to start Wednesday, April 25, against the Chicago White Sox.

SP | Yu Darvish | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda is scheduled to pitch against the Texas Rangers and SP Yu Darvish Tuesday, April 24, in a battle of Japanese pitchers. "I can't imagine (the reaction in Japan)," manager Joe Girardi said. "I really can't. What time will it be there? They're like 13 hours ahead of us, so, 8 o'clock in the morning? There's going to be a lot of people late for work. They should make it a day off."

SP | Freddy Garcia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday, April 22, that he will wait to decide whether to skip SP Freddy Garcia over the weekend.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (shoulder) will see a doctor in New York Monday, April 23. General manager Brian Cashman confirmed Sunday, April 22, that Pineda will have a dye contrast MRI during his doctor visit.

SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester flew to Minneapolis Sunday, April 22, in preparation for his start Monday, April 23, against the Minnesota Twins.

SP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daniel Bard will have his turn in the rotation skipped after his start Sunday, April 22, against the New York Yankees was rained out. Bard will be available out of the bullpen until his next scheduled start Friday, April 27, against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Bobby Valentine said if Bard is used in relief, it will be in a setup capacity. "Daniel will have an opportunity to pitch either in a bullpen session or out of the bullpen here in the next couple of days," Valentine said.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, April 22. He struck out two batters and did not walk any batters.

SP | David Huff | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have activated SP David Huff (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Columbus.

SP | Joe Saunders | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders (1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings in a loss to the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 21, with one walk and five strikeouts.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (2-2) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, April 21, with one walk and seven strikeouts.

SP | Luis Perez | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Entering play Sunday, April 22, Toronto Blue Jays RP Luis Perez had not allowed a run in 10 innings this year and left-handed batters were hitless in 17 at-bats against him.

SP | Luis Mendoza | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luis Mendoza allowed four runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Toronto Blue Jays, with one walk and no strikeouts. He allowed 11 of the 19 batters he faced to reach base.

SP | Drew Pomeranz | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz allowed two runs on two hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 21, with three walks and strikeouts. He said he started losing his rhythm in the fifth inning as a result of his delivery not being as fluid as in previous innings. "I started pulling my front side a little bit and was missing in to righties, away from lefties," he said. "Just kind of struggled there for a minute to get it all together."

SP | Esmil Rogers | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Esmil Rogers (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings in a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, April 21.

SP | Marco Estrada | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he was impressed with the performance of SP Marco Estrada against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, April 21, and added that he would remain the team's fifth starter while SP Chris Narveson (shoulder) was on the disabled list. Estrada allowed one run on two hits over five innings Saturday, with no walks and a career-high nine strikeouts.

SP | Carl Pavano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Carl Pavano (1-2) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, April 21, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

SP | Kyle Weiland | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP Kyle Weiland (0-3) allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, April 21, with one walk and a season-high six strikeouts.

SP | James Shields | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields (3-0) allowed one run on five hits over eight innings in a victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday, April 21, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

SP | Neftali Feliz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (1-1) allowed three runs on three hits over eight innings in a complete-game loss to the Detroit Tigers Saturday, April 21, in the second game of a doubleheader. He walked four and struck out six.

SP | Cory Luebke | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Cory Luebke (2-1) allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings in a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, April 21, with two walks and five strikeouts.

SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay (3-1) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in a loss to the San Diego Padres Saturday, April 21, with four walks and five strikeouts. He walked three consecutive batters for the first time in his career during the second inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was only the eighth time in Halladay's career that he had issued three walks in the same inning.

SP | Joe Savery | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled RP Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

SP | Brandon McCarthy | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brandon McCarthy (0-3) allowed two runs on 10 hits over seven innings in a loss to the Cleveland Indians Saturday, April 21, with three walks and four strikeouts. He struggled with his slider throughout the game and threw a season-high 113 pitches.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (3-0) allowed three runs on five hits over nine innings in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 21, with no walks and five strikeouts. It was his first complete game of the season and the ninth of his career. Since 2010, Weaver is 12-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 15 starts prior to May 1.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta (1-1) allowed five runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Saturday, April 21, with three walks and five strikeouts.

