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Daily Roundup – Day 20 – April 20th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/20/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

69

Runs

4

102

2

 Shoeless Jews

67

HR

3

28

3

 Atomic Roadrunners

66

RBI

1

107

4

 Misogynistic Padres

64

Steals

4

15

5

 Grab Some Stamps

59.5

Average

4

.2677

6

 The Pi Train

56

Wins

 T-6

8

7

 Goodfellas

54.5

Saves

 T-6

6

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

48

ERA

2

2.99

9

 Get Off Kong!

41

WHIP

4

1.154

10

 Cover Zero

25

Strikeouts

T-7

118

 

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.20
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  2   0 |  0  0   .418 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  0  1   1 |  1  2   .306 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    6  0  0   0 |  0  1   .225 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    4  0  0   0 |  1  3   .286 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    3  1  1   0 |  1  1   .283 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    6  0  0   0 |  0  3   .191 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .268 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    3  2  1   0 |  1  1   .277 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .170 
Mike McKenry         Pit  C    3  0  1   0 |  0  1   .357 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    5  0  1   2 |  0  1   .385 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  1  1   0 |  1  0   .233 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        46  4  9   3 |  5 14   .196 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 1(20), JTurner 2(3)
2B: ChJohnson 1(4), JWerth 1(2), MMcKenry 1(2)
SB: HPence 1(4)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Cliff Lee         L(2-1)         5.0  7  5  5  3   0  5 24   9.00 2.00
Mark Melancon     Ho(6)          1.0  1  0  0  0   0  0  4   0.00 1.00
Kenley Jansen                    1.3  0  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.3  8  5  5  3   0  6 32   6.16 1.51
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Russell Martin       Pit  C    2  0  1   0 |  2  0   .191 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         2  0  1   0 |  2  0   .500 
---------------------------------------------------------

 

Notes:

  • Zack Cozart (fingers) will sit Sunday but is available to pinch-run or pinch-hit in a jam. Cozart injured his fingers on a bunt attempt in Saturday’s game. It sounds like nothing more than a couple of bruises, though, as X-rays came back negative. He’ll likely return to the lineup in the coming days. (Rotoworld)
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) will rejoin the Braves in Colorado on Monday if he continues to progress in his rehab assignment. The first baseman struggled in his first rehab game at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he rounded into form on Saturday, going 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Freeman played first base in the game as well, and he’ll play the field again on Sunday. Assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback, he should be inserted into fantasy lineups first thing Monday. (Rotoworld)
  • Cliff Lee surrendered five earned runs over five innings Saturday as the Phillies lost to the Cardinals. Lee looked a little off all night and even walked three batters in the same inning at one point — a rarity for the steady left-hander. He wound up with five strikeouts but allowed seven hits, including a solo home run to Carlos Beltran. Lee will carry a 2-1 record, 2.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP into his next outing against the Pirates. (Rotoworld)
  • Jayson Werth went 1-for-3 Saturday with a double, a walk and two runs scored. He’s putting up very solid numbers so far this season, with a .277/.329/.446 slash line, three home runs, two steals, eight RBI and 13 runs scored in 17 games. As long as he remains healthy and hitting second in the potent Nats’ batting order, Werth should have plenty of value. (Rotowire)
  • Todd Frazier is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. Consider this nothing more than day off for Frazier following a day in which he struck out three times in four at-bats. Jack Hannahan will get a rare start Sunday. (Rotowire)
  • Juan Pierre is not in the lineup Sunday, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. Pierre’s .191/.225/.221 line out of the leadoff spot is a major reason why the Marlins rank last in the league in runs scored, but it doesn’t appear manager Mike Redmond is ready to pull the plug on him yet. He’ll get what amounts to a day off Sunday, with Chris Coghlan filling in for him in left field. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double against the Pirates on Saturday. Johnson is now hitting a ridiculous .418 with two home runs on the season. He’s been playing first base in Freddie Freeman’s absence, but with Freeman’s return imminent he’ll likely return to third. Johnson is part of a platoon with Juan Francisco at the hot corner but when Johnson is hitting like this it’s hard to imagine he won’t get the bulk of the playing time. (Rotoworld)
  • Brandon Phillips hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 3-2 win over the Marlins in 13 innings on Saturday. Phillips drove in Shin-Soo Choo, who led off the inning with a ground rule double. The 31-year-old second baseman was originally expected to serve as the Reds’ No. 2 hitter this season, but he has thrived since taking over for Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) at cleanup. He’s currently tied with Chris Davis and John Buck for the major league lead with 20 RBI. With Choo and Joey Votto setting the table, a 100-RBI season can’t be ruled out for Phillips. (Rotoworld)

