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Roberto Osuna pitched a clean ninth inning while striking out two during Thursday’s game against the Yankees.

Osuna is the only reliable reliever the Blue Jays seemingly have these days as he continues to shine in the closers role. He notched his 10th save of the year in 11 chances on Thursday, as he didn’t allow a run in his 13th straight appearance. Not only has he not allowed any runs over that span, he hasn’t allowed a single hit in six games. Osuna is locked in and is one of the games most electric relievers in a league full of high-90 MPH throwers.
9 minutes ago

J.A. Happ allowed one run on three hits while walking three and striking out five over seven innings during Thursday’s outing against the Yankees.

Happ continued his excellent 2016 campaign registering his ninth quality start in 10 outings. Outside of one poor start against the Rays, Happ’s been virtually lights out. He’s only pitched less than six innings once and is now 6-2 on the year. What limits Happ’s fantasy potential is the fact he’s not a strikeout pitcher. He isn’t overpowering and mixes his stuff, pitching to contact. His season-high for strikeouts is seven, which he’s only done once. Happ should be owned in all formats, but don’t rely on him in leagues where strikeouts are heavily relied upon.
9 minutes ago

Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with two RBI during Thursday’s game against the Yankees.

Runs were at a premium on Thursday and Encarnacion gave the Jays the lead and ultimately the win with a two-run single off of CC Sabathia. Encarnacion’s average is .24 points below his career average but he’s done a fantastic job driving in runs this year. With his two RBI on Thursday he now has 35 on the year, which is good for third in the American League. He’s a fantasy mainstay year in, year out, and nothing’s changed in 2016.
13 minutes ago

CC Sabathia allowed two runs (none earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out seven over seven innings during Thursday’s outing against the Blue Jays.

The revelation that is CC Sabathia has pitched wonderfully for the Yankees this season. He’s yet to have a start in which he’s allowed more than three runs and has three consecutive outings where he’s allowed one earned run or less. What’s been most impressive is the swing-and-miss stuff he has suddenly found. Just in his last three starts, Sabathia has 21 strikeouts in 20 innings. His newfound ability to pitch without velocity is refreshing to see. It’s the first time since he’s lost his mid-to-upper 90 MPH fastball where he’s consistently recording outs. If Sabathia can continue on this path, he’ll be an extremely valuable fantasy pitcher. The sustainability is what everyone is questioning.
15 minutes ago

Starlin Castro went 1-for-4 with a home run (6), an RBI and one run scored during Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays.

Castro got the scoring off with a bang taking J.A. Happ deep to the opposite field in the first inning. That was all the damage Castro and the Yankees did all afternoon as they scattered just two more hits off of Happ. After his scorching hot April he’s come back to earth during May as he’s posted a wimpy .227 average. Castro is a free swinger and when he’s hot, there aren’t many pitchers that can shut him down. But as hot as he can get, his free swinging ways comes back to bite him when pitchers throw him nothing but junk and he continuously swings at bad pitches. He’s eligible at multiple infield positions in fantasy, which makes him worth owning in all formats.
20 minutes ago

Archie Bradley had his turn in the rotation skipped on Thursday for Triple-A Reno indicating his next start could come for the Diamondbacks with Shelby Miller's Sunday start in question.

Miller has been brutal so far this season and the D'Backs are probably wishing they would have never traded for him. Still, they did, and now they have to adjust. Bradley has made two starts in the majors this year and has given up nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings pitched. He cannot be trusted in mixed leagues at this point.
34 minutes ago

Seahawks corner Tharold Simon told reporters he is 100 percent healthy and has been getting first team reps during OTA's.

Simon appeared in just one game for the Seahawks in 2015 and has been a walking injury throughout his career. It's good news that he's healthy and looking good during OTA's, but it's still several months before the start of the season. Simon is competing to be the Seahawks' third cornerback which would allow him to see plenty of action in the nickel formation.
43 minutes ago

Update: Matt Adams was removed from Thursday's game due to stiffness in his back.

Adams was 1-for-2 prior to being lifted. Brandon Moss made the shift from left field to first base and Randall Grichuk entered the game as a replacement. There is a good chance that Adams will miss Friday's game as the Cardinals are unlikely to take any chances. Nevertheless, he will be reevaluated on Friday and should be considered day-to-day.
47 minutes ago

The game between the Brewers and Braves is currently in a rain delay.

Rain is passing through Atlanta, but accordingly to the radar, it should be over relatively quickly. Milwaukee is leading 4-2 in the top of the seventh inning.
1 hour ago
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