Alex Cobb gave up one run on three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts over 6.1 innings against the Astros on Friday.
Now there's the Cobb fantasy owners have been waiting for as the 26-year-old right-hander notched double-digit strikeouts for the first time this season and ended a brutal three-game losing streak in which he allowed 16 runs over just 15.1 innings. Perhaps he was still shaking off some disabled list rust there during that stretch, but fantasy owners are going to need him to press forward and use this game as the necessary springboard. He's got a home start against the Orioles to prove this was no fluke. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Noah Vonleh will start for the Blazers on Saturday.
It is easy to forget that Noah Vonleh is a former first round draft pick. He has been playing better recently for the Blazers and will start for Portland on Saturday. His talent should get him better statistics as the season moves forward. Especially with Portland in the midst of a rebuild. Monitor Vonleh's minutes and how he makes use of them in the next few games. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Omri Casspi will start for the Kings on Saturday.
With DeMarcus Cousins injured, Omri Casspi has been getting more playing time. Casspi has scored in double digits in four of the last five games for the Kings. More impressive is that Casspi has shot over 60 percent from the field in three of those games. For the season Casspi is now averaging 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game but those numbers may continue to increase with his playing time on the rise. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Sean Nolin will compete for a rotation spot next season.
Due to the question marks outside of Sonny Gray and Rich Hill for the Oakland rotation, Sean Nolin is a prospect worth monitoring for the upcoming season. Nolin was a part of the Josh Donaldson trade from Toronto. He was 2-2 at Triple-A in 2015 with a 2.66 ERA in 47 1/3 innings pitched. Nolin also made six starts with Oakland last year with a 1-2 record and a 5.28 ERA. But being left-handed and in a pitchers park will give Nolin a chance to improve in 2016. Analysis: Greg Jewett