"HARVEY'S BETTER" is my early leader for chant of the year - it's what the Mets fans yelled at Stephen Strasburg on Friday night. Here's some video.
Who's off: Royals, Tigers, Mets, Dodgers
First pitch: The A's and Red Sox get underway at 6:35 p.m. ET, while the National League has a pair of 7:05 starts.
Interleague DH issues: None to speak of. The Marlins visit the Twins, and they'll presumably add a bad hitter to their lineup. Austin Kearns, maybe?
Streaming starters: Wandy Rodriguez dominated the Braves on Friday, Bronson Arroyo looked strong against the Marlins on Saturday, and Wily Peralta beat the Cubs on Sunday. Our streaming starter record is up to 10-8, thanks in part to some predictably weak opponents.
Tonight's pick is Mike Leake (owned in 2.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Cubs, while Tuesday's selection is Carlos Villanueva (27.1 percent owned) versus the Reds.
On to the news:
- With Freddie Freeman returning from the DL tonight, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says he's going to abandon his third-base platoon and play Chris Johnson every day. Sorry, Juan Francisco.
- With 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the DL due to a hamstring injury, the Nationals have promoted top prospect Anthony Rendon. Should you grab Rendon in a non-keeper format? Eh, maybe for this week. The talented 22-year-old has shown tremendous ability to get on base, but not much power yet. Also, Zimmerman is expected to be out for the minimum 15 days, meaning that he's targeting a return next weekend.
- Why did Wilton Lopez blow a save for the Rockies on Sunday? Because Rafael Betancourt had pitched on four of the previous five days. Nothing to see here.
- Dayan Viciedo's oblique strain might keep him out longer than 15 days. The White Sox used Jordan Danks and Dewayne Wise to replace Viciedo in the lineup over the weekend, and either one can be considered for emergency duty in AL-only leagues. If you want to gamble on a little bit of upside, try Danks. Wise might steal a few bases, but we already know he's a crummy hitter.
- Yankees 1B Kevin Youkilis rested with back tightness on Sunday, but he'll probably play against Matt Moore and the Rays tonight.
- With Chad Billingsley (elbow) on the DL for what figures to be an extended period, the Dodgers will start lefties Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly and Hyun-Jin Ryu against the Mets this week. Don't they know John Buck is waiting for them?
- The Astros made a Martinez swap this weekend, with J.D. (knee) heading to the DL, and Fernando being called up from the minors. Fernando swings at everything, but he has some power (19 HR between Triple A and MLB last season), and at 24 he's not far removed from being a highly-regarded prospect. AL-only owners might want to check his availability.
- Speaking of prospects, the Red Sox called up SP Allen Webster to pitch against the Royals in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. Webster pitched well, but he'll head back to the minors right away.
- The Indians placed SP Brett Myers (elbow) on the DL. Zzz ...
- With Ryan Hanigan (oblique) on the DL, Devin Mesoraco takes over as the Reds' starting catcher. There's some pop in Mesoraco's bat, if you like that sort of thing.
- The A's seem to think that Brett Anderson (ankle) will be able to make his next start on Wednesday.
- Mitchell Boggs isn't the Cardinals' closer anymore, but he's still getting knocked around.
- Ouch! Rays SS prospect Hak-Ju Lee is probably done for the season due to a knee injury.
- Jose Valverde pitched on Friday and Saturday for the A-ball Lakeland Tigers, and walked a batter in each outing. Meanwhile, Al Alburquerque whiffed five batters in two innings for the Tigers on Sunday, giving him 16 Ks versus four walks in nine innings so far this season. I'm just saying ...
See you back here tomorrow morning.