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2012 Draft Prep: American League 5x5 auction

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A 12-team, AL-only Rotisserie league is about as deep as it gets in Fantasy, and as you might expect, the bidding behavior changes as a result.

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Not a single player reached the $40 threshold in this auction. In fact, the elite players all went for less than you'd generally see in a mixed league. Did we get it backward? Not really. In mixed leagues, you can afford to take a studs-and-duds approach -- shelling out $45 and $50 for the best of the best and filling out the rest of your roster with $1 and $2 sleepers -- because you know that if those sleepers don't pan out, you'll still find plenty of fallback options on the waiver wire.

But in a league this deep, there are no fallback options. What you draft is what you get, which means you're better off not taking so many chances. The more evenly you spread your money, the better you'll be able to survive whatever misfortunes come your way over the 162-game grind.

As usual, the dollar values here don't necessarily match up with the rankings. Timing and shortages (either at a position or within a category) explain why Brett Gardner went for $28 while Josh Hamilton only went for only $24. In general, steals were in short supply in this auction, leading to inflated price tags for players like Gardner, B.J. Upton ($30), Alejandro De Aza ($17) and Ben Revere ($13).

Scoring for Batting Categories

BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases

Pitching Categories

ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning

The owners ...

1. Tom Kephart, Baseball HQ
2. Mike Gianella, Patton & Co.
3. Jeff Boggis, FantasySportsEmpires.com
4. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
5. Scott Pianowski, Yahoo! Sports
6. Jamey Eisenberg, CBSSports.com
7. Scott White, CBSSports.com
8. Ryan Carey, Mastersball.com
9. Grey Albright and Rudy Gamble, Razzball
10. Derek Carty, Baseball Prospectus
11. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
12. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC

Editor's note: Utilize the sortable functionality to get a sense of the auction. View by team, dollar amount and position.

