I'm a Yankee fan, and I really hope Robinson Cano stays with the team for a long time. However, I'm really questioning his sanity after seeing that he dumped agent Scott Boras just seven months before hitting the free-agent market for the biggest contract he'll ever sign. If I was one of baseball's top 10 players and on the verge of having the Yankees and Dodgers engage in a colossal bidding war for my services, nothing would make me sleep easier than knowing Boras was getting me the right deal.
Who's off today: Nobody
First pitch: The American League has a pair of 2:10 p.m. ET starts, while nothing happens in the National League until 7:05.
Interleague DH issues: I haven't seen the Angels' lineup plans, but Peter Bourjos is likely to get another day off for the Angels in Cincinnati. Don't worry, Bourjos owners - his team won't play in NL parks every day.
Streaming starters: Jason Hammel's solid effort raised our record to 1-1. Today's pick is Atlanta's Paul Maholm (owned in 20.9 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the southpaw-fearing Phillies, while Thursday's selection is underrated Met Dillon Gee (0.9 percent owned) versus the Padres. Last season, Gee had an above-average strikeout rate with good control, and induced lots of ground balls. I suspect he'll be in this space quite a bit in 2013.
On to the news:
- Derek Jeter (ankle) will not be back in the Yankee lineup this Saturday, as hoped, and Phil Hughes will start Saturday at Triple A. Jeter isn't even hitting or fielding right now, so next week appears to be in doubt. Yankee GM Brian Cashman said Jeter will ramp up workouts "when he's ready." Great.
- Reds OF Ryan Ludwick will probably be out until the All-Star break (exact timetable still TBD) after his shoulder surgery today. If you drafted Ludwick in a standard mixed league, he was probably your last outfielder, and you can waive him if you don't have DL space. His likely replacement, Chris Heisey, is an interesting NL-only or deep league target, but he might not play every day. Also, if you're drooling over the prospect of Billy Hamilton coming up to replace Ludwick and stealing seven bases per game, know that he's probably not going to be an option just yet. We should know more about Ludwick's injury in the next day or two.
- Yu Darvish's near-perfect game reminded us of three things: 1. Darvish is an ace - a real one. 2. You should stream starters against the Astros whenever possible, because they can't hit. 3. Twitter will unleash an unending supply of Yu puns (e.g., "Yu gotta be kidding me!") every time Darvish pitches. Yu know what I mean?
- Holds leagues news: The Braves are hoping to get RP Jonny Venters (elbow) back by the end of May.
- Remember when the sky was falling early in spring training after Chris Perez's shoulder issues left his Opening Day status in doubt? Perez saved the Indians' first win last night. Raise your hand if you drafted Vinnie Pestano in early March!
- The Rangers' centerfield platoon will be unconventional, as righthanded-hitting Craig Gentry got Tuesday's start against Astros righty Lucas Harrell. That's good news for anyone who drafted Gentry, since he'd get less playing time if he was slated to face only southpaws.
- My National League Rookie of the Year pick, Hyun-Jin Ryu, had a solid big-league debut if you don't mind the 10 hits allowed. Ryu is owned in 31.8 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, and should be on your mixed-league free-agent radar.
- Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia was charged with three passed balls last night. If this doesn't get fixed quickly, Henry Blanco will become R.A. Dickey's personal catcher. Those who own Arencibia in daily lineup leagues need to keep an eye on this situation.
- Here's a positive article on Al Alburquerque that seems to argue against him becoming the Tigers' closer. Duly noted.
- David Freese's planned Monday return to the Cardinals' lineup isn't set in stone.
- No, Brandon Belt isn't being platooned again. He's just ill, and hopes to be back in the Giants' lineup today.
- OF Chris Young will make his first A's appearance tonight after two games on the bench. Here's a quote from Young via the team's website: "I'm still kind of getting a feel for what my role here is ... I can't even say for sure what that is. In Spring Training, I felt like there were four outfielders pretty much, and we were all rotating through, but now I'm not really sure how it's going to go." We told you the A's had a crowded outfield, right?
- Mets SP Shaun Marcum (neck) might not be able to make his scheduled Sunday start.
- The Marlins are platooning Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano? Ruggiano's owners should picket Marlins Park over this miscarriage of fantasy justice. Maybe this is a devious plan by the Marlins to increase attendance by a couple dozen people.
- SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is getting closer to a return for the Red Sox.
- Check out Tuesday's Fantasy 15 podcast, in which Adam Meyer and I discussed the closer issues with the Cubs and Tigers.
See you back here tomorrow morning.