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Arizona Diamondbacks - Team of the Week (5/23-5/29)

Well I don't think this is a surprise choice, but it is a surprise as to how well the Arizona Diamondbacks have been playing lately.  For the second straight week the Diamondbacks are our choice for team of the week.  Just like last week, the Diamondbacks started out the week with a loss, but then won their next 6 to finish out the week and now have won 14 of 16 and have taken a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West, a division where many predicted the Diamondbacks to be buried at the bottom.  The Diamondbacks are now 29-24 on the year. The week started off with a 4 game series against the Colorado Rockies a team struggling after a 17-8 start have since gone 8-19.  Josh Collmenter who in his first 26 innings in 2011 (which included 6 relief appearances and 2 starts) only allowed 2 runs and had a 0.69 ERA heading into the game, got the lone loss for the Diamondbacks for the week.  The Rockies offense exploded for a 12-4 win, which they had 14

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Buster Posey Watch - Out For Season After Surgery

UPDATE (5/30) - Buster Posey will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair 3 torn ligaments in his ankle.  In another 8-10 weeks he will have to go under another surgery to remove the "hardware" the doctors put in him. Watch Sports Science take on home plate collisions Brandon Belt and Chris Stewart (taking over catching duties) have been called up from AAA Fresno UPDATE -  RealGM - Posey has a broken fibula and severely strained ligaments in his left ankle and will miss at least six to eight weeks, Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner told the San Francisco Chronicle. Posey will need surgery on his ankle, Groeschner said, and it is possible a screw could be inserted. Last night Buster Posey got crushed at the plate by Scott Cousins on a sac fly hit by Emilio Bonifacio.  No one is reporting any good news and it could be a season ending injury.  Follow us all day for updates and ask us any questions regarding how to replace him, if you have him o

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Get To Know Him - Justin Turner

Some call him Justin Turner, JT, or Red, but I call him the RBI machine.  If it wasn't for the struggles and injuries that haunt the Mets (just about every year) then the legend of Justin Turner would not exist.  If he's not a popular name around the big leagues, and to the average baseball fans around the league then I don't know what else he can do to get his name out there.  Playing in only 26 games and having a total of 89 at bats in 2011, Turner is on a torrid pace, hitting .338 with a home run and 19 RBI. Turner just 26 years old, was drafted in 2005 by the New York Yankees in the 29th round but did not sign, then just a year later in the 2006 draft was selected and signed with the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round.  After two years in the Reds minor league system, Turner along with Ryan Freel and Brandon Waring were traded to the Baltimore Orioles for catcher Ramon Hernandez.  In 2009 Turner got limited time in the big leagues getting his first hit against the Yanke

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Fantasy Baseball Report (5/23-5/29)

Howie Kendrick joins the 15-Day DL club ; Angels Sign Russell Branyan Buster Posey joins the 15-Day DL club - Broken Leg and Torn Ligaments  - Video Brandon Belt returns to Giants lineup Jose Contreras returns to the Phillies rotation Mitch Talbot returns to the Indians rotation Jorge De La Rosa's season is over - Complete Tear of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament Matt Garza joins the 15-Day DL club - Right Elbow Bone Contusion Rick Ankiel returns to the Nationals lineup Phil Coke joins the 15-Day DL Club - Right Foot Bone Bruise Nate Mclouth joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Oblique Gerald Laird joins the 15-Day DL club - Fractured Right Index Finger Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz return to the Rangers lineup Brewers Claim Herrera off waivers Mitchell Boggs sent to down to AAA Memphis Edison Volquez sent down to AAA Louisville Jason Heyward joins the 15-Day DL club - Sore Right Shoulder Chase Utley returns the Phillies lineup Jim Thome returns to Twins lineup Ha

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Texas Rangers Offense About to Get a Whole Lotta Power

UPDATE (5/23): Just as we all thought, Josh Hamilton in his 1st at bat since coming off the DL hits a solo home run...and now Nelson Cruz crushes a 2-run homer! The Texas Rangers will activate both Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz off the DL for Monday nights game against the Chicago White Sox.  Cruz has been out with a strained right quad since May 4th and was hitting only .219 but did hit 7 home runs and drove in 19 rbi's through the first 30 games.  Hamilton has been out since April 12th with a broken arm after making a head first slide into home plate. According to ESPN the Rangers are 14-21 minus Hamilton and 7-9 with Cruz out of the lineup. The offense has really struggled scoring runs without both Hamilton and Cruz, but having these guys back will really boost the value of guys like Michael Young and Adrian Beltre, as they provide protection in the lineup. Even without their two most powerful bats, the Rangers still stand atop the AL West at 24-23 just a half game over

