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

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Red Sox closer Koji Uehara not utilizing fastball this season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:02 am ET) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been throwing an unusual amount of offspeed pitches to start the season. Uehara has thrown fastballs on just 15 percent of his pitches this season, compared to 50 percent over the last three years, according to the Boston Herald.

Manager John Farrell isn't reading too much into it.

"He's going to go with what he feels," Farrell said. "Every 3 mph is about a foot distance in traveling to home plate. So there's a little bit different reaction time. But regardless of velocity there still needs to be the use of (the fastball) just to create separation between his fastball and his split."

Uehara is 1-1 so far this season with a 4.15 ERA and three saves in 4 1/3 innings.


White Sox send reliever Daniel Webb back to Triple-A
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) White Sox reliever Daniel Webb , who was called up Sunday as the 26th man for the team's doubleheader against the Royals, was sent back down to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. 

Webb pitched in 57 games last season for the White Sox but was one of the team's final cuts in spring training. 


Diamondbacks struggling to fill in void at third base
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale knew his team wasn't going to go the entire season without an injury. But the skipper was hoping to avoid the issue he currently has at third base, according to AZCentral.com.

With Jake Lamb on the disabled list with a foot injury, Aaron Hill and Yasmany Tomas have struggled to put it together, combining for a .559 OPS in the last five games.

"Yeah, that's huge," Hale said. "You're going to have injuries all year. There's going to be a multitude of them for every team. If you can't make the adjustment — if guys can't come in and fill the void — then you're going to be in trouble as a club."

Tomas is hitting .286 in 14 at-bats this season while Hill is scuffling along at .156 in 45 at-bats.


Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley allows seven runs in rehab start
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley allowed seven runs in five innings of work in his third rehab start in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to Philly.com.

Billingsley, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, added three strikeouts and two walks in the appearance. He has yet to appear in a major league game since 2013 while dealing with multiple elbow injuries.


Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez still working out of funk
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has yet to put things together at the plate so far this season. Gonzalez is hitting just .197 with two home runs in 66 at-bats and it's wearing on him a bit, according to the Denver Post.

"I'm not in a good place. I'm still hitting (.197)," he said. "But I'm happy that I'm healthy, and that I'm playing, and that we are winning. I think we are having a good month so far as a team."

Manager Walt Weiss thinks he's really close to seeing Gonzalez get all the pieces together and go on a run.

"I saw real good signs from CarGo, hitting the ball hard the opposite way," Weiss said. "It wasn't just the couple of hits he got. It was the way he got them. Those are things that he had been working on. Then, to get results like that, is always encouraging."

Report: Josh Hamilton trade expected to be completed Monday
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) The trade of outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Angels to the Rangers is expected to be completed Monday, with Hamilton then reporting to Texas' spring training site in Arizona to continue his rehab from offseason surgery, per MLB.com. 

The trade was rumored to have been completed Sunday, but complications arose in finalizing the deal. The Rangers are expected to hold a press conference announcing the trade on Monday. Hamilton is expected to play several games in Triple-A before being called up to the Rangers. 


Dodgers' Jimmy Rollins not concerned with early slump at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins isn't worrying just yet about his struggles at the plate, according to the Orange County Register.

"Well, some people like to panic. That has never been my MO," he said. "I have, what, 50, 60 at-bats, I'm not sure. So if these are my worst 50 at-bats this year – I'm glad they're happening now. (If they are his worst at-bats) it’s going to be a very good year."

Rollins is hitting just .186 in 70 at-bats so far this season. He believes he's still been taking good swings at the plate, just not finding the gaps in the defense.

"It's hard to compute if you just look at numbers," he said. "I'm getting myself in good counts, just not finishing it off. I know it's coming. I'm hitting some off the end, some are getting in just a little bit. But the swing path is right. It's just a click here, a click there.

"The process is good. You have to continue to trust in the process and believe in the process. You get oriented in just results – especially at times like this – then you're trying to make all these technical changes and that's when you go from one to two to 100. So the process is right. Executing it is about fine-tuning."


Angels OF Matt Joyce hopes hit signals end of slump
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce saw his eight-game hitless streak come to an end Sunday with an eighth-inning single that ended an 0-for-26 skid. The right fielder, who figures to be a fixture in Los Angeles' lineup with the expected departure of Josh Hamilton, said he hopes the small start will lead to bigger things, according to the Los Angeles Times

"Sometimes it's a tough game," Joyce said. "It seems like you try everything, and you put in so much time and effort and work, it gets to be frustrating. It gets to be hard to swallow and accept it, and hard to keep showing up and grinding it out."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he will continue to stick with Joyce, who is hitting just .140 on the season. 


Mets starter Jonathon Niese struggles vs. Yankees
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Mets starter Jonathon Niese was not sharp Sunday in the finale of the Subway Series against the Yankees, lasting just five innings while allowing six runs and eight hits. Niese was betrayed somewhat by his defense, which committed four errors behind him, leading to two unearned runs. 

Niese was spotted a 2-0 first-inning lead, but he quickly gave it back, allowing a first-inning homer to Alex Rodriguez and then giving up four second-inning runs as the Yankees broke the game open. 

"You can't look into it too deeply," Niese said to MLB.com. "It's a loss. It's a tough loss. Obviously we want to win, but we've just got to get through it, learn from it, move on and play better."

Niese, who threw 86 pitches, saw his ERA rise to 2.74 in absorbing his first loss of the season. 

"I just wish I could have a couple pitches back," Niese said. "But I threw them. The results were what they were. I've just got to move on."

Niese will look to get back on track Saturday against the Nationals.


Nationals considering keeping Yunel Escobar at third base
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams will have a decision to make when his regular third baseman Anthony Rendon comes back from injury. With Rendon on the shelf, Yunel Escobar has shifted to third and Williams is considering leaving him there even after Rendon returns, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The team is unsure yet what will happen when Rendon returns, but one theory has Escobar staying at third and Rendon shifting to second base, according to Heyman.

Escobar is hitting .292 with five RBI in 65 at-bats while slotted at third base.


 
 
 
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