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2013 Draft Prep: American League Rotisserie auction

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Our AL-only auction had as many participants, as many roster spots to fill and as shallow of a player pool as our NL-only auction just a couple days earlier. But it had a different feel to it.

Granted, that's to be expected when the personnel changes. The cast for this one was as follows ...

1. Tim McLeod, RotoRob
2. Scott White, CBSSports.com
3. Jeff Boggis, FantasySportsEmpires.com
4. Greg Morgan, Mastersball.com
5. Grey Albright, Razzball
6. Al Melchior, CBSSports.com
7. Derek Carty, DerekCarty.com
8. Keith Cromer, Patton & Co
9. Nando Di Fino, CBSSports.com
10. Dean Peterson, Stats LLC
11. Mike Kuchera, FanDuel.com
12. Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus

Still, the differing approaches also say something about the two player pools.

The owners as a whole left more money on the table in this auction. A lot more. We're talking double-digit dollars for some. Obviously, that's not the goal. Any money unspent is money wasted. So why did it happen? The distribution of talent from start to finish caught some owners by surprise.

While the AL is heavy in elite talent, allowing players such as Jose Bautista, Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler to go for less than $30, it's light in the mid-level talent -- the Rickie Weeks, Andre Ethier and Adam LaRoche types -- that fill the bulk of NL-only rosters. Yeah, you'll find some decent players in the $15-20 range -- such as Nick Markakis, Michael Morse and Nelson Cruz -- but not enough for you to build a team on them. Stashing away money for the later stages will more likely stick you with a roster full of Matt Joyce and Trevor Plouffe types.

Of course, the AL-only pool is fairly deep in those lower-end types, allowing for such bargains as Mitch Moreland at $4, Ervin Santana at $4 and Josh Donaldson at $1. But at that point in the auction, enough people have already spent enough money that the prices go only so high for the ones who haven't.

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Not everyone was as committed to getting a closer in this auction as the NL-only version even though the closer crop is equally thin in both leagues. While the NL-only owners placed a premium on closers, investing $14-19 in just about all of them, several AL closers fell short of that range. Having gotten shut out on the closer front in the NL-only auction, I felt pretty good getting Jim Johnson at $15 early in this one. In the end, though, I would have rather had the $3 I could have saved on Joel Hanrahan or Glen Perkins.

A few other observations ...

I'm not really sure what happened with Jose Reyes, who ended up tying Justin Verlander as the fourth-most expensive player at $34. The demand for some of the lower-end steals specialists wasn't at all that high, and shortstop, at least relative to second and third base, is fairly deep in the AL.

The R.A. Dickey skeptics are more likely to show themselves in deeper leagues, where whiffing on a pick could be catastrophic. While seemingly lesser pitchers like Yu Darvish, Max Scherzer and Chris Sale went for more than $20, Dickey went for $18 -- one less than Brett Anderson.

Alex Rodriguez went for $3. Yes, in an AL-only league. How the mighty have fallen.

The Ernesto Frieri bid came well after all the true closers had gone off the board and when one owner in particular still had an insane amount of money to spend. Safe to say he won't go for $2 more than Joe Nathan in most leagues.

Some of the more reliable non-strikeout pitchers got the cold shoulder in this auction, with Mark Buehrle going for $4 and Jason Vargas going for $3. Look, they'll still give you more strikeouts than a middle reliever would. They're worth purchasing at that price for the wins alone.

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

The 84 players that show up as $0 bids were selected in the seven-round reserve draft that immediately followed the auction.

