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Curtis Granderson RF NYM
Curtis Granderson returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
Coco Crisp CF OAK
Coco Crisp returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
Everth Cabrera SS SD
Everth Cabrera returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
C Iannetta smacks walk-off HR to beat A's 04-17-2014
Chris Iannetta C LAA
Chris Iannetta belted a walk-off 12th inning solo homer to propel the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the A's. Iannetta's shot to dead center off Drew Pomeranz was nearly pulled back into the yard by Craig Gentry, but the ball grazed off the top of his glove at the apex of his leap. Iannetta finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Hits have been hard to come by, but Ianetta's offensive value has been salvaged some by six walks and five extra-base hits (against two singles). He's slashing .184/.304/.421 through 38 at-bats.
Gregerson blows save; 9th inning duties over? 04-17-2014
Luke Gregerson P OAK
Luke Gregerson blew his second save of the season by coughing up a ninth inning run Wednesday in a loss to the Angels. Nursing a 4-3 lead, Gregerson was brought on to finish things out against the top of Los Angeles' lineup. He didn't have trouble with J.B. Shuck, but consecutive singles put Mike Trout on third and Albert Pujols on first. Howie Kendrick's fielder's choice tied the game before Gregerson was able to escape. Gregerson and Sean Doolittle, the committee appointed to replace Jim Johnson, have both blown saves in the past few days, and Johnson is pitching well again, so one wonders if Bob Melvin is going to get the $10 million man back into the ninth inning the next time Oakland has a save opportunity. It isn't like Gregerson has been bad or anything. He owns a 1.86 ERA and 0.83 WHIP and hadn't given up a run since April 2 prior to this evening.
Skaggs not sharp in no-decision versus A's 04-17-2014
Tyler Skaggs P LAA
Tyler Skaggs coughed up four runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision against the A's on Wednesday. The young southpaw struck out two and walked three. He wasn't awful, but he made one unforgivable mistake on a 2-1 pitch to Brandon Moss with two men on and two outs in the fourth inning. That ball was blasted over the right field fence, and Oakland had a 4-1 lead it wouldn't have relinquished if Luke Gregerson had done his job. Skaggs (3.43 ERA) will return to a familiar NL environment when he travels to Washington next week.
Milone allows two runs in ND against Angels 04-17-2014
Tommy Milone P OAK
Tommy Milone surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in Wednesday's no-decision versus the Angels. Milone isn't going to blow anybody away, so there are going to be starts like tonight that could go one way or the other based on a whole bevy of circumstances. This evening, walking a pair and striking out only one didn't come back to bite him in a big way because he mostly avoided hard contact (six hits; four singles and two doubles). Milone has coughed up 16 hits over his first two starts, a frequency which must come down ASAP with the Rangers coming to town on Tuesday.
Jackie Bradley Jr. doubles in 14th 04-17-2014
Jackie Bradley Jr. LF BOS
Jackie Bradley Jr. delivered a two-run double off Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th to lead the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. The floundering Red Sox caught quite a break when the White Sox ran out of pitchers, forcing them to turn to an infield. After two two-out walks from Garcia, Bradley delivered the big hit, just Boston's third after the first inning of the contest. He finished the game 1-for-6 with a walk.
Edward Mujica takes blown save 04-17-2014
Edward Mujica P BOS
Edward Mujica took a blown save after giving up a run in the 10th inning Wednesday against the White Sox. Last year, Mujica took his first loss and blown save of the season on July 4. By that time, he had already pitched 34 1/3 innings. This year, he already has one of each. One wonders how much longer he'll be trusted as Koji Uehara's fallback.
Chris Capuano earns win in relief 04-17-2014
Chris Capuano P BOS
Chris Capuano pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for a relief victory Wednesday against the White Sox. Capuano has been a revelation in relief for the Red Sox, throwing nine scoreless innings in the team's first 15 games. Given his injury history, we'll see if he can keep it up. He has to be in line for a couple of days off after the long outing tonight.
SS Ramirez's hand X-rays come back negative 04-17-2014
Hanley Ramirez SS LAD
After leaving Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with a hand injury, Hanley Ramirez's X-rays came back negative.

CBS Los Angeles
Los Angeles collectively held its breath after Han-Ram was hit by a 90 mph Ryan Vogelsong fastball on the top of his left hand. The star shortstop spiked his helmet and jumped around in agony before exiting, with Justin Turner taking his spot. Consider Ramirez day-to-day.
