Player Notes - Minnesota and Detroit
Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Oswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had to be taken out of Monday's game with upper back tightness.Arcia was 1-for-3, including his 18th homerun of the season, before bing removed. He has struggled from an average standpoint in 2014 (.231/.304/.456), but has shown nice power. Consider Arcia day-to-day going forward.9/16/2014 9:47:00 AM
Trevor MaySPTwins pitcher Trevor May struck out 10 and walked none in six innings against the White Sox on Sunday.May allowed three runs on five hits as well. The 24-year-old has now won his last three starts and is 3-4 on the year.9/14/2014 6:41:00 PM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier is 2-for-12 in his career against White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi.Dozier does have a home run against Noesi, but other than that, has struggled against the right hander. Dozier also struggled in a doubleheader on Saturday, going 0-for-7 in the two games combined.9/14/2014 11:18:00 AM
Tommy MiloneSPTwins starter Tommy Milone is unlikely to start on Monday due to a sore neck.Milone was already pushed back to start Monday when Friday's game was rained out. With only two weeks remaining in the season, it is possible Milone is done for the year. Anthony Swarsak is the best candidate to start in Milone's place on Monday.9/13/2014 3:27:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BTwins first baseman Joe Mauer is a .444 hitter (9-for-18) against White Soxc starter Jose Quintana.For the season, he is hitting just.272 with four home runs and 46 RBI, which is certainly disappointing based on his historic standards.9/12/2014 1:36:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco pitched well, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings but lost, 2-0, to the Indians.Nolasco gave up a solo home run to Carlos Santana for his one run. Santana added the Indians second run in the eighth inning. Nolasco is 5-11 with a 5.64 ERA this year.9/11/2014 6:07:00 PM
HotKennys VargasDHTwins first baseman Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a RBI against Corey Kluber in Minnesota's loss to Cleveland on Thursday.Vargas singled to score Danny Santana in the top of the first, and the Twins didn't score again until the ninth. Vargas is batting .306 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 160 at-bats this year. The Twins and Indians will play again on Thursday.9/11/2014 2:59:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSTwins leadoff hitter Danny Santana is back in the starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Indians.Santana missed two games due to a lower back strain. Minnesota has a double header against Cleveland on Thursday, and Santana is slated to bat lead off and play center field in the first game. In 84 games this season, the rookie has been impressive, batting .320/.358/.475 with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases.9/11/2014 12:08:00 PM
HotOswaldo ArciaRFTwins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning as the Twins beat the Indians, 4-3, on Tuesday.Arcia's home run capped off a four-run fourth inning for the Twins, who then held on to win. Arcia does not hit for much of an average .220/.293/.439, but he does occasionally hit a long ball. He has 16 homers and 48 RBI on the year.9/9/2014 10:44:00 PM
Danny SantanaOF/SSTwins leadoff hitter Danny Santana has been downgraded to out for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to a strained lower back.Santana hasn't played since leaving Saturday's game. He's hitting .320 with seven homers, 37 RBI, 57 runs and 15 steals in 337 at-bats and has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises this season.9/9/2014 3:28:00 PM


Detroit
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
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
David PriceSPTigers starter David Price pitched seven and 2/3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits, striking out seven and walking none in a 7-3 victory over the Indians.Price has beaten the Indians twice since Sept. 1 with a loss to the Giants stuck in the middle. Price is 14-11 with a 3.26 ERA on the season.9/12/2014 10:52:00 PM
J.D. MartinezOFTigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI against Cleveland on Friday.Martinez's home run was his 21st of the season. He has been a pleasant surprise to both the Tigers and fantasy owners, hitting .305 with 69 RBI to go along with his 21 dingers. Martinez also supports a .900 OPS.9/12/2014 10:45:00 PM
Victor MartinezDHTigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI on Friday against the Indians.Martinez came into the game going 0-for-6 in his last two games, so the DH is back on track. He is second to only Jose Altuve in batting average at .335 and is ranked in the top 10 in the American League in both home runs (30) and RBI (97) this year.9/12/2014 10:42:00 PM
Rajai DavisCFTigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in Wednesday's starting lineup versus James Shields and the Royals.This isn't unexpected as Davis is just 2-for-18 (.111) against Shields. Don Kelley will get the start in center field.9/10/2014 3:36:00 PM