Justice for Miller?

Justice for Miller?
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news including several minor injuries and an impending controversy.
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Xander Bogaerts reached four times Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a walk against the White Sox.

Bogaerts hit second tonight, rather than his usual third. That wouldn't be good for his RBI production if it sticks, though it wouldn't matter a whole lot overall. Bogaerts is batting .321 in 106 at-bats. He's homered just once, but he already has 10 doubles. The really nice surprise is his five steals in five attempts.
May 4 - 11:25 PM

Austin Jackson went 0-for-3 from the ninth spot in the White Sox lineup on Wednesday.

Jackson hit .293 and stole 27 bases as a 23-year-old rookie in 2010. He hit .300 with 16 homers at age 25 in 2012. Now, though, even if he isn't completely hopeless as a major league regular, he's about as useless for fantasy purposes as a starting outfielder can be. One-sixth of the way through 2016, he has no homers and one steal in 88 at-bats. He's batting .216. He'll almost certainly get better, but it will probably continue to leave him irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
May 4 - 11:23 PM

Brian McCann went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Orioles.

McCann singled in the sixth to drive in a run and later squeezed a two-RBI double down the right-field line in the eighth. The latter came off lefty T.J. McFarland, too, which was rather unexpected. McCann came into the game hitting .208/.296/.333 with just one extra-base hit against southpaws this year. The 32-year-old will need to hit for more power and drive in more runs, though, as his current .278 batting average will fall as his .354 BABIP regresses to his recent norms -- which has been in the .230s in three of the past four years.
May 4 - 11:17 PM

Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Alex Wood to help the Rays beat the Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday.

The Rays have been facing a lot of lefties lately, and Pearce has taken advantage; he's now hitting .300/.375/.520 in 50 at-bats. He'll continue to get extra playing time against righties at Logan Morrison's expense, but he's probably not going to do a whole lot with it; he's best utilized as a platoon player.
May 4 - 11:15 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury was perfect on Wednesday night, going 3-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases against the Orioles.

Ellsbury turned back the clocks and reminded us how dynamic he can be on the baseball diamond. He's now hitting .271/.327/.396 with seven stolen bases. Fantasy owners desperately want the power to return, but the 32-year-old is showing that he can still be an effective fantasy player with a good batting average and the potential for 30-plus steals.
May 4 - 11:12 PM

Erasmo Ramirez recorded his fourth win in relief and fifth overall with two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Ramirez allowed an inherited runner to score after replacing Drew Smyly in the sixth, which tied the game and earned him a blown save. He got the win when the Rays went on to score six times in the following two frames. It's ridiculous that the Rays are now talking about leaving Ramirez in the pen, and patently unfair to a guy who is arbitration eligible this winter, but it might happen, at least for a little while.
May 4 - 11:12 PM

Manny Machado doubled twice in Wednesday's shutout loss to the Yankees.

Machado was the only ray of sunshine for the Orioles. He doubled twice, collecting doubles 12 and 13 on the year, and is now hitting .355/.410/.673 in 117 plate appearances. That's a slash line that even makes Daniel Murphy blush these days. Machado is one of the best five players in all of baseball and will only see his fantasy value increase with more starts at shortstop.
May 4 - 11:09 PM

Alex Wood lost to the Rays after allowing five runs -- four earned -- in five-plus innings Wednesday.

Wood struck out seven and walked none, but he gave up three homers, dooming him to another defeat on the road. He's allowed 21 runs -- 17 earned -- over 19 innings in his four road starts and two runs in 14 innings in his two home starts. The good news is that both of his starts next week will come at Dodger Stadium. The bad is that they're against the Mets and Cardinals.
May 4 - 11:08 PM
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