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2012 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
3Miguel Cabrera, DET1B$39Baseball HQ
2Albert Pujols, LAA1B$39FanDuel.com
13Jose Bautista, TOROF$38CBSSports.com (Melchior)
14Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$36CBSSports.com (Melchior)
11Adrian Gonzalez, BOS1B$36Yahoo! Sports
10Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$35Patton & Co
16Evan Longoria, TB3B$33Razzball
4Robinson Cano, NYY2B$33Mastersball.com
20Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$32CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
18Prince Fielder, DET1B$31CBSSports.com (White)
62Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$30Yahoo! Sports
53Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$30Fantasy Sports Empires.com
37B.J. Upton, TBOF$30Baseball HQ
9Justin Verlander, DETP$30CBSSports.com (Melchior)
78Adam Jones, BALOF$29Baseball HQ
23Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$29Yahoo! Sports
61Brett Gardner, NYYOF$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
29Eric Hosmer, KC1B$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
22Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$28Stats LLC
21Jered Weaver, LAAP$28Fantasy Sports Empires.com
41Carlos Santana, CLEC$27Mastersball.com
64Matt Wieters, BALC$26Baseball HQ
46Desmond Jennings, TBOF$26Stats LLC
34David Price, TBP$26CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
49Shin-Soo Choo, CLEOF$25CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
47Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$25Mastersball.com
33Dan Haren, LAAP$25Patton & Co
28Felix Hernandez, SEAP$25Mastersball.com
26Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$25Stats LLC
42Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$24FanDuel.com
30Ben Zobrist, TB2B$24CBSSports.com (White)
6Josh Hamilton, TEXOF$24Patton & Co
1CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Yahoo! Sports
70Alex Gordon, KCOF$23CBSSports.com (White)
57Ichiro Suzuki, SEAOF$23Baseball Prospectus
5Carl Crawford, BOSOF$23Patton & Co
81Michael Young, TEX3B$22Mastersball.com
51Jon Lester, BOSP$22FanDuel.com
45Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$22Fantasy Sports Empires.com
38Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$22Patton & Co
147Brennan Boesch, DETOF$21Mastersball.com
89Ricky Romero, TORP$21Fantasy Sports Empires.com
56Paul Konerko, CHW1B$21Patton & Co
50Mariano Rivera, NYYP$21Baseball Prospectus
44James Shields, TBP$21CBSSports.com (White)
27Mike Napoli, TEXC$21Baseball Prospectus
25Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$21Razzball
77Nick Swisher, NYYOF$20Razzball
74C.J. Wilson, LAAP$20CBSSports.com (White)
66Delmon Young, DETOF$20CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
54Kevin Youkilis, BOS3B$20Baseball HQ
135Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$19Baseball HQ
110Alex Avila, DETC$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
105Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Razzball
97Mark Reynolds, BAL3B$19Razzball
91Erick Aybar, LAASS$19CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
76Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$19Yahoo! Sports
75Jose Valverde, DETP$19Mastersball.com
43Jordan Walden, LAAP$19Stats LLC
35Billy Butler, KCDH$19Yahoo! Sports
7Sergio Santos, TORP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
106David Ortiz, BOSDH$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$18CBSSports.com (White)
88Jesus Montero, SEAC$18CBSSports.com (White)
80Joakim Soria, KCP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
69Derek Jeter, NYYSS$18Baseball Prospectus
68Michael Pineda, NYYP$18CBSSports.com (Melchior)
65Brandon Morrow, TORP$18CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
8Yu Darvish, TEXP$18FanDuel.com
145Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17FanDuel.com
73Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$17Stats LLC
72Joe Nathan, TEXP$17Fantasy Sports Empires.com
67Austin Jackson, DETOF$17Yahoo! Sports
63Josh Beckett, BOSP$17FanDuel.com
58Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17CBSSports.com (Melchior)
31Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$17CBSSports.com (White)
17Matt Moore, TBP$17Baseball HQ
12Andrew Bailey, BOSP$17Stats LLC
129Matt Joyce, TBOF$16Stats LLC
116Max Scherzer, DETP$16Baseball Prospectus
113Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Baseball HQ
109Adam Lind, TOR1B$16CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
108Torii Hunter, LAAOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
85Alex Rios, CHWOF$16Mastersball.com
84Brandon League, SEAP$16CBSSports.com (White)
15Joe Mauer, MINC$16Patton & Co
