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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

David Murphy, OF Texas Rangers ( 36 percent owned in Yahoo, 52.5 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .267 AVG / 40 R / 9 HR / 41 RBI / 8 SB

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08.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Back from “The Burgh!” PNC Park…best stadium I’ve ever been in. Simply amazing, but watched them drop their 8th straight. Not good as they now have NO chance of getting to October. Thanks to Jesse for filling in admirably. Kid writes novels!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Seth Smith – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…A very respectable season thus far. If you can platoon him, you’d be “aight.”

The Bats:
Michael Bourn – 2/5, 2 R, RBI, SB…Steal No. 42 and counting.

J.J. Hardy – 3/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…HR No. 20 on the season as he’s been a top option at Short this year. If he batted clean-up, he’d have a shot at 100 RBI easily. Well, maybe 70 for the O’s.

Jay Bruce – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…There we go. Those long droughts are what made me trade him in our keeper. I do love the power potential though. Maybe NEXT year is his year.

Todd Helton – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI…What has come of Helton? He has been a monster recently!

Jason Kubel – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…He is loving life after the break.

David Ortiz – 4/5, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI…Papi was sliding on the road, but he busted out big time in this one.

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08.02.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Seeing Bryce Harper tonight if the rain holds off. If they play, I am calling for a homer!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Mark Teixeira – 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB…A BSFU from Teix? What is this world coming to? Besides the terrible average, he has MVP numbers.

The Bats:
Ian Desmond – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 3RBI….Was a nice night during a disappointing season for him.

Brennan Boesch – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…BSFU in the rain. That is STRONG!

Nelson Cruz/Mike Napoli – 4/9, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…If I told you one of them was batting .264 and the other .294, would you be surprised by the answer?

Garrett Jones – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…May lose playing time with Ludwick in town.

Alfonso Soriano – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…19 homers and a DL-stint? Bounceback!

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07.26.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Brian McCann heads to the DL, so he won’t be the No. 1 Catcher for too much longer. Jose Bautista left another game and Collin Cowgill goes 0/4 with 2 K in his debut.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: C.C. Sabathia – 7/1/1/14:3…Sabathia has been so dominant that you have to wonder if he turned it on too fast. I am feeling post-season meltdown out of C.C.

The Bats:
Chase Utley/Ryan Howard
– 4/8, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Just like old times.

Greg Dobbs – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…What is this, the all ex and current Phillies BSB?

Derrek Lee – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…5 HR and 17 RBI through July, he looks to have another decent second half. I think I’m buying.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…What a waiver steal for all you luckies.

Dustin Pedroia – 4/5, 3 R, RBI…Who is the No. 1 Fantasy Second Baseman?

Billy Butler – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look out! With 8 HR, Butler is on pace for 30…over 3 seasons. Who told you to take Logan Morrison before Butler? Oh yeah, the same guy who told you to pass on Ellsbury for Gardner!

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06.13.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Make sure to tune in tonight. Killboy and I are making our triumphant return to the airwaves at 8:30pm EST. The 4th and Home Show is back!

Onto the box scores…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Vernon Wells – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…After telling Jesse he should have dropped this guy months ago, Wells rewarded his faithful owners.

The Bats:
Emilio Bonafacio
– 3/6, 2 R, RBI…Doing his best HanRam impression.

Mike Stanton – 2/4, R, 2 RBI…Also added a walk and did not strike out. The average was way up there, but now he’s down to .259.

Miguel Montero – 3/5, 2 R, 4 RBI…Montero is healthy and rewarding owners. IMO, he is a C1 for the rest of the season.

Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, HR, 4 RBI…Pence is now at .325/33/9/50/3. If Pence goes .300/100/25/100/10 does he become a 2nd round pick next year?

Jordan Schafer – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…This from the lead-off spot.

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06.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A rather tame evening at Citizens Bank Park last night, although Jesse was yelling at the Polish String Band’s lack of dancers.

Let’s get into the few games from last night…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Brennan Boesch – 5/6, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI…Wow. Just. Wow.

The Bats:
Prince Fielder
– 2/3, R, HR, 4 RBI…Up to 49 RBI. He leads the NL now.

Ryan Braun – 2/4, 2 R, RBI, SB…Without the long ball, Braun is still a box score beast!

Michael Brantley – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Tell me he is owned in your league. Tell me!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Roid Homer Binge continues. He now has 12 in 240 ABs. Coming into this year he had 18 in 1,415. Just sayin’…

Jonny Gomes – 2/3, R, HR, 4 RBI…All or nothing. Last night? All.

Jay Bruce – 3/4, 3 R…2 doubles out of the clean-up spot. Wait, Dusty moved his hottest hitter to the 4-hole?

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06.02.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

It was Thursday, so not a full slate of games. Short Breakdown today…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Aubrey Huff – 4/4, 3 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI…Aubrey Huff pulling this performance out of the George “Taco” Bell 1988 archives…

The Bats:
Carlos Beltran
– 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…He’s not the Beltran we all remember, but he’s having a good enough year to make us think he’s still in his prime.

Neil Walker – 2/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…37 RBI now for the Bucs’ cleanup hitter. He’s like the NL Cano this year!

Xavier Paul – 4/5, 3 R, RBI, 2 SB…Did he wear Tabata’s jersey from April yesterday?

