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Fantasy Quiz: The holidays and interleague edition

Senior Fantasy Writer
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It's time, once again, to get in touch with our inner nerd and take the Fantasy Quiz! We'll do this the same way as last week: 15 questions of varying difficulty, with four bonus pop culture questions just to keep your brain in touch with the real world.

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Take a deep breath, cover up your answers so friends and co-workers can't cheat, and let's get to the quizzing! (All stats are through games played on Wednesday, June 20):

1. Players born on which holiday have produced the most combined All-Star Game appearances?:

a. Halloween (October 31)
b. Independence Day (July 4)
c. Christmas Day (December 25)
d. Valentine's Day (February 14)
e. Boxing Day (December 26)

2. In standard points leagues, which shortstop has the most points (217) so far this season?:

a. Starlin Castro
b. Elvis Andrus
c. Jose Reyes
d. Derek Jeter

3. Of the top 25 batters and the top 25 pitchers, which group has the higher average number (256.26) of Fantasy points so far this season?:

a. Batters
b. Pitchers
c. It's a tie!

4. How many pitchers age 35 or over have five or more saves this season?:

a. Two
b. Four
c. Five
d. Seven

5. How many pitchers age 25 or younger have five or more saves this season?:

a. Two
b. Four
c. Five
d. Seven

Bonus Pop Culture Question #1: Which Monty Python member provided the voice of Wreck-gar in 1986's Transformers: The Movie?

a. John Cleese
b. Terry Jones
c. Eric Idle
d. Terry Gilliam

6. Which player has the most home runs from the leadoff spot (eight) this season?:

a. Ian Kinsler
b. Derek Jeter
c. Mike Aviles
d. Ian Desmond

7. Which player has the most home runs from the ninth spot (five) in the batting order this season?:

a. Mitch Moreland
b. Russell Martin
c. Dexter Fowler
d. Scott Rolen

Random interesting bit of trivia that can't be asked in the quiz, because it would be too quickly smoked out as a trick question: Josh Willingham is owned in more leagues than Stephen Strasburg (99 percent to 98 percent)

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8. Who has more Fantasy points this season?:

a. Curtis Granderson
b. Zack Greinke

9.: Over the last 21 days, one team has placed all five of its starters in the top 30 for Fantasy points scored among pitchers. That team is the:

a. San Francisco Giants
b. New York Mets
c. Washington Nationals
d. New York Yankees

Bonus Pop Culture Question #2: Who was the host of MTV's Remote Control?:

a. Ken Ober
b. Colin Quinn
c. Denis Leary
d. Kurt Loder

10. Of all the players with 30 or more at-bats in day games, who has the highest (1.406) OPS?:

a. Carlos Quentin
b. Paul Konerko
c. Joey Votto
d. Allen Craig

11. Of the teams below, which has scored the most runs (83) so far in June?:

a. Texas Rangers
b. Tampa Bay Rays
c. Pittsburgh Pirates
d. Colorado Rockies

Bonus Pop Culture Question #3: Who is the only elected official in McDonaldland?:

a. Governor Goodstuff
b. Mayor McCheese
c. President Fry
d. Burgermeister Meisterburger

12. Which National League team has hit the most home runs (20) against American League opponents so far this season?:

a. Milwaukee Brewers
b. Arizona Diamondbacks
c. Colorado Rockies
d. Philadelphia Phillies

13. Which Ian has more Fantasy points this season?:

a. Ian Kennedy
b. Ian Desmond

14. Which A.J. has more Fantasy points this season?:

a. A.J. Pierzynski
b. A.J. Burnett

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15. Which Felix has more Fantasy points this season?:

a. Felix Hernandez
b. Felix Doubront

Bonus Pop Culture Question #4: Which of the following is not a character in Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. video game?:

a. Goomba
b. Koopa Troopa
c. Occa Pinti
d. Buzzy Beetle

How'd you do? Check your answers below, and post your results in the comments section for the world to gaze upon and see. You can also post your answers on Twitter . The winner gets a Very Special CBSSports.com reward: the admiration and respect of your fellow readers:

1. C (Players born on Christmas Day have 42 All-Star Game appearances. Boxing Day has 31, Halloween has 18, Valentine's Day has five, and July 4 has produced three)
2. B
3. B
4. D (Fernando Rodney, Joe Nathan, J.J. Putz, Rafael Betancourt, Scott Downs, Mariano Rivera, Brian Fuentes)
5. C (Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen, Henry Rodriguez, Aroldis Chapman, Addison Reed)
6. C
7. A
8. B (Greinke has 238.5, Granderson has 232)
9. D (Ivan Nova is 15th with 83.5, CC Sabathia (16th; 82.5), Phil Hughes (20th; 77), Hiroki Kuroda (24th; 73.5), Andy Pettitte (29th, 66)
10. D
11. C
12. A
13. B (Desmond has 191, Kennedy has 174.5)
14. A (Pierzynski has 185.5, Burnett has 182)
15. B (Doubront has 197.5, Hernandez has 190.5)
BONUS 1: C
BONUS 2: A
BONUS 3: B
DONUS 4: C

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Reds 2B Brandon Phillips back in action Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) A toe ailment will not force Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips to miss a fourth straight game Saturday against Washington. He is in the lineup and leading off.

