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    • Daniel Mengden OAK SP
      Athletics' Daniel Mengden: Thriving with Triple-A Nashville
      4h ago

      Daniel Mengden is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and .189 BAA over four starts with Triple-A Nashville.

      The 24-year-old right-hander has been particularly effective in his last two starts, allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 13 innings while also compiling 12 strikeouts. Mengden is projected to remain with the Sounds for the moment, although if Jesse Hahn (triceps) and Kendall Graveman (shoulder) both land on the disabled list as expected, he could be in line for a call-up.

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    • Drew Smyly SEA SP
      Mariners' Drew Smyly: Increases intensity of throwing program
      4h ago

      Drew Smyly (elbow) increased the intensity of his throwing program Friday by moving out to a distance of about 90 feet, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

      Smyly continues on track for a return to the decimated Seattle Mariners rotation sometime in June. If all goes according to plan, the team could have its original projected 2017 starting five healthy for the first time in just a few weeks, as Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) and James Paxton (forearm) are all projected to return soon as well.

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    • Jose Martinez STL 1B
      Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Solid effort in first rehab game
      4h ago

      Jose Alberto Martinez (groin), who went 2-for-5 with a two-run ground-rule double and a run in his first start with High-A Palm Beach on Friday, can spend a maximum of 20 days in the minors on his rehab assignment, Derrick Gold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      At the 20-day juncture, the St. Louis Cardinals must either bring Martinez back to the big-league club, option him to Triple-A Memphis or return him to the disabled list. The 28-year-old is projected to put in some time at first base while with Palm Beach, as the recent trade of Matt Adams to the Braves has opened up the top backup job behind Matt Carpenter.

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    • Stephen Piscotty STL RF
      Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty: Leaves team to tend to family matter
      5h ago

      Stephen Piscotty left the team Friday to tend to a family matter, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      The outfielder headed to California to tend to the issue, but manager Mike Matheny has stated that the team does not intend to make a corresponding roster move for the time being. Piscotty was already in Denver with the team for the opening game of the weekend series against the Rockies when he received word of the situation. The 26-year-old has been struggling on the team's current road trip with a .143 average and was not projected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

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    • Blake Snell TB SP
      Rays' Blake Snell: Throws 112 pitches in Friday start
      5h ago

      Snell, Blake fired 112 pitches and racked up nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a start for Triple-A Durham on Friday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The young southpaw also gave up four earned runs on five hits and four walks, experiencing some of the control problems that led to his demotion in the first place. Snell is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 21:6 K:BB over 11.2 innings across two starts with the Bulls. He's likely due for several more appearances in the minors at a minimum, as the Tampa Bay Rays would like to see him put together a stretch of outings during which he locates the ball consistently.

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    • James Paxton SEA SP
      Mariners' James Paxton: Expected to return Wednesday
      5h ago

      James Paxton (forearm) threw four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Arkansas on Friday night and is expected to rejoin the rotation Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

      Paxton threw 55 pitches and allowed two runs on five hits. His control was sharp, as he didn't walk a batter. Paxton was lights-out in six starts before hitting the disabled list (1.43 ERA, 0.88 WHIP), and he looks like he's in fine form as he nears his return.

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    • Juan Centeno HOU C
      Astros' Juan Centeno: To be optioned in favor of Brian McCann
      7h ago

      Juan Centeno will be optioned to make room for the injured Brian McCann's return from the disabled list, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Centeno went 3-for-7 with a pair of home runs over the past three days, but even that performance wasn't enough to save him from an option. Expect Centeno to be the Houston Astros ' first choice should they require an injury replacement behind the dish again.

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    • Manny Pina MIL C
      Brewers' Manny Pina: Out of lineup Friday
      13h ago

      Manuel Elias Pina (elbow) not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.

      The news on Pina has been generally positive as X-rays were negative after he was hit by a 94-mph heater from Robbie Ray on Thursday. He will miss at least one start, but the Milwaukee Brewers have not yet made a move to add a third catcher to the roster, which suggests Pina will be available in an emergency.

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    • Gary Sanchez NYY C
      Yankees' Gary Sanchez: Sitting out Friday
      13h ago

      Gary Sanchez is not in the starting lineup Friday against the A's.