2013 AL-only Fantasy Auction Draft (sortable)
OrderPlayerPosPriceBid Won by
218P Unaffiliated Kyle Lohse, $1CBSSports.com (White)
130Adam Lind, TOR1B$7Baseball Prospectus
255James Loney, TB1B$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
11Albert Pujols, LAA1B$33CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
306Nate Freiman, HOU1B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
222Juan Rivera, NYY1B$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
131Brandon Moss, OAK1B$14CBSSports.com (Melchior)
117Justin Morneau, MIN1B$15CBSSports.com (Melchior)
78Chris Parmelee, MIN1B$7CBSSports.com (Melchior)
184Justin Smoak, SEA1B$4CBSSports.com (White)
48Edwin Encarnacion, TOR1B$27CBSSports.com (White)
3Prince Fielder, DET1B$32CBSSports.com (White)
355David Cooper, TOR1B$0DerekCarty.com
181Lance Berkman, TEX1B$10DerekCarty.com
51Mark Teixeira, NYY1B$25FanDuel.com
346Daric Barton, OAK1B$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
239Mike Olt, TEX1B$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
79Eric Hosmer, KC1B$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
328Chris McGuiness, CLE1B$0Mastersball.com
123Mark Reynolds, CLE1B$10Mastersball.com
161Carlos Pena, HOU1B$4Patton & Co
120Paul Konerko, CHW1B$17Patton & Co
95Kendrys Morales, SEA1B$17Patton & Co
209Brett Wallace, HOU1B$3Razzball
109Adam Dunn, CHW1B$13Razzball
171Mitch Moreland, TEX1B$4RotoRob
67Billy Butler, KC1B$27RotoRob
334Mauro Gomez, BOS1B$0Stats LLC
149Chris Carter, HOU1B$12Stats LLC
268Chris Getz, KC2B$1Baseball Prospectus
333Robert Andino, SEA2B$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
63Jose Altuve, HOU2B$24CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
31Dustin Pedroia, BOS2B$28CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
330Ryan Flaherty, BAL2B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
106Jamey Carroll, MIN2B$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
56Jason Kipnis, CLE2B$22CBSSports.com (Melchior)
66Tyler Greene, HOU2B$10DerekCarty.com
71Jemile Weeks, OAK2B$9FanDuel.com
70Gordon Beckham, CHW2B$15FanDuel.com
64Dustin Ackley, SEA2B$15FanDuel.com
89Jurickson Profar, TEX2B$8Fantasy Sports Empires.com
345Jeff Kobernus, DET2B$0Mastersball.com
58Kelly Johnson, TB2B$8Mastersball.com
44Ian Kinsler, TEX2B$27Mastersball.com
34Brian Roberts, BAL2B$3Patton & Co
76Howard Kendrick, LAA2B$19Razzball
46Omar Infante, DET2B$10Razzball
301Jonathan Schoop, BAL2B$0RotoRob
217Johnny Giavotella, KC2B$3RotoRob
226Alexi Casilla, BAL2B$1Stats LLC
8Robinson Cano, NYY2B$36Stats LLC
249Scott Sizemore, OAK3B$2Baseball Prospectus
24Adrian Beltre, TEX3B$28Baseball Prospectus
107Will Middlebrooks, BOS3B$18CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
343Pedro Ciriaco, BOS3B$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
197Matt Dominguez, HOU3B$3CBSSports.com (Melchior)
278Nick Castellanos, DET3B$0CBSSports.com (White)
74Kyle Seager, SEA3B$19CBSSports.com (White)
231Alberto Callaspo, LAA3B$11DerekCarty.com
211Maicer Izturis, TOR3B$3DerekCarty.com
7Miguel Cabrera, DET3B$39DerekCarty.com
359Danny Valencia, BAL3B$0FanDuel.com
276Sean Rodriguez, TB3B$1FanDuel.com
27Evan Longoria, TB3B$29FanDuel.com
114Trevor Plouffe, MIN3B$11Fantasy Sports Empires.com
26Brett Lawrie, TOR3B$27Fantasy Sports Empires.com
