The Rays placed both Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis on the disabled list yesterday, and Jeremy Hellickson has been recalled to take Davis' spot in the rotation on Tuesday. He's going to make at least 2 starts, and I would definitely pick him up in all leagues for a stretch run.
Jacoby Ellsbury stole 4 bases against the Yankees yesterday, bringing his total to 6 in his limited time. Clearly, there should be no concerns about his ability to steal bases at this point, even though they were off of Jorge Posada.
Carlos Zambrano returned to the starting rotation yesterday against the Giants, and it's still going to be awhile before Zambrano can be trusted. He went 5 innings, but only struck out 3 and walked 7 batters. He did only give up 2 earned runs, but there's no way he can keep that up on a consistent basis walking that many batters.
Chris Carter made his major league debut yesterday for the Athletics, going 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts and playing left field. Look, this is how he's going to be at first, as he had a lot of strikeouts in the minors. But he also has a lot of power potential, with 27 homeruns and 29 doubles in 113 games at AAA. He should be grabbed in all AL only and deeper leagues, and of course keeper leagues if he's not already owned.
Jon Lester outdueled Phil Hughes yesterday to lead the Sox to victory. He went 6 1/3 shutout innings, striking out 6. Lester would also be considered a top Cy Young candidate potentially as well, with a 2.94 ERA and 12 wins, and I'm wondering if he could be a top 10 starting pitcher next season. The strikeouts remain excellent, with more than 9 per 9 innings.
David Price won his 15th game of the season yesterday, striking out 9 in only 5 innings. The 4 walks concern me, as well as the fact that he's not really appearing to go too deep in a lot of games. But the strikeouts are nice, and still has a shot at getting to 20 wins this year as well.
Mike Minor went 6 innings yesterday in his major league debut, striking out 5 and allowing 3 earned runs. He got a no-decision, and looks like he should be a very solid major league starter. Be sure to check out Ray's post about Minor from yesterday for more info about him.
The Brewers' closer situation continues to be fun, as John Axford came in and blew the save yesterday, allowing an earned run on 2 walks to tie the game. They then brought in Trevor Hoffman, who proceeded to give up 3 earned runs and take the loss. I think Axford gets the majority of save opportunities, but I don't feel all that comfortable about it right now.