      It's the second time in the past three games that Sanchez heads to the bench, though it may be due to his unimpressive numbers against left-handed pitching (.167/.318/.167). Look for the catching phenom to be back behind the plate Saturday while Austin Romine takes over in his stead.

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    • Jesus Sucre TB C
      Rays' Jesus Sucre: Heads to bench Friday
      13h ago

      Jesus Sucre is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins.

      Derek Norris is set to take over behind the plate for Friday's series opener, which will bump Sucre back to the bench. Sucre has been seeing inconsistent playing time of late, collecting one hit in eight at-bats over the course of this week. On the season, Sucre is slashing .260/.296/.420 with two home runs and 13 RBI over 50 at-bats.

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    • Travis d'Arnaud NYM C
      Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Sits out Friday
      14h ago

      D'Arnaud is not in the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

      The 28-year-old catcher returned from the disabled list Wednesday, but he'll get a night off after failing to pick up a hit since his activation. Rene Rivera will catch Jacob deGrom on Friday night.

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    • Alex Avila DET C
      Tigers' Alex Avila: Starting at first base Friday
      15h ago

      Alex Avila is back in the lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox, batting second and playing first base.

      The 30-year-old was scheduled for an off day Thursday after sustaining a left hand injury Wednesday, but ended up filling in for the injured James McCann, who subsequently was placed on the 10-day DL with a hand laceration. The sudden turn of events means Avila will be in line for the lion's share of starts behind the plate, which will give him further opportunities to prove his worth as an everyday starter. He's off to a great start thus far, batting .310 with 10 RBI and a .953 OPS this month. Avila takes the spot of Miguel Cabrera at first base for the opening game Friday, as John Hicks fills in behind the dish.

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    • Jose Martinez STL 1B
      Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Solid effort in first rehab game
      4h ago

      Jose Alberto Martinez (groin), who went 2-for-5 with a two-run ground-rule double and a run in his first start with High-A Palm Beach on Friday, can spend a maximum of 20 days in the minors on his rehab assignment, Derrick Gold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      At the 20-day juncture, the St. Louis Cardinals must either bring Martinez back to the big-league club, option him to Triple-A Memphis or return him to the disabled list. The 28-year-old is projected to put in some time at first base while with Palm Beach, as the recent trade of Matt Adams to the Braves has opened up the top backup job behind Matt Carpenter.

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    • Justin Smoak TOR 1B
      Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Crushes 11th homer Friday
      7h ago

      Justin Smoak went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks and two runs Friday against the Rangers.

      Smoak's 11th blast of the year extended the Toronto Blue Jays ' lead in the third inning of a winning effort. At 30 years old, he appears to be on his way to a career year, as he's slashing .280/.347/.553. Fantasy owners need to decide whether to keep on riding him, or whether it's time to trade him away while his value is at an all-time high.

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    • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
      Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Given night off
      13h ago

      Miguel Cabrera is not in the lineup for Friday's matchup against the White Sox.

      The first game of Friday's scheduled doubleheader was rained out, but manager Brad Ausmus will still give his All-Star hitter the full night off. Cabrera figures to play at least one installment of Saturday's doubleheader in Chicago. The recently recalled John Hicks will take over at first base Friday against Mike Pelfrey.

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    • Yonder Alonso OAK 1B
      Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Remains out Friday
      14h ago

      Yonder Alonso (wrist) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees.

      Although he's listed as available on the lineup card, Alonso isn't expected to be an option off the bench for the series opener in the Bronx. Friday marks Alonso's second straight absence as a result of the wrist contusion he suffered Tuesday after being hit by a pitch. Ryon Healy will get another start at first base.

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    • Mike Freeman LAD 1B
      Dodgers' Mike Freeman: Plucked off waivers by Dodgers
      14h ago

      Mike Freeman was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Freeman hasn't been able to piece together much during his limited times in the big leagues, but he has hit over .300 each of the past three seasons at Triple-A. He'll likely fill an organizational depth role for the Dodgers, but he could move his way back to the show if injuries strike the major-league club.

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    • Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
      Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Absent from Friday's lineup
      15h ago

      Ryan Zimmerman is not in the lineup Friday against the Padres, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

      Zimmerman has played every game since May 12, so he'll get a night off after going 0-for-4 Thursday night. Adam Lind will pick up a start at first base in his stead.

