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Michael Pineda is facing a suspension of 10 games, according to official rule book .

That is, indeed what the rule book states, so fantasy owners should make arrangements to be without Pineda for at least one start. The Yankees will obviously shuffle up their rotation to make sure it's not more than that.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 08:08 PMSource

Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday's game due to an illness.

Sandoval has been struggling at the plate in a major way this season and was actually given off Sunday for a "mental break," according to manager Bruce Bochy. With an off-day Thursday, you can probably expect him back in the lineup Friday providing this illness isn't something more serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:54 PMSource

Michael Pineda was ejected in the bottom of the second inning after the umpire found a foreign substance on his neck.

After the TV cameras caught a foreign substance on the palm of Pineda's hand during his last time facing the Red Sox, it sparked a huge controversy in the media but not on the field as those playing know that the pine tar used was merely to help grip the ball in the cold weather, not for pitch movement. When the players noticed the substance on the back of Pineda's neck this time, Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the umpire to check him. When the umpire found it, he immediately ejected Pineda. This is one of those situations where it's widely accepted that pitchers use something to improve their grip without doctoring the ball, but in Pineda's case, he simply needed to hide it better. This should spark quite the addition to the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:50 PMSource

Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan will take treatment on his right knee Thursday in San Francisco.

The Giants have an off-day Thursday so Pagan will receive treatment for the knee. Depending on how he responds to the treatment, the Giants will make a determination as to whether or not he remains day-to-day or if he'll need a DL stint.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:28 PMSource

Clayton Kershaw will start Friday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly slowed everyone's roll by reminding the public that Kershaw would require more than one rehab outing before rejoining the team. That being said, the fact that he is already throwing his first rehab start now means that his return to the Dodgers is much closer than originally expected. He should be back in early to mid-May.
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23 Apr, 07:09 PMSource

Jason Castro went 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI against the Mariners on Wednesday.

Castro put the Astros up early with a two-run double in the third, but failed to get another hit the rest of the game and the Astros ultimately fell in the ninth. He's batting just .212 for the season but he's got four home runs and 11 RBI this year, so he's at least contributing in the counting stats. But fear not as his average could come up soon should the BABIP gods help him raise that dismal .222 mark he is currently sporting.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:05 PMSource

Chris Carter went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk during Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

Maybe he's shaken off the offseason rust or maybe it's just the delight of facing Mariners pitching, but Carter's bat has awakened and he now has home runs in back-to-back games. His batting average will always stink, but he's got such strong power potential that he's a great own in roto leagues. Head-to-head leagues are a little tougher to take with him, but still useful during a hot week.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:03 PMSource

Josh Beckett returned to the Dodgers clubhouse Wednesday and said he's feeling better after a second round of antibiotics.

Sickness had run rampant through Beckett's body and we don't mean that in a good way. He seems to be fine and has been allowed to rejoin the team as a fear of exposure to whatever he had is now at the very minimum. He remains on-schedule to pitch Friday when the Dodgers open up a series against the Rockies.
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23 Apr, 07:02 PMSource

Josh Fields blew the save and took the loss Wednesday after giving up three runs on three hits with one strikeout over just one-third of an inning against the Mariners.

Fields looked beaten right from the start after giving up back-to-back singles to open the ninth. He struck out Justin Smoak next but then served up a game-winning three-run shot to Kyle Seager (his second of the game). Fields is simply part of this disgusting committee Bo Porter is running, so he'll be back for another try sometime soon.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:02 PMSource

Jarred Cosart allowed two runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 6.2 innings against the Mariners on Wednesday but settled for a no-decision after the bullpen gave up a walk-off home run in the ninth inning.

It was a nice reboundn from his last start, but a tough no-decision for Cosart to take as he cruised through the first six innings before he got tagged by Kyle Seager's first home run of the game. He threw 104 pitches (73 strikes) and had the Mariners worm-killing most of the way with eight ground-ball outs induced. The bullpen melt down is probably something fantasy owners can expect give the closing situation in Houston, so don;t expect many starters in Houston to record decent win totals. He'll face the Nationals next week and try to out-duel Gio Gonzalez.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

23 Apr, 07:00 PMSource

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Name Team Value Draft
Yu Darvish Tex $ 12800
Matt Harvey NYM $ 11600
Max Scherzer Det $ 11400
Clayton Kershaw LAD $ 11200
Clay Buchholz Bos $ 11100

Name Team Value Trend
Cliff Lee Phi $ 21041
Yu Darvish Tex $ 20114
Max Scherzer Det $ 19737
Stephen Strasburg Was $ 19653
Anibal Sanchez Det $ 19580

Name Team Value Trend

Name Team Value Draft
Drew Brees Saints $ 19700
Matt Ryan Falcons $ 19550
Tom Brady Patriots $ 18700
Aaron Rodgers Packers $ 18300
Peyton Manning Broncos $ 18200

Name Team Value Draft
Clayton Kershaw LAD $ 30400.0
Jose Fernandez Mia $ 29600.0
Yu Darvish Tex $ 29500.0
Daisuke Matsuzaka Cle $ 29200.00
Chris Sale CWS $ 28100.0