240Wilson Betemit, BAL3B$6Mastersball.com
220Josh Donaldson, OAK3B$1Mastersball.com
128Mike Moustakas, KC3B$21Patton & Co
22Ryan Roberts, TB3B$2Patton & Co
173Alex Rodriguez, NYY3B$3Razzball
54Manny Machado, BAL3B$15Razzball
152Kevin Youkilis, NYY3B$10RotoRob
138Jeff Keppinger, CHW3B$10RotoRob
358Brent Morel, CHW3B$0Stats LLC
315Conor Gillaspie, CHW3B$0Stats LLC
186Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE3B$10Stats LLC
336Kelly Shoppach, SEAC$0Baseball Prospectus
275David Ross, BOSC$1Baseball Prospectus
20Joe Mauer, MINC$21Baseball Prospectus
269Francisco Cervelli, NYYC$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
113Jarrod Saltalamacchia, BOSC$9CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
175Jason Castro, HOUC$6CBSSports.com (Melchior)
143J.P. Arencibia, TORC$12CBSSports.com (Melchior)
158Ryan Lavarnway, BOSC$3CBSSports.com (White)
14Mike Zunino, SEAC$3CBSSports.com (White)
118A.J. Pierzynski, TEXC$11DerekCarty.com
111Mike Napoli, BOSC$17DerekCarty.com
270Austin Romine, NYYC$1FanDuel.com
110Tyler Flowers, CHWC$9FanDuel.com
327George Kottaras, KCC$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
151Chris Iannetta, LAAC$7Fantasy Sports Empires.com
139Salvador Perez, KCC$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
163John Jaso, OAKC$11Mastersball.com
80Carlos Santana, CLEC$20Mastersball.com
341Josh Thole, TORC$0Patton & Co
242Jose Molina, TBC$2Patton & Co
233Chris Stewart, NYYC$2Patton & Co
320Hank Conger, LAAC$0Razzball
159Geovany Soto, TEXC$3Razzball
127Jesus Montero, SEAC$15Razzball
150Ryan Doumit, MINC$16RotoRob
30Alex Avila, DETC$11RotoRob
125Derek Norris, OAKC$3Stats LLC
90Matt Wieters, BALC$18Stats LLC
271Luke Scott, TBDH$1Baseball Prospectus
59David Ortiz, BOSDH$19CBSSports.com (Melchior)
279Travis Hafner, NYYDH$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
61Victor Martinez, DETDH$18Stats LLC
313Dewayne Wise, CHWOF$0Baseball Prospectus
230Franklin Gutierrez, SEAOF$2Baseball Prospectus
92Coco Crisp, OAKOF$17Baseball Prospectus
45Nick Markakis, BALOF$19Baseball Prospectus
13Alex Rios, CHWOF$21Baseball Prospectus
1Mike Trout, LAAOF$40Baseball Prospectus
265Russ Canzler, BALOF$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
169J.D. Martinez, HOUOF$5CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
129Dayan Viciedo, CHWOF$18CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
86Mark Trumbo, LAAOF$22CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
15Curtis Granderson, NYYOF$20CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
354Ryan Sweeney, BOSOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
282Brennan Boesch, DETOF$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
190Nate McLouth, BALOF$4CBSSports.com (Melchior)
55Shane Victorino, BOSOF$22CBSSports.com (Melchior)
35Melky Cabrera, TOROF$20CBSSports.com (Melchior)
350Michael Choice, OAKOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
326Quintin Berry, DETOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
302Grant Green, OAKOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
299George Springer, HOUOF$0CBSSports.com (White)
194Aaron Hicks, MINOF$9CBSSports.com (White)
134Anthony Gose, TOROF$1CBSSports.com (White)
72Desmond Jennings, TBOF$24CBSSports.com (White)
