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The Baseball world was buzzing yesterday with Yu Darvish perfecting the Houston Astros lineup. But Ryan Ludwick, an important piece to the Cincinnati Reds offense and a nice power source for fantasy baseball, was ruled out for 3 months! Ludwick injured his shoulder, which originally was thought to be a dislocation, on opening day against the Los Angeles Angels. Ludwick belted 26 home runs and drove the ball for 28 doubles while driving in 80 runs for the Reds last season. Chris Heisey (5 % CBS, 0% ESPN, 2% Yahoo) will get most of the ABs and is a decent fantasy option himself if you are looking for a power bat. He hit 18 home runs and 16 doubles last season as a reserve in just 347 ABs. He is a right handed hitter that doesn't hit lefties very well, so expect some type of platoon in the near future. I would absolutely add him in NL only leagues. Nothing more than a rotational player in mixed formats.Obviously, Collin Cowgill (21% CBS, 8.2% ESPN, 9% Yahoo) looks like a great addition to any owner replacing Ludwick. Cowgill is leading off for the Mets and hit a grandslam on opening day. As the Mets broadcast both said, "he has middle of the order power, in a leadoff hitters body." The Red Sox gave a starting gig to rookie Jackie Bradley JR. (59 % CBS, 55% ESPN, 43% Yahoo) and he had a great debut against C.C. Sabathia. JBJ walked twice, scored twice and drove in a run. Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies is just 32.4% owned in ESPN leagues and 44% on Yahoo, and had one hell of a spring! He hit .356 with 7 homers and 17 RBI in 30 games, 90 ABs.Obviously this early in the season, there are many names available on waivers, so do your research, study your league scoring and come back to us with any questions! Let us know if you owned Ludwick, how you replaced him!
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Ryan Ludwick dislocated his shoulder yesterday. That is certainly a different injury than a separated shoulder. The injury is almost guaranteed to lead to a trip to the DL for Ludwick, the question is how long. I have been asked several times in the three hours since the injury was announced, so I will just address it here.
No matter how long of a trip Ludwick is expected to see...
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish made sure the new guys in the division realized that they have a long way to go before they can really hang with the big boys by throwing a near perfect game. Tuesday night the sophomore pitching sensation dominated the Houston Astros line-up striking out 14 of the first 26 batters he faced, but with one out to go and Major League Baseball...
Texas manager Ron Washington was certainly impressed as he watched Yu Darvish flirt with perfection.
He was even more blown away when he saw a television replay of the Japanese star coming within an out of the second perfect game in Rangers history.
Washington says, ''he was nasty ... his ball was moving all over the place.''
The celebrated right-hander struck...
There's nothing more cruel than a single with two outs in the ninth amidst a perfect game. Well, clearly there are other more cruel things, but losing a perfect game that close to completion is tough. That's what happened to Yu Darvish. He had it, then he didn't. A single up the middle cost him the perfecto, but for a guy entering just his second big league season...
Think Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had the worst night after losing a perfect game in the 9th inning against the Houston Astros?
Well, Rangers pitcher Joe Ortiz might have had worst night since the world now knows that he had to wear a Minnie Mouse backpack to the game:
(Courtesy of Mock Session)
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was one out away Tuesday night from throwing the second perfect game in franchise history. Darvish's dominance of the Houston Astros included a career-high 14 strikeouts.
But his 111th pitch came off Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez's bat and one-hopped right back at Darvish.
The 26-year-old pitcher tried to get his glove down in time but...
Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time...
Marwin Gonzalez earned his hit to break up Yu Darvish‘s perfect game last night. Darvish left a 90 MPH four-seam fastball out over the plate, and Gonzalez hit it hard back up the middle, just under Darvish’s glove. It was a mistake pitch. It was the only one from the 26-year-old Darvish last night in Houston.
For 26 batters, Darvish carved through the Astros lineup in his best...
HOUSTON — Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down...
Despite Yu Darvish‘s near-perfect game Tuesday night, the Rangers’ local TV ratings still could not match last year’s average. In other news, the Penguins’ winning streak attracted another record audience in Pittsburgh over the weekend, [...]
So nice to see Yu. Saludos, my Darvish. Come on, let's mingle. You know, my dear, my father used to say to me, Grey, don't be a schnook. It's not how Yu feel. It's how Yu look. And you, Darvish, you look absolutely marvishlous. Cole Hamels -- bleh. R.A. Dickey -- eh. Yu Darvish -- absolutely marvishlous! When a beautiful girl passes or when you see something...