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  • Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
    Yankees' Jordan Montgomery: Saddled with loss Sunday
    1h ago

    Jordan Montgomery (1-1) took a loss Sunday, pitching six innings with five strikeouts while allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks against the Pirates.

    It wasn't a terrible outing by the young lefty, but the offense provided just one run of support to saddle him with his first career loss. It was the first of Montgomery's three starts in which he didn't allow a home run and the 92 pitches were the most he's thrown in those outings before manager Joe Girardi went to his bullpen. Though he's had little experience in the upper levels of the minors, the 24-year-old has held his own thus far and will look to get back in the win column next time out Saturday against the Orioles.

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  • Kevin Gausman BAL SP
    Orioles' Kevin Gausman: Taken deep three times in Sunday's loss
    1h ago

    Kevin Gausman (1-2) was crushed over 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits (including three home runs) and three walks while striking out four in Sunday's loss to Boston.

    The righty has had a rocky April and Sunday was no different. Coming off one of the worst outings of his career -- an eight-out appearance Tuesday in which he allowed eight earned runs to the Reds -- Gausman surrendered four runs in the first inning before capturing his first out. The 26-year-old did settle down after that, pitching three scoreless frames before Mitch Moreland went deep in the fifth. Gausman has just one quality start in his first five games, and owns a disgusting 6.4 K/9 and 5.63 BB/9 through 24 innings. He'll have to take on April once more when he starts versus the Yankees on Saturday.

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  • Danny Salazar CLE SP
    Indians' Danny Salazar: Drops Sunday's affair vs. White Sox
    1h ago

    Danny Salazar (1-2) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine White Sox over five frames in Sunday's loss.

    Salazar battled command issues in the fifth, when he threw behind Jose Abreu with a two-seamer, then unintentionally hit the slugger with a changeup that sailed up and in. Two batters later, Avisail Garcia -- who entered the at-bat 0-for-8 in the series -- hammered Salazar's changeup to center field (with an exit velocity of 108 mph) for an RBI double. The fantastic strikeout rate (14.3 K/9) continued Sunday, but it was once against offset by wildness, and the right-hander now owns a career-worst 4.37 BB/9 through four starts. Salazar will look to improve his control in his next start Saturday versus Seattle.

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  • Andrew Benintendi BOS LF
    Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Perfect in return to lineup
    2h ago

    Andrew Benintendi went 5-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Boston's 6-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

    A recharged Benintendi came out strong after getting a day off Saturday. The five-hit game was the first of his career, and he was the first in MLB to accomplish the feat this season. The 22-year-old outfielder leads Boston with 25 hits and a .347 batting average.

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  • Jason Hammel KC SP
    Royals' Jason Hammel: Lasts just three innings Sunday
    2h ago

    Jason Hammel (0-2) lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five Rangers in Sunday's loss.

    The right-hander delivered a terrible start at an inopportune time. With the Kansas City Royals ' bullpen already taxed from a 13-inning affair earlier in the series, Hammel dished the shortest outing for any Royals starter so far this season. Through four starts with his new team, the 34-year-old owns an unsightly 5.30 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with a career-worst 4.82 BB/9. Hammel will look to right the ship when he takes the hill for his next start Saturday versus Minnesota.

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  • Hanley Ramirez BOS DH
    Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Homers for first time
    2h ago

    Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Boston's 6-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

    Hidden beneath the early-season story lines of the flu and David Price's elbow injury has been Boston's lack of home runs. The Boston Red Sox entered Sunday's game last in all of baseball with just eight -- they're still last after a three-homer explosion Sunday. Ramirez's first-inning homer was his first of the season and leaves him with a meager .306 slugging percentage after 15 games.

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  • Yasmani Grandal LAD C
    Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Homers in win Sunday
    8h ago

    Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Sunday's homer was just the switch-hitting catcher's fifth extra-base hit of the season and first long ball since going deep twice in the season opener. That said, with a .250 batting average and three homers, fantasy owners should have little to complain about from the catcher position.

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  • Travis d'Arnaud NYM C
    Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Remains out Sunday
    17h ago

    D'Arnaud (wrist) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals.

