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Luis Valbuena (back) went 3-for-4 with three RBI in his return to action Saturday.

Valbuena had to depart Friday's contest with lower back tightness, but he didn't have to miss any starts. He's got his batting line up to .257/.357/.442 after the recent surge he's been on.
Jun 26 - 8:16 AM

Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) doubled twice in five trips to the plate in his return to the lineup Saturday.

CarGo left Thursday's game and sat out Friday with a minor wrist ailment, but he appears to be good to go. He's sporting a .314/.358/.551 batting line this season.
Jun 26 - 8:13 AM

Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the first inning to lead the Athletics over the Angels 7-3 on Saturday.

Valencia has quietly put up a fantastic .333/.381/.552 slash line with 11 home runs in 201 at-bats. He has played well in limited time in recent years, registering an .888 OPS in 2013 and an .864 OPS last year. So there is good reason to believe the 32-year-old veteran can continue to help fantasy teams all season long. He delivers a nice mix of power and average. The reason he has rarely been an everyday player throughout his career is because he has large platoon splits, being much more deadly versus left-handed pitching.
Jun 26 - 3:30 AM

Dillon Overton earned the first win of his career during an Athletics victory over the Angels, yielding three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

He didn't quite reach the threshold for a quality start in his major league debut, coming one out shy of the six innings required. Overton struck out three batters and walked two. All three of the runs he allowed came on solo homers from Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. The lefty Overton did not post enticing strikeout totals in the minors but he could have some moderate success in Oakland.
Jun 26 - 3:22 AM

Jhoulys Chacin failed to strike out a batter while walking four, leading to four runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss on Saturday.

His record fell to 3-6. Chacin's 5.64 ERA this year is worse than it ever was when he was pitching for the Rockies in Coors Field. Given that his velocity is up this year and his rate stats are close to his career averages, it is probable that Chacin will manifest some improvement as the season progresses. But even then he will remain on the fringe of being rosterable in mixed leagues.
Jun 26 - 2:56 AM

Coco Crisp finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and four runs scored on Saturday.

Crisp is rapidly approaching the end of his 15 year career and is not having a good season, but he is still capable of filling the stat sheet on the rare occasions when he is fully healthy. Today he reached base four times and his teammates drove him home each time.
Jun 26 - 2:45 AM

Mike Trout finished Saturday's game 3-for-5 and hit his 15th home run of the season.

Trout now has 50 RBI and 50 runs scored. He has the lowest strikeout rate of his career and now has 47 walks to go with his 60 strikeouts. He has 154 career home runs and is only 24 years old. His .308/.408/.540 slash line is very close to his career average.
Jun 26 - 2:38 AM

Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with a solo home run as the Angels lost to the Athletics on Saturday.

The home run was his 10th of the season. He will have to pick up the pace a bit if he hopes to match the 26 home runs he hit last year. His home run power may be down a little but most of his other stats are better this year than last. Calhoun's .292 batting average with 44 runs and 40 RBI make him an underrated fantasy commodity.
Jun 26 - 2:28 AM

Nate Karns surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings, leading the Mariners to a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

He did not pitch very well but snared a win anyway. The big blow was a 5th-inning, three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz that ruined what had been a very effective outing up to that point. The poor game boosts Karns' ERA up to 4.56 on the season. He strikes out a lot of batters (9.33 K/9) but spoils that by walking too many (4.22 BB/9). He will face the Orioles in his next start on Friday in Seattle.
Jun 26 - 2:21 AM

Mike Leake lasted only 3 1/3 innings while giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in an interleague loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

Leake registered only one strikeout to go with two walks. All nine hits he allowed were singles but the Mariners bunched them together to good effect. He falls to 5-5 with a 4.25 ERA. Throughout his career Leake has been a consistent, reliable, league-average pitcher in terms of ERA (career 3.89 ERA) with a low strikeout rate (6.05 K/9 career). That has good value in deep fantasy leagues but leaves his owners looking for a better option in standard mixed leagues.
Jun 26 - 2:17 AM

Steve Cishek worked around a one-out double in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and nail down his 17th save.

Cishek is quietly having an excellent season in his first year in Seattle. He has a 2.62 ERA and has fanned 41 batters in 34 1/3 innings. He has converted 17 of 21 save opportunities.
Jun 26 - 2:12 AM

Leonys Martin laced three singles in five chances and scored a run on Saturday.

Martin is having the best season of his career after being terrible last year. He has traded some speed for more power this year. His 11 home runs are already a career high despite moving from a hitters' park in Texas to a pitchers' park in Seattle. He is hitting .257/.324/.450 with 26 runs, 26 RBI and nine steals.
Jun 26 - 2:06 AM

Aledmys Diaz blasted a three-run shot for his 10th homer of the season on Saturday, finishing the day 1-for-4 with a walk.

Diaz is hitting .306/.365/.500 with 48 runs and 39 RBI. Those are great numbers for a shortstop who was available very late in drafts this spring. He got an opportunity to play when Jhonny Peralta got hurt and he made the most of it, keeping the gig when Peralta returned.
Jun 26 - 1:59 AM

Jeremy Hellickson surrendered only two runs (one earned) in six innings to help the Phillies beat the Giants 3-2 on Saturday.

He gave up five hits and one walk while punching out three hitters. The strong start improved his ERA to 4.23 with a 1.23 WHIP. He has 84 strikeouts and 24 walks in 93 2/3 innings spread across 16 starts. His next game will be an interleague start versus the Royals on Friday.
Jun 26 - 1:51 AM

Madison Bumgarner turned in a quality start but lost to the Phillies on Saturday, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

He allowed only five hits but a two-run homer by Cameron Rupp proved his undoing. Bumgarner fanned seven and walked only one. He has a magnificent 1.99 ERA and 122/29 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He is in the running for a Cy Young award and is a lock to make the All Star team. He will take his 8-4 record into a rivalry matchup with Oakland on Thursday.
Jun 26 - 1:47 AM


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