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Baltimore Orioles

The teardown of the Orioles began in July as they spiraled deeper into last place in the American League East. The task of rebuilding was next on the docket and ensured that they wouldn’t contend again for at least a few years. There’s no timetable given and no reason to believe in a quick fix. Changes have ripped apart the organization like a tornado — a new head of baseball operations, new assistants, a new manager and new director of player development and director of scouting. The Orioles got a late start in making the hires and evaluating the talent on their roster, which doesn’t stack up to their division rivals. It isn’t close. They took a hard fall into last place with 115 losses, worst in the majors, and reaching triple-digit losses again is a realistic possibility.

Boston Red Sox

And now comes the hard part — when the encore doubles as the farewell tour. The Red Sox shocked baseball with a run of wire-to-wire dominance unwitnessed since the 1998 Yankees, winning 108 games and their fourth World Series title since 2004. They cleared every obstacle in their path, from Opening Day, when the bullpen imploded vs. Tampa, to Game 3 of the World Series, when a walk-off homer beat them in the 18th inning. They return basically their entire roster, but change is coming. In the next two years alone, free agency looms for standouts such as Chris Sale, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello and Jackie Bradley Jr. They’ll be motivated to go for broke, because this isn’t the start of a budding dynasty. It’s already the last waltz.

New York Yankees

This will give you an idea of the lofty expectations the Yankees face in 2019: Last year’s 100-win campaign, which ended when the Yanks gave the eventual champion Red Sox their toughest October series, is generally considered a flop in New York. Too harsh? Maybe. But the loaded Yankees are a World Series-or-bust team again, thanks to big-name stars such as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, blooming youngsters like Gleyber Torres and a velocity-crazed bullpen. 

GM Brian Cashman re-signed Brett Gardner and CC Sabathia and bolstered the rotation by trading for Seattle lefty James Paxton and re-signing J.A. Happ. Paxton could be the October ace the Yankees crave, and he and Luis Severino should lead a rotation that just might be the key to toppling Boston in the brawny American League East. 

The Yankees, with all their young talent, are set up to contend for years, but they might have to go through Boston to get back to the World Series — which would be a nice way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their last championship season.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays were quite pleased to win 90 games in a 2018 season that started brutally bad and included a string of key injuries that forced them to employ some innovative strategy.

But they were far from satisfied.

Team officials started talking that way right from the start of the offseason, plotting to be aggressive and take advantage of some rare financial flexibility to do so at a higher price point. And they showed they were serious about making the most of their window to contend, working an early November trade to acquire catcher Mike Zunino in a sell-high deal for outfielder Mallex Smith in the first in a series of moves that may continue up until Opening Day.

By Christmas, the Rays had let veteran closer Sergio Romo and outfielder Carlos Gomez become free agents, DFA’d leading home run hitter C.J. Cron (getting only the $50,000 waiver fee), signed free agent starter Charlie Morton to a two-year, $30 million deal, swapped supposed cornerstone first baseman Jake Bauers for hard-hitting Yandy Diaz and traded three minor league pitchers in a deal that netted reliever Emilio Pagan (plus a draft pick).

Rather than seeking to plug specific holes, senior VP Chaim Bloom said their approach was more about saying, “Okay, we have this group now that did what they did last year, that we feel strongly about their futures; how can we help support that group to put them in the best position to do what we didn’t do this past year, which is pop champagne and get to the postseason?” 

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays head into the new season firmly fixated on building for the future after definitively closing their previous competitive window during a miserable 2018. At the transition’s forefront is top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who tore through Double-A and Triple-A while earning wide acclaim as the best prospect in baseball. Guerrero, who will be 20 on Opening Day, is the first such franchise-altering talent acquired and developed internally since Carlos Delgado, and for the team to avoid an extended period of pain, he’ll need to hit the ground running after Josh Donaldson became the latest star slugger to depart the club. Once called up, likely after his free agency has been pushed back a year, Guerrero will arrive to find a new manager in Charlie Montoyo and a mostly new coaching staff. A return to contention hinges on how the Blue Jays manage to fill in around their budding star, as there’s very little certainty on the roster beyond him. 

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Nationals at Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have relieved heavily on homers of late, with 20 of their last 22 runs scored courtesy of the long ball. After Didi Gregorius recorded his third multi-homer performance of the season in the opener, the Yankees (43-19) vie for a sweep of the abbreviated two-game interleague series versus the visiting Washington Nationals (36-28) on Wednesday.

Gregorius is batting .313 over his last 12 games after belting a pair of solo homers in Tuesday’s 3-0 triumph for New York, which has won 10 of 12 overall and 18 of its last 22 at home. The Yankees’ bullpen pushed its scoreless innings streak to 21 2/3 innings with 3 1/3 spotless frames in the opener, lowering its ERA to a majors-best 0.63 in 42 2/3 innings over the last 14 games. New York’s fourth shutout this season resulted in the second time in as many games that Washington has been blanked, with the latter collecting just eight hits in the process. Manager Dave Martinez said Bryce Harper is expected to be fine after the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player was hit in the elbow and foot by a pair of pitches in Tuesday’s tilt.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN, MASN (Washington), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Erick Fedde (0-1, 4.76 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Sonny Gray (4-4, 4.81)

Multiple media outlets reported that Fedde is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who was shuffled to the disabled list on Sunday with an ailing shoulder. The 25-year-old allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss against San Diego on May 23 in his lone spot start with the Nationals. Fedde has a 3-2 mark with a 4.76 ERA in 56 2/3 innings with Syracuse this season.

Gray was saddled with a no-decision on Wednesday despite retiring the first 12 batters he faced while scattering two hits and striking out eight over eight scoreless innings against Toronto. The 28-year-old has recorded quality starts in three of his last four trips to the mound. Gray has limited the current crop of Nationals to just a .219 batting average against him, although the hurler has yet to pick up a decision in two career starts versus the club.

