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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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Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Polanco has been brilliant this year, and he was one of the main catalysts against Rubby De La Rosa on Wednesday. His RBI double in the fifth inning helped spearhead the Pirates' comeback effort. He's now hitting .317/.402/.557 with 18 doubles, two triples, six homers and seven stolen bases. The 24-year-old is becoming the all-around fantasy stud that many people hoped he'd be a year ago.
May 25 - 10:56 PM

Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled and singled Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 29 games.

Bradley overtook teammate Xander Bogaerts for the AL batting lead tonight at .350. He's just five games away from matching the longest hitting streak in Red Sox history (34 games by Dom DiMaggio in 1949).
May 25 - 10:54 PM

Rickie Weeks went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a strikeout in Wednesday's defeat against the Pirates.

Weeks got the start against lefty Jeff Locke, and the 33-year-old showed how he still can handle the short side of the platoon with aplomb. He's hitting .261/.300/.500 with a .239 ISO this year. That's only in 50 plate appearances, so he's a non-factor in standard fantasy leagues, but he's a creative, low-cost play in daily formats when a lefty is on the mound.
May 25 - 10:52 PM

Gerardo Parra went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Parra isn't nearly what he used to be defensively, so he needs to do significantly better than his current .710 OPS in order to help the Rockies. He's now gone a full month since his last walk on April 26, and he's struck out 19 times since then.
May 25 - 10:52 PM

Carlos Gomez (ribs) hit a solo home run in a rehab game Wednesday night with Double-A Corpus Christi.

It was his first home run at any level of baseball since the calendar turned to 2016. Gomez ultimately finished the night 1-for-4 and is now 1-for-8 through two rehab games. The center fielder was batting just .182 with a .486 OPS in 34 games for Houston when he landed on the disabled list May 16 with a bruised left rib cage. He'll be back in the majors next week.
May 25 - 10:51 PM

Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

With southpaw Jeff Locke on the mound, it was a dream matchup for Tomas, who entered the game hitting .366/.447/.659 against lefties. He didn't disappoint, either, taking a down-and-in slider from Locke over the left-field wall in the second inning. Tomas needed a good performance, as he had been mired in a 1-for-16 slump in his previous five games.
May 25 - 10:48 PM

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 Red Sox 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 can make good on his boast in Thursday's series finale versus Colorado.
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
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