CPR’s wrap up of the day’s most useful fantasy news from the diamonds of the Majors.
- All-time MLB saves leader Trevor Hoffman blew his fifth opportunity in ten chances Tuesday afternoon while staked to a two-run lead against the Reds. Hoffman didn’t retire a single batter as all five he faced found their way aboard in the Reds dramatic 5-4 comeback victory. Yahoo’s Andy Behrens has a good rundown of possible replacements for Hoffman if his horrid early season numbers don’t turn around. I would put my money behind Carlos Villanueva, but none of the options looks that appealing to a save-chasing fantasy owner.
- The Red Sox turned the tables on the Yankees Tuesday and cameback from a 5-1 eighth-inning defecit to down New York 7-6. Mariano Rivera allowed two unearned runs in a tie game in the ninth and then Jonathan Papelbon (10) got redemption from the night before by closing out the home team in the bottom frame. Papelbon allowed an unearned run of his own in the frame, but struck out Randy Winn with the tying run on second to close the game.
- Ryan Franklin (9) finished off the Nats with a perfect ninth at Busch… Neftali Feliz (11) struck out two for his second consecutive save against the Angels… Octavio Dotel (8) nailed down another save as the Pirates’ closer looks much more comfortable after his struggles in April. Dotel closed out the Phillies 2-1… Alfredo Simon pitched an inning and two-thirds Tuesday and got his first win of the year when the Orioles’ scraped across the winning run on a Nick Markakis single in the tenth to beat the Royals 4-3.
- Rockies’ young pitching star Jhoulys Chacin battled through his second straight lackluster start Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Chacin only allowed three runs in 5.2 innings of work, but the lefty walked five against six strikeouts. Chacin could very well become a solid number two starter in the bigs in the not-so-distant future, but the growing pains will pop up throughout 2010.
- Mat Latos went six innings against the Giants Tuesday night at Petco, just a week after one-hitting San Francisco at AT&T Park. Latos scattered six hits and struck out five in the outing while walking just one. He’ll have some bumpy patches yet this year, and he has been given an innings cap of 160 limiting his effectiveness in H2H leagues, but while he keeps rolling Latos is worthy of claiming a place on your rotation no matter what the format.
Hitting Heads Up
- The Indians called up prospect Jason Donald to replace the injured Asdrubal Cabrera and Donald got off to a solid start. The young shortstop went 2-for-3 with two singles in the Indians’ 6-2 loss to the Rays in Tampa. Owners in AL-Only or deep mixed leagues of 16-18 teams could get some mileage out of Donald as he’s expected to get a significant look while Cabrera is out.
- Brennan Boesch keeps on keeping on in Detroit. The rookie left fielder cracked out two more hits Tuesday against the White Sox to raise his average to .387. Boesch is currently owned in 26% of Yahoo! leagues and climbing.
Topics: Alfredo Simon, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brennan Boesch, Carlos Villanueva, Fantasy Baseball, Jason Donald, Jhoulys Chacin, Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano Rivera, Mat Latos, Neftali Feliz, Nick Markakis, Octavio Dotel, Randy Winn, Ryan Franklin, Trevor Hoffman