Ike Davis goes 2-for-3 in debut with Pirates
Ike Davis | PIT
(April 19, 2014 11:50 PM EDT)
Ike Davis finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored Saturday in his Pirates debut.
Davis doubled in his first at-bat, walked in his second at-bat, and singled in his third at-bat. He's expected to start versus right-handers and seems poised to hit near the middle of the Pirates' batting order, making him a worthwhile add in most mixed fantasy leagues. Davis tallied 32 home runs and 90 RBI in 2012 with the Mets.
Soria gets third save, Rangers top White Sox
Joakim Soria | TEX
(April 19, 2014 11:46 PM EDT)
Joakim Soria earned his third save of the season Saturday in the Rangers' 6-3 victory over the White Sox.
Soria pitched a perfect ninth, retiring Tyler Flowers, Jordan Danks, and Alejandro De Aza in order. He hit a few road bumps earlier this month, but he's back on track now and will try to build on his current job security.
Colby Lewis goes five-plus to beat White Sox
Colby Lewis | TEX
(April 19, 2014 11:40 PM EDT)
Colby Lewis hurled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to lead the Rangers past the White Sox on Saturday.
Lewis struggled in his first start Monday against the Mariners but cruised through Chicago's lineup Saturday, fanning four batters and issuing only one walk. He's still not a good fantasy bet, but the showing was promising for a Rangers team that needs some rotation stability. Lewis pitches at Safeco Field next.
Eric Stults records first victory
Eric Stults | SD
(April 19, 2014 11:35 PM EDT)
Eric Stults limited the Giants to one run and three hits in six innings Saturday to win for the first time this season.
Stults pounded the strike zone, and the Giants just didn't have much of an answer for him. It was his first quality start in four tries this year and also the first in which he didn't give up a homer. Next up for him is a date with the Nationals.
Joaquin Benoit records first save
Joaquin Benoit | SD
(April 19, 2014 11:33 PM EDT)
With Huston Street getting the day off, Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth for his first save Saturday against the Giants.
Benoit allowed two runs in his second appearance of the year, but he's given up just one hit over six scoreless innings in his other six outings. He should be one of baseball's top setup men for fantasy purposes this year.
Jedd Gyorko goes hitless in third straight
Jedd Gyorko | SD
(April 19, 2014 11:31 PM EDT)
Dropped to the sixth spot in the lineup, Jedd Gyorko went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday against the Giants.
Gyorko opened the season batting third and fourth, but he's hitting just .148 in 18 games, necessitating the drop. He's 2-for-18 since landing his five-year, $35 million deal on April 14.
Hunter Pence goes hitless in defeat
Hunter Pence | SF
(April 19, 2014 11:28 PM EDT)
Hunter Pence went 0-for-4 on Saturday to drop his average to .188.
Pence has swiped four bases in the early going, but he has just one homer and three RBI in 69 at-bats. He's part of the reason the Giants have lost their last three games by a combined score of 7-3.
Quintana shelled for five runs in loss to TEX
Jose Quintana | CWS
(April 19, 2014 11:22 PM EDT)
Jose Quintana was shelled for five runs in five innings Saturday as the White Sox fell to the Rangers.
Quintana was excellent last Sunday against the Indians but looked like a completely different pitcher Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers got to him for nine hits -- including a homer and three doubles -- and gave him his first loss of the season. He will try to bounce back next week in Detroit.
Dan Haren earns third victory
Dan Haren | LA
(April 19, 2014 11:21 PM EDT)
Dan Haren moved to 3-0 after allowing five runs -- two earned -- in 7 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Haren gave up three unearned runs (four total) after a Hanley Ramirez error in the third. The last run came after Brian Wilson replaced him with a man on first and one out in the eighth; he subsequently gave up a two-run double before escaping the inning. Haren didn't look too good towards the end of the spring, but he has a 2.08 ERA and a 20/2 K/BB ratio in 25 innings now. That he's faced the Padres and the reeling Diamondbacks twice has certainly helped.
Mike Bolsinger gives up seven runs in loss
Mike Bolsinger | ARZ
(April 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT)
Mike Bolsinger was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- in four innings by the Dodgers in his major league debut Saturday.
Bolsinger lacks major league-quality stuff, and he was only called up because the Diamondbacks are both panicking and too thrifty to go to Archie Bradley just yet. With the team still in a tailspin, it'd be no surprise to see Bolsinger jettisoned right away, with Trevor Cahill rejoining the rotation.