Alfredo Aceves came about five feet from giving up a save-blowing home run last night and sending Red Sox Nation into full-on BARD SHOULD CLOSE mode. Damn the baseball gods and their bad sense of humor.
Chris Capuano's terrific outing last night raised our streaming starter record to 14-8 for the season. Today, let's gamble on slow-starting Brewer Randy Wolf (owned in 2.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues), only because he's pitching against the Astros.
On to the news:
- It turns out that Adrian Beltre's hamstring injury is just some inflammation, and instead of being in danger of a DL trip, he might return to the lineup tonight. Make sure Beltre is playing before you start him, but things look good.
- Phillies OF Hunter Pence missed Monday's game due to a shoulder injury, and is considered day-to-day.
- Giants 1B Aubrey Huff missed Monday's doubleheader due to a family issue, and his status for tonight's game is uncertain.
- After his latest bad start, struggling Braves SP Jair Jurrjens has been sent to Triple A. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tim Hudson will be activated from the DL on Sunday or Monday to take Jurrjens' spot in the rotation.
- The Twins will skip Francisco Liriano's next turn in the rotation so he can work on mechanics and get a "mental break," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Liriano's fantasy owners sure can use a mental break. Does he have any idea what kind of emotional pain he inflicts on us? Well, not on me - I was finally strong enough to avoid Liriano in 2012 drafts.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) threw 57 pitches in his first rehab outing last night. In a month or so, he could become relevant in deep leagues.
- White Sox SP Jake Peavy threw a shutout last night, raising he record to 3-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.88 over four starts. Peavy has been one of the best surprises of the season, but remember that he hasn't made 20 starts since 2008. Start thinking about selling high.
- After suffering a setback in his rehab over the weekend, Yankees SP Michael Pineda will have an MRI on his shoulder today. Is anyone else expecting really bad news?
- And speaking of the Yankees ... holy cow, Derek Jeter! The Captain had four more hits last night, raising his batting average to .411. Maybe I should have started this bullet with, "and speaking of selling high ..."
- Here's an update on injured Diamondbacks Chris Young, Stephen Drew and Daniel Hudson. It's almost time to pick up Drew in leagues where he's unowned.
- The Royals expect to get Lorenzo Cain (groin) back in their lineup on Friday.
- Reminder: Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera will return to action tonight after missing six games due to a death in his family.
- The Angels don't sound ready to call up OF prospect Mike Trout anytime soon. Jerks.
- Mets OF Jason Bay probably won't play tonight after bruising his ribs on Monday.
- Did you know that there's a Twitterbot that lets you know every time A's OF Yoenis Cespedes comes to bat? This is a great example of technology making our lives better.
- Chase Utley took batting practice with his Phillies teammates in Arizona yesterday. That's about all we have as an update on his progress.
- NL-only note: Hulking Padres OF Kyle Blanks will have labrum surgery and miss the rest of the season.
- U.S.S. Mariner tells us that Justin Smoak can't hit breaking balls. Great.
- Cardinals OF Jon Jay is day-to-day with his sprained right shoulder. It sounds like he'll avoid the DL.
- The Rays are reportedly about to sign DH Hideki Matsui to a minor-league deal. Apparently, they don't have enough lefty 1B/OF/DH power with Matt Joyce, Luke Scott, Carlos Pena and Brandon Allen.
- Jays' closer Sergio Santos has no structural damage in his shoulder, and is expected to start throwing in 10 days to two weeks. Figure that he's at least weeks away from returning to action.
- I'll be in the FOXSports.com fantasy chat room today at 2 p.m. ET. Make sure to send questions!
See you back here tomorrow morning.
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