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Chris Young hit a seventh inning grand slam to lead the Yankees to a 9-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday.

Young hit the two-out slam off of former closer Grant Balfour in the seventh inning, capping off a seven-run frame. The home run, Young's third of the season, doubled his season RBI total to eight. He's now slashing .276/.344/.690. While those are shiny numbers, Young's fantasy value is capped by the fact that he's only a decent play against left-handed pitching. The last time he had a season with 20 home runs was in 2011. Deeper mixed leagues without weekly locks might consider him, though.
Apr 18 - 11:23 PM

Rays designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment.

It's a curious move as the Rays still owe Balfour almost $7 million. Either way, this is one signing Tampa Bay would like to forget. The usually cash-concious Rays splurged for a closer last offseason, only to find Balfour's best years were behind him. He imploded Saturday against the Yankees, giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. The 37-year-old will probably land another big league job, but he's getting close to the finish line.
Apr 18 - 11:13 PM

Jake Odorizzi struck out nine batters and allowed three runs over six innings in Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Yankees.

Despite another good outing he was unable to come away with the win, as Masahiro Tanaka completely dominated Odorizzi's offensive teammates. A Brian McCann RBI triple(!) in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie. Despite the ultimate team loss, Odorizzi is off to one of the best starts in the majors. His ERA sits at a sterling 1.75 and he's allowed just nine hits over 20 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old has struck out 19 over that same stretch. He'll try to continue his high-strikeout ways against the Blue Jays.
Apr 18 - 11:10 PM

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham.

Grant Balfour, owed $7 million, was removed from the 40-man roster on Saturday night after getting rocked by the Yankees. Gomes will take that spot and pitch in a middle relief role. The 30-year-old right-hander showed good promise this spring in the Grapefruit League.
Apr 18 - 11:09 PM

Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven shutout innings while striking out eight in Saturday's 9-0 win over the Rays.

For the first time this season, Tanaka looked like his old self. He gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter, throwing just 85 pitches in seven innings before letting the Yankee bullpen finish off the win. As has been well-documented and thoroughly, thoroughly discussed in the New York media, Tanaka is trying to pitch with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. While Saturday's was by far the most encouraging start we've seen from the ace, it's still not clear what Tanaka's numbers will look like over the course of a long season. In this case, the cliche "one game at a time" might actually be apt. At the very least, his beautifully efficient outing against the Rays is a sign that not every start will be of the four-run, five-inning variety. He'll face the Tigers in his next outing.
Apr 18 - 11:02 PM

Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mets.

The catcher finished the game 1-for-4 with the home run and solitary RBI. It was his second homer of the season and his ninth RBI. D'Arnaud is slashing .289/.317/.526 to this point. Last season, he hit 13 home runs in 421 at-bats, a number that certainly looks obtainable as he moves through his age-26 season.
Apr 18 - 10:53 PM

Dee Gordon hit a double and four singles in Saturday's loss to the Mets.

Despite a late comeback attempt, Gordon and his teammates were unable to secure the win. He's been one of the lone bright spots for the Marlins and is now hitting .400/.415/.520. Gordon's also been caught stealing four times in just 12 games, though he runs so often that this isn't a huge surprise. He was thrown out 19 times last season, against 64 swipes. Gordon won't supply much power, but he'll give you the speed and runs in spades, plus a nice average.
Apr 18 - 10:43 PM

Jacob deGrom continued his strong start to the season when he held the Marlins scoreless over seven innings in Saturday's 5-4 win.

DeGrom followed up an April 13 shutout of the Phillies with another gem, this time against the Marlins. He allowed six hits and struck out eight without a walk in his seven innings of work. The 27-year-old has been rock solid in the early going in helping the Mets out to an 9-3 start, 6-0 at home. After winning the NL Rookie of the Year in 2014 based on his 2.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 140 1/3 innings (with 144 strikeouts), he's a likely Top-30 fantasy starter given that he should see more innings in 2015. DeGrom will look to continue to slay the notion of the sophomore slump when he takes his act on the subway against the Yankees next weekend.
Apr 18 - 10:33 PM
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