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Arizona Diamondbacks -Team of the Week (5/16-5/22)

In our first installment of team of the week, we are going with a struggling team who just got themselves back into their division and now sit at 23-23 and that team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Coming into the week the Diamondbacks were 5 games back of the 1st place Giants, and only a half game up on the last place Padres.  Well thats the team they ran into first for a quick two game series.  The Diamondbacks pitching hasn't been as bad as last year but they are still struggling and in the bottom half of the league in most stat categories.  In game one it was Armando Galarraga getting shelled for 8 runs (5 ER) and putting the D'Backs into a 5-0 hole after 2 innings, and eventually losing the game 8-4 to a team that isn't known for its offensive outbursts.  Galarraga was outrighted to Triple-A Reno. So at this point the Diamondbacks were sitting in last place in the NL West, but something got into this team and they got out of this funk.

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You Can Finally Take Utley Off The DL And Into Your Starting Roster

Just like the Rangers getting back Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton, the Philadelphia Phillies a team really struggling to score runs will get arguably their best player back in Chase Utley.  Utley has not played at all this year as he recovered from off season knee surgery. The Phillies who are usually at the top of all team batting categories have really struggled offensively this year only hitting .246, are 23rd in runs scored and rank 22nd in baseball in on base percentage at .313. Unfortunately Shane Victorino just went on the DL so the Phillies still wont have a complete lineup but Utley will provide some pop in the lineup.

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Fantasy Baseball Report (5/16-5/22)

Marlon Byrd joins the 15-Day DL club - Facial Fractures Angels might turn Kazmir into a reliever Ethier and Barajas leave game early   Furcal and Blake close to return for Dodgers Diamondbacks release Russell Branyan Joe Blanton joins the 15-Day DL club - Elbow Shane Victorino joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Hamstring Vicente Padilla joins the 15-Day DL club - Forearm Soreness Orlando Hudson returns to the Padres lineup Derek Lee joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Oblique Brian Roberts joins the 7-Day DL club - Concussion Franklin Gutierrez returns to the Mariners lineup Daisuke Matsuzaka joins the 15-Day DL club - Sprained Elbow Danny Duffy promoted to Royals Pedro Beato returns to the Mets bullpen Adam Lind joins the 15-Day DL club - Lower Back John Lackey joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Elbow David Wright joins the 15-Day DL club -  Lower Back Stress Fracture Roy Oswalt returns to Phillies rotation Aroldis Chapman joins the 15-Day DL club - Inflammati

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Josh Johnson Lands on DL

Florida Marlins ace, and arguably the best pitcher in baseball this year, Josh Johnson, has been placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation .  The Marlins have called up Jay Buente who will start Sunday in his place.  Hopefully for all Johnson owners this injury wont drag out, he's on the DL retroactive to May 17th so he should be able to return around June 1st. If you need advice on who to pick up while you put Johnson on the DL, take a look here .

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Look Out For Domonic Brown

UPDATE (5/20): With Shane Victorino going on the 15-day DL, the Phillies have called up Domonic Brown, who was hitting .341 in AAA.  If your outfield is struggling, Brown is a nice short term fill in, as he'll get to play just about everyday with Victorino out.

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Red Sox pick up Millwood and acquire Morales

The Boston Red Sox have had a number of injuries to their pitching staff, losing 40% of their starting rotation - Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey , and some key pieces to their bullpen in Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks. To try and fix these problems, the Red Sox made a couple of moves, signing veteran right hander Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract and trading for southpaw Franklin Morales , who will take the spot of Hideki Okajima who was designated for assignment. From a fantasy point of view, if Millwood ever makes it onto the Red Sox roster he might have some value.  He is a veteran pitcher who knows how to pitch, and is a workhorse.  He is usually good for 6 or 7 or even 8 innings per start.  He's not afraid to go after hitters and could be a worthy pickup in fantasy if he can keep the ball in the park.

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Holliday and Berkman leave game with injury

UPDATE - The Cardinals held both Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman out of their starting lineup on Thursday against the Astros, though Holliday was considered available to pinch-hit. Both outfielders were removed from Wednesday night's game due to injuries. - MLB.com Xrays negative on Berkman's Wrist The Cardinals beat the Astros on Wednesday night, but they might have lost in the long run.  Both Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, the Cards two top hitters so far in 2011, left the game early with injuries.  Matt Holliday left in the third with tightness in his left quadriceps and Berkman left in the fifth with discomfort in his right wrist. Berkman was injured making a diving catch on a ball hit by Chris Johnson. There is no word on how serious either injury is. So this may or may not be a big deal.

