Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Minnesota
Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Alex CobbSPRays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.The 10 hits was a season-high, so Cobb was certainly hoping for a better start to cap off his superb season. Even with the tough Sunday, Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. Cobb posted a 1.78 ERA after July 1.9/28/2014 6:27:00 PM
Alex ColomeSPRays right-hander Alex Colome earns second victory in final start of season.He did so in fine fashion, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits, and struck out six. Colome finishes 2014 at 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Jake McGee saved his 19th game to seal the win.9/27/2014 9:05:00 PM
Chris ArcherSPRays starter Chris Archer pitched seven 2/3 innings and allowed a lone run on three hits and struck out six but lost to Corey Kluber as the Indians defeated the Rays, 1-0.Archer threw 75 of his 111 pitches for strikes and walked two batters. He finishes the year 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA and 173 strikeouts.9/26/2014 9:50:00 PM
Jeremy HellicksonSPRays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson chased in third inning against Boston.Not a good final outing, as he went 2 1/3 innings, alling six runs (five earned), and struck out two. Hellickson finishes 2014 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.9/25/2014 9:24:00 PM
HotAlex CobbSPRays righty Alex Cobb had another masterful start on Tuesday.He allowed one run on five hits, but up until the eighth inning, it appeared the Rays were going to waste a fifth straight quality start from Cobb. Tampa Bay then scored five runs in the eighth. Cobb is 10-8 with a 2.75 ERA but his ERA is just 1.82 since July 1.9/23/2014 10:43:00 PM
Ben Zobrist2BRays second baseman Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run against the Red Sox on Tuesday.Zobrist hit a two-RBI double in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay took its first lead of the night, 2-1. Zobrist came around to score on David DeJesus' single as the Rays added three more runs in the frame. The second baseman is hitting .273 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI this season.9/23/2014 10:40:00 PM
Yunel EscobarSSRays shortstop Yunel Escobar left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a left knee sprain according to the Tampa Bay Times.Escobar slid awkwardly into home plate. He is being called day-to-day.9/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Kevin KiermaierCFRays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is expected to miss a couple of days due to illness.Kiermaier has shown solid power with 10 homers and a .759 OPS in 317 at-bats.9/23/2014 4:53:00 PM
ColdBen Zobrist2BRays second baseman Ben Zobrist is just 4-for-36 (.111) against Boston right-hander Clay BuchholzZobrist is not a recommended daily fantasy play. He's batting .269 this season with 10 homers, 48 RBI, 80 runs and nine steals. Remember when he was close to being a 20-20 guy every season?9/23/2014 1:34:00 PM
Evan Longoria3BRays third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .189 hitter against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz with 13 strikeouts in 37 at-bats.It is always tough to sit a guy like Longoria, but if you have a decent option at third base, you may want to consider it. Longoria has 22 HR and 90 RBI this season.9/23/2014 1:31:00 PM


Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery to repair his fractured left forearm according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Plouffe originally thought he wasn't going to need the surgery, but a second opinion convinced him to receive it. He should be ready for spring training.9/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BTwins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Tommy MiloneSPTwins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.9/28/2014 9:18:00 AM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier goes 2-for-6 with a homer Saturday versus Detroit.It was his 23rd of the year, and now is hitting .244/.347/.419 with 71 RBI. Dozier has made for great value for fantasy owners in 2014.9/27/2014 10:42:00 PM
Eduardo EscobarSS/3BTwins infielder Eduardo Escobar has monster night.Not only did he hit his sixth homer rof the year, but Escobar also had six RBI on a 4-for-5 night. Not a bad way to end a season.9/27/2014 10:40:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco wins sixth game of season.In his final start of 2014, Nolasco went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, and struck out six. It has not been a good year, however (6-12, 5.38 ERA). Nolasco will look to rebound in 2015.9/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Phil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to reach his 210 innings quota and earn a $500,000 bonus according to MLB.com.That's a head scratcher. Hughes pitched eight innings on Tuesday before the game was stopped due to rain, which ultimately left Hughes 1/3 inning short of 210 on the season. Minnesota offered to let him pitch this weekend to receive the bonus, but he turned it down. If you really don't need the money Hughes, I'll take a half a million bucks. In all seriousness, Hughes has been excellent this year, posting a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts versus just 16 walks.9/25/2014 5:00:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted on Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.Plouffe broke his forearm on Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide at third base. He will not need surgery but will be in a cast for six-to-eight weeks. We expect him to be fine for spring training next year.9/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
Kurt SuzukiCIt is a small sample size, but Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is a career .400 (4-for-10) hitter against Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer.The catcher also has a home run in his 10 at-bats. Prior to his 0-for-3 on Tuesday, Suzuki had hits in his previous nine games.9/25/2014 10:32:00 AM
Phil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes pitches gem against Arizona.He only needed 96 pitches to get through eight innings. Hughes had five strikeouts and let up only one run, on five hits. He is now 16-10 with a respectable 3.52 ERA.9/24/2014 6:13:00 PM