UPDATES & NEWS
Justin Verlander escaped with the win Saturday despite allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the Twins.
Verlander has been out since August 11 with a shoulder injury and while he managed to escape with an easy first inning, he labored against the Twins over the next two and had the Tigers in a 4-2 hole by the end of the third inning. He settled down and went a little deeper into the game, but the overall results seem to be the same. Simply put, he's just not the same pitcher as he once was. Perhaps the shoulder is worn to the point of no-return. Whatever the case may be, it's time to stop looking at him based solely on name and reputation.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Cubs will recall Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Welp, this is a surprise. Russell is arguably a better prospect than Kris Bryant, albeit from more of a real-life than fantasy perspective. He had 11 hits in 37 at-bats at Iowa with a home run and will immediately slot in as the Cubs' everyday second baseman. The Cubs aren't likely to fool around with a prospect of Russell's caliber, so you can expect he'll be in the lineup as long as he's on the 25-man roster. He needs to be owned in all leagues and has the potential to contribute in both the power and speed categories and will qualify at both MI positions. Get excited. Analysis: Spencer Silva
Frankie Hammond signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender.
Although it’s harsh to say, many receivers see their careers take a downfall after going to Kansas City. Alex Smith isn’t capable of helping his star wideouts produce big numbers. Last year was a prime example in that Smith never connected with a wide receiver for a touchdown. Jeremy Maclin should break that this year and put up decent numbers, but he is the only wide receiver in Kansas City that should be drafted. Stay away from Hammond. Analysis: Colby Conway