John Danks strong for six innings 04-17-2014
John Danks P CWS
John Danks pitched six innings of one-run ball versus the Red Sox on Wednesday. Danks gave up hits to the first three batters he faced and then not another one for the rest of his outing. In fact, the Red Sox didn't have another hit until the ninth. Danks ended up with a no-decision despite leaving with a two-run lead. He's 3-for-3 in quality starts this season, but he has just one win to show for it.
Matt Lindstrom takes third blown save 04-17-2014
Matt Lindstrom P CWS
Matt Lindstrom was charged with a remarkably cheap blown save after inheriting Maikel Cleto's mess in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox. Cleto, who got the last out in the eighth, was going to get a chance to go for the save in the ninth, but he was pulled from a 3-2 game after walking the first two batters of the inning. Lindstrom came in and retired David Ortiz on a flyball before giving up a soft infield single and a game-tying sac fly. While he did no wrong, it was his third blown save of the young season. Lindstrom preserved the tie from there and pitched a scoreless 10th, so it was a good night for him and a setback for Cleto, who appeared set to get a chance to supplant Lindstrom in the closer's role.
RP Romo earns fourth save, strikes out four 04-17-2014
Sergio Romo P SF
Sergio Romo whiffed a pair while working a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Romo coughed up a run while earning a rocky save on Opening Day against the Diamondbacks. Since then, he's fired six shutout innings and allowed only one hit and one walk. Romo is missing bats and refusing to give away bases again, the recipe that helped him leap into the group of the game's elite closers last year. He owns a 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and 9/1 K/BB rate over seven innings.
White Sox infielder Leury Garcia takes loss 04-17-2014
Leury Garcia 2B CWS
With the White Sox out of pitchers, Leury Garcia took a loss in the 14th inning Wednesday against the Red Sox. Rather than extend Daniel Webb past three innings, the White Sox went to Garcia in a tie game. He actually got two quick outs, but he then walked two and gave up a two-run double to Jackie Bradley Jr.
Dustin Pedroia scores three times in return 04-17-2014
Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-6 with two walks, a steal and three runs scored in his return to the lineup Wednesday. Pedroia was definitely missed during his brief absence due to a sore wrist. His three runs tonight matched the total the Red Sox scored in the two games he was sidelined.
Jose Abreu goes hitless for 14 innings 04-17-2014
Jose Abreu 1B CWS
Jose Abreu went 0-for-6 and grounded into a double play in the 14-inning loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Since hitting his third and fourth homers Thursday, Abreu has gone 1-for-20 in his last five games, though he does have four walks in that span. It shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a run-of-the-mill mini-slump.
Gordon goes 3-for-4 with triple in loss to SF 04-17-2014
Dee Gordon 2B LAD
Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's 2-1 setback against the Giants. It already seems insane that Justin Turner started on Opening Day. The 25-year-old Gordon continues to whack the ball around, collecting multi-hit games in four of his last six. He's slashing .404/.453/.553 with 10 steals. That average is good for third in the National League, while he leads the league in swipes.
SP Vogelsong bounces back with quality start 04-17-2014
Ryan Vogelsong P SF
Ryan Vogelsong got back on track against the Dodgers on Wednesday, giving up one run over six innings in a no-decision. The 36-year-old right-hander struck out a pair and walked two more. Not much could have been reasonably expected of Vogelsong after he posted an ugly 5.73 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 67/38 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3 innings last summer, and he pitched even worse over his first two starts this season (8.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and a .350 opponent's batting average). Because of those reasons, he's probably going to rest easy tonight. Fantasy owners shouldn't be quick to buy, here: Vogelsong has a tough matchup in Colorado on Monday.
Maholm works six quality innings in ND vs. SF 04-17-2014
Paul Maholm P LAD
Paul Maholm surrendered only one run on five hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday. He whiffed two and walked three in his best start since August 28. The left-hander entered this game with an 8.10 ERA, but that was mostly because he got bombed by the Giants in his only other start of the year back on April 5. His rotation spot is safe until Clayton Kershaw comes back. Maholm will toe the Chavez Ravine rubber with his shiny new 4.97 ERA against Philadelphia next week.
RP Street denies Rockies for fifth save 04-17-2014
Huston Street P SD
Huston Street locked down his fifth save of 2014 by striking out two over a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Colorado. Street, tied with Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead in saves, earned saves in both of San Diego's wins against his former team as the Padres took two of three. He's 5-for-5 in save conversions to go with a 6/1 K/BB rate, 0.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. If the signing of Joaquin Benoit was meant to send a message, it appears as though Street received it.
