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Tim Hudson allowed five runs over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Paul Goldschmidt touched Hudson up for a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was the third inning where Hudson really lost things. After allowing a single and walking two batters, Hudson hit catcher Jordan Pacheco to score a run. Chris Owings promptly followed that up with a two-run single to put the Giants down 5-1. Neither team would score the rest of the way. Hudson's a veteran pitcher and the tough outing shouldn't be more than a bump in the road. Even with the wild day, he still holds a 3.93 ERA. He'll try to put things back on track when he rolls into Denver to face the Rockies in his next start.
Apr 19 - 7:23 PM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with three singles in Sunday's contest with the Angels.

Altuve is more or less the only Astro doing anything offensively at this point in the season. His three hits represented half of the team total and the 3-for-5 day brought his slash-line up to .320/.370/.400. For comparison's sake, no other regular starter on the team is hitting over .267. The diminutive hitter could use a little help.
Apr 19 - 7:08 PM

Albert Pujols hit a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Astros

Pujols finished the game 2-for-4. He hit the homer off of Pat Neshek in the eighth inning. At the time, it pulled the Angels to within 4-3, but they were unable to mount a rally against Luke Gregorson in the ninth. The home run was Pujols' third of the season, the RBI his sixth. The veteran slugger has been struggling to hit for average in the first few weeks of the season, as he's currently hitting .186, but he's shown that the bat still has plenty of power. If he can avoid wearing down, 25+ home runs is a reasonable expectation.
Apr 19 - 7:02 PM

Scott Feldman pitched a solid game on Sunday, scattering six hits and two runs over six innings against the Angels.

Feldman struck out three without walking a batter. Outside of a two-run homer by C.J. Cron in the fourth inning, Feldman pitched a clean game. It marked a huge improvement on his previous start, in which the A's battered him around for eight runs. Feldman has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in each of the last two seasons, but he doesn't strike out batters (career K/9 of 5.5) and his WHIP of 1.303 last season is higher than ideal. He's little more than injury filler for deep AL-only leagues. Feldman will face the A's in his next start.
Apr 19 - 6:53 PM

Garrett Richards lasted five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in his first start of the season.

Richards tore the patella tendon in his left knee last August. He did not pitch in spring training. The time off showed, particularly in terms of control. Of his 100 pitches, only 60 went for strikes. This led to four walks. He also uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth inning. Prior to the injury last season, Richards was throwing up a career year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP over 168 2/3 innings. It might take him a few starts to shake off the long layoff. He'll next take the mound against the Rangers.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with two singles in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Reddick hit his first home run of the season on Saturday and kept the good times rolling on Sunday despite hitting out of the eight-hole. He has now recorded four hits in his last eight at-bats and appears to be putting a spring oblique injury behind him. There's no doubting Reddick's offensive ability. When he's healthy, his bat is good for power, though he won't add much in terms of average. Reddick hasn't played in more than 114 games in either of the last two seasons.
Apr 19 - 6:40 PM

Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second save of the season in Sunday's win over the A's.

Davis was the beneficiary of Kendrys Morales' go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning. After the Royals took a 4-2 lead, Davis shut the door on the A's, striking out two. He's fanned seven and allowed just one hit over six innings thus far. As long as Greg Holland (right pectoral strain) is on the shelf, Davis figures to see save chances. He should be owned in mixed leagues.
Apr 19 - 6:26 PM

Danny Duffy pitched five innings of two-run ball in Sunday's win over the A's.

While Duffy allowed just four hits and struck out five, he also handed out five free passes. The two runs came courtesy of Ben Zobrist, who hit him up with an RBI single in the third and an RBI single in the fifth. Duffy's 1.112 WHIP last season would seem to indicate that the walks will come down eventually, though it should be noted that prior to 2014, he had never put up a WHIP lower than 1.35. We don't see him as mixed-league dependable at the moment, but he's a pitcher who could trend in a positive direction over the course of the season. He'll toe the mound against the White Sox next.
Apr 19 - 6:15 PM
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