Daily Rundown – Day 14 – April 14th, 2013

 

Standings and Statistics for 4/14/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

77

Runs

T-4

67

2

 Grab Some Stamps

69

HR

T-2

21

3

 Atomic RoadRunners

66

RBI

1

74

4

 Goodfellas

65

Steals

T-2

11

5

 Shoeless Jews

61.5

Average

4

.2660

6

 The Pi Train

53.5

Wins

 T-5

7

7

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

49.5

Saves

 T-8

3

8

 Get Off Kong!

46

ERA

3

2.95

9

 Misogynistic Padres

41.5

WHIP

3

1.151

10

 Cover Zero

21

Strikeouts

8

81


                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.14
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    5  1  4   2 |  0  0   .405 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    5  0  2   3 |  0  0   .327 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  0   0 |  1  1   .159 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    5  1  2   0 |  0  1   .318 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    5  1  1   2 |  0  0   .333 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  0   0 |  0  0   .174 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    4  2  3   1 |  1  1   .288 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .271 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    4  1  2   1 |  0  1   .304 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    2  0  0   0 |  1  1   .194 
Eric Chavez          Ari 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .238 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .250 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        44  7 14   9 |  4  7   .318 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: ChJohnson 2(4), BPhillips 3(14), RBraun 2(8), HPence 1(8),
 TSnider 1(3)
2B: TFrazier 1(3), TSnider 2(3)
HR: RBraun 1(2), HPence 1(4)
SB: TFrazier 1(2), HPence 1(3)
CS: TSnider 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Edward Mujica                    0.7  0  0  0  0   0  0  2   0.00 0.00
Kevin Slowey                     5.3  9  1  1  2   0  4 25   1.70 2.08
Jim Henderson                    1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           7.0  9  1  1  2   0  5 30   1.29 1.57
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    3  0  0   0 |  1  2   .355 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         3  0  0   0 |  1  2   .000 
---------------------------------------------------------
SB: CDenorfia 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon                    1.0  1  1  1  0   0  2  4   9.00 1.00
Wilton Lopez      Ho(1)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  1  1  1  0   0  4  7   4.50 0.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Sunday that Edward Mujica might be tried at closer. Mitchell Boggs has been awful in place of the injured Jason Motte (elbow) and Trevor Rosenthal hasn’t been much better in a setup role. “Right now, Mujica’s making good pitches and getting the big outs when we need them,” Matheny told reporters on Sunday evening. The right-hander is worth adding right now in most fantasy leagues. (Rotoworld)
  • Ted Lilly (shoulder) has refused to continue his minor league rehab assignment. Lilly made his second rehab start Wednesday and declared himself ready to pitch in the majors, so the Dodgers will now be forced to either active him, designate him for assignment or trade him. With Chris Capuano taking Zack Greinke’s spot in the starting rotation, Lilly would likely have accept a bullpen role if he isn’t released. “We laid out a plan and Teddy doesn’t want to be part of the plan. It’s out of my hands,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We didn’t feel he was ready to pitch at the major-league level. For me, it’s a baseball decision. It’s nothing personal in any way, shape or form. We’re giving him our baseball thoughts, what we think is best for him and the team.” (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)
  • Hunter Pence hit a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth Sunday in the Giants’ 10-7 win over the Cubs. After Pence tied it, the Giants scored three in the 10th to win it, with the go-ahead run coming on a balk. Pence finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk. The homer to center off Shawn Camp was his fourth of the season. (Rotoworld)
  • Travis Snider doubled twice Sunday against the Reds. After opening the season on the bench, Snider has started against right-handers this last week and gone 7-for-16 with three walks since April 8. He’s worth picking up in any NL-only leagues in which he was dropped. (Rotoworld)
  • Kevin Slowey held the Phillies to one run on nine hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Sunday. He struck out four. The Phillies had no trouble getting baserunners against the right-hander, but Slowey was able to limit the damage. Slowey boasts a 2.04 ERA through his first three starts this season but is still looking for his first win. He’ll try again next weekend in Cincinnati. (Rotoworld)
  • Juan Pierre went 0-for-4 at the plate Sunday against the Phillies, dropping his batting average to .174.He also has just one stolen base over his first 12 contests, so he’s providing nothing for fantasy owners right now. The Marlins don’t have many options, though, so Pierre probably isn’t in danger of losing the left field job anytime soon. (Rotoworld)
  • Manager Walt Weiss said Wilton Lopez will remain one of his top late-inning relief options despite a rough start to the season, the Denver Post reports. “I don’t think he’s very far off from getting on a roll,” Weiss said. “Every time I bring him in, I think he’s going to be lights out. So we will play it by ear and use him in the best possible situations to be successful. But it’s still going to be meaningful innings.” Lopez has posted an ERA of 12.46 while allowing opposing batters to hit .520 against him over five appearances thus far, but his sterling work with the Astros last season affords him some security as one of the primary setup men to Rafael Betancourt. Expect Lopez to ultimately settle in with the Rockies with his excellent ground ball seemingly tailor-made for Coors Field. (Rotowire)
  • After 47 plate appearances to begin the season, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth finally registered his first walk. Werth has shown patience over his career, typically walking in 12 percent of his plate appearances. Werth is not concerned about his aggressive approach, saying “I’m aggressive when I feel good at the plate and when I’m not as aggressive I usually don’t feel as good. It just depends.” The 34-year-old has gotten off to an encouraging start to the season after missing time with a broken wrist last year. Werth told the Washington Times he feels confident in his ability to work the count, and has not changed his approach. He added that it was important to drive up pitch counts early in the game so the team can take advantage of tired starters, or bullpen pitchers, later. (CBS Sports)
  • Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who homered the previous night, continued to heat up as he recorded four hits during Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals. Johnson singled four times and drove in four runs. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in a 9-0 victory. Johnson has been shifting between first and third base, with Freddie Freeman on the disabled list. He finished 8 for 14 with four runs scored, a homer and three RBI during Atlanta’s three-game set against Washington. He is hitting .405 with a home run and four RBI in 37 at-bats. (CBS Sports)
  • Ryan Braun hit his second homer of the season for the Brewers Sunday against St. Louis. Braun broke out of an 0 for 10 slump with the home run, a two-run shot off reliever Trevor Rosenthal. Braun’s sore neck, which kept him out of three games last week, is still not be 100 percent, but he showed Sunday why even a banged-up Braun can be one of the best hitters in the league. Braun is hitting .333/.429/.633 on the season. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 9 – April 9th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/9/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

