MLB Recent Player News
|5/28/2016||Alfredo Simón, Cin, P|
|Simon was ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday's game against Milwaukee after hitting Brewers starter Chase Anderson with a pitch.
Analysis: Plate umpire James Hoye threw Simon out of the game immediately after Anderson, a right-hander, got plunked in the left shoulder leading off the fifth. An inning earlier, Anderson had hit Simon with a pitch with two outs, a sequence that thwarted Tyler Holt's potential steal of home with the Reds trailing by a run.
|5/28/2016||Félix Hernández, Sea, P|
|Hernandez was shelled for six runs in six innings in Friday's loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: This was a result few could have seen coming, as the Twins have been one of the worst hitting teams and Hernandez fired six scoreless innings to beat Cincinnati his last time out. The Seattle ace still owns a 2.86 ERA and has produced a quality start in seven of his 10 outings.
|5/28/2016||Joe Mauer, Min, 1B|
|Mauer stayed hot with two hits - including a home run - and two RBIs in Friday's win at Seattle.
Analysis: Mauer is 8 for 17 over his last four games and has homered twice during that stretch.
|5/28/2016||Miguel Sano, Min, RF|
|Sano went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in Friday's win at Seattle.
Analysis: The young slugger has been displaying his prodigious power of late, as six of his nine homers have come over his last 14 games.
|5/28/2016||Mike Fiers, Hou, P|
|Fiers was leveled for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss Friday in Anaheim.
Analysis: The right-hander had been in a good groove, recording a 2.50 ERA over his previous three starts.
|5/28/2016||Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B|
|Pujols contributed a two-run homer to Friday's win over Houston.
Analysis: The once-mighty slugger is hitting a paltry .219 for the season, though the power is still there. Pujols is up to 10 homers and 33 RBIs and has knocked in six runs over his last five games.
|5/28/2016||Matt Shoemaker, LAA, P|
|Shoemaker turned in a second straight stellar start to defeat Houston on Friday.
Analysis: The right-hander struck out 11 while finishing two outs shy of a complete game in Anaheim's 7-2 win. Shoemaker fanned a career-high 12 while working 7 1/3 scoreless innings against Baltimore in his previous start.
|5/28/2016||Salvador Pérez, KC, C|
|Perez injured his left leg when third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert collided with him in the ninth inning of Saturday's 8-7 win over the Chicago White Sox, and the All-Star catcher needed to be helped off the field.
Analysis: Perez was taken for a MRI, and the extent of his injury was not announced. The preliminary diagnosis was a bruised left thigh.
|5/28/2016||Noah Syndergaard, NYM, P|
|Syndergaard has been ejected for throwing a 99 mph fastball behind Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Analysis: Utley is playing at Citi Field this weekend for the first time since his late takeout slide in last year's playoffs broke the right leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. New York was incensed by the aggressive slide, which led to a change in baseball rules on slides at bases this season. But the Mets had not attempted to retaliate until Saturday night.
|5/28/2016||Julio Urías, LAD, P|
|Following a brief major league debut, the Los Angeles Dodgers have optioned the 19-year-old Urias back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Urias, one of baseball's top prospects, threw 42 of 81 pitches for strikes at Citi Field in a much-anticipated big league debut that lasted 59 minutes. He became the first teenage pitcher to start a game in the majors since Seattle's Felix Hernandez in 2005. The left-hander gave up three runs, five hits and four walks while striking out three. He was on the hook for a loss until Los Angeles rallied for four runs in the ninth to tie the score.
|5/28/2016||David Wright, NYM, 3B|
|Wright sat out Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers because his neck was bothering him.
Analysis: Playing with a back condition called spinal stenosis since he returned from a long layoff in late August last season, Wright has homered in his last three games. General manager Sandy Alderson said the team is a little concerned about its captain, and Wright was examined by a doctor Saturday.
|5/28/2016||James Loney, NYM, 1B|
|The Mets have acquired Loney from the Padres in exchange for cash considerations.
Analysis: Loney has spent the season with San Diego's Triple-A affiliate in El Paso after being released by Tampa Bay on April 3. The 32-year-old was hitting .342 with 28 RBIs in 43 games for the Pacific Coast League club. Loney, who hit .280 with four homers and 32 RBIs in 104 games with the Rays last season, is expected to serve as New York's primary first baseman until Lucas Duda returns from injury.
|5/28/2016||Rubén Tejada, StL, SS|
|The Cardinals have designated Tejada for assignment.
Analysis: The shortstop was hitting just .176 with three RBIs in 23 games this season, his first with St. Louis following a six-year stint with the New York Mets.
|5/28/2016||Ian Kinsler, Det, 2B|
|Kinsler tallied three hits and a run scored in Friday's win at Oakland.
Analysis: Tied for the major league lead with 41 runs scored, Kinsler has crossed the plate 11 times during a nine-game stretch in which he's hitting .385 with four homers.
|5/28/2016||Nick Castellanos, Det, 3B|
|Castellanos finished 2 for 4 with a home run in Friday's win at Oakland.
Analysis: Castellanos continues to rake during his so-far breakout season. He's tied for second in the AL with a .341 average and hitting .333 with three homers over his last 10 games.
|5/28/2016||Michael Fulmer, Det, P|
|Fulmer improved to 4-1 by tossing 7 2/3 innings Friday in Oakland.
Analysis: The rookie held the slumping A's to three hits in a second consecutive great outing. Fulmer struck out 11 while throwing seven innings of one-run ball to beat Tampa Bay last Saturday.
|5/28/2016||Chris Archer, TB, P|
|Archer pitched well but was hurt by the long ball in Friday's loss to the Yankees.
Analysis: The Tampa ace allowed home runs to Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran, though only one of the four runs allowed was earned and he did strike out seven in seven innings. Archer has now served up 12 homers in 60 1/3 innings this season, just seven less than he gave up in 212 innings in 2015.
|5/28/2016||Álex Rodríguez, NYY, DH|
|Rodriguez got back in the swing by cracking a two-run homer in Friday's win at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The homer is A-Rod's lone hit in eight at-bats since returning from a hamstring injury Thursday. He's struck out in four of those plate appearances. Rodriguez can still bring power to your fantasy team, though owners will have to live with a low batting average.
|5/28/2016||Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P|
|Tanaka won his second consecutive start with Friday's dominant performance at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Tanaka yielded two singles and didn't walk a batter while working seven scoreless innings in New York's 4-1 win. He was outstanding as well in his previous outing, holding Oakland to a run on five hits through seven frames last Saturday.
|5/28/2016||Mike Napoli, Cle, 1B|
|Napoli homered in Friday's loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: The Cleveland first baseman is now 5 for 14 with two homers and five RBIs over a nice four-game run.
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