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Trevor Plouffe hit his first home run of the year in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Plouffe is known mostly for his power, but he's managed to stay fantasy relevant through the early weeks of the season by posting a high batting average and exercising surprising plate discipline. Despite the homer being his first, Plouffe has slashed .314/.426/.451 with nine RBI thus far. The average will go down -- he's just a .243 career hitter -- but the homers should increase, keeping him on fantasy radars in deep mixed and AL-only leagues for another year.
Apr 16 - 12:10 AM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros will promote top prospect George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Wednesday's game.

The report has been confirmed by various other outlets. Springer earned the promotion after a 3-for-4 effort Tuesday that included a grand slam. The young outfielder has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City. He figures to take over right field for the Astros and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.
Apr 16 - 12:09 AM

Chris Colaballo continued his strong April on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with an RBI in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Colabello leads the American League with 15 RBI after first inning RBI double. He's hitting .306/.346/.490 through the team's first 13 games after management basically tried to sell him for parts this winter. It remains to be seen how long he'll be able to continue at this pace, but he's worth riding until the wheel stops.
Apr 16 - 12:06 AM

Burke Badenhop got the loss on Tuesday as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox 2-1 on a walk-off throwing error by Xander Bogaerts.

Badenhop wasn't sharp in the ninth inning, trying to keep a tie game intact. After allowing two singles (lead-off man Alejandro De Aza was caught stealing after his hit) and issuing another walk, Marcus Semien knocked a ball to Bogaerts, who made a low throw which couldn't be dug out by first baseman Mike Carp for the third out of the inning, allowing the White Sox to walk off as 2-1 winners. Badenhop hasn't been reliable in five appearances to start the season, allowing runs in each of his last four appearances.
Apr 16 - 12:04 AM

Mike Napoli has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ring finger.

That much could be seen by looking at the gruesome picture of Napoli's finger after he slid into second base following a ninth-inning wild pitch. However, the good news is that X-rays on the finger came back negative, and the first baseman is being listed as day-to-day. Mike Carp will handle first if Napoli has to sit out a day or two.
Apr 16 - 12:00 AM

Erik Johnson allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings during Tuesday's start against the Red Sox, but was handed a no-decision.

Johnson's only mistake came on a fourth-inning solo homer to Daniel Nava. Overall, Johnson allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out nine. He had shaky results in his first two starts of the season, so it was a welcome sight to see him dominate the Red Sox. Johnson will face the Rangers next.
Apr 15 - 11:58 PM

Jose Bautista went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Blue Jays' win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Bautista broke out of a mini slump on Sunday, and he continued to heat up against Phil Hughes and the Twins' relievers on Tuesday. He delivered an RBI single and later came around to score in the Jays' five-run sixth inning. The run batted in was his 10th on the year, and the outfielder is batting .267 and climbing with his output in recent days.
Apr 15 - 11:57 PM

Jake Peavy pitched well in Tuesday's start against the White Sox, allowing one run over six innings, but took home the no-decision.

Peavy allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.93. The veteran has been uncharacteristically spotty with his command, walking 10 in 18 2/3 innings to begin the season, but still has the swing-and-miss stuff to wiggle out of jams. Peavy will face the Orioles his next time out.
Apr 15 - 11:56 PM
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