Justice for Miller?

Justice for Miller?
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news including several minor injuries and an impending controversy.
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David Ortiz had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Red Sox's 5-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Ortiz's 1.037 OPS ranks second in the American League, trailing only Manny Machado at 1.083. The rest of the AL is going to be awfully happy to see him retire if he keeps this up.
May 4 - 11:32 PM

Clay Buchholz held the White Sox to two runs and three hits in seven innings Wednesday to pick up his first win.

This was being termed a big start for Buchholz after he came in 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA. It wasn't really -- his rotation spot wasn't in any jeopardy -- but he and the Red Sox are surely happy that he turned in his first really positive effort of the year. He struck out six and walked two on the night. Buchholz should be a pretty good play in mixed leagues next week with home starts against the A's and Astros.
May 4 - 11:29 PM

Carlos Rodon dropped to 1-4 after allowing three runs in six innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

This certainly isn't Rodon's best, but at least his last two subpar efforts haven't turned into disasters like his one against the Angels last month (5 ER in 1/3 IP) did. He can be expected to improve on his current 4.36 ERA, though we don't think this is the year he breaks through as a top-notch fantasy starter.
May 4 - 11:27 PM

Xander Bogaerts reached four times Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a walk against the White Sox.

Bogaerts hit second tonight, rather than his usual third. That wouldn't be good for his RBI production if it sticks, though it wouldn't matter a whole lot overall. Bogaerts is batting .321 in 106 at-bats. He's homered just once, but he already has 10 doubles. The really nice surprise is his five steals in five attempts.
May 4 - 11:25 PM

Austin Jackson went 0-for-3 from the ninth spot in the White Sox lineup on Wednesday.

Jackson hit .293 and stole 27 bases as a 23-year-old rookie in 2010. He hit .300 with 16 homers at age 25 in 2012. Now, though, even if he isn't completely hopeless as a major league regular, he's about as useless for fantasy purposes as a starting outfielder can be. One-sixth of the way through 2016, he has no homers and one steal in 88 at-bats. He's batting .216. He'll almost certainly get better, but it will probably continue to leave him irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
May 4 - 11:23 PM

Brian McCann went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Orioles.

McCann singled in the sixth to drive in a run and later squeezed a two-RBI double down the right-field line in the eighth. The latter came off lefty T.J. McFarland, too, which was rather unexpected. McCann came into the game hitting .208/.296/.333 with just one extra-base hit against southpaws this year. The 32-year-old will need to hit for more power and drive in more runs, though, as his current .278 batting average will fall as his .354 BABIP regresses to his recent norms -- which has been in the .230s in three of the past four years.
May 4 - 11:17 PM

Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Alex Wood to help the Rays beat the Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday.

The Rays have been facing a lot of lefties lately, and Pearce has taken advantage; he's now hitting .300/.375/.520 in 50 at-bats. He'll continue to get extra playing time against righties at Logan Morrison's expense, but he's probably not going to do a whole lot with it; he's best utilized as a platoon player.
May 4 - 11:15 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury was perfect on Wednesday night, going 3-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases against the Orioles.

Ellsbury turned back the clocks and reminded us how dynamic he can be on the baseball diamond. He's now hitting .271/.327/.396 with seven stolen bases. Fantasy owners desperately want the power to return, but the 32-year-old is showing that he can still be an effective fantasy player with a good batting average and the potential for 30-plus steals.
May 4 - 11:12 PM
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