    It was recently reported that Travis d'Arnaud was still dealing with wrist pain, so he'll remain out of the lineup Sunday. With d'Arnaud out, the New York Mets will start Kevin Plawecki behind the dish. There's yet to be any indication that d'Arnaud will land on the DL, so consider him day-to-day for the time being.

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  • Garrett Stubbs HOU C
    Astros' Garrett Stubbs: Activated from 7-day DL
    17h ago

    Garrett Stubbs (hamstring) was activated Sunday from the 7-day disabled list at Double-A Corpus Christi, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The 23-year-old appeared in only four games for Corpus Christi before succumbing to the hamstring injury, which kept him sidelined for two weeks. It shouldn't be a major setback in the development of Stubbs, who remains the Houston Astros ' top catching prospect.

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  • Brett Nicholas TEX C
    Rangers' Brett Nicholas: Will kick off rehab assignment Monday
    17h ago

    Brett Nicholas (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Nicholas has seemingly recovered from the knee surgery he required in early March, but after being sidelined for much of spring training, he may need multiple weeks worth of games to get his conditioning in order. Once he's activated from the disabled list, Nicholas will likely remain with Round Rock, as Jonathan Lucroy and Robinson Chirinos are the clear top two catchers in the organization.

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  • Jonathan Lucroy TEX C
    Rangers' Jonathan Lucroy: Out of lineup Sunday
    19h ago

    Jonathan Lucroy is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals.

    It's the third time in five games that the struggling Lucroy will hit the bench in favor of Robinson Chirinos, who will be rewarded with another nod behind the dish after slugging two homers Friday. While it's unlikely that the two catchers will work in a timeshare throughout the season, Lucroy will need to quickly improve his .184/.231/.265 batting line for the season in order to regain his grasp on near-everyday at-bats.

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  • Salvador Perez KC C
    Royals' Salvador Perez: Remains out Sunday
    20h ago

    Salvador Perez (neck) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    Perez is still battling some neck stiffness that resulted in him being scratched ahead of Saturday's game, so manager Ned Yost will give the backstop a second consecutive day off with the hope that it helps remedy the issue. According to Dodd, Yost noted that Perez was showing improvement Sunday, so it doesn't seem as though the Kansas City Royals are concerned that Perez will require a trip to the disabled list.

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  • Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
    Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Launches sixth homer Sunday
    30m ago

    Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Mets.

    It's his sixth homer of the season, and third in his last five games, as Zimmerman continues to put together a massive April. The 32-year-old insists that he hasn't changed his approach at the plate and is simply healthier than he's been in years, but that explanation seems a little thin considering that Zimmerman hasn't had a SLG higher than .500 since 2010 but is now slashing .387/.441/.774 through 18 games in 2017.

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  • Lucas Duda NYM 1B
    Mets' Lucas Duda: Expects to return when eligible
    9h ago

    Lucas Duda (elbow) said Sunday that he believes he will return from the DL once eligible, Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record reports.

    Duda did add that he still needs to regain full range of motion in his elbow, but it sounds like he has little doubt he will do so before the end of April. His DL move was made retroactive to April 20, meaning he's eligible to return as soon as April 30. Duda isn't hitting at a high clip early on this season, but he's getting on base regularly and already has four homers in 42 at-bats.

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  • Matt Adams STL 1B
    Cardinals' Matt Adams: Struggling to gain playing time
    9h ago

    Matt Adams , who's slashing .154/.241/.154 over 29 plate appearances this season, is having an increasingly difficult time cracking the lineup, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Whoever is really hot is going to get an opportunity," said manager Mike Matheny. "We've got to get Adams into that mix where he gets opportunities but he's still going to be a guy who's going to be coming off the bench every single day -- or, at least, a threat of coming in and changing the game with one at-bat."

    The career .268 hitter has been unable to get into anything resembling a groove at the plate this season, and his sporadic playing time likely hasn't helped. Adams' 366 games at first base since the 2012 season represent a team high, but that is Matt Carpenter's domain on the majority of days now. Meanwhile, the experiment of using Adams in left field as a means of working him into the lineup didn't exactly go awry, but Matheny has not deployed the veteran there again after using him in that role in four of the first nine games of the season. Adams also has an extended track record as an excellent pinch hitter, but is just 1-for-6 in that role this season and has ceded some pinch-hit work to Greg Garcia and Jose Martinez. Despite the recent lack of playing time, Matheny continues expressing confidence in one of the team's more dependable players.

