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  • Player Notes
    Howie Kendrick Apr 30 11:20pm ET

    As he nears a return to the Philadelphia Phillies from injury, Howie Kendrick has been exploring the possibility of playing first base. The 33-year-old veteran, who has played 89 games at first over his 11-year career, hasn't seen action in two weeks after suffering a right abdominal strain. His exploration of playing first comes as regular first baseman Tommy Joseph continues to struggle mightily at the plate, currently hitting just .179 after having been benched over the weekend. Kendrick's ability to play the position will make him a more valuable commodity, while keeping Aaron Altherr and his solid bat in the lineup.

    Aaron Nola Apr 30 11:10pm ET

    Although his disabled list stint was schedule to end tomorrow, Phillies hurler Aaron Nola will not be returning. Manager Pete Mackanin implied that Nola's recovery was moving slower than expected after he suffered a lower back strain last week. Following a bullpen session on Friday, the 23-year-old was still suffering from back issues, forcing the Phillies to extend his DL stint. In his absence, the Phillies promoted Mark Leiter Jr., with Nick Pivetta taking the voided rotation spot. Pivetta made his first start today, going five innings and giving up two runs. Nola, meanwhile, will attempt to throw again tomorrow, and if the setbacks are still there, his absence could stretch even further.

    Hunter Pence Apr 30 10:50pm ET

    Hunter Pence went 0-for-4 on Sunday, scoring a run but dropping his average to .266. Pence is now batting just .209 in his last 15 games with only two runs and three RBIs. It's been a horrible stretch for Pence, who is now easily droppable in 12-team or shallower leagues for a hotter bat. The 34-year-old shouldn't be this bad all year, but he's clearly lost a step. His BABIP is a high .338 mark, while his ISO has dropped to .078. It's much too early to call this the end of the road for Pence, but you have to consider moving on from him.

    Ty Blach Apr 30 10:50pm ET

    Ty Blach had an impressive start against the Padres on Sunday, going seven scoreless innings and only allowing three hits. Remarkably, Blach struck out just one batter the entire game, and walked two. Blach isn't going to last long if almost every batter gets a ball in play, and Blach isn't going to face the weak Padres lineup forever. Avoid him in his next start at Cincinnati, and don't bother considering Blach unless you're in a super deep league.

    Miguel Gonzalez Apr 30 9:00pm ET

    White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez had been dominant in his last two starts, but he had his first rough start of the season on Sunday, getting knocked around for seven runs on 14 hits against the Tigers. The 14 hits are the most allowed in one game by a starting pitcher in the majors so far this season, and six of the seven runs were earned, raising his ERA from 2.00 to 3.27. This loss brings his record on the season to 3-1. Despite this blip on the radar, fantasy owners still may want to consider him as a streamer option when he makes his next start against the Orioles on the road.

    Justin Turner Apr 30 8:50pm ET

    Justin Turner just won't cool off. One day after launching a game-tying homer in the ninth inning, he was at it again with a 3-for-4 day at the dish against the Phillies. Turner doubled and drove in a run, and his slash line is now up to a ridiculous .404/.465/.562. He's also riding a 16-game hitting streak, which is the longest current streak in the majors. If we can nitpick about anything, 12 RBI seems low for a guy who hits in the middle of the order with an OPS of 1.027, but fantasy owners really have little to complain about here.

    Steven Wright Apr 30 8:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox C Christian Vazquez will be the starting catcher when LHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and RHP Steven Wright pitch, manager John Farrell said Sunday, April 30.

    Christian Vazquez Apr 30 8:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox C Christian Vazquez will be the starting catcher when LHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and RHP Steven Wright pitch, manager John Farrell said Sunday, April 30.

    Drew Pomeranz Apr 30 8:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox C Christian Vazquez will be the starting catcher when LHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and RHP Steven Wright pitch, manager John Farrell said Sunday, April 30.

    Eduardo Rodriguez Apr 30 8:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox C Christian Vazquez will be the starting catcher when LHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and RHP Steven Wright pitch, manager John Farrell said Sunday, April 30.

    Sandy Leon Apr 30 8:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox C Sandy Leon will only catch when LHP Chris Sale and RHP Rick Porcello start, manager John Farrell said Sunday, April 30.

    Rick Porcello Apr 30 8:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox C Sandy Leon will only catch when LHP Chris Sale and RHP Rick Porcello start, manager John Farrell said Sunday, April 30.

    Chris Sale Apr 30 8:43pm ET

    Boston Red Sox C Sandy Leon will only catch when LHP Chris Sale and RHP Rick Porcello start, manager John Farrell said Sunday, April 30.

    Hyun-Jin Ryu Apr 30 8:40pm ET

    Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu finally got into the win column on Sunday, picking up his first win of the season in a victory over the Phillies. He pitched a strong 5 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts, allowing just three hits, one earned run and three walks. That makes two excellent starts in a row for Ryu, who was really shaky in his first few starts of the season. He's now 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.31 WHIP on the season. He's got a favorable matchup on tap in his next start, which will be a road start against the Padres next weekend.

    Andrew Toles Apr 30 8:30pm ET

    Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles launched his fifth home run of the season on Sunday, hitting a three-run shot off Jeanmar Gomez to help the Dodgers to a 5-3 victory over Philadelphia. He was 2-for-4 on the day, also having doubled and scored in the first inning. Toles now has a modest four-game hitting streak going and is six for his last 15 times at bat. Overall he's slashing .239/.289/.465 on the season and seems to be coming around after a slow start.

    Steven Wright Apr 30 8:10pm ET

    Steven Wright's knuckleball was dancing Saturday but he still got into trouble. In 6 1/3 innings of action he allowed five runs on seven hits against the Cubs. Wright allowed two home runs in the contest and was only able to strike out four. He now sits with an 8.25 ERA and a 1-3 record through five starts this season. His next start comes Thursday against the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles

    Yunel Escobar Apr 30 8:10pm ET

    Yunel Escobar went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers. Escobar was in a brutal 2-for-27 slump before today, and he raised his batting average up to .234. The home run is nice, but fantasy owners should not expect much from Escobar going forward. He has typically been an empty batting average fantasy contributor, but the .234 line on the season means he has not even contributed in that category. He should only be owned in deep-mixed leagues and AL-only formats at this point.

    David Price Apr 30 8:10pm ET

    Saturday marked the first time David Price faced live batters since going down with an elbow injury in spring training. Price faced hitters in two simulated innings throwing 30 total pitches with a break in between. It was encouraging that after the session Price felt good. He is expected to throw a bullpen session Monday and then return to the mound Thursday at Fenway for a three inning, 45 pitch simulated game. There is still no set timetable for his return.

    Andrew Benintendi Apr 30 8:10pm ET

    Andrew Benintendi hit a solo home run off John Lackey in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Cubs. The first pitch he saw was a 90 mph fastball and Benintendi crushed it over the center field fence. Benintenidi is starting to hit for more power lately with two home runs in the series against the Cubs. His average was bound to come down to earth but it is good to see he is complimenting this with some power.

    Hanley Ramirez Apr 30 8:00pm ET

    Hanley Ramirez has had some big shoes to fill as the designated hitter for the Red Sox after the legendary David Ortiz retired. On Saturday Ramirez did he best Big Papi impression crushing a John Lackey fastball 469 feet to left field. It was the longest home run hit at Fenway in the stat cast era. It was just his second home run of the season and his average sits at just .250 but Ramirez continues to improve his consistency with hard hit balls.

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