SP | Justin Verlander | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander pitched six innings Saturday, April 21, and didn't allow an earned run. His 3-2 win made him the first starting pitcher to beat the Texas Rangers this season. In his previous three starts, he'd pitched at least eight innings, and until the ninth inning in those games he'd allowed one earned run -- on a bloop hit. Verlander's ERA before the ninth inning this season is 0.30. (He has given up five earned runs in the ninth inning.)

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw struck out nine and allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings for his first win this season after no decisions in his first three games. The victory extends his career-long winning streak to nine games, dating back to an Aug. 13, 2011 win over the Astros.

SP | Josh Outman | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies P Josh Outman (oblique) threw two innings of a simulated game Saturday, April 21. He's expected to pitch an inning in an extended spring game next week.

SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (elbow) threw four effective innings (62 pitches) in an extended spring game in Arizona. He threw all of his pitches and appears to be on track for a June return to the majors.

SP | Jeremy Guthrie | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jeremy Guthrie is 1-1 with a 7.79 ERA, leading manager Jim Tracy to say Guthrie must keep the ball down to succeed. "In the couple of games since then, there has been some inconsistency and there has been elevation in the strike zone," Tracy said. "He's got to get it down and pound the strike zone on a consistent basis."

SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP A.J. Burnett (eye) made his regular season team debut Saturday, April 21, against the St. Louis Cardinals. He allowed three hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven batters in the 76-pitch quality start and win.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Mike Pelfrey allowed one run and six hits over eight innings in a no-decision Saturday, April 21, against the San Francisco Giants, lowering his ERA to 2.29. Pelfrey had success with his splitter, and he induced plenty of groundballs with few hard-hit balls. ""I wanted him to walk off the mound; even though he didn't get the win today, he pitched like the Mike Pelfrey we know he can be and I want that feeling to last," manager Terry Collins said.

SP | Blake Beavan | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan allowed just three earned runs, seven hits and a walk over six innings in a 101-pitch quality start Saturday, April 21, against the Chicago White Sox. Unfortunately for Beavan, he was up against SP Philip Humber, who turned in the 21st perfect game in major league history.

SP | Ryan Vogelsong | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong tied a career high with eight strikeouts Saturday, April 21, in a no-decision against the New York Mets. He allowed three earned runs, five hits and two walks over seven innings in the 110-pitch quality start.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook allowed two earned runs, seven hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings in a loss Saturday, April 21, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He struck out six in the 113-pitch quality start. "I felt like I made some decent pitches," Westbrook said. "I think they hit a couple balls hard. I still feel good about the way I performed."

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Freddy Garcia struggled mightily Saturday, April 21, against the Boston Red Sox. He allowed five earned runs, seven hits and no walks with no strikeouts while retiring just five batters. The offense got him off the hook with a stirring 15-9 comeback win, so he gets a no-decision rather than a loss. However, Garcia needed to pitch well and he didn't, as SP Andy Pettitte continues to work himself into shape in the minors.

SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront pitched well Saturday, April 21, against the New York Yankees, allowing just one earned run, four hits and three walks while striking out seven batters over six innings. He left with a 9-1 lead, but the bullpen proceeded to implode, giving Doubront a much undeserved no-decision. He threw 59 of his 99 pitches for strikes in the quality start.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison allowed three earned runs, six hits and no walks over 7 2/3 innings in a win Saturday, April 21, in the first game of a doubleheader. He also recorded six strikeouts in the 120-pitch quality start, running his record to 3-0. Left-handed hitters are now just 3-for-28 (.107) against him this season. "It's improve a lot," Harrison said. "I'm trying to keep a good mix, move the ball in and out and use all my pitches and give them a different look."