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Fantasy Baseball Report (5/9-5/15)

Brandon Beachy joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Left Oblique Jose Arrendondo returns to the Reds bullpen, Mike Leake demoted to Minors Magglio Ordonez joins the 15-Day Dl club - Right Ankle Weakness Logan Morrison returns to the Marlins lineup Craig Kimball promoted to Washington Scott Rolen returns to Reds lineup Carlos Ruiz returns to Phillies lineup Carlos Carrasco returns to the Indians rotation   @ WeTlkFntsySprts is carrasco worth a look in fantasy world? @mlbdepthcharts - Definitely. Had quality starts in 4 of 5 games before injury. Only 24 yrs old.  Kendrys Morales out for the season Ike Davis joins the 15-Day DL club - Bone Bruise and Left Ankle Sprain Bruce Chen joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Left Lat Muscle Mark DeRosa and Andres Torres return to the Giants lineup JJ Hardy returns to the Orioles lineup Jake Peavy returns to the White Sox rotation Vernon Wells joins the 15-Day DL club - Right Groin Strain Joe Blanton returns to Phillies rotation

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Best OF Bats Since Josh Hamilton Went Down

It has now been over a month since Texas and fantasy owners all over the country lost their all star outfielder.  The Rangers have suffered and gone 11-17 since the injury, only scoring 5 or more runs eleven times.  How has the injury affected your team?  Who did you pick up to replace him?  We hope if was one of the following guys, as they have been the leagues hottest hitters since April 12th who are under 80% owned in Yahoo leagues. Melky Cabrera -  In the last 30 days, Cabrera has scored 18 runs and driven in 19 runs, while batting .260.  He has 15 xbh in that span with 9 2b, 2 3b, and 4 hr.  He is still only 55% owned on Yahoo and understandably so.  Cabrera has never held it together for a full season, but as poor as the outfield has been in 2011 for Fantasy Owners, if you are still struggling in OF position, give Cabrera a shot. 4/21 - Franceour was not the only Royals OF to have a big week.  The Melk man delivered this week with 8 hits, 8 runs, 4 doubles and 4 rbi.  His a

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Fantasy Baseball Report (5/2-5/8)

Jose Iglesias promoted to Boston Red Sox Carlos Ruiz joins the 15-Day DL club -  Lower Back Inflamation Johnny Cueto returns to Reds rotation   Justin Verlander throws a No-Hitter Roy Oswalt joins the 15-Day DL - Lower Back Inflamation Neftali Feliz returns to the Rangers bullpen Eric Hosmer promoted to Kansas City Royals Homer Bailey returns to the Reds rotation Victor Martinez returns to the Tigers lineup Orlando Hudson joins the 15-Day DL - Strained Hamstring JC Romero returns to the Phillies bullpen Zack Greinke returns to the Brewers rotation Evan Longoria returns to the Rays lineup Francisco Liriano throws a No-Hitter David Freese joins the 15-Day DL Club - Broken Hamate Have a dilemma at util ? Cant figure out which pitcher to start? Leave your question in the comment section and we will hook you up with the right answer! Daily Starting Lineups Daily Baseball Data MLB Depth Charts Pitching Probables May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May 6 May 7 May 8 Ne

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Mike Leake headed to the bullpen

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake will be moved to the bullpen to make space in the starting rotation for Johnny Cueto who is set to make his season debut Sunday against the Cubs.  Reds manager Dusty Baker said he see's Mike Leake as the long man now out of the pen. If you own Leake in any of your fantasy leagues, you should drop him now, as he will not be getting any starts, and wont pick up any saves out of the bullpen, so he really has no value to your team anymore.  Take a look at whose hot and most likely available in your league. In 2011 Leake is 3-1 but has an ERA of 5.77, with 31 K's to go along with 34 hits and 11walks in 34.1 innings pitched for a WHIP of 1.31

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Phil Hughes Out Another 6-8 Weeks

According to RealGM Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will be out another 6-8 weeks. New York general manager Brian Cashman on Wednesday revealed that Hughes, who has been on the disabled list since April 15, was treated with a cortisone injection on April 28 that has relieved some of the inflammation detected in his right shoulder. Hughes, who won 18 games last year, suddenly saw his fastball plummet from 93-94 mph last year to between 89-91 mph this season, which resulted in his ERA soaring to 13.94 after three ineffective starts. "He feels significantly better," Cashman said. "I think he feels much better mentally about bigger concerns being ruled out," Cashman added, referring to the TOS test, which came back negative. "Hopefully, this was just a bump in the road, so to speak." This is a huge blow to the Yankees and Phil Hughes owners as the news just gets worse for Hughes. Many people thought this was the year Hughes breaks out and has a monster year and

