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Brett Gardner (ankle) anticipates being back in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

Gardner hasn't played since fouling a ball off his ankle on Saturday, but he's apparently feeling much better. The outfielder is sporting a .269/.346/.435 batting line with 15 homers and 19 steals this season.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:31:00 PM

Frankie Montas quieted the Diamondbacks' bats Sunday in his season debut, holding them to one run over six innings in a 2-1 Athletics win.

Montas, who owned 4.39 ERA in nine starts with the A's Triple-A affiliate, dominated an admittedly diluted Diamondbacks lineup, but they all count the same. He gave up just three hits and walked two while punching out seven in the debut, earning the win for his efforts. The A's made the move to give Trevor Cahill another day of rest between starts, but given Montas' success it will be interesting to see how they handle their rotation going forward. It's a situation worth watching, and given Sunday's performance and the 25-year-old's history as a top prospect just a few years ago he could be a speculative add for fantasy owners with a roster spot to burn.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Walker Buehler struck out eight over seven innings, yielding just one run, as the Dodgers bested the Padres 6-1 on Sunday.

Buehler was close to lights-out in this one, allowing just four hits without issuing a walk. In two starts against the Padres this year, the 23-year-old has thrown 13 innings, allowing one run, four hits, three walks with 16 strikeouts. Not bad. Overall he's been only slightly less dominant, posting a 2.20 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio over 41 innings in seven starts. Even if he wasn't shoving, the Dodgers' injury woes would likely guarantee the right-hander a long leash in the rotation. As it is, he's locked in to a starting spot for the foreseeable future, and is all systems go for his Friday start against the Rockies.
May 27 - 8:33 PM

Greg Allen delivered a walk-off home run Sunday in the Indians’ 14-inning victory over the Astros.

This has to be an early favorite for game of the year. Houston took back the lead with a six-run eighth inning but the Indians stormed back to tie it with a five-run ninth, sending the game to extras. After both sides scored in the 13th, Allen came up with a chance to win it in the bottom of the 14th. And that’s exactly what he did, slugging a walk-off homer off Brad Peacock as Cleveland escaped with a 10-9 victory. In addition to his walk-off, Allen also contributed a walk and an RBI double. The 25-year-old has hit .231 over 52 at-bats for the Tribe this year while filling in for an injured Bradley Zimmer (chest) in center field.
May 27 - 7:43 PM

Gerrit Cole surrendered four hits and three runs over seven innings Sunday in the Astros’ 14-inning loss to Cleveland.

He notched eight strikeouts and two walks over 112 pitches. Cole served up a two-run homer to Jose Ramirez in the first inning, then gave up another run in the second on Greg Allen’s RBI double. Fortunately, he was able to overcome his rough start, allowing just four base-runners after the second inning. The story, of course, was Cole’s showdown with Trevor Bauer, his former college teammate/nemesis, though neither factored in the decision. An early Cy Young contender, Cole will take an impressive 5-1 record into his next start Friday versus Boston. He’ll be opposing Chris Sale in that game.
May 27 - 7:41 PM

Ken Giles allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning Sunday in Houston’s extra-innings loss to the Indians.

What a disaster. With Houston leading by a comfortable 8-3 margin in the ninth inning, Giles imploded in spectacular fashion, allowing consecutive hits to Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso without recording a single out. Manager A.J. Hinch lifted him for Will Harris, who did nothing to stop the bleeding as Cleveland miraculously closed the gap and went on to win in extra innings. Giles isn’t the only one deserving of blame—this was a colossal meltdown by the entire bullpen. But this isn’t the first time Giles has self-destructed following a dismal postseason and a similar disaster against the Yankees earlier this year. Look for the Astros to address their growing bullpen need at the trade deadline. Kelvin Herrera and Zach Britton should be among their top targets.
May 27 - 7:39 PM

Making his Mariners debut Sunday, Alex Colome pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure the save in a 3-1 win over the Twins.

The first thought for some upon seeing Colome get the call in a two-run game was that he, and not Edwin Diaz, might close games for the M's going forward, but Diaz had pitched in four of the past five games and was unavailable for Sunday's contest. That throws some cold water on the idea Colome might still retain some fantasy value after the trade. He'll fill in for the occasional save chance when Diaz is overworked, but the 29-year-old can be safely dropped in most formats, even after Sunday's aberration.
May 27 - 7:37 PM

Jose Altuve chipped in with four hits and two RBI Sunday in the Astros’ loss to the Indians.

He singled in each of his first two at-bats before plating George Springer with an RBI double in the sixth inning. Altuve added to his haul with a big eighth inning, driving in Springer with another base hit and later scoring on an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel. He nearly collected a fifth hit in the ninth but was robbed on a nice diving catch by center fielder Greg Allen. Had it fallen, it would have been Altuve’s 11th hit in as many at-bats. Unreal. Altuve hasn’t hit for as much power this year (only three homers, but he still sports an impressive .330 batting average, which ranks fourth in the American League.
May 27 - 7:37 PM

Jason Hammel struck out 10 Rangers over 5 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday, leading the Royals to a 5-3 victory.

Hammel scattered four hits and two walks while compiling his highest single-game strikeout total since June 1, 2015. He somewhat surprisingly cruised over the Cardinals his last time out, giving him two above-average outings in a row after he'd posted a 6.28 ERA through his first nine starts this year. What's the real Hammel? The answer is usually somewhere in between, which, unfortunately for fantasy players, doesn't move the needle much on a bad Royals team. Still, it's worth monitoring his start Saturday against the Athletics to see if he can lend some more legitimacy to the act.
May 27 - 7:03 PM

Wilson Ramos reached base three times Sunday in the Rays’ victory over the Orioles.

Ramos singled and scored in the third inning, walked in the sixth and singled again in the eighth. He’s been red-hot at the plate, hitting an absurd .448 with two homers and seven RBI throughout his eight-game hitting streak. His .310 batting average this year leads all major league catchers.
May 27 - 6:59 PM

J.A. Happ yielded six hits and three runs (two earned) over 6 2/3 innings Sunday in the Blue Jays’ win over the Phillies.

Pitching against his former team, the 35-year-old left-hander delivered eight strikeouts and two walks while throwing 63 of his 100 pitches for strikes. Happ blanked Philadelphia over his first five frames before allowing four hits (all singles) and three runs in the sixth inning. He’s been excellent over his last three starts, winning all three while contributing a 10.02 K/9 and a stingy 1.74 ERA. He’ll aim for his eighth victory Saturday against Detroit.
May 27 - 6:48 PM

Carlos Gonzalez went a perfect 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored to propel the Rockies to an 8-2 win over the Reds on Sunday.

Matt Harvey was throwing batting practice, but it was during the first inning of Sunday's game, unfortunately for Harvey. CarGo took advantage, mashing a ball 461 feet to right field for his fifth homer of the year. The four-hit game was especially rare -- Gonzalez had just seven hits in 43 at-bats in the month of May prior to Sunday. Injuries and age have caught up to the 32-year-old, contributing to his .241/.286/.414 line through Sunday's game.
May 27 - 6:42 PM




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