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The Royals' speedster Joey Gathright went 0-2 yesterday and is only one for his last thirteen, but, in that time, he has drawn six walks. Since getting to firstbase is his only standard as a hitter, I wouldn't focus too much on the 1-13.

Speaking of Royals' hitters, rookie 3B Alex Gordon is hitting more than .200 for the first time in his major league career.  Here's to hoping he goes 1-5 tonight so he can remain over that benchmark for consecutive days.

Since being activated from the DL, Twins' catcher Joe Mauer is 4-22 following last night's oh-fer.  Given how valuable his fellow catcher Mike Redmond is in AL-onlys with that .304 AVG, I'd consider buying Mauer at any discount offered even if he is not 100%.

To continue on the Weak AL Catcher meme, the Angels' Jose Molina stole his second base of the season.  The Angels fearlessness on the basepaths borders on recklessness, don't you think?

More, Jason Kendall continued his hot hitting with a 3-5 day (and another appearance in the OF!).  He has hit .500 in his last 22 ABs and is in no danger of falling below the Medoza Line.  For those looking to buy low, he can still be had.  

What is now clear in the Oakland bullpen is rookie reliever Santiago Casilla nee Jario Garcia is now the #2 for saves as he closed out yesterday's eleven-inning victory.  If Rich Harden's return to the 25-man roster proceeds as the A's expect, Casilla could be a second-half sleeper for saves.

The Rangers Victor Diaz went 0-4 and is down to a more expected .256.  He struck out twice to run his season total to 28 in 82 ABs.  With just one walk and a 65.9% contact rate, he can be dropped in shallow AL-only leagues and completely ignored in all other formats.

Fantasy Injuries with Will Carroll at 11AM.

MLB with Jerry Crasnick at noon.

NBA with Chris Sheridan at noon.

Baseball Prospectus' Dan Fox at 2PM.

Fantasy Football with Scott Engel at 3PM

NFL with Matt Mosely at 4PM.