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake allowed five earned runs, 10 hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings in a loss Saturday, April 21, against the Chicago Cubs. He also struck out three batters in the 82-pitch outing throwing 58 for strikes.

SP | Randy Wells | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday, April 21, that SP Randy Wells will start Sunday, April 22, against the Cincinnati Reds in place of the injured SP Ryan Dempster (quadriceps).

SP | Paul Maholm | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs C Paul Maholm allowed one run with five strikeouts over six innings pitched in a win Saturday, April 21, against the Cincinnati Reds. He worked well with C Steve Clevenger, who was making a rare start. "We got in a groove for a while where I really wasn't shaking him off," Maholm said. "He does all his studies on the hitters, he does everything you can ask for. Obviously he's a young guy and he's learning the hitters, but I think the biggest thing is he knows my strengths, we worked with it today and it worked out." It was Maholm's first win as a Cubs player, and first since July 10 when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates working against Chicago.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles have shut down SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow), and he was flown back to Baltimore Saturday, April 21, to have a magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA). It is a test similar to an MRI, but involves injecting dye in the area for a better picture. There is no timetable for Wada to resume his throwing program. Wada's rehab assignment could restart if he has a new injury that will force him out, giving the team another 30 days. The team would need to convince Major League Baseball that Wada has a new ailment.

SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg did not get the win Saturday, April 21, against the Miami Marlins, but he certainly pitched well. He allowed just four hits and a walk over six scoreless innings in a no-decision, and he recorded six strikeouts in the 94-pitch quality start. Strasburg has quality starts in each of his four outings this season, allowing just three earned runs in 25 innings. He also has 25 strikeouts to just six walks while not surrendering any home runs. Five of Strasburg's 21 career starts have come against the Marlins.

SP | Anibal Sanchez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Anibal Sanchez allowed two earned runs, five hits and no walks with eight strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Saturday, April 21, against the Washington Nationals. He threw 59 of his 85 pitches for strikes in the quality start. Sanchez has gone six or more innings while allowing two earned runs in each of his first three starts this season. In his previous 17 games against Washington, Sanchez was 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA.

SP | Wade Miley | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Saturday, April 21, that SP Wade Miley might be a candidate to start Monday, April 23, against the Philadelphia Phillies, unless he is needed over the weekend. After that, the team will reassess its pitching situation.

SP | Dan Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed SP Dan Hudson (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, April 21, due to a right shoulder impingement. The move is retroactive to April 19. "I tried to play catch yesterday and it didn't feel good so we shut it down," Hudson said. "There's something in there that's inflamed. It's frustrating, but I'd rather be safe than sorry in April and be ready to go in September." Hudson had an MRI Friday, April 20, that did not reveal any structural damage.

SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed SP Cliff Lee (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. He apparently suffered the injury on a pitch during the 10th inning of his 10-frame outing Wednesday, April 18. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Lee could be out the minimum time but the team wasn't sure yet.

SP | Philip Humber | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history Saturday, April 21 against the Seattle Mariners. In nine innings, Humber struck out nine and faced a three-ball count only three times.

SP | Jeff Karstens | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, test results for Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Karstens (shoulder) have been sent to Dr. James Andrews for evaluation.

SP | Kevin Correia | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Pirates SP Kevin Correia (side) said he feels fine and had his start pushed back as a precautionary measure. He could pitch against the Colorado Rockies Monday, April 23.

SP | Ryan Dempster | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have placed SP Ryan Dempster (quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right quadriceps. In a corresponding move, OF Tony Campana has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa to fill his roster spot. Manager Dale Sveum said Dempster felt "much, much better" Saturday, April 21, but felt it was better to have him miss two starts than risk getting injured again and miss more time.