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  • Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B
    Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: Goes 3-for-5 against Rays
    14h ago

    Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

    After going 0-for-4 Saturday, Gurriel was back to work for his fantasy owners Sunday. He's sporting an active 15-for-32 stretch at the plate with five runs, three doubles, a home run and five RBI over his past nine games. While he's probably never going to turn heads with his power, Gurriel has the potential to be a solid contributor in the runs, RBI and batting average columns.

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  • Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
    Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Hits bomb in third straight game
    17h ago

    Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. It was his third consecutive game with a homer.

    Up to 10 runs, five doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases with a .296/.412/.535 slash line, Rizzo has kick-started 2017 as expected. He's a set-and-forget option at first base and offers a high fantasy floor because of the strong supporting cast surrounding him in the Chicago lineup.

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  • Danny Valencia SEA 1B
    Mariners' Danny Valencia: Could be on outs for full-time role
    18h ago

    Danny Valencia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

    With the Seattle Mariners recalling Dan Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, it would seem that the struggling Valencia's role as the starting first baseman has been put on notice. According to Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle, manager Scott Servais hinted that Vogelbach would likely be the club's primary option at first base moving forward, and the rookie's inclusion in the lineup Sunday would certainly indicate as much. Valencia, who is batting just .145 on the season, could still find his way into the lineup against left-handed pitching, but occupying the small side of a platoon wouldn't give him much usefulness outside of AL-only leagues.

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  • Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
    Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: Showing surprising power
    31m ago

    Cesar Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 5-2 win over the Braves on Sunday.

    The home run was Hernandez's fourth of the season, which is just two short of his career-high. His .939 OPS in the best of of any second baseman in the National League. Manager Pete Mackanin told Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia that he attributes Hernandez's power production to an adjustment he made to level out his swing rather than the added muscle the second baseman put on in the offseason. Hernandez has an unsustainable HR/FB rate of 26.7% and a BABIP of .434 which should temper any expectations for this level of production continuing throughout the season. Also of concern is his 27.1% strikeout rate, nearly a 10% increase over last season. If he continues hacking at that rate, he is going to struggle to maintain the batting average gains from last season.

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  • Jose Altuve HOU 2B
    Astros' Jose Altuve: Homers in second straight game
    14h ago

    Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

    The Houston spark plug hit his first home run of the season Saturday, so it's encouraging to see him follow it up with another shot Sunday. His five-category production is especially tough to find at the keystone position, and Altuve is well on his way to another sterling fantasy campaign with 11 runs, two homers, seven RBI, seven stolen bases and a .324/.393/.459 slash line.

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  • Mike Freeman SEA 2B
    Mariners' Mike Freeman: Added to lineup Sunday
    18h ago

    Mike Freeman was a late addition to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. He'll bat eighth in the order and man third base.

    Kyle Seager was a late scratch with a sore hip, so Freeman will enter the lineup for the second time in as many days. Freeman has gone just 2-for-14 at the dish this season and could be back in a bench role as soon as Tuesday's series opener against the Tigers, so it probably won't be worthwhile to track his performance in Sunday's contest.

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  • Danny Espinosa LAA 2B
    Angels' Danny Espinosa: Gets day off Sunday
    18h ago

    Danny Espinosa is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Espinosa has gone 0-for-11 with five strikeouts over the last three games, so manager Mike Scioscia will give the veteran a rest for just the second time all season. Cliff Pennington will fill in at second base and bat ninth in the order.

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  • Ryan Goins TOR 2B
    Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: Draws fourth straight start
    18h ago

    Ryan Goins will start at shortstop and bat ninth in the order Sunday against the Angels, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

    It's the fourth start in a row for Goins, who looks poised to hold down a full-time role in the short term following Troy Tulowitzki's (hamstring) placement on the disabled list Saturday. Goins has shown some decent plate discipline in the past, but with little power or speed to speak of and a career .224 batting average, there's little fantasy upside to be mined here.

