MLB In Full Bloom - Jackie Robinson Day - 4/15/2014

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The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers will be celebrated as usual throughout baseball today with ceremonies proceeding each game today. The main event will be in the Bronx prior to an Inter league game tonight between the Cubs and the Yankees. Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance. Robinson played in his first major league game for the Dodgers on April 15th, 1947 and went 0-for-3. Despite not getting a hit, Robinson did score the deciding run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves in Brooklyn. He was the first black player to appear in the majors since 1884.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Ernesto Frieri blew his first save of the season by coughing up John Jaso's two-run ninth-inning homer in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's. Angels fans are calling for Frieri's head already, but they should keep in mind that he was 37-for-41 in save opportunities last year. If Angels manager Mike Scioscia could turn to Joe Smith, but the safer bet is Frieri continues as the closer.
  • Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's. Pujols is officially heating up and he's now hit a homer in four of his last six games. In those games, he's racked up eight RBI and did I mention he's riding a 10-game hitting streak?
  • Huston Street collected his fourth save of the season by throwing a perfect ninth inning in San Diego's 5-4 victory over Colorado on Monday. We're only two weeks into the first month of a long baseball season, but Street has been one of the game's best fantasy closers. He's now 4-for-4 in save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in five appearances.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Moore was hoping to avoid the surgery, but it's seemed inevitable for the last few days. He apparently made a final decision Monday night after feeling discomfort in his elbow while throwing earlier in the day. Moore can be ruled out for 2014, and it will be a challenge for him to be ready by Opening Day 2015. Moore's surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 22.
  • Bryce Harper (quad) left Monday's game against the Marlins with quad tightness, but he expects to play tonight. It's not being viewed as a serious injury, as the Nationals were likely just playing it safe since they had a big lead.
  • Craig Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder and was not available Monday night to close out the Braves' 9-6 victory over the Phillies. Kimbrel said that the sore shoulder is no big deal and he'll be ready to go in a few days. It's never a good thing to hear a sore shoulder or believe what a player is telling us. David Carpenter picked up the save Monday night and should be added immediately in case there is more to Kimbrel's sore shoulder.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined to hit ten home runs and all the fireworks came in the first six innings. The game was suspended prior to the beginning of the 7th inning due to rain and the game was picked up today at 2:30pm local time. The Pirates hit six home runs, on three sets of back-to-backers, and the Reds hit four homers. Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto hit two-run shots and Devin Mesoraco hit a solo shot for the Reds.

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.

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