Morneau finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer 04-17-2014
Justin Morneau 1B COL
Justin Morneau finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI in a loss to the Friars on Wednesday. Morneau has clearly enjoyed his escape from Target Field to Coors, though he did his damage tonight at renowned hitter-killer Petco Park. At least in the early going, he looks like a different hitter: The veteran first sacker is slashing .354/.396/.542 with two homers and five RBI over 48 at-bats. He's had a lot of singles drop in, so the power will have to rise to compensate. It's worth noting that he hasn't hit 20 homers since 2009.
Mike Moustakas homers in 11th 04-17-2014
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Mike Moustakas homered in the top of the 11th in the Royals' 6-4 defeat of the Astros on Wednesday. The struggling Moustakas sat against a lefty and watched Danny Valencia homer in his place, but he got his chance after replacing Justin Maxwell and hit a solo shot to give the Royals the lead in extras. The Royals really should platoon Moustakas going forward, but manager Ned Yost has refused to consider it up to this point. The homer tonight was Moustakas' first, and it gave him just his second RBI in 42 at-bats.
Cashner gives up one earned run in victory 04-17-2014
Andrew Cashner P SD
Andrew Cashner kept on rolling Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits over 7 1/3 frames in a 4-2 win. The right-hander fanned five and walked one. As usual, he forced the Rockies to play his game, pounding 12 ground ball outs into the dirt. Cashner owners will have to come to a decision about the sell-high possibility at some point. On the one hand, he has ace potential and could very well keep pitching like one. On the other, San Diego is going to ask him to pitch like an ace, and one of the things that goes along with that is being worked heavily. Durability has been a concern in the past. We can tell you with confidence how to make certain fantasy decisions, but this one will come down to circumstance (do you have a buyer, and how much is he offering?) and taste (what is your level of belief in Cashner's right arm?). Cashner (2-1, 1.27 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 27/8 K/BB rate) travels to Milwaukee next week.
Danny Duffy strikes out four in relief 04-17-2014
Danny Duffy P KC
Danny Duffy struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief to pick up a win against the Astros on Wednesday. Duffy probably isn't in the bullpen for good, but he could be an asset in relief for however long the Royals leave him there. He's pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven, since his callup Saturday.
Dallas Keuchel holds Royals to two runs 04-17-2014
Dallas Keuchel P HOU
Dallas Keuchel pitched six innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision against the Royals on Wednesday. Keuchel left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. We like Keuchel, but pitching for such a weak team will limit his fantasy upside this season, probably leaving him without any value in shallow mixed leagues.
De La Rosa logs quality start in third loss 04-17-2014
Jorge De La Rosa P COL
Jorge De La Rosa hurled his first quality start of the season, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over six innings in a 4-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday. The left-hander whiffed four and walked one. As implied above, this was by far De La Rosa's best start of the season, as he logged only 4 1/3 frames in each one of his first three outings. He's 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA, but look beneath the surface and you see a 1.42 WHIP and 20/8 K/BB ratio that suggest things haven't been as quite as bad as they appear. De La Rosa and the Rockies host San Francisco on Monday.
Marc Krauss hits first home run 04-17-2014
Marc Krauss LF HOU
Marc Krauss went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the season Wednesday against the Royals. Since George Springer wasn't on the 40-man roster, the Astros could call him up today and not have him be eligible for free agency until after 2020. Jonathan Singleton, on the other hand, is on the 40-man and thus would still be eligible for free agency after 2019 if he were called up immediately. Singleton's timetable can be pushed back a year starting next week, and unless Krauss can come up with a few more big hits before then, he might be in danger of losing his spot.
George Springer reaches twice in debut 04-17-2014
George Springer RF HOU
George Springer went 1-for-5 with a walk and a caught stealing in his major league debut Wednesday against the Royals. Springer's hit was a little tapper that he beat out. He also scored one of the Astros' four runs tonight.
L.J. Hoes goes 0-for-5 04-17-2014
L.J. Hoes RF HOU
L.J. Hoes went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the loss to the Royals on Wednesday. Hoes is fortunate Robbie Grossman got off to a poor start or he'd have been the one sent to the minors or at least given a reduced role to make room for George Springer. As is, he's still battling Alex Presley for starts and he's only guaranteed to be in there against lefties.