76.5

Runs

4

44

2

 Atomic RoadRunners

70

HR

T-2

15

3

 Grab Some Bench

69.5

RBI

1

56

4

 Goodfellas

60

Steals

6

5

4

 Shoeless Jews

60

Average

3

.2824

6

 The Pi Train

57.5

Wins

 T-4

4

7

 Misogynistic Padres

50.5

Saves

 T-8

2

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

47.5

ERA

 2

2.70

9

 Get Off Kong!

37.5

WHIP

 1

1.014

10

 Cover Zero

21.5

Strikeouts

 7

58

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.09
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    4  0  0   0 |  0  3   .278 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    3  0  0   1 |  0  1   .314 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  1  1   0 |  0  0   .129 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    3  0  0   0 |  0  2   .375 
Ryan Braun           Mil OF    4  0  2   1 |  1  1   .500 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .226 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    5  0  2   2 |  0  1   .300 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    4  1  2   3 |  0  1   .276 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    3  1  2   0 |  1  0   .231 
Rob Brantly          Mia  C    2  0  0   1 |  1  0   .273 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    4  0  1   0 |  0  2   .048 
Eric Chavez          Ari 3B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .250 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    3  0  1   0 |  1  0   .296 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        47  3 13   8 |  4 11   .277 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: BPhillips 1(8), RBraun 1(6), HPence 2(7), JWerth 3(7),
 RBrantly 1(2)
2B: TSnider 1(1), RMartin 1(1)
HR: JWerth 1(3)
GIDP: ZCozart 1(1), ErChavez 1(1)
SB: RBraun 1(1), JPierre 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Kris Medlen       W(1-1)         7.0  3  1  0  2   0  1 26   0.00 0.71
Mike Adams                       0.3  0  0  0  0   0  1  1   0.00 0.00
Cliff Lee         W(2-0)         8.7  8  3  2  0   0  6 34   2.07 0.92
Kyuji Fujikawa    S(2)           1.0  1  0  0  0   0  2  5   0.00 1.00
Edward Mujica     Ho(4)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  2  3   0.00 0.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                          18.0 12  4  2  2   0 12 69   1.00 0.78
----------------------------------------------------------------------

