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2014 Draft Prep: AL-only H2H mock draft

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Mike Trout has pretty much established himself as the No. 1 overall pick (at least in the realm of our CBS mock drafts) in nearly every format. He went first in our latest 10-team AL-only H2H points mock this week, with nemesis Miguel Cabrera going second. They were followed by Yu Darvish, Jacoby Ellsbury, Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Chris Davis, Max Scherzer and Edwin Encarnacion. You'll get no issue here with the 4-10 picks -- we could have scrambled them up in almost any order and a decent case could be made for anyone in any spot.

There's some borderline first round AL-only value that trickled into the second round, too, with Adam Jones and Jose Bautista being taken in the first five picks. Joe Mauer was the first catcher taken (sixth pick in the second round), followed immediately by Carlos Santana (seventh pick in the second round).

Bounceback candidate Albert Pujols was the fourth pick of the second round, taken ahead of Bautista, Jose Reyes, and Felix Hernandez. As for some other possible bouncebacks: R.A. Dickey went in round 4, Josh Hamilton in round 6, CC Sabathia in round 8, and John Axford in round 10.

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The first closer off the board was Greg Holland, who lasted until the second pick of Round 6. And the pick set off a closer run, with Koji Uehara and Glen Perkins being taken later in the round, and Joe Nathan and David Robertson going in the seventh.

As for some noteworthy top prospects, Jose Abreu went in the fourth, Masahiro Tanaka in the fifth, Xander Bogaerts in the eighth, George Springer in the ninth, Taijuan Walker in the 10th, Nick Castellanos in the 13th, Trevor Bauer in the 18th, Jon Singleton and James Paxton in the 19th, and Kyle Gibson in the 21st. Byron Buxton, the top prospect in the game (who is expected to spend most -- if not all -- of 2014 in the minors), was not drafted.

We completed this draft about 20 minutes before the Andy Dirks injury news broke. With the huge stolen base upside of likely replacement Rajai Davis (tempered slightly by this format not rewarding steals as much as a Roto league), we probably would have seen the speedster taken in the 16th-18th rounds.

Our participants:

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Peter Madden, Director, Fantasy Sports
7. Adam Aizer, Video/Podcast host
8. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
9. Joe Polito, Social Media Manager
10. Chris Cwik, Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Di Fino Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2 Richard Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
3 White Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
4 Melchior Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
5 Eisenberg Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
6 Madden Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
7 Aizer Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
8 Hartstein Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
9 Polito Max Scherzer, SP, DET
10 Cwik Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Cwik Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
12 Polito Adam Jones, OF, BAL
13 Hartstein Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
14 Aizer Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
15 Madden Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
16 Eisenberg Joe Mauer, C, MIN
17 Melchior Carlos Santana, C, CLE
18 White Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
19 Richard Justin Verlander, SP, DET
20 Di Fino Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 Di Fino Chris Sale, SP, CHW
22 Richard Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
23 White Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
24 Melchior Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
25 Eisenberg David Price, SP, TB
26 Madden Alex Rios, OF, TEX
27 Aizer Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
28 Hartstein Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX
29 Polito Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
30 Cwik Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Cwik Wil Myers, OF, TB
32 Polito David Ortiz, U, BOS
33 Hartstein Matt Moore, SP, TB
34 Aizer James Shields, SP, KC
35 Madden Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
36 Eisenberg Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
37 Melchior R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
38 White Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
39 Richard Alex Gordon, OF, KC
40 Di Fino Alex Cobb, SP, TB
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 Di Fino Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
42 Richard Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
43 White Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
44 Melchior Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
45 Eisenberg Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
46 Madden Jon Lester, SP, BOS
47 Aizer Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
48 Hartstein Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
49 Polito Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY
50 Cwik Brian McCann, C, NYY
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Cwik Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
52 Polito Greg Holland, RP, KC
53 Hartstein Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
54 Aizer Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
55 Madden Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
56 Eisenberg Austin Jackson, OF, DET
57 Melchior Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
58 White Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
59 Richard C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
60 Di Fino Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 Di Fino Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
62 Richard Adam Eaton, OF, CHW
63 White Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
64 Melchior Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
65 Eisenberg Joe Nathan, RP, DET
66 Madden Victor Martinez, U, DET
67 Aizer David Robertson, RP, NYY
68 Hartstein Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
69 Polito A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
70 Cwik Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Cwik J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
72 Polito Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
73 Hartstein Salvador Perez, C, KC
74 Aizer Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
75 Madden Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
76 Eisenberg Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
77 Melchior Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
78 White Billy Butler, U, KC
79 Richard Brad Miller, SS, SEA
80 Di Fino CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 Di Fino George Springer, OF, HOU
82 Richard Jim Johnson, RP, OAK
83 White Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
84 Melchior Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
85 Eisenberg Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
86 Madden Chris Archer, SP, TB
87 Aizer Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL
88 Hartstein Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
89 Polito Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
90 Cwik Grant Balfour, RP, TB
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Cwik Nate Jones, RP, CHW
92 Polito Dustin Ackley, OF, SEA
93 Hartstein Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
94 Aizer Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
95 Madden Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
96 Eisenberg John Axford, RP, CLE
97 Melchior Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA
98 White Drew Smyly, RP, DET
99 Richard John Lackey, SP, BOS
100 Di Fino Jake Peavy, SP, BOS
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 Di Fino Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
102 Richard Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL
103 White Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
104 Melchior Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
105 Eisenberg Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
106 Madden Matt Wieters, C, BAL
107 Aizer Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
108 Hartstein Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
109 Polito Rick Porcello, SP, DET
110 Cwik Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Cwik Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
112 Polito Yan Gomes, C, CLE
113 Hartstein Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
114 Aizer Hector Santiago, SP, LAA
115 Madden Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
116 Eisenberg Dan Straily, SP, OAK
117 Melchior Garrett Richards, RP, LAA
118 White Jason Castro, C, HOU
119 Richard Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