50Wil Myers, TBOF$12CBSSports.com (White)
38Darin Mastroianni, MINOF$7CBSSports.com (White)
21Ben Zobrist, TBOF$27CBSSports.com (White)
342Ryan Kalish, BOSOF$0DerekCarty.com
331Rick Ankiel, HOUOF$0DerekCarty.com
210Nolan Reimold, BALOF$2DerekCarty.com
204Michael Brantley, CLEOF$15DerekCarty.com
192Matt Joyce, TBOF$11DerekCarty.com
162Andy Dirks, DETOF$8DerekCarty.com
154Torii Hunter, DETOF$13DerekCarty.com
87Ichiro Suzuki, NYYOF$17DerekCarty.com
338Casper Wells, SEAOF$0FanDuel.com
335Shelley Duncan, TBOF$0FanDuel.com
290Eric Thames, SEAOF$0FanDuel.com
287Avisail Garcia, DETOF$0FanDuel.com
91Chris Young, OAKOF$9FanDuel.com
83Emilio Bonifacio, TOROF$17FanDuel.com
49Michael Morse, SEAOF$17FanDuel.com
43Jacoby Ellsbury, BOSOF$31FanDuel.com
9Jose Bautista, TOROF$29FanDuel.com
303Jarrod Dyson, KCOF$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
264Mike Carp, BOSOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
253Jason Bay, SEAOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
247Ryan Raburn, CLEOF$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
124Josh Willingham, MINOF$16Fantasy Sports Empires.com
47Adam Jones, BALOF$29Fantasy Sports Empires.com
321Jackie Bradley, BOSOF$0Mastersball.com
208Vernon Wells, LAAOF$1Mastersball.com
185Justin Maxwell, HOUOF$9Mastersball.com
180Colby Rasmus, TOROF$13Mastersball.com
174Jeff Francoeur, KCOF$8Mastersball.com
168Lorenzo Cain, KCOF$20Mastersball.com
166Drew Stubbs, CLEOF$14Mastersball.com
219Raul Ibanez, SEAOF$4Patton & Co
214Seth Smith, OAKOF$5Patton & Co
213Jonny Gomes, BOSOF$6Patton & Co
37Michael Bourn, CLEOF$26Patton & Co
12Josh Hamilton, LAAOF$30Patton & Co
305Matt Diaz, NYYOF$0Razzball
221Fernando Martinez, HOUOF$4Razzball
103Josh Reddick, OAKOF$19Razzball
84Austin Jackson, DETOF$24Razzball
33Alex Gordon, KCOF$24Razzball
25Alejandro De Aza, CHWOF$17Razzball
300Oswaldo Arcia, MINOF$0RotoRob
199Rajai Davis, TOROF$7RotoRob
142David Murphy, TEXOF$16RotoRob
115Nick Swisher, CLEOF$17RotoRob
108Nelson Cruz, TEXOF$17RotoRob
105Peter Bourjos, LAAOF$13RotoRob
339Jimmy Paredes, HOUOF$0Stats LLC
266Craig Gentry, TEXOF$2Stats LLC
144Michael Saunders, SEAOF$11Stats LLC
132Brett Gardner, NYYOF$20Stats LLC
75Chris Davis, BALOF$20Stats LLC
62Leonys Martin, TEXOF$14Stats LLC
42Yoenis Cespedes, OAKOF$31Stats LLC
360Scott Downs, LAAP$0Baseball Prospectus
337Blake Beavan, SEAP$0Baseball Prospectus
312Sean Burnett, LAAP$0Baseball Prospectus
289Matt Thornton, CHWP$0Baseball Prospectus
288Rick Porcello, DETP$0Baseball Prospectus
273Jake McGee, TBP$1Baseball Prospectus
263David Robertson, NYYP$1Baseball Prospectus
258Koji Uehara, BOSP$1Baseball Prospectus
252Erik Bedard, HOUP$1Baseball Prospectus
246Joe Saunders, SEAP$1Baseball Prospectus
237Phil Coke, DETP$1Baseball Prospectus
41James Shields, KCP$19Baseball Prospectus
28Brandon Morrow, TORP$18Baseball Prospectus
17Felix Hernandez, SEAP$27Baseball Prospectus
357Alex White, HOUP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
340Jair Jurrjens, BALP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
316Robbie Ross, TEXP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
309Aaron Crow, KCP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
292Daisuke Matsuzaka, CLEP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
