Brandon McCarthy remains undefeated (4-0) as a Yankee after allowing an unearned run and two walks with eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings in Monday's win over the Tigers.
McCarthy's early season peripherals suggested he was not as bad as 3-10 record and 5.10 ERA while with the DBacks would suggest (two of those three wins came over his last two starts with his former team). The 31-year old who has seen an uptick in velo this season has had the benefit of decent run support, minus Monday night, with his new ball club as the Yankees had not scored fewer than four runs in his four previous starts but that should not take away from how McCarthy has pitched as he has limited opponents to one or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts with the Bronx Bombers making him worth owning in most all formats for the time being.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Braves will wait until Wednesday to officially announce Manny Banuelos as Thursday's starter.
Williams Perez was due to start Thursday's series finale against the Nats however he was struck by a comebacker in his last start and will miss Thursday's now. Manny Banuelos is having a sparkling season in Triple-A Gwinnett posting a 6-2 record and 2.29 ERA with an even better 1.59 ERA over his last 11 outings. Banuelos was once an untouchable prospect in the Yankees system but struggles and Tommy John Surgery changed that as the Braves were able to give up Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter for him this offseason. Banuelos still holds the potential to be a very good lefty starter and will make his big league debut on Thursday. Analysis: Matt Selz
Jonathan Schoop will not be activated in the next few days.
The Orioles appear to be sending the recovering Schoop to Frederick to play out the week in the minors. It was thought that Schoop, who hasn't played a major league game since April 17th, could be activated Monday or today as they take on the Rangers at home. Baltimore has decided though that he needs a little bit more work before rejoining the O's lineup. Look for him to be activated early next week. Analysis: Matt Selz
Warriors have interest in free agent Marco Belinelli.
A weapon from 3-point range off the bench is one of the only things the Warriors are missing from a championship run this season. Belinelli, who started his career in Oakland, would fit just that role for Steve Kerr and would make an already tough team tougher to defend. Charlotte is also rumored to be interested in the Spurs SG as we near ever closer to the start of free agency in the association. Analysis: Matt Selz