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Andrew Bailey has arrived in Yankees camp on Monday,.

One day after signing a one-year deal with the Yankees, Bailey has reported to Spring Training to compete for a spot in the Yankees bullpen. Bailey has battled injuries the last two seasons while with the Red Sox, making only 49 appearances, but is said to be at 100 percent health this time around.ANALYST: Matthew Beck

Jake Odorizzi took the loss Saturday after he gave up three runs on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings against the Yankees.

Though the final score of the game was 9-0 it wasn’t Odorizzi who let things get out of hand. He threw his third-straight quality start and his ground ball rate is looking awfully tasty in comparison to where it’s been the last two seasons. Can he keep it up? Well, that’s yet to be determined as he’s changed some things up this season such as his use of a new cutter and the elimination of his slider. His swinging-strike rate is up, the contact is down and the contact to which he is pitching is pretty weak right now. He’s definitely one to monitor moving forward and you can start that watch next week when he faces the Red Sox. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Young went 1-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and a run scored during the Yankees’ 9-0 win over the Rays on Saturday.

He’s been seeing regular playing time all week with Brett Gardner out and has now hit safely in six of his last seven games with three home runs and eight RBI. But let’s face fact – this is Chris Young we’re talking about. He’s a career .234 hitter and hasn’t hit above .240 since 2010, so that .276 average he’s sporting is the exception, not the rule. He could see some decent at-bats this season given the shaky health of Carlos Beltran as well as the injury histories of both Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, but the production is not likely to be consistent unless you’re expecting more 0-for4’s than anything else. Enjoy the production while you can, but don’t expect it to last. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brian McCann went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored against the Rays on Saturday.

The triple was McCann’s fourth of his career and word is they still have him hooked up to an oxygen tank after watching him chug around the bases like that. It was his first extra-base hit and first multi-hit performance in four games so the hope is obviously that this sparks a hot streak of some sort and the Yankees backstop starts to power up. The upcoming road trip to Detroit might not be the best place for that power surge to start up, but he does have a six-game homestand to finish off April so that lefty bat could be loving that short porch in right. Continue to roll with him as your starting catcher. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brett Gardner returned to the starting lineup and went 2-for-4 with one RBI, two runs scored, two stolen bases and a walk during the Yankees’ 9-0 win over the Rays on Saturday.

Gardner was hit on the wrist Monday and sat out the week until a pinch-running appearance Friday. The time off obviously did him some good as he posted his third multi-hit game of the season and swiped a pair of bags to give him three on the short season. He should be just fine moving forward and can be counted on for solid stolen base totals and runs scored. Analysis: Howard Bender

Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts against the Rays on Saturday.

If there was ever a moment that screamed “sell high,” it’s here right now. Tanaka’s pitching line in this game was absolutely delicious and many will be drawn in to the possibility that Tanaka is perfectly fine and ready to tear it up like he did at the start of last season. But you need to be the wise one here and understand that the Rays were batting just .220 against right-handers and were ranked 20thj in the league for run production against them. Granted it’s early, but his walks are up, his K/BB is down and his ground ball rate has dwindled. His swinging-strike rate is also down as he is pitching to more contact than usual. This new approach on the mound might be fooling the Rays but it’s probably not going to cut it against the Tigers next week.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored during Saturday’s 5-4 win over the Marlins.

Heading into the season, one of the more alluring reasons to draft Flores was his power upside. After all, how much power can you really find at the shortstop position, especially for the price you ended up paying? While he is probably going to lack in overall consistency, he has hit safely in five of his last six games and homered in two of his last three. He’s likely on a number of waiver wires right now, so if you’re struggling at the position, he should be worth a look.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Eric Campbell went 2-for-3 with one RBI, a run scored, a stolen base and a walk during the Mets’ 5-4 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

The Mets super-sub seems to be doing his job well for the team right now and while his playing time doesn’t warrant a roster spot, even in deep NL-only play, he is always someone to keep in the back of your mind as he usually gets a decent opportunity to perform in the wake of an injury. The numbers aren’t spectacular, but he does enough to keep you afloat while you are using him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Travis d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Marlins on Saturday.

