Player Notes - Minnesota and Chicago WSox
Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe bashed three hits Sunday in a win over Kansas City.All three of his hits went for extra bases. Plouffe is on pace for 117 RBI, which would easily be a career-high. He's owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues.4/20/2014 5:39:00 PM
Sam FuldLFThe Twins were able to claim outfielder Sam Fuld, who was recently placed on waivers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox SportsFuld was designated for assignment by Oakland about a week ago. Even if Fuld becomes an everyday player, which is certainly possible in Minnesota's lackluster outfield, he won't be much of a fantasy option (.233 average in 743 career at bats).4/20/2014 3:29:00 PM
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


Chicago WSox
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Jose Abreu1BIt didn't take long for Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu to break out of his 1-for-25 slump. He's gone 5-for-9 with three RBI over his last two games.Three of those hits came in Sunday's blowout win over Texas. Up to this point, Abreu has performed about the way you would expect him to. He's provided strong power numbers for the White Sox (five HR, 17 RBI) but has not been able to hit for a high average (.243 in 19 games this season).4/20/2014 8:41:00 PM
HotDayan ViciedoRFDayan Viciedo was one of three White Sox to record three or more hits Sunday against Texas.Chicago's 16 runs were a season-high. Viciedo's average has shot up to .321 thanks to a stellar weekend of hitting. He's gone 5-for-8 with four RBI over his last two games.4/20/2014 8:30:00 PM
Marcus Semien2BChicago second baseman Marcus Semien had his second fout-hit game of the season on Sunday.Semien's bases loaded triple in the sixth inning was the first of his career. Eight of his 18 hits this season have come over two games.4/20/2014 7:42:00 PM
ColdAdam EatonCFWhite Sox center fielder Adam Eaton will miss at least three games with a hamstring injury, according to csnchicago.com.Eaton hurt his hamstring and ankle on Friday and aggravated the hamstring injury Saturday. Chicago's leadoff hitter is mired in a 3-for-23 slump.4/20/2014 9:19:00 AM
ColdJose Abreu1BWhite Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had two singles, a walk and two runs in four plate appearances Saturday at Texas.Abreu went 1-for-25 with 11 Ks in his previous seven games.4/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Jose Abreu1BWhite Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is getting the night off Thursday against the Red Sox. SOURCE: Doug Padilla, ESPN ChicagoHe's ice cold at the moment with just one hit in his last 21 at bats. Paul Konerko (.111, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will get the nod at first base.4/17/2014 6:51:00 PM
Adam Dunn1BWhite Sox DH Adam Dunn walked three times and hit a solo homer Tuesday against the Red Sox.Dunn has a 14/11 K/BB, three home runs and eight RBI in 11 games this season. He's hitting .294 due to a .389 BABIP. Dunn had a BABIP of .266 or lower in each of the previous three seasons.4/16/2014 9:39:00 AM
Erik JohnsonSPWhite Sox right-hander Erik Johnson took a step in the right direction Tuesday against the Red Sox.Johnson struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old gave up 11 earned runs on 19 hits over 10 1/3 innings in his first two starts.4/16/2014 9:31:00 AM
HotAlexei RamirezSSWhite Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit another homer Sunday against Cleveland.Ramirez went 2-for-4 and is now hitting .420 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 11 runs and three steals despite batting mostly out of the seven- and eight-hole. His home run total declined in each of the last three years down to six in 2013 but his steal total increased in the last two up to 30 in 2013. Maybe he can finally put the 20-homer power he flashed as a rookie in 2008 together with baserunning ability he displayed last year.4/13/2014 10:04:00 PM
HotTyler FlowersCChicago catcher Tyler Flowers is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Adrian Nieto will be behind the plate.He's hitting .419 this season but don't expect it to last. Flowers is just a .213 career hitter in 201 major league appearances. Nieto is 2-for-9 this season without a home run or RBI.4/12/2014 10:51:00 AM