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Jonathan Broxton to have MRI on Elbow

 UPDATE - Broxton will have an MRI on Elbow I asked our friend Jason over at MLBDepthCharts if he thought the Dodgers had any one in the farm system to replace Broxton.  Here is his response: KeithyP said... May 4, 2011 5:17 AM Who do the Dodgers have in the farm system to replace Broxton? Padilla is DEF not the answer Jason - MLBDepthCharts.com said... May 4, 2011 7:59 AM No one who is going to close right away unless Kenley Jansen can turn things around. If he would have pitched like he did when he came up last year, I think the job would be his already. Instead, he's back in the minors. Rubby De La Rosa could help their 'pen later in the season but probably not as the closer. I like Kuo to take the closer's job in the near future. It seems as if Jonathan Broxton will not be closing games for the MLB owned Brooklyn LA Dodgers to much longer.  Dodgers manager Don Mattingly might have indicated something, as well, when he came out to get Broxton following back

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Raul Ibanez - A Hitless Machine

Philadelphia Phillies left field Raul Ibanez is working his way into the history books, and not in a good way.  Raul is hitless in his last 34 at-bats!  That's a stretch of 10 games he's now gone without a hit, which includes 8 starts and 2 pinch hit appearances.  His last hit came on April 18th against the Brewers. In 91 at-bats this year, Ibanez has 14 hits, 10 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 10 rbi, 27 strike outs to go along with his .154 average, and .238 on base percentage.  Even with his lack of production the last half of April the Phillies are still 8-4 during that stretch. The 38 year old is nearing the record books, creeping up on Bill Bergen's record of 46 hitless at-bats back in 1909 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. If you still have this guy on your team..or worse your starting lineup, take him out immediately and look for a better option because it might not be long before Ibanez is put on the bench and John Mayberry Jr. takes over in left field for good

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UPDATE - Carlos Lee Carted Off

UPDATE - Carlos Lee rejoined the team Monday night, as both the X-Ray and CT Scan came back negative Astros left fielder Carlos Lee was carted off the field in the 7th inning of the game against the Brewers, after a collision with shortstop Angel Sanchez ( watch here ).  Lee who hit a 3-run homer in the 6th, collided with Sanchez as they both went after a ball popped up by Mark Kotsay in which they both slid for, resulting in Sanchez's knee's crashing into Lee's stomach.  There is no report yet on whether or not Lee will miss any time.

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David Freese Breaks Hand

Cardinals third basemen David Freese was taken out of the game today after being hit by a pitch, which broke a bone in his hand.  Freese might need surgery to speed up his recovery, but all signs are pointing to him missing 4-6 weeks with the injury. With infielder Nick Punto also being hurt, the Cards had a short bench, so Tony La Rusa had no choice but to move Pujols over to third for the rest of the game, inserting Mark Hamilton at first base.  It was the first time Pujols played third base in the majors since September 2002.

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Jered Weaver a Late Scratch - Nothing Serious

UPDATE: Chatwood went 4 innings allowing 9 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strike outs.  All of the damage came in the 1st inning where Chatwood allowed 7 hits and 5 runs. Jered Weaver will miss his start today (Sunday) against the Tampa Bay Rays due to a stomach virus.  The Angels are hopeful he can take the hill tomorrow against the Red Sox.  Weaver is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA so far this year, winning all of his starts. 21 year old Tyler Chatwood will make the start instead.  In 4 career starts, Chatwood is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA.  In 23 innings he has 15 walks and 10 strikeouts, something he has to improve on to be an effective pitcher in the bigs.

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Fantasy Baseball Report (4/25-5/1)

Ryan Zimmerman joins the 15-Day DL club - Abdominal Tear Surgery Pablo Sandoval joins the 15-Day DL club - Broken Hamate Casey Blake joins the 15-Day DL club - Staph Inefection Joe Blanton joins the 15-Day DL club - Medial Impingement in His Right Elbow Delmon Young joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Oblique Corey Hart returns to Brewers lineup! Jose Contreras joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Right Elbow  - Ryan Madson to close Albert Pujols strains his hamstring, may not be available Tuesday Evan Longoria to start rehab this week?   Have a dilemma at util ? Cant figure out which pitcher to start? Leave your question in the comment section and we will hook you up with the right answer!   Daily Starting Lineups   MLBDepthCharts   Pitching Probables April 25 April 26 April 27 April 28 April 29 April 30 May 1   News from last week Sore shoulder lands Scott Rolen on the 15-Day DL Neftali Feliz, Aaron Hill, and Jayson Nix join the 15-Day DL Club Brett Cec

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Andrew Luck & Clayton Kershaw Injury Updates


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