Justin Morneau finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI in a loss to the Friars on Wednesday.
Morneau has clearly enjoyed his escape from Target Field to Coors, though he did his damage tonight at renowned hitter-killer Petco Park. At least in the early going, he looks like a different hitter: The veteran first sacker is slashing .354/.396/.542 with two homers and five RBI over 48 at-bats. He's had a lot of singles drop in, so the power will have to rise to compensate. It's worth noting that he hasn't hit 20 homers since 2009.
Mike Moustakas homered in the top of the 11th in the Royals' 6-4 defeat of the Astros on Wednesday.
The struggling Moustakas sat against a lefty and watched Danny Valencia homer in his place, but he got his chance after replacing Justin Maxwell and hit a solo shot to give the Royals the lead in extras. The Royals really should platoon Moustakas going forward, but managed Ned Yost has refused to consider it up to this point. The homer tonight was Moustakas' first, and it gave him just his second RBI in 42 at-bats.
Andrew Cashner kept on rolling Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits over 7 1/3 frames in a 4-2 win.
The right-hander fanned five and walked one. As usual, he forced the Rockies to play his game, pounding 12 ground ball outs into the dirt. Cashner owners will have to come to a decision about the sell-high possibility at some point. On the one hand, he has ace potential and could very well keep pitching like one. On the other, San Diego is going to ask him to pitch like an ace, and one of the things that goes along with that is being worked heavily. Durability has been a concern in the past. We can tell you with confidence how to make certain fantasy decisions, but this one will come down to circumstance (do you have a buyer, and how much is he offering?) and taste (what is your level of belief in Cashner's right arm?). Cashner (2-1, 1.27 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 27/8 K/BB rate) travels to Milwaukee next week.
Danny Duffy struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief to pick up a win against the Astros on Wednesday.
Duffy probably isn't in the bullpen for good, but he could be an asset in relief for however long the Royals leave him there. He's pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven, since his callup Saturday.
Dallas Keuchel pitched six innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision against the Royals on Wednesday.
Keuchel left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. We like Keuchel, but pitching for such a weak team will limit his fantasy upside this season, probably leaving him without any value in shallow mixed leagues.
Jorge De La Rosa hurled his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over six innings in a 4-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.
The left-hander whiffed four and walked one. As implied above, this was by far De La Rosa's best start of the season, as he logged only 4 1/3 frames in each one of his first three outings. He's 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA, but look beneath the surface and you see a 1.42 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio that suggest things haven't been as quite as bad as they appear. De La Rosa and the Rockies host San Francisco on Monday.
Marc Krauss went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the season Wednesday against the Royals.
Since George Springer wasn't on the 40-man roster, the Astros could call him up today and not have him be eligible for free agency until after 2020. Jonathan Singleton, on the other hand, is on the 40-man and thus would still be eligible for free agency after 2019 if he were called up immediately. Singleton's timetable can be pushed back a year starting next week, and unless Krauss can come up with a few more big hits before then, he might be in danger of losing his spot.
George Springer went 1-for-5 with a walk and a caught stealing in his major league debut Wednesday against the Royals.
Springer's hit was a little tapper that he beat out. He also scored one of the Astros' four runs tonight.