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    • Tyler Saladino CHW 2B
      White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Leaves Friday with back spasms
      6h ago

      Tyler Saladino left Friday's game with back spasms and is day-to-day.

      Saladino has been dealing with back issues for over a week and has managed to play just once over Chicago's past eight games. Given his struggles to stay healthy, a disabled list stint for Saladino has to be in the discussion for the Chicago White Sox at this point.

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    • Rougned Odor TEX 2B
      Rangers' Rougned Odor: Smashes three-run homer Friday
      7h ago

      Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk Friday against the Blue Jays.

      Odor's seventh bomb of the year came in the ninth inning to pull the Texas Rangers within one run of a losing effort. He's been a disappointment for fantasy owners with his .208/.262/.365 slash line, but folks will be hoping his big blast will get him started on a hot streak.

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    • Neil Walker NYM 2B
      Mets' Neil Walker: Rips pair of homers Friday
      7h ago

      Neil Walker went 3-for-5 with two homers, three runs and four RBI Friday against the Pirates.

      Walker left the yard twice against Chad Kuhl to help lead the New York Mets to an easy victory. Although he struggled to find his power stroke earlier in the season, he's hit four of his six homers since May 12, and fantasy owners now have hope that the big power he showed last season could be returning.

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    • Marco Hernandez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Marco Hernandez: Undergoes season-ending surgery Friday
      12h ago

      Marco Hernandez underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

      The utility infielder underwent a procedure to stabilize his left (non-throwing) shoulder Friday, which brings his season to a premature end. Abraham reports that Hernandez is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign, however. Hernandez's absence coupled with Brock Holt being sidelined hurts Boston's infield depth, but the club is expected to get Pablo Sandoval (knee) back in the near future.

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    • Ian Kinsler DET 2B
      Tigers' Ian Kinsler: Given night off Friday
      13h ago

      Ian Kinsler will remain out of the lineup for Friday's night's game against the White Sox.

      The first game of Friday's doubleheader was rained out, but the Detroit Tigers will roll over their initial lineup from Game 1 and give Kinsler the full day off. Andrew Romine is set to take over at second base and bat ninth against Mike Pelfrey on Friday. Look for Kinsler to draw back into the lineup for Saturday's doubleheader.

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    • Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
      Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: Dealing with groin injury
      13h ago

      Cesar Hernandez was held out of Friday's contest due to a groin injury, Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com reports.

      It's unclear when exactly his groin began to ail him, but manager Pete Mackanin explained that he's been battling it for a bit of time prior to Friday. This suggests that the injury isn't too severe and that Friday's absence is simply precautionary. Consider Hernandez day-to-day until more details are known about his injury. Andres Blanco is covering second base in his place Friday.

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    • Jose Ramirez CLE 3B
      Indians' Jose Ramirez: Homers in losing effort
      6h ago

      Jose Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-4 loss to Kansas City.

      The third baseman has been slumping a bit of late, going 1-for-his-last-16 at the plate. His slash line still sits at .265/.333/.464 on the season, and he continues to take a patient approach at the plate. He also shows the occasional pop, as evidenced by his seventh homer of the year. It could be just what he needed to get things going back in the right direction.

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    • Mike Moustakas KC 3B
      Royals' Mike Moustakas: Goes deep in win Friday
      6h ago

      Mike Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-4 win over Cleveland.

      His homer to right center in the fifth inning tied the game for the Kansas City Royals . Moustakas is now slashing .249/.282/.503 on the season, and has been the victim of some considerable bad luck with a .240 BABIP. His power stroke is working on the campaign, as he now has 12 home runs to go along with 25 RBI.

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    • Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
      Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: To sit Saturday
      7h ago

      Josh Donaldson will not be in Saturday's lineup against Texas, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports Friday.

      Donaldson missed 39 games with a calf injury before making his return Friday night, in which he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed a desire to take care with their star third baseman, so expect semi-regular rest days for him in his first week or two back on the roster.

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    • Ryan Schimpf SD 3B
      Padres' Ryan Schimpf: Launches 12th homer of season Friday
      8h ago

      Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Friday against the Nationals.

      Schimpf hit his 12th homer of the year off Max Scherzer to tie the game at one in a contest the San Diego Padres would go on to lose. He's a terrible drain on batting average, though he provides fantasy owners in need of power with some significant pop.