102Mike Moustakas, KC3B$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
100Derek Holland, TEXP$15CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
99Kyle Farnsworth, TBP$15Baseball Prospectus
94Yunel Escobar, TORSS$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
82Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$15Baseball HQ
60Kelly Johnson, TOR2B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
40Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$15Patton & Co
32Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$15Patton & Co
214Mike Carp, SEA1B$14Baseball Prospectus
164Colby Lewis, TEXP$14Baseball Prospectus
163Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$14CBSSports.com (White)
149John Danks, CHWP$14Baseball Prospectus
125Scott Baker, MINP$14Baseball HQ
124Edwin Encarnacion, TOR3B$14Baseball Prospectus
119Denard Span, MINOF$14FanDuel.com
92Ervin Santana, LAAP$14CBSSports.com (White)
90Neftali Feliz, TEXP$14Stats LLC
87Chris Perez, CLEP$14CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
86Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$14Yahoo! Sports
59Ryan Doumit, MINC$14FanDuel.com
161Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$13Razzball
123Justin Masterson, CLEP$13Razzball
114Doug Fister, DETP$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
107Matt Thornton, CHWP$13FanDuel.com
103Ben Revere, MINOF$13CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
98Brandon McCarthy, OAKP$13Mastersball.com
96Matt Capps, MINP$13Mastersball.com
83Michael Brantley, CLEOF$13Razzball
157J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12Stats LLC
131Chris Sale, CHWP$12Razzball
130Colby Rasmus, TOROF$12Patton & Co
118Alcides Escobar, KCSS$12Stats LLC
112Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$12Yahoo! Sports
104Jim Johnson, BALP$12Razzball
95Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$12FanDuel.com
160Justin Smoak, SEA1B$11Stats LLC
159Russell Martin, NYYC$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
144Brent Morel, CHW3B$11Stats LLC
134Daniel Bard, BOSP$11FanDuel.com
122Adam Dunn, CHW1B$11Baseball Prospectus
121Carlos Pena, TB1B$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
111Clay Buchholz, BOSP$11CBSSports.com (Melchior)
36Ryan Raburn, DETOF$11Baseball Prospectus
140Chris Davis, BAL1B$10FanDuel.com
137Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$10FanDuel.com
136Cliff Pennington, OAKSS$10Patton & Co
132Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Patton & Co
101Francisco Liriano, MINP$10Yahoo! Sports
196Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$9FanDuel.com
178Nolan Reimold, BALOF$9Yahoo! Sports
177Alexi Casilla, MIN2B$9Razzball
162Chris Iannetta, LAAC$9Razzball
153Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$9Baseball Prospectus
150Henderson Alvarez, TORP$9Mastersball.com
139Jonathan Sanchez, KCP$9Mastersball.com
128Kurt Suzuki, OAKC$9Baseball HQ
120Sean Rodriguez, TBSS$9CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
117Kendrys Morales, LAA1B$9Stats LLC
48Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$9Stats LLC
171Jake Peavy, CHWP$8Razzball
166Gavin Floyd, CHWP$8Baseball Prospectus
165Eric Thames, TOROF$8Razzball
142Vernon Wells, LAAOF$8Patton & Co
127Mike Aviles, BOS3B$8Yahoo! Sports
126Ivan Nova, NYYP$8Razzball
79Matt Harrison, TEXP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
71Grady Sizemore, CLEOF$8FanDuel.com
24Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$8Baseball Prospectus
213Brendan Ryan, SEASS$7Razzball
208Danny Valencia, MIN3B$7CBSSports.com (White)
194Jason Vargas, SEAP$7Baseball Prospectus
189Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
158Addison Reed, CHWP$7CBSSports.com (White)
154Miguel Olivo, SEAC$7Baseball Prospectus
151Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$7Yahoo! Sports
133Phil Hughes, NYYP$7CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
55Mike Trout, LAAOF$7Stats LLC
52Mark Trumbo, LAA1B$7Mastersball.com
39Justin Morneau, MIN1B$7Razzball
216Zach Britton, BALP$6Stats LLC
183A.J. Pierzynski, CHWC$6Yahoo! Sports
180Josh Reddick, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
172Trevor Plouffe, MINSS$6FanDuel.com
170Brian Fuentes, OAKP$6Razzball
168Jeff Niemann, TBP$6CBSSports.com (White)
167Luke Hochevar, KCP$6Patton & Co
156Seth Smith, OAKOF$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
212David Robertson, NYYP$5Razzball
202Grant Balfour, OAKP$5Baseball Prospectus
190David Murphy, TEXOF$5Baseball Prospectus
188Philip Humber, CHWP$5Patton & Co
176Travis Snider, TOROF$5Stats LLC
174Wade Davis, TBP$5CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
169Salvador Perez, KCC$5CBSSports.com (White)
155Casey Kotchman, CLE1B$5Patton & Co
141Chone Figgins, SEA3B$5Mastersball.com
