Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Toronto
Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Jake OdorizziSPRays starter Jake Odorizzi pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits against the Yankees on Tuesday.Odorizzi improved his record to 11-12. He also struck out three and walked none in the game. Odorizzi has a 3.98 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 165 innings this year.9/16/2014 11:15:00 PM
James Loney1BRays first baseman James Loney was 3-for-4 and scored a run as the Rays beat the Yankees, 6-1, on Tuesday.Loney scored his run in the seventh on Wil Myers sacrifice fly. All of the first baseman's hits were singles. Loney is hitting .292 with nine homers and 66 RBI this year.9/16/2014 11:07:00 PM
HotYunel EscobarSSRays shortstop Yunel Escobar has an enticing matchup tonight against Yankees' right-hander Michael Pineda.Not only does Escobar have good numbers against Pineda (6-for12 with 2 HR and 5 RBI) during his career, he also has been on a tear lately. Over the past seven days, Escobar is 9-for-22 with three homeruns and six RBI's. If he is not in your lineup, get him in there for tonight's game. 9/16/2014 10:54:00 AM
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


Toronto
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Drew HutchisonSPBlue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed six runs, including two homers, in six and 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.Hutchison had impressive stuff, striking out 11 and walking one, but he gave up the long ball to Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce and shortstop Jimmy Paredes. Hutchison snapped his streak of four straight quality starts. He is 10-12 with a 4.51 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 175 and 2/3 innings this season.9/16/2014 10:38:00 PM
Jose BautistaRFBlue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has a tough matchup tonight against Orioles righty Ubaldo Jimenez. Joey Bats has put up MVP type numbers this season (.285 BA, 32 HR, 97 RBI), but faces a personal nemesis tonight, as he is a career .083 hitter (2-for-24) against Jimenez. Owners need to keep Bautista in their lineups, and just hope he is finally able to figure out Baltimore's right-hander this evening.9/16/2014 10:30:00 AM
Colby RasmusCFBlue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus needs to be in the lineup against the Orioles, for Tuesday night's game.No doubt Rasmus has struggled this season from an average perspective (.226/.288/.449). However, he should be in the lineup tonight when Toronto takes on Ubaldo Jimenez. Rasmus is a career .370 hitter (10-for-27) against him, with seven extra-base hits. If he is active, Rasmus makes for an intriguing daily fantasy play tonight.9/16/2014 10:21:00 AM
Steve Tolleson3BBlue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson is starting at third base Monday night.Tolleson has been pretty irrelavent in 2014 (.232 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI), but has been given the nod tonight at third base. With only four at-bats over the past 14 days, Tolleson is not a recommended daily fantasy option.9/15/2014 4:22:00 PM
HotAdam LindDHBlue Jays DH Adam Lind is not in Monday's starting lineup.Lind is cranking out the hits, has a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .415 over the past dozen games. It appears to be a routine day off after he blasted his second home run in two games Sunday.9/15/2014 3:52:00 PM
HotMarcus StromanSPBlue Jays starter Marcus Stroman has gotten off to a strong start in September. He is sporting a record of 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 0.79 WHIP, during his past 3 starts.While he has not been great on the road during 2014 (3-3, 5.73 ERA), Stroman has had a solid second half of the season (6-3, 3.23 ERA). He will look to continue his hot streak tonight, when the Blue Jays travel to Baltimore.9/15/2014 10:30:00 AM
HotJose ReyesSSBlue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a career 8-for-18 versus Rays right-hander Chris Archer.Reyes faced Archer on Sept. 3 and went 2-for-5. The shortstop is having a below average month so far though, batting .239 with just two extra-base hits. Reyes is hitting .280 with nine home runs, 29 doubles, 84 runs and 26 stolen bases this year.9/14/2014 10:58:00 AM
Edwin Encarnacion1BBlue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was 1-for-3 with a home run on Saturday against the Rays.Encarnacion is seventh in the American League with 31 home runs this year. He is also hitting .262 with 84 RBI and 68 runs.9/13/2014 4:24:00 PM
HotAdam LindDHBlue Jays DH Adam Lind went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays, 6-3, on Saturday.Lind hit a two-run home run in the seventh with the game tied 3-3. Lind has a six-game hitting streak in which he is batting .500 with four extra-base hits and five RBI.9/13/2014 4:04:00 PM
J.A. HappSPBlue Jays starter J.A. Happ went seven strong innings on Friday, allowed one run on two hits, struck out seven and walked none but lost, 1-0, to the Rays.After a rough August, Happ has pitched better in September with little results. Happ is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings over his last three starts. For the season, the 31-year-old is 9-10 with a 4.28 ERA and 119 strikeouts.9/12/2014 10:13:00 PM