RESERVE HITTING               ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    1  1  1   1 |  0  0   .462 
Justin Turner        NYM 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .400 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                         5  1  2   1 |  0  0   .400 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: CDenorfia 1(2)
GIDP: JTurner 1(1)
ERRORS: JTurner 1(1)

RESERVE PITCHING                  ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Melancon     Ho(2)          1.0  0  0  0  0   0  1  3   0.00 0.00
Wilton Lopez                     1.0  3  1  1  0   0  1  6   9.00 3.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           2.0  3  1  1  0   0  2  9   4.50 1.50
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Zack Cozart is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s matinee against the Cardinals. It’s just a day off for Cozart, who is hitting just .129 (4-for-31) to begin the season. Cesar Izturis will start in his place at shortstop and bat eighth. (Rotoworld)
  • Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game Tuesday, holding the Mets to three runs — two earned — on eight hits and no walks in the 8-3 victory. Lee struck out six on the night. He gave up a two-out single to Justin Turner in the ninth, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel decided to give him the hook. Lee had thrown 107 pitches, but it was a pretty stress-free outing for the veteran southpaw. He’ll bring a 1.08 ERA into Cincinnati next week. (Rotoworld)
  • Kris Medlen allowed one run in seven innings as the Braves beat the Marlins 3-2 on Tuesday. This is more like what we expected from the 27-year-old in his 2012 encore, even if it was against the lowly Marlins. Medlen allowed just three hits despite striking out only one. With a few off days built into the schedule, his next start will likely be against the Royals next Tuesday. (Rotoworld)
  • Justin Turner will start at first base for Ike Davis on Tuesday against Cliff Lee, ESPN New York reports. Spin: Davis is just 4-for-27 on the year overall and 1-for-11 lifetime against Lee, so he gets the night off with the righty-hitting Turner starting in his stead. (Rotowire)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa recorded his second save of the season and first since being named closer in the Cubs’ 6-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday. It was a reassuring outing for Fujikawa, who entered with an 11.57 ERA. The 32-year-old struck out two and pitched around an error to close it down, going through the heart of the Brewers order in the process. If there was any hesitation to grab him based on his shaky outings in the early going, there should be none now. (Rotoworld)
  • Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Tuesday against the White Sox. Werth now has three home runs on the season and is 6-for-13 over his last three games, making him a must-start at this point. (Rotowire)
  • Pirates outfielder Travis Snider made his third start on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks and put together his best performance at the plate. He went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in a 6-5 win. Snider led off the second inning with a double before hitting a single in the eighth. He is batting .231 (3 for 13) through eight games with two RBI. (CBS Sports)

Daily Rundown – Day 6 – April 6th, 2013

Standings and Statistics for 4/6/2013

Standings

Snapshot

Place

Team

Points

Category

Rank

Stats

1

 X-Men

76

Runs

3

33

2

 Grab Some Bench

68.5

HR

 2

12

3

 Goodfellas

62

RBI

 1

35

4

 The Pi Train

61.5

Steals

 7

2

5

 Atomic RoadRunners

60.5

Average

2

.2871

6

 Misogynistic Padres

57

Wins

 T-6

2

7

 Shoeless Jews

50.5

Saves

 T-8

1

8

 Fear of a Black Ballclub

46.5

ERA

 7

3.48

9

 Get Off Kong!

