FANTASY PLAYS: Analyzing several April baseball surprises

There are several fantasy baseball surprises as we head into May, both good and bad. This week, we examine two impressive early season hitters, a struggling starter, a mirage at closer and a player who's better in real life than fantasy. CHEERS Aaron Judge, NYY - Judge is giving Yankees fans everything they hoped to see and more. With an average over .

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes limped off with a pulled hamstring, Matt Harvey was chased in the fifth inning as he made an emergency start in place of ailing Noah Syndergaard, and the New York Mets' losing streak reached six with a 7-5 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

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MLB-SCHEDULE Mets mash Phillies UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets' feast-or-famine offense was in complete feast mode on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) belted three home runs and two other Mets came within a triple of the cycle in a 14-4 clobbering of the Phillies.

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MLB-SCHEDULE Mets mash Phillies UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets' feast-or-famine offense was in complete feast mode on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) belted three home runs and two other Mets came within a triple of the cycle in a 14-4 clobbering of the Phillies.

Cespedes hits 3 HRs, Harvey leaves with cramp in Mets win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes slowly circled the bases after each of his three homers, enjoying the results on a sweet night that began with an impressive power stroke in batting practice. Cespedes became the first Mets player to hit three homers in a game twice and New York went deep seven times to back Matt Harvey in a 14-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

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GOLF-MASTERS Hoffman goes on birdie-run after top-ranked Johnson withdraws from Masters AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman was too hot to catch. Dustin Johnson was too sore to play. Hoffman has the first-round lead at the Masters, taming Augusta National during an afternoon in which the top-ranked Johnson had to withdraw because of a back injury.

Harvey looks like ace of old; Mets top Braves 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Harvey walked from the mound to the dugout and raised his glove with his pitching hand, acknowledging fans chanting his name. At least for a night, The Dark Knight returned. "I obviously have one less rib, but I feel strong and ready to go," Harvey said after leading the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday in his return from major surgery.

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MASTERS-JOHNSON WITHDRAWS Hoffman goes on birdie-run after top-ranked Johnson withdraws from Masters AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Charley Hoffman was too hot to catch. Dustin Johnson was too sore to play. Hoffman has the first-round lead at the Masters, taming Augusta National during an afternoon in which the top-ranked Johnson had to withdraw because of a back injury.

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LEADING OFF: Stroman coming off WBC MVP; Harvey, Tebow debut

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HEAD START Marcus Stroman makes his season debut for Toronto after winning MVP honors with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic last month. Stroman was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts for the United States, including six dominant innings during an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the championship game.