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|4/17/2014||Joey Votto, 1B (Cin)||Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Analysis: Votto has all four of his home runs and eight of his nine RBIs in the past six games. He's boosted his average to .327 by going 9 for 20 (.450) in that stretch.
|4/17/2014||Johnny Cueto, P (Cin)||Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs, and led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Analysis: Cueto (1-2, 1.50 ERA) had his way with the lineup that beat him 6-2 in the NL wild card playoff at PNC Park last year. He limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011.
|4/17/2014||Aramis Ramirez, 3B (Mil)||Ramirez had three hits and drove in a run in a 5-1 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Milwaukee third baseman boosted his average back up to .377. He has a team-best 13 RBIs in 15 games.
|4/17/2014||Wily Peralta, P (Mil)||Peralta allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday to avoid a series sweep.
Analysis: Peralta (2-0, 1.96 ERA) allowed six hits and struck out three in his second win in as many starts. He's given up one earned run in each of those two outings and a total of four in his three games this season.
|4/17/2014||Martin Prado, 3B (Ari)||Prado had three hits in Arizona's 5-2 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Analysis: Prado, now batting .261, was 1 for 16 in his previous five games.
|4/17/2014||Dillon Gee, P (NYM)||Gee allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings, and the New York Mets beat Arizona 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and send the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss.
Analysis: Gee (1-0, 3.71 ERA) retired his first 14 batters before Martin Prado's double down the left-field line. He struck out three, walked none and threw 72 pitches.
|4/17/2014||Christian Yelich, LF (Mia)||Yelich extended his hit streak to 11 games in a 6-3 loss to Washington on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Miami Marlins outfielder is batting .370 (17 for 46) during his streak.
|4/17/2014||Justin Morneau, 1B (Col)||Morneau finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in both of Colorado's runs in a 4-2 loss to San Diego on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Morneau raised his batting average back up to .354 with Wednesday's performance. He was 2 for 14 (.143) in his previous five games.
|4/17/2014||Andrew Cashner, P (SD)||Cashner pitched into the eighth inning while lifting the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Cashner (2-1) wasn't nearly as sharp as when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Detroit on Friday before settling for a one-hitter with a career-best 11 strikeouts. But the righty was resourceful as he consistently pitched his way out of trouble. He held the Rockies hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. Cashner gave up nine hits overall and allowed two runs - one earned - with five strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.
|4/17/2014||Chris Denorfia, RF (SD)||Denorfia drove in two runs to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Denorfia, batting .275, went 2 for 4 after going 4 for 19 (.211) in his prior six games.
|4/17/2014||Justin Marks, P (KC)||After placing outfielder Lorenzo Cain on the disabled list, the Kansas City Royals recalled Marks from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Analysis: Marks went 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in one start and two relief appearances for the Storm Chasers.
|4/17/2014||Lorenzo Cain, CF (KC)||Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Analysis: Cain was injured trying to beat a throw to first base in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. He is hitting .333 with five RBIs and two stolen bases in 12 games this season.
|4/17/2014||Jose Abreu, 1B (CWS)||The Chicago White Sox are giving slumping slugger Jose Abreu a day off.
Analysis: Manager Robin Ventura didn't put the Cuban rookie in the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against Boston. Abreu is in a 1-for-25 rut. Ventura says the first baseman has "a lot going on" and that it's "the right time" to give him a break before the White Sox go on the road to Texas.
|4/17/2014||Felix Hernandez, P (Sea)||Hernandez did not get a decision Wednesday.
Analysis: Facing Texas ace Yu Darvish, Hernandez struck out nine in seven innings and gave up one run. You should use him next week against the lowly Astros.
|4/17/2014||Yu Darvish, P (Tex)||Darvish did not get a decision Wednesday.
Analysis: Facing ace Felix Hernandez, Darvish struck eight and walked two in seven innings, but remains winless in his last eight home starts despite a 2.33 ERA in those games. His ERA is 0.82.
|4/17/2014||Anibal Sanchez, P (Det)||Sanchez struck out eight Tigers on Wednesday.
Analysis: Sanchez gave up three runs - two earned - and two hits in five innings. He will face the ChiSox next.
|4/17/2014||Zach McAllister, P (Cle)||McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings in the Cleveland Indians' 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Analysis: McAllister walked two and struck out four to move to 2-0. He draws the Royals next.
|4/17/2014||Yan Gomes, C (Cle)||Gomes had two RBIs and two hits Wednesday for the Tribe.
Analysis: The Brazilian is hitting .293 but faces a tough matchup Thursday against Justin Verlander.
|4/17/2014||Jake Odorizzi, P (TB)||Odorizzi lost to the O's on Wednesday.
Analysis: Odorizzi allowed three runs and five hits in five innings but he didn't get a whiff of support.
|4/17/2014||Adam Jones, CF (Bal)||The Orioles capitalized on two infield singles by Jones in a 3-0 victory Wednesday.
Analysis: Jones is scuffling with a .682 OPS so he needs to hit the ball out of the infield to help fantasy owners.
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