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Austin Bibens-Dirkx was greeted rudely by the Royals in his season debut Thursday, allowing six runs -- four earned -- in 6 1/3 innings in a loss.

Promoted by the Rangers to make the start after he posted a 3.72 ERA in eight minor league outings, Bibens-Dirkx didn't fare much better than most of the disappointing options the Rangers have run out this year. It wasn't all bad -- he struck out six while walking just one, and an error led to two of the Royals' runs -- but it wasn't much good, either. Considering that the club doesn't boast a ton of better options, the 33-year-old -- who put up a 4.67 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 24 games with the Rangers last year -- will likely get another turn, expected to come Wednesday against the Mariners.
May 24 - 11:07 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

Perez came up in two big spots in the game, both times with the bases loaded. Both times he delivered, knocking in a pair of runs in both the fifth and seventh innings. He's now got 26 RBI in 30 games, batting .254/.297/.508 with eight homers and 18 runs scored.
May 24 - 11:06 PM

Carlos Rodon had his rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte cut short Thursday after being struck in the head by a line drive.

Rodon was taken out as a precaution but is apparently fine. The left-hander allowed one hit over 2 2/3 shutout innings prior to exiting. He struck out six and didn't walk anyone while throwing 29 of his 40 pitches for strikes. The White Sox were hoping to activate Rodon sometime around June 1, though it's unclear if his return date will be impacted by Thursday's abbreviated outing.
May 24 - 10:54 PM

Rays activated 2B Joey Wendle from the paternity leave list.

Willy Adames was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding move. Wendle has done a nice job this year, hitting .288 with one homer, 11 RBI and three steals while making 28 starts at second base. He should be in the lineup for Friday's series opener against Baltimore.
May 24 - 10:37 PM

Blake Snell struck out eight Red Sox over six scoreless innings in a 6-3 win Thursday.

Snell's strong first half continues as he rolled over a Sox lineup that he's now faced three times already this year. In those three starts, he's allowed a combined two runs in 19 innings, striking out 19. Not a bad line against arguably the best team in baseball. Overall he's been only slightly less masterful, owning a 2.78 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 69/21 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings of work. It's the breakout we've been waiting for since Snell dominated the minor leagues in 2015, and there's no reason to think he can't keep it up if he continues to keep his walk rate in check. A friendlier matchup awaits Tuesday when the Rays visit the Athletics on the West Coast.
May 24 - 10:36 PM

Mitch Moreland hit his seventh home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

Is a solo homer in a five-run game in the ninth inning inconsequential? Sure. But we don't much care about game situation for fantasy purposes, and Moreland's dinger -- a ball he absolutely tattooed to right field off Matt Andriese -- counts all the same. He's now got seven homers and 22 RBI on the year, batting a robust .311/.390/.612 in 34 games. That's a playable, and likely underowned, option in even shallow mixed leagues.
May 24 - 10:35 PM

Rays optioned SS Wily Adames to Triple-A Durham.

Adames was only up a couple days while filling in for Joey Wendle, who is set to return from paternity leave on Friday. The 22-year-old went just 2-for-12 with six strikeouts during his short stay in the big leagues, though he did enjoy a memorable debut by homering off Chris Sale on Tuesday night. He'll be back at some point this summer.
May 24 - 10:32 PM

Alex Colome didn't have to work much for his 11th save of the year Thursday, securing the last out in a win over the Red Sox.

The Rays entered the ninth inning with a 6-1 lead that the Sox cut to 6-3, and with a runner on second base and two outs Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to Colome to snuff out the threat. The right-hander did just that, a nice confidence boost 24 hours after he suffered the loss against the same Sox. His 4.15 ERA and 1.48 WHIP aren't anything to see, but Colome is still the unquestioned closer in Tampa, and that makes him a must-hold in all leagues until something changes.
May 24 - 10:23 PM
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