120 Di Fino Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 Di Fino Nick Castellanos, OF, DET
122 Richard Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
123 White Casey Janssen, RP, TOR
124 Melchior Kelly Johnson, OF, NYY
125 Eisenberg Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
126 Madden Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
127 Aizer Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
128 Hartstein Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
129 Polito Ervin Santana, SP, KC
130 Cwik Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
Round 14
Pick Team Player
131 Cwik Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
132 Polito Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
133 Hartstein Mark Buehrle, SP, TOR
134 Aizer Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
135 Madden Martin Perez, SP, TEX
136 Eisenberg Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
137 Melchior Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
138 White Jason Vargas, SP, KC
139 Richard Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
140 Di Fino Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL
Round 15
Pick Team Player
141 Di Fino Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
142 Richard A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS
143 White Torii Hunter, OF, DET
144 Melchior Phil Hughes, SP, MIN
145 Eisenberg Felix Doubront, SP, BOS
146 Madden Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
147 Aizer Corey Hart, 1B, SEA
148 Hartstein Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
149 Polito Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW
150 Cwik Matt Davidson, 3B, CHW
Round 16
Pick Team Player
151 Cwik Yordano Ventura, SP, KC
152 Polito Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
153 Hartstein Josh Fields, RP, HOU
154 Aizer Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
155 Madden Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
156 Eisenberg Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
157 Melchior Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
158 White Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN
159 Richard Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
160 Di Fino Joakim Soria, RP, TEX
Round 17
Pick Team Player
161 Di Fino Jesse Crain, RP, HOU
162 Richard Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
163 White Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
164 Melchior Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
165 Eisenberg Kevin Gausman, RP, BAL
166 Madden David Phelps, SP, NYY
167 Aizer David Freese, 3B, LAA
168 Hartstein Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
169 Polito Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU
170 Cwik Omar Infante, 2B, KC
Round 18
Pick Team Player
171 Cwik Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
172 Polito Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA
173 Hartstein Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
174 Aizer Danny Duffy, SP, KC
175 Madden Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
176 Eisenberg Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
177 Melchior Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
178 White Brad Peacock, SP, HOU
179 Richard Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
180 Di Fino Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY
Round 19
Pick Team Player
181 Di Fino Mike Zunino, C, SEA
182 Richard Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
183 White Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL
184 Melchior Jon Singleton, 1B, HOU
185 Eisenberg Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
186 Madden Bud Norris, SP, BAL
187 Aizer Brett Oberholtzer, SP, HOU
188 Hartstein Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
189 Polito James Paxton, SP, SEA
190 Cwik Erik Johnson, SP, CHW
Round 20
Pick Team Player
191 Cwik Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
192 Polito Robbie Ross, RP, TEX
193 Hartstein Zach McAllister, SP, CLE
194 Aizer Jemile Weeks, 2B, BAL
195 Madden James Loney, 1B, TB
196 Eisenberg Scott Feldman, SP, HOU
197 Melchior Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
198 White Derek Holland, SP, TEX
199 Richard Delmon Young, OF, BAL
200 Di Fino Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
Round 21
Pick Team Player
201 Di Fino Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
202 Richard Marcus Semien, 3B, CHW
203 White Jarred Cosart, SP, HOU
204 Melchior Felipe Paulino, SP, CHW
205 Eisenberg Bruce Chen, RP, KC
206 Madden Dylan Bundy, RP, BAL
207 Aizer Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
208 Hartstein Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
209 Polito Kyle Gibson, SP, MIN
210 Cwik Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
2.4 Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
3.7 Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
4.4 James Shields, SP, KC
5.7 Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
6.4 Desmond Jennings, OF, TB
7.7 David Robertson, RP, NYY
8.4 Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY
9.7 Nelson Cruz, OF, BAL
10.4 Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA
11.7 Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
12.4 Hector Santiago, SP, LAA
13.7 Jarrod Parker, SP, OAK
14.4 Brett Gardner, OF, NYY
15.7 Corey Hart, 1B, SEA
16.4 Jackie Bradley, OF, BOS
17.7 David Freese, 3B, LAA
18.4 Danny Duffy, SP, KC
19.7 Brett Oberholtzer, SP, HOU
20.4 Jemile Weeks, 2B, BAL
21.7 Dioner Navarro, C, TOR
Chris Cwik
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
2.1 Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
3.1 Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET
4.1 Wil Myers, OF, TB
5.1 Brian McCann, C, NYY
6.1 Danny Salazar, SP, CLE
7.1 Alfonso Soriano, OF, NYY
8.1 J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
9.1 Grant Balfour, RP, TB
10.1 Nate Jones, RP, CHW
11.1 Scott Kazmir, SP, OAK
12.1 Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK
13.1 Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAA
14.1 Michael Bourn, OF, CLE
15.1 Matt Davidson, 3B, CHW
16.1 Yordano Ventura, SP, KC
17.1 Omar Infante, 2B, KC
18.1 Adam Lind, 1B, TOR
19.1 Erik Johnson, SP, CHW
20.1 Stephen Drew, SS, BOS
21.1 Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLE
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Mike Trout, OF, LAA
2.1 Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
3.1 Chris Sale, SP, CHW
4.1 Alex Cobb, SP, TB
5.1 Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
6.1 Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA
7.1 Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
8.1 CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