285Rich Harden, MINP$0CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
260Drew Smyly, DETP$2CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
243Liam Hendriks, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
234Jose Quintana, CHWP$1CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
193Ricky Romero, TORP$7CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
178Mark Buehrle, TORP$4CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
153Jon Lester, BOSP$14CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
133Bruce Rondon, DETP$10CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
97Trevor Bauer, CLEP$5CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
60Mariano Rivera, NYYP$16CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
319Luke Hochevar, KCP$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
254Andrew Bailey, BOSP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
248Joe Blanton, LAAP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
241Kyle Gibson, MINP$1CBSSports.com (Melchior)
235Jeremy Guthrie, KCP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
228Scott Diamond, MINP$2CBSSports.com (Melchior)
135Ryan Madson, LAAP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
101Phil Hughes, NYYP$8CBSSports.com (Melchior)
65Josh Johnson, TORP$16CBSSports.com (Melchior)
5Justin Verlander, DETP$34CBSSports.com (Melchior)
347Franklin Morales, BOSP$0CBSSports.com (White)
323Jesse Crain, CHWP$0CBSSports.com (White)
245Lucas Harrell, HOUP$3CBSSports.com (White)
183Andy Pettitte, NYYP$4CBSSports.com (White)
170Danny Hultzen, SEAP$1CBSSports.com (White)
155Clay Buchholz, BOSP$6CBSSports.com (White)
126A.J. Griffin, OAKP$11CBSSports.com (White)
98Alex Cobb, TBP$11CBSSports.com (White)
40Jim Johnson, BALP$15CBSSports.com (White)
29R.A. Dickey, TORP$18CBSSports.com (White)
307Sean Doolittle, OAKP$0DerekCarty.com
294J.A. Happ, TORP$0DerekCarty.com
283Garrett Richards, LAAP$0DerekCarty.com
229Ernesto Frieri, LAAP$15DerekCarty.com
223Joaquin Benoit, DETP$1DerekCarty.com
200Gavin Floyd, CHWP$4DerekCarty.com
191Ivan Nova, NYYP$3DerekCarty.com
188Jason Vargas, LAAP$3DerekCarty.com
177Casey Janssen, TORP$12DerekCarty.com
141Jeremy Hellickson, TBP$12DerekCarty.com
102Alexi Ogando, TEXP$11DerekCarty.com
99Joe Nathan, TEXP$13DerekCarty.com
314James Paxton, SEAP$0FanDuel.com
274Octavio Dotel, DETP$1FanDuel.com
272Carlos Carrasco, CLEP$1FanDuel.com
267Zach Britton, BALP$1FanDuel.com
262Philip Humber, HOUP$1FanDuel.com
257Jose Valverde, DETP$1FanDuel.com
251Bartolo Colon, OAKP$1FanDuel.com
201Jake Arrieta, BALP$2FanDuel.com
36Jered Weaver, LAAP$26FanDuel.com
32Fernando Rodney, TBP$18FanDuel.com
351Brian Duensing, MINP$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
322Joel Peralta, TBP$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
298Jared Burton, MINP$0Fantasy Sports Empires.com
238Chris Tillman, BALP$4Fantasy Sports Empires.com
236Brett Myers, CLEP$3Fantasy Sports Empires.com
207Roy Oswalt, TEXP$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
196Sergio Santos, TORP$4Fantasy Sports Empires.com
187Tommy Hanson, LAAP$8Fantasy Sports Empires.com
112Ryan Dempster, BOSP$9Fantasy Sports Empires.com
96Jake Peavy, CHWP$18Fantasy Sports Empires.com
57Brett Anderson, OAKP$19Fantasy Sports Empires.com