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    • Adonis Garcia ATL 3B
      Braves' Adonis Garcia: Slated for week of rehab games
      10h ago

      Adonis Garcia (Achilles) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinett on Friday night with an eye on returning for next weekend's series against Cincinnati, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

      Garcia was expected to return early next week, but the Atlanta Braves want him to play four or five rehab games before coming back to the majors. He has only been out since May 16, but considering how sensitive Achilles injuries can be, Atlanta probably wants to ensure it is completely healed before putting Garcia back onto the roster.

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    • Justin Turner LAD 3B
      Dodgers' Justin Turner: May only need minimum 10 days on DL
      10h ago

      Justin Turner (hamstring) could potentially return from the disabled list in the minimum 10 days, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

      Turner is dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, the most mild form of the injury. He was expected to need two weeks initially, but he has been able to take grounders on the field and appears to be progressing better than expected. Turner is eligible to return May 29. Even if he needs an extra couple days, a return sometime early next week seems likely at this point.

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    • Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS
      Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: To take rest day Saturday
      7h ago

      Troy Tulowitzki will not be in Saturday's lineup against Texas, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports Friday.

      Tulowitzki went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in his first game back from a hamstring injury suffered April 21. The Toronto Blue Jays plan to be careful with both Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson, who also returned from injury Friday night. Expect regular rest for both players in the near future.

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    • Trea Turner WAS SS
      Nationals' Trea Turner: Blasts fifth homer of campaign Friday
      8h ago

      Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer Friday against the Padres.

      Turner launched his fifth homer of the season to put the Washington Nationals on the board in the first inning of a winning effort. Other than his 11 steals, his subpar hitting has been a source of frustration for fantasy owners who paid a premium price to acquire him on draft day.

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    • Aledmys Diaz STL SS
      Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Cedes Friday's start
      13h ago

      Aledmys Diaz is not in the lineup Friday against the Rockies.

      Diaz hasn't sat out since May 3, so he'll get a night off Friday. Greg Garcia will take over duties at shortstop for the evening.

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    • Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS
      Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: Activated from disabled list
      14h ago

      Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday and is starting at shortstop for Friday's series opener against the Rangers.

      Tulowitizki will make his return after rehabbing from a hamstring injury suffered in late April and should be in line to resume an everyday role at shortstop. The 32-year-old got off to a cold start this season, but appeared to be turning things around before his DL stint by putting together a six-game hitting streak to up his average to .263. His consistent hitting could prove beneficial in deeper fantasy lineups, though his luster has sharply declined over the past couple of seasons.

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    • Jean Segura SEA SS
      Mariners' Jean Segura: Raps out pair of hits Thursday
      14h ago

      Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Nationals.

      The shortstop endured a 1-for-12 mini-slump over three games after his 17-game hitting streak was snapped, but he's now hit safely in three of the subsequent four contests. Segura is currently boasting personal bests in batting average (.335) and OBP (.380) and also sports the second-highest slugging percentage (.465) and OPS (.845) of his career.

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    • Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS
      Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: Returning from DL on Friday night
      18h ago

      Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the DL in time for Friday's tilt with the Rangers, the Toronto Sun reports.

      The oft-injured shortstop has been out since April 21, but he returns to the team as it begins a stretch of 10 straight home games. Before the injury, Tulowitzki was hitting .263/.295/.386 through 61 plate appearances in 16 games. With the 32-year-old no longer among the elite at his position, owners in daily leagues that have other options may want to wait a handful of games to see if Tulowitzki jumps out of the gate strong, or maybe needs some time to get back into the flow of things.

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    • Stephen Piscotty STL RF
      Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty: Leaves team to tend to family matter
      5h ago

      Stephen Piscotty left the team Friday to tend to a family matter, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      The outfielder headed to California to tend to the issue, but manager Mike Matheny has stated that the team does not intend to make a corresponding roster move for the time being. Piscotty was already in Denver with the team for the opening game of the weekend series against the Rockies when he received word of the situation. The 26-year-old has been struggling on the team's current road trip with a .143 average and was not projected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

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    • Gregory Polanco PIT LF
      Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Smacks second bomb of season Friday
      7h ago

      Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Mets.

