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Kyle Blanks went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's win over the A's.

Talk about making an immediate impact. This was just Blanks' third game of the season after being called up in the wake of Mitch Mooreland's elbow injury. Against the A's, the big first baseman hit almost everything thrown his way, with a home run, a double and a pair of singles. Blanks now has home runs in back-to-back games and should be seriously considered in deeper mixed leagues until Mooreland returns. With Triple-A Round Rock, he was hitting .327/.419/.635.
May 3 - 1:35 AM

Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning of Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Rangers.

Reddick was all over the place in this one and has been on an absolute tear as of late. His three-run homer off of Anthony Bass in the seventh inning put the cap on a six-run inning and helped the A's to a 7-3 lead, which the A's bullpen promptly threw away. Still. After the 3-for-5 night, Reddick's now working on a 10-game hitting streak and for the season, he's slashing .385/.444/.615. His oblique injury from spring training seems like a distant memory. Though with Reddick, the next injury is always potentially lurking around the corner.
May 3 - 1:25 AM

Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday in the Dodgers' 6-4 defeat of the Diamondbacks.

Turner slugged a solo home run in the first inning off Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson. He also drew a walk and scored a run in the third inning and then doubled and scored in the seventh inning, finishing the game with a total of three runs. Turner is batting .300 with a .958 OPS in 18 games this season and should continue to see semi-regular playing time at third base. Juan Uribe was out of the lineup Saturday for the second straight game.
May 3 - 1:16 AM

Nick Martinez allowed five runs (two earned) over six innings in Saturday's win over the A's.

Martinez didn't factor into the decision here, as the Rangers pulled out the victory in the 10th inning. In his time on the mound, the 24-year-old right-hander struck out two without walking a batter. Martinez had allowed just one run heading into the seventh inning, but he unraveled after an Elvis Andrus fielding error and would, at one point, hit Josh Phegly with the bases loaded to force in a run. Martinez now holds a minuscule 0.84 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, plus a 13/8 K/BB ratio. Needless to say, we don't think this is sustainable. He will attempt to continue throwing up smoke and mirrors when he takes to the road against the Rays in his next start.
May 3 - 1:12 AM

Chris Hatcher picked up his second save of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' win over the Diamondbacks.

Hatcher gave up a one-out single to Jordan Pacheco, but the game ended when Pacheco was then struck by a batted ball on his way to third base following a David Peralta single up the middle. It was the second game that ended that way on Saturday. Hatcher hasn't been great at limiting hits or runs this season, but he does have good swing-and-miss stuff and he should be the Dodgers' primary fill-in at closer until Kenley Jansen (foot) is ready.
May 3 - 1:11 AM

Scott Baker surrendered four earned runs in four frames Saturday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.

Los Angeles scored three runs between the seventh and eighth innings, saving Baker from the loss. He gave up seven hits, including a first-inning homer to Paul Goldschmidt and a fourth-inning homer to Aaron Hill. Baker has an ugly 5.73 ERA in 11 innings (two starts) this season for the Dodgers. He gets the Brewers on the road next.
May 3 - 1:08 AM

Jeremy Hellickson yielded three runs over 5 1/3 innings Saturday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Dodgers.

Hellickson struck out six Los Angeles batters and walked just one, but the Dodgers tagged him for six hits -- including a Justin Turner home run and doubles from Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. Hellickson escaped with a no-decision, but he's 1-3 with a rough 5.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 27 2/3 innings this season. The 28-year-old right-hander doesn't have much fantasy promise at this point.
May 3 - 1:04 AM

Craig Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday in the Padres' defeat of the Rockies.

Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He's now 7-for-7 in save opportunities with San Diego and should remain a top tier fantasy closer all season.
May 3 - 1:00 AM

Drew Pomeranz pitched adequately against the Rangers on Saturday, allowing three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Pomeranz struck out four, walked one and scattered eight hits into the sixth inning, surrendering solitary runs in the first, third and sixth innings. Despite what was a decent start, he wouldn't factor into the decision, as the Rangers won 8-7 in 10 innings. Pomeranz seems to put up the same start every time he touches the mound. His 4.62 ERA and 1.32 WHIP haven't seen any huge swings on a game-to-game basis, as he hasn't allowed more than four earned runs in a start and has also not allowed fewer than three. He'll take these exceedingly average numbers to Target Field in a match-up with the Twins next time out.
May 3 - 12:59 AM

Brandon Morrow held the Rockies to two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a Padres victory.

Morrow gave up seven hits, but he only issued a single walk and fanned four. The right-hander is now 2-0 with an excellent 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings this season for the Padres. He's been a great offseason pickup for San Diego and will try to keep it all rolling next week at Arizona's Chase Field.
May 3 - 12:57 AM

Jorge De La Rosa allowed three earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Padres.

De La Rosa struck out nine San Diego batters, but he walked three and gave up five hits -- two of which were doubles. The left-hander has now had two bad starts and one good start since debuting on April 20. He'll carry an 0-2 record, 9.00 ERA, and 2.00 WHIP into his next scheduled outing at home against the Dodgers.
May 3 - 12:54 AM

Nelson Cruz continued to scorch the earth, hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros

Both home runs were solo shots. Cruz hit the first in the second inning off of Collin McHugh, then followed it up with another solo homer off McHugh in the sixth inning. He's now hit three homers in the last two days and his 13 long-balls lead the league, as do his 25 RBI. Cruz's production (.347/.392/.811) has been exactly what the Mariners hoped for when they signed him as a free agent. Despite the strong numbers, the team itself is just 10-14.
May 3 - 12:42 AM

Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer off of Taijuan Walker in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

The home run was Altuve's third of the season. You don't see that too often with the star second baseman, who hit just seven last season, but he has shown that he's got a bit of pop in the bat. Altuve finished the contest 1-for-4, snapping his streak of nine straight multi-hit games. Had he finished with one more hit, he would have set the franchise record. As is, the homer extended his hitting streak to 11 games in-a-row. He's now slashing a sizzling .371/.412/.524.
May 3 - 12:31 AM

Collin McHugh improved to 4-0 on the season Saturday, holding the Mariners to four runs over seven innings.

Not the greatest start on earth, but 4-0 is 4-0. Like his 17-7 team, McHugh's just getting things done. McHugh was in a giving mood in the second inning, as the Mariners hit three solo home runs in the frame, but he recovered from the early charity and allowed just one run the rest of the way. This is a good sign for his development, as it would have been very easy to unravel after the three homers. McHugh struck out four and walked three while scattering six hits across his seven innings. With a 3.41 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings, he has more than held his own to this point. He will try to continue his winning ways when the Astros take on the Angels in his next start.
May 3 - 12:21 AM

Taijuan Walker was knocked around by the Astros on Saturday, surrendering eight runs (seven earned)--including three home runs--in just three innings.

Walker was coming off of one of his best starts of the season after shutting down the Rangers over seven innings on Monday, but he followed it up with one of his worst. The Mariners held an early 3-0 lead before Walker squandered the advantage. The Astros scored two runs on a few light hits in the second inning. The hits were not so light in the third, when a two-run homer by Evan Gattis and a solo Colby Rasmus shot put the Astros up 5-3. Walker allowed two singles to open the fourth before a three-run homer by Jose Altuve ended his night. He now holds a 7.54 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP, plus a 21/12 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings. A slight positive, at least: He's walked only two over his last ten innings, an improvement over his free-pass slinging ways to open the season. Walker will try to put this one behind him when he faces the A's in his next start.
May 3 - 12:07 AM


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