53Max Scherzer, DETP$23Fantasy Sports Empires.com
352Roberto Hernandez, TBP$0Mastersball.com
304Al Alburquerque, DETP$0Mastersball.com
297Steve Johnson, BALP$0Mastersball.com
280David Phelps, NYYP$0Mastersball.com
232Miguel Gonzalez, BALP$5Mastersball.com
206Chris Archer, TBP$2Mastersball.com
172Jeff Niemann, TBP$4Mastersball.com
165Dan Straily, OAKP$6Mastersball.com
145Glen Perkins, MINP$12Mastersball.com
136Anibal Sanchez, DETP$12Mastersball.com
116Doug Fister, DETP$14Mastersball.com
85Hiroki Kuroda, NYYP$12Mastersball.com
6David Price, TBP$30Mastersball.com
356Daniel Bard, BOSP$0Patton & Co
332Stephen Pryor, SEAP$0Patton & Co
317Junichi Tazawa, BOSP$0Patton & Co
308Jordan Lyles, HOUP$0Patton & Co
293Vinnie Pestano, CLEP$0Patton & Co
284Michael Pineda, NYYP$0Patton & Co
225Wade Davis, KCP$3Patton & Co
224Ubaldo Jimenez, CLEP$3Patton & Co
212John Danks, CHWP$3Patton & Co
146Kelvin Herrera, KCP$3Patton & Co
104Joel Hanrahan, BOSP$12Patton & Co
88Tom Wilhelmsen, SEAP$15Patton & Co
77C.J. Wilson, LAAP$16Patton & Co
23Chris Sale, CHWP$21Patton & Co
16CC Sabathia, NYYP$24Patton & Co
353Jake Odorizzi, TBP$0Razzball
344Taijuan Walker, SEAP$0Razzball
329Wesley Wright, HOUP$0Razzball
296Kevin Correia, MINP$0Razzball
281Carter Capps, SEAP$0Razzball
216Felix Doubront, BOSP$3Razzball
198Vance Worley, MINP$6Razzball
167Jason Hammel, BALP$8Razzball
160Tommy Milone, OAKP$10Razzball
156Greg Holland, KCP$13Razzball
147Bud Norris, HOUP$4Razzball
122Ryan Cook, OAKP$3Razzball
52Matt Moore, TBP$18Razzball
4Jose Veras, HOUP$8Razzball
349Rubby De La Rosa, BOSP$0RotoRob
348Tanner Scheppers, TEXP$0RotoRob
325Hector Santiago, CHWP$0RotoRob
277Colby Lewis, TEXP$0RotoRob
202Zach McAllister, CLEP$3RotoRob
189Wei-Yin Chen, BALP$9RotoRob
182Dylan Bundy, BALP$3RotoRob
164Chris Perez, CLEP$14RotoRob
157Jarrod Parker, OAKP$13RotoRob
140Hisashi Iwakuma, SEAP$13RotoRob
121Matt Harrison, TEXP$8RotoRob
73Erasmo Ramirez, SEAP$7RotoRob
39Yu Darvish, TEXP$25RotoRob
310Pedro Strop, BALP$0Stats LLC
291Joakim Soria, TEXP$0Stats LLC
286Luis Mendoza, KCP$0Stats LLC
261John Lackey, BOSP$1Stats LLC
256Josh Fields, HOUP$1Stats LLC
250Bruce Chen, KCP$1Stats LLC
244Martin Perez, TEXP$1Stats LLC
227Ervin Santana, KCP$4Stats LLC
195Justin Masterson, CLEP$3Stats LLC
179Derek Holland, TEXP$7Stats LLC
176Addison Reed, CHWP$15Stats LLC
100Grant Balfour, OAKP$13Stats LLC
93J.J. Hardy, BALSS$12Baseball Prospectus
81Asdrubal Cabrera, CLESS$18Baseball Prospectus
148Jhonny Peralta, DETSS$7CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
69Stephen Drew, BOSSS$13CBSSports.com (Di Fino)
295Brian Dozier, MINSS$0CBSSports.com (Melchior)
19Jose Reyes, TORSS$34CBSSports.com (Melchior)
68Derek Jeter, NYYSS$16CBSSports.com (White)
2Eduardo Nunez, NYYSS$6CBSSports.com (White)
318Nick Franklin, SEASS$0DerekCarty.com
203Yunel Escobar, TBSS$5DerekCarty.com
311Elliot Johnson, KCSS$0FanDuel.com
215Pedro Florimon, MINSS$1FanDuel.com
259Brendan Ryan, SEASS$1Fantasy Sports Empires.com
82Alcides Escobar, KCSS$20Fantasy Sports Empires.com
119Alexei Ramirez, CHWSS$15Mastersball.com
18Elvis Andrus, TEXSS$21Patton & Co
137Jed Lowrie, OAKSS$8Razzball
324Jacob Elmore, HOUSS$0RotoRob
205Mike Aviles, CLESS$3RotoRob
10Hiroyuki Nakajima, OAKSS$9RotoRob
94Erick Aybar, LAASS$18Stats LLC