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  • Whit Merrifield KC 2B
    Royals' Whit Merrifield: Will bat leadoff Sunday
    19h ago

    Whit Merrifield will start at second base and occupy the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    With Alex Gordon struggling to provide much of an impact at the top of the order, manager Ned Yost will give Merrifield a look in the leadoff spot, though it's unclear if the experiment will last more than one game. Even if Merrifield is moved down in the order in subsequent contests, he at least seems to have a steady hold on the everyday gig at second base with Raul Mondesi having been banished to Triple-A Omaha. Through five games since he was promoted to the big leagues, Merrifield has gone 5-for-15 with a homer, a stolen base and two RBI.

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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Extends hit streak to five
    12h ago

    Alex Bregman went 1-for-4 with a walk in Sunday's 6-4 extra-inning win over the Rays.

    Bregman's fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to a modest five games. Since being dropped from the two-hole to sixth in the order, Bregman has hit .310 (9-for-29) with three doubles, three RBI and five walks over the last nine games.

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  • Pablo Sandoval BOS 3B
    Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval: Sprains knee Sunday
    17h ago

    Pablo Sandoval left Sunday's game with a sprained knee, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    At this point in time, the Boston Red Sox are viewing Sandoval as day-to-day. The team has Monday off, so Sandoval will have extra time to rest. However, if he has to miss additional time, look for Marco Hernandez and/or Steve Selsky to fill in at the hot corner. Prior to leaving Sunday's game, Sandoval had gone 0-for-2 and drawn a walk.

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  • Luis Valbuena LAA 3B
    Angels' Luis Valbuena: Will begin rehab Monday
    17h ago

    Luis Valbuena (hamstring) will open up a rehab assignment Monday with High-A Inland Empire, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Valbuena, who has been out since late March with the strained right hamstring, is expected to require five-to-seven games in the minors before the Los Angeles Angels feel comfortable activating him from the disabled list. Once he rejoins the big club, Valbuena will likely occupy the larger half of a platoon at first base with C.J. Cron.

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  • Yunel Escobar LAA 3B
    Angels' Yunel Escobar: Gets day off Sunday
    18h ago

    Yunel Escobar is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Escobar was removed early from Friday's series opener after experiencing dizziness, but returned to the lineup Saturday, going 0-for-4. It appears he's just getting rested Sunday for the first time all season, so Escobar's health looks to be on solid ground entering the upcoming week. Jefry Marte will cover third base in Escobar's place Sunday.

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  • Kyle Seager SEA 3B
    Mariners' Kyle Seager: Scratched Sunday with sore hip
    19h ago

    Kyle Seager was scratched from the Seattle Mariners ' lineup Sunday against the Athletics due to a sore hip, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

    The Mariners held Seager out of the lineup for rest-related reasons Saturday, but he was still able to pinch hit in the contest, churning out an RBI triple. With Seager's hip bothering him following batting practice Sunday, the Mariners decided it was best to give the 29-year-old some extra time off. Seager will still be available as a pinch hitter Sunday and is expected back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, but Mike Freeman will handle duties at the hot corner Sunday afternoon.

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  • Matt Davidson CHW 3B
    White Sox's Matt Davidson: Out for fourth straight game
    20h ago

    Matt Davidson is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians.

    Davidson has been one of the few capable performers for an anemic Chicago White Sox offense this season with a .324 average, three homers and 10 RBI across 34 at-bats, but it doesn't look like manager Rick Renteria is ready to commit to him in a full-time role. With Todd Frazier back to full health following a bout with an illness and Melky Cabrera handling DH duties Sunday, both Davidson and Cody Asche will find themselves out of the lineup. As the left-handed option of the two, Asche is expected to see most of the time at DH over Davidson once Cabrera returns to his usual spot in left field.

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  • Corey Seager LAD SS
    Dodgers' Corey Seager: Reaches base four times Sunday
    8h ago

    Corey Seager went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a pair of walks in Sunday's win over Arizona.

