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Rays signed INF Mike Fontenot to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Fontenot batted .289/.343/.340 in 105 plate appearances this past season for the Phillies. It's possible that he will be able to crack the Rays' Opening Day roster, but the 32-year-old has never been a fantasy option.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 11:13:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli (hand, finger) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Reds.

Cervelli left Wednesday night's game in the 12th inning due to discomfort in his right hand and finger. This has been a lingering issue for the veteran catcher, but it doesn't sound overly serious. Elias Diaz is starting behind the plate and batting seventh Thursday afternoon against Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo.
May 24 - 9:41 AM

Adam Plutko tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball to beat the Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday.

He outdueled Cubs ace Jon Lester in impressive fashion while making his second major league start. He had a no-hitter going through six innings, then allowed hits to the first two batters of the seventh before being relieved. He struck out four and walked four in the gem outing. He was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Josh Tomlin's spot in the rotation. He made a spot start earlier this year. He had a 2.25 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A and will likely be a hot pickup in fantasy leagues, although he doesn't have the strikeout ability needed to create a ton of fantasy value.
May 24 - 1:14 AM

Marco Gonzales delivered an outstanding performance in Wednesday's victory over the Athletics, allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings.

Gonzales racked up six strikeouts on the night while issuing a pair of free passes. He needed to be every bit that good as well, as the Mariners' offense was only able to generate one unearned run. Now 4-3 on the season, the 26-year-old hurler will carry a 4.05 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into Monday's start against the Rangers. With two home starts on tap for next week, he makes for an interesting streaming option in weekly mixed leagues.
May 24 - 1:08 AM

Jon Lester took a tough loss after allowing just one run in seven innings against the Indians on Wednesday.

He surrendered an RBI-single to Michael Brantley in the third inning and that was all it took to ruin his day. The veteran southpaw struck out four batters against one walk and four knocks -- all singles. He falls to 4-2 with a sensational 2.37 ERA after 10 starts. He'll hope for better luck against the Pirates on Tuesday.
May 24 - 12:55 AM

Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs to tie the game in the ninth inning to key a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He came to the plate with the bases loaded against closer Tyler Clippard with his team trailing by two in the ninth inning. He laced a single to center field that plated Mike Trout and Justin Upton. The next batter, Andrelton Simmons, also singled to drive in two more runs. Serving as the designated hitter, Ohtani also walked once and struck out twice in the contest. The two-way superstar has an exceptional .308 batting average and .582 slugging percentage with six homers and 19 RBI in addition to his exploits on the mound.
May 24 - 12:05 AM

Adam Engel had a career day at the dish in Wednesday's blowout win over the Orioles, going 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base.

His two-run blast off of Pedro Araujo in the fifth inning increased the White Sox' lead to 9-1. All three of his other hits were singles. The 26-year-old defensive-minded center fielder entered play on Wednesday as a .171/.242/.268 hitter in 460 plate appearances at the major league level. That's historically bad. Engel did have one four-hit game during the 2017 season, though that one didn't include a home run. The only way that he should have any fantasy relevance is as a desperation play for stolen bases.
May 23 - 11:20 PM

Jacob deGrom punched out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames but had to settle for a no-decision as his team lost to the Marlins on Wednesday.

He left the game with a 1-0 lead but the Marlins came back to win in the final frame. DeGrom scattered four singles and two walks in the gem outing. His record holds at 4-0 with an awesome 1.54 ERA and 0.99 WHIP after 10 starts. He has 77 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58 1/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week, facing the Braves and Cubs.
May 23 - 10:18 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that Welington Castillo will receive an 80-game suspension for violating baseball's joint drug agreement.

Castillo will be suspended for using a performance-enhancing drug, but not a steroid. The story was originally reported by Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101, the same reporter who originally passed along word of Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension. Castillo was hitting .270/.314/.477 with six homers and 15 RBI over 32 games this season for Chicago. He'll be eligible to return in late August, but will not be eligible for the postseason if the White Sox are able to make it, which is highly unlikely. Even more so now.
May 23 - 10:16 PM

Marcell Ozuna was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Royals because he overslept.

The Cardinals had to send somebody to Ozuna's apartment to wake him up and he did not arrive at Busch Stadium until after the game had started. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came to Ozuna's defense in his postgame presser, telling reporters that Ozuna "couldn’t be any more regretful for not being here today on time" and that the team would "move forward." But it's obviously a really bad look for a guy who's batting just .253/.295/.331 through 44 games in his first year with the club.
May 23 - 8:14 PM

Clayton Kershaw (biceps) threw an extended bullpen session on Wednesday.

Manger Dave Roberts told reports that Kershaw "felt good" after the bullpen, although he added that it was more about how he felt physically than his execution. The star southpaw will next throw a simulated game on Saturday assuming there are no setbacks from the bullpen, and then he'll likely make 1-2 rehab starts before rejoining the Dodgers' rotation at some point in early June.
May 23 - 8:04 PM

Tyson Ross was excellent in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday, allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts in a 3-1 victory.

Matt Adams had three hits and a homer off of Ross. The rest of the Nationals lineup had two hits total. It's just another in an excellent stretch of starts for the 31-year-old right-hander, and his ERA is now down to 3.13 on the season. One can't help but wonder what the Padres could get in return for the right-hander, but for now, he's the team's best starting pitcher. We'll see him back on the bump for San Diego against the Marlins next Tuesday.
May 23 - 7:07 PM




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