UPDATES & NEWS
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
Red Sox have recalled Jackie Bradley Jr from Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox are in need of some depth as Shane Victorino is on the DL and with Mike Napoli nursing a bad case of the sniffles, Daniel Nava is being used at first base. Bradley may be able to audition here for a larger role and could conceivably carve something out for himself while Victorino is out, if he plays well. For now, though, he is not someone fantasy owners should be considering. Analysis: Howard Bender
Bills have exercised their fifth-year contract option on CB Stephon Gilmore.
The Bills are obviously hoping that they exercised the option on the second-half Gilmore and not the first-half guy. Over the early part of the season, Gilmore was toasted by receivers every which way, allowing 22 completions on 27 passes thrown in his direction. In the second half though, he massively improved his coverage skills and allowed just 21 completions on 42 passes thrown his way as quarterbacks made a major attempt to expose his flaws. If he can maintain where he was in the latter half of the season he should prove to be a strong defensive asset. Analysis: Howard Bender