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Angels' Huston Street: On for spring debut
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Street (knee) is making his 2017 Cactus League debut Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Coming off a 6.45 ERA during (surprise) an injury-shortened 2016, Street is battling for the closer role with Cam Bedrosian (groin) and Andrew Bailey, among others. His body of work and name recognition may land him the job initially, but it's wise for fantasy players to remain skeptical, especially considering his health issues and the talent Bedrosian boasts when healthy.

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Yankees' Clint Frazier: Set to be odd man out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Frazier will be sent back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once Aaron Hicks (oblique) returns from the DL, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

Hicks has yet to begin baseball activities since landing on the DL and doesn't have a firm timetable for a return, so nothing is imminent. Frazier has slashed an impressive .298/.306/.638 in 13 games, but with Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Judge, and Hicks making up the outfield options, at-bats would be tough to come by. Whenever the 22-year-old does head back down to the minors, it'll likely be a brief stint, as Frazier would figure to be in line to be called back up when rosters expand at the start of September.

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Yankees' Dellin Betances: Pitches scoreless inning in win
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Betances struck out one and allowed a hit en route to pitching a scoreless eighth inning in Thursday's win over the Mariners.

With the acquisition of David Robertson, Betances' role as a setup man appeared to be in a bit of jeopardy. While manager Joe Girardi could end up using a mix-and-match approach, the fact that Betances was called upon in a 2-0 game suggests that he'll keep seeing opportunities in the eighth inning going forward. Though he struggled heading into the All-Star break, the time off seems to have gotten the 29-year-old back into form, as he's struck out seven in four shutout innings in the last week.

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Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Returns from two-game breather
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a double in Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays.

Bogaerts had missed the previous two games with a hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch July 6. He had gone 4-for-26 over seven games after getting hit by the pitch, so manager John Farrell gave him a two-game breather. Bogaerts was dropped to sixth in the batting order Thursday as part of a lineup adjustment the manager initiated to jolt the Red Sox out of a recent offensive funk.

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Phillies' Aaron Nola: Improved mechanics leading to increased velocity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure credits Nola's fastball velocity increase this season to improved pitching mechanics, Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Nola tweaked his mechanics in the offseason to use his legs more which helped take some stress off his arm and allows him to add a little more velocity. Last year, he averaged 90.7 mph with his fastball, but has bumped that up to 92 mph this season. Opponents have hit just .226 with a .384 slugging percentage against the fastball this year after teeing off on the pitch last season when Nola dealt with elbow problems. The 2014 first-round pick is 4-3 with a 2.65 ERA and a 59:16 K:BB in 54.1 innings since the beginning of June. He faces the Brewers at home on Friday.

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