Player Notes - Tampa Bay and Kansas City
Tampa Bay
Desmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his left knee and as expected is not in Saturday's starting lineup.Jennings' X-rays were negative so he should be considered day-to-day. At most he should miss the final two games before the All-Star break. He's batting .246 with eight homers, 24 RBI, 48 runs and 12 steals.7/12/2014 3:43:00 PM
Desmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his left knee, according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.Jennings' X-rays were negative so he should be considered day-to-day with a bruise.7/11/2014 8:21:00 PM
Wil MyersRFRays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) has been cleared to begin baseball activities.Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been done little this season batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBI.7/11/2014 4:39:00 PM
HotBen Zobrist2BTampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 11-for-26 (.423) with four doubles and a home run against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas.Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .268 and his OPS from .726 to .760 since July 1 with five multi-hit games.7/8/2014 10:24:00 AM
HotBen Zobrist2BTampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 13-for-27 (.481) with four doubles over his last six games.Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .268 and his OPS from .726 to .761 in that span.7/7/2014 5:13:00 PM
Jake OdorizziSPTampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi struck out eight batters and allowed two runs on six hits over six innings Monday against the Royals, but the Rays couldn't get on the board.Odorizzi is 4-8, but he's pitched better than that. The right-hander has struck out 109 batters in 94 1/3 innings this season and recorded a 2.97 ERA in his last 12 starts.7/7/2014 10:25:00 PM
Jeremy HellicksonSPRays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is scheduled to start Tuesday against Kansas City.Hellickson has recovered from offseason elbow surgery and this will be his season debut. The team has already made room for him by moving Erik Bedard to the bullpen and optioning Vince Belnome to Triple-A Durham.7/7/2014 1:22:00 PM
Evan Longoria3BTampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria went 2-for-2 with a double and a solo homer Friday at Detroit.Longoria's hits just aren't going for extra bases that often in 2014. He had just one in his previous 14 games and has 25 on the year even after Friday's game.7/4/2014 10:33:00 PM
Desmond JenningsCFTampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is 1-for-12 with five Ks in his career against Detroit starter Max Scherzer.Jennings' numbers -- .241, seven homers, 21 RBI, 41 runs, 12 steals -- put him on a similar pace as the last two seasons. He should be avoided Thursday against Scherzer.7/3/2014 12:23:00 PM
HotBen Zobrist2BTampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist went 3-for-5 with two doubles Wednesday against the Yankees.Zobrist has gone 11-for-32 with four doubles, two triples and a homer over his last eight games. However, the versatile switch-hitter is on pace for just 34 RBI in 521 at-bats this season.7/2/2014 5:13:00 PM

Kansas City
Alcides EscobarSSRoyals shortstop Alcides Escobar has put together a solid season for fantasy owners, but should be avoided Saturday afternoon, as he's 1-for-23 (.043) versus Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello.Escobar has already matched his 2013 stolen base total (22) and is batting .283 with 41 runs scored and 28 RBI. His .709 OPS won't kill you either.7/12/2014 11:04:00 AM
Norichika AokiRFRoyals outfielder Norichika Aoki was activated from the 15-day disabled list and will lead off and play right field Friday night against Detroit.Aoki (.263, 0 HR, 14 RBI) has recovered from a groin strain, but likely won't try to steal bases at first. Unfortunately without that speed, he doesn't present much of a value to fantasy owners.7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM
ColdSalvador PerezCRoyals catcher Salvador Perez is hitless in 12 at-bats against Detroit hurler Anibal Sanchez.Perez (.282, 11 HR, 35 RBI) is having a bad week going 5-for-26 so combined with a poor matchup should be avoided for Friday.7/11/2014 10:19:00 AM
Mike Moustakas3BRoyals third baseman Mike Moustakas is questionable for Thursday's game against Detroit due to flu-like symptoms.Moustakas is still batting below the Mendoza Line (.193) and fantasy owners have likely already given up on him, but he did hit home run No. 10 this week.7/10/2014 10:18:00 AM
Alex GordonLFKansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just 2-for-17 with nine strikeouts versus Detroit starter Drew Smyly.Gordon went for an MRI on a sprained right wrist Wednesday so combined with this poor matchup should have him sitting again Thursday.7/10/2014 9:52:00 AM
Jason VargasSPRoyals trainer Nick Kenney said the team is prepared to be without starter Jason Vargas (emergency appendectomy) for three to four weeks, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.Vargas has gone 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 125 innings this season. Bruce Chen will take his spot in the rotation, though newly signed veteran Joe Saunders may also be an option.7/9/2014 6:21:00 PM
Alex GordonLFKansas City left fielder Alex Gordon was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sprained right wrist. SOURCE: Andy McCullough, KC StarGordon is going for an MRI. He hurt himself sliding against the Indians and said he currently cannot swing the bat.7/9/2014 10:28:00 PM
HotLorenzo CainCFKansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk a steal and two runs Tuesday at Tampa Bay.Cain is batting .322 with 11 steals this season, though he has very little power and has benefited from a .397 BABIP.7/8/2014 10:45:00 PM
Billy ButlerDHRoyals DH Billy Butler is a career .643 hitter (9-for-14) against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.Butler still isn't hitting with any power (2 HR) and he's even struggling with his average over the past 10 games hitting just .195 over that span. Its a great matchup, but the struggling hitter may not be able to take advantage.7/8/2014 10:27:00 AM
ColdAlex GordonLFKansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Monday at Tampa Bay.Gordon (.269, 9 HR, 44 RBI) had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats (.075). His inclusion on the 2014 AL All-Star team is as much about his defense as it is his hitting. According to FanGraphs, he leads baseball with a UZR of 23.9.7/7/2014 10:28:00 PM