Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Detroit
Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
HotAlex CobbSPRays righty Alex Cobb is simply turning into an ace for Tampa Bay.Not only does he have a 0.87 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over his past three starts, Cobb is also 5-1 with a 1.26 ERA during the second half of 2014. Lock him into your lineup, and make sure you target this guy for 2015.9/17/2014 10:21:00 AM
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


Detroit
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Alex AvilaCTigers catcher Alex Avila (head) is still not in the lineup for Detroit on Wednesday. He took a foul ball off his mask Sunday, and with a history of concussion problems, Detroit is not taking any chances. Bryan Holaday will continue to handle the catching duties during Avila's absence.9/17/2014 4:48:00 PM
J.D. MartinezOFTigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run to give Detroit the lead in the top of the ninth on Tuesday against the Twins.Martinez hit a three-run bomb in the ninth off Twins closer Glen Perkins as the Tigers took a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately for Detroit, Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the season and Minnesota won, 4-3. The home run was Martinez's 23rd of the season, and he also has 75 RBI while batting .313.9/14/2014 11:48:00 PM
Rick PorcelloSPTigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw eight innings, allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked two in a no-decision against the Twins on Tuesday.The Tigers rallied in the top of the ninth to take the lead, and Porcello was in line for the victory until closer Joe Nathan blew the save. Kennys Vargas scored both the Twins runs, on a Kurt Suzuki single in the fourth and his own solo home run in the sixth. Porcello is 15-11 with a 3.19 ERA and 122 strikeouts this year.9/16/2014 11:42:00 PM
ColdJoe NathanRPTigers closer Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the year, allowing two runs in the ninth as Detroit lost to Minnesota, 4-3.Nathan is 4-4 but has converted just 32 out of 39 save opportunities in 2014. He also has a 5.10 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Nathan should have been out of your lineup awhile ago.9/16/2014 11:35:00 PM
Alex AvilaCTigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup tonight. It is just a routine day off for Detroit's everyday catcher. Avila has not produced much offensively in 2014 (.223 BA, 11 HR and 47 RBI), but is critical to the Tigers' success behind the plate. He should be back tomorrow. Bryan Holaday gets the start Monday night, for ace Max Scherzer.9/15/2014 4:55:00 PM
Max ScherzerSPTigers pitcher Max Scherzer has been a much different pitcher on the road this season.Take away the fact he is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in his last three starts. The big thing here is Scherzer has somehwhat struggled on the road in 2014. His 6-4 record and 3.61 ERA away from Detroit is not terrible, but when you compare it to his home totals (10-1, 2.66 ERA), owners definitely expect more from the Tigers' ace. In no way should you bench him, but beware that Scherzer is not as effective away from Comerica Park.9/15/2014 2:52:00 PM
J.D. MartinezOFTigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI-single to help the Tigers defeat the Indians, 6-4, on SundayMartinez hit a solo home run in the fourth, which is his 22nd homer of the year. Martinez then hit his RBI-single in the sixth. The outfielder is batting .305/.350/.557 with 71 RBI in 393 at-bats.9/14/2014 6:56:00 PM
Ian Kinsler2BTigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 5-for-13 (.385) against Indians starter Trevor Bauer in his career.Kinsler has a home run, double and two RBI against Bauer as well. Kinsler is 3-for-9 with a double, two RBI and a run in the series against Cleveland.9/14/2014 11:09:00 AM
Alex AvilaCTigers catcher Alex Avila hit a two-run home run to lift the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday. Avila took Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw deep in the bottom of the eighth with the Tigers trailing 4-3. Avila went 1-for-3, and the homer kept the Tigers a half game ahead of the Royals in the AL Central. The catcher is batting .222/.329/.371 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI this season.9/14/2014 9:39:00 AM
Anibal SanchezSPTigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) hopes to begin throwing off a mound early on Monday according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.Even with the positive news, Sanchez will not make it back before the end of the regular season. He is not fantasy relavant unless owners are playing through the playoffs or are in dynasty leagues.9/13/2014 4:45:00 PM