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    • Justin Turner LAD 3B
      Dodgers' Justin Turner: May only need minimum 10 days on DL
      1h 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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    • Rob Segedin LAD 3B
      Dodgers' Rob Segedin: Out 4-6 weeks after wrist surgery
      1h ago

      Rob Segedin underwent surgery for an injured wrist and will miss 4-6 weeks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports Friday.

      Segedin had seen his rehab stagnate, as he had been out with a toe injury since April 19 without making significant progress. That injury that was originally expected to keep him out for perhaps a month. However, he suffered a separate wrist injury while rehabbing, and this new ailment could keep him off the field until the All-Star break. With outfielders like Brett Eibner getting chances for the Los Angeles Dodgers now, there's no guarantee Segedin will even make the major league roster upon his return.

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    • Randall Delgado ARI RP
      Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado: Confirmed as Monday's starter
      1h ago

      Randall Delgado will make another start Monday against the Pirates, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

      Delgado finished just four innings in his spot start Wednesday against the White Sox, but he was sharp until he ran up against his pitch count. He allowed just one earned run on three hits and a walk, a good enough performance to earn himself another start. Still, Delgado will likely be sent back to the bullpen once Taijuan Walker is ready to return, and Walker is currently expected to be ready for the next turn through the rotation.

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    • Glen Perkins MIN RP
      Twins' Glen Perkins: Feels good after bullpen session Friday
      1h ago

      Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to head to extended spring training next week, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

      Perkins will throw one more bullpen session Tuesday before getting ready to grind against live hitters at extended spring. Assuming all goes as well as Friday's bullpen session did, Perkins will be able to head out on a minor league rehab assignment and then make his return to the Minnesota Twins bullpen in mid-June.

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    • Eduardo Nunez SF 3B
      Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Back in action Friday
      1h ago

      Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is back in the lineup Friday against the Braves, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Nunez tweaked his hamstring Wednesday and was scratched from Thursday's lineup, but he will slot back in for the series opener against Atlanta. The 29-year-old will bat second against lefty Jaime Garcia, a spot in the order in which he's logged just five at-bats to this point in the season. Nunez is batting .258/.288/.323 against left-handed pitching after slashing .265/.295/.456 against southpaws in 2016.

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    • Aaron Hill SF LF
      Giants' Aaron Hill: Activated from disabled list
      2h ago

      Aaron Hill (forearm) was activated from the DL on Friday.

      Hill is ready to return to action following a month-long absence due to a forearm strain, having an eight-game minor-league rehab assignment. He will not immediately slot into the lineup Friday, but Hill should see occasional time between left field, second base and third base moving forward.

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    • Manny Pina MIL C
      Brewers' Manny Pina: Out of lineup Friday
      3h 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
      3h 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
      4h 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
      5h 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
      6h 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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    • Cam Gallagher KC C
      Royals' Cameron Gallagher: Posting modest marks at Triple-A
      6h ago

      Cam Gallagher is slashing .243/.310/.320 through 31 games with Triple-A Omaha in 2017.

      Gallagher's minor-league career .235 batting average isn't what the Kansas City Royals expected when selecting him in the second round of the 2011 draft. Although the catcher remains on the 40-man roster, Gallaher's highly unlikely to make his MLB debut any time soon. He'll continue to work through his first season at Triple-A while providing the organization with depth in case of an emergency situation.

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    • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
      Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Given night off
      4h 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
      4h 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
      4h 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
      5h 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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    • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
      Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Not starting game 1 of doubleheader
      6h ago

      Miguel Cabrera is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

      It appears to be a routine rest for Cabrera, who is hitting a blazing .400 from the plate since returning from an oblique injury. Regular starter Ian Kinsler is also out for the first game of the twin bill, so expect the veteran slugger back in the lineup for the second game Friday.

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    • Kyle Blanks SF 1B
      Kyle Blanks: Cut loose by Giants
      6h ago

      Kyle Blanks was released by the Giants on Friday, Alec Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      The oft-injured first baseman batted just .232 in 34 games with Triple-A Sacramento, so the Giants opted to part ways with him to make room for other higher-upside prospects. Blanks has a good amount of big-league experience to his name, but his injury history could deter any potential suitors in free agency.

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    • Marco Hernandez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Marco Hernandez: Undergoes season-ending surgery Friday
      3h 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
      4h 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
      4h 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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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Out of lineup Friday
      5h ago

      Dustin Pedroia (knee) is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Mariners, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      Pedroia was removed from Thursday's game after encountering soreness in his left knee, something that has given him trouble in the past. His absence from Friday's lineup appears to be a precautionary measure by the team, so continue to consider him day-to-day heading into the weekend series. Josh Rutledge will take over at second base in his stead.

