Player Notes - Minnesota and Oakland
Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Trevor Plouffe3BMinnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers and a 1.235 OPS versus Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.Plouffe is off to a solid start, batting .288 with an .801 OPS, but his long ball stroke is missing. He's hit one home run this season. He hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 and just 14 last season.4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
HotKyle GibsonSPMinnesota starter Kyle Gibson threw all zeros Thursday in a win against the Blue Jays.Gibson might be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the season so far with three victories and a 0.93 ERA in 19 1/3 innings. He's still available in 96 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, though it won't be that way for long.4/17/2014 10:00:00 PM
Josh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He won't undergo surgery.Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch last Sunday and was placed on the DL Saturday. The Twins hope he can return in two weeks.4/13/2014 4:05:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPRicky Nolasco had his best start as a Twin Saturday against Kansas City.Nolasco (1-1) limited the Royals to just one run in eight innings of work. Even with Saturday's outing, Nolasco's ERA still sits at a disappointing 5.50. He'll have a chance to lower that Friday against these same Royals.4/12/2014 9:48:00 PM
HotJason KubelLFTwins OF/DH Jason Kubel is a career .391 hitter (9-for-23) versus Royals ace James Shields.Kubel is off to a hot start, batting .412 through the first nine games and has a six-game hitting streak. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a solid start on Saturday.4/12/2014 9:43:00 AM
Josh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, according to Tyler Mason of foxsportsnorth.com.Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The Twins must have felt he wasn't making enough progress to remain on the active roster.4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
Josh WillinghamLFTwins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will miss Friday's game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The team will place him on the DL if his wrist issue drags through the weekend.4/11/2014 6:06:00 PM
HotBrian Dozier2BMinnesota second baseman Brian Dozier is a .556 hitter against Royals starter Bruce Chen (5-for-9) with three extra base hits and a 1.822 OPS.After starting 0-for-13 to start the year, Dozier is starting to hit the ball with authority. He's homered in his last two games and leads the league in runs scored (9). Add in the favorable matchup and he's a solid play on Friday.4/11/2014 10:07:00 AM
Jason KubelLFTwins DH Jason Kubel went 4-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday against Oakland.Prior to Wednesday's game, Kubel had hit just 12 homers in 112 games at Target Field. He's hitting .462 with five runs, four doubles, one homer, six RBI and a 1.212 OPS this season after batting .216 with five homers in 97 games a year ago.4/9/2014 6:53:00 PM
ColdPhil HughesSPMinnesota starter Phil Hughes has allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs over 10 innings in his first two starts this season.Hughes is trying to prove that his struggles the past three seasons were mainly caused by Yankee Stadium, but he's been knocked around at U.S. Cellular Field and Target Field in his first two starts.4/9/2014 6:49:00 PM


Oakland
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
HotScott KazmirSPAthletics LHP Scott Kazmir hasn't walked a batter in three of his four starts this season.Kazmir tossed eight innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits Saturday against Houston. He's 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP with his new team.4/19/2014 7:35:00 PM
Josh ReddickRFAthletics right fielder Josh Reddick has gone 6-for-9 with a homer and three RBI over his last two games.He was 4-for-41 prior to that. Going back to July 2012, Reddick has hit .214 with 164 Ks in his last 679 at-bats.4/19/2014 7:30:00 PM
Coco CrispCFA's center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.Friday was his first start since Sunday. Hamstring and wrist issues have plagued Crisp (.333, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 runs, 4 SB) throughout April and the team is likely just playing it cautiously.4/19/2014 3:23:00 PM
Sean DoolittleRPA's left-hander Sean Doolittle has agreed to a four-year contract extension.Doolittle owns a 3.10 ERA in 122 relief appearances over the last three seasons. He's been part of Oakland's closer by committee this year.4/18/2014 8:23:00 PM
Coco CrispCFA's center fielder Coco Crisp has returned to the starting lineup. SOURCE: Jane Lee, MLB.comIt's his first start since Sunday. Hamstring and wrist issues have plagued Crisp (.292, 1 HR, 2 RBI) throughout April, though neither injury was serious enough to land him on the disabled list.4/18/2014 7:48:00 PM
Coco CrispCFOakland center fielder Coco Crisp is probable for Friday's game against Houston while dealing with a tight left hamstring issue.Crisp has been out of the starting lineup since Sunday, but did pinch hit on Tuesday. He's batting .292 with a home run six runs scored and four stolen bases and provides a viable fantasy option.4/18/2014 11:02:00 AM
ColdJosh ReddickRFA's right fielder Josh Reddick will take a seat Wednesday versus the Angels. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco ChronicleSo much for that bounceback season. Reddick's nightmare 2013 campaign has carried over into 2014 (.098 AVG in 41 at bats). Don't expect the 27-year-old to turn things around anytime soon.4/16/2014 7:19:00 PM
Coco CrispCFOakland center fielder Coco Crisp made a pinch-hitting appearance on Tuesday but won't start Wednesday's game against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco ChronicleA hamstring injury has kept Crisp out of the starting lineup since Sunday. While he's been out, Craig Gentry (.444, 0 HR, 0 RBI) has been starting in center field.4/16/2014 7:15:00 PM
Jed LowrieSSAthletics shortstop Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs Tuesday against the Angels.Lowrie is still hitting just .262 but his 6/15 K/BB and 27 percent line-drive rate suggest he's about to heat up.4/16/2014 9:59:00 AM
Coco CrispCFA's center fielder Coco Crisp (hamstring) will sit out again Tuesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.Crisp missed three straight games last week due to an inflamed wrist and he has now missed the first two of this week. Injuries are nothing new for the 34-year-old -- he hasn't played more than 136 games in a season since 2007 and never played more than 145.4/15/2014 6:25:00 PM