115Rajai Davis, TOROF$5CBSSports.com (White)
247Francisco Cordero, TORP$4Yahoo! Sports
227Raul Ibanez, NYYOF$4Baseball HQ
221Brian Matusz, BALP$4FanDuel.com
217Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$4Baseball HQ
200Alexi Ogando, TEXP$4Mastersball.com
195Yorvit Torrealba, TEXC$4CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
193Maicer Izturis, LAA2B$4Yahoo! Sports
191Rick Porcello, DETP$4FanDuel.com
184Brad Peacock, OAKP$4Razzball
182Josh Tomlin, CLEP$4Baseball Prospectus
181Brian Roberts, BAL2B$4FanDuel.com
173Felipe Paulino, KCP$4Stats LLC
152Brent Lillibridge, CHWOF$4Baseball Prospectus
143Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$4Razzball
138Bobby Abreu, LAAOF$4Baseball Prospectus
244Andy Dirks, DETOF$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
241Leonys Martin, TEXOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
236Ramon Santiago, DET2B$3Baseball HQ
230Craig Gentry, TEXOF$3Mastersball.com
225Luke Scott, TBOF$3Baseball Prospectus
211Jarrod Parker, OAKP$3Stats LLC
206Bartolo Colon, OAKP$3CBSSports.com (White)
204Tyler Flowers, CHWC$3Stats LLC
201Jose Molina, TBC$3Razzball
198Ryan Sweeney, BOSOF$3CBSSports.com (White)
187Fautino De Los Santos, OAKP$3Stats LLC
185Aaron Crow, KCP$3Razzball
148Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
19Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$3CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
252Jeff Keppinger, TB2B$2Mastersball.com
240Robert Andino, BAL2B$2Yahoo! Sports
234Jacob Turner, DETP$2Baseball HQ
232Cody Ross, BOSOF$2Baseball HQ
229Mike Adams, TEXP$2Baseball HQ
228Jesse Crain, CHWP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
224Mark Melancon, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
223Joey Devine, OAKP$2Yahoo! Sports
219Brett Cecil, TORP$2CBSSports.com (White)
218Alfredo Aceves, BOSP$2Yahoo! Sports
215Joaquin Benoit, DETP$2Baseball HQ
210Kyle Seager, SEA3B$2Stats LLC
209Danny Duffy, KCP$2Baseball HQ
207Hideki Matsui, OAKOF$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
203Chris Getz, KC2B$2Fantasy Sports Empires.com
179Bruce Chen, KCP$2Yahoo! Sports
175Kevin Slowey, CLEP$2Baseball HQ
146Carl Pavano, MINP$2Mastersball.com
276Fausto Carmona, CLEP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
275Nick Blackburn, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
274Brian Duensing, MINP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
273Magglio Ordonez, DETOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
272Brandon Inge, DET3B$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
271Greg Holland, KCP$1Patton & Co
270Julio Borbon, TEXOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
269Joel Peralta, TBP$1Patton & Co
268Sam Fuld, TBOF$1Mastersball.com
267Don Kelly, DETOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
266Yuniesky Betancourt, KCSS$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
265Glen Perkins, MINP$1Patton & Co
264Endy Chavez, BALOF$1Mastersball.com
263Tsuyoshi Wada, BALP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
262Casper Wells, SEAOF$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
261Ronny Paulino, BALC$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
260Jake Arrieta, BALP$1Patton & Co
259Nick Punto, BOS2B$1Baseball HQ
258Vladimir Guerrero, BALDH$1FanDuel.com
257Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$1Mastersball.com
256Manny Ramirez, OAKDH$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
255Jason Marquis, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
254Brett Anderson, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
253Hank Conger, LAAC$1Patton & Co
251Trayvon Robinson, SEAOF$1FanDuel.com
250Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$1Mastersball.com
249Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
248Jack Hannahan, CLE3B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
246Jonathan Broxton, KCP$1Patton & Co
245Hisanori Takahashi, LAAP$1Baseball HQ
243Matt LaPorta, CLE1B$1Mastersball.com
242Dallas Braden, OAKP$1CBSSports.com (White)
239Lou Marson, CLEC$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
238Tommy Milone, OAKP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
237Derek Lowe, CLEP$1Patton & Co
235Hector Noesi, SEAP$1FanDuel.com
233Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$1CBSSports.com (White)
231John Jaso, SEAC$1Yahoo! Sports
226Jonny Gomes, OAKOF$1FanDuel.com
222Andruw Jones, NYYOF$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)
220Scott Downs, LAAP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
205Freddy Garcia, NYYP$1Baseball HQ
199Travis Hafner, CLEDH$1CBSSports.com (White)
197Octavio Dotel, DETP$1Yahoo! Sports
192Jason Hammel, BALP$1Stats LLC
186Kelly Shoppach, BOSC$1CBSSports.com (Eisenberg)