WALK-OFFS

1. New York manager Aaron Boone said slumping C Gary Sanchez, who is mired in a 4-for-53 stretch with 18 strikeouts, is expected to sit out his second straight game on Wednesday.

2. Washington CF Adam Eaton has hit safely in both games since being activated from the 60-day disabled list.

3. The Yankees are expected to call up Jonathan Loaisiga to replace fellow RHP Masahiro Tanaka to start either Thursday or Friday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Rockies at Phillies Preview

Scott Kingery has been shuffled around the field this season as the Philadelphia Phillies try to find a home for the promising prospect. The 24-year-old looks to follow up a season high-tying four-RBI performance on Wednesday as the Phillies (34-30) bid for a series victory versus the reeling Colorado Rockies (32-34), who have dropped a season-worst five straight and nine of 11.

Kingery belted a three-run homer for his first blast since April 10 as Philadelphia claimed an early lead and held on for their second straight win with a 5-4 triumph on Tuesday. Cesar Hernandez has hit safely in four consecutive contests and scored a run in three straight and six of his last seven for the Phillies, who evened their six-game homestand at 2-2 and improved to 21-11 at Citizens Bank Park this season. Trevor Story had two singles to record his fourth straight multi-hit performance on Tuesday and crossed the plate twice in the opener to give him six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. Story will get his first look at right-hander Nick Pivetta while left-hander Tyler Anderson will get the nod for the Rockies.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountains (Colorado), NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies LH Tyler Anderson (3-1, 4.81 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Nick Pivetta (4-5, 3.76)

Anderson recorded his fourth straight no-decision on Thursday despite working a season high-tying seven innings against Cincinnati. The 28-year-old allowed just two runs on five hits versus the Reds and kept the ball in the park after being taken deep eight times in his previous six outings. Hernandez (6-for-9) and Maikel Franco (3-for-7) have gotten their licks in on Anderson, although the left-hander has flustered both Aaron Altherr (0-for-5, three strikeouts) and Odubel Herrera (0-for-3, three strikeouts).

Pivetta has answered a three-start winning streak with three straight losses after permitting four runs on six hits in five frames in Thursday’s 4-3 setback versus the Chicago Cubs. The 25-year-old British Columbia native has yielded nine earned runs over 14 innings while allowing the opposition to bat .294 against him during his losing skid. Pivetta was torched in his lone appearance against Colorado, yielding eight runs on as many hits in 2 2/3 innings at Coors Field on Aug. 5.

WALK-OFFS

1. Colorado LF Gerardo Parra has recorded five multi-hit performances in his last eight games.

2. Philadelphia 1B Carlos Santana has gone 0-for-5 — albeit with three walks — in his last two contests on the heels on a seven-game hitting streak.

3. Rockies C Tom Murphy excelled in his major-league debut with three hits on Tuesday after batting .289 with 16 homers in 49 games with Triple-A Albuquerque to open the season.

Twins at Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers went nearly the entire month of May without Miguel Cabrera earlier and now will be without their slugging first baseman for the remainder of the season. Cabrera ruptured a tendon in his biceps in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Minnesota and will undergo season-ending surgery, leaving Detroit scrambling as it resumes the three-game set versus the Twins on Wednesday.

Cabrera was hurt when he took an awkward swing at an offspeed pitch and immediately grabbed his arm, but the severity of the injury wasn’t revealed until after he was sent for an MRI exam. “It’s a very sad day for our baseball team,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s a special player and a special person to have around here. It’s a blow. I feel terrible for him.” Minnesota vaulted past Detroit into second place in the American League Central as Ehire Adrianza belted a grand slam as part of a three-hit game in the series opener. Jose Berrios owns a 3-1 record against the Tigers despite an 8.49 ERA, but he beat them with eight strong innings on May 21, allowing two runs on three hits.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH José Berríos (7-5, 3.66 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.20)

Berrios tossed his second complete game of the year and his first since his season debut, striking out 10 and limiting the Chicago White Sox to two runs and six hits to improve to 4-1 over his last five starts. The 24-year-old has racked up 44 strikeouts over his last five starts, including nine in the victory over Detroit last month. Nicholas Castellanos is 5-for-10 with a homer and four RBIs off Berrios.

Boyd posted his first road victory of the season at Boston in his last outing, limiting the Red Sox to two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old had his second shortest outing of the season at Minnesota in a 6-0 loss on May 17, permitting only one hit while allowing two runs and walking four. Brian Dozier has been a nemesis for Boyd, going 13-for-32 with three homers, three doubles and five RBIs.

WALK-OFFS

1. Adrianza is 9-for-20 with two homers, seven RBIs and seven runs scored in his last seven games.

2. John Hicks, batting .285 with five homers and 22 RBIs, will take over as Detroit’s starting first baseman.

3. The Twins signed RH Matt Belisle one day after he was released by Cleveland.

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Red Sox at Orioles Preview

The visiting Boston Red Sox will try to clinch their fourth straight series win over the Baltimore Orioles when the teams play the second of three straight at Camden Yards on Tuesday. Two sacrifice flies in the top of the 12th inning accounted for all the offense in a 2-0 win for the Red Sox in the series opener Monday night.

Steven Wright and five relievers combined on a five-hit shutout for Boston, which is 10-1 in the last 11 contests against the Orioles dating to last season and has claimed six straight games in Baltimore. Mookie Betts returned from an oblique strain and had a hit in five trips to the plate in the opener of a 10-game road trip for the Red Sox. Orioles shortstop Manny Machado missed Monday’s contest due to an illness and could return Tuesday to face Eduardo Rodriguez, against whom he is 6-for-31 with five strikeouts. Baltimore counters with streaking rookie David Hess as it attempts to end a five-game slide.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), MASN2 (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. Orioles RH David Hess (2-2, 3.07)

Rodriguez has won four straight and already surpassed last season’s win total after emerging victorious against Detroit on Wednesday. He limited the Tigers to one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out five in his fifth consecutive home outing. The 25-year-old started his current winning streak with 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over Baltimore on May 20, improving to 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 career meetings.

