Dose: Home On The Rangers?

Dose: Home On The Rangers?
Nate Grimm talks a reunion between Josh Hamilton and the Rangers and injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Christian Yelich in Saturday's Daily Dose.
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James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.

Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues.
Apr 25 - 1:01 AM

Jose Reyes went 0-for-3 in Friday's blowout loss to the Rays.

Reyes, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib, went hit-less against the Rays and has not recorded a hit in his last seven at-bats. Stretching beyond the last few games, he has just one hit since April 21, spanning 15 at-bats. While he has avoided a stay on the disabled list for the time being, it's not a surprise that the speedy shortstop has struggled of late. Reyes is hitting just .250/.268/.308 and has limited fantasy value until he starts getting on base more.
Apr 25 - 12:52 AM

Gerrit Cole upped his record to 3-0 by limiting the Diamondbacks to one run in 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

Cole struck out seven and walked two in the gem. He's allowed exactly one earned run in each of his last three starts, and he's struck out 27 batters in 24 2/3 innings for the year.
Apr 25 - 12:51 AM

Mark Melancon pitched a flawless ninth in a three-run game for his fourth save against the Diamondbacks.

Melancon will remain quite shaky while dealing with diminished velocity, but the Pirates don't want to make a switch unless they have to. He's helped the cause with easy saves the last two days.
Apr 25 - 12:49 AM

Josh Harrison had two hits, including a two-run double, Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Harrison was thrown out trying to advance on the double, but that's okay. He also had two hits Thursday, so he's upped his average from .196 to .234 the last two days.
Apr 25 - 12:48 AM

Nick Ahmed went 0-for-3 before being removed for a pinch-hitter Friday against the Pirates.

Ahmed is quite the defender, but he's batting .128 with one extra-base hit, one RBI and one run scored through 47 at-bats. He can't remain quite this bad, but he's likely to be the NL's worst offensive regular for however long the Diamondbacks stick with him.
Apr 25 - 12:46 AM

Devon Travis hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rays.

That's home runs in back-to-back games for the infielder. He had been dealing with a rib injury suffered after he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but appears to be swinging fine. Though the Blue Jays went on to lose 12-3, they must be thrilled to have Travis back in the lineup. In the early going, he's hitting .375/.435/.732 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.
Apr 25 - 12:45 AM

R.A. Dickey was absolutely lit up by the Rays on Friday, surrendering eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

Dickey entered the fourth inning holding a 2-0 lead. That didn't last long, as James Loney and Rene Rivera both hit two-run bombs off the veteran knuckle-baller. It worsened in the fifth, as Dickey allowed five more Rays to touch the plate. There was no big hit in that frame, just a slow, cruel trickle of sacrifice flies, run-scoring ground-outs and run-scoring fielding errors. When the dust settled, he had allowed seven earned runs on nine hits. While the ghastly outing pumped his ERA to 5.25, it should be noted that he entered the game with a 3.26 mark. He's posted an ERA north of 4.00 just one time in the last five seasons. It's not going to get any easier in his next outing, though, as he'll face a potent Red Sox team on the road.
Apr 25 - 12:38 AM
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