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Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 in his third career complete game as the Angels beat the Tigers 5-1 on Monday.

That as many strikeouts as he had in his first three starts for the Angels combined. Chacin allowed a total of four hits and walked one in what was his best start since he was let go by the Rockies prior to last season. While he's done solid work for the Braves and now the Halos, he's still a poor investment in fantasy leagues.
May 31 - 12:14 AM

Ian Kennedy surrendered only one unearned run and three hits over six innings but took a no-decision Monday against the Rays.

Kennedy was in line for the win until Kelvin Herrera blew the lead in the eighth. The Royals then pulled ahead in the bottom of the frame. Despite not allowing any earned runs, Kennedy was a bit shaky in this one. He struck out six batters, but issued five free passes. His wildness led to burning 107 pitches in only six innings. Kennedy will take an excellent 3.03 ERA into his next start Saturday in Cleveland.
May 31 - 12:13 AM

After taking a shutout into the eighth, Justin Verlander was charged with four runs in 7 1/3 innings Monday against the Angels.

Verlander was cruising until giving up three straight singles to start the eighth. A sac bunt and a miscue on a fielder's choice followed, and the Angels had two runs on the board when Verlander was pulled from the game. They went on to score three more times in the inning, with two of those runs being charged to Verlander. Verlander certainly pitched better than the line indicates. He had allowed just one hit and walked none until the eighth.
May 31 - 12:11 AM

James McCann went 0-for-3 in Monday's loss and is hitting just .156 in 77 at-bats this season.

It's an empty .156, too; he has one extra-base hit and a 24/3 K/BB ratio. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has cooled way down since his big April, so McCann hasn't had to worry about playing time yet. That could change if he keeps hitting like the spawn of Jeff Mathis and Drew Butera.
May 31 - 12:08 AM

Matt Andriese tossed seven innings of two run (one earned) ball against the Royals.

Andriese’s surprising run rolls on. The 26-year-old righty gave up five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. His ERA is now down to a stellar 2.36 for the season after five starts and 34 1/3 innings. Be careful though because his lowly 5.24 K/9 is not the mark of an ace. Expect some rocky outings to boost his ERA upward.
May 31 - 12:08 AM

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Royals to a 6-2 win over the Rays on Monday.

After Lorenzo Cain put the Royals in front with an RBI single, Hosmer took Erasmo Ramirez deep to put the game out of reach. Hosmer also singled and is now hitting a robust .323/.370/.547 with ten home runs on the season. He is on pace to bust his "every other year" cycle of good and bad seasons.
May 31 - 12:03 AM

Paulo Orlando drew the start in right field and delivered two hits on Monday night against the Rays.

The Royals seem to view Orlando as a backup-level player despite his .759 career OPS. Orlando now has a .382 batting average and may force the Royals to see how he can do as an everyday player even after Alex Gordon returns from the DL.
May 31 - 12:01 AM

Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 on Monday against the Royals, dropping his batting average to .168 on the year.

The Rays were forced to turn to Jennings as their primary center fielder after Kevin Kiermaier broke his hand, but so far the returns have been brutal. Jennings’ .168/.237/.269 slash line has cemented him as one of the league’s worst players this year. The 29-year-old has a .713 career OPS, so there is a good chance he will bounce back at least a little bit, but his fantasy appeal is limited right now.
May 30 - 11:58 PM

Erasmo Ramirez was blasted for four earned runs in only one-third of an inning on Monday night against the Royals.

Ramirez entered in the bottom of the eighth and gave up singles to Alcides Escobar, Whit Merrifield, and Lorenzo Cain before Eric Hosmer launched a 414-foot bomb to center field. The former starter’s glowing 2.37 ERA took a beating and now sits at 3.29 for the season.
May 30 - 11:53 PM

Yan Gomes wore glasses in Monday's game against the Rangers.

Gomes, who was previously wearing contacts, has been thinking about making the change since the spring. It didn't help him at the plate Monday, as he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and now owns an ugly .175/.211/.357 batting line through 38 games.
May 30 - 10:48 PM

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with his eighth homer and 15th double to lead the Nationals past the Phillies 4-3 on Monday.

Murphy has been on fire since day one this year, and he shows no signs of slowing down. He's already more than half way to his career high of 14 homers, and his 1.047 OPS is 278 points higher than his career mark of .769 with the Mets.
May 30 - 10:23 PM

Tanner Roark yielded two runs and four hits in seven innings in a win over the Phillies on Monday.

Because the Nationals scored three runs in the top of the eighth, Roark won despite being outpitched by opposing starter Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed one run in seven innings. Roark improved to 4-4 with a 2.70 ERA.
May 30 - 10:21 PM

Bryce Harper is day-to-day with a right knee contusion.

Harper was forced to exit Monday's game against the Phillies after he was hit in the right knee by a pitch from Jeremy Hellickson. It doesn't sound like a major concern, but the Nationals will see how he feels on Tuesday.
May 30 - 10:20 PM

Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings Monday, holding the Nationals to one run and striking out eight.

Hellickson gave up a homer to Daniel Murphy and it looked like he might have allowed another one to Ryan Zimmerman, but it was ruled a triple instead and he stranded Zimmerman on third. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get Hellickson a win, even though he left with a one-run lead. Hellickson is 4-3 with a 3.68 ERA after 11 starts, and he might have some trade value for the Phillies this summer.
May 30 - 10:20 PM

Hector Neris gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to take a blown save and a loss Monday against the Nationals.

Neris has been one of the NL's best relievers this year, but he didn't have it tonight and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin probably should have realized that before allowing him to face seven batters (three of whom he walked). Neris, who leads the NL with 27 appearances, saw his ERA jump from 1.29 to 2.20.
May 30 - 10:17 PM


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