9.1 George Springer, OF, HOU
10.1 Jake Peavy, SP, BOS
11.1 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE
12.1 Michael Pineda, SP, NYY
13.1 Nick Castellanos, OF, DET
14.1 Tommy Hunter, RP, BAL
15.1 Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
16.1 Joakim Soria, RP, TEX
17.1 Jesse Crain, RP, HOU
18.1 Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY
19.1 Mike Zunino, C, SEA
20.1 Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
21.1 Justin Smoak, 1B, SEA
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
2.6 Joe Mauer, C, MIN
3.5 David Price, SP, TB
4.6 Jered Weaver, SP, LAA
5.5 Shane Victorino, OF, BOS
6.6 Austin Jackson, OF, DET
7.5 Joe Nathan, RP, DET
8.6 Kole Calhoun, OF, LAA
9.5 Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
10.6 John Axford, RP, CLE
11.5 Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
12.6 Dan Straily, SP, OAK
13.5 Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
14.6 Oswaldo Arcia, OF, MIN
15.5 Felix Doubront, SP, BOS
16.6 Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
17.5 Kevin Gausman, RP, BAL
18.6 Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE
19.5 Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TB
20.6 Scott Feldman, SP, HOU
21.5 Bruce Chen, RP, KC
Larry Hartstein
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
2.3 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
3.8 Shin-Soo Choo, OF, TEX
4.3 Matt Moore, SP, TB
5.8 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, OAK
6.3 Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
7.8 Justin Masterson, SP, CLE
8.3 Salvador Perez, C, KC
9.8 Clay Buchholz, SP, BOS
10.3 Ernesto Frieri, RP, LAA
11.8 Jose Quintana, SP, CHW
12.3 Colby Rasmus, OF, TOR
13.8 Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
14.3 Mark Buehrle, SP, TOR
15.8 Dayan Viciedo, OF, CHW
16.3 Josh Fields, RP, HOU
17.8 Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
18.3 Alejandro De Aza, OF, CHW
19.8 Josh Willingham, OF, MIN
20.3 Zach McAllister, SP, CLE
21.8 Lorenzo Cain, OF, KC
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX
2.5 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR
3.6 Alex Rios, OF, TEX
4.5 Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
5.6 Jon Lester, SP, BOS
6.5 Koji Uehara, RP, BOS
7.6 Victor Martinez, U, DET
8.5 Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS
9.6 Chris Archer, SP, TB
10.5 Ivan Nova, SP, NYY
11.6 Matt Wieters, C, BAL
12.5 Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
13.6 Josh Reddick, OF, OAK
14.5 Martin Perez, SP, TEX
15.6 Brandon Morrow, SP, TOR
16.5 Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
17.6 David Phelps, SP, NYY
18.5 Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
19.6 Bud Norris, SP, BAL
20.5 James Loney, 1B, TB
21.6 Dylan Bundy, RP, BAL
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, NYY
2.7 Carlos Santana, C, CLE
3.4 Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
4.7 R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR
5.4 Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
6.7 Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
7.4 Norichika Aoki, OF, KC
8.7 Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
9.4 Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
10.7 Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA
11.4 Corey Kluber, SP, CLE
12.7 Garrett Richards, RP, LAA
13.4 Kelly Johnson, OF, NYY
14.7 Michael Brantley, OF, CLE
15.4 Phil Hughes, SP, MIN
16.7 Erick Aybar, SS, LAA
17.4 Daniel Nava, OF, BOS
18.7 Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
19.4 Jon Singleton, 1B, HOU
20.7 Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
21.4 Felipe Paulino, SP, CHW
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Max Scherzer, SP, DET
2.2 Adam Jones, OF, BAL
3.9 Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
4.2 David Ortiz, U, BOS
5.9 Carlos Beltran, OF, NYY
6.2 Greg Holland, RP, KC
7.9 A.J. Griffin, SP, OAK
8.2 Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
9.9 Leonys Martin, OF, TEX
10.2 Dustin Ackley, OF, SEA
11.9 Rick Porcello, SP, DET
12.2 Yan Gomes, C, CLE
13.9 Ervin Santana, SP, KC
14.2 Kendrys Morales, 1B, SEA
15.9 Avisail Garcia, OF, CHW
16.2 Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BAL
17.9 Dexter Fowler, OF, HOU
18.2 Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA
19.9 James Paxton, SP, SEA
20.2 Robbie Ross, RP, TEX
21.9 Kyle Gibson, SP, MIN
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Miguel Cabrera, 3B, DET
2.9 Justin Verlander, SP, DET
3.2 Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
4.9 Alex Gordon, OF, KC
5.2 Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
6.9 C.J. Wilson, SP, LAA
7.2 Adam Eaton, OF, CHW
8.9 Brad Miller, SS, SEA
9.2 Jim Johnson, RP, OAK
10.9 John Lackey, SP, BOS
11.2 Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL
12.9 Nick Markakis, OF, BAL
13.2 Melky Cabrera, OF, TOR
14.9 Neftali Feliz, RP, TEX
15.2 A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS
16.9 Adam Dunn, 1B, CHW
17.2 Alexi Ogando, SP, TEX
18.9 Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX
19.2 Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
20.9 Delmon Young, OF, BAL
21.2 Marcus Semien, 3B, CHW
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
2.8 Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
3.3 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA
4.8 Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
5.3 Ben Zobrist, 2B, TB
6.8 Coco Crisp, OF, OAK
7.3 Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
8.8 Billy Butler, U, KC
9.3 Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK
10.8 Drew Smyly, RP, DET
11.3 Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
12.8 Jason Castro, C, HOU
13.3 Casey Janssen, RP, TOR
14.8 Jason Vargas, SP, KC
15.3 Torii Hunter, OF, DET
16.8 Ricky Nolasco, SP, MIN
17.3 Tyler Skaggs, SP, LAA
18.8 Brad Peacock, SP, HOU
19.3 Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BAL
20.8 Derek Holland, SP, TEX
21.3 Jarred Cosart, SP, HOU
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Cliff Lee not a sure thing
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:39 pm ET) Before I say anything else, I want to point out that I currently rank Cliff Lee 23rd among starting pitchers, which means I would trade anyone ranked 24th or higher straight-up for him, including Jeff Samardzija, Anibal Sanchez, Alex Cobb and Jered Weaver. So when I say he's not a sure thing, understand I'm not saying he's washed up and doesn't deserve a spot on your roster. I'm simply noting that those who stuck with him throughout his two-month DL stint hoping he'd be an ace when he returned have reason to be concerned now.

On Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today, Al Melchior picked Lee as one of the starting pitchers who worry him in the second half, and though I didn't do the same, I certainly could have. I'm just not totally confident in the condition of his elbow.

It's probably an overreaction. You might even say a bad start after an extended layoff is to be expected, and if Lee dominates over eight innings next time out, all the hand-wringing we're doing now will seem like wasted energy. But for now, the doubts linger. Because the injury was a strain and not a sprain, Tommy John surgery should be off the table, but how do we know nothing else is going on in there? Can we be sure the injury had enough time to heal completely, or, as Al suggested, might the Phillies have rushed him back to market him at the trade deadline?

It all remains to be seen, but whether you own Cliff Lee or are looking to trade for him, you shouldn't be counting on him to save your season. 


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Cron will replace Grant Green on the active roster. Green was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. Cron has received 175 at-bats in the majors this season. He's hitting .269/.297/.480.


Grant Green winds up on disabled list
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(6:34 pm ET) The Angels have placed infielder Grant Green on the disabled list Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Green is dealing with a lumbar strain. He was called up by the club just 10 days ago. Green is hitting .313 over 80 at-bats. 


Jorge De La Rosa strikes out 11 in win vs. Nationals
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(6:33 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa earned a win Wednesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings while striking out 11 and walking none in his team's 6-4 victory over the Nationals.

De La Rosa (11-6) came into the game with three straight quality starts, but he had managed to strike out a total of just eight batters during that stretch. His last time recording double-digit strikeouts was in September 2010, and his last time reaching 11 strikeouts was August 2009. De La Rosa owns a 4.19 ERA and 86:46 K:BB ratio in 116 innings. He's slated to take on the Cubs Tuesday.


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Strasburg (7-8) was touched up for three runs in the first inning but held things in check until the sixth, when he was removed with one out and two runners on base, one of which would come around to score. He owns a 3.67 ERA and 163:30 K:BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. Strasburg is scheduled to face the Marlins Tuesday.


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by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:30 pm ET) Orioles infielder Manny Machado was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

Machado is dealing with a back issue, and was also held out of Tuesday's game. Over 258 at-bats, he's hitting .267/.317/.422.


Cubs recall Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) The Cubs recalled pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa before his scheduled start Wednesday against the Padres.

Wada has made one appearance with the Cubs, pitching five scoreless innings on July 8. He is 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 113 2/3 innings with Iowa this season.


Brandon Belt set for more tests
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:12 pm ET) The Giants are growing more concerned with first baseman Brandon Belt, who wasn't feeling much better Wednesday and had to be sent back to the hotel, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Belt is scheduled to undergo further tests in San Franicsco as he continues to deal with a concussion. He has ben sidelined since Saturday.


Chris Archer to pitch Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:05 pm ET) Rays pitcher Chris Archer is set to start Sunday against the Red Sox.

The team will push back Archer one day in order to bring Jeremy Hellickson back. Hellickson was sent down in order to remain on normal rest, and will return to the lineup Saturday. Archer has a 3.31 ERA over 119 2/3 innings of work.


 
 
 
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