Let's take a look around the league at some of the fantasy baseball news and notes for April 5.
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Kinsler goes 2-for-3
Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday’s game against the White Sox. The Tigers finally participated in a live game after their Opening Day was rained out. Kinsler (2B-8) picked up right where he left off in 2016 when he hit the ball all over the yard with .288/.348/.484 splits.
Maeda poor vs. Padres
Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda had a poor outing against the Padres. In the loss, Maeda (SP-21) surrendered six hits, three earned runs, one home run, and two walks in five innings. The Padres were the worst offensive team in the majors last year with a team .235 batting average. A disappointing start considering his skill level.
Hunter potential middle relief option
Tommy Hunter pitched a scoreless ninth against the Yankees Wednesday in a 5-0 loss. Hunter does have some closing experience and should be in the mix for the Rays in the seventh and eighth innings. Hunter is currently not ranked in the NFBC, so he may be a good waive wire pickup if you’re in need of relief help or if you’re in a league which values holds.
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Carrasco finishes strong against Texans
Carlos Carrasco rebounded from a tough spring in a victory against the Rangers with 5 2/3 innings pitched, seven strikeouts, and one walk. Carrasco retired the last nine batters he faced before turning it over to the bullpen. Considering the arm soreness he experienced in the Cactus League and his relatively high ADP (63), it is encouraging Carrasco was able to put together a positive outing.
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Sabathia solid in Tampa Bay
CC Sabathia (SP-130) tossed five scoreless innings against Tampa Bay earning his first victory of the season. A combination of Sabathia’s slumping performance last year caused his ADP (446) to plummet. At age 36 it’s unlikely Sabathia will ever return to his 2007-12 peak, but given his miniscule value he might be worth a flyer in deeper leagues.
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Seattle starter Drew Smyly will serve a stint on the 60-day DL, according to the Seattle Times. Smyly will not throw for six weeks as he nurses an elbow injury.
Cardinals’ outfielder Stephen Piscotty will be reevaluated today after being diagnosed with a head contusion. Piscotty was hit by a relay throw to home which struck him in his helmet.
Tigers’ outfielder Justin Upton is day-to-day with a knee contusion. According to the Detroit Free Press, manager Brad Ausmus doesn’t think it will keep Upton out for any significant period of time.
Felix Hernandez will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, as reported by MLB.com. Hernandez, who has been dealing with a groin injury is on schedule to start on Saturday against the Angels.
After straining his right shoulder with Team Netherlands during the WBC, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will begin a throwing program as reported by the Associated Press. Expect Ronald Torreyes to fill in at shortstop until Gregorius returns in May.