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Ryan Kalish went 0-for-4 and committed an error in left field Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Kalish stands to benefit some from Justin Ruggiano's injury, though time will tell how much. Today's start was just his third in 12 days, though he hasn't looked bad when given the chance. Right now, neither he nor Junior Lake are particularly strong plays in NL-only leagues.
Apr 24 - 5:55 PM

Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday against the Phillies.

Kemp is the odd-man out in the Dodgers' outfield rotation against right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Andre Ethier will start in center field and bat sixth. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig is batting fifth.
Apr 24 - 5:50 PM
Sam Fuld - OF - Twins

Sam Fuld went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in the Twins' 9-7 takedown of the Rays on Thursday.

Fuld's Twins career is off to an amazing start. This is a guy who didn't have a single double in 176 at-bats for the Rays last year. He also went 30 at-bats without one in Oakland this season. However, since being claimed by the Twins, he has three in two games. Expect him to remain in the lineup against right-handers for the foreseeable future, giving him a little AL-only value.
Apr 24 - 5:44 PM

Ricky Nolasco struggled again Thursday, surrendering six runs in six innings against the Rays.

Nolasco got the win anyway, thanks to more impressive run support for the Twins. Nolasco, though, has been a big disappointment five starts into his Twins career, giving up five runs four times already. Last year, he didn't give up five runs for the first time until May 14. In fact, it happened just twice total in the first five months. Nolasco is still worth owning in AL-only leagues, but expectations always should have been pretty modest.
Apr 24 - 5:41 PM

Erik Bedard lasted four innings and gave up four runs Thursday in a loss to the Twins.

As badly as Bedard started off -- he gave up three runs in the first and another in the second -- it was an accomplishment that he actually managed to get through four and keep the Rays in the ballgame. Still, he's been unimpressive in both of his starts to date, and the Rays may want to consider alternatives now. Matt Andriese is one possibility.
Apr 24 - 5:38 PM

Heath Bell was pounded for five runs by the Twins in 1 2/3 innings of relief on Thursday.

It's a good thing the Rays signed Grant Balfour because Bell may well have gotten a chance to close otherwise. He's given up 11 earned runs in his last six appearances, and he's currently sporting an 8.25 ERA.
Apr 24 - 5:35 PM

David Phelps is likely to take Michael Pineda's place in the rotation on May 3 against the Rays.

As expected. Pineda has been suspended for 10 games for his use of pine tar on Wednesday night, but he'll essentially only miss one start.
Apr 24 - 5:33 PM

Aaron Hicks hit his first homer of the year -- a three-run shot off Heath Bell -- and walked twice against the Rays on Thursday.

An important game for Hicks, what with Sam Fuld starting off his Twins career in such excellent fashion. Hicks must hit or face loses playing time.
Apr 24 - 5:31 PM
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