MLB In Full Bloom - Long Gon Homers Again - 4/14/2014

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Adrian Gonzalez did it again on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the Dodgers' 8-6 win over the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez hit a three-run home run off Trevor Cahill in the third inning, and he also had a double. Gonzalez has a nine-game hitting streak and has homered in four straight. After a slow start, Gonzalez leads the National League in runs scored, he's second in home runs and third in RBI through two weeks of play. He now has 59 RBI in 59 games played at Chase Field in Phoenix. Gonzalez is a lineup that will provide him RBI opportunities all season long.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Mark Buehrle turned in seven strong innings on Sunday as he gave up just one run on five hits while striking out two Orioles. Buehrle is now 3-0 three starts into the campaign, Buehrle has been simply dominant over the first couple of weeks of 2014. He has a 0.86 ERA through 21 innings of work to this point. He seems to have a lot left in the tank, but fantasy owners have to wonder how long he will keep it up. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.
  • Devin Mesoraco blasted a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Mesoraco has two homers in his first four games this season and is the proud owner of a .500 BA (7-for-14) since coming off the disabled list.
  • Aaron Harang turned in another strong start as he allowed just one run on five hits with five strikeouts over six innings of work against the Nationals. Harang improved his record to 2-1 after his first three starts of the campaign. Harang signed with the Braves about a week before the regular season began and has performed brilliantly here so far this season. He has a 0.96 ERA while holding the opposition to a .145 average over 18.2 innings.
  • Alex Cobb (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list and could be out 4-to-6 weeks with a strained oblique injury. The typical timetable for an injury like Cobb's is 6-to-8 weeks, so this is good news for the Rays. The injury comes at a tough time for Cobb, who was starting to get on a roll on the mound. He is currently working on a scoreless streak of 15.1 innings.
  • Adrian Beltre (quad) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad injury. The move is retroactive to April 9, making Beltre eligible to return April 24 if the injury subsides over the next two weeks. It is a Grade 1 strain, which is the least severe so Beltre should be able to return when he is eligible.
  • Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing no hits and recording two strikeouts to pick up the save versus the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon. He allowed runs in two consecutive outings earlier in the week, and fantasy owners were already expressing concern about the right-hander. Looks like Jansen is back on track.
  • Joe Blanton has retired from professional baseball. Blanton, 33 years old, was released by the Angels at the end of spring training and had been pitching for the A's Triple-A affiliate. He finishes with a career 85-89 record and a 4.51 ERA.