Endy Chavez – 4/4, 2 R, RBI, SB…When your #9 hitter does this, you’re gonna win.

Colby Rasmus – 2/5, R, HR, 6 RBI…Guy finally goes yard after I trade him. Figures!

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06.01.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, we’ve made it to June and your non-paid writers here (including myself) seem to be taking a lot of vacation time – from work and from our site. Hopefully we can all get back on track soon and we certainly do appreciate you continuing to check in hoping to find more poorly written articles from a bunch of couch managers…

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Ubaldo Jimenez – SHO, 4 H, 7:0…He is here because I own him and I am overjoyed (only to be p-ssed next start when he implodes again) that he made it past the 2nd inning! Hopefully for us owners this is a sign of things to come…

The Bats:
Nelson Cruz
– 3/4, RBI, SB…The legs are back. Did you buy while he was DL’d?

David Ortiz – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Batting .313. Amazing and if you have him, you got him cheap, didn’t you?

Alexei Ramirez – 3/5, 3 R, RBI…Batting .297. As I said previously, 2011 will be a career year for ‘lexei.

Paul Konerko – 3/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Did you know: Konerko is up to 12 HR and 44 RBI? Who does he think he is, Jay Bruce?

Martin Prado – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Average is creeping up and so are the counting stats.

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04.04.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Day games during the week are the best. Nothing like checking stats during the workday. Thankfully, Mondays always bring plenty of afternoon action to help get us through the day…

Rookie Brandon Beachy shut the Brew Crew down. He made one mistake and Rickie Weeks made him pay. In total, Beachy allowed just 5 baserunners, 1 run and struck out 7 over 6 innings. in 10-team leagues or more I’d grab him. May not fare as well in his next start vs. the Phightins but he has talent.

Believe it or not, the Orioles are 4-0 in no small part to their pitching staff. Today’s hurler, Jake Arrieta, went 6 strong allowing 8 baserunners, 1 run, striking out 3. He has the Rangers at home in his next start. Monitor.

Randy Wells was decent in beating the DBacks. He allowed 10 baserunners, 1 run, and struck out 6. Against a more potent lineup, more than 1 baserunner would’ve scored.

In his first start since 2009, Erik Bedard took a loss at the hands of the Rangers. Just a medicore outing, but the fact he actually pitched is noteworthy. Bedard ended the night after just 5 innings and 96 pitches, allowing 6 baserunners, 3 earned runs, while striking out just 3. He gets the Indians on Sunday and I’m starting him.

One of those ding dongs Bedard gave up was to Nellie Cruz. That makes 4 in 4 games. The guy is en fuego. If he can stay healthy, you’re looking at first round stats. Therein lies the rub.

04.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and Mark Teixeira all went yard again. That makes 3 in 3 games for each of them.

Miguel Cabrera, Jorge Posada, Howie Kendrick (3 in 4 games) and sleeper catcher Ryan Hanigan each belted two home runs.

Brennan Boesch went 4-4 with a HR and 4 RBI.

Max Scherzer and Phil Hughes both looked terrible giving up 6 home runs between them. Better days are ahead for Scherzer, but Hughes’ velocity was down. Monitor him.

Matt Harrison shut the Sawx down, striking out 8 over 7 innings allowing 7 base runners and one run.

Javier Vazquez, welcome to the American Lea….wait a tick. Ok, so league matters no more to Vazquez. His velocity scared me off in the pre-season, so I wouldn’t go near him in drafts and now it’s still around where he was for the Yanks. Owners be scared. Vazquez was lit up by the AAAA Mets lineup, serving up 2 homers and 5 walks in 2.1 innings.

R.A. Dickey shut down the Fish over 6 innings, allowing 8 base runners and striking out 7.

The ChiSox offered John Danks no run support as he lost to the Tribe. Turned in a great outing nonetheless, giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits while K-ing 8.

Tim Hudson shut the Nats down going 7 strong allowing only 3 hits while striking out 5.

Roy Oswalt beat his old team striking out 6, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits.

Ryan Howard stayed hot going 3-5 with a home run and 4 RBI.

Rookie Zach Britton was great in his first MLB start for the O’s, striking out 6 Rays in 6 innings and giving up just 1 run on 3 hits. Speculative grab!

Jaime Garcia was masterful against the Padres, shutting them out and allowing just 6 base runners while striking out 9. I do not think this will be the norm, but if you have him you’ll take it.

Starlin Castro went 3-4 and is now hitting .615. He will hit .300, but he needs more counting stats to be elite.

Bobby Abreu reached base SEVEN times, going 5-5 with 2 BB and a HR. Wow. Didn’t think the old man had it in ’em!

Gio Gonzalez shut the M’s down, although he did allow 6 hits and 4 walks in 7 innings. Is it possible he finishes 2011 with an ERA lower than his WHIP?

EDIT…

Disbaled List: Evan Longoria, Jair Jurrjens, and Brian Matusz were all placed on the 15-day DL. Longoria will be out three weeks with a strained oblique. Matusz will be sidelined at LEAST three weeks, maybe six, with a strained intercostal muscle. Jurrjens (side) was also placed on the 15-day DL, but is expected to make his debut on April 16th.