Hess has a 0.96 ERA over his last three starts after stifling the Toronto Blue Jays through six innings his last time out. The solid stretch began after a rocky effort opposite Rodriguez at Fenway Park last month, when Hess gave up five runs across 4 2/3 frames. The Tennessee native has a 3.00 ERA in two home starts while yielding 10 hits and a walk in 12 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles 1B Chris Davis was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Monday as his average through 57 games fell to .150.

2. Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi is 13-for-30 with six walks in eight games against Baltimore this year.

3. Boston 1B Mitch Moreland is 2-for-19 over a six-game span to drop his average from .310 to .287.

Nationals at Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have seen their notoriously loud bats fall silent of late as the club matched a season low with three hits in its last outing and is batting .176 over the last four games overall. The Yankees (42-19) look to avoid hitting the snooze button once again Tuesday when they open an abbreviated two-game interleague series against the visiting Washington Nationals (36-27).

Gary Sanchez is mired in a 4-for-53 stretch while teammates Greg Bird (1-for-16) and Aaron Judge (2-for-23) are also slumping. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has answered a six-game hitting streak by striking out five times in his last two contests, scored a run in the last meeting with Washington – a 3-3 deadlock on May 15 that was suspended after 5 1/2 innings. While the Yankees became the final major-league team to get shut out when they were blanked by the cross-town Mets on Sunday night, the Nationals also lost a 2-0 decision to San Francisco hours earlier to fall to 4-5 in their last nine outings. Anthony Rendon, who belted a solo homer in the suspended game versus the Yankees, is 6-for-16 with five RBIs and six runs scored in his last four games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), WPIX (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-6, 3.56 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.59)

Roark recorded his first win since April 30 after allowing two runs on six hits in an 11-2 romp of Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The 31-year-old worked six innings in that contest, marking the 11th time in 12 starts that he has ventured that far into a game. Roark will be making his first career start versus the Yankees, although he is very familiar with Stanton (8-for-33, four home runs) from the slugger’s time with Miami.

Like Roark, Sabathia also snapped a prolonged winless drought in his last outing after yielding two runs on three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 triumph over Toronto. The 37-year-old, who won for the first time since April 29, was taken deep twice to raise his home run total to seven in his last five trips to the mound. Mark Reynolds is 4-for-18 with a homer versus Sabathia, but the left-hander owns a 2-1 career mark against the Nationals with a 2.25 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP while limiting the club to a .185 batting average.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington rookie OF Juan Soto is 20-for-61 and has reached base safely in 16 of 19 games played.

2. New York’s bullpen allowed only two unearned runs and struck out 25 in 19 1/3 innings over the past week.

3. Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) is expected to accompany his club to Yankee Stadium and could be activated from the disabled list this week, according to the Washington Post.

Twins at Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers just suffered the scheduling misfortune of having to play three of the best teams in the American League – the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians – in consecutive series and took one game from each opponent. After a well-deserved day off, the Tigers will host the division-rival Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.

Detroit battled all three of the likely playoff teams while finishing up a stretch of 18 games in 17 days and managed to go 10-8 before getting a day off. “We’re hanging in there,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters. “We played a lot of close ballgames. One swing here and there could’ve changed it, and one good pitch here and there. So, 10-8, yes, but we could’ve been better, and I think that’s what keeps driving these guys. We can do better.” The Twins are hoping they can do better as well after dropping four of their last six and scoring three runs or fewer in each of the four setbacks. Minnesota will try to get the bats going against Detroit left-hander Blaine Hardy while countering with veteran Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.24 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66)

Odorizzi is winless in his last five starts and is coming off the lone loss in that span after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The 28-year-old is struggling to work deep into games and completed six innings only twice in his last 10 starts. Odorizzi is seeing Detroit for the first time this season and is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.

Hardy is trying to hang onto a spot in the rotation and followed up two strong performances with a loss at Boston on Wednesday. The 31-year-old was ripped for five runs on eight hits in six innings and allowed a home run – just his third homer surrendered in 32 innings. Hardy was better in a no-decision at Minnesota on May 21, when he scattered two runs and seven hits across five innings while striking out four.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) will make his third minor league rehab start on Monday and could return to the majors this weekend.

2. Twins SS Eduardo Escobar was named AL Player of the Week on Monday after batting .462 with nine extra-base hits and eight RBIs last week.

3. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano struck out at least once in each of his last 13 games.

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Yankees at Blue Jays Preview

Slugger Aaron Judge looks to bounce back from a horrific doubleheader performance when the New York Yankees open a two-game series against the host Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Judge became the first player since at least 1920 to strike out eight times in a doubleheader as the Yankees split Monday’s twinbill in Detroit.

Judge was hitless in nine at-bats in the doubleheader and struck out five times in the nightcap as New York had its five-game winning streak halted. The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year is 2-for-19 with 13 strikeouts in four games this month and has struck out 83 times – second-most in the majors – after fanning 208 times last campaign. Judge is 8-for-20 with two homers versus scheduled Toronto starter Marco Estrada, while Giancarlo Stanton (6-for-17) and Gary Sanchez (4-for-21) each have hit four blasts against the right-hander. The Blue Jays also just finished playing Detroit and ended a five-game skid on Sunday with an 8-4 win as Justin Smoak and Randal Grichuk each recorded a homer and three RBIs.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, YES (New York), Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.73 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.68)

Sabathia is winless over his last five starts but has suffered just one loss during the stretch. The 37-year-old has pitched five innings or fewer in four consecutive outings and seven of his 10 turns. Sabathia is 17-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 33 career starts against the Blue Jays – an 0.96 ERA in two no-decisions this season – and has struggled with Kendrys Morales (9-for-25, homer) and Smoak (10-for-31, two homers).

Estrada has dropped four straight decisions and is 0-5 over his last seven outings. The 34-year-old, who is 7-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 17 career appearances (16 starts) against New York, has posted a 6.53 ERA during his current four-game slide. Estrada’s last victory came against the Yankees on April 20, when he yielded five runs and seven hits over five innings, and he also settled for a no-decision on March 31 after giving up three runs and four hits in seven frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Yankees are 5-3 against the Blue Jays this season.