Phillips returns in an 0-for-10 skid.


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De La Rosa has now missed two outings with the issue, which adds to his problems. He has just one quality start in six outings and owns a 6.51 ERA with 15 walks in 27 2/3 innings.

Butler was supposed to pitch Monday.


Twins RF Torii Hunter set to sit Saturday
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(11:19 am ET) Twins right fielder Torii Hunter is being rested Saturday against Toronto. He has started every game since May 14.

Eddie Rosario is playing the position instead.


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(11:12 am ET) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is not finishing May on the same roll with which he started it, but that would be virtually impossible. He has at least not returned to the funk in which he began the season.

Choo is hitless in three of his last five games and is 10-for-49 since May 16. His averaged has dropped from .248 to .235 during that stretch. He began the month on a 14-game hitting streak.


Tigers C James McCann providing punch at plate
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:05 am ET) The Tigers have been scuffling at the plate, but don't blame catcher James McCann.

McCann has been a surprise offensively as an every-day player. He has five multi-hit games in his last 12 starts, during which time he is batting .333 (14-for-42). His slash line now stands at a respectable .284/.318/.412.


Still-hot Twins OF Torii Hunter owns eight-game hitting streak
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:55 am ET) Twins veteran outfielder Torii Hunter can't be called "Torrid Torii" anymore, but he has maintained a steady and productive pace as May winds down.

Hunter is on an eight-game hitting streak. He has just one hit in the last seven of those games, but that has served to solidify his slash line on the year at .280/.332/.458. He has risen his average 75 points this month, during which he has hit safely in all but five games.


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard cooling off after hot stretch
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:46 am ET) Phillies veteran first baseman Ryan Howard, who has been the subject of intense trade rumors, has suddenly gone from hot to cold.

Howard is 0-for-12 in his last three games after a 9-for-21 stretch in which he slugged three home runs.

He remains on pace, however to hit 36 home runs this season. That would be his highest total since 2009.


Mariners 2B Robinson Cano should be fine for Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:34 am ET) The rather mysterious ailment that has sidelined Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano from the first two games of the weekend series against Cleveland is now believed to be an ear infection, per the Tacoma News Tribune.

He is expected to return to the lineup Saturday.

"He's better," Lloyd McClendon said after the game Friday. "His weight was steady today. No IVs. He still had some chills, but they gave him some type of medicine and they believe he should be ready to go."

Cano flied out as a pinch-hitter Thursday, but did not play Friday.


Yankees 2B Stephen Drew still starting despite struggles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:18 am ET) What Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is experiencing at the plate this season has gone beyond a slump. One must break out a thesaurus to appropriately capture the extent of his struggles.

But Joe Girardi continues to send him out there despite all the hitless games that are piling up - seven of the last nine to be exact. His latest drought is 2-for-35, leaving his batting average at .158 and on-base percentage at .226.

Girardi is searching for answers - and excuses.

"It just doesn't seem that he gets the rewards that he should when he hits the ball hard," Girardi told the Journal News. "And that's frustrating."

Several factors have entered into his continued presence in the lineup. He is playing strong defense. Possible young replacements Jose Pirela and Robert Refsnyder are not ready. And the Yankees could believe that the one-year, $5 million contract they gave Drew warrants a longer wait before pulling the plug.


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(9:55 am ET) The struggles of Brewers setup man Jonathan Broxton means he is no longer their setup man.

In fact, nobody is at the moment.

Craig Counsell has declared that he will mix-and-match in such situations going forward unless someone emerges.

Broxton has allowed 15 runs in his last 18 1/3 innings. His latest mistake landed over the fence Friday night, courtesy of Diamondbacks shorstop Nick Ahmed and breaking a 4-4 deadlock. Counsell said after the game that Broxton is finding it difficult to miss bats.

"I feel like there's a little bit of a lack of a put-away [pitch] for him," he told MLB.com. "I think we start thinking about [removing Broxton from the setup role] because it's a big spot and we need outs in those spots. We need to give ourselves a chance in those spots. Those are big leverage innings he's pitching and we have to get outs in those innings."

Asked who will take over for Broxton, he said it would not be one guy.


 
 
 
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