    The trip to Chase field has been kind to the slugging shortstop, as he has gone 5-for-9 with a home run and five RBI in the three-game series with Arizona, boosting his batting average north of .300 in the process. Seager has been as advertised this season, leading all major-league shortstops with 15 RBI through 19 games.

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  • Carlos Correa HOU SS
    Astros' Carlos Correa: Hits first homer since Opening Day
    14h ago

    Carlos Correa went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

    It's been an awful start for the shortstop, as he's currently sporting a .197/.286/.295 slash line. However, Correa is locked into the heart of the lineup and posted a respectable .812 OPS during his age-21 campaign, so there is no questioning his talent and fantasy upside. Additionally, the homer probably proves he's completely past the hand contusion that cost him three games earlier this week.

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  • Brad Miller TB SS
    Rays' Brad Miller: Hits third triple of campaign
    15h ago

    Brad Miller went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI, a run and two walks during Sunday's loss to Houston.

    After breaking out with a 30-home run campaign in 2016, Miller has just a single round tripper and an underwhelming .246/.358/.420 slash line this season. This was also just his fourth multi-hit game of the year. He'll probably continue to hit in the heart of the order against right-handed pitchers, which will help his counting stats, but his current 29.6 percent strikeout rate is a concern.

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  • Jean Segura SEA SS
    Mariners' Jean Segura: Expected back from DL on Tuesday
    17h ago

    Manager Scott Servais said Jean Segura (hamstring) would rejoin the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in Detroit, at which point he'd likely be activated from the disabled list, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

    Segura has played in rehab games the last two days with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, playing shortstop while going a combined 1-for-6 at the dish in those contests. He'll play in another game Sunday with Northwest Arkansas, and if his hamstring checks out fine during the contest, the Mariners would likely immediately insert him back into the lineup. Segura's return will likely result in utility man Taylor Motter seeing most of his time in the corner outfield.

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  • Elvis Andrus TEX SS
    Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Mans cleanup spot Sunday
    19h ago

    Elvis Andrus will start at shortstop and bat in the cleanup spot Sunday against the Royals.

    After recording eight extra-base hits in his first nine games of the season, Andrus has cooled off in the power department, but that won't prevent manager Jeff Banister from giving him a look in the heart of the lineup. Expect Andrus to move back to either the No. 2 or 6 spot in the order during the series opener with the Twins on Monday, when Mike Napoli is expected to reclaim cleanup duties following a one-game rest.

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  • Chris Owings ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Heads to bench Sunday
    20h ago

    Chris Owings is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

    Owings is off to a very encouraging start to the 2017 season, but he will head to the bench Sunday against Brandon McCarthy and the Dodgers. Nick Ahmed will take over as the starting shortstop in his absence.

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  • Andrew Benintendi BOS LF
    Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi: Perfect in return to lineup
    2h ago

    Andrew Benintendi went 5-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Boston's 6-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

    A recharged Benintendi came out strong after getting a day off Saturday. The five-hit game was the first of his career, and he was the first in MLB to accomplish the feat this season. The 22-year-old outfielder leads Boston with 25 hits and a .347 batting average.

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  • Mickey Moniak PHI CF
    Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Returns to action Sunday
    3h ago

    Mickey Moniak (finger) went 2-for-4 with a run scored Sunday for Low-A Lakewood.

    Moniak had been sidelined a few games with a jammed finger. He is off to a nice start at Lakewood, slashing .298/.388/.421 with four stolen bases over his first 15 games.

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  • Hunter Renfroe SD RF
    Padres' Hunter Renfroe: Goes yard in loss Sunday
    8h ago

    Renfroe, Hunter went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

    It was a positive weekend for the rookie, as he took his first two walks of the season and capped off the series with his fourth homer. Renfroe's 18:2 K:BB ratio indicates that he is still the extremely-aggressive hitter we thought he would be this season, but the power has been as advertised as well.

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  • Hunter Pence SF RF
    Giants' Hunter Pence: Removed from game for precautionary reasons
    8h ago

    Hunter Pence (knee) was removed from Sunday's game against the Rockies because the game had become a blowout, not because of a setback with his knee, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports.

