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Danny Duffy kept the Rangers to one run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings in an 8-2 win Thursday.

Not much has gone right for the southpaw this year, but he found a groove against the Texas club, only allowing a run on his 113th pitch of the night. Duffy walked two and struck out five before exiting. Even with the strong outing, Duffy is just 2-6 with a 6.14 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 11 starts overall. That's not useable in fantasy leagues, and we'll need to see more than one good game to recommend inserting the 29-year-old back into your lineups. Pay attention to how he fares Tuesday against the Twins.
May 24 - 11:29 PM

Delino DeShields went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

It's not much, but DeShields has shown some signs of life at the plate in recent days, collecting two hits, a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored in his last two games. That's a step in the right direction after he experienced a freefall earlier this month. The speedy outfielder is hitting .228/.312/.317 with nine steals in 32 games and can stay on the sidelines until he strings a few more good games together.
May 24 - 11:28 PM

Ramon Torres went 2-for-3 with three runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Thursday.

Well, that's a way to make your season debut. He was recalled Saturday when Cheslor Cuthbert hit the disabled list, but he hadn't gotten into a game until Thursday. Batting ninth and playing third base, Torres hit a pair of singles and walked, scoring all three times he reached base. Despite that, the 25-year-old will likely remain in a reserve role and, when Cuthbert returns, is expected to be sent back to Triple-A.
May 24 - 11:19 PM

Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

Merrifield tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning with his 13th double of the year. With the two RBI and the run scored, Merrifield is now hitting .286/.358/.418 with 19 RBI and 25 runs scored. A multi-dimensional threat, he's also got 12 steals, second-most in the American League.
May 24 - 11:15 PM

Austin Bibens-Dirkx was greeted rudely by the Royals in his season debut Thursday, allowing six runs -- four earned -- in 6 1/3 innings in a loss.

Promoted by the Rangers to make the start after he posted a 3.72 ERA in eight minor league outings, Bibens-Dirkx didn't fare much better than most of the disappointing options the Rangers have run out this year. It wasn't all bad -- he struck out six while walking just one, and an error led to two of the Royals' runs -- but it wasn't much good, either. Considering that the club doesn't boast a ton of better options, the 33-year-old -- who put up a 4.67 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 24 games with the Rangers last year -- will likely get another turn, expected to come Wednesday against the Mariners.
May 24 - 11:07 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

Perez came up in two big spots in the game, both times with the bases loaded. Both times he delivered, knocking in a pair of runs in both the fifth and seventh innings. He's now got 26 RBI in 30 games, batting .254/.297/.508 with eight homers and 18 runs scored.
May 24 - 11:06 PM

Carlos Rodon had his rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte cut short Thursday after being struck in the head by a line drive.

Rodon was taken out as a precaution but is apparently fine. The left-hander allowed one hit over 2 2/3 shutout innings prior to exiting. He struck out six and didn't walk anyone while throwing 29 of his 40 pitches for strikes. The White Sox were hoping to activate Rodon sometime around June 1, though it's unclear if his return date will be impacted by Thursday's abbreviated outing.
May 24 - 10:54 PM

Rays activated 2B Joey Wendle from the paternity leave list.

Willy Adames was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding move. Wendle has done a nice job this year, hitting .288 with one homer, 11 RBI and three steals while making 28 starts at second base. He should be in the lineup for Friday's series opener against Baltimore.
May 24 - 10:37 PM

Blake Snell struck out eight Red Sox over six scoreless innings in a 6-3 win Thursday.

Snell's strong first half continues as he rolled over a Sox lineup that he's now faced three times already this year. In those three starts, he's allowed a combined two runs in 19 innings, striking out 19. Not a bad line against arguably the best team in baseball. Overall he's been only slightly less masterful, owning a 2.78 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 69/21 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings of work. It's the breakout we've been waiting for since Snell dominated the minor leagues in 2015, and there's no reason to think he can't keep it up if he continues to keep his walk rate in check. A friendlier matchup awaits Tuesday when the Rays visit the Athletics on the West Coast.
May 24 - 10:36 PM

Mitch Moreland hit his seventh home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

Is a solo homer in a five-run game in the ninth inning inconsequential? Sure. But we don't much care about game situation for fantasy purposes, and Moreland's dinger -- a ball he absolutely tattooed to right field off Matt Andriese -- counts all the same. He's now got seven homers and 22 RBI on the year, batting a robust .311/.390/.612 in 34 games. That's a playable, and likely underowned, option in even shallow mixed leagues.
May 24 - 10:35 PM

Rays optioned SS Wily Adames to Triple-A Durham.

Adames was only up a couple days while filling in for Joey Wendle, who is set to return from paternity leave on Friday. The 22-year-old went just 2-for-12 with six strikeouts during his short stay in the big leagues, though he did enjoy a memorable debut by homering off Chris Sale on Tuesday night. He'll be back at some point this summer.
May 24 - 10:32 PM

Alex Colome didn't have to work much for his 11th save of the year Thursday, securing the last out in a win over the Red Sox.

The Rays entered the ninth inning with a 6-1 lead that the Sox cut to 6-3, and with a runner on second base and two outs Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to Colome to snuff out the threat. The right-hander did just that, a nice confidence boost 24 hours after he suffered the loss against the same Sox. His 4.15 ERA and 1.48 WHIP aren't anything to see, but Colome is still the unquestioned closer in Tampa, and that makes him a must-hold in all leagues until something changes.
May 24 - 10:23 PM

Denard Span was the spark atop the Rays' lineup Thursday, reaching base four times and scoring three runs in a win over the Red Sox.

Span also stole his sixth base of the year in the contest. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, a sign of things to come for Sox starter Rick Porcello, and Span also singled and walked twice in the win. It's not yet mixed-league relevant, but the 34-year-old has certainly provided some unexpected value for the Rays this year, batting .238/.364/.385 with four homers, 28 RBI, 27 runs scored and those six steals. That definitely plays in AL-only leagues and deeper leagues that take OBP into account.
May 24 - 10:13 PM

Rick Porcello had his shortest outing of the season Thursday, allowing eight hits and six runs -- four earned -- in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays.

Denard Span's double to lead off the game was the only extra-base hit allowed by Porcello, but the Rays pecked him to death with singles and walks. That doesn't comfort many fantasy owners, but at least he wasn't shelled, despite the poor results. Nonetheless, the loss was his third subpar outing in his last four times out, inflating his ERA from 2.14 to 3.74 in that span. He's still 6-2 with a 1.14 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings overall, and the 29-year-old will look for better results Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
May 24 - 10:12 PM

Wilson Ramos went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

Ramos delivered the biggest hit of the game when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning. He promptly cleared them with a shot through the right side of the infield that plated two, and a third run was allowed two score when the throw got away on the infield. Ramos has been a revelation for the Rays and those fantasy owners who waited until the middle or late rounds to grab their backstop, as he's hitting .301/.342/.462 with six homers, 24 RBI and 14 runs scored through Thursday.
May 24 - 10:12 PM



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