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Sonny Gray turns in another gem
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(1:01 am ET) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray turned in another gem Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six over seven innings of a no-decision. Of his 103 pitches, 66 were strikes.

Over his last four starts covering 27 2/3 innings, Gray has allowed 12 earned runs. He owns a 3.03 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 27 starts (178 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against Seattle.

Alex Gordon hits another home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon clubbed his 17th home run Thursday against the Twins. 

Gordon struck in the bottom of the seventh inning. He took a 93 mph fastball from from Ryan Pressly out to right center for the solo shot. Gordon also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and two RBI. Gordon has now hit five home runs in his last 11 games. 


C.J. Wilson settles for no-decision
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:50 am ET) Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson couldn't last six innings Thursday against the Athletics.

Wilson allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three during the outing. Wilson was excellent early, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. He got into some trouble in the fifth inning. Wilson led things off by giving up a single and a run-scoring double against the first two hitters he faced. After a groundout, Coco Crisp managed to drive in another run on a single. Wilson escaped the inning with a one-run lead. That lead was erased almost immediately. Josh Donaldson homered to start the sixth, tying the game.

Wilson was pulled after putting two men on base with two outs. Wilson did not factor into the decision. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Jason Castro belts a grand slam Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:43 am ET) Astros catcher Jason Castro belted a grand slam Thursday against the Rangers.

Castro struck in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, he sent a 96 mph fastball out to right for the grand slam. Castro also singled and walked earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and four RBI.


Derek Holland throws 98 pitches during rehab start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:33 am ET) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland tossed 98 pitches during a rehab start Thursday.

Holland allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. He gave up two home runs during the appearance. Despite the performance, Holland managed to pick up a win. He was scratched from his previous start due to back spasms. 


Charlie Morton goes four innings in rehab start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton went four innings during a rehab start Thursday.

Morton allowed two runs on four hits over four innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Morton threw 73 pitches. He's working his way back from hip inflammation. Morton has not pitched since August 15 due to the issue. 


Luke Putkonen knocked around during rehab game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen was knocked around in his first rehab appearance.

Putkonen gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. He allowed two hits, including a home run, and walked two batters. Putkonen is attempting to come back after June elbow surgery. 


Bruce Chen has late meltdown
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) Royals pitcher Bruce Chen had a big time meltdown Thursday against the Twins.

Chen entered with the game tied in the top of the 10th inning. After notching a strikeout against the first batter he faced, Chen gave up a triple and two walks to load the bases. Two singles quickly gave the Twins a three-run lead. Chen was then able to induce a pop out for the second out of the inning. With two outs, he allowed two straight doubles, plating another three runs.

When all was said and done, Chen gave up six runs on five hits during his one inning of work. His record dropped to 2-4. 


Jeremy Guthrie escapes with the no decision
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:07 am ET) Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned in a tough start Thursday against the Twins.

Guthrie allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Guthrie was tagged early. With one out in the first, the Twins managed to put runners on second and third. One run would come in on a groundout. The other would score on a single. Guthrie made it through the next two innings unscathed, but gave up two more runs in the fourth inning. He gave up his final run on a walk and a double in the sixth inning. 

Guthrie exited with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Tommy Milone gets knocked around Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone had a rough start Thursday against the Royals.

Milone allowed four runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He did not record any strikeouts, but walked two batters. Milone gave up two runs in the first inning. After giving up a leadoff single, Milone allowed an RBI-single to Alex Gordon after the runner got into scoring position. Gordon would reach second on a walk, and score on another RBI-single. Milone made it through the next two innings without any issues, but was tagged for a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. 

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie had similar struggles during the start, giving Milone the no-decision. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start.


 
 
 
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