    Pence returned to the lineup Sunday after receiving a day off Saturday to rest his knee, so there was understandably a bit of concern when manager Bruce Bochy removed him from the game in the seventh inning. It turns out the San Francisco Giants ' skipper simply wanted to get his veteran out of what had become a blowout in an effort not to re-aggravate his knee. The 34-year-old has become injury-prone over the last two seasons after being the model health prior to 2015, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury for now.

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  • Jayson Werth WAS LF
    Nationals' Jayson Werth: Lifted Sunday but not due to injury
    9h ago

    Jayson Werth was lifted from Sunday's game in the eight inning, but manager Dusty Baker said afterward that his removal was not injury-related, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    Werth missed the finale against Atlanta and the first two games of the Mets series with a groin issue. Fortunately, it was not a setback of any kind that forced him out Sunday; rather Baker had planned all along to take Werth out late in the game on a cold night in New York. The skipper suggested he will do the same thing in Colorado.

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  • Mallex Smith TB CF
    Rays' Mallex Smith: Rehab stint delayed by rainout
    10h ago

    Mallex Smith (hamstring) did not begin his rehab stint with High-A Charlotte on Sunday as planned due to the game being rained out, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The speedy outfielder's recovery from his hamstring injury had gone off without a hitch to this point, but Mother Nature had her say Sunday. Smith has been running since last Tuesday and began taking batting practice the next day, so a few days of game action represent the final piece of the puzzle before a return to the Tampa Bay Rays . Smith had made a notable impact with his speed in eight games before his injury, so his presence will provide Tampa with a disruptive element that no other player currently on the roster can match.

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  • Jordan Montgomery NYY SP
    Yankees' Jordan Montgomery: Saddled with loss Sunday
    1h ago

    Jordan Montgomery (1-1) took a loss Sunday, pitching six innings with five strikeouts while allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks against the Pirates.

    It wasn't a terrible outing by the young lefty, but the offense provided just one run of support to saddle him with his first career loss. It was the first of Montgomery's three starts in which he didn't allow a home run and the 92 pitches were the most he's thrown in those outings before manager Joe Girardi went to his bullpen. Though he's had little experience in the upper levels of the minors, the 24-year-old has held his own thus far and will look to get back in the win column next time out Saturday against the Orioles.

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  • Kevin Gausman BAL SP
    Orioles' Kevin Gausman: Taken deep three times in Sunday's loss
    1h ago

    Kevin Gausman (1-2) was crushed over 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits (including three home runs) and three walks while striking out four in Sunday's loss to Boston.

    The righty has had a rocky April and Sunday was no different. Coming off one of the worst outings of his career -- an eight-out appearance Tuesday in which he allowed eight earned runs to the Reds -- Gausman surrendered four runs in the first inning before capturing his first out. The 26-year-old did settle down after that, pitching three scoreless frames before Mitch Moreland went deep in the fifth. Gausman has just one quality start in his first five games, and owns a disgusting 6.4 K/9 and 5.63 BB/9 through 24 innings. He'll have to take on April once more when he starts versus the Yankees on Saturday.

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  • Danny Salazar CLE SP
    Indians' Danny Salazar: Drops Sunday's affair vs. White Sox
    1h ago

    Danny Salazar (1-2) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine White Sox over five frames in Sunday's loss.

    Salazar battled command issues in the fifth, when he threw behind Jose Abreu with a two-seamer, then unintentionally hit the slugger with a changeup that sailed up and in. Two batters later, Avisail Garcia -- who entered the at-bat 0-for-8 in the series -- hammered Salazar's changeup to center field (with an exit velocity of 108 mph) for an RBI double. The fantastic strikeout rate (14.3 K/9) continued Sunday, but it was once against offset by wildness, and the right-hander now owns a career-worst 4.37 BB/9 through four starts. Salazar will look to improve his control in his next start Saturday versus Seattle.

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  • Jason Hammel KC SP
    Royals' Jason Hammel: Lasts just three innings Sunday
    2h ago

    Jason Hammel (0-2) lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five Rangers in Sunday's loss.