2. New York 2B Gleyber Torres homered in Monday’s first game to become the first Yankee to reach 10 blasts before his 22nd birthday since Hall-of-Famer Mickey Mantle in 1953.

3. Toronto RHP Roberto Osuna (domestic assault charge) had his administrative leave extended through June 11 by Major League Baseball. The 23-year-old last pitched for the Blue Jays on May 6.

Tigers at Red Sox Preview

Two of their key players are already on the disabled list and the Boston Red Sox hope a third will avoid it when they host the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night for the opener of a three-game series. J.D. Martinez, who leads the major leagues with 50 RBIs and is tied for the league lead with 19 homers, left Sunday’s 9-3 victory at Houston with back spasms, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters the slugger is expected to be ready for Tuesday.

Boston’s Mookie Betts, who leads the majors with a .359 batting average, is on the DL with an abdominal strain, while veteran All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia (knee) has hardly played this year and went back on the list recently. The Red Sox have still won seven of their last 10 after splitting a four-game set at Houston by winning the last two games and will send veteran Steven Wright to the mound Tuesday against fellow right-hander Artie Lewicki. The Tigers split a doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Monday, taking the nightcap 4-2, and have won nine of the last 13 overall to close within 2 1/2 games of first place in the American League Central. Nicholas Castellanos was held without a hit in four at-bats during the second game but boasts multiple hits in five of the last seven games (13-for-30) for Detroit, while Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in all five games since his return from the DL on Friday and six straight overall.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Artie Lewicki (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Steven Wright (1-0, 2.25)

Lewicki makes his first start of 2018 after allowing six earned runs in 15 innings across six appearances out of the bullpen this season. The 26-year-old Virginia product has given up one earned run over seven innings in his past three outings and has yet to allow a homer among 18 hits in the majors this year. Lewicki, who faces Boston for the first time in his career, gave up five runs over five innings in his lone major league start last season against Kansas City.

Wright makes his first start of 2018 and the 41st of his career after permitting four hits over nine scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his last four appearances. The 33-year-old knuckleball specialist went 1-3 in five starts during 2017 and was 13-6 one year earlier across 24 starts with a 3.33 ERA. Miguel Cabrera and James McCann have each homered against Wright, who is 0-1 with an 8.04 ERA in three career starts versus the Tigers.

WALK-OFFS

1. Detroit has recorded at least one double in 52 straight games, the third-longest such streak since 1908.

2. Boston LF Andrew Benintendi is 15-for-36 with four homers and 11 RBIs over his last nine contests.

3. The Tigers won four of the seven meetings last year, but the Red Sox won two of the three played in Boston.

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Yankees at Orioles Preview

The New York Yankees are riding high with victories in 10 of their last 11 completed series to remain right in the thick of the race for first place in the American League East. The Yankees (35-17) will take their show on the road Thursday as they begin a season-high 11-game trek with the opener a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (17-39), who won three of four from New York last month.

Aaron Judge collected two hits and a run scored in back-to-back outings for the Yankees, who exacted a small measure of revenge against Houston following the 2017 AL Championship Series by taking five of seven meetings this season. The 26-year-old slugger is 1-for-5 with a homer against Thursday starter Andrew Cashner after collecting five hits – including a blast – to go along with four RBIs and three runs scored against Baltimore from April 5-8. The Orioles’ beleaguered offense continues to be stymied, as the club saw its losing skid extend to five games after being shut out for the second time in three contests following Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Washington. Manny Machado had a double off Max Scherzer to push his hitting streak to five games heading into a tilt with the Yankees, against whom he went 7-for-19 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored in last month’s series

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, YES (New York), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07)

Gray answered a sterling performance with a less-than-desirable one, as he followed a one-run effort over eight innings in a 10-1 romp at Kansas City on May 20 by allowing five runs in 3 2/3 frames six days later in an 11-4 setback versus the Los Angeles Angels. The 28-year-old issued at least three free passes for the fifth time in his last seven starts to give him a staggering 28 walks in 10 starts (49 2/3 innings). Gray improved to 3-4 in his career against Baltimore after recording a quality start in an 8-3 win on April 7.

Like Gray, Cashner surrendered five runs in his last outing on Saturday as he was blitzed by Tampa Bay to fall to 1-5 in his last eight starts. The 31-year-old permitted season highs in hits (11) and walks (four) against the Rays while limping through five innings. Cashner pitched significantly better in his last appearance against the Yankees on April 5, improving to 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four career appearances after yielding one run on two hits in six frames of a 5-2 win.

WALK-OFFS

1. Baltimore CF Adam Jones is 11-for-26 with a homer and two RBIs in his last six games.

2. New York is just 11-9 versus AL East foes and 24-8 against the rest of the major league teams.

3. Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop has struck out at least once in each of the last 13 games, including three times on Wednesday

Cubs at Mets Preview

The revolving door that is the New York Mets’ bullpen came through last time out, but it will be tested again during a four-game series against the visiting Chicago Cubs that begins Thursday. The Cubs have averaged nearly six runs over their last 21 contests and have won five of their last seven on the road.

The Mets won for just the third time in 10 games Wednesday, posting a 4-1 victory in Atlanta as four relievers combined for four innings of one-run ball. New York made several roster moves before the contest to reinforce its beleaguered bullpen, which could be taxed again with Seth Lugo stepping out of his relief role to start on short rest in the series opener against the Cubs. After an inconsistent start to the season, Chicago’s offense has come to life in May, though it squandered plenty of opportunities in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh. Anthony Rizzo has heated up to contribute largely to the resurgence, hitting .299 with seven homers and 28 RBIs this month after batting .149 with only blast and nine RBIs in March and April combined.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, SNY (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jose Quintana (5-4, 4.78 ERA) vs. Mets RH Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.48)

Quintana has failed to get through five innings in three of his last five starts, issuing 15 walks over 26 innings in that span. The 29-year-old was pulled after 4 1/3 frames last time out, allowing four runs and five hits in a loss to San Francisco. Quintana is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against New York.

