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|4/24/2014||Matt Cain, P (SF)||Finally staked with some run support, Cain accordingly was shelled on Wednesday against Colorado, yielding seven runs and 10 hits over six innings.
Analysis: Of course, Cain had limited his previous two opponents to one earned run over 14 innings but wasn't provided with a single run of support. The Giants scored seven runs for him Wednesday but he didn't receive a decision.
|4/24/2014||Justin Morneau, 1B (Col)||Morneau was 2 for 6 with his fifth homer of the season Wednesday against the Giants.
Analysis: All five of Morneau's homers have come over his last 11 games, during which he's slugging an obnoxious .810. He had just two extra-base hits through his previous 10 contests.
|4/24/2014||Troy Tulowitzki, SS (Col)||Tulowitzki was 3 for 5 with his fourth homer on Wednesday against the Giants and drove in three runs.
Analysis: Tulowitzki is hitting .455 over his last 10 games with 12 runs scored and 10 runs driven in.
|4/24/2014||Charlie Blackmon, LF (Col)||Blackmon went 2 for 5 with his fifth homer of the year and drove in three runs while scoring four of his own Wednesday against San Francisco.
Analysis: It was quite the all-around fantasy performance for Blackmon, who also recorded his sixth stolen base of the season. Blackmon's 1.146 OPS trailed only teammate Troy Tulowitzki's 1.196 for the major league lead entering Thursday's action.
|4/24/2014||Michael Morse, RF (SF)||Morse went deep twice on Wednesday against Colorado for his seventh career multihomer game.
Analysis: Morse has seemingly rejuvenated his career in San Francisco, boast a .897 OPS and 15 RBIs through 22 games.
|4/24/2014||Brandon Belt, 1B (SF)||Belt connected on his seventh homer of the season Wednesday against Colorado, pulling him into a tie for the second-most in baseball entering Thursday's action.
Analysis: It's hard to say this power will last for Belt - a career .447 slugger before this season who is currently slugging .563 - but owners can reap the benefits for the time being.
|4/24/2014||Michael Pineda, P (NYY)||Pineda has been suspended for 10 games for using pine tar to help him grip the ball. The commissioner's office announced the penalty Thursday.
Analysis: Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's loss at Boston after umpires found the pine tar on his neck.
|4/24/2014||Erasmo Ramirez, P (Sea)||The Mariners also announced Thursday that they are optioning right-handed starter Erasmo Ramirez to Single-A High Desert.
Analysis: This move is so that Ramirez can stay on normal rest with off days coming up in Seattle's schedule. Adjust your fantasy team accordingly.
|4/24/2014||Nick Franklin, 2B (Sea)||The Mariners announced Thursday that they are optioning Nick Franklin back to Triple-A Tacoma.
Analysis: Franklin appeared in seven games after being recalled from Tacoma on April 16.
|4/24/2014||Cole Gillespie, LF (Sea)||The Seattle Mariners have selected outfielder Cole Gillespie from Triple-A Tacoma and he will be in uniform for Friday's game against Texas.
Analysis: Gillespie hit .362 with five doubles, five home runs and 14 RBIs in 16 games at Tacoma. Gillespie has appeared in 78 major league games with Arizona, San Francisco and the Chicago Cubs.
|4/24/2014||Austin Jackson, CF (Det)||Jackson drilled a two-run bomb Wednesday night.
Analysis: Jackson's OPS is .898 so he is getting the job done for Detroit.
|4/24/2014||Drew Smyly, P (Det)||Smyly did not get a decision Wednesday night.
Analysis: Smyly struck out seven in six innings, allowing two runs. He faces the ChiSox again in his next start.
|4/24/2014||Andre Rienzo, P (CWS)||Rienzo earned the win Wednesday night.
Analysis: Rienzo gave up four runs in the fourth inning, but kept the Tigers quiet otherwise in his first start this season. He allowed five hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings, striking out three.
|4/24/2014||Jose Abreu, 1B (CWS)||Abreu drilled a two-run bomb Wednesday night.
Analysis: Abreu leads the team with seven homers and 21 RBIs as he continues to take the big leagues by storm.
|4/24/2014||Paul Konerko, 1B (CWS)||Konerko had three hits Wednesday night.
Analysis: The aging Konerko is not a regular these days so he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
|4/24/2014||Marcus Semien, SS (CWS)||Semien's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Wednesday night.
Analysis: It was the first career grand slam for the 23-year-old Semien, and it turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead.
|4/24/2014||Jared Hughes, P (Pit)||Hughes was optioned to Indianapolis by the Bucs.
Analysis: Hughes pitched once for the Pirates and got the win Monday night against the Reds by working one scoreless inning.
|4/24/2014||Brandon Cumpton, P (Pit)||The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-hander Brandon Cumpton from the minors to start against the Cincinnati Reds.
Analysis: Cumpton was 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts in Triple-A this season. The Pirates needed a starting pitcher after left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was put on the disabled list Monday because of inflammation in his left knee.
|4/24/2014||Jason Vargas, P (KC)||Vargas did not receive a decision Wednesday.
Analysis: Vargas gave up three runs in six innings. He will face the Jays next.
|4/24/2014||Justin Masterson, P (Cle)||Masterson did not receive a decision Wednesday.
Analysis: Masterson remained winless through five starts. The staff's ace, who turned down a contract extension during spring training, allowed two earned runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. "I'll take as many no-decisions as come as long as we're winning," he said. His fantasy owners no doubt beg to differ.
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