    The right-hander delivered a terrible start at an inopportune time. With the Kansas City Royals ' bullpen already taxed from a 13-inning affair earlier in the series, Hammel dished the shortest outing for any Royals starter so far this season. Through four starts with his new team, the 34-year-old owns an unsightly 5.30 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with a career-worst 4.82 BB/9. Hammel will look to right the ship when he takes the hill for his next start Saturday versus Minnesota.

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  • Eduardo Rodriguez BOS SP
    Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Twirls six shutout innings
    3h ago

    Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one hit and five walks while striking out seven over six shutout innings in Sunday's 6-2 win over Baltimore.

    The left-hander benefited from a four-run explosion of offense in the first inning when Boston's power bats woke up. Rodriguez took it from there, retiring the first nine Orioles he faced and didn't allow a hit until the fifth. He tired in the sixth, walking the bases the loaded before getting out of it unscathed. After a couple of middling starts to open the season, this was the best Rodriguez has looked. He's next scheduled to pitch Saturday at home against the Cubs.

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  • Zach Eflin PHI SP
    Phillies' Zach Eflin: Generates lots of weak contact Sunday
    3h ago

    Zach Eflin allowed one run on three hits over seven innings Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Braves. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

    Eflin didn't strike many batters out, but the Braves were not able to make solid contact on his pitches. He generated six groundouts to first base and six shallow pop-ups to the outfield. The young righty has allowed just three runs in his first two starts this season. He'll try to keep rolling against the Dodgers in his next start.

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  • Koda Glover WAS RP
    Nationals' Koda Glover: Picks up second save Sunday
    35m ago

    Koda Glover struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Sunday to notch his second save of the season in a 6-3 win over the Mets.

    Shawn Kelley received the first three save opportunities for the Nats after Blake Treinen was removed from the closer role, but Glover has now gotten the last two. It's possible manager Dusty Baker simply didn't want to use the more fragile Kelley on a chilly Sunday night in New York, but last week's declaration that the veteran would be the team's "primary" closer is beginning to look a little suspect.

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  • Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP
    Braves' Arodys Vizcaino: Implodes in eighth inning Sunday
    1h ago

    Arodys Vizcaino allowed a double and back-to-back home runs without recording an out during the eighth inning of Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.

    The poor outing saddled Vizcaino with his first loss of the season and upped his ERA to 5.00. He features an impressive pitch arsenal and has struck out 61 batters over just 47.2 innings dating back to last season. However, his 4.53 ERA and 1.57 WHIP during that stretch limit the value his punchouts add.

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  • Matt Barnes BOS RP
    Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Could face disciplinary action
    2h ago

    Matt Barnes was ejected from Sunday's 6-2 win in Baltimore after a pitch that sailed up and in to Manny Machado, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The pitch was viewed as a retaliation for what Boston perceived as Machado's reckless slide into second base Friday that injured Dustin Pedroia (calf).

    The Boston Red Sox had been simmering since Friday, and we expected them to take revenge at some point, but it never happened Saturday. It wasn't until Sunday's eighth inning, in what could have been Machado's final at-bat of the series, that Boston retaliated. The ball sailed toward Machado's head, which is not typically how frontier justice is handled in baseball, and the Orioles third baseman was clearly displeased with its location. Making the situation somewhat bizarre was Pedroia who could be seen from Boston's dugout telling Machado that it was the team's decision to throw at him, not Pedroia's. At any rate, Barnes could be facing some disciplinary action.

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  • Craig Kimbrel BOS RP
    Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Closes out Sunday's win
    3h ago

    Craig Kimbrel came on to get the final out and notch his seventh save in Boston's 6-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

    Fernando Abad had been brought in to finish off what looked like an easy win but was tagged for three hits and a run before Kimbrel got the dangerous Manny Machcado to pop up. Kimbrel has not generated any tense moments for Boston since his scary save April 9 in Detroit. The right-hander has retired 18 of the last 19 batters faced, striking out 12 over 6.1 innings.

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  • Joely Rodriguez PHI RP
    Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Earns first win Sunday
    3h ago

    Joely Rodriguez picked up his first career win Sunday with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in a 5-2 victory over the Braves.

