MLB In Full Bloom - Smokin Hot Smoak Leads Mariners - 4/3/2014

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Justin Smoak continued his torrid opening series on Wednesday night in Anaheim as the Mariners completed a three game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Smoak went 2-for-5 on Wednesday night with a home run in an 8-2 victory over the Angels. Smoak collected two hits in each blowout victory (10-3, 8-3, and 8-2) of the three-game sweep. Smoak hit a double, a couple homers and seven RBI. Smoak is a notoriously streaky hitter so fantasy owners that own him need to remember that we're only three games into the season. Even if everything goes south from the rest of the way, Smoak owners will always have memories of the .462 batting average in the opening-series. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Emilio Bonifacio went 5-for-7 with a walk and two steals as the Cubs' leadoff man Wednesday in another Cubs loss to the Pirates. Bonifacio went 4-for-5 on Opening Day and is wasting no time showing the Cubs and fantasy owners that he could be the leadoff hitter the Cubs have been desperately looking for the past century.  Bonifacio will certainly cool off, but fantasy owners that got him in drafts are enjoying his .750 BA. He does have three steals to go along with the two pickoffs in the first two games.
  • Dan Haren was very impressive in his Dodgers' debut on Wednesday against the Padres. He gave up just one run, no earned runs over six innings of a 5-1 victory. He struck out six Padres and didn't walk a batter. Haren will face Max Scherzer and the Tigers on Tuesday evening.
  • Jim Johnson has two appearances in the first three games as the Athletics closer this season. In those two appearances, Johnson has surrendered five earned runs on five hits and three walks in those two appearances with Oakland. He took a loss on Monday and a blown save last night. Manager Bob Melvin emphasized that it’s just two games and said that the A’s know Johnson’s track record. The A's should be 3-0, but instead are staring at a 1-2 record and Johnson's 45.00 ERA today. If Johnson continues to struggle, Sean Doolitte could be next in line to be the A's closer.
  • Jonathan Papelbon blew the save on Wednesday as he gave up a  two-run lead as the Rangers walked-off with a 4-3 victory. In his one inning, Papelbon allowed three runs on four hits and two walks. Papelbon's velocity was a big concern last season and last night his fastball was topping out at 90-92 mph, which is several mph below where he used to be just two years ago.
  • Yu Darvish (neck) will get the start Sunday for the Rangers against Alex Cobb in Tampa Bay. He threw an 86-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, and the outing must have been successful, as Rangers are not wasting no time getting him back on the mound. He was scratched as the Opening Day starter due to neck stiffness.
  • Anibal Sanchez will get the start on Thursday for the Tigers against the Royals. Sanchez had not appeared in a game since Mar. 12, but he was able to throw a simulated game last weekend and was ready to make his season debut today.
  • Chris Young (quad) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain. Young suffered the strain in one of the Mets' late-March exhibition games in Montreal and then aggravated it Wednesday night in his first start of the 2014 regular season. Young is hopeful that he will be able to return in 15 days.