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    • Daniel Murphy WAS 2B
      Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Takes Friday off
      5h ago

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

      Murphy snapped his seven-game hit streak Thursday night, so he'll head to the bench for a night off. Wilmer Difo will fill the void at the keystone.

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    • Yoan Moncada CHW 2B
      White Sox's Yoan Moncada: Reinstated from DL
      6h ago

      Yoan Moncada (thumb) was activated from the 7-day disabled list Friday.

      The top prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization had been out since May 15 with a thumb injury, though he appears to be healthy and ready to return to game action following a minor absence. Moncada will resume his starting spot with Triple-A Charlotte, where he has gotten off to a hot start with a .331/.401/.504 slash line and 15 RBI through 34 games.

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    • Justin Turner LAD 3B
      Dodgers' Justin Turner: May only need minimum 10 days on DL
      1h 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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    • Rob Segedin LAD 3B
      Dodgers' Rob Segedin: Out 4-6 weeks after wrist surgery
      1h ago

      Rob Segedin underwent surgery for an injured wrist and will miss 4-6 weeks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports Friday.

      Segedin had seen his rehab stagnate, as he had been out with a toe injury since April 19 without making significant progress. That injury that was originally expected to keep him out for perhaps a month. However, he suffered a separate wrist injury while rehabbing, and this new ailment could keep him off the field until the All-Star break. With outfielders like Brett Eibner getting chances for the Los Angeles Dodgers now, there's no guarantee Segedin will even make the major league roster upon his return.

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    • Eduardo Nunez SF 3B
      Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Back in action Friday
      1h ago

      Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is back in the lineup Friday against the Braves, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Nunez tweaked his hamstring Wednesday and was scratched from Thursday's lineup, but he will slot back in for the series opener against Atlanta. The 29-year-old will bat second against lefty Jaime Garcia, a spot in the order in which he's logged just five at-bats to this point in the season. Nunez is batting .258/.288/.323 against left-handed pitching after slashing .265/.295/.456 against southpaws in 2016.

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    • Pablo Sandoval BOS 3B
      Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval: Eyeing Monday return
      3h ago

      Pablo Sandoval (knee) will play two full rehab games at third base this weekend and he could return to the Boston Red Sox as soon as Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

      This weekend's set of games will be Sandoval's final test before returning to the big -league club. He's set to play nine innings at third base Friday and Saturday before getting the day off Sunday. Sandoval's return will be a boon to the Red Sox, as third base has been a consistent area of weakness in his absence. He has hit .231 with two doubles in 13 at-bats during his rehab stint.

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    • Evan Longoria TB 3B
      Rays' Evan Longoria: Scores twice Thursday
      4h ago

      Evan Longoria went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Angels.

      The veteran slugger has rediscovered his stroke in May, with Thursday's effort putting his monthly slash line at .292/.343/.438. Longoria has nine multi-hit efforts this month and has already matched the nine extra-base hits he posted in April. He's also been much more consistent with his contact, slicing his strikeout tally in half (28 to 14) in just 16 fewer plate appearances.

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    • Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
      Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Activated from DL
      5h ago

      Josh Donaldson (calf) was activated from the disabled list Friday and is starting at third base Friday against the Rangers, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

      It will be Donaldson's first game action since April 13 and marks the end of a long recovery from a calf strain. With the Toronto Blue Jays beginning a 10-game homestand Friday, the All-Star slugger will have plenty of time to get back into the swing of things in a good hitter's setting while returning to an everyday role. Fellow infielder Troy Tulowitzki will also make his return from the disabled list Friday, indicating a new-look Toronto lineup for upcoming games.

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    • Aledmys Diaz STL SS
      Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Cedes Friday's start
      3h 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
      4h 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
      5h 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
      9h 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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    • Chris Owings ARI SS
      Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Clubs solo homer Thursday
      9h ago

      Chris Owings went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Brewers.

      Owings has failed to record multiple hits in his last four starts, which ties his longest stretch of the season, but fantasy owners shouldn't lose faith in the 25-year-old even as his .387 BABIP starts to normalize a bit. He's still hitting the ball with authority -- both his medium and hard contact percentages are career bests -- suggesting that the gains in power he's shown this season could be for real. In addition to the increased home-run potential, Owings has been able to take advantage of manager Torey Lovullo's willingness to act aggressively on the basepaths. He's already notched nine steals, putting him nearly halfway to last season's total of 21.

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    • Cole Tucker PIT SS
      Pirates' Cole Tucker: Developing talent in minors
      10h ago

      Cole Tucker is batting .285/.371/.430 with three homers and 26 stolen bases in 179 at-bats for High-A Bradenton.

