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    NL Daily Notes - April 24th, 2009

    Mike Fontenot: After having tremendous success last season as a platoon/role player, Mike Fontenot is having a difficult time adjusting to his everyday role to start the season. Fontenot’s mired in a 2-26 slump that has driven his 2009 line...

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    AL Player Report - April 24, 2009

    Mike Sweeney: Sweeney left Wednesday’s game with back spasms, which is should keep him out a couple of games. Back problems are nothing new for Sweeney who has missed huge chunks of the last three seasons with back issues. Even...

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    AL Player Spotlight- April 23, 2009

    Carl Crawford- TB- Hot- Crawford added 46 points to his batting average with a 4-for-5 effort in which he scored 3 runs, knocked one in, walked and stole a base. The walk is only his second of the season, as...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - April 23, 2009

    American League 13 Lars Anderson BOS 1B A- Slow start, but 7-for-13 stretch gets AVG up in the .280s. 0.30 EYE should trend up. 15 Austin Jackson NYY OF A- Big spring and now 12-for-25 with 5 BB in AAA....

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    AL Player Spotlight - 4.22.09

    Nelson Cruz (OF - Rangers) - The Nelson Cruz experiment continues to roll along. He hit his 6th HR of the season on Tuesday night, bringing his HR/AB to 8.2 and further solidifying his fantasy role on rosters. This will...

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    NL Spotlight - April 22, 2009

    Jeff Karstens (SP – Pirates) Jeff Karstens continued the early-season success of the Pirates’ starting pitching by allowing 1 ER, 3 hits, and 2 walks through 6 innings on Tuesday. Buccos fans around the globe can be heard singing the...

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    NL Player Spotlight- April 21, 2009

    Jordan Zimmerman- WAS- Rookie- Zimmerman has a nice repertoire of off speed pitches to go with his mid-90s fastball. Despite being forced by the Nationals to throw at least 15 changeups per start last year in order to develop the...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Coco Crisp - Despite batting only .200, Crisp is off to a solid start with the Royals, posting an OPS of .923 in the first few weeks. A breakout from Crisp wouldn't be all that surprising if you look at...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 20, 2009

    James McDonald (LAD) - In just his second start of the season Sunday, McDonald held the Rockies scoreless. That’s the good news. The bad? McDonald was able to record just 13 outs on 95 pitches, as he continually missed with...

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    AL Daily Notes - April 20th, 2009

    Scott Downs: Even as BJ Ryan strengthens his hold on the closer’s role, Scott Downs seems to be improving his value each day. I’ve been a big proponent of the effective use of middle relievers in Roto formats in the...

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    AL Daily Report - April 19th, 2009

    Kevin Millwood – Millwood threw a complete game last night, allowing just 2 runs, but he was outdueled by Zack Greinke. Millwood has been spectacular in three starts for the Rangers so far this season, allowing just 3 earned runs...

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    NL Player Report - April 19, 2009

    Jordan Schafer: Schafer is mired in a 1 for 21 slump. The rookie is making the jump from Double-A, where he showed great plate patience, 14% BB%, moderate power, 10 home runs in 297 AB, and poor contact skills, 70%...

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    AL Player Spotlight - April 18, 2009

    Anthony Reyes (SP – Indians) Anthony Reyes struck out only 1 batter through 5 innings on Friday, leaving him with 3 K and 6 BB in 11 IP this season. Reyes’ declining K rate is very concerning. Through five seasons...

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    NL Daily Notes - April 17th, 2009

    Nyjer Morgan: A year after a big breakout in the Pittsburgh OF buoyed fantasy owners to a number of titles, the Pirates have another OF posting impressive early season numbers in Nyjer Morgan. The question is: is this one for...

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    AL Player Report - April 17, 2009

    Ervin Santana: Santana, who is rehabbing from an elbow injury, threw his first bullpen session on Wednesday and reported no problems. The Angels are targeting an early May return for Santana. He made big strides across the board last year,...

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    AL Player Spotlight- April 16, 2009

    Elvis Andrus- TEX- Hot- Andrus is yet another Texas hitter who made mince meat of Baltimore pitching last night. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, 4 runs scored and 1 knocked in. most significantly, though, may have been the 2...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Jason Kubel - Kubel singled and homered last night against the Jays as he continues to provide some sorely needed offense for the purposely punchless Twins. I still contend that Kubel is finally catching up from the lost year of...

