UPDATES & NEWS
Mike Minor pitched six innings of one run ball Sunday allowing six hits, three walks, and struck out six in the win over the Dodgers to move his record to 8-2 on the season.
Mike Minor has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last seven starts and these were his first free passes allowed in two previous starts. Minors last loss came all the way back on April 28th. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
What my colleague, Michael Pichan, is saying here is that Minor is just dialed in at this point. He's been consistently showing fantastic control for almost 2 months and should be in your lineup whenever he takes the mound.ANALYST: Brad Costilo
Dolphins released WR Brian Hartline.
As reliable as Hartline was a couple of years ago, his time with the Dolphins appeared to be over last season when he caught just 39 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns over 16 games. Releasing him with save the Dolphins $3.15 million against the cap this year. He should be able to find work elsewhere, though he needs to bring a bigger game to the table at times. Analysis: Howard Bender
Falcons released WR Harry Douglas.
The Falcons believe that signing Eric Weems is more of a priority and cutting Douglas saves the team $3.5 million against the cap this season. Douglas has been a reliable No. 3 for the Falcons over the years and has even posted a 1,000-plus yard season while filling the gaps caused by injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White. He should easily find work elsewhere. Analysis: Howard Bender
Ernesto Frieri said one of the reasons he signed with Tampa Bay was for the opportunity to work with pitching coach Jim Hickey.
Frieri has seen the difference working with Hickey has made in the careers of Fernando Rodney, Kyle Farnsworth and Joaquin Benoit and he too would like a chance to return to the 37-save guy he once was when he was with the Angels. Already, Hickey has helped Frieri make adjustsment to his foot placement on the rubber and Frieri is eager to have more done. Considering the uncertainty of Jake McGee's elbow and the inexperience of Brad Boxberger, should the Rays need to call upon Frieri to help in a save sitaution, he wants to be ready for the team. Monitor this situation throughout the spring as he could become a dark horse candidate for the job. Analysis: Howard Bender
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will likely be suspended for at least 25 games.
You would have thought the Angels would have had themselves more protected with a relapse clause considering Hamilton's past and the fact that he had a relapse while with the Rangers as well. He's not due back until the end of May, so a 25-game suspension then puts him out for at least another month. He's not being drafted until very late right now and this could/should actually push his ADP down even further. Given the struggles with injuries and again now with substance abuse, he's not even worth the draft-and-stash. Analysis: Howard Bender