      The 20-year-old isn't blessed with elite speed but has good instincts on the basepaths. Tucker has always been one of the youngest players at his level, so there's plenty of room for growth. At 6-foot-4, he could also improve upon his power. Fellow shortstop Kevin Newman is blocking his path to Double-A Altoona, but both middle infielders will likely move up a level in the coming months. Tucker is still a long ways off from the majors, but he's becoming a better bet to crack the Bucs' roster in a few years.

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    • Aaron Hill SF LF
      Giants' Aaron Hill: Activated from disabled list
      2h ago

      Aaron Hill (forearm) was activated from the DL on Friday.

      Hill is ready to return to action following a month-long absence due to a forearm strain, having an eight-game minor-league rehab assignment. He will not immediately slot into the lineup Friday, but Hill should see occasional time between left field, second base and third base moving forward.

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    • Manuel Margot SD CF
      Padres' Manuel Margot: Moves into walking boot
      3h ago

      Manuel Margot (calf) is not in the lineup Friday and was seen wearing a walking boot, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

      The absence comes as no surprise, but the fact that he's wearing a boot is somewhat concerning. It's unclear if this signals a more serious issue than before or if it's just a precaution to increase the likelihood that he'll be able to return to the lineup Saturday. Consider Margot day-to-day for the time being.

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    • Kyle Schwarber CHC LF
      Cubs' Kyle Schwarber: Sitting against another southpaw
      3h ago

      Kyle Schwarber is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.

      With Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw due up for Los Angeles in Games 1 and 3 of the series, respectively, the 24-year-old Schwarber appears likely to make just one start this weekend. Schwarber is just 5-for-34 against lefties this season and has been riding the pine against most opposing southpaws of late. His performance against right-handers has been lacking as well, but Schwarber does have a top-35 hard-hit rate among qualifiers over the past 30 days.

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    • Yoenis Cespedes NYM LF
      Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Begins rehab Friday
      3h ago

      Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) is tabbed to start his rehab assignment with High-A Port St. Lucie on Friday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

      The Cuban slugger will hold true to the words manager Terry Collins uttered on Wednesday, as he'll now embark on a brief rehab stint before returning to the team. If all goes well, Cespedes could return to the team as early as Monday.

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    • Gregor Blanco ARI RF
      Diamondbacks' Gregor Blanco: Retreats to bench Friday
      3h ago

      Gregor Blanco is not in the lineup Friday against the Brewers.

      A night after he cracked a home run off of Milwaukee starter Zach Davies, Blanco will retreat to the bench for the second time in four games. Reymond Fuentes will take his place in center field.

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    • Trey Mancini BAL LF
      Orioles' Trey Mancini: Sitting out Friday
      3h ago

      Trey Mancini is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.

      Hyun Soo Kim gets the start against right-hander Joe Musgrove on Friday, which bumps Mancini back to the bench. Mancini has actually outperformed Kim against right-handed pitching this season, hitting .304 with a 1.002 OPS as opposed to Kim's .222 average with a .596 OPS. Look for Mancini to rejoin the lineup Saturday in Houston.

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    • Ubaldo Jimenez BAL SP
      Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez: No longer starting Sunday
      2h ago

      Ubaldo Jimenez will not start Sunday's game against the Astros, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

      Alec Asher will get the nod instead of Jimenez, who was initially lined up to take the ball for the series finale. Jimenez has been wildly unpredictable this season, throwing two quality starts but getting shelled in his six other starts. In all, Jimenez has a 7.17 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP with 11 home runs allowed over 42.2 innings. If Asher does well in his outing, it could hurt Jimenez's chances at rejoining the rotation.

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    • Adalberto Mejia MIN SP
      Twins' Adalberto Mejia: Named Saturday's starter
      3h ago

      Adalberto Mejia will start Saturday against the Rays, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Mejia has rejoined the team and will be added back onto the active roster ahead of Saturday's matchup opposite Jake Odorizzi. The 23-year-old Mejia mostly struggled in his first three starts, but he rebounded last weekend, holding Kansas City to three runs over seven innings en route to his first career win. He could get an extended look in the absence of Phil Hughes (shoulder), but Mejia will need to at least hold his own to maintain a rotation spot.

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    • Phil Hughes MIN SP
      Twins' Phil Hughes: MRI reveals no nerve damage
      3h ago

      Phil Hughes ' MRI on his shoulder this week did not reveal any nerve damage, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

      While this is an encouraging report considering the nerve issue that ended Hughes' season in 2016, there's still no word on when he can be expected to return. The earliest Hughes will be able to come off the disabled list is Wednesday, but that may be an optimistic timeline. Look for the Minnesota Twins to release a clearer time frame for Hughes' return later in the weekend.