Lugo has been a valuable member of the Mets’ bullpen but will make a spot start after 20 appearances in relief. The 28-year-old worked 17 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing three runs in his last outing Monday at Atlanta. Lugo is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three career games (one start) against the Cubs.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cubs RF Jason Heyward is 6-for-8 over his last two games, raising his batting average from .222 to .256.

2. Mets CF Brandon Nimmo has recorded eight extra-base hits and six RBIs over his last nine contests.

3. The Cubs on Wednesday placed Carl Edwards Jr. (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A Iowa.

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Yankees at Red Sox Preview

The New York Yankees avenged a lopsided result against the Boston Red Sox in the series opener by showing some fight – both literally and offensively – en route to posting just their second win in six contests. After two bench-clearing fracases ratcheted up the tension, the long-time rivals look to keep their emotions in check on Thursday as they reconvene at Fenway Park to play the rubber match of their three-game set.

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Giancarlo Stanton answered a 3-for-28 slump during a six-game stretch by recording five hits in the first two contests of this series, including a two-run triple and an RBI single on Wednesday as New York snapped Boston’s nine-game winning streak with a 10-7 triumph. Fellow slugger Gary Sanchez showed signs of snapping out of a 1-for-31 funk by belting a pair of two-run homers to highlight his three-hit performance, although he is just 1-for-8 lifetime versus Thursday starter Rick Porcello. For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez launched a solo shot to extend his hitting streak to nine games and increase his RBI total to 12 over his last seven contests. J.D. Martinez bashed Boston’s third grand slam in four days to give him six RBIs in the series and eight in his last four games heading into Thursday’s tilt with Sonny Gray, against whom he is 3-for-7 with one homer and four RBIs in his career.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, YES (New York), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Sonny Gray (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84)

Gray broke into the win column on Saturday despite allowing three runs and four hits in six innings of an 8-3 triumph over Baltimore. The 28-year-old hopes that momentum carries over into Thursday’s contest versus Boston, against which he owns a 1-4 record and 4.93 ERA in six career encounters and an 0-2 mark with a 6.75 ERA in three starts at Fenway. Ramirez (.357) has fared well versus Gray, but the right-hander has kept the red-hot Mookie Betts (.133) under wraps.

Porcello picked up his second straight victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday after overcoming a two-run double in the first to strike out seven over 7 1/3 innings in a 10-3 triumph. The 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner dropped three of four decisions to New York last season to see his career mark versus the club evened at 8-8 with a 3.27 ERA in 18 outings. Jacoby Ellsbury (.353, four homers) and Brett Gardner (.304) have gotten their licks in on Porcello, but the right-hander has handcuffed Aaron Judge (.100).

WALK-OFFS

1. Betts is 16-for-31 with 14 runs scored during his nine-game hitting streak.

2. Gardner is 7-for-16 with six runs scored in his last four contests.

3. Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in the series.

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft News – C.C. Sabathia is going to rehab

Yankees lefthander C.C. Sabathia announced on Monday that he needed to check himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center. That means he will be unavailable for the one day cash draft playoffs contests starting Tuesday. The Yankees begin their post-season journey that same day in the American League Wild Card game against the Houston Astros. Masahiro Tanaka is slated to be their starter for this confrontation.

If New York wins the game and continued their path to the World Series, Sabathia would’ve been part of the rotation going forward. But that is not the case anymore. The Yankees will turn to Adam Warren to fill the hole.

New York’s rotation now includes ace Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Adam Warren. Ivan Nova could spot start, but he’s been inconsistent since coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Sabathia was the only lefty in the rotation and also the last winning starter this season. He had a record of 6-10 with 137 strikeouts and a 4.73 ERA in 2015. In the post-season, he holds a record of 9-5 with 101 K’s while having a 4.53 ERA in 107.1 innings of work.

It’s sad to see him leave the competition when he brings a lot of fantasy value, but it’s all in his honor to try to get better during this time. He’ll only get better through the sport of baseball and in life when he comes back from rehab. And for that I congratulate him.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball ALWC Preview – Houston Astros vs New York Yankees

The road to the World Series begins now. One day fantasy baseball will continue with deeper and more in-depth selection as the numbers of MLB matchups dwindles down from here on out. Fantasy Baseball managers, this is your time to shine. The playoffs begins Sunday with the American League Wild Card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers returns to the post-season after missing it the last two years, while the Astros will try to reach the ALDS and become the first team to make it there in both the National and American league.

The season series went to the Astros, who won 4 out of the 7 matchups this season. Houston also defeated New York twice in the three game series at Yankee stadium back on August. The winners of this showdown will move on to face the Kansas City Royals. You can follow the game this Tuesday on ESPN at 8pm Eastern Time.

Pitching matchup: Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel (20-8) vs New York Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (12-7)

Dallas Keuchel has been lights out when pitching at home this year, going 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be pitching on enemy territory for the Wild Card game. The Yanks will be sending their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. He has struggled in his last two starts though. The Japanese has been dealing with a hamstring strain in the last week. But he will have rested for six days when the game starts. Both of those pitchers will make their post-season debut.

Tanaka has faced the Astros once this year. He has allowed 7 hits and 6 earned run while striking out 5 during 5 innings of work in that contest. He was rewarded with a no-decision after the Yankees came back in the last two innings. Keuchel had more success than his counterpart. He has defeated the Yankees twice in two games this season, giving up 9 hits and no run with 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s 5-8 with a 3.77 ERA in away game, Keuchel would’ve been a sure thing. He’s still a reliable fantasy pick for Tuesday.

Catchers: Houston Astros Jason Castro vs New York Yankees Brian McCann

It’s hard to argue with this one. Brian McCann is the meat and bone of the Yankees power offense, this year. His numbers show it, with 94 RBI’s and 26 home runs. He’s still batting a meager .232. Jason Castro has 11 homers and 31 RBI’s with a .211 average.

