News: The Baltimore Sun reports that Lopez continues to make a case for taking back a spot in the rotation. He pitched four solid innings of relief allowing only one hit and striking out two against the White Sox Tuesday. "I still have my hopes of coming back [into the rotation]," he said. "I know it could be now or later in the season. Right now, I just need to try to get people out."
Analysis: Lopez is attempting to leapfrog Matt Riley who has recently been pushed back into a reliever role, until the team needs a fifth starter again around May 15. "I'm proud of him [Lopez]," said manager Lee Mazzilli. "I really am because he very easily could have gone the other way. It shows you the kind of character he has. That doesn't go unnoticed, believe me." Lopez has allowed only one earned run and 11 hits in 23 2/3 innings this season. Fantasy owners in AL-only leagues should be starting him and mixed-league owners should prepare to grab him as the middle of the month approaches.