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Tim Lincecum suffered a blister on his finger during Wednesday's start, but he expects to be fine for his next start.
Lincecum had a very Lincecum-esque start on Wednesday. He threw 96 pitches in five innings and and didn't allow a hit, but walked four and struck out five. As of now, expect him to make his next start, but blisters can be tricky, so it's not out of the question for him to be pushed back a few days.ANALYST: David Kerr
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
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
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
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