First basemen: Houston Astros Chris Carter vs New York Yankees Greg Bird

Greg Bird is the revelation of the year for the Yankees. He came up from the minors in August to replace the injured Mark Teixeira and produced 11 homers with 31 RBI’s while hitting .261 in 46 games. Not bad for the rookie Bird. Chris Carter has been all muscle, no finesse in his approach this year. He has collected 64 RBI’s and 24 home runs with a .199 average. Carter is more productive against the opponent’s pitcher, hitting a perfect 1.000 average in 2 at-bats. You can count a dinger and 2 RBI’s in those meetings.

Second basemen: Houston Astros Jose Altuve vs New York Yankees Rob Refsnyder

Jose Altuve is the A.L. stolen base leader in the past two years. He has warranted his spot as the best second baseman playing in fantasy baseball right now. This season, he has gathered a .313 batting average with 66 RBI’s, 15 homers and 38 stolen bases. On the other team, you have rookie Rob Refsnyder, who has done well hitting .302 at the bottom of the order. He holds 2 long balls and 5 RBI’s this season.

Third basemen: Houston Astros Jed Lowrie vs New York Yankees Chase Headley & Alex Rodriguez

After missing more than a year of Major League Baseball, A-Rod came back hammering the baseball with force. He has completed the season with 33 homers and 86 RBI’s while hitting .250. Think what you may about him, he’s still has a lot of fantasy value left in him. Former Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie had one of his worst seasons. A .222 average with 1 homer and 5 RBI’s is not good enough, especially when batting in the middle of the order. It doesn’t look like Chase Headley will be able to emulate his 2012 amazing season. It just seems to go downhill for the 31 year-old. He had 11 home runs and 62 RBI’s with a .259 average in the course of the season. He holds one blast and 3 RBI’s against Keuchel. But none of it came this year, as he got flat out blanked by the lefty in 2015.

Shortstops: Houston Astros Carlos Correa vs New York Yankees Didi Gregorius

Carlos Correa is a definite contender for the A.L. rookie of the year award and could likely win it. He has proven all doubters that he deserved being picked first overall in the 2012 MLB draft. The Puerto Rican led all American League rookies in home run this season. He has compiled a 22 homers, 14 stolen bases, 68 RBI’s and a .279 average all year. Didi Gregorius has increased his numbers this year, acquiring 56 RBI’s, 9 deep flies and a .265 batting average. There is still room for improvement.

Outfielders: Houston Astros George Springer, Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus & Carlos Gomez vs New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Young & Carlos Beltran

The Houston Astros have built themselves a nice outfield group during the last offseason. The big designated hitter Evan Gattis came in a trade from Atlanta, and has racked up 27 homers, 88 RBI’s and a .246 average. Colby Rasmus had a bounce back season with 25 home runs, 61 RBI’s and batting .238 this year. Carlos Gomez didn’t have has much stolen bases this season has opposed to the last few. He has finished the year hitting .255 while collecting 12 homers, 56 RBI’s and 17 stolen bases. George Springer finally made the starting lineup this year. The 2011 Astros first round pick 41 RBI’s, 16 stolen bases and 16 home runs while batting for .276.

It’s a more aged group of outfielder that the Yankees assembled this year. At 38 years-old, it’s hard to believe that Carlos Beltran can still give in solid numbers. Well he did, batting .276 with 19 home run and 67 RBI’s.  Jacoby Ellsbury saw his number digress this season with 21 stolen bases, 33 RBI’s, and 7 home runs with an average of .257. To make matters worse, he is currently dealing with an injured back. Chris Young, the batter of choice against lefties for the Yanks, has acquired 14 blast, 42 RBI’s and an average of .252. He has faced Keuchel exactly 20 times, and has collected 6 hits against the southpaw.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Greg Bird – New York Yankees

2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros

3B Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros

OF George Springer – Houston Astros

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Chris Young –New York Yankees

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 24th 2015

It was a sad day for all fantasy baseball fans yesterday, as one of the all-time greats in Major League Baseball passed away.  Yogi Berra was one of the best clutch hitters the world has ever seen. He leaves behind a great legacy and he will never be forgotten. The Yankees are back at home today and they will face the Chicago White Sox. It will be a special game in the mind of everyone. A pre-game moment of silence should be expected to remember Berra. With that in mind, let’s get to today’s hot fantasy picks:

P Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: 14 W, 7 L, 2.18 ERA, 272 Ks, 40 BBs

With a potential Cy-Young season on his hands, it’s hard to believe he could ever fail. He received his first loss since June 27 in his last outing. He will be looking for redemption against a D-Backs team that has roughed him up a little in their last meeting. And this time, it’s in Kershaw’s home-turf. You don’t mess with Kershaw twice in a row.

C A.J. Ellis – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season:  .230 AVG, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 20 Runs

Ellis has been sharing catching duties with Yasmani Grandal all-season long. Grandall faced the righties and Ellis, the lefties. Well today is Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin. Last time the two met, Ellis had three fly out against Corbin, until he belted one over the fence against substitute Keith Hessler. If he hits those ball high, you never know what might happen.

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers

Season: .304 AVG, 21 HRs, 84 RBIs, 73 Runs

Oakland A’s pitcher has been rehabbing a sore right shoulder in the past few weeks. He will make his first start since August 26. Prince Fielder hope to take advantage of this and get back on the right track. He was hitless in 5 games before getting a single last night.

2B Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .291 AVG, 9 HRs, 50 RBIs, 58 Runs, 6 SBs

He will be inserted into his usual cleanup spot when facing lefties. That his good especially when you play for Clayton Kershaw.

3B Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins

Season: .265 AVG, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 10 Runs

He is on a tear, and it will continue against underperforming rookie Alec Asher.

SS Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants

Season: .256 AVG, 19 HRs, 80 RBIs, 58 Runs, 5 SBs

Crawford will have plenty of fun tonight against Ian Kennedy, who has been struggling in the month of September.

