Remember the standing ovation Roger Clemens got when walking off the mound during Game 4 of the 2003 World Series in Miami? That was a really nice farewell ... nine years ago! Clemens will start this Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent South Atlantic League. I'm not sure why.
That was a nice mechanical adjustment, Edinson Volquez. The righty's one-run, 10-strikeout performance on Monday raised our streaming starter record to 78-50. Today's pick is Milwaukee's Marco Estrada (owned in 2.1 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the god-awful Cubs, while Wednesday's selection is Atlanta's still-underappreciated Kris Medlen (25.3 percent owned) at Washington. Medlen has a 1.05 ERA over his last four starts, with 22 strikeouts against four walks in 25 2/3 innings.
On to the news:
- Southpaw Brett Anderson returns to the mound tonight for the A's for the first time since June 5, 2011, replacing rookie Dan Straily in the rotation (Straily was sent to Triple A). Anderson, 24, has made six rehab starts as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and posted a 4.63 ERA in his five Triple-A appearances. It's hard to know how effective Anderson will be, but I want to see some results before picking him up in anything beyond an AL-only league. If that means an opportunity missed, I can live with it.
- Speaking of the A's, they acquired SS Stephen Drew from the Diamondbacks last night. Drew is batting just .193 in 40 games since returning from a 2011 ankle injury, but he's hitting plenty of line drives and seems to be a victim of the BABIP gods (.242). He's no more valuable for fantasy owners than he was yesterday, but should be considered in AL-only leagues.
- White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza is on the DL due to back stiffness. Dewayne Wise started in center field last night for the Sox, while Jordan Danks (.318, 8 HR, 6 SB at Triple A) will be recalled. Wise would be my AL-only target here.
- As expected, Red Sox OF Carl Crawford will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow this week.
- Johan Santana's status for his scheduled Thursday start depends on the results of today's MRI on his back. Stay tuned.
- Jose Bautista went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first rehab appearance last night. The Jays are hoping to get him back this weekend.
- The D-backs will apparently call up either Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs to start one of Wednesday's doubleheader games against the Marlins. It'll be nice for Bauer or Skaggs to get the chance to give up a 600-foot homer to Giancarlo Stanton. I mean, look at this homer Stanton hit last night. He's a monster.
- I don't know about you, but I'm going to be glued to the Cubs' Wellington Castillo-Steve Clevenger battle for the rest of the season.
- Jhoulys Chacin will return to the mound for the Rockies tonight after a three-month absence. NL-only owners, take note.
- Chacin's teammate, the scorching-hot Eric Young Jr., is headed to the DL with a strained rib cage. You know how you start feeling old? When you say things like, "I went to college with Eric Young's dad."
- Royals manager Ned Yost says that speedy OF Jarrod Dyson will start a couple of games per week. Dyson can steal a base every other game, right?
- Twins OF Denard Span still isn't playing, and is scheduled for an MRI on his injured clavicle.
- Poor Sergio Romo. He was one out away from a save last night, but gave up a home run to Hanley Ramirez and then got yanked in favor of Javier Lopez (a lefty-lefty matchup vs. Andre Ethier) for the final out.
- The Rays will activate DH Luke Scott today, but he'll have trouble getting at bats until Evan Longoria is ready to play third base. That could happen soon, though.
See you back here tomorrow morning.