Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Detroit
Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
ColdJose MolinaCRays catcher Jose Molina is hitless in 19 at-bats versus Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia.Molina (.111, 0 HR, 0 RBI) has no fantasy value.4/17/2014 10:25:00 AM
Evan Longoria3BRays third baseman Evan Longoria is a .395 hitter with six homers, 12 walks and a 1.364 OPS versus Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.Longoria is batting .286, but without much power (.748 OPS) through 15 games. This historically favorable matchup could help.4/17/2014 10:22:00 AM
ColdDesmond JenningsCFRays center fielder Desmond Jennings has only four hits in 18 at-bats (.222) against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez, but three left the park.Jennings will try to snap out of a 3-for-20 slump Wednesday against Baltimore.4/16/2014 11:27:00 AM
Matt MooreSPAccording to Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays left-hander Matt Moore has scheduled Tommy John surgery for next week.Moore was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow which almost always means going under the knife, so this isn't a surprise. Moore was a fantasy stud last season going 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 143 Ks in 150 1/3 innings pitched. He was 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA before the injury.4/15/2014 2:21:00 PM
Ben Zobrist2BRays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .105 hitter (2-for-19) versus Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.Zobrist is a career .277 hitter left-handed (.256 right-handed), but hasn't had any success versus Gonzalez. Add in a strong wind blowing in from left field on Tuesday and you have all the ingredients for a low output evening.4/15/2014 9:34:00 AM
Jake OdorizziSPRays RHP Jake Odorizzi (illness) was sent back to the team hotel Monday, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.Odorizzi (1-1, 5.73 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Orioles. The team still expects him to make that start.4/14/2014 5:56:00 PM
David DeJesusLFTampa Bay left fielder David DeJesus is not in Monday's lineup.Btandon Guyer will get another start. DeJesus is batting just .172 this season. Guyer is just 1-for-8 with one homer. Neither is fantasy worthy at this time.4/7/2014 10:16:00 AM
ColdDesmond JenningsCFRays center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 (.111) versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.Jennings was off to a nice start beginning the season with a pair of multi-hit games, but is batting just .167 over the past 11 contests and should be avoided on Monday.4/14/2014 9:54:00 AM
HotBen Zobrist2BRays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .435 hiiter (10-for-23) versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.Zobrist is coming off a two-homer afternoon and has hit safely in six of his last seven games to raise his average to .277 with an .871 OPS. Add in a strong wind blowing out to left field on Monday and you have all the ingredients for another solid day with the bat.4/14/2014 9:51:00 AM
Ben Zobrist2BRays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist went yard from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs Sunday at Cincinnati.Zobrist is batting .277 with three homers, six RBI and an .871 OPS so far. As usual, he's walking a ton (8 BBs, 7 Ks). The utilityman is a career .238 hitter in April, but he's off to a nice start for a change.4/13/2014 7:45:00 PM


Detroit
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Ian Kinsler2BDetroit second baseman Ian Kinsler bopped his second home run of the season Thursday in a win over Cleveland.Kinsler, who finished with four RBI, has gone 7-for-17 over his last four games. The former Ranger recorded his third stolen base of the season on Thursday, though he was also caught stealing.4/17/2014 10:46:00 PM
Victor MartinezDHWith no DH available, the Tigers will give Victor Martinez the night off Saturday against San Diego. SOURCE: Chris Iott, MLive.comHe got the start at first base last night and went 0-for-2 with a walk. Miguel Cabrera will move back to first with Nick Castellanos getting the nod at third base. Don't be surprised if V-Mart makes an apperance as a pinch-hitter later on in tonight's game.4/12/2014 5:52:00 PM
Torii HunterRFTorii Hunter is back after missing two games with a bruised knee. SOURCE: Tom Gage, Detroit NewsHe'll bat third and play right field. Hunter had been on a home run hitting tear before his injury, blasting three jacks in a span of four games. He's 2-for-2 in his career against tonight's starting pitcher, Ian Kennedy.4/12/2014 5:43:00 PM
Drew SmylySPTigers starter Drew Smyly will make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Indians.Smyly's first start was skipped due to a rainout. He has recorded a 3.18 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and 181 Ks in 181 1/3 innings in his career, with 70 of his 88 appearances coming in relief. He's worth owning in most leagues.4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
HotTorii HunterRFDetroit RF Torii Hunter (knee) is not in the starting lineup Friday, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com.Hunter exited Tuesday's game with a left knee contusion. He said he feels a lot better and expects to start Saturday.4/11/2014 6:50:00 PM
HotTorii HunterRFDetroit RF Torii Hunter (knee) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, according to Jason Beck of mlb.com.Hunter exited Tuesday's game with a left knee contusion and manager Brad Ausmus says he'd like to keep Hunter off his feet until Friday.4/9/2014 9:18:00 PM
Nick Castellanos3BDetroit third baseman Nick Castellanos won't play Tuesday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Eric Stephen, SB NationWith no DH available, the team is putting Miguel Cabrera at third with Victor Martinez manning first base. Castellanos (.385, 0 HR, 1 RBI) could see action as a pinch-hitter later on.4/8/2014 6:42:00 PM
Alex AvilaCTigers catcher Alex Avila should get the night off Tuesday as he's hitless in 11 at-bats against Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren.Backup catcher Bryan Holaday has only gotten three at-bats this season and this would be a good time to get him some stick work.4/8/2014 1:50:00 PM
HotTorii HunterRFTorii Hunter's power surge continued Sunday in a loss to Baltimore.Hunter's solo shot in the fourth was Detroit's only run of the afternoon. The veteran has left the yard three times in his last three appearances. In 2013, Hunter didn't hit his third homer until June 16th. That was his 59th game of the season.4/6/2014 5:02:00 PM
Alex AvilaCTigers catcher Alex Avila will take a seat Sunday against the Orioles.Backup catcher Bryan Holaday will start behind the dish Sunday. Avila has failed to live up to his 2011 numbers (.295, 19 HR, 82 RBI) the last two years and is 1-for-12 this season.4/6/2014 11:02:00 AM