Player Notes - Baltimore and Tampa Bay
Baltimore
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Nick MarkakisRFOrioles right fielder and leadoff hitter Nick Markakis is not in Friday's starting lineup.Markakis has been dealing with a shoulder issue that also kept him out of Wednesday's game. The outfielder has been solid, if unspectacular, for Baltimore batting .272 with 12 HR, 44 RBI, 76 runs scored and four steals.9/19/2014 4:26:00 PM
Adam JonesCFOrioles center fielder Adam Jones is not in Friday's starting lineup.Baltimore is expected to rest some of the guys down the stretch though they are only two losses behind the Angels for the best record in the AL. Another productive season for Jones - batting .284 with 25 HR, 87 RBI and 84 runs scored.9/19/2014 4:23:00 PM
Steve PearceRFOrioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce hit a pair of home runs for four RBI to help Baltimore defeat Toronto on Wednesday.The Orioles just keep on chugging along in large part due to Pearce's bat. The pair of home runs brings his total to 20 on the season. He also has 25 doubles, 48 RBI and 50 runs in just 323 at-bats. Pearce also has hits in his last nine games.9/18/2014 2:05:00 PM
HotBud NorrisSPOrioles starter Bud Norris heads into Tuesday's start on a tear.He is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA over his past three starts. Norris also has been fantastic at home this year, with a 7-2 record and 2.62 ERA. Get him in your lineup, if you haven't done so already.9/17/2014 9:57:00 AM
Ubaldo JimenezSPOrioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez made his spot start on Tuesday and pitched five innings, allowed two runs on two hits, struck out six and walked four to capture a victory over the Blue Jays, 8-2.With a doubleheader last week, the Orioles needed a sixth starter, so manager Buck Showalter called upon Jimenez. The pitcher has had a rough season, but he pitched well on Tuesday. For the year, Jimenez is 5-9 with a 4.90 ERA.9/16/2014 10:42:00 PM
Steve PearceRFOrioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce hit his 18th home run of the year on Tuesday to help Baltimore clinch its first division title since 1997.Pearce has been one of the key role players for Baltimore this season, so it is fitting his play helped them win the final game necessary to capture the team's first AL East title in 17 years. He is hitting .294 with 44 RBI in 320 at-bats along with his 18 homers.9/16/2014 10:34:00 PM
Adam JonesCFOrioles center fielder Adam Jones heads into Tuesday's game against Toronto with a tough matchup.Baltimore will be going up against Blue Jay's starter Chad Hutchison. Not many Orioles have good numbers against him, and Jones is no different. He has a .167 carrer batting average (3-for-18) against Hutchison, with no extra-base hits. In no way, should owners bench Jones, but it is important to be aware of his less than stellar numbers versus Toronto's hurler.9/16/2014 10:01:00 AM
HotWei-Yin ChenSPOrioles starter Wei-Yen Chen has piled up the wins this season, and now has started to become a more complete pitcher, by lowering his ERA and WHIP during the second half of 2014.Sitting with a 15-4 overall record and a 3.59 ERA, Chen has been a major reason why Baltimore is in the position they are in. Since the All-Star Break, he has posted a spectacular 6-1 record, 2.67 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. That trend has continued over his past three starts (2-0, 2.29 ERA and 0.92 WHIP). Start him with confidence.9/15/2014 1:26:00 PM
Adam JonesCFOrioles center fielder Adam Jones went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Saturday.With Chris Davis and Manny Machado out of the lineup, it is up to Jones to lead the Orioles offense. He had a double and single on Saturday, but did not drive in a run or score. Jones is hitting .285 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI this year.9/13/2014 5:20:00 PM
Ubaldo JimenezSPOrioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez will make a spot start on Tuesday against the Blue Jays according to MASN Sports.With the doubleheader on Friday, the Orioles will need a sixth starter this coming week, so manager Buck Showalter called Jimenez's number. Since moving to the bullpen in August, Jimenez has continued to struggle, allowing four runs in his four and 1/3 innings. He is not a very good pickup in fantasy.9/13/2014 1:37:00 PM


Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Wil MyersRFRays right fielder Wil Myers continued to struggle on Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.The reigning American League Rookie of the Year had a terrible year full of injuries and hit only .219 with six home runs and 32 RBI. He has hit just .212 with one home run since his return from a fractured wrist.9/19/2014 10:51:00 PM
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