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Going Gomez
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news and notes from around the league including our surprising saves leader.
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Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) said that he will play against the Rockies on Thursday.

"Unless I'm benched," Pedroia said of his status for Thursday. He felt a cramp on a groundout in the early innings of Wednesday's stomping of the Rockies and the training staff told him to take it easy. When he jogged into second on a fifth-inning double, he was subsequently lifted for pinch-runner Marco Hernandez. We will see if Pedroia makes good on his boast on Thursday, but if the team does decide to play cautiously with their diminutive second baseman, they'll obviously have to fight him on it.
May 25 - 10:48 PM

Jonny Gomes told WEEI's Rob Bradford that he is not retiring.

Bradford tweeted that he "just talked to Jonny Gomes," so this about as certain as you're going to get outside of Gomes himself calling a press conference. Earlier in the day, MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo had reported that the well-traveled veteran outfielder had decided to retire. Gomes played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan up until May 11, when he left "by mutual consent." He hit just .169/.280/.246 over 75 plate appearances in Nippon Professional Baseball.
May 25 - 10:40 PM

Rubby De La Rosa allowed five runs over just 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss to the Pirates.

De La Rosa may not be walking as many batters as he has in previous seasons, but the right-hander still lacks quality command. He remains ripe for a blow-up inning, which is what occurred in Wednesday's four-run fifth. The Pirates homered twice, too, which continues to be a big problem for the 27-year-old. In the end, De La Rosa is what he is, a guy with a some juice in his fastball, with an attractive strikeout rate, and a propensity to give up runs by the bushel-load. He now has a 4.15 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings.
May 25 - 10:38 PM

Jeff Locke served up a pair of home runs in Wednesday’s outing against the Diamondbacks, ultimately getting tagged for four runs in 6 1/3 innings but earning his third win.

Locke was actually pretty good against the Diamondbacks, aside from a three-run second inning. He only needed 86 pitches to get into the seventh inning and walked just one. Of course, the lefty could only strike out one, so his fantasy performance ultimately rated negatively on the day. With a 5.08 ERA and only 32 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings, it will be interesting to see how long Locke can hold off Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, who are tearing up Triple-A.
May 25 - 10:36 PM

Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

Headley had been swinging a hot stick prior to a pair of oh-fers in his last two games, but the 32-year-old got on base three times against Estrada and the Blue Jays. His solo homer was the first of back-to-back jacks in the seventh, the second of which came from Didi Gregorius, but the game was out of reach by that point. Even with the solid month of May, too, Headley is only hitting .219/.301/.305 in 146 plate appearances with three home runs and three stolen bases. It's hard to get excited.
May 25 - 10:32 PM

Mark Teixeira is scheduled to receive a cortisone shot for his renewed neck discomfort.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the club is not considering placing Teixeira on the disabled list yet, but he's going to have to miss at least a couple more games while the cortisone takes effect. The veteran first baseman underwent an MRI on Wednesday afternoon, which apparently showed no major structural damage. He has been bothered by neck spasms for much of May.
May 25 - 10:29 PM

Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays.

Gregorius is 6-foot-2 and looks like he should hit for more power than he does, but an extreme fly-ball pitcher like Marco Estrada was a perfect recipe for a rare homer from the 26-year-old shortstop. He now has four long balls on the year and extended his hitting streak to eight games. The hot stretch has helped him raise his batting average to .275, though his OBP still checks in under .300. He fits well in the bottom third of the Yankees lineup and is a low-tier fantasy shortstop.
May 25 - 10:28 PM

Michael Saunders went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

The 29-year-old outfielder hasn't played 100-plus games since 2013 due to injuries, but he's now hitting .312/.379/.567 with 11 doubles, a triple, and nine homers in just 174 plate appearances. He is swinging the bat so well that he handled clean-up duties for the Blue Jays on Wednesday. His .385 BABIP suggests a serious change-of-fortune is around the corner, but anyone batting in the middle of a potent Blue Jays' lineup should be owned in all leagues.
May 25 - 10:22 PM
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