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|4/16/2014||Erik Johnson, P (CWS)||Johnson was impressive Tuesday.
Analysis: Johnson pitched 6 2-3 innings and struck out a career-high nine in his eighth career start. The 24-year old right-hander allowed one run and three hits with two walks.
|4/16/2014||Lorenzo Cain, CF (KC)||Cain conitnued his surge Tuesday.
Analysis: Cain had two hits and is batting .342 although his OPS of .770 is not that great for such a high average.
|4/16/2014||Lucas Harrell, P (Hou)||Harrell fell to 0-3 on Tuesday.
Analysis: Harrell gave up five hits and four runs in five innings and has allowed 14 runs in three starts combined this season. "I've got to get strike one," Harrell said.
|4/16/2014||Yordano Ventura, P (KC)||Ventura pitched seven solid innings and finally got his first victory as the Royals beat the Houston Astros 4-2.
Analysis: Ventura entered Tuesday night's game winless in four career starts dating to last season despite posting a 2.53 ERA in those games. Expect more wins if he keeps this up.
|4/16/2014||John Lannan, P (NYM)||The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace Lannan on their big league roster.
Analysis: Lannan, a 32-year-old left-hander, was 1-0 with a 15.25 ERA in five relief appearances for the Mets this year. He has the choice to refuse the outright assignment and elect to become a free agent.
|4/16/2014||Daisuke Matsuzaka, P (NYM)||Matsuzaka's contract was selected Wednesday from Las Vegas, and New York sent Lannan outright to the Triple-A team.
Analysis: Matsuzaka, a 33-year-old right-hander, was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the Mets last year and 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts for Las Vegas this year.
|4/16/2014||Craig Gentry, CF (Oak)||Gentry had three hits Tuesday.
Analysis: Gentry made his second start of 2014.
|4/16/2014||Jed Lowrie, SS (Oak)||Lowrie had three hits Tuesday.
Analysis: Lowrie doubled twice to double his extra-base hit total to four.
|4/16/2014||Josh Donaldson, 3B (Oak)||Donaldson had three hits Tuesday.
Analysis: Donaldson is hitting .357 during a nine-game hitting streak in which he has yet to walk so that's a bit troubling.
|4/16/2014||David Freese, 3B (LAA)||Freese went 2 for 4 Tuesday.
Analysis: Freese is scuffling with a .465 OPS so maybe this will get him going.
|4/16/2014||Kole Calhoun, RF (LAA)||Calhoun enjoyed a big fantasy night Tuesday.
Analysis: Calhoun was 3 for 6 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs. He's gone nuts with seven hits in his last three games.
|4/16/2014||Mike Trout, CF (LAA)||Trout enjoyed a big fantasy day Tuesday.
Analysis: Trout had three hits and drove in three runs with two runs scored and a stolen base. He remains the most complete fantasy player in the game today and possibly in history.
|4/16/2014||Garrett Richards, P (LAA)||Richards was hurt by a bullpen meltdown Tuesday.
Analysis: Richards pitched seven innings of eight-hit ball for the Angels, allowing five runs but failed to improve to 3-0.
|4/16/2014||Dan Straily, P (Oak)||Straily was terrible Tuesday.
Analysis: Straily was the first A's starter to give up more than three earned runs all season, yielding seven hits and six runs. The right-hander gave up more than three runs for the first time in nine starts since last Aug. 28. Start him in his next outing against the lowly Astros.
|4/16/2014||Robbie Erlin, P (SD)||Erlin tasted defeat Tuesday to the Rockies.
Analysis: Erlin gave up three runs on six hits in 4 2-3 innings. The left-hander was coming off a six-inning, one-hit effort in his last start, a 2-1 win at Cleveland on Wednesday. "The second time through the lineup, I just felt myself trying to do too much, overthrowing," Erlin said.
|4/16/2014||Juan Nicasio, P (Col)||Nicasio settled in and threw six solid innings to help save a depleted bullpen as the Rockies got a rare road win with a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The right-hander couldn't have started much worse by allowing two runs in the first inning when the first four Padres each got a hit. Although Nicasio got out of the inning with no more damage, his pitch count was already to 31 pitches before he in against the light-hitting Padres as he allowed just two hits over his last five innings to improve to 2-0.
|4/16/2014||Troy Tulowitzki, SS (Col)||Tulowitzki was 2 for 3 with two runs scored Tuesday.
Analysis: Tulowitzki is 4 for 8 in the series and owns an overall 1.003 OPS.
|4/16/2014||Wilin Rosario, C (Col)||Rosario had three hits Tuesday.
Analysis: Rosario is 4 for 8 in the series so he is trending upwards.
|4/16/2014||Juan Uribe, 3B (LAD)||Uribe had three hits Tuesday.
Analysis: Uribe homered for the second straight game and has a 1.000 OPS.
|4/16/2014||Hunter Pence, RF (SF)||Pence had three hits Tuesday.
Analysis: Pence is hitting .193 with a .586 OPS so he is struggling although it is early. You may want to keep the faith.
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