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Cardinals' Matt Adams still looking for first hit against lefty
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:09 pm ET) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams struck out twice against Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels Monday, making him 0 for 8 with five strikeouts against lefties this season, MLB.com reports.

"We're giving Matt a chance to keep working and finding something positive to come from some left-handed at-bats. But right now they're hard to come by," manager Mike Matheny said. "Once again, we're not throwing some shabby lefties at him either. He's seeing some tough ones. I know that's frustrating for him."

Adams' other start against a lefty came against Cubs pitcher Jon Lester. If he continues to struggle against lefties, the first baseman could start losing playing time to Mark Reynolds when a southpaw is on the mound.

"You have to give him a chance to go out there and do it, and then we make adjustments as we go," Matheny said. "Depending on what those at-bats look like … and right now Matt's in a tough spot and is going to have to keep working and figure out how to get it done when he has the opportunities."

Adams has hit .232/.283/.357 with two home runs and eight RBI in 56 at-bats.


Padres deal with bullpen woes in Monday's loss to Astros
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:49 pm ET) Padres relievers Brandon Maurer, Joaquin Benoit and rookie Cory Mazzoni, who was making his major-league debut, combined to surrender six earned runs in two innings of work in San Diego's 9-4 loss to Houston Monday.

While Kevin Quackenbush was able to get out of the eighth inning without being charged with an earned run after Benoit let the first four batters of the inning reach base, the team now owns a 2.08 ERA, which ranks 20th in the majors.

"We need to get on a little bit of a bullpen roll," manager Bud Black said after the game, per MLB.com

Benoit (3-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on two hits and two walks while failing to record an out.

"They're making some mistakes, leaving the ball up in the zone, out over the middle of the plate," catcher Derek Norris said. "We've just got to execute some pitches better in some situations."

Black believes the bullpen will pitch better moving forward.

"They'll come around. They're not pitching like they're going to pitch," he said. "When you see their numbers at the end of the year, they'll be there. When you see their numbers now as a group, there are two or three guys not hitting on all cylinders."


Reds release Marcus Walden
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(12:33 pm ET) The Reds have released minor-league pitcher Marcus Walden , Baseball America reports.

Walden, 26, lasted three innings in his only start with Double-A Pensacola, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out two. He has spent most of his career in the Blue Jays organization.


Astros top prospect Carlos Correa off to torrid start at Double-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) Astros top prospect Carlos Correa is putting up some big numbers at Double-A Corpus Christi to begin the 2015 season.

The former No. 1 overall pick (2012) is batting .382 with a .440 on-base percentage, .735 slugging percentage and 1.175 OPS in 16 games. He also has one triple, four home runs, 10 doubles and 21 RBI.

“I feel great up here,” he said, per the Houston Chronicle. “My body feels great. I’m just really happy to be out there playing every single day. After you’ve been injured you appreciate it even more.

“Everything is going great. We’re playing great baseball as a team. I feel good at the plate, and the team is doing a great job.”


Padres' Jedd Gyorko on sporadic playing time: 'It's always tough'
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(12:12 pm ET) Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in six games Monday, and he has been working with hitting coaches Mark Kotsay and Alonzo Powell to jump-start his lagging bat, U-T San Diego reports.

"It's always tough," Gyorko said about the sporadic playing time. "But at the same time, we're trying to win games, obviously. So when the opportunity presents itself, you've just got to go out there and perform. I think that's the main thing for now."

