UPDATES & NEWS
Yankees scouted Cliff Lee's last rehab start according to a report posted by CBS.
The Phillies are expecting nothing less than top dollar for the services of Cole Hamels. They won't give him up for anything less than three top prospects and the team has to be willing to cover his entire contract. The talks have been dry because no team seems to want to give up that much for the veteran left-hander. The Phillies have let it be known that they would prefer to unload Cliff Lee rather than Hamels.ANALYST: Drew Phelps
David Freese went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk against the Mariners on Monday.
While the home run is obviously nice, Freese is just 2-for-14 over his last four games and his overall average is sitting at a woeful .220 right now. He does have five home runs and 19 RBI so you are getting some production out of him and he’s been a little more helpful with this start than he’s been in recent years. Just be wary of the fact that he may not keep this type of power going throughout the season. There is the possibility that he comes close to that 20-home run level he once sat at, but you can’t rely on that to actually happen just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender
Matt Shoemaker allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Mariners on Monday.
Shoemaker has had his struggles this season, and while he allowed three home runs during this outing, there was still a lot to like about the effort. Obviously, the 10 strikeouts were huge and a season-high for him, but what was even more noticeable was how deep he went into the game and how few pitches he needed to get there. He was incredibly efficient with his offerings and needed just 90 pitches (59 strikes) to get him into the eighth inning. If he can continue to pitch at this level, he’ll prove to be as valuable a starter as he was last season. With a match-up against a strikeout-prone Houston team next, he certainly has the potential to keep it up. Analysis: Howard Bender