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Phil Hughes, SP, MIN4/18/2015 4:39:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes allowed four runs Saturday versus Cleveland.
Insight: Hughes continues to be an irrelevant fantasy option. He went 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk, while strking out three. He has a 5.30 ERA through three starts.
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE4/18/2015 4:36:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar pitched well Saturday against the Twins.
Insight: He struck out 10 and allowd two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. Salazar has a 3.00 ERA this season.
Tyson Ross, SP, SDP4/18/2015 4:22:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross struck out nine Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: He did so over 5 2/3 innings of work and allowed three runs on five hits and five walks. Ross has a 4.08 ERA this season.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN4/18/2015 4:21:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey had a rough outing Saturday against the Cardinals.
Insight: He allowed five runs on nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings of work. Bailey did no record a strikeout either.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS4/18/2015 4:19:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a huge game during Saturday's win over Detroit.
Insight: Owners have been waiting for this. Abreu went 3-for-6 with a grand slam and two runs scored. He now has three homers and six RBIs overall.
Chris Sale, SP, CWS4/18/2015 4:18:00 PM
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale picked up his second straight victory.
Insight: He defeated the Tigers by going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out six. Sale is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET4/18/2015 4:17:00 PM
Description: Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was abysmal Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Sanchez allowed nine runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two over just 3 1/3 innings of work. He is now 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS4/18/2015 4:10:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed just two earned runs, but took the loss Saturday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Zimmermann allowed four total runs on four hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings of work. He is now 1-2 with an ugly 6.14 ERA.
Aaron Harang, SP, PHI4/18/2015 4:09:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Aaron Harang had his third straight quality start.
Insight: He got the win, and went six innings allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. Harang is now 2-1 with a solid 1.96 ERA.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/18/2015 4:06:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had a nice day Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Freeman went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. He is hitting .256 wuth four home runs and eight RBIs so far this year.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR4/18/2015 4:04:00 PM
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was the hero Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: He hit a walkoff homer in 10th inning to give Toronto a 6-5 victory. Donaldson finished the day 3-for4 with two runs and a walk.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL4/18/2015 1:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop took a hit from Pablo Sandoval Friday night and has been diagnosed with a PCL tear and a sprained MCL.
Insight: He'll obviously be placed on the disabled list. Schoop had shown power early on with three homers and seven RBI through nine games.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL4/18/2015 1:10:00 PM
Description: Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop took a hit from Pablo Sandoval Friday night and is doubtful for Saturday's game, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.
Insight: Schoop has shown power early on with three homers and seven RBI through nine games. We should hear more on the injury closer to game-time.
Mookie Betts, CF, BOS4/18/2015 1:05:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Routine day off for Betts. Betts is only batting .209, but does have a pair of homers, eight RBI and four runs scored. Multipositional Brock Holt will start in center field.
Derek Norris, C, SDP4/18/2015 11:42:00 AM
Description: Padres catcher Derek Norris will get Saturday off.
Insight: Routine day game after a night game off. He's batting .244 this season. Will Nieves will catch Tyson Ross.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STLCold4/18/2015 11:40:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Wong is just getting a day of rest. He's batting .207 after going 1-for-12 over the past four games and can probably use the time off. Peter Kozma gets the start at 2B.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN4/18/2015 11:36:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit a walk off home run in the 11th to lift the Twins to a, 3-2, victory over the Indians, but will sit on Saturday.
Insight: It's probably not a coincidence that he's just 1-for-11 with five strikeouts against Saturday's scheduled starter Danny Salazar. Eduardo Nunez will get the start at the hot corner.
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET4/18/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a rest day. Castellanos is batting .263 this season with a home run and three RBI. Hernan Perez is the replacement, but facing Chris Sale isn't a viable fantasy option.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET4/18/2015 11:01:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee and missed Friday's game, but was available for pinch-hit duties so can't be too far from playing. This favorable matchup would be a nice spot to return. Update: Martinez is in the starting lineup.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS4/18/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth just off the disabled list and struggling will get Saturday off.
Insight: Werth is just 2-for-20 in the five games since his return to the lineup. Clint Robinson is starting in left field.
Dan Uggla, 2B, WAS4/18/2015 10:54:00 AM
Description: Dan Uggla will get the start at second base on Saturday against Aaron Harang and the Phillies.
Insight: Uglla is a .333 hitter (9-for-27) against Harang with a pair of homers. Yunel Escobar (leg) and Danny Espinosa will get the day off.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX4/18/2015 10:37:00 AM
Description: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is hitless in 11 at-bats against Felix Hernandez.
