Tim Lincecum was yanked early after allowing five runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over just 3.1 innings against the Pirates on Wednesday.
And there you have it, sports fans. After a brilliant five-start run that began with a no-hitter, the fantasy turd that Lincecum is has officially returned. We weren't going to jump all over him after his last start which was a hideous bowl-swirling mess, but now with this latest fiasco, it's safe to say that the run in late June/early July was indeed the aberration while this crap he's offered in his last two starts is much closer to the norm. He'll face the Brewers next week at hitter-friendly Miller Park. You don't want him active. ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Rangers released Ryan Ludwick on Sunday.
Ludwick was notified a couple days back that he would not be making the big-league team and was allowed to search for another team. He has struggled in Spring Training and hasn't been able to get over the .700 OPS mark the last two seasons. The Rangers will look internally to create outfield options for the 2015 season. Analysis: Rob Trayah