SP | J.A. Happ | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros SP J.A. Happ (1-1) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, April 20, with four walks and three strikeouts.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Ted Lilly (2-0) allowed one run on four hits over six innings in a victory over the Houston Astros Friday, April 20, with six walks and five strikeouts.

SP | Jerome Williams | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jerome Williams (1-1) allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles Friday, April 20, with one walk and six strikeouts.

SP | Trevor Cahill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Trevor Cahill (1-1) allowed seven runs (four earned) on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Atlanta Braves Friday, April 20, with two walks and two strikeouts.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (2-1) allowed four hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday, April 20, with one walk and five strikeouts. He has only allowed one earned run this season and has posted an ERA of 0.47.

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SP Lance Lynn (3-0) allowed one run on four hits over seven innings in a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, April 20, with one walk and four strikeouts. Lynn said after the game that his pitching mentality changed last season after he was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen. "What I did when they moved me to the bullpen last year was challenge hitters, get ahead in the count and make them hit my pitch," he said. "When I was starting, I tried to nitpick. I'd get behind in the count and have to give the hitters good pitches to hit. I learned a lot from pitching out of the bullpen. I'm more aggressive and more confident now as a starter."

SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (0-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over five innings in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, April 20, with three walks and six strikeouts.

SP | Shaun Marcum | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers SP Shaun Marcum allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 20, with two walks and five strikeouts.

SP | Jhoulys Chacin | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SP Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 20, with one walk and six strikeouts.

SP | Felipe Paulino | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Felipe Paulino (forearm) pitched three innings in an extended spring training game Friday, April 20. Paulino is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas next week.

SP | Kyle Drabek | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Kyle Drabek allowed two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals Friday, April 20. He struck out five batters and walked six in the game. Only 49 of his 100 pitches were strikes.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins Friday, April 20. He struck out two batters and walked three in the game.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz allowed six runs on nine hits in six innings against the New York Yankees Friday, April 20, to suffer his first loss of the season. He struck out two batters and walked two batters in the game. He also gave up five home runs in the game.

SP | Ivan Nova | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Ivan Nova allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings against the Boston Red Sox Friday, April 20, to pick up his third win of the season. He struck out five batters and did not walk any in the game. Nova won his 15th consecutive regular season decision.

SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Brian Matusz was charged with six runs, four earned, and eight hits through five-plus innings Friday, April 20, in a 6-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Matusz has an 11.64 ERA in 13 starts since his last victory on June 6, 2011, against the Oakland Athletics. Matusz is one shy of the club record of 13, set by Mike Boddicker.

SP | Hisashi Iwakuma | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Hisashi Iwakuma made his major league debut in the sixth inning Friday, April 20, against the Chicago White Sox. Iwakuma was the last player on an Opening Day roster that wasn't injured or sent to the minors to appear in a game this season. He pitched four innings and allowed just one run.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale (2-1) struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings Friday, April 20, in a 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners. He gave up three runs and seven hits for the White Sox.

SP | Hector Noesi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Hector Noesi reverted to his early struggles in his latest start Friday, April 20, giving up six runs without getting through two innings of the Mariners' 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. "He wasn't able to locate his fastball, and his secondary stuff never really came into play," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Just didn't have it today."

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez suffered a 4-1 loss Friday, April 20, to the Philadelphia Phillies by allowing three runs on five hits over six-plus innings. He departed with a 1-0 lead and the bases loaded in the seventh, and RP Andrew Cashner allowed all three inherited runners to score.

SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels gave up six hits and one walk with four strikeouts over six innings to help Philadelphia win its 13th consecutive game at PETCO Park. Hamels improved to 2-1 as Philadelphia beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Friday, April 20.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler allowed three hits over six innings Friday, April 20, against the Miami Marlins, in a win. He also tied a career high with seven strikeouts, improving to 2-0.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese allowed three hits on seven hits Friday, April 20, against the San Francisco Giants, laboring through his 109-pitch start. He said he had trouble commanding his fastball early, and added that his curveball helped him find some command of the fastball.

