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  • Player Notes
    Dylan Covey May 24 11:10am ET

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey came out of Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks in the third inning with what has been diagnosed with a strained oblique. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, but fantasy owners should expect the 25-year-old to be headed to the 10-day disabled list, as he only made six starts last season in the minors with the same injury. Not that Covey should be on anyone's fantasy team - he has an ugly 8.12 ERA and 1.81 WHIP through eight big-league starts. Covey was a Rule 5 selection from the Oakland A's organization over the winter, which means he has to be in the majors or on the major league DL all season, but he doesn't seem quite ready for prime time. The White Sox apparently like his upside enough though to keep running him out there. Now that he's injured, they'll have time to work him back slowly through minor league rehab.

    Tony Watson May 24 11:10am ET

    Tony Watson played the role of goat on Tuesday night, blowing another save and taking his first loss of the season. After a length rain delay and a comeback by the Pirates in the top of the ninth to take the lead, he promptly blew the game in the bottom half of the inning. Watson gave up three hits, including a walk-off single by Pittsburgh's new nemesis, Matt Adams. Watson was solid in April, allowing one run in 9 1/3 IP, but May has been a different story. He's allowed a total of seven runs in his last seven appearances with a .353 BAA in the lsat seven days. He's a shaky must-hold until he loses the closer job in Pittsburgh. Felipe Rivero would seem to be the top speculative handcuff.

    Logan Forsythe May 24 11:00am ET

    Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe had missed over a month with a fractured toe and tight hamstring, but he got right back into the swing of things Tuesday night in his first game back from the disabled list, with a walk-off double in the 13th inning of the Dodgers' epic duel with the Cardinals. Forsythe had been 0-for-4 on the night, but he laced a line drive down the right field line that scored Enrique Hernandez to give the Dodgers at 2-1 win. Unfortunately the rest of his night was forgettable, with four strikeouts and a walk in five plate appearances before the double. At least he ended things on a high note. He's now slashing .286/.400/.347 on the season and should be in the leadoff spot for the Dodgers mostly every day.

    Tyler Glasnow May 24 10:50am ET

    Tyler Glasnow was good on the mound, but even better at the plate on Tuesday night. Glasnow managed to throw six innings of two-run ball before the rain came, earning a quality start for the third time in nine starts. He was arguably better as a hitter, going 3-for-3. He is now up to .417 with five hits and three RBI in 12 at-bats this season. Unless your league counts hitting stats for pitchers (doubtful), it's hard to recommend Glasnow as anything but a risky tournament play on occasion. He has been erratic through the first two months and owns a 6.69 ERA and 1.93 WHIP.

    Clayton Kershaw May 24 10:50am ET

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw found himself in an epic pitchers duel on Tuesday night, as he and Lance Lynn of the Cardinals matched each other frame for frame and the game went into extra innings. Kershaw actually took a 1-0 lead into the ninth but the tying run scored on a wild pitch. Kershaw ended up making way for Kenley Jansen after nine innings, ending his night with one earned run and three hits allowed, with no walks and 10 strikeouts. The Dodgers did eventually win in 13 innings. Kershaw now has a dazzling 2.01 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in 10 starts this season. He'll be in line for his next start on Sunday at home against the Cubs.

    Christian Yelich May 24 10:40am ET

    Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich left Tuesday's game early with a hip flexor injury, though the team is hopeful he'll return in a few days. It's been a rough season for the Marlins, who have been ravaged by injuries over the last couple of weeks. Yelich hasn't had the start most experts were expecting, and this latest injury seems to just pile on to his struggles. Yelich is batting just .256 with six homers on the season, and is hitting an abysmal .095 in his last 21 at-bats.

    Giancarlo Stanton May 24 10:40am ET

    Giancarlo Stanton collected three more hits and an RBI on Tuesday as he continues his silently effective week. Stanton has been stuck on 11 home runs since May 8, but he's still found a way to get on base. Over his last three games, the Miami Marlins' big outfielder is batting .400 with four RBI, three doubles and a run scored. His average has jumped .16 points since May 16, and he's slashing .269/.337/.526 with 11 homers and 31 RBI on the season. The home runs will come, but for now, he's content with making an impact in other departments.

    Andrew McCutchen May 24 10:40am ET

    Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-5 and stranded seven runners on Tuesday night. The miserable evening dropped his average to an even .200. There's still plenty of season left to turn things around, but Cutch has been an albatross to the averages for his fantasy owners. It shouldn't be a surprise, as his batting average has dropped consistently for five straight seasons. The six homers and five steals give hope for a 20/20 season, but it will come with some compromises.

    Justin Bour May 24 10:30am ET

    Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour simply can't stop hitting home runs. Bour launched a homer and recorded two RBI in a monster 4-for-5 performance against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday to continue his freakishly great May, where he's batting .348 with eight homers and 15 RBI. He's now homered in four of his last five games and in six of his last 10. His 12 home runs rank seventh-most in the National League, and his average has jumped from .248 to.280 in 10 days. He's slashing .280/.363/.560 on the season, and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

    Yasmani Grandal May 24 10:30am ET

    Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has been on fire this month after starting the season slow. Tuesday night he launched his fifth home run of the season to continue his torrid month of May, slashing .383/.413/.633 this month and getting his overall season average up from .225 at the end up April to .298 now. Grandal entered 2017 with high fantasy expectations after a career year in 2016, so it's nice to see him picking up the pace after getting off to a slow start. He's a must-start for fantasy purposes now.