      Polanco's second homer of the year was the only run the Pittsburgh Pirates scored off Jacob deGrom in a losing effort. Although his batting average is currently at a career-high .260, he's on pace to have the worst power numbers of his four-year career, making him a weak fantasy option.

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    • Scott Schebler CIN RF
      Reds' Scott Schebler: Blasts 14th homer of season Friday
      8h ago

      Scott Schebler went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Phillies.

      Schebler launched his 14th bomb of the campaign to give the Cincinnati Reds a three-run lead in the second inning of a winning effort. Despite a subpar batting average, he's been an outstanding source of power for fantasy owners, and he's now hit four homers over his last six contests.

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    • Adam Duvall CIN LF
      Reds' Adam Duvall: Smashes 11th homer of 2017 on Friday
      8h ago

      Adam Duvall went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Phillies.

      Duvall's 11th blast of the year extended the Cincinnati Reds ' lead in the first inning of the game in which they'd never trail. He's homered in each of his last two games, and his solid .270/.314/.522 slash line has made him a strong fantasy option.

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    • Michael Taylor WAS CF
      Nationals' Michael Taylor: Smacks third homer of the year Friday
      8h ago

      Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Padres.

      Taylor blasted his third bomb of the campaign to break a 1-1 tie that the Washington Nationals would never relinquish. He's been a disappointing fantasy option this year, as evidenced by his .266/.302/.431 slash line.

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    • Bryce Harper WAS RF
      Nationals' Bryce Harper: Crushes 15th homer of 2017 on Friday
      8h ago

      Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer Friday against the Padres.

      Harper's 15th blast of the year provided the Washington Nationals with a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning of a home victory. Although he suffered through a poor 2016 season, he's back to being one of the top fantasy options in the league.

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    • Daniel Mengden OAK SP
      Athletics' Daniel Mengden: Thriving with Triple-A Nashville
      4h ago

      Daniel Mengden is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and .189 BAA over four starts with Triple-A Nashville.

      The 24-year-old right-hander has been particularly effective in his last two starts, allowing just one earned run on seven hits over 13 innings while also compiling 12 strikeouts. Mengden is projected to remain with the Sounds for the moment, although if Jesse Hahn (triceps) and Kendall Graveman (shoulder) both land on the disabled list as expected, he could be in line for a call-up.

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    • Drew Smyly SEA SP
      Mariners' Drew Smyly: Increases intensity of throwing program
      4h ago

      Drew Smyly (elbow) increased the intensity of his throwing program Friday by moving out to a distance of about 90 feet, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports.

      Smyly continues on track for a return to the decimated Seattle Mariners rotation sometime in June. If all goes according to plan, the team could have its original projected 2017 starting five healthy for the first time in just a few weeks, as Felix Hernandez (shoulder), Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) and James Paxton (forearm) are all projected to return soon as well.

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    • Blake Snell TB SP
      Rays' Blake Snell: Throws 112 pitches in Friday start
      5h ago

      Snell, Blake fired 112 pitches and racked up nine strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a start for Triple-A Durham on Friday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      The young southpaw also gave up four earned runs on five hits and four walks, experiencing some of the control problems that led to his demotion in the first place. Snell is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 21:6 K:BB over 11.2 innings across two starts with the Bulls. He's likely due for several more appearances in the minors at a minimum, as the Tampa Bay Rays would like to see him put together a stretch of outings during which he locates the ball consistently.

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    • James Paxton SEA SP
      Mariners' James Paxton: Expected to return Wednesday
      5h ago

      James Paxton (forearm) threw four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Arkansas on Friday night and is expected to rejoin the rotation Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

      Paxton threw 55 pitches and allowed two runs on five hits. His control was sharp, as he didn't walk a batter. Paxton was lights-out in six starts before hitting the disabled list (1.43 ERA, 0.88 WHIP), and he looks like he's in fine form as he nears his return.

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    • Hector Santiago MIN SP
      Twins' Hector Santiago: Continues recent struggles with long ball
      5h ago

      Hector Santiago gave up three runs and a home run over 5.1 innings with six strikeouts and two walks to fall to 4-3 in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay.

      After giving up nine runs and 15 hits over 7.2 innings in his last two starts, this outing was an improvement. Santiago has been plagued recently by the the long ball as he's given up five home runs in his last three starts, after allowing just three in his first seven starts.

