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Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
Apr 19 - 7:49 PM

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer against the Giants on Sunday.

Goldschmidt smacked the first inning shot off of Giants starter Tim Hudson. The first baseman would finish the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Goldschmidt's numbers are Mike Trout-esque to this point. He's hit five home runs, knocked in 15 and is slashing .313/.421/.667. If Goldschmidt stays healthy (he played in just 109 games in 2014), he should post monster numbers.
Apr 19 - 7:41 PM

Jeremy Hellickson picked up his first win of the season, allowing just two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Giants on Sunday.

This was Hellickson's best start of the season. Angel Pagan got things off to a decent start for the Giants with a first inning sacrifice fly, but the team wouldn't be able to plate another run against the former AL Rookie of the Year. Hellickson scattered eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in his 6 1/3 innings of work. Despite the fine effort, Hellickson offers little fantasy value.
Apr 19 - 7:31 PM

Tim Hudson allowed five runs over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Paul Goldschmidt touched Hudson up for a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was the third inning where Hudson really lost things. After allowing a single and walking two batters, Hudson hit catcher Jordan Pacheco to score a run. Chris Owings promptly followed that up with a two-run single to put the Giants down 5-1. Neither team would score the rest of the way. Hudson's a veteran pitcher and the tough outing shouldn't be more than a bump in the road. Even with the wild day, he still holds a 3.93 ERA. He'll try to put things back on track when he rolls into Denver to face the Rockies in his next start.
Apr 19 - 7:23 PM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with three singles in Sunday's contest with the Angels.

Altuve is more or less the only Astro doing anything offensively at this point in the season. His three hits represented half of the team total and the 3-for-5 day brought his slash-line up to .320/.370/.400. For comparison's sake, no other regular starter on the team is hitting over .267. The diminutive hitter could use a little help.
Apr 19 - 7:08 PM

Albert Pujols hit a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Astros

Pujols finished the game 2-for-4. He hit the homer off of Pat Neshek in the eighth inning. At the time, it pulled the Angels to within 4-3, but they were unable to mount a rally against Luke Gregorson in the ninth. The home run was Pujols' third of the season, the RBI his sixth. The veteran slugger has been struggling to hit for average in the first few weeks of the season, as he's currently hitting .186, but he's shown that the bat still has plenty of power. If he can avoid wearing down, 25+ home runs is a reasonable expectation.
Apr 19 - 7:02 PM

Scott Feldman pitched a solid game on Sunday, scattering six hits and two runs over six innings against the Angels.

Feldman struck out three without walking a batter. Outside of a two-run homer by C.J. Cron in the fourth inning, Feldman pitched a clean game. It marked a huge improvement on his previous start, in which the A's battered him around for eight runs. Feldman has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in each of the last two seasons, but he doesn't strike out batters (career K/9 of 5.5) and his WHIP of 1.303 last season is higher than ideal. He's little more than injury filler for deep AL-only leagues. Feldman will face the A's in his next start.
Apr 19 - 6:53 PM

Garrett Richards lasted five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in his first start of the season.

Richards tore the patella tendon in his left knee last August. He did not pitch in spring training. The time off showed, particularly in terms of control. Of his 100 pitches, only 60 went for strikes. This led to four walks. He also uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth inning. Prior to the injury last season, Richards was throwing up a career year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP over 168 2/3 innings. It might take him a few starts to shake off the long layoff. He'll next take the mound against the Rangers.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM
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