The Twins, Jason Kubel more specifically, took advantage of a rare moment of vulnerability from Mariano Rivera.
Rivera walked in a run and surrendered a grand slam to Kubel to take the loss Sunday. Only two of the runs were his responsibility — blame the other three on Joba Chamberlain — but the Yankees were in the lead when Mo’ took the mound.
There is a lot of stuff — sorry, but it’s the only word that can encompass the depth of happenings around baseball on Sunday/early Monday — going on in fantasy baseball. Let’s talk about some of them:
Drew Storen — Will report to the big league club on May 17. We’ve told you several times that he is the closer in waiting. He’s probably not available in your dynasty league, but you could check anyway. We’ll be here when you get back.
Scott Sizemore — Demoted. The Tigers will play Carlos Guillen at 2B when he gets back from the DL. For now, Danny Worth made his Major League debut on Sunday. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Don’t get too excited.
Max Scherzer — Demoted. He was sent down to make room for Armando Galarraga who was his typical unimpressive self as the starter Sunday. You don’t want Galarraga, unless you’re in a deep AL-only.
Andre Ethier — A broken knuckle in his pinkie finger will keep him out for an undetermined amount of time. Some reports are saying it will be a few weeks. Etheir is the top player in all of fantasy, so this is a huge loss for fantasy teams.
Starlin Castro — Went 0-for-4 on Sunday. Since his expectations-boosting debut on May 7, Castro has no extra base hits, no steals and no RBI. Yep, that’s what we said.
Manny Corpas — Notched his second save in as many days. Looks like he’s the dude in Colorado for now, especially since Huston Street’s back under repairs after a setback during his rehab assignment. Street likely won’t be ready to roll until June.
Matt Daley — Demoted to make room for Jeff Francis. Daley, you might remember, made our first holds update. He got beat up in his last outing on May 14, allowing four baserunners and three runs in a third of an inning.
Jeff Francis — The aforementioned Francis started Sunday and was better than usual — 6 Ks, 9 baserunners in 7 IP. But the bottom line is he’ll get 4-6 Ks per game and have an ERA above 4.00. A streaming starter? Yes. He should also be owned in NL-onlys.
Wade LeBlanc — Allowed 5 baserunners (3 walks), 1 earned run and struck out four. He walks a few more than we’d like, but he’s kept his season ERA at 1.54, his WHIP at 1.31 and is 2-1. Stream him.
Jake Westbrook — Struck out eight and allowed one run in a complete game win. He lopped nearly 80 points off his ERA down to 4.27. He’s got a 1.51 WHIP.
Curtis Granderson — Hit and ran without pain before the Yankees game on Sunday, but he’s still weeks away from helping your fantasy team.
Kurt Suzuki — Came back from the DL on Sunday and was inserted into the Athletics cleanup spot. He responded in true A’s fashion, by going a powerless 0-for-4.
Jack Cust — Called back to the bigs on Saturday. He had an 0-fer, but went 2-for-3 on Sunday. Cust missed 34 games but will be leading the Athletics in homers (Suzuki and Eric Patterson each have four) within two weeks.