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    • Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
      Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Pitches seventh straight quality start
      6h ago

      Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks in a 3-0 win over Seattle on Friday. He struck out four.

      Rodriguez continues to shut down opposing lineups. In his last seven starts, he's allowed just 11 earned runs over 44 innings pitched. The 24-year-old southpaw's 9.6 K/9 on the season is certainly impressive, and he's showing no signs of slowing up anytime soon. He'll take the mound again Thursday in a road tilt against Baltimore.

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    • Craig Kimbrel BOS RP
      Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Notches 13th save on season
      6h ago

      Craig Kimbrel pitched a clean ninth inning on Friday to earn the save in a 3-0 win over Seattle.

      His ERA now stands at a microscopic 0.83 on the season, and he continues to mow batters down at a tremendous clip. He remains one of the elite closers in the game and is as reliable as they come when looking for saves in fantasy; he's now 13-for-14 in save chances on the campaign.

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    • Kelvin Herrera KC RP
      Royals' Kelvin Herrera: Notches 10th save Friday
      7h ago

      Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday, allowing one hit and striking out one to pick up his tenth save on the season.

      Herrera now has 10 saves in his last 11 opportunities, and is looking like himself again after blowing a save against Minnesota last Saturday. He lowered his ERA to 4.05 on the season with this relief effort. Although he hasn't been as sharp as in previous seasons, Herrera is still firmly entrenched in the closer's role for Kansas City.

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    • Jordan Jankowski HOU RP
      Astros' Jordan Jankowski: To be optioned under roster crunch
      7h ago

      Jordan Jankowski will be optioned when Dallas Keuchel is activated from the disabled list , Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports Friday.

      Keuchel is expected to make his return Saturday. Jankowski allowed a pair of runs in his only appearance with the big club this season. He owned a sharp 1.42 ERA at Triple-A and could be up with the big club as bullpen reinforcement again later this season.

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    • Roberto Osuna TOR RP
      Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Collects eighth save Friday
      7h ago

      Roberto Osuna struck out the only batter he faced to earn his eighth save of the season Friday against the Rangers.

      Although the Toronto Blue Jays had a four-run the lead to open the ninth-inning, after the bullpen allowed three runs to score Osuna was needed to record the final out to preserve the victory. After blowing three saves in April, he's now saved seven consecutive games while lowering his ERA from 7.50 to 3.06. He's likely earned back the trust of fantasy owners.

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    • Bud Norris LAA RP
      Angels' Bud Norris: Dealing with knee soreness
      7h ago

      Bud Norris is day-to-day with right knee soreness, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports Friday.

      Norris left Friday's game after making just three pitches in the ninth inning. For now, it doesn't sound like this issue will push Norris to the disabled list. Expect Blake Parker or Jose Alvarez to be in line for any save opportunities that come up while Norris deals with the knee injury.

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    • Koda Glover WAS RP
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      Koda Glover struck out the only batter he faced to earn his fourth save of the season Friday against the Padres.

      Glover closed out a 5-1 victory for Max Scherzer on just four pitches. The Washington Nationals ' new closer has converted four straight save opportunities, and he's been a boost to fantasy owners that were able to add him to their rosters.

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      Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay to extended his hitting streak to six games.

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      Royals' Brandon Moss: Homers in win Friday
      7h ago

      Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 6-4 victory over Cleveland.

      The home run got Kansas City back in the game, as it had been trailing 4-0 before Moss's big swing. The power-hitting lefty is only slashing .198/.262/.468 on the season, but when he makes contact the ball can travel a long way; nine of his 22 hits on the campaign have left the yard. For fantasy purposes, his 34 percent strikeout rate cancels out any upside that the power stroke might have.

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      Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Launches ninth homer Friday
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      Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Rangers.

      Morales hit his ninth bomb of the campaign to extend the Toronto Blue Jays ' lead to three runs in a game they'd hold on to win. Although fantasy owners are content with his power output, his .250/.300/.452 slash line has been a disappointment.

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      13h ago

      Robbie Grossman is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays.

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      Angels' Albert Pujols: Starting at 1B on Friday
      14h ago

      Albert Pujols is batting cleanup and starting at first base Friday against the Marlins.

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      Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Fielding groundballs at first base
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      Hanley Ramirez is taking groundballs at first base but doesn't have a target date to start playing defense again, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

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