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Minnesota Twins veteran hurler Matt Shoemaker had a promising first outing of the spring with his new team. A free agent well into the offseason, he did not allow a hit or a walk over 2.1 innings of work. Shoemaker isn't flashy but the 34-year-old hurler could provide some stability to the bottom half of the club's starting rotation. It's also possible that he could open the year as a long-man in the bullpen but he hasn't pitched in relief since 2015. Last season with Toronto, Shoemaker posted a 4.71 ERA but had a solid 26-9 K-BB in 28.2 innings. He struggled to keep the ball in the park and allowed eight home runs.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger hit a home run Saturday, launching a Michael Pineda slider over the left field fence to put the Mariners up 2-0 in the top of the third inning. The home run was Haniger's only hit in the contest, but he did also drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the tenth inning to give the Mariners the lead for good. Haniger has been very solid out of the leadoff spot thus far, posting an .868 OPS with two home runs and and six RBI. He's been a solid value, and is worthy of a roster spot in all leagues.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell hit his first major league home run Saturday afternoon, knocking a Michael Pineda fastball over the right field wall in the top of the third inning to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. For the afternoon, Trammell went 1-for-3 with the home run, a walk, and two runs scored. Trammell has struggled to a .136 batting average over his first 22 at-bats, but he still offers a solid floor with his speed and on-base skills. He is a solid bench add for the time being.
San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler is optimistic shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (shoulder) can be activated off the IL when eligible on April 16. Tatis performed hitting and fielding drills on Saturday as he mends from a partially torn labrum. The 22-year-old suffered a left shoulder subluxation on Monday that looked to be a serious injury but the team is confident it won't require immediate surgery. Off to a slow start in 2021 with just a .619 OPS and one home run, fantasy managers can tentatively expect Tatis back in about a week. Despite the subpar headline stats, Tatis has maintained an elite 64 percent hard hit rate and 95.4 mph exit velocity. Expect that luck to turn if he comes back healthy.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was the only source of run production in the team's 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. Turner went 3-for-3 in the game and hit a solo home run, his second home run of the year. Turner is off to a fantastic start to the 2021 season. Through seven games, he is slashing .414/.455/.724. He has three doubles, eight RBI and six runs. He's a mainstay in the three-spot in one of the league's most potent lineups. He's one of the game's best contact hitters and has some power upside as well. Keep throwing him in your lineup without thinking twice.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross made his first start since October of 2019 on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched well. He went five innings and allowed two hits, two walks and no runs while striking out four. Ross opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2019, he went 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues and NL-only leagues, but isn't a must-add in any format at this point. His next start will be on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler (knee) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Fowler suffered a knee injury in the second inning of Friday's game and was carted off the field. It sounds like he may need at least a few more days off or even require a trip to the injured list. Juan Lagares is getting the start in right field and batting ninth on Saturday. This is Fowler's first year with the Angels. Through seven games, he has gone 5-for-20 with a walk and no extra-base hits.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh is absent from the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against lefty Steven Matz and the Toronto Blue Jays. Albert Pujols is manning first base for the game and hitting fifth. Walsh is off to a strong start to the year. He's reached base in six straight games and is slashing .375/.464/.833 with three home runs, three walks, nine RBI and six runs. The left-handed Walsh performed relatively well against lefties last year, hitting .324, but he had a slugging percentage of just .471, compared to .738 against righties. Expect to see him back in the lineup on Sunday.
Colorado Rockies second baseman/outfielder Chris Owings (thumb) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain. Owings had been dealing with hamstring tightness earlier this week, causing him to sit two straight games, but this is a new injury. The team called up infielder Alan Trejo in a corresponding move. Owings has been fantastic so far this year, going 8-for-16 with three triples and three doubles. Trejo will have an opportunity for playing time while Owings is sidelined and outfielders Sam Hilliard and Yonathan Daza should see a bump in playing time as well.
San Francisco Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella (back) is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against Chi Chi Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies. This will be only his second start of the year. He's been dealing with back tightness lately. The team has also primarily utilized fellow second baseman Donovan Solano against lefties this year. La Stella only has seven plate appearances on the year. He has gone 1-for-6 with a double and a walk. He could be fantasy relevant in NL-only leagues and deep leagues at some point this year, but for now, he can remain on waivers in all leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer (undisclosed) left Saturday's game in the middle of the third inning with an apparent injury. He walked off the mound with the team's athletic trainer and was replaced in the game by Andrew Kittredge. The details of the injury are yet to be revealed. This was Archer's first start of the year and he was off to a solid start. His day ended after pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing three hits, no walks and no runs while striking out four. We should have an update on the nature and severity of the injury soon. Stay tuned.