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    • Jesse Hahn OAK SP
      Athletics' Jesse Hahn: Expected to land on disabled list
      3h ago

      Jesse Hahn (triceps) will likely require a stint on the 10-day disabled list, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports.

      Although Hahn's MRI came back clean, the 27-year-old will likely hit the DL due to his triceps issue. The A's rotation has suffered significant attrition of late with Hahn's injury in addition to Kendall Graveman's shoulder injury, which might also land him on the DL. The A's will likely have an update on Hahn's status later in the weekend, and they're also expected to recall Jharel Cotton to start Saturday's game against the Yankees.

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    • Jacob Nix SD SP
      Padres' Jacob Nix: Back in action
      3h ago

      Jacob Nix (groin) was activated from the disabled list at High-A Lake Elsinore on Friday.

      The groin issue ultimately sidelined Nix for nearly two months of the season, but it seems to have subsided enough to let the pitching prospect back into action. Nix will rejoin the Storm's rotation to begin his third professional season.

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    • Dallas Keuchel HOU SP
      Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Expected to start Saturday
      3h ago

      Manager A.J. Hinch announced that he expects Dallas Keuchel (neck) to come off the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Orioles, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Keuchel has been rumored as a potential starter for Saturday throughout the week, but Hinch's comments Friday all but confirm that the Houston Astros will be getting their ace back for the second game of their series against Baltimore. Provided that Keuchel is back Saturday, he'll have only missed one turn in the rotation as a result of the pinched nerve in his neck. Keuchel has regained his Cy Young form this season, notching a 7-0 record on the strength of a 1.84 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.

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    • Randall Delgado ARI RP
      Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado: Confirmed as Monday's starter
      1h ago

      Randall Delgado will make another start Monday against the Pirates, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

      Delgado finished just four innings in his spot start Wednesday against the White Sox, but he was sharp until he ran up against his pitch count. He allowed just one earned run on three hits and a walk, a good enough performance to earn himself another start. Still, Delgado will likely be sent back to the bullpen once Taijuan Walker is ready to return, and Walker is currently expected to be ready for the next turn through the rotation.

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    • Glen Perkins MIN RP
      Twins' Glen Perkins: Feels good after bullpen session Friday
      1h ago

      Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to head to extended spring training next week, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

      Perkins will throw one more bullpen session Tuesday before getting ready to grind against live hitters at extended spring. Assuming all goes as well as Friday's bullpen session did, Perkins will be able to head out on a minor league rehab assignment and then make his return to the Minnesota Twins bullpen in mid-June.

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    • Steven Okert SF RP
      Giants' Steven Okert: Optioned to Triple-A
      2h ago

      Steven Okert was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.

      Aaron Hill (forearm) was reinstated from the DL and Okert was optioned down in a corresponding move. Manager Bruce Bochy told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he feels Okert needs to regain his confidence in a less stressful environment. Okert has given up nine runs on 12 hits and six walks in 13 innings so far this season.

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    • Zach Britton BAL RP
      Orioles' Zach Britton: Ready to increase throwing distance
      2h ago

      Zach Britton (forearm) is ready to increase his throwing distance on flat ground, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

      Britton was cleared to resume throwing a little over a week ago and he's now ready to extend the distance of his long toss. Eventually, Britton will move back in to throw with more intensity on flat ground before progressing to mound work and ultimately a minor-league rehab assignment. The expectation when Britton hit the DL for the second time was that he would miss 45-60 days.

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    • Alec Asher BAL RP
      Orioles' Alec Asher: Tabbed as Sunday starter
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      Alec Asher is listed as the starter for Sunday's game against the Astros, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

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      Astros' Brad Peacock: Potential spot starter next week
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      Brad Peacock is an option for a spot start during Houston's series at Minnesota next week, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

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

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      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
      10h ago

      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.

      Ramirez has missed out on at-bats when Boston has taken trips to National League parks, and he's battled a few health issues early in the year. Basically replacing the retired David Ortiz as the nearly everyday designated hitter, Han-Ram has played just one game at first base this year. It may take a late-season push for him to retain eligibility at the position in many fantasy leagues heading into 2018.

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      Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Powers Seattle to victory
      1d ago

      Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run during Thursday's win over Washington.

      Now up to 12 homers, 40 RBI, 20 runs and a .296/.379/.568 slash line, Cruz is well on his way to another high-end fantasy campaign. While Thursday's bomb was against righty Jacob Turner and not lefty Gio Gonzlaez, it's still worth highlighting that the slugger entered Thursday's game with a .438 wOBA against southpaws dating back to the 2015 campaign. Cruz's dominance against left-handed pitchers shouldn't be overlooked in daily contests.

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      Astros' Carlos Beltran: Gets breather Thursday
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      Carlos Beltran is not in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

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      Shin-Soo Choo is not in the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

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