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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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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

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
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