Mike Trout (hamstring) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Friday.
Trout was held out of the lineup today and the Angels have an off day tomorrow so hopefully a couple days off will allow Trouts hammy to get the rest it needs. To the surprise of many the consensus #1 pick in most drafts this year Trout has struggled a bit this year needing a mini 3 game hitting streak to get his average back up to .270 on the season but, has also flashed the power and speed that made him that top overall pick. Trout owners and especially those in daily leagues will want to check back with Fantasy Alarm on Friday to find out if indeed Trout will be back in the lineup.ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba
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