Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes from 04.02.11

At first I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but Matt Holliday really did get an emergency appendectomy and was first reported as being out indefinitely. Seems he may only miss 10 days or so and might not even go on the DL. Owners can breathe.

Rick Ankiel hit a 3-run HR off Tommy Hanson who crapped the bed. The homer proved to be the game winner as the Nationals are now just a half game out of first.

The ChiSox continue to put up football scores as they put up 8 today with the help of another 2 RBI from Carlos Quentin who had two doubles. Gordon Beckham had another multi-hit game and he’s now hitting .625.

The Cubs got their first win, but they had to earn it against the Bucs as they left 17 men on base. Carlos Marmol closed out the comeback by K-ing the side. This guy is unreal.

Kyle Drabek outdueld- who am I kidding, he was the only pitcher to show up- Francisco Liriano by tossing 7 1-hit innings while striking out 7. Halladay who?

Albert Pujols turned those Opening Day frowns upside down by jacking one. Wasn’t enough though, as the Cards fell to the Padres.

Matt Cain tossed 6 shutout innings vs. the Dodgers, striking out 3.

Brad Penny got pounded by the Pinstripes. He gave up 8 runs on 7 hits in just 4.1 innings. Guess he misses Dave Duncan.

Mark Teixeira went yard again. Two games. Two 3-run jacks. Extra batting practice and a fake calendar. Glad I own him.

Someone told Cliff Lee it was October, because he struck out 11 Astros en route to a victory. He gave up just 4 hits (3 runs), but looks to make a charge at 20 wins this year.

Someone also told Carlos Lee that he was 25. El Caballo missed the cycle by a double.

Brian Roberts now has 5 RBI as the O’s lead-off hitter. He took James Shields deep for a 3-run blast. Shields was pitching great up until that mistake, allowing just 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 7.

Former 2nd-rounder Chris Tillman shut the Rays down through 6, giving up ZERO hits, walking 3 and striking out 5.

Travis Wood helped move the Reds to 2-0 by shutting down the Brewer bats allowing just 4 hits, 1 run, walking none, and striking out 7. Jesse and I ranked him as our #47 pitcher. Did we know something? I like to think so…

Ian Kinsler has now homered in every game this year. More amazing, it’s been to lead off the game. First player EVER to do that. Kinsler’s torrid spring is carrying over. Once the weather starts heating up, sell. He’ll either cool off or get injured. Or is THIS the year?

Nelson Cruz also hit his second HR of the early season.

John Lackey got shelLACKEYd (10 hits, 9 runs, and 2 walks in 3.2 innings). Sorry, the John Lackey of old is LONG gone…


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