    Patrick Corbin May 24 10:30am ET

    Patrick Corbin was victorious on Tuesday night, giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk over six innings pitched. Corbin struck out five batters in the outing. Despite picking up the win, Corbin was not very sharp, giving up eight hits, including two more home runs, bringing his total to 10 on the season. Corbin is showcasing improved control this season, but will struggle to keep runs off the board because he's giving up so many home runs. Corbin will win quite a few games due to the Arizona offense, but he will hurt his owners' ratios until he can keep the ball in the yard.

    A.J. Pollock May 24 10:20am ET

    A.J. Pollock (groin) took another step in his rehab on Tuesday, taking swings in a batting cage. Pollock had already started jogging on Monday and is progressing quickly from a grade one groin strain. Manager Torey Lovullo was impressed enough to say that Pollock may not need a rehab assignment before he is activated from the disabled list. If he is activated directly to the D'Backs roster, Pollock is looking at returning to game action in early June. Reymond Fuentes and Gregor Blanco will continue to play in his absence.

    Dylan Bundy May 24 10:10am ET

    Dylan Bundy bounced back very nicely from his six-run outing against the Tigers. On Tuesday he fired seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, he was on the wrong side of Ervin Santana's complete game shutout, so he took the loss despite his good efforts. After a four game stretch with three or less strikeouts per game, he now has at least seven in two of his last three starts. As long as he stays healthy, it looks like Bundy with his excellent slider will remain a solid fantasy option. His next start will come at home against the Yankees.

    Joc Pederson May 24 10:10am ET

    The Dodgers had a scary moment in the 10th inning of their game with the Cardinals on Tuesday night, as outfielders Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig collided as Puig made a catch of a fly ball in the gap between right and center field. Pederson got the worst of it as his forehead collided with Puig's forearm, and then he slid headfirst into the outfield wall as he went to the ground. Pederson came out of the game at that point, but manager Dave Roberts said that the 25-year-old center fielder passed concussion protocol and is day-to-day with neck stiffness. Pederson also suffered some small abrasions on his forehead from the collision, but he expects he will only miss game or two. That's great news considering how bad the collision looked. Fantasy owners should find a sub for Pederson for a few games, but it sounds like he could be back in action by the weekend series with the Cubs.

    Xander Bogaerts May 24 8:30am ET

    Facing a hot rangers team someone would have to step up if the Red Sox wanted to come out on top. Xander Bogaerts did just that by scoring four runs and driving in another three on 3-for-5 batting for the night. It was the first time this year Bogaerts had three RBI in a game. One of the reasons for the lack of RBI is that he still does not have a home run this year. The Red Sox currently sit tied for last in the league with just 38 long balls. Bogaerts may be sacrificing power to keep up the .329 average he currently sports.

    Rick Porcello May 24 8:20am ET

    Rick Porcello was able to pick up the win Tuesday after a less-than-stellar outing against the streaking Texas Rangers. He allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings of action. Those 11 hits allowed tie a season high for Porcello and if he keeps that up it will be hard to win games. Despite Porcello's recent slump he has been able to give the team some decent innings, pitching at least six innings in his last seven starts. Porcello's next start comes May 28 against a slumping Seattle Mariners squad.

    Jesse Hahn May 24 8:10am ET

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn left Tuesday's start against the Marlins with fatigue that has since been diagnosed as a right triceps strain. Hahn had allowed five runs on seven hits against Miami before departing, easily the worst start of the season for Hahn, who had a 3.02 ERA and 1.20 WHIP coming into the game. Hahn said he assumes he will get an MRI exam, but he is unsure whether he will be able to make his next start. If Hahn goes on the disabled list, Jharel Cotton is the top candidate to be recalled the next time Oakland needs a fifth starter. Cotton threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk, for Triple-A Nashville at Sacramento on Sunday. Hahn was a good streaming option coming into this start and Cotton would be in a similar position, as he was the Athletics third starting pitcher to open the season before posting a 5.68 ERA in 38 innings.

    Yonder Alonso May 24 8:10am ET

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso returned to the lineup yesterday after missing four games with a sprained left knee, but was out of the game in the seventh inning after getting hit by a pitch on the left wrist. Mark Canha moved from center to first in the top of the seventh and Rajai Davis entered the game to play center for Canha. Manager Bob Melvin said it will be up to Alonso whether he feels good enough to play Wednesday, but X-rays proved negative and he could be back for Oakland tonight. Alonso has a .419 wOBA and 13 home runs this season, by far one of the breakout stars of the 2017 season. Fantasy owners have to be thrilled that he avoided the fate of Freddie Freeman, but need to check Oakland's lineup to see if he starts tonight.

    Alex Cobb May 24 8:10am ET

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb allowed four runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Angels on Tuesday. Cobb walked three and struck out five, saddled with the loss after the Rays were blanked in a 4-0 defeat. He has allowed at least three runs in each of his last three starts, but had four consecutive quality starts coming into Tuesday and is sixth in the American League with 63 2/3 innings. His two start winning streak was also snapped on Tuesday, evening his record at 4-4, as his ERA rose to 3.82 and his WHIP went up a bit to 1.26. Cobb's ability to work deep into games is valuable in all formats, giving him opportunities for more wins and his ERA and WHIP are very playable as well. Fantasy owners would like more strikeouts (43 in 63 2/3 innings), but he is a solid SP4 in deep mixed leagues. His next start will be in Minnesota against the Twins on May 28.

    Justin Verlander May 24 8:00am ET

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander will take on the Houston Astros Wednesday night in a favorable matchup. The veteran right-hander owns a career 2.05 ERA against the Astros over seven starts, allowing just two home runs and notching 20 strikeouts. Current Astros batters have managed to hit just .240 against Verlander for his career. Verlander has won three of his last four outings, and is a must-start against the Astros in all formats.

  • MLB SCOREBOARD - Wed May 24FULL
    Wed 12:35pm ET
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    Wed 10:10pm ET
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