Insight: There are probably plenty of players in the same situation versus the Seattle ace, but that doesn't help. Despite Fielder's .419 batting average you should probably avoid this matchup.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA4/18/2015 10:34:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 8-for-21 (.381) with two homers and seven RBI versus Texas starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Seager is off to a slow start (.211, 2 HR, 5 RBI) after a career-best 25 home runs with 96 RBI last season. Perhaps this matchup will help.
David Freese, 3B, ANA4/18/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese is 7-for-11 (.636) against Houston starter Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: Freese has already hit three home runs this season after blasting just 10 all last season. If you can deal with a low batting average (.205), he may have some fantasy value.
David Ortiz, DH, BOS4/18/2015 10:27:00 AM
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is just 3-for-27 (.111) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Ortiz is batting just .171 with a .618 OPS through the first nine games and isn't likely to turn it around in Saturday's matchup.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/18/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 1-for-9 with five strikeouts against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez.
Insight: Frazier has hit three homers this season, but is batting just .220 through the first 10 games and this unfavorable matchup isn't likely to help.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STLHot4/18/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career 15-for-25 (.600) against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Carpenter has posted back-to-back two-hit games and now sees a pitcher he owns in Bailey who is making his first appearance of the season. That's a great matchup for Carpenter and he's a must-start.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLECold4/18/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is just 1-for-12 (.083) with six punchouts against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Hughes hasn't been pitching well this season, but Santana might not be able to take advantage. Santana has one hit in his last three games.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN4/18/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is 7-for-11 (.636) against Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar.
Insight: Dozier could use a favorable matchup matchup as he's batting just .231 with one homer and three RBI this season.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET4/18/2015 10:06:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .517 hitter (15-for-29) against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee and missed Friday's game, but was available for pinch-hit duties so can't be too far from playing. This favorable matchup would be a nice spot to return.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLHot4/18/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .476 hitter (10-for-21) with a pair of home runs against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Freeman is starting to find his batting stroke with two homers in his last three games and this favorable matchup could continue his momentum.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX4/18/2015 9:55:00 AM
Description: Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland could need minor elbow surgery, according to TR Sullivan of mlb.com.
Insight: If true he'd likely miss 2-3 weeks. Moreland can't stay healthy enough for fantasy owners and Rangers fans to see what he can do with a season's worth of at-bats. He played just 52 games last season.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE4/18/2015 12:11:00 AM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-5 in his return to the field on Friday versus the Twins.
Insight: Brantley missed a week with a sore back. Hopefully, he can stay in the lineup and start hitting like he did on Friday. Brantley, however, didn't play left field. He was the designated hitter versus the Twins.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN4/18/2015 12:04:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe hit a walk off home run in the 11th to lift the Twins to a, 3-2, victory over the Indians.
Insight: The home run was Plouffe's only hit of the game as he went 1-for-5. Maybe this will get him going because he is hitting just .143 this season.
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/17/2015 11:35:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the, 6-1, loss to the Cardinals on Friday.
Insight: Votto has continued to hit very well in the two-hole of the Reds lineup. He is slashing .378/.489/.811 with four home runs and 10 RBI this season. Votto is proving he definitely wasn't healthy last season.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL4/17/2015 11:33:00 PM
Description: Cardinals righty Michael Wacha pitched seven solid innings in his second victory of the season.
Insight: Wacha allowed just one run on five hits in seven frames as he improved to 2-0. He also had four strikeouts and one walk. The only run he allowed was a solo home run to Joey Votto as the Cardinals won, 6-1.
Evan Gattis, C, HOU4/17/2015 11:29:00 PM
Description: Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis had two hits in the loss to the Angels on Friday.
Insight: Gattis is off to a very slow start, so it is nice to see him get two hits. Even with the pair of hits, Gattis is hitting .139 this season.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA4/17/2015 11:28:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout hit two home runs with five RBI in the, 6-3, victory over the Astros on Friday.
Insight: The home runs were Trout's second and third of the season. He is off to an incredible start, slashing .444/.500/.750 with nine RBI.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAK4/17/2015 11:19:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt hit two solo bombs on Friday, but it wasn't enough as the Athletics lost to the Royals, 6-4.
Insight: Vogt had three hits, two RBI and two runs in the loss. He is hitting .353 with three home runs ad eight RBI this season.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN4/17/2015 11:15:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in the, 6-4, victory over the Athletics on Friday.
Insight: Hosmer is off to a great start this season. With the three hits, he raised his average to .302. He also had nine RBI.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY4/17/2015 11:09:00 PM
Description: Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead New York over Tampa Bay, 5-4.
