Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Toronto
Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
HotAlex CobbSPRays starter Alex Cobb has recorded a 22/2 K/BB and allowed one run on eight hits over 15 innings in his last two starts.Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) allowed one run on three hits and struck out 12 in eight innings Tuesday in a win over Milwaukee. He's won five straight decisions.7/29/2014 10:18:00 PM
HotBen Zobrist2BTampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Milwaukee.Zobrist has gone 36-for-106 (.340) with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, 16 RBI and 20 walks in his last 28 games.7/29/2014 10:15:00 PM
Wil MyersRFRays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) hit off a tee Friday and is progressing toward a mid-August return, barring any setbacks.Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been done little this season batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.7/29/2014 10:48:00 AM
HotJake OdorizziSPTampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi won his third straight start Monday against the Brewers.Odorizzi was dominant, walking none, striking out five and allowing one run on three hits in seven innings. The right-hander has been terrific in his last 15 starts, going 6-5 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 102/28 K/BB in 86 innings.7/28/2014 10:00:00 PM
Jeremy HellicksonSPRays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, just off the disabaled list, pitched well for his first start since July 8.Hellickson has missed most of the season due to elbow surgery. He had a 5.17 ERA last year, but his career ERA is 3.69 and it's 1.00 through his first two starts this season.7/26/2014 11:32:00 PM
Matt JoyceRFRays OF/DH Matt Joyce has a career .333 batting average (8-for-24) with two home runs against Red Sox starter John Lackey.Joyce is one of four Rays starters (Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist are the others) batting over .333 for their career versus Lackey.7/26/2014 11:11:00 AM
HotDavid PriceSPIn what may have been his final start with the Rays, David Price struck out 10, walked none and allowed three runs over eight innings against the Red Sox.Price has won six straight starts and pitched to a 1.88 ERA and a 99/13 K/BB in his last 11. In that span, he's thrown at least seven innings in all 11 starts and averaged nearly eight innings per outing. The Rays have won eight straight and are now 50-53, so they may just decide to keep Price.7/25/2014 10:35:00 PM
Ben Zobrist2BTampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist bounced back from a 0-for-12 stretch with four hits in four at-bats Friday night against the Red Sox.Since June 25, Zobrist has gone 31-for-94 (.330) with six doubles, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 14 runs in 24 games. His numbers on the season still aren't impressive, but his versatility (2B/SS/OF) gives him extra fantasy value.7/25/2014 10:28:00 PM
Desmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has had a nice month of July, going 20-for-64 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 runs.He's still hitting just .249 because he came into the month batting .235. Jennings is on pace to finish with nearly identical numbers to the past two seasons. At age 27, he's likely not going to improve much from the player he is right now.7/25/2014 10:20:00 PM
Alex CobbSPRays starter Alex Cobb struck out 10 batters and walked none over seven scoreless innings Wednesday at St. Louis.Cobb has won his last four decisions, but this was his best start since June 18.7/23/2014 10:42:00 PM


Toronto
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
HotMarcus StromanRPBlue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was dominant for the third straight start Tuesday at Boston.Stroman struck out eight and allowed one run on six hits over seven innings to win his seventh game of the year. Since he joined the rotation, the 23-year-old right-hander has gone 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 63/16 K/BB in 68 innings. He's still available in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues.7/29/2014 11:01:00 PM
Danny Valencia3BThe Blue Jays have picked up Danny Valencia from the Royals for Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz.Valencia has a .282 average and two home runs in 110 at-bats this season. He crushes lefties (.354 this season, .333 career) and will form a platoon with Juan Francisco at third base until Brett Lawrie returns from the DL in August.7/28/2014 10:49:00 PM
HotMelky CabreraLFBlue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera swatted two home runs, drove in five and scored three Monday at Boston.Cabrera has batted .363 with eight doubles, a triple, three homers and 16 RBI in July. He's been a fantasy star this season, hitting .313 with 45 extra-base hits (14 HR), 58 RBI, 67 runs, five steals and an .849 OPS.7/28/2014 10:28:00 PM
Juan Francisco3BBlue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco smacked his 16th homer of the season Sunday against the Yankees.Francisco has done his damage in just 223 at-bats this season. The 27-year-old also has 96 strikeouts so he's hitting just .242.7/27/2014 4:56:00 PM
Edwin Encarnacion1BToronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) may have suffered a setback in his recovery, according to National Post reporter John Lott.Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury. The sooner he returns, the better for fantasy owners, but now it may not be next week as expected.7/26/2014 12:40:00 PM
Juan Francisco3BBlue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco is not in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.Just a routine day off. Francisco's hot May (.284, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 1.013 OPS) is a distant memory, but he's been a respectable 3B fantasy option for most of the season.7/26/2014 11:47:00 AM
HotJose BautistaRFJust off a two-homer night, Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has another favorable matchup Saturday versus Chris Capuano.Bautista is 7-for-18 (.389) with a pair of home runs against the left-hander. The slugger has reached the 20 home run mark and leads the league with a .412 OBP.7/26/2014 10:40:00 AM
ColdMark BuehrleSPBlue Jays starter Mark Buehrle allowed six runs on nine hits (2 HR) in three innings Friday at New York.Buehrle is now 1-12 with a 6.15 ERA in his career against the Yankees (108 1/3 IP). He's lost six straight decisions after starting out 10-1 and has recorded a 5.36 ERA in his last eight starts.7/25/2014 10:16:00 PM
Jose BautistaRFBlue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI Friday against the Yankees.Bautista has homered three times in the past three games after going deep just three times in the previous 39.7/25/2014 10:14:00 PM
HotJose ReyesSSBlue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a lifetime .478 hitter (11-for-23) with six extra-base hits and a .1.393 OPS versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.Reyes has been very good this month, batting .337 in 19 July games. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.7/25/2014 10:23:00 AM