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Alex Rios (ankle) is back in the Rangers' starting lineup on Wednesday night versus the Rays.

It'll be the first start for Rios since he aggravated an ankle injury on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old outfielder cleared revocable waivers last week and could be dealt to a contender before the August 31 deadline.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 04:38:00 PM

Brandon Nimmo went a perfect 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a triple, a walk and two runs scored to lead the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday.

A four-hit night in any fashion is impressive, but none of Nimmo's three extra-base hits were cheap, all three ripped into right field in varying fashions. His fourth hit, an infield single, showed he's got some wheels, too, and it marked the eighth consecutive plate appearance in which Nimmo reached base. That's his forte -- he's got a .450 on-base percentage to go with a .294 average and .541 slugging percentage following Thursday's game -- and he's forcing his way into an everyday role as a result. It's not terribly sexy for standard mixed leagues, but deeper leagues and ones that account for OBP are leagues in which Nimmo should be owned quickly, if not already.
May 25 - 12:09 AM

Danny Duffy kept the Rangers to one run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings in an 8-2 win Thursday.

Not much has gone right for the southpaw this year, but he found a groove against the Texas club, only allowing a run on his 113th pitch of the night. Duffy walked two and struck out five before exiting. Even with the strong outing, Duffy is just 2-6 with a 6.14 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 11 starts overall. That's not useable in fantasy leagues, and we'll need to see more than one good game to recommend inserting the 29-year-old back into your lineups. Pay attention to how he fares Tuesday against the Twins.
May 24 - 11:29 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

Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a three-run home run to help the Astros down the Indians 8-2 on Thursday.

Indians starter Mike Clevinger had blanked the Astros over four innings and was staked to a 2-0 lead when Bregman stepped to the dish in the fifth inning. That's when Clevinger hung a high breaking ball that Bregman yanked over the left field wall to give the Astros a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Bregman was getting on base in April but his power numbers lagged, a problem he hasn't had in May. He owned a .928 OPS coming into the game, which surely went up with the dinger, and the 24-year-old is hitting .277/.393/.451 with five homers and five steals overall.
May 24 - 9:34 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals are "quietly" letting teams know they plan to be sellers at the trade deadline.

The 16-33 Royals have no chance of competing this year and are looking to rebuild by trading some of their bigger names for prospects. Heyman named Kelvin Herrera and Mike Moustakas, who are both headed for free agency after this year, as players the Royals would consider trading. He also said they'd be open to shopping Lucas Duda, Jon Jay and Whit Merrifield. Herrera has been excellent in the closer's role this year and is almost certain to be traded at or before the July 31 deadline. The Astros, who have been searching for late-inning depth and a possible upgrade on Ken Giles, would be a logical fit.
May 24 - 7:53 PM

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he has no plans to remove from Jeurys Familia the closer role.

Familia coughed up the lead in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins and now leads the majors with four blown saves. Even as the blown saves pile up, Callaway still has faith in his closer. "If you look at the numbers, he's been our best reliever," said Callaway. "He's the best version of himself he's ever been." Despite Wednesday's meltdown, Familia still carries an impressive 2.35 ERA to go with an equally superb 10.96 K/9. He'll be fine.
May 24 - 7:44 PM

Alex Gordon (hip, neck) has been scratched from Thursday's game against the Rangers.

Gordon had been slated to start in left field and bat sixth, but instead he'll get the night off. He's still dealing with stiffness in his hip and neck after making a great diving catch in Wednesday's win against the Cardinals. Jon Jay, who had been slated to start in center field, will shift over to left with Whit Merrifield getting the nod in center. Consider Gordon day-to-day.
May 24 - 6:51 PM

Dylan Bundy fanned a career-high 14 and turned in his second career complete game as the Orioles beat the White Sox 9-3 on Thursday.

Bundy allowed just two hits, though one was a three-run homer in the fourth. It was a magnificent outing, though we wonder about the wisdom of having the oft-injured righty throw 121 pitches in a game that wasn't close and wouldn't have been very meaningful to an awful Orioles club even if it had been close. Still, give credit to Bundy, who is just a couple of weeks removed from failing to get anyone out in a start against the Orioles. Since his horrible three-start run that concluded with that loss, he's allowed seven runs and struck out 29 over 19 innings.
May 24 - 5:44 PM

Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) will make his 2018 debut Monday or Tuesday against the Athletics.

Eovaldi got knocked around in his last rehab start for Triple-A Durham (4 IP, 10 H, 8 ER Wednesday at Gwinnett) but appears to finally be healthy following a long recovery from Tommy John surgery. The hard-throwing right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2016, going 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA over 24 appearances including 21 starts for the Yankees.
May 24 - 5:09 PM

Dustin Pedroia (knee) will be activated for Friday's game against the Braves.

The 34-year-old is back after missing Boston's first 60 games while recovering from offseason knee surgery. Pedroia might be eased in at first, but it shouldn't take long for him to regain his post as the everyday second baseman. Eduardo Nunez, who had been filling in at second base, will shift to a utility role. Pedroia collected just one hit in 14 at-bats during his rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket.
May 24 - 5:05 PM

Travis Shaw is not in the Brewers' lineup Thursday against the Mets.

He's getting the night off against left-hander Steven Matz. Utility man Hernan Perez will fill in at third base and bat fifth. Shaw leads the Brewers in both home runs (12) and RBI (31) despite a sluggish .243 batting average.
May 24 - 4:36 PM




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