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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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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler swap lineup spots Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been moved up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order for Tuesday's matchup with the Pirates, while Jorge Soler has been bumped down one spot and is batting third.

It's the third time in a row that manager Joe Maddon has used this configuration against a lefty, with Rizzo batting behind Soler in the team's last eight matchups with a righty. The lefty first baseman actually performed better against lefties last season, hitting .300/.421/.507 with eight home runs in 140 at-bats, and the trend has carried over this April.

The Cubs are favorites (-117) against the Pirates Tuesday.


Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer expected to begin rehab Thursday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:21 pm ET) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer is expected to make his first rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Fresno, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Oberholtzer, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a blister on his throwing hand, has thrown three innings in an extended spring training session as well as batting practice. This is considered the last step for Oberholtzer to clear before he can rejoin the team. Oberholtzer posted a 5-13 record with a 4.39 ERA in 143 2/3 innings pitched.


Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward to return to the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:15 pm ET) Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward is expected to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday after being held out of Monday's game, manager Mike Matheny said per MLB Network Radio.

Matheny wanted to protect Heyward a bit and give him some extra rest as a precaution. Heyward suffered a minor hamstring injury in Sunday's game and was forced to exit with the injury. He is hitting .205 with two home runs in 73 at-bats this season.


Cubs' Junior Lake to make season debut Tuesday vs. Pirates
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:14 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Junior Lake is making his season debut Tuesday, batting sixth and manning left field in his team's matchup with the Pirates.

Lake was called up Monday but didn't see any action in his team's 4-0 win over the Pirates. He hit .289/.340/.333 with two stolen bases in 45 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa before being called up. With Lake in the lineup against lefty Jeff Locke, Chris Coghlan is on the bench Tuesday.

The Cubs are favorites (-117) against the Pirates Tuesday.


Red Sox call up OF Jackie Bradley, option pitcher Steven Wright
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) The Red Sox have called up outfielder Jackie Bradley from the minors and optioned pitcher Steven Wright back to Triple-A, according to the Boston Globe.

Bradley started the season with Triple-A Pawtucket and is hitting .315 with seven doubles and six RBI in 73 at-bats. Wright was called up Tuesday by Boston as an emergency option if the bullpen needed extra help. He threw five innings this season with a 3.60 ERA and three walks.


Brewers' Ryan Braun returns to lineup, Khris Davis out Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.

Braun wasn't in the starting lineup in either of his team's previous two games but served as a pinch-hitter Monday. He has hit just .226/.273/.274 with one home run and four RBI in 62 at-bats.

Left fielder Khris Davis is out of the lineup Tuesday for the first time since April 15. Gerardo Parra is moving from right field to left for Tuesday's game, with Logan Schafer continuing to man center field but dropping to the No. 6 spot in the lineup after batting second in each of the last two games.

The Brewers are heavy underdogs (+170) in Cincinnati Tuesday.


Josh Hamilton on return to Rangers: 'Brings back good memories'
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(2:59 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder) was participating in baseball activities at the team's spring complex in Arizona on Tuesday, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Hamilton spent an hour running. He also went through throwing drills and took about 50 swings off a tee in a batting cage.

“It was good to get out there and see other guys in uniform and be on the field and in the cage,” Hamilton said. “It brings back good memories of being here.

“Today is the first day of the beginning of something good. I’m excited about it.”


Mets' Michael Cuddyer out of lineup, Eric Campbell batting cleanup
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(2:54 pm ET) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

Cuddyer has started 19 of the Mets' 20 games, serving as the cleanup hitter every time. Third baseman Eric Campbell, who found himself in the No. 4 spot during Cuddyer's prior off-day, will serve in the same capacity Tuesday.

The Mets are underdogs (+102) in Miami Tuesday.


Jays' Ryan Goins draws the start at shortstop, Dalton Pompey out
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(2:54 pm ET) Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins will start at shortstop Tuesday for the injured Jose Reyes, the team announced. Goins fills in for Reyes, who was placed on the 15-day DL Monday with a rib injury. Goins is hitting .238 in 21 at-bats this season.

Outfielder Dalton Pompey is out of the lineup, with Danny Valencia taking over in left field and Kevin Pillar playing center. 


Yankees recall Chase Whitley, option Gregorio Petit to Triple-A
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