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Michael Pineda continued his strong start to the season after leading the Yankees past division rival Baltimore Orioles. Pineda maintained his undefeated record moving to 4-0 as the Yankees downed the Orioles 6-2. Pineda struck out 16 and did not walk a batter over seven dominant innings. He now has 54 strikeouts over 46 and a third innings on the year and is finally showing the top flight stuff that fantasy owners thought they were getting years ago. Pineda’s next start will come against the Royals on Friday night in a battle of potential division leaders.
Just as we expected…
Garrett Richards carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against an ice cold Astros offense on Sunday afternoon. Richards’ no hitter was broken up by a Jason Castro single in the top of the seventh inning. Richards was pulled after the seventh but not before striking out 10 batters. Meanwhile, the Astros’ bats continue to be stymied as they have now only scored 17 runs over their past seven games. The Astros were, however, still able to manage a split against the Angels over their four game series.
Felix Hernandez had another strong start going seven innings, striking out six and only walked one as the Mariners beat the Athletics 4-3. During the outing, Hernandez recorded his 2000th strikeout of his career. At the age of 29 years, he became the fourth youngest pitcher to reach the milestone. Hernandez has started the season as his usual self as he is now the owner of a 6-0 record. He has a 50/8 K/BB ratio and his 0.89 WHIP leads the American League. Hernandez will continue to always be under consideration in cash games in DFS as he is one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball.
But we didn’t see this coming…
A quality start from a Red Sox pitcher has been a rarity so far this season but Clay Buchholz was able to quiet the Blue Jays offense on Sunday, leading to a much needed 6-3 Red Sox victory. The Red Sox had lost eight of their last nine games and were looking for a big answer on Sunday after a players only closed door meeting following Saturday’s loss in Toronto. Buchholz went six and a third innings and was able to limit the powerful Blue Jays offense. He still lacked the dominant stuff that Red Sox fans hoped would return coming into the season but can still be an effective pitcher when he is able to have control. Pablo Sandoval and Mike Napoli both homered for the Red Sox to carry their offense.
Marcus Semien’s two home runs accounted for all of the Athletics offense against Hernandez and the Mariners on Sunday. Semien now has five home runs on the season after only having eight total home runs in his previous two seasons. The 24-year-old shortstop is now hitting .307/.353/.488 in 32 games for the Athletics. Semien will have a lot of DFS appeal at the SS position going forward as long as he remains near the top of the Athletics lineup.
–Koji Uehara, BOS (6)
–Jeurys Familia, NYM (13)
–Mark Melancon, PIT (7)
–Drew Storen, WAS (9)
–Huston Street, LAA (10)
–Addison Reed, ARI (2)
–Fernando Rodney, SEA (9)
–Drew Smyly is likely going to need season ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
–David Price will have his next start pushed back because of a right hamstring strain. He was scheduled to start on Thursday but instead will be taking the rubber on Saturday.
-Tigers placed Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury. It is likely that Avila may need surgery which will likely keep him out for a longer period of time.
-Blue Jays have placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list and called up utility man Steve Tolleson.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
-Orioles claimed right-hander Jorge Rondon off waivers from the Rockies.