    Rodriguez has a 5.73 ERA after allowing seven runs over his first four games, but he has settled in and hasn't allowed a run in his last five appearances. He has seen most of his work in the sixth and seventh innings, but will occasionally be asked to work the eighth inning as he did Sunday.

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  • Steve Cishek SEA RP
    Mariners' Steve Cishek: Still working through mechanical issues in rehab
    9h ago

    Steve Cishek (hip) came out of Friday's abbreviated rehab appearance without physical setbacks but is still trying to straighten out his mechanics, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "Cishek wasn't as sharp as he'd been previously," manager Scott Servais said. "He felt fine. I just think the release point, it wasn't coming out great. But nothing physical at all, it was more of a mechanical thing."

    The 30-year-old reliever worked just two-thirds of an inning and gave up a single and two walks. While the Seattle Mariners would like to have the former closer back in the fold as soon as possible, they want to see him be effective in back-to-back outings before deeming him fit for a return. It's likely that Cishek will make another appearance for Triple-A Tacoma in the coming week and he could potentially be ready to come off the disabled list upon the Mariners' return home on May 2. Servais has emphasized that neither Cishek's hip nor his shoulder have given him any trouble and that mechanics are the sole source of any struggles he's currently experiencing.

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  • Hanley Ramirez BOS DH
    Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Homers for first time
    2h ago

    Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Boston's 6-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

    Hidden beneath the early-season story lines of the flu and David Price's elbow injury has been Boston's lack of home runs. The Boston Red Sox entered Sunday's game last in all of baseball with just eight -- they're still last after a three-homer explosion Sunday. Ramirez's first-inning homer was his first of the season and leaves him with a meager .306 slugging percentage after 15 games.

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  • Cody Asche CHW DH
    White Sox's Cody Asche: Out of lineup Sunday
    20h ago

    Cody Asche is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians.

    Though the Indians will bring a right-hander in Danny Salazar to the hill for the third time in as many games this series, there won't be room in the Chicago White Sox lineup for the lefty-hitting Asche, as manager Rick Renteria wanted to use Melky Cabrera at DH to give the veteran a day out of the field. Cabrera should return to the outfield in Monday's series opener against the Royals, but with left-hander Jason Vargas scheduled to start that game for Kansas City, it's likely that Matt Davidson will handle the DH duties while Asche remains on the bench.

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  • Hanley Ramirez BOS DH
    Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Return to first base not imminent
    22h ago

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Hanley Ramirez won't play first base in the near future and will continue to serve as the team's primary designated hitter, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

    While the injury Ramirez suffered to his throwing shoulder in spring training hasn't affected his hitting, Farrell indicated the veteran is still experiencing some "issues" with the shoulder, so he won't be asked to play the field for the time being. Ramirez already has eligibility at first base by virtue of logging 133 games at the position in 2016, so the fact that he's been relegated to DH duties shouldn't have much of an impact in the fantasy realm.

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  • Carlos Beltran HOU DH
    Astros' Carlos Beltran: Homers in second consecutive game
    2d ago

    Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Rays.

    Beltran's second homer of the season tied things at 1-1 in the second inning of a game the Houston Astros would eventually win. After going 14 games without a homer, he's now left the yard in consecutive contests to raise his slugging percentage to .419, and he should continue to be a reliable fantasy option as the season progresses.

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  • Carlos Santana CLE DH
    Indians' Carlos Santana: Drives in two runs against Twins
    4d ago

    Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run during Thursday's win over Minnesota.

    While it's been a mediocre start for Santana (.254/.315/.433 slash line), he's gone 9-for-24 with three runs, two doubles, a home run and seven RBI over his past five games. Additionally, leading off hasn't hurt his RBI opportunities and improves his upside to score runs. It's also a boon in daily contests. With a career .364 on-base percentage entering Thursday, Santana has more value in leagues that count OBP.

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  • Shin-Soo Choo TEX DH
    Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Out of lineup Thusday
    4d ago

    Shin-Soo Choo is not in the lineup Thursday against the Royals.

    Choo will be held out of the lineup with southpaw Danny Duffy heading to the mound for the Royals. With Choo out, Mike Napoli will take over as designated hitter while Ryan Rua picks up a start at first base.

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