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    NL Player Spotlight- April 14, 2009

    Justin Upton- ARI- Cold- The potential is there, but it has certainly not been realized this season. Upton was lifted for a pinch hitter yesterday, after remaining hitless for 2009 in an 0-for-3 game. The strikeouts have been plaguing him,...

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    AL Player Profiles

    David Purcey - The good and the bad of David Purcey was on full display yesterday, as the young left-hander allowed ten baserunners and five runs in just 4 2/3 innings to the Indians while striking out ten. Purcey did...

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    Prospect Central - Week 1

    Jason Motte Motte has grabbed the attention of the fantasy world by not just making the Cardinals roster this spring, but starting the year as the team's de facto, if not officially named, closer. More interesting perhaps is the fact...

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    NL Player Report - April 12, 2009

    Doug Brocail: After a disastrous performance in which he allowed a home run and 3 walks in one inning, Brocail had his shoulder examined by team doctors. He said he couldn’t find an arm slot to throw from which he...

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    AL Player Spotlight - April 11, 2009

    Miguel Cabrera (1B – Tigers) Miguel Cabrera continued to build upon his hot start by going 3 for 5 with a HR and 6 RBI on Friday. After a somewhat painfully slow start to last season (10 HR in his...

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    NL Daily Notes - April 11th, 2009

    Kevin Gregg: The fantasy community was outraged by manager Lou Pineilla’s decision to utilize his best reliever as a middle man and insert Kevin Gregg into the closer’s role this spring, and that community is likely to get louder about...

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    NL Daily Notes - April 10th, 2009

    Clayton Kershaw: Typically 5 innings of 2 hit ball, allowing just 1 ER would be something we’d be rejoicing about, but with young Clayton Kershaw the bar is set pretty high. Last year Kershaw was able to post strong numbers...

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    AL Player Spotlight- April 9, 2009

    Dana Eveland- OAK- Hot- Eveland had very similar numbers to his counterpart on the Angels last night, Nick Adenhart. He gave up 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in 6 IP. The difference was that Eveland’s Oakland...

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    National League Report - April 9th, 2009

    Jimmy Rollins – Rollins is off to a cold start, going just 1 for his 14 at bats, with that one hit being a single. That can’t be comforting to owners, especially since his ’08 season was a disappointment. Still,...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - April 10, 2009

    National League 2 Pedro Alvarez PIT 3B A Some think he could be PIT 3B by this summer. May even open the season in Double-A. 3 Cameron Maybin FLA OF A Bonifacio's Opening Day probably keeps Maybin in the eight-hole....

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 8, 2009

    Freddy Sanchez (2B - Pirates) Freddy Sanchez has kicked off the season by going 4 for his first 9 with a home run and a double. Please do not get overly excited about this early display of unusual power. Over...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Travis Snider - Snider is definitely one of the favorites for ROY in the AL, and he got off to a solid start yesterday with a double and a homer in four trips against Detroit. Snider hit 25 homers across...

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    NL Player Spotlight- April 7, 2009

    John Lannan- WAS- Cold- Lannan was a pleasant surprise for the Nats in 2008, posting a 3.91 ERA. If he had been given more support, his 9-15 record would have at least turned around as his Deserved Wins was 7...

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    NL Daily Spotlight - April 6 ,2009

    Shawn Hill (SD) – Hill had his contract purchased by the Padres on Sunday and is slated to be the team’s No. 5 starter. Hill battled forearm stiffness this spring before the Nationals finally got fed up and cut him...

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    AL Daily Notes - April 6th, 2009

    Jeff Niemann: With Hammel out of town, Niemann was officially announced as the 5th starter in the Rays rotation this season. Last year in AAA, Niemann posted a 3.59 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with a 8.7 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9...

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    April 5th 2009 - Daily AL Report

    John Danks – Expect Danks to see a slight jump in his ERA as the 76% LOB% he posted last season is likely not sustainable. Other than that, though, Danks’ numbers are legitimate. He showed good control last season (2.79...

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    NL Player Report, April 5, 2009

    Felipe Lopez: The D’Backs have installed Lopez at second base and the top of the order. Leaving Washington will help his power, but the 23 home runs he hit in 2005 looks to be a fluke, 2006/2007/2008 home run of...

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    Preseason Prep - February 25, 2009

    Over the weekend the Twins signed Joe Crede to a one-year, $2.5M contract with incentives that could pay him more than $4.5M more if he can stay healthy throughout the upcoming season. He gets additional money at 250 ABs and...