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Martin Maldonado struck out in all three of his at-bats Saturday against the Rangers.

Maldonado's average dipped to .237 and he has now struck out 20 times over 59 at-bats. The Halos might be having some buyer's remorse after dealing Jett Bandy to Milwaukee back in December for Maldonado and minor-league pitcher Drew Gagnon. Bandy has been tearing the ball off the cover in Cream City while Maldonado...not so much.
Apr 30 - 12:41 AM

Danny Espinosa was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts Saturday against the Rangers.

Espinosa has collected just two hits and one RBI over his past 28 at-bats, as his season average has dipped from .232 to .179. He continues to be a fantasy liability, unless of course you're starting the opposing pitcher. Espinosa has walked just five times with 34 strikeouts over 84 at-bats.
Apr 30 - 12:18 AM

Jesse Chavez allowed four earned runs, eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a loss Saturday at Texas.

Chavez threw just 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander had recorded two straight quality starts entering play but he struggled with his location in this outing. He'll look to bounce back next Friday against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros.
Apr 30 - 12:13 AM

Delino DeShields was hitless in three at-bats with a walk Saturday against the Angel.

It was DeShields' first start against a right-handed starter this season and it didn't go well. The outfielder was rewarded with another start after posting a pair of multi-hit games against two southpaws. Until he proves he can hit right-handed pitching his fantasy appeal is rather limited.
Apr 30 - 12:08 AM

Yu Darvish allowed two runs - one earned - with three hits and four walks allowed over six innings while recording 10 strikeouts in a win Saturday against the Angels.

After a bit of a sluggish start Darvish is starting to round into ace-like form. He has struck out 12 batters over his past 26 1/3 innings while allowing a total of just seven earned runs and 16 hits. The 30-year-old has re-emerged as a must-start fantasy option across the board after a couple of difficult and injury-marred campaigns.
Apr 30 - 12:04 AM

Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning Saturday against the Angels to complete the cycle.

It was Gomez's first time hitting for the cycle since May 7, 2008 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins. There's something about Saturday that brings out the best in Gomez, as he has collected seven hits over his past two games on a Saturday. He is 13-for-34 (.382) over his past nine games to raise his average from .155 to .239 just since April 19.
Apr 30 - 12:01 AM

Andrew Triggs set a personal best with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings in the Athletics' 2-1 win over the Astros on Saturday.

One start after getting beatdown by the Mariners, Triggs rebounded with his best start of his abbreviated major league career. The nine strikeouts bested the eight he recorded in a start last year, and it was actually the first time he'd gotten through seven innings as a member of the A's. The 28-year-old has now held the opposition without an earned run in four of his five starts, good for a 1.84 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 29 1/3 innings. Triggs will seek an encore performance Friday against the Tigers.
Apr 29 - 11:10 PM

Joe Musgrove was on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair Saturday, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the A's.

Musgrove gave up just five hits and a walk while striking out six, but the Astros couldn't muster any offense until a Jose Altuve solo homer in the eighth that was too little, too late. Even so, it was easily the best outing of the year for Musgrove, who was able to lower his earned run average more than a full run to 4.88 with the start. That a strong start still leaves him with a 4.88 ERA tells a story about the 24-year-old's start to the year, and he'll try to string together good starts when he faces the Rangers on Thursday.
Apr 29 - 11:02 PM

Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's win over the Astros.

The homer, Lowrie's second of the year, got the A's on the board in the fourth inning. He's now had multiple hits in five of his last nine games, going 14-for-36 (.389) in that span. The good stretch has the 33-year-old's overall numbers up to .306/.368/.459 through 23 games.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

Colby Rasmus (hip, illness) is slated to resume his rehab Sunday, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Rasmus has been sidelined in recent days due to an illness, which has kept him from rehabbing from his surgically-repaired hip. The delay will likely push his return to the Rays back until Wednesday, Topkin speculated. The 30-year-old will play left field and also see some time at DH upon his return.
Apr 29 - 10:52 PM

Steven Wright allowed five runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Wright gave up a pair of homers in the loss, running his total to nine dingers allowed in five starts this year. It was the fourth time in five starts that he's allowed at least four runs. The knuckleballer is now 1-3 with an 8.25 ERA and 1.88 WHIP overall. His life doesn't get any easier Thursday when the Red Sox square off with the Orioles.
Apr 29 - 10:29 PM

Danny Salazar allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings to help lead the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday.

Salazar only yielded three hits on the night, but two were homers accounting for all three of the Mariners' runs. He also walked three while striking out six. He hasn't flashed his dominant form yet this year, but Salazar is now 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in five starts. He'll try to get over .500 when he takes on the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday.
Apr 29 - 9:09 PM

Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

Gallardo gave up seven hits and walked three, and he struck out seven for his second consecutive start. The 31-year-old has now registered just one quality start in his five appearances this year, owning a 5.08 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Gallardo will work on his 1-3 record when he takes on his former team, the Rangers, on Friday.
Apr 29 - 8:58 PM

Kyle Seager hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

Seager had managed 13 RBI through his first 21 games despite going homerless, and Saturday's blast was just a solo shot. Still, it's good that he finally broke through, hopefully opening the floodgates after he hit a career-high 30 homers last year. Overall, the 29-year-old is hitting .254/.360/.394.
Apr 29 - 8:49 PM

Angels placed LHP Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique injury.

He suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Rangers. No word yet from the team regarding the severity of the injury or how long Skaggs will be out, although oblique injuries often lead to extended absences.
Apr 29 - 6:15 PM



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