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St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter, CL Trevor Rosenthal and OF Oscar Taveras arrived to camp early Tuesday, Feb. 11. 

The Cardinals as a whole will be trying to get that bitter taste out of their mouths after losing in the World Series to the Red Sox a season ago and these three players are a little anxious. Both Carpenter and Rosenthal are going to have immediate fantasy impacts this season, while Taveras is slated to be a call-up at some point later in the season. ANALYST: Matthew Beck

George Springer went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI in the Astros 6-2 loss to the Tigers on Friday.

Springer has now collected two hits in three straight games which has helped raise his average from .195 to .214 on the season. A concussion sidelined Springer in early May but he has played well since his return, hitting .282 with six runs, two home runs and four RBI. Fantasy owners will have to deal with the low batting average as Springer is once again on pace to rank among the league leaders in strikeouts but he’s already reached double-digit stole bases and could flirt with a 30/30 season given his potential. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Colin McHugh allowed three earned runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two over seven innings in the Astros 6-2 loss to the Tigers on Friday.

McHugh took the loss despite tossing his sixth quality start of the season. His record now sits at 5-2 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. The Astros bats could not get anything working against Alfredo Simon to get McHugh off the hook. He will look to earn his sixth win of the season when he takes the mound Wednesday against the Orioles. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

James McCann went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Tigers 6-2 win over the Astros on Friday.

McCann is seeing extended playing time thanks to the injury to Alex Avila and he’s proven capable of producing, hitting .299 with nine runs, two home runs and 10 RBI. McCann is pretty cheap when it comes to catching options in daily leagues and given the lineup he’s worth starting if you need the extra salary to spend elsewhere.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored in the Tigers 6-2 win over the Astros on Friday.

Martinez connected on his ninth home run of the season to go with 25 runs, 21 RBI and a .266 average. Martinez was one of the biggest surprises of the 2014 baseball season as he set career highs in every statistical category and while his average this year is below the .315 he posted last season the rest of his production is on pace to exceed that of last year.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Alfredo Simon allowed two unearned runs on four hits while walking one and striking out five over seven innings in the Tigers 6-2 win over the Astros on Friday.

Simon picked up his fifth win of the season on Friday and lowered his ERA to 2.67. Simon started strong for the Reds in 2014 but over his final 11 starts of the season his ERA hovered around 5.00 so while he is off to another great start it has yet to be seen if you can doing it over the course of a full year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Mark Teixeira went 1-for-5 with a solo home run during Friday’s 10-9 loss to the Rangers.

Teixeira continues his resurgent season in the Bronx, as the veteran switch-hitter launched his 13th homer, ranking second in the A.L., of the campaign Friday night. Teixeira is also currently sitting in the among the A.L.s top-5 in slugging, .OPS and RBI. Analysis: Nate Miller

Didi Gregorius went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday’s 10-9 loss to the Rangers.

Gregorius popped his first home run of the season Friday night. The young shortstop is trying to get himself going at the plate, as he is now 4-for-11 with a homer and a double over his last four games. Analysis: Nate Miller

Michael Pineda tossed six innings during Friday’s 10-9 loss to the Rangers, giving up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out four.

After a four-start stretch through late-April and early-May that saw Pineda pitch at an All-Star level, the big righty has taken a step back over his last two outings. The 26-year-old hurler has been knocked around for 12 runs (nine earned) on 18 hits and one walk while recording just five strikeouts across his last 11 1/3 innings. Pineda has provided plenty of evidence that he is ready to perform at a high level once again, so consider these recent results to be just a blip on the radar for now. He will climb back atop the mound Wednesday versus the Royals. Analysis: Nate Miller

Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Friday’s 10-9 win over the Yankees.

Moreland continues to swing a hot bat for the Rangers in recent days. He has now gone 10-for-24 with three home runs, two doubles and six RBI during his current six-game hitting streak.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Prince Fielder went 2-for-5 with a pair of homers and four RBI during Friday’s 10-9 victory versus the Yankees.

Fielder just continues to cruise through May, as the early-season favorite for A.L. Comeback Player of the Year has six home runs and 17 RBI while hitting safely in 19-of-21 games this month.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Colby Lewis worked 6 2/3 innings during Friday’s 10-9 win over the Yankees, allowing five runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out three.

Following an excellent run through late-April and early-May, Lewis turned in his second straight lackluster performance Friday night. Over that span, the veteran righty has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 15 hits and three walks across 11 2/3 innings. Lewis will look to get back on track Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland.  Analysis: Nate Miller

Update: X-rays on Hanley Ramirez' injured hand were negative. He is day-to-day.

Ramirez was hit on the hand during the game and was promptly removed. The news on the x-rays was certainly positive but you should expect him to miss a few days with a bruised hand. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ryan Vogelsong tweaked his leg in a collision with Troy Tulowitzki while covering first. He was removed from the game and will be re-evaluated Saturday.

The play took place while Vogelsong was covering first base. The team doesn't think it was anything major but he had already thrown 95 pitches at that point so he was supposed to come out anyway. He had thrown six scoreless innings and allowed two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Backed by 11 runs and 14 hits, he was able to escape with the win. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Colabello went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer during Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

With various Blue Jays beat up over the last couple of weeks, Colabello has seen plenty of at-bats recently. He came into Fridays contest on a 3-for-21 skid that included eight whiffs, but certainly snapped out of that in a big way. Colabello is slugging .556 through 17 games and holds value in A.L. only format, at least in the short term. Analysis: Nate Miller

Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a double and two runs scored in Friday’s 4-3 loss against the Mariners.

Encarnacion homered for the second time in as many days Friday, as the veteran slugger continues to hit for plenty of power in the Blue Jays lineup despite an overall lack of consistency this season. Encarnacion is batting just .243 over the last 11 games, but has belted 6 roundtrippers in that same span. Analysis: Nate Miller

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