Rangers manager Ron Washington will bat Prince Fielder third ahead of Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios.
Ron Washington is a skipper who manages by feel more so than statistical analysis. Logic would seem to dictate that the Rangers lineup would have been Beltre, Prince, Rios (R,L,R handed hitters), but Washington said, Im just not moving Beltre out of the fourth hole, because he has seen Beltre struggle when batting 3rd, (.196 avg in 54 PA with TEX batting 3rd, career .281 though, so can you say small sample size). Although maybe not the most logical decision, it should not change either players fantasy value one way or the other heading into the season.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run against Houston on Sunday.
Castillo benefitted greatly from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent injury as Castillo played a large majority of the games behind the plate in Salty’s absence. And he played well as his wOBA since the All-Star break is over .450. But he struck out in almost 40 percent of his plate appearances and rode a .400 BABIP to most of his success. With Salty back now and regression likely for Castillo, don’t count on as much from him going forward. Analysis: Brett Talley
The Indians are weighing the possibility to placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.
Kipnis DH'ed on Friday and Saturday nights before sitting out on Sunday, so apparently this shoulder injury has been an isue for a few days now. Kipnis has ridden a .375 BABIP to an excellent .326 batting average this season. He has been hitting line drives at an incredibly high rate, but counting on a super-high line drive rate to continue is foolhardy, so Kipnis could be in line for some regression in that department if this injury doesn't knock him out for the rest of the year. Analysis: Brett Talley