Victor Martinez clubs career-best 26th homer
by Chris Towers |
(8/28/2014) Tigers catcher Victor Martinez continues his strong performance Wednesday, as he established a career-high in homers during the course of an 8-4 loss to the Yankees.

Martinez clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning, giving him a career-best 26 on the season. He ultimately finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in the loss.

Martinez is at or near career-highs in numerous categories this season, as he has enjoyed a resurgence at the age of 35. He is hitting .327/.396/.555 with 85 RBI in 120 games. 

Chris Carter can't stop, won't stop hitting homers
by Chris Cwik |
(8/28/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter hit another home run Wednesday against the Athletics. 

Carter struck in the ninth inning. With his team down by two runs, Carter belted a solo shot off Eric O'Flaherty. Carter also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. He's now hit five home runs over his last 11 games. He's also homered in each of the past three contests. 

Ryan Raburn goes hitless in first rehab game
by Chris Cwik |
(8/28/2014) Indians designated hitter Ryan Raburn went hitless in his first rehab game.

Raburn went 0 for 3, with two strikeouts during the game. He walked in his only other plate appearance. Raburn is working his way back from a wrist injury. 

David Ortiz returns to Red Sox lineup on Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2014) As John Farrell indicated earlier in the day, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is set to start Wednesday in Toronto. He had been sidelined since hurting his foot Sunday.

Ortiz is seeking to pick up where he left off - on a 17-for-33 tear in which he slugged four home runs and drove in nine.

Chris Carter continues to mash
by Chris Cwik |
(8/27/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter hit another home run Tuesday against the Athletics.

Carter stepped to the plate with two men on in the bottom of the eighth. With his team trailing by a run, Carter smashed a 90 mph fastball out to left for a three-run homer. It was Carter's 32nd home run of the year. Carter finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 

Jason Giambi struggles in first rehab game
by Chris Cwik |
(8/27/2014) Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi started his rehab assignment at Double-A Arkon Tuesday.

Giambi struck out in all three of his at-bats. He was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Giambi has been out since June 11 due to a knee injury. 

Kennys Vargas not a finished product
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) Kennys Vargas has his strengths for sure. The most obvious is ... his strength. He can hit the ball out of the park and has done so four times in his first 95 at-bats.

But that projects to, what, 24 homers in 600 at-bats? It certainly isn't why he's the No. 4 first baseman in Head-to-Head leagues since arriving Aug. 1. And that worries me.

It worries me because if it's supposed to be his strength, then other, less sustainable aspects of his game are carrying him, leaving him vulnerable to collapse.

I don't think it's at all a stretch to say he won't keep hitting .337. He has already struck out 27 times in those 95 at-bats, and with only four walks. Once opposing pitchers pick up on his tendencies, they'll take advantage of his aggressiveness. To put it another way, his .424 BABIP is ridiculous.

Vargas has also accumulated 23 RBI in only 23 games. The law of averages says that won't last even before you apply the correction in batting average. Cut those two measurements down to size, and Vargas is looking more like a Kendrys Morales-type player.

Which may seem unfair to those only familiar with the 2014 version of Kendrys Morales, but basically all I'm saying is Vargas is a serviceable corner infielder at this stage of his career, nothing more. You can ride him while he's hot, but ultimately he won't measure up to first basemen like Justin Morneau and Matt Adams.

David Ortiz unable to return Tuesday
by Chris Towers |
(8/26/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays, as he continues to deal with a foot injury. He remains day to day moving forward, and has now missed two straight games as a result of the injury. 

Ryan Raburn moving up to Double-A Wednesday
by Chris Towers |
(8/26/2014) Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn will move his rehab assignment up to Double-A Akron Wednesday, the team announced. Raburn has been working his way back from a wrist injury but seems likely to  return from the disabled list shortly. 

Jason Giambi set to start rehab Tuesday
by Chris Towers |
(8/26/2014) Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi will begin his minor-league rehab assignment for Double-A Akron Tuesday, as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury. Giambi is expected to close out the Double-A season before returning to the majors by Sept. 1. 

More Updates