SP | Carlos Zambrano | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Carlos Zambrano allowed just one earned run and two hits with no walks and six strikeouts over seven innings Friday, April 20, in a quality start and loss against the Washington Nationals. It was his first loss against the Nationals since May 14, 2005. He fell to 8-4 lifetime against the Nationals.

SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito allowed two runs and four hits in five innings in no-decision Friday, April 20, against the New York Mets. He lowered his ERA to 1.71 as a result.

SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez tossed eight scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts Thursday, April 19, against the Cleveland Indians. It was his 16th no-decision while throwing seven or more innings with one run or less. That's the most by a major league pitcher since 2005. Hernandez threw 126 pitches Thursday, and manager Eric Wedge wasn't happy to push his ace like that. "It's further than you like to take him, but he had an extra day before that start and he'll have an extra day before his next start," Wedge said. "So you take that into consideration, too. The most important part of the equation is what you're seeing and how he's throwing and that was all good. That was all above board."

SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Nathan Eovaldi was lifted from his minor-league start Thursday, April 19, with Triple-A Albuquerque after one inning as a precaution. Manager Don Mattingly said SP Chad Billingsley (groin) felt some soreness in his groin Tuesday, April 17.

SP | Tim Stauffer | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres SP Tim Stauffer (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, April 21. Barring any setbacks, he is then expected to throw 40-50 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, April 24. If that goes well, he might be ready to head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

SP | Dustin Moseley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres SP Dustin Moseley (shoulder) will have surgery on his right shoulder, and that procedure might take place in New York May 2. He will fly to the east coast next weekend to consult with a doctor April 30. If the doctor and pitcher agree, Moseley will either have surgery to following day, or rehab further in San Diego. Moseley confirmed Friday, April 20, that he has a tear to the capsule as well as the labrum in his right shoulder.

SP | Tommy Hunter | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tommy Hunter (side) indicated Friday, April 20, that he is still dealing with some discomfort in his left side, but he expects to make his next scheduled start Tuesday, April 24.

SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) will make his first minor-league rehab start Monday, April 23, with an undisclosed minor-league affiliate.

SP | Chris Volstad | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Chris Volstad allowed six runs (five earned) and seven hits in five innings to lose to the Cincinnati Reds Friday, April 20. Volstad walked two and struck out four in the 90-pitch effort. He has an ERA of 6.19 on the year.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey won his first game of the season by defeating the Chicago Cubs Friday, April 20. He allowed four runs (one earned) while striking out two and walking none. Bailey also drove in a run with a groundout.

SP | Wily Peralta | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers placed SP Chris Narveson (shoulder) on the disabled list Friday, April 20, with a rotator cuff tear. P Mike McClendon will take Narveson's spot on the roster, and SP Wily Peralta will be added Saturday, April 21, with RP Kameron Loe going on the bereavement list.

SP | John Lannan | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP John Lannan has given up 21 hits, six walks and 14 runs (10 earned) in 12 innings with Triple-A Syracuse, which hasn't helped his trade value. "Obviously, they still really want to move him," said an executive of one club. "But his performance in spring training and at Syracuse hasn't exactly helped the cause."

SP | Derek Holland | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
One scout believes Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland is the best starter on the team. "Derek Holland. He's better than CC right now. I like his fastball better. I like his location better. I like his mound presence better. Most people have no idea how good this guy is," the scout said.

SP | Jair Jurrjens | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said SP Jair Jurrjens will make his next scheduled start even though he has struggled so far this season. Jurrjens is 0-1 with an 8.01 ERA in three starts this season. Gonzalez said the knee injury Jurrjens suffered last season has not been a factor this season.

SP | Armando Galarraga | free agent | Free Agents
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he was contacted by free-agent SP Armando Galarraga (Orioles) to see if the Marlins would be interested in signing him. Guillen said he has let the front office know about the inquiry.