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

Season: .341 AVG, 41 HRs, 95 RBIs, 116 Runs, 6 SBs

Did somebody say MVP? He’s having his best stretch of the season. With the Nats seeing their playoffs hope shrink a little more every day, it’s the time for the team to push hard. There is no other player who will push harder than Harper.

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

Season: .277 AVG, 12 HRs, 78 RBIs, 68 Runs, 3 SBs

Leave it to Cabrera to unfortunately spoil the return of the Yankees at home, the day after Yogi Bera’s passing. He is just having too good of a hot streak to pass on.

OF Ichiro Suzuki – Miami Marlins

Season: .238 AVG, 1 HR, 20 RBIs, 45 Runs, 11 SBs

Ichiro was out of the Marlins lineup in the last two games. A return to form against Phillies starter Alec Asher should be good for him.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

C A.J. Ellis – Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers

2B Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins

SS Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

OF Ichiro Suzuki – Miami Marlins

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Fantasy Baseball Best Pick of the Evening – September 21th 2015

We’re less than two weeks away from closing out the Fantasy Baseball regular season. Come learn how to play fantasy baseball before it’s too late. There is 10 games to be played Monday evening. The most interesting matchup today is the one between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jay. They begin a crucial 3 game series for the top spot in the A.L. East. Blue Jays ace, David Price (16-5), will start with Yankees Adam Warren (6-6) opposing him. Now let’s take a look at some hot fantasy picks:

P Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs

 Season: 8 W, 6L, 3.73 ERA, 159 Ks, 39 BBs

The Chicago Cubs have been on a tear lately. They are in a battle against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the wild card spot in the National League. The Cubbies begin a three-game stand at Wrigley against the Brew Crew. Jason Hammel (8-6) will be on the mound for Chicago. He has struggled in his last outing allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings. After the game, he made it clear that he blew it and had to be better. Now is the chance to prove it. He’s undefeated in 10 games against Milwaukee, with 7 decision wins and a 2.13 ERA. His opponent Wily Peralta (5-9) as failed to reproduce the numbers that made him successful last year. Against a team that has no more playoff aspiration, this should be a cake walk for Hammel.

C Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets

Season:  .283 AVG, 12 HRs, 41 RBIs, 30 Runs

D’Arnaud has been ripping it up in the month of September, hitting for .327. He will face starter Shelby Miller, the National League leader in losses. Besides that, Miller hasn’t won since May 18th. This is good for D’Arnaud.

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .315 AVG, 28 HRs, 100 RBIs, 91 Runs, 21 SBs

With the D-Backs eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, players will want to take out their frustration on the field. One of those players is Paul Goldschmidt who his batting .538 in 13 at-bats against opposing pitcher Brett Anderson. Goldy has 2 homers and 5 RBI’s this season alone, when facing the Dodgers hurler.

2B Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .293 AVG, 12 HRs, 65 RBIs, 66 Runs, 21 SBs

Phillips is on a roll as of late hitting .338 and getting 13 RBIs in the month of September. He has been able to get 2 hits in each season off Jaime Garcia the past five years. This year, Phillips has none in 4 at-bats against the lefty. It’s his last chance to get some before season end.

3B Chase Headley – New York Yankees

Season: .264 AVG, 11 HRs, 61 RBIs, 72 Runs

This is a big one between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. The fantasy score will come from an unlikely hero. That hero will be Chase Headley. He has success this season against David Price with a batting average of .600.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .322 AVG, 6 HRs, 73 RBIs, 74 Runs, 13 SBs

Who knew Bogaerts was going to soar this year. The last shortstop to have had that much talent with the bat for the Red Sox was Nomar Garciaparra. The 22 years-old his way to be the next Garciaparra. He’s currently on a nine game hitting streak and is the second best in the American League with an average of .322.

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

Season: .274 AVG, 11 HRs, 73 RBIs, 66 Runs, 3 SBs

It will be the Melky way tonight at Comerica Park. Cabrera has had past success against the 39 years-old Randy Wolf, batting .571 since 2010. They haven’t faced off since 2012, but the aging Wolf is in the decline and Cabrera will make him pay for it.

OF Carl Crawford – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .265 AVG, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 17 Runs, 9 SBs

He is not the all-star as he once was, but he is hitting .298 and has stolen 9 bases since the beginning of August. Back in 2013, he has faced Jhoulys Chacin 6 time, and has collected 5 hits against him. You can say that Crawford will have Chacin’s number Monday night.

OF Scott Van Slyke – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .248 AVG, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 19 Runs, 3 SBs

Adrian’s Gonzalez is questionable for Monday’s matchup between the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers. This could allow Scott Van Slyke to play his second game in a row. He knocked a solo-home run last night. The son of former MLB player Andy Van Slyke is no slouch against Jhoulys Chacin, hitting .600 against him in the past 2 years.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

P Jason Hammel – Chicago Cubs

C Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamonbacks

2B Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds

3B Chase Headley – New York Yankees

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

OF Carl Crawford – Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Scott Van Slyke –Los Angeles Dodgers

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 8-4-15

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Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 4th 2015

Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka

First Base:  Mark Teixeira

Third Base:  Chase Headley

Short Stop:  Xander Bogaerts

Outfield: Brett Gardner

Designated Hitter:  Alex Rodriguez

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Fantasy Baseball Preview – Yankees vs Orioles

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The Yankees(52-41) will look to sweep the series in the Fantasy Baseball day game against the Orioles(46-47) and create distance with the latter in the standing . The Bronx Bombers won 8 in their last 10 games. This success have allowed them to hold first place in the American League East.
Masahiro Tanaka(6-3, 3.65ERA) will be the starter for New York. He has not won in his first 2 games against Baltimore. The Japanese hurler needs to keep Baltimore’s heavy bats at bay if he has any hope to get the job done. He gave up 12 HR this season, it’s 3 shy of the total he allowed last year of 15. The Orioles have smashed 93 homers against righties this season, the 3rd best in the league.

