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Trevor Story continued his fantastic early-season roll in Thursday's 17-7 win over the Giants, homering and finishing with three RBI.

Story continued his (sorry) storybook opening to the 2016 season, swatting home run No. 11 off Giants starter Matt Cain to lead off the fifth inning. And what a fifth inning that was for the Rockies. The boys from Denver would score 13 runs in the frame, batting around and then some. Story chased his home run with an RBI single when he came up for the second time in that fifth. His numbers figure to return to earth as the season rolls along, but for the time being, the 23-year-old shortstop is making happy humans of all who happen to own him for fantasy purposes. With Thursday's nice night in the books, Story is slashing .270/.339/.658 with four doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 24 RBI over 111 at-bats.
May 6 - 2:01 AM

Denard Span went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

Span hit both of his doubles against Rockies starter Chris Rusin. He led off the contest with a two-bagger, then followed that up with one of the RBI species just an inning later. For the season, the veteran outfielder is hitting .259/.354/.357 with one homer, 15 RBI, four steals and 14 runs scored across 110 at-bats. There just hasn't been much oomph in the bat through the first month-plus of the season. Even with his two doubles on Thursday, he still has only six for the 2015 campaign.
May 6 - 1:51 AM

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a home run as the Red Sox topped the White Sox 7-3 on Thursday.

It was the third time in his last eight games that Pedroia racked up three hits. The second baseman is sixth in the American League with 20 runs scored, and his .322 batting average is ninth-best in the league. He's hitting .322/.364/.496 with four homers and 14 RBI, but he's stopped running altogether after being a double-digit stolen base threat earlier in his career.
May 6 - 1:50 AM

Chris Rusin was ineffective in Thursday's win over the Giants, surrendering seven runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

The Rockies scored 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 17-3 lead, but despite that monstrous lead, Rusin would immediately run into trouble in the bottom of the frame and was pulled with one out. The Giants would score four runs before the longest fifth inning in the history of mankind (estimated) finally came to a close. Rusin will take a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
May 6 - 1:44 AM

Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season Thursday against the Red Sox.

Garcia took Red Sox starter Henry Owens deep for a solo blast in the fourth inning. The homer was Garcia's second in his last five games. He's 10-for-22 with the two homers, five RBI and five run scored during a six-game hitting streak that's run his overall line up to a modest .230/.301/.446.
May 6 - 1:44 AM

Matt Cain was obliterated in Thursday's 17-7 loss to the Rockies, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits over four-plus innings.

We will give you a moment to hide the children before we go over Cain's stats. The veteran right-hander surrendered two home runs and did not strike out a batter. He didn't walk one, either. With almost everything falling in the strike zone, the Rockies teed off. They pounced for three runs in the first inning -- highlighted by a two-run homer from wunderkind Nolan Arenado -- an additional run in the second, and then, the fifth inning happened. Cain would start the inning and promptly surrender the rest of his runs in the frame. Trevor Story walloped a home run to lead off the frame, which was followed by a Carlos Gonzalez double, a Brandon Crawford error and an RBI single by Gerardo Para. Cain would be lifted for Vin Mazzaro at that point. Cain has now allowed at least six runs in three of his six starts. He is scheduled to face the Blue Jays next time out. That should be interesting.
May 6 - 1:41 AM

Hanley Ramirez hit his third home run of the season in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

Returning from a one-game absence due to flu-like symptoms, Ramirez made White Sox starter Erik Johnson feel sick with a solo dinger in the third inning. He's now hit safely in nine straight games, including homering in each of his last two. His line sits at .286/.319/.438 with 17 RBI, 15 runs scored and three stolen bases along with his three homers.
May 6 - 1:36 AM

Jackie Bradley (finger) went 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored Thursday against the White Sox.

Bradley hurt a finger during Wednesday's game but tested it out and was able to play Thursday, with good results. The homer, a solo shot, was his second of the season, giving him 14 RBI. He's batting .277/.337/.489 through 27 games.
May 6 - 1:33 AM

Adam Eaton went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored Thursday against the Red Sox.

Eaton had a couple singles to go along with a couple walks, reaching in four of his five plate appearances. The stolen base was his fourth in five tries this year, and he's got 12 runs scored. Eaton is slashing .294/.376/.376 overall.
May 6 - 1:29 AM

Henry Owens handed out six walks over three innings, allowing two runs, in a no-decision against the White Sox on Thursday.

Owens yielded just two hits -- one of which was a home run -- but the inefficiency killed him. It wasn't just this start, either, as he now has 13 walks through 12 1/3 innings overall. Things could have been much worse, as he escaped with a 5.11 ERA and 2.11 WHIP through three starts. Assuming Eduardo Rodriguez won't be back by then, Owens could draw another start Tuesday against the Athletics, but he won't be long for the rotation with many more like this.
May 6 - 1:26 AM

Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Norris notched a solo home run off Mets reliever Logan Verrett in the sixth inning. He also hit singles and doubles, missing out on the cycle by a triple. Through 90 at-bats, the 27-year-old backstop is hitting just .167/.211/.289 with a pair of homers and four RBI. Thursday's performance was nice enough, but he will have to begin stringing those kinds of games together if he is going to be playable for fantasy purposes.
May 6 - 1:12 AM

Yoenis Cespedes launched a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday's loss to the Padres.

Cespedes was just about the only Met to do much of anything offensively on Thursday. It was his two-out single in the seventh inning that broke up Colin Rea's no-hitter and it was his two-run home run off Brad Hand in the ninth inning that pulled the Mets to within 5-3 and gave them some glimmer of hope. Fernando Rodney drowned out that hope and recorded the final two outs without issue. For the season, Cespedes is hitting a marvelous .299/.358/.678 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 87 at-bats.
May 6 - 1:05 AM

Robinson Cano hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Astros on Thursday.

With one out in a tie game, Cano cleared the bases with a two-bagger against Astros closer Luke Gregerson. It was the latest achievement in what has been a fantastic start to the month of May for the 33-year-old. With Thursday's performance, Cano is 12-for-18 (.667) with three doubles, a home run, six RBI and five runs scored in five games this month. Historically his worst month, Cano is working to change that in the span of a few days.
May 6 - 1:01 AM

Colin Rea was magnificent in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Mets, surrendering just three hits and one run over eight-plus innings.

Rea struck out five and walked one, but even if he wasn't blowing away batter after batter, he pitched masterfully. The Mets did not pick up their first hit until the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes finally managed a two-out single. They would not score until the ninth, when Curtis Granderson greeted Rea with a solo home run. He was lifted for a reliever at that point. For the season, Rea, 25, holds a 3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio across 35 1/3 innings. The Cubs are up next in what should prove an interesting test.
May 6 - 12:56 AM

Jacob deGrom tasted defeat for the first time this season as he fell to 3-1, yielding three runs on eight hits over five innings in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Padres.

Thursday's start was deGrom's shortest of the young season. He had managed to pitch into the sixth inning in his other three outings. The 27-year-old right-hander struck out two and walked one in what was a relatively subdued performance. While deGrom has yet to surpass six strikeouts in any one game this season, his 1.99 ERA shows no outward damage. His 1.24 WHIP looks decent enough as well, though that's a bit off his career mark of 1.04. DeGrom will look to return to his winning ways in a road start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber.
May 6 - 12:55 AM



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