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Jose Abreu went 0-for-6 and grounded into a double play in the 14-inning loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Since hitting his third and fourth homers Thursday, Abreu has gone 1-for-20 in his last five games, though he does have four walks in that span. It shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a run-of-the-mill mini-slump.
Apr 17 - 1:36 AM

Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's 2-1 setback against the Giants.

It already seems insane that Justin Turner started on Opening Day. The 25-year-old Gordon continues to whack the ball around, collecting multi-hit games in four of his last six. He's slashing .404/.453/.553 with 10 steals. That average is good for third in the National League, while he leads the league in swipes.
Apr 17 - 1:34 AM

Ryan Vogelsong got back on track against the Dodgers on Wednesday, giving up one run over six innings in a no-decision.

The 36-year-old right-hander struck out a pair and walked two more. Not much could have been reasonably expected of Vogelsong after he posted an ugly 5.73 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 67/38 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings last summer, and he pitched even worse over his first two starts this season (8.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and a .350 opponent's batting average). Because of those reasons, he's probably going to rest easy tonight. Fantasy owners shouldn't be quick to buy, here: Vogelsong has a tough matchup in Colorado on Monday.
Apr 17 - 1:30 AM

Paul Maholm surrendered only one run on five hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.

He whiffed two and walked three in his best start since August 28. The left-hander entered this game with an 8.10 ERA, but that was mostly because he got bombed by the Giants in his only other start of the year back on April 5. His rotation spot is safe until Clayton Kershaw comes back. Maholm will toe the Chavez Ravine rubber with his shiny new 4.97 ERA against Philadelphia next week.
Apr 17 - 1:28 AM

Huston Street locked down his fifth save of 2014 by striking out two over a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Colorado.

Street, tied with Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead in saves, earned saves in both of San Diego's wins against his former team as the Padres took two of three. He's 5-for-5 in save conversions to go with a 6/1 K/BB rate, 0.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. If the signing of Joaquin Benoit was meant to send a message, it appears as though Street received it.
Apr 17 - 1:26 AM

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.
Apr 17 - 1:20 AM

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 manager 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.
Apr 17 - 1:16 AM

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.
Apr 17 - 1:14 AM
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