New York will face Ubaldo Jimenez(7-5, 3.29ERA), for the second time this year. Baltimore won the June 12th game 11-3, the 6 foot 5 Orioles pitcher lasted 5 innings and gave up 3 earned run to get the victory. He was able to follow up with 3 wins and have his best winning streak(4 games) since 2010. Jimenez will try to bounce back from his worst start of the season where he allowed 7 earned runs and 3 HR, this past Friday in Detroit.

One Day Cash Draft lineup

Baltimore :
1-3B Manny Machado (.298AVG, 20HR, 50RBI, 14SB)
2-DH Jimmy Paredes (.293AVG, 10HR, 39RBI, 3SB)
3-CF Adam Jones (.290AVG, 15HR, 44RBI, 3SB)
4-1B Chris Davis (.238AVG, 20HR, 54RBI, 0SB)
5-RF Nolan Reimold (.235AVG, 2HR, 5RBI, 0SB)
6-C Matt Wieters (.250AVG, 3HR, 12RBI, 0SB)
7-2B Jonathan Schoop (.269AVG, 6HR, 14RBI, 1SB)
8-SS J.J. Hardy (.231AVG, 5HR, 25RBI, 0SB)
9-LF David Lough (.226AVG, 4HR, 12RBI, 1SB)

New York :
1-CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.298AVG, 2HR, 10RBI, 14SB)
2-LF Brett Gardner (.299AVG,10HR, 43RBI, 15SB)
3-DH Alex Rodriguez (.275AVG, 20HR, 54RBI, 1SB)
4-1B Mark Teixeira (.256AVG, 24HR, 65RBI, 1SB)
5-RF Carlos Beltran (.264AVG, 7HR, 31RBI, 0SB)
6-3B Chase Headley (.257AVG, 8HR, 32RBI, 0SB)
7-SS Didi Gregorius (.234AVG, 4HR, 19RBI, 4SB)
8-C J.R. Murphy (.247AVG, 0HR, 5RBI, 0SB)
9-2B Stephen Drew (.179AVG, 12HR, 25RBI, 0SB)

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In 6 at-bats against Ubaldo Jimenez, Alex Rodriguez, had 3 hits, 2 doubles and 3RBI. Rodriguez hit a HR in last nights game against the O’s.
New York CF Jacoby Ellsbury has faced Jimenez 9 time and had 5 hits with 2 RBI and 5 SB.
Facing Jimenez, Carlos Beltran had 2 doubles, 2 HR and 3 RBI’s. He also manage to walk 3 times.
Jonathan Schoop has 2 HR and 5 RBI against Tanaka, in his career. He will be a good cash draft pick due to his low value right now.

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New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles – 7-21-15 – MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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It will be a battle in the AL East for MLB fantasy draft managers to sort a roster from when the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. Cash fantasy league players can follow the results of their rosters at 7PM Eastern Time on Tuesday July 21st from Yankees Stadium as MLB Network provides the broadcast.

As the teams enter play in this series it’s the New York Yankees holding the top spot in the AL East with a record of 50-41 sitting four games ahead of the second place Baltimore Orioles. The Yanks have been a good home team in 2015 with a mark of 27-17. New York hit the All Star break winners of six of their past eight games. The team has shown some power ranking second in MLB in runs scored (4.59 per game) and sitting second best in home runs (120).

Baltimore is one game over .500 for the year at 46-45. The Orioles offense ranks fifth in run production (4.42 per game) but have slumped down the stretch as the club has dropped six of their past ten games hitting the break. The starting pitching could use some improvement as word is out that the team is in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes as they could use an arm or two to help make up ground in the division and wild card race.

Baltimore Orioles 3B: Manny Machado leads the everyday players from the Orioles with a batting average of .300 with 20 homers and 50 RBIs. He has hit Yankees pitching very well with a mark of .385. Machado has hits in eight of nine games with three homers.

Baltimore Orioles DH: Jimmy Paredes is batting .294 season to date with ten homers and 39 RBIs. He is another Oriole who hits Yankees pitching very well with a batting average of .458 with two homers and six RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles CF: Adam Jones has been on fire by batting .500 over the past seven days. Jones has raised his average up to .291 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs. He has hit two homers against Yankees pitching on the year.

Baltimore Orioles 1B: Chris Davis has struggled with batting average at .238 on the season. He has produced some power numbers with 19 homers and 53 RBIs. Davis has a .213 road batting average.

Baltimore Orioles P: Wei Yin Chen leads the starters with an ERA of 2.78 on the year and his WHIP of 1.09. Chen has not been the recipient of run support with a record of 4-5. He has thrown seven straight starts of allowing two earned runs or fewer. On July 12th Chen held the Nationals to two earned runs over eight innings with no walks and eight hits.

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New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner, an All Star, and leads the everyday players with a .300 hitting average. Gardner has ten homers and 42 RBIs. He has hits in eight of his past nine games.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez has surprised his critics with a .277 batting average with 19 homers and 52 RBIs. He is below average for July at .255 hitting average. Rodriguez has hit three homers against Orioles pitching this year.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley has had a hot July by hitting .333 but not much power numbers with no homers and three RBIs. He has raised his batting average to .256.

New York Yankees C: Brian McCann has struggled for the month of July with a hitting average of .195. He has produced three homers and nine RBIs in the month. McCann has been poor against Orioles pitching with a .192 batting average.

New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira leads the team in homers with 23 and has driven in 63 runs for the season. The batting average is now .249 after going 5 for 8 in the final two games of the series against the Mariners prior to the break.

New York Yankees P: The 25 year old right hander Nathan Eovaldi is 9-2 with an ERA of 4.50 and high WHIP of 1.52. Eovaldi taxes the Yankees bullpen with his inability to go very far in games. He has made it to the seventh inning just twice in his past ten starts.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

P: Wei Yin Chen (Orioles)
3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)
DH: Jimmy Paredes (Orioles)
CF: Adam Jones (Orioles)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)

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