Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over just 5.1 innings against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Despite the mediocrity of this outing and the end of his six-game quality start streak, Sanchez still picked up the win, his third-straight, and his ERA only bumped to 2.64 on the season. Obviously he's goign to struggle to match his wins total from last year, but the only real disappointing aspect of his game right now is the drop in strikeouts. That plus the dip in velocity is usually a red flag, so you may want to start shopping him around and seeing if you can improve your squad somewhere.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Victor Oladipo will come off the bench Friday.
After struggling over a number of games, Oladipo was moved to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Knicks. He responded with 24 points and four rebounds over 26 minutes, so coach Scott Skiles is going to use him in the same fashion to see if it works for him again. Should he continue to perform as well, he should see closer to his usual 30 minutes that he was playing earlier in the year. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brett Lawrie is "likely to be traded" by the A's according to reports.
Oakland's trade for Jed Lowrie means the A's don't have room for both Lawrie and Danny Valencia, and Lawrie stands a better chance of getting traded. Lawrie finally stayed healthy last season, batting .260/.299/.407 in 149 games. Moving to a different ballpark and a better lineup should help Lawrie's fantasy production, but at this point he is nothing more than a solid middle infielder. Analysis: Steve Pimental