SP | Andrew Miller | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox SP Andrew Miller (hamstring) will remain with Triple-A Pawtucket for the rest of his rehab assignment but will not have scheduled appearances like he did earlier in the assignment.

SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment with a start for Single-A Salem Monday, April 23. The team believes Matsuzaka can return to the team around May 23.

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright is 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA to start the season, but he does have 14 strikeouts. He's allowed five homers in just 13 2/3 innings and it appears that he doesn't have the control of his curveball down yet.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Matt Belisle | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Matt Belisle hasn't allowed an earned run in 15 innings, dating to Sept. 6 of last season at the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the streak, opponents are hitting only .077 against him (4-for-52).

RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson allowed a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, April 22, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to pick up his seventh save. Johnson has not yet allowed an earned run in 7 2/3 innings over eight appearances this season. It is Johnson's 16th consecutive successful save conversion dating back to last August.

RP | Dontrelle Willis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Dontrelle Willis (forearm) is on the team's restricted list with Triple-A Norfolk. He was on the 7-day disabled list due to a sore forearm, but apparently he has been unhappy in his role in relief.

RP | David Phelps | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday, April 22, that he has no plans of moving RP David Phelps, who has pitched tremendously well as a long man, into the rotation.

RP | Joba Chamberlain | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain (ankle) will visit with a team doctor Thursday, April 26, in New York. He has been throwing with his leg on a stool, and manager Joe Girardi said he has been doing that for a while now. Chamberlain is expected to re-join with the team over the weekend.

RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless 11th inning against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, April 22, to pick up his fourth save of the season.

RP | Jose Valverde | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Jose Valverde use his split-finger fastball three times in his save Saturday, April 21, and two resulted in swinging strikes. C Alex Avila said Valverde has been having trouble with the pitch this season but is starting to make it work. Valverde said the cold weather has affected his ability to use the pitch effectively because of his cold fingers.

RP | Craig Kimbrel | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel struck out the side against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday, April 21, to record his fifth save of the season.

RP | Jose Veras | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP Jose Veras (2-0) struck out two of the three batters he faced Saturday, April 21, in a victory against the Colorado Rockies.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres RP Huston Street made a rare appearance in a non-save situation Saturday, April 21, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed one run on one hit over one inning, with a walk and two strikeouts.

RP | Fernando Rodney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney struck out two of the three batters he faced Saturday, April 21, against the Minnesota Twins, to record his fifth save of the season.

RP | Chris Perez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians RP Chris Perez earned his sixth save in seven opportunities Saturday, April 21, against the Oakland Athletics, by retiring the only batter he faced.

RP | Sergio Santos | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays CL Sergio Santos (shoulder) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Manager John Farrell said RP Francisco Cordero will step in as the interim closer.

RP | Octavio Dotel | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers RP Octavio Dotel made his 700th career appearance Saturday, April 21, against the Texas Rangers.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) picked up his second save Saturday, April 21, against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was his first action since Sunday, April 15, due to tightness in his hamstring.

RP | Jon Rauch | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Jon Rauch allowed a hit with a strikeout while retiring just one batter Saturday, April 21, against the San Francisco Giants. He was actually credited with a blown save, but he picked up the relief win. He has not allowed an earned run in 8 1/3 innings, but he did not want to talk about possibly replacing the struggling RP Frank Francisco as closer. "I'm not part of the conversation so I can't answer that question," Rauch said.

RP | Daniel Schlereth | Detroit Tigers | Transaction, Fantasy,
Detroit Tigers RP Daniel Schlereth was optioned to Triple-A Toledo Saturday, April 21, in between games of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers. Schlereth has posted a team-worst 10.29 ERA so far this season. The team recalled RP Thad Weber from Toledo to take Schlereth's spot in the bullpen.

RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves was summoned to protect a fragile 10-9 lead in the eighth inning Saturday, April 21, against the New York Yankees. He proceeded to allow a walk, double, intentional walk, walk, double and intentional walk before he was lifted. He ended up allowing five earned runs, two hits and four walks while retiring no batters, losing the game and blowing his second save. He threw just 12 of his 30 pitches for strikes, and the closer's ERA sits at 24.00.

RP | Takashi Saito | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Takashi Saito (calf) worked a scoreless inning with one hit allowed in a minor-league rehab appearance with Class A Visalia Friday, April 20. Manager Kirk Gibson said Saito will pitch again Saturday, April 21, before he is re-evaluated.

RP | Brad Lidge | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Saturday, April 21, that RP Brad Lidge remains in the mix for ninth-inning duties with RP Henry Rodriguez despite Lidge's recent struggles. Lidge allowed two earned runs, a hit (a home run) and three walks while throwing just 13 of his 29 pitches for strikes while blowing his second save of the season.

RP | Michael Bowden | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Chicago Cubs acquired P Michael Bowden and a player to be named from the Boston Red Sox Saturday, April 21, for OF Marlon Byrd and cash.

RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals have placed RP Greg Holland (rib) on the 15-day disabled list because of a left rib stress reaction. In a corresponding move, P Jeremy Jeffress has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

RP | Javy Guerra | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Javy Guerra struck out two of the three batters he faced Friday, April 20, against the Houston Astros, to record his seventh save of the season.

RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jordan Walden earned his first save of the season Friday, April 20, against the Baltimore Orioles. He walked one batter and struck out one in one scoreless inning. Friday's game marked the Angels' first ninth-inning save situation of the season.

RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals RP Jason Motte notched his third save of the year Friday, April 20, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He allowed one walk in one scoreless inning.

RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford (0-1) allowed one run on three hits over one inning in a loss to the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 20.

RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt recorded his fourth save of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 20. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter over one scoreless inning.

RP | Matt Capps | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins RP Matt Capps pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 20, to pick up his fourth save of the season.

RP | Clay Hensley | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants RP Clay Hensley, who is one of the relievers battling to save games in the absence of CL Brian Wilson (elbow, Tommy John surgery), picked up the save in a 4-3, 10-inning win over the New York Mets Friday, April 20.

RP | Santiago Casilla | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Santiago Casilla faced one batter, and he allowed a hit and an earned run Friday, April 20, against the New York Mets. RP Javier Lopez followed and allowed a hit and a walk while retiring just one batter to blow his second save. It ended a 12-inning scoreless streak by the bullpen.

RP | Scott Feldman | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Scott Feldman is expected to start Wednesday, April 25, against the New York Yankees. While nothing has been made official, the team will need a sixth starter due to a rain out Friday, April 20, and a doubleheader set for Saturday, April 21. Manager Ron Washington indicated that he expects Wednesday to be a "bullpen game," with Feldman likely getting 50 or 60 pitches. "I'll be ready for it," Feldman said.

RP | Rich Thompson | Oakland Athletics | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics optioned RP Neil Wagner to Triple-A Sacramento Friday, April 20. The move was made to clear a spot for RP Rich Thompson, claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

RP | Angel Guzman | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction,
Los Angeles Dodgers P Angel Guzman was suspended 50 games Friday, April 20, for his second violation for a drug of abuse.

RP | Kyle Farnsworth | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Kyle Farnsworth (elbow) said he's feeling better and hopes to resume throwing in a week. Farnsworth was expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the year.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman struck out two more batters Friday, April 20, and he's given up three hits and no runs while walking none and striking out 17 in nine innings this year.

RP | Brett Myers | Houston Astros | Fantasy,
The Houston Astros, for now, are denying that they wish to trade RP Brett Myers, but he's expected to go on the trade block when summer arrives.

RP | Jesse Litsch | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Transaction,
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned RP Evan X. Crawford to the minors Thursday, April 19, and moved RP Jesse Litsch (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

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