Gyorko has hit just .149/.231/.191 in 47 at-bats.

"We need to get Jedd going," manager Bud Black said before Gyorko's start Sunday.


Orioles-White Sox game postponed again Tuesday
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(11:50 am ET) The Orioles-White Sox game was postponed for a second straight day Tuesday due to protests near Camden Yards. No makeup date has been announced for the game yet.

White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez were scheduled to start Tuesday's game. No word yet on how this will affect both teams' rotations moving forward.


Blue Jays' Gibbons continue to show confidence in Castro, Osuna
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:43 am ET) Blue Jays rookie relievers Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna have both endured some struggles as of late

Castro suffered his second loss of the season Monday against the Red Sox, which came two days after he suffered his second blown save. He has allowed at least one run in four of his last five appearances.

Osuna has allowed one run in two straight appearances and suffered his first blown save Monday.

"[Castro has] had a couple of tough ones," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said after Monday's loss, per MLB.com. "Maybe we'll back him down a little bit. But same way with [Roberto] Osuna, we have confidence in these guys. We're asking a lot out of them, but it's just the way it goes. You find some things out.

"I love both of them, I think they're both going to be great pitchers when it's all said and done, but we're asking a lot out of them, and I'm not sure how fair that is."

It appears Castro might be pitching his way out of save opportunities, as Brett Cecil could return to the closer's role shortly. Still, Gibbons is hoping the 20-year-old Castro can overcome his recent struggles.

"I hope he understands the reason I'm putting him in there is because I have confidence in the kid," Gibbons said. "I also understand how tough it is in the big leagues, and you take your lumps. He's a tough kid, he really is. He's going to be a [heck] of a pitcher."


Rangers' Choo working through some major offensive struggles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:27 am ET) It doesn't matter where Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo bats in the lineup these days -- he still can't buy a hit

Choo, who was dropped to seventh in the batting order Saturday, went 0 for 4 on Monday against Seattle, extending his hitless slump to 20 at-bats. He last got a hit April 19.

"You watch him and he's definitely not getting the desired results," manager Jeff Banister said of Choo, per MLB.com. "It's been a challenge for Choo this month. He continues to work. He continues to study."

Choo is batting .096 (5 for 52), which is a league-low among qualified hitters. His only multihit game came on April 9. 

"This is a guy that has proven to be a professional hitter, lifetime .290 hitter, this is a guy that we believe in what he's going to be," Banister said. "This has been a tough stretch for him."


Astros OF Colby Rasmus thriving on the road in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:13 am ET) Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus has been a different hitter on the road than at home in 2015. Through 17 games, he is batting .067 (1 for 15) with no home runs or RBI at home, while he is batting .350 (14 for 40) with one triple, three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI on the road.

Rasmus is batting .345 (10 for 29) with four multihit games, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI through seven games on the team's current road trip.

"I say in the last homestand I was just seeing some things and feeling my way through what was going on with my swing and where I needed to be, and in this road trip I've been able to make some adjustments on what I felt I needed to do and they helped me a lot," he said, per MLB.com. "Yeah, I feel good about it, just battling."


Rockies' Weiss expects Tyler Matzek to make next start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) Rockies pitcher Tyler Matzek said he was just suffering from cramping Monday when he came out of his team's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks prematurely due to a hamstring injury, MLB.com reports.

"It was just cramping up," Weiss said. "It cramped up on a few of those warmup pitches and on the first pitch of that inning, and I didn't want to push it."

Manager Walt Weiss considers the injury a short-term issue and expects it won't keep Matzek from pitching later this week in San Diego.

"Yeah, he'll make his next start," Weiss said. "I expect him to make his next start."

Matzek moved to 2-0 with his win Monday and owns a 2.70 ERA and 13:13 K:BB ratio in 20 innings over his first four starts.


 
 
 
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