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Wilson Chandler (hamstring) was expected to make his debut Monday, but instead he will make his debut Wednesday against the Lakers.
Aaron Hicks went 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored on Wednesday afternoon.
The home run was Hicks’ first on the season, and was hopefully proof that there is some pop in his bat. So far in his 48 at-bats, there isn’t much evidence that Hicks has much upside, considering his .240 average and .269 OBP, but he is getting every day use out in central, so he might have the opportunity to put things together going forward. Your best bet is to not bank on this game being the evidence of a Hicks offensive turnaround, but if you feel so inclined, best of luck. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Dustin Pedrioa went 2-for-4 with two 2-run-home-runs on Wednesday afternoon.
Pedroia continued his impressive 2015 campaign, as he clubbed another two home runs on Wednesday afternoon. He now has seven dingers on the season, with a very respectable .290 batting average. At the top of the Red Sox order, he is doing a nice job in setting the table, while also getting a heavy dose of fastballs to feast on. This season, the quick-batted second baseman looks faster than he has over the past couple of seasons, rendering him a very good option at second in all fantasy formats. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Glen Perkins picked up his 18th save of the season on Wednesday afternoon.
Perkins extended his save streak to 18 on Wednesday afternoon, as he sent down the Red Sox in order in the ninth inning. So far this season, Perkins has been elite, maintaining a 1.19 ERA, leading the league in saves with 18, and zero such opportunities blown. There is no reason to believe that he will slow down, so feel lucky (or smart) if you were the one to draft him in your fantasy league. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Phil Hughes went 6 2/3 innings, allowed four runs, and struck out three batters on Wednesday night.
This outing was far shakier than his previous two, where he lasted seven innings and only allowed two runs in both. In any event, Hughes still managed to pick up the win against the Sox on Wednesday afternoon, as his six innings and four earned runs were enough to get the Twins the “W”. Besides for his inflated 4.59 ERA, his low strikeout rate is alarming for fantasy owners, as he has now failed to strikeout more than four batters in a game in six consecutive outings. Hughes is a veteran pitcher who should get things back on track, but still, don’t expect him to accomplish this while striking out a large sum of batters. Analysis: Dom Murtha