Closer Jonathan Papelbon is stricken with flu-like symptoms. "He's a little iffy" for Monday, Ryne Sandberg said.
While not overly impressive this season, Papelbon has racked up five saves in six chances. Papelbon had a spat with the media this past week over his velocity, but this is an entirely different matter that has nothing to do with pitch speed. Consider him day-to-day for now, but it is unlikely that he will miss any time.ANALYST: David Kerr
Rays demote Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham.
Moore has struglled mightily with his command upon returning from the Tommy John surgery, leading to an 8.78 ERA. Command is usually the last thing to return after Tommy John surgery, so the Rays will have to hope that Moore gets it figured out in Triple-A. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Clayton Kershaw allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out seven in eight shutout innings on Saturday against the Angels.
Kershaw continues to dominate his opposition. He held the Angels to just two hits in eight strong innings and was very efficient in doing so, firing 76 of his 114 pitches for strikes. Kershaw had this start pushed back twice due to a hip and/or glute issue, but he showed no ill effects of it today. After a slow—well, slow for him—start to the season, Kershaw is returning to his normal dominant self that we have come to love in fantasy baseball. Over his last four starts, spanning 34 shutout innings, he has allowed just 16 hits and one walk, while striking out 45 batters. It goes without saying, but make sure he’s in your lineup for his next start, which comes on Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Analysis: Colby Conway
Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with one RBI on Saturday against the Dodgers.
Two singles and one RBI made for the big bat in the Angels’ lineup today. The Angels put three runners on base through eight innings against Clayton Kershaw, however, they put the same amount in just one inning against closer Kenley Jansen. Pujols has been a fantasy owners’ dream this season by hitting 30 home runs, scoring 60 times and driving in 65 runs on the season. Continue to start him on a regular basis. Analysis: Colby Conway