Player Notes - Chicago WSox and Tampa Bay
Chicago WSox
ColdJohn DanksSPWhite Sox lefty John Danks heads into Kansas City to open up a series against the Royals, as his struggles in 2014 continue.With Chicago taking on Royals' ace James Shields, combined with the fact that Danks is 0-3 with a 5.94 ERA during his past three starts (9-11, 5.05 ERA overall), it would be smart to find better options to plug into your starting rotation tonight.9/15/2014 11:35:00 AM
Alexei RamirezSSWhite Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is a career .412 hitter (21-for-51) with a pair of homers and a 1.033 OPS versus Royals right-hander James Shields.Ramirez can't find his swing this month, batting just .122 in 41 at-bats and may not be ready to take advantage of the matchup. He is also hitting .273 with 15 HR, 67 RBI and 76 runs.9/15/2014 9:50:00 AM
Dayan ViciedoRFWhite Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo hit a walkoff two-run home run as the White Sox defeated the Twins, 7-6.The victory was Chicago's second of the day with the White Sox and Twins playing a doubleheader. Viciedo went 2-for-4 in the second game, including the walkoff homer. He is batting .233 with 21 homers and 57 RBI this season. 9/14/2014 10:07:00 AM
HotJose QuintanaSPWhite Sox left-hander Jose Quintana pitched seven innings, allowed one run on three hits and struck out a career-hiigh 13 batters to defeat the Twins on Saturday.Quintana was dominant striking out 13 and walking just two. The 25-year-old has given up three runs in his last 20 innings. Quintana is 8-10 with a 3.30 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 185 2/3 innings this season.9/13/2014 8:46:00 PM
Alexei RamirezSSWhite Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs to lead the White Sox over the Twins, 5-1, on Saturday.The home run was Ramirez's 15th of the season. He is also hitting .275 with 31 doubles, 67 RBI and 75 runs.9/13/2014 6:55:00 PM
Dayan ViciedoRFWhite Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against Twins hurler Phil Hughes.Viciedo star has faded a bit from his 25 home run, 78 RBI 2012 season. He still reached the 20 HR mark, but his OPS is down 58 points from 2012 and he's already struck out 113 times. Avoid him Friday.9/12/2014 1:32:00 PM
Marcus Semien2BWhite Sox shortstop Marcus Semien went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to give the White Sox a 1-0 victory over the Athletics on Thursday.Semien hit his homer off Scott Kazmir in the sixth inning. Looking at both starting lineups, Semien was probably the last guess to account for the only run of the afternoon. Semien is batting .218 with four home runs and 19 RBI this season.9/11/2014 4:45:00 PM
HotChris SaleSPWhite Sox left-hander Chris Sale pitched eight shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out nine and walked two to beat the Athletics, 1-0.With the eight shutout innings, Sale lowered his season ERA to 1.99. He is 12-3 with 192 strikeouts in 163 innings this season.9/11/2014 4:38:00 PM
Scott CarrollSPWhite Sox pitcher Scott Carroll pitched seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits but received the loss on Sunday against the Indians.It was Carroll's best start since late July, but it was wasted as Cleveland shutout Chicago. Carroll is 5-10 with a 4.92 ERA in 17 starts this season. 9/7/2014 5:45:00 PM
Paul Konerko1BWhite Sox DH/1B Paul Konerko is a career 2-for-12 (.167) hitter against Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco.Konerko may not play anyway as he has a fracture in his left hand. The 38-year-old is planning to retire at the end of the season, so he will likely try to play through the fracture to finish the season, but owners should probably stay away from putting him in the lineup.9/7/2014 10:46:00 AM

Tampa Bay
Chris ArcherSPRays starter Chris Archer tossed seven innings and allowed one run as the Rays beat the Blue Jays, 6-5, on Sunday.Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay bullpen blew the lead, so Archer did not get the victory. Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez's sacrifice fly in the 10th proved to be the game winner. Archer is 9-8 with a 3.54 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 180 and 2/3 innings this season.9/14/2014 6:27:00 PM
Ben Zobrist2BRays second baseman Ben Zobrist is a career .370 (10-for-27) hitter against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.Though he has 10 hits against Buehrle, only one is an extra-base hit. He also has four RBI. Zobrist is having a solid season, hitting .270 with 44 extra-base hits, 45 RBI and 78 runs.9/14/2014 11:06:00 AM
Evan Longoria3BRays third baseman Evan Longoria went 2-for-4 with a home run on Saturday against the Blue Jays.The homer was Longoria's 21st of the year. The third baseman is also hitting .252/.320/.406 with 87 RBI.9/13/2014 4:09:00 PM
Nate KarnsRPIn his first start of the season, Tampa Bay pitcher Nathan Karns threw seven shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked two as Tampa Bay defeated Toronto, 1-0.The seven shutout innings came out of no where as Karns has made two other starts in his career and allowed 10 earned runs over five innings. We would hold off on jumping all over the 26-year-old, but we will also keep an eye on him.9/12/2014 10:08:00 PM
ColdBen Zobrist2BTampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is 6-for-10 with three extra-base hits against J.A. Happ of the Blue Jays Zobrist is back into a slump, batting just .208 over the past two weeks and may not be ready to take advantage of this matchup. 9/12/2014 1:18:00 PM
Evan Longoria3BRays third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.Longoria continues to muddle through with mediocre number for a hitter of his talent. He's hitting .254 with 19 home runs, 83 RBI and a .723 OPS. The good news is he's hit .300 this week entering this favorable matchup.9/9/2014 11:46:00 AM
Matt JoyceRFRays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .391 batting average (9-for-23) with three solo home runs against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.Joyce hasn't been swinging well of late, going 1-for-16 over the past five days, so may not be able to take advantage of the favorable matchup.9/9/2014 11:43:00 AM
James Loney1BRays first baseman James Loney went 4-for-6 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Orioles on Sunday.Loney had a great August, hitting .304 with 13 RBI and nine runs, but Loney came into Sunday's contest hitting .167 in the first week of September. Sunday's 4-for-6 will certainly raise the old batting average. Loney is hitting .286 with eight home runs and 64 RBI this season.9/7/2014 6:59:00 PM
David DeJesusLFTampa Bay outfielder David DeJesus hasn't done much this season for fantasy owners, but Sunday might be the day.DeJesus is a career .533 hitter (8-for-15) with three home runs and a 1.722 OPS versus Orioles right-hander Bud Norris9/7/2014 10:09:00 AM
HotDrew SmylySPRays starter Drew Smyly threw six innings, allowed one run on four hits, struck out eight and walked two but received the no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday.Smyly continues his dominant pitching since being traded to Tampa Bay. Since the July 31 deal, Smyly is 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA, and in his last six starts, Smyly is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA.9/6/2014 6:57:00 PM