Homer Bailey SP CIN 25 minutes ago
Bailey and Mike Leake will switch spots in the order of the Reds rotation as a result of Saturday's rainout.
Bailey will now pitch Thursday against the Braves instead of Wednesday against the Brewers. "So he has a couple of extra days, just because he's still in that rehab process of building his endurance, bouncing back and coming off that surgery," manager Bryan Price said. "It will get a lot easier as we get closer to the late spring and early summer than it is right now. That just makes sense."
Johnny Cueto SP CIN 28 minutes ago
The Reds could have skipped on of their starters to keep Cueto on his regular four days' rest after Saturday's rainout but opted against it.
The big reason is that Cueto threw 125 pitches in his last start Wednesday against the Brewers. He'll face the same Brewers team Tuesday.
Devin Mesoraco C CIN 31 minutes ago
Mesoraco (hip) once again appeared in a pinch-hit role Sunday, drawing a walk. He will not attempt to catch for another few more days, however.
Reds manager Bryan Price is content using Mesoraco in this pinch-hitting role for the time being. "Unless we get into a situation where we feel we need a player that can do more than solely pinch-hit, he'll continue to do his rehab in preparation to get back behind the plate," Price said. "It will still be a few more days before we kick the tires on Devin getting down into the crouch and doing some catching work. At this point in time, he can still contribute as an offensive player."
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 56 minutes ago
Moreland occupied the fifth spot in the lineup on Sunday against the Angels and went 3-for-5 with two RBI, including the game-tying single in the ninth inning.
That is back-to-back starts in the five-hole for Moreland, who is now batting .310 on the season to go along with 9 RBI. Moreland is capable of hitting for power and average and could be in for a decent run of production as long as he's batting in the middle of the order and stays in the lineup versus lefties, which he did on Sunday.
Ryan Cook RP OAK 58 minutes ago
Cook made his return to the A's on Sunday, throwing a scoreless seventh inning in a tie game.
The A's threw Cook right into a high leverage spot as he entered the game in a 5-5 tie. Cook has a chance to return to the setup role he has manned the last couple of years with a few strong outings, especially with the A's struggles so far in the bullpen.
Brett Lawrie 2B/3B OAK 1 hour ago
After missing Saturday's game, Lawrie returned on Sunday with a nice game, driving in three runs.
Lawrie banged his knee on Friday leading to the Saturday absence, but was able to miss only the one game. Lawrie has struggled to start the year, hitting .219 with 25 strikeouts through his first 73 at-bats.
Tyler Clippard RP OAK 1 hour ago
Clippard blew the save and took the loss on Sunday, allowing two earned runs over 1.1 innings.
Clippard entered the game in the eighth inning and got out of a jam, but then blew the save in the ninth allowing a two-run double to Evan Gattis. Clipprd was hurt by a poor decision by Brett Lawrie on a ground ball that should have been an out, but allowed the double to Gattis on his own. This was only the second save opportunity Clippard has had this year and he was not able to convert it. He will hold down the role until Sean Doolittle returns from injury, likely in mid to late May.
Jake Smolinski LF TEX 1 hour ago
Smolinski hit second in the order for the second straight game on Sunday, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored against the Angels.
Although he is hitting a cool .114 on the season, the Rangers have moved Smolinski near the top of the order the past two games, both against left-handed starters. With the team's acquisition of Josh Hamilton, Smolinski will need to start hitting if he wants to avoid demotion to the minors.
Neftali Feliz RP TEX 1 hour ago
Feliz picked up his first win of the season on Sunday against the Angels, allowing a run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts over two innings.
Entering a tie game, Feliz breezed through the 10th inning and battled through some trouble in the 11th to close the game out after the Rangers had taken the lead. The four strikeouts were a positive sign, but Feliz's low usage thus far and his less than ideal ratios left a lot to be desired by his owners.
Nick Martinez SP TEX 1 hour ago
Martinez was great against the Angels on Sunday, tossing six shutout innings, scattering seven hits and walking two. He did not factor into the decision.
The 24-year-old righty has only allowed one run through 26 innings this season, and could easily be sitting at 4-0 with a little more timely run support. He doesn't strike out many batters (just 11 through four starts), but Martinez's solid ratios make him a useful fantasy option.