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White Sox | Jose Abreu rested

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:32:44 -0700

Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu, who was 1-for-21 entering the game Thursday, April 17, was replaced in the lineup by 1B Paul Konerko.

FANTASY TIP: After his red hot start to the season, Abreu is showing signs of being human. This is his first real taste of adversity in the big leagues, and it'll be interesting to see how he responds. If you have other options at 1B, you may want to keep him reserved until he snaps out of it.

Yankees | Carlos Beltran expected to be fine

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:28:54 -0700

New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran fell over the short fence in foul territory while chasing a foul ball against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, April 17, and escaped with only some bruises. He is expected to play Friday, April 18, but said, "I gotta see how I wake up tomorrow."

FANTASY TIP: Check back before tonight's game to make sure Beltran is in the Yanks' starting lineup.

Nationals | Denard Span plays in first rehab game

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:28:11 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (concussion) went 1-for-2 and played five innings on defense for Single-A Hagerstown in his first rehab game Thursday, April 17.

FANTASY TIP: If Span doesn't have any setbacks, expect him to return from the seven-day concussion list this weekend.

Brewers | Interested in Jeremy Jeffress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:16:01 -0700

The Milwaukee Brewers have expressed interest in free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals).

Cardinals | Interested in Jeremy Jeffress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:15:43 -0700

The St. Louis Cardinals have expressed interest in free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals).

White Sox | Interested in Jeremy Jeffress

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:15:25 -0700

The Chicago White Sox have expressed interest in free-agent RP Jeremy Jeffress (Royals).

Royals | James Shields dynamite

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:06:41 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP James Shields allowed a run on four singles and struck out 12 in eight innings to beat the Houston Astros Thursday, April 17.

Red Sox | Koji Uehara returns

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:02:53 -0700

Boston Red Sox CL Koji Uehara (shoulder) returned Thursday, April 17, to nail down his third save of the season.

FANTASY TIP: Edward Mujica will still probably see spot save chances as the team will likely be cautious with the 39-year-old Uehara.

Yankees | CC Sabathia using changeup

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:02:05 -0700

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia has started to use his changeup more often, which is something he has gotten away from over the years. During his Cy Young season in 2007, he used it 18.5 percent of the time, and just 15.3 percent of the time last year. He used it 17.8 percent of the time during his first three starts this year. "I'm throwing it as much as I did when I first got here," Sabathia said. "That's something I wanted to get back to. Not overthrow it, but just keep it in the mix. And it has been a good pitch for us."

Pirates | Andrew McCutchen hits first homer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:54:31 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the year Thursday, April 17.

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Nationals | Ian Desmond struggling in the field

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:33:01 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond has made seven errors on the young season.

FANTASY TIP: He also made a play deep in the hole Thursday, April 17, and failed to throw the ball to first after his blunders. While this doesn't mean a lot in fantasy, it could earn him a place in the doghouse and time on the pine. 2B/SS Danny Espinosa could be the benefactor.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright throws shutout

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:16:35 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright allowed two hits and three walks while fanning eight in a complete-game shutout Thursday, April 17.

Dodgers | Kenley Jansen toes the edge

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:14:50 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers CL Kenley Jansen allowed a run and had two runners on before nailing down the 2-1 victory Thursday, April 17. He took the loss earlier in the week, and his ERA sits at 5.00.

FANTASY TIP: We wouldn't say he's in danger of losing his job at all. However, the plights of a closer can take a toll. Jansen has never really failed at this level. It could be mechanical or poor luck.

Rangers | Matt Harrison update

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:01:12 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) will make a rehab start at Double-A Frisco Saturday, April 19.

Blue Jays | Anthony Gose called up

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:36:21 -0700

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled OF Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo for the doubleheader Thursday, April 17.

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