Wed Jul 22 07:31pm EDT
While the Twins were getting mercied in Oakland, we collected some semi-actionable fantasy news from the early games...
• Thoroughly hyped Orioles' prospect Chris Tillman(notes) was scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A on Wednesday. He'll pitch on Thursday instead, which could set up a home start against Kansas City next week. Tillman is a great speculative add. We've mentioned this before. (Hat tip to Y's Guy at the Fantasy Cafe. But no actual tip).
On why he stayed in the dugout and participated in the postgame celebration after knowing he was traded: "Those are my boys out there. And it was a great way to go out, with what Mossy did. I'll miss them."
Prince Fielder's(notes) postgame comment was spectacular: "Why was he still in uniform? I'd have been gone." There will almost certainly be more celebrating ahead for LaRoche, but also more dugout sitting. Spin here. Ryan Doumit(notes) went deep twice for the Bucs. (One barely crept over the wall). Those were his first homers since returning from the DL. Garrett Jones(notes) hit another homer, but that's not news anymore.
• In other trade action, the Red Sox found a taker for Julio Lugo(notes) (but not for the giant pile of money that he's owed). He'll head to St. Louis in exchange for Chris Duncan(notes), who will be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket. If you were relying on Brendan Ryan(notes) in an N.L.-only league, this is obviously not great news. Cards' GM John Mozeliak refers to Lugo as "middle infield depth." Tony La Russa has said that criticism of the .227-hitting Duncan makes him "want to vomit," so please be polite in comments.
• The Cubs sent wave upon wave of singles and walks at the Phillies today (20 total), ultimately beating them 10-5. The 33 percent-owned Milton Bradley(notes) went 2-for-4 and drew a walk. Despite the ugly batting average (.242) he continues to stubbornly reach base (.375 OBP), so he's not without real-life value. The Cubs are reportedly working with Bradley on his left-handed swing. He's never really hit right-handers well (.266 career); this is perhaps something they could have discovered before signing him.
Bradley isn't such a crazy pickup right now, while he's just sitting in the bargain bin. His BABIP is nearly 40 points below his career average and the batted-ball rates look just fine (20.7 line-drive percentage). A late-season binge wouldn't be a surprise.
• Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero(notes) deserves your attention. He was hyped years ago, and we're finally seeing why. He hit a bomb off Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) this afternoon. (Video here). That's five homers in eight games for the 26-year-old catcher. Montero is now hitting .289/.357/.479, and he's worth a test-drive if you're in need.
• Brandon Inge(notes) apparently has a tear in his left patellar tendon, but he plans to play with the "excruciating pain" for the rest of the year. Don't forget this when you bump into him at a bar in 2018, Inge owners.
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