The Mets backstop has been fairly steady this season, but has definitely heated up a little more lately having hit safely in three of his last four games with a double, two home runs and three RBI. He should be a decent source for power behind the plate this year, though it might be difficult for him to maintain this .289 average. But then again, how many catchers out there can sustain that kind of a batting average anyway? Analysis: Howard Bender

Alex Torres recorded the final out of the Mets’ 5-4 win over the Marlins on Saturday to earn his first save of the season.

Having thrown five of the last six days, Jeurys Familia was unavailable to pitch Saturday so manager Terry Collins went to Alex Torres when Carlos Torres put the team’s lead in jeopardy. He struck out the batter he faced to nail down the save and could end up being the next in line behind Familia now. He’s gone three-straight appearances without allowing a run and while he isn’t going to see save chances too often, he still has value in leagues which score holds.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Jacob deGrom tossed seven scoreless innings against the Marlins on Saturday. He allowed six hits, walked none and struck out eight.

He seems to be for real, folks, so show the proper respect. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year gave up two runs in the first inning of his first outing and he’s now thrown 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings with a 16:3 K:BB ratio. His 44.4-percent ground ball rate is solid and there is nothing in his peripherals that would indicate he’s not capable of sustaining his current trends. He’ll head across town to the Bronx to face the Yankees for his next start so he should be able to continue his winning ways. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dee Gordon went 5-for-5 with a double and three RBI against the Mets on Saturday.

While you’d like to have seen a stolen base maybe, a five-hit night with three RBI is a fantastic boost for fantasy lineups all over. He’s now hit safely in six of the last seven games with four multi-hit performances in that span and seems to be doing a great job of easing anyone’s doubts that he wouldn’t be able to keep up the level of play he gave you last season. The 60-percent success rate on the basepaths is a little troubling, but we’re also talking about a small sample size. Once he gets rolling, he’ll push for the NL stolen base crown once again. Analysis: Howard Bender

Michael Morse went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during the Marlins’ 5-4 loss to the Mets on Saturday.

Though not by a huge amount, Morse is starting to show signs of life lately by hitting safely in four of his last five games with two home runs and a double. He continues to hit in the middle of the order and should see plenty of RBI chances, especially as the rest of the lineup heats up around him.  Analysis: Howard Bender

Mat Latos fell to 0-3 on the season after he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts over five innings against the Mets on Saturday.

This is certainly not the start to the season most expected when Latos left hitter-friendly Great American Smallpark and headed south to the cavernous dimensions of Marlins Park. The .485 BABIP certainly isn’t helping matters right now and the fact that his ground ball rate is at a dismal 24.2-percent should tell you that greener pastures lie ahead. The 39.4-percent line drive rate will come down, the ground balls will increase and the universe, through the law of averages, should right itself. The Nationals are up next and they’re struggling against right-handers to the tune of a .224/.281/.357 slash line so if you like a little bit of risk, you can give him another shot. Analysis: Howard Bender

George Springer went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk as the Astros beat the Angels 4-0 on Saturday.

After 11 games, the first home run of the season is more of a relief than it is a celebrated event as Springer has gotten off to a ridiculously slow start this year. As we saw last year, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done with the plate discipline and Springer tends to be on the streaky side, but he’s a strong enough talent to warrant some faith. Hopefully this is the monkey off his back and he heats up now so keep him in the lineup if you can. Analysis: Howard Bender

Robbie Grossman broke the game open for the Astros with a seventh-inning three-run home run to lead the Astros past the Angels 4-0 on Saturday. It was his only hit in four at-bats.

Usually noted for his outstanding plate discipline, Grossman’s strikeout rate has increased each year and thus relegated him to more of a bench role. The power he showed here is obviously not something you can rely on, nor is consistent playing time. Unless there’s an injury to the starting outfield corps, he’s not going to be of much help in fantasy at all. Analysis: Howard Bender

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