Brewers closer John Axford had an interesting Tuesday. His wife gave birth to a son, Jameson, during the day, and he blew a save against the Blue Jays last night. Um, congratulations?
We got no help from Scott Diamond last night, so the streaming starter record is down to 45-32 for the season. Today's pick is Erik Bedard (owned in 5.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Twins, while Thursday's selection is Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.1 percent owned) against the Marlins. I'm not a Dice-K fan, but the pickings are slim, and I don't hate this matchup.
On to the news:
- Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson is on the DL with shoulder fatigue, and expects to miss only a couple of starts. Chris Archer will make his major-league debut in place of Hellickson tonight, and if you like both walks and strikeouts, Archer is your man. Avoid Archer unless you're in a keeper league.
- Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia re-aggravated his thumb injury last night, and while manager Bobby Valentine didn't sound too concerned after the game, details are unclear at this point. As a Pedroia owner, I don't think I like him trying to play through this injury anymore.
- Carlos Gonzalez's strained knee kept him out of Tuesday's lineup, and his status for tonight is uncertain. In other Rox' news, there's still no word on Troy Tulowitzki's possible sports hernia.
- Chase Utley's recovery is progressing well, and the Phillies' website reports that he could be back before July 2, which is when the team would be required to bring him back from his rehab assignment. Just remember that we don't know how effective Utley will be when he gets back. Last season, Utley batted .259 with 11 homers, 44 RBI, 54 runs and 14 stolen bases in 103 games. A pace like that sounds fine until you consider that it might be hard for a guy with a chronically bad knee to keep stealing bases.
- Speaking of the Phillies, 2B Freddy Galvis failed a PED test and will serve his suspension ... while on the disabled list? Give 'em hell, Jon Paul Morosi!
- There are four afternoon games today, with Braves-Yankees getting things started at 1:05 p.m. ET. Set your lineups accordingly.
- This Boston Globe notebook reports that Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Andrew Bailey are all getting close to rehab assignments for the Red Sox. In other Sox news, OF Cody Ross homered in his return to the lineup last night.
- Here's a non-update on Evan Longoria's hamstring. We should know more in a day or two.
- After last night's outburst, A's OF Coco Crisp is 10-for-21 with five stolen bases in his last six games. Crisp might finally be getting untracked, and he's owned in just 33.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues.
- (more coming ...)