40.5

WHIP

 5

1.159

10

 Cover Zero

27

Strikeouts

 T-6

41

                    BOX SCORE FOR 04.06
Atomic Roadrunners            ab  r  h  bi | bb so    avg
---------------------------------------------------------
Freddie Freeman      Atl 1B    4  1  1   1 |  0  1   .412 
Brandon Phillips     Cin 2B    6  2  2   1 |  0  0   .318 
Zack Cozart          Cin SS    4  0  1   0 |  0  0   .158 
Todd Frazier         Cin 3B    5  0  3   2 |  0  0   .500 
Juan Pierre          Mia OF    4  2  2   0 |  1  0   .263 
Hunter Pence          SF OF    3  1  1   1 |  1  2   .294 
Jayson Werth         Was OF    5  2  3   1 |  0  0   .238 
Travis Snider        Pit OF    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .000 
Russell Martin       Pit  C    2  0  0   0 |  1  0   .000 
Chris Denorfia        SD OF    1  1  1   0 |  0  0   .375 
Chris Johnson        Atl 3B    1  0  0   0 |  0  0   .286 
Donovan Solano       Mia 2B    4  0  1   0 |  0  2   .250 
---------------------------------------------------------
Totals                        40  9 15   6 |  3  5   .375 
---------------------------------------------------------
RBI: FFreeman 1(7), BPhillips 1(4), TFrazier 2(8), HPence 1(2),
 JWerth 1(4)
2B: BPhillips 2(3), TFrazier 1(2), JWerth 1(1), CDenorfia 1(1)
HR: HPence 1(2), JWerth 1(2)
GIDP: BPhillips 1(1), DSolano 1(1)
SB: HPence 1(1)
CS: RMartin 1(1)

PITCHING                          ip  h  r er bb ibb so bf    era whip
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mike Adams                       1.0  1  0  0  0   0  1  4   0.00 1.00
Mark Melancon                    1.0  2  0  0  0   0  0  4   0.00 2.00
Kyuji Fujikawa                   1.0  4  3  3  1   0  1  7  27.00 5.00
Kenley Jansen     Ho(2)          0.7  0  0  0  0   0  1  2   0.00 0.00
Edward Mujica     Ho(3)          1.0  2  1  1  0   0  1  5   9.00 2.00
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Totals                           4.7  9  4  4  1   0  4 22   7.66 2.13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes:

  • Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Carlos Marmol as the Cubs’ closer. It’s not surprising that Marmol has been replaced, but it’s a little surprising Fujikawa has been given the job outright after he was knocked around on Saturday. Still, it’s a move that needed to be made. Fujikawa should obviously be scooped up in leagues where he’s still available. (Rotoworld)
  • Braves placed 1B Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He’s dealt with the ailment for a week now and thinks he can play through it, but the Braves have opted to let the ailment heal. The club is hoping that Freeman will only need 2-3 weeks of down time. Chris Johnson will handle first base while Freeman is sidelined. (Rotoworld)
  • Kyuji Fujikawa allowed three earned runs in one inning of work Saturday in a loss to the Braves. Fujikawa walked a batter and gave up four hits in the eighth inning, then sat in the dugout as Carlos Marmol allowed two more runs in the ninth to finish off blowing a four-run lead. The Cubs can’t keep rolling with Marmol but Fujikawa has not proven capable. Chicago’s bullpen is a mess right now for fantasy purposes. (Rotoworld)
  • Hunter Pence hit a home run and stole a base, but the Giants lost to the Cardinals on Saturday. Pence’s home run was his second of the season, a solo shot off Cardinals starter Shelby Miller in the second inning. The 29-year-old hit 24 home runs in 2012 but batted just .219 after the trade that brought him to the Giants. In his first full season in San Francisco he’ll look to improve on those numbers. (Rotoworld)
  • According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, outfielder Ryan Braun (neck) “can’t move his head at all.” Braun was scratched Friday with neck spasms and wasn’t feeling any better on Saturday. The Brewers expect him to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but the 29-year-old slugger could be out for a few more days. (Rotoworld)
  • Russell Martin is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, the MLB.com’s Tom Singer reports. Martin will head to the bench for the day after going hitless through his first five starts. Michael McKenry will get the start at catcher but doesn’t seem to be much of a threat to see more starts going forward, unless Martin’s struggles persist. (Rotowire)
  • Chris Johnson is starting at first base Sunday against the Cubs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. As expected, Johnson will fill in at first base after Freddie Freeman (strained oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday. He should see regular duty at first base while Freeman’s out, temporarily taking him out of a platoon at third base with Juan Francisco. (Rotowire)
  • Jayson Werth went 3-for-5 and hit his first home run of the season in Saturday’s 7-6 win over the Reds. Werth was 2-for-16 in the Nationals’ first four games, but he broke out of his slump in a big way Saturday afternoon. He hit second in the lineup and started in right field in each of the Nationals’ first five games. (Rotowire)