Insight: Rodriguez hit a solo blast in the second inning and then a two-run bomb in the sixth. He capped off the great night with the game-winning RBI in the eighth. Rodriguez has been the Yankees best hitter this season, hitting .344 with four home runs and 11 RBI.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, NYM4/17/2015 11:07:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in the, 4-1, victory over the Marlins.
Insight: Cuddyer his an RBI-single in the sixth and then scored later in the frame. He also had a double in the game. Cuddyer is hitting .317 with one home run and seven RBI in 11 games this season.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA4/17/2015 11:04:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton accounted for the Marlins only run on Friday, hitting a solo home run versus the Mets.
Insight: Stanton's bomb gave Miami a, 1-0, lead, but the Mets scored the final four runs of the game. The blast was Stanton's second in as many games and second of the season. He is hitting .243 with 10 RBI.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM4/17/2015 11:03:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon pitched well again, throwing seven innings and allowing one run on Friday versus the Marlins.
Insight: Colon is a perfect 3-0 and has allowed just five runs in 20 innings. On Friday, the only run he yielded was a solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton. He also struck out five and walked none. Colon just continues to defy father time.
Koji Uehara, RP, BOS4/17/2015 10:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning versus the Orioles and picked up the victory as Boston won in the bottom of the ninth, 3-2.
Insight: Uehara struck out two batters and didn't allow a hit on Friday. He has two appearances in the 2015. One of them was a save and the other is this win. Uehara has struck out four batters in his two innings of work.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOSHot4/17/2015 10:41:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth on Friday as Boston defeated Baltimore, 3-2.
Insight: Bogaerts was the only Red Sox with two hits in the game. His first single broke up a no-hit bid in the fifth. He also scored on catcher Ryan Hanigan's home run. Bogaerts is hitting .395 through 10 games.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL4/17/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez his no-hit bid versus the Red Sox end due to an ejection in the fourth inning.
Insight: Jimenez didn't allow a hit in his 3 2/3 innings, but the home plate umpire claimed he nailed Pablo Sandoval with a pitch on purpose, and therefore was ejected from the game. Jimenez allegedly hit Sandoval in retaliation for his dirty slide into second base earlier in the game. Jimenez left with two strikeouts and three walks in addition to the no hits.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR4/17/2015 10:34:00 PM
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a pair of home runs on Friday against the Braves.
Insight: Donaldson didn't have a home run this season coming into Friday's game, but he went deep in the third and fifth innings. Donaldson was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs in the game. He is hitting .302 this season.
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL4/17/2015 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves outfield Nick Markakis went 4-for-4 with three runs scored in the, 8-7, victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: Atlanta managed to score enough to win this game despite the poor start from Julio Teheran. Markakis now has nine hits in the last five games. He is hitting .353 in 34 at-bats this season.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/17/2015 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar left Friday's game after tweaking his groin according to MLB.com.
Insight: The team is going to see how Escobar feels on Saturday before sending him to the disabled list. Escobar is hitting .286 with a home run and RBI in 11 games this season.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS4/17/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was 3-for-4 with two runs scored as Washington beat Philadelphia, 7-2, on Friday.
Insight: Desmond had three singles and scored in the first and seventh innings. He has a hit in four straight games, batting .500 with a double, home run and three RBI over that span.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/17/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the, 7-2, loss to the Nationals on Friday.
Insight: Howard singled in the ninth to score Cesar Hernandez, but too little too late for the Phillies, who trailed heading into the ninth, 7-1. Howard is hitting .176 with two RBI this season.
Max Scherzer, SP, WAS4/17/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer won his first game in Washington, pitching eight innings and allowing one run against the Phillies on Friday.
Insight: Scherzer yielded the one run on four hits, struck out nine and walked none. His season ERA is now 0.83, but Scherzer is only 1-1.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT4/17/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit a monster home run for his second of the season as Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee, 6-3, on Friday.
Insight: Marte has really struggled to start the year, but manager Clint Hurdle mixed up his order and moved Marte down, which seemed to work. Marte went 2-for-4 with a two-run bomb that went close to 450 feet. Marte is hitting .152 with four RBI, so maybe this game gets him going.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT4/17/2015 10:14:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the, 6-3, victory over the Brewers on Friday.
Insight: Like many of the Pirates hitters, Polanco has been struggling in the first two weeks of the season, but he and the Pirates offense got it going on Friday. Polanco had two singles and a double. He also stole his third base of the season.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CIN4/17/2015 5:59:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not cleared to catch yet, but he is available to pinch hit on Friday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Mesoraco has an impingement in his left hip, so it might be awhile until he starts catching again. For what it's worth, he is trying very hard to avoid the disabled list.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANA4/17/2015 5:57:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun returns to the Angels lineup on Friday.
Insight: Calhoun missed nearly a week with a strained right calf although he was used as a pinch hitter. Owners can put him back into their lineups.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE4/17/2015 5:56:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is back in the Indians lineup on Friday.
Insight: Brantley is the DH rather than playing left field, but fantasy owners don't care. His sore back has kept him out nine of the last 10 days, so it is good to see Brantley at least hit.
Dexter Fowler, CF, CHC4/17/2015 5:38:00 PM
Description: Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler was 3-for-5 with a run scored in the loss against the Padres on Friday.
Insight: Fowler scored on a Jorge Soler's single in the fifth. Fowler also had his third double of the season. He is hitting .282 with one home run and four RBI in nine games this season.
James Shields, SP, SDP4/17/2015 5:36:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander James Shields didn't pitch great, but he and his team won in Chicago on Friday.
Insight: Shields allowed four runs, three earned on five hits in six innings versus the Cubs. He also struck out nine and walked two. Wil Myers bailed him out, though, as he hit a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Padres a, 5-4, lead. The San Diego bullpen shut the door from there. Shields is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC4/17/2015 5:34:00 PM
Description: Cubs super prospect Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 in his major league debut on Friday agianst the Padres.
Insight: Bryant hit clean up in the Cubs order, and the youngster seemed a bit anxious. He swung at pitches out of the strike zone in all his at-bats, and Bryant struck out three times. He still has tremendous talent, though, and the sky seems to be the limit with him.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM4/17/2015 5:31:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers went 3-for-4 with the game-winning three-run home run in the seventh in the, 5-4, victory over the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Myers' previous two hits didn't lead to any runs, but his bomb in the seventh was the difference in the game. Chicago took a, 4-2, lead in the sixth, but Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amarista each singled and with two outs, Myers hit his homer. It was his first of the season, and Myers is also hitting .333 with seven RBI in nine games.
David Price, SP, DETHot4/17/2015 5:06:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter David Price finally allowed his first earned run of the season on Friday.
Insight: In his last start, Price committed an error which led to three runs and spoiled his own start. He pitched eighth innings and only allowed a solo home run to Avisail Garcia on Friday. He also allowed four hits, two walks and struck out nine. Price has a 0.40 ERA in three starts this season.
Jeff Samardzija, SP, CWS4/17/2015 5:02:00 PM
Description: White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija had his first very good start of the season, but it wasn't enough against Tigers ace David Price.
Insight: Samardzija only allowed a solo home run to Yoenis Cespedes in his eight innings of work on Friday. He was able to pitch out of jams in the first, third, fifth and seventh to strand runners in scoring position. Samardzija also had seven strikeouts and no walks. As we said after his two previous rough outings, Samardzija would be fine. He has allowed just one run in his last 13 innings of work.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET4/17/2015 5:00:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth as Detroit beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1.
Insight: With his two hits, Iglesias raised his batting average to .484, which is quite impressive for the defensive-minded shortstop even if it is only 10 games. He still doesn't have much power and won't drive in runs hitting ninth, but Iglesias is outplaying owners expectations through a week and a half.
Victor Martinez, DH, DET4/17/2015 11:43:00 AM
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Martinez is dealing with knee soreness in the surgically-repaired left knee. This is not good news for Tigers fans or fantasy owners.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/17/2015 11:40:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, who left Thursday's game with soreness in his left ribs, has been diagnosed with a small fracture, according to beat writer Ben Nicholson-Smith.
Insight: Reyes had been dealing with an oblique injury, but it is unclear if this is the same injury. The Blue Jays will update whether he can play through it or need a trip to the DL soon.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL4/17/2015 11:35:00 AM
Description: Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez has struck out in 17 of 30 at-bats against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Cargo has hit two homers off the Cy Young award winner, but he's batting just .167 in their matchups.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLCold4/17/2015 11:35:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson (.361) could be a candidate to sit against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Dickerson is hitless in six at-bats with four strikeouts in their matchups. Unfortunately, right-hand hitter Drew Stubbs isn't much better (3-for-23), so manager Walt Weiss doesn't have many good choices
Nelson Cruz, LF, SEA4/17/2015 11:32:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz has faced Texas starter Yovani Gallardo just three times and he's walked once and taken him yard twice.
Insight: Considering how hot Cruz is this season, league-leading six homers, walking him sounds like a good strategy.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN4/17/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce should be avoided on Friday night against the Cardinals and Michael Wacha.
Insight: Bruce is hitless in 16 at-bats against Wacha and struck out in half those at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Jon Jay, CF, STL4/17/2015 11:27:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is 12-for-27 (.444) with three home runs against Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Considering Jay only has produced 28 homers in six seasons, three against Cueto (10.7 percent) is significant.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE4/17/2015 11:25:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: We're still waiting for Kipnis to return to his 2013 form and Friday's matchup is likely to make us keep waiting.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MINCold4/17/2015 11:21:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 3-for-22 against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber.
Insight: Dozier has twice as many strikeouts (6) as hits. We recommend avoiding this matchup.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN4/17/2015 11:20:00 AM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is a career .360 hitter (9-for-25) with a pair of home runs against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Plouffe has not started the season very well (.133 BA), so it's questionable whether he can take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC4/17/2015 11:13:00 AM
Description: Cubs super prospect Kris Bryant is not only in the starting lineup Friday, but he's batting cleanup.
Insight: That's a lot of pressure on the youngster even if he has the talent to back it up. He hit nine homers in the Cactus League and batted .321 with three more homers in seven games at Iowa.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS4/17/2015 11:09:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 4-for-10 with a pair of home runs versus Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Napoli has a hit in each of his last four games after starting the season hitless in his first four. Perhaps this game will help him break loose.
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL4/17/2015 11:07:00 AM
Description: Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is 6-for-15 (.462) with a home run and a 1.217 OPS against Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke.
Insight: He's also walked five times for a .550 OBP. Lucroy broke out of an early season slump going 3-for-10 in the most recent series against St. Louis.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL4/17/2015 9:23:00 AM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura could see a boost in production as he's expected to move to the top of the Milwaukee lineup with leadoff hitter Carlos Gomez sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Insight: Segura has batted mostly in the No. 7 hole this season, but has seen success as a No. 2 hitter in the past. He's batting .323 through the first nine games.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL4/17/2015 9:19:00 AM
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez has been placed on the disabled list according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Gomez has a small tear in his hamstring and will be re-evaluated in a week after receiving a sortisone injection. The injury might require more than the 15 days to heal. Gerardo Parra should get the majority of the center field work, but Jean Segura could move into the leadoff slot which may help his fantasy production.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM4/16/2015 11:16:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left Thursday's game after he took a pitch in his left hip according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Insight: Rays starter Chris Archer hit a couple Blue Jays during the game, and Toronto may have responded by hitting Longoria. Hopefully, the injury to Longoria is not serious. The Rays should have an update soon.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC4/16/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Cubs super prospect Kris Bryant will be called up to the major league club on Friday according to ESPN Chicago.
Insight: The Cubs were expected to keep Bryant in the minors for 10 days to prevent him from becoming a free agent after the 2020 season. Because he started the season in the minors, Bryant will not be a free agent until 2021. In his final Triple-A game on Thursday, he hit a three-run bomb. Bryant should be owned in all standard leagues.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, NYM4/16/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 7-5, victory over the Marlins on Thursday.
Insight: Cuddyer singled in Lucas Duda in the sixth inning, and Curtis Granderson scored on Cuddyer's infield single in the seventh. Cuddyer is hitting .297 with a home run and six RBI in 10 games this season.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA4/16/2015 10:37:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit just fine without his protective mask on his helmet on Thursday.
Insight: The game versus the Mets on Thursday was the first time since getting hit in the jaw with a pitch last August that Stanton was hitting without the protective face mask on his helmet. He promptly hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat and went 2-for-3 in the game. The homer was Stanton's first of the season.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM4/16/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in the, 7-5, victory over the Marlins on Thursday.
Insight: Duda has multiple hits in the last three games. He also had at least two hits in six of the 10 games this season. Duda is hitting .395 with a home run and eight RBI this season.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF, TAM4/16/2015 10:33:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with two runs in the, 4-2, victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Insight: Kiermaier scored in the third inning on Steven Souza Jr.'s ground out and scored again on David DeJesus' double in the fifth. Kiermaier is hitting .344 with two home runs and four RBI to begin the season.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR4/16/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis went 2-for-4 against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Toronto only had four hits in the game, so Travis was the only Blue Jays hitter to make an impact. He doubled in the ninth to score Russell Martin. Travis has been impressive through the first 10 games, hitting .371 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Chris Archer, SP, TAM4/16/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Chris Archer pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking two batters and striking out 11.
Insight: It was a very impressive night for Archer, who now supports a 1.37 ERA in three starts this season. He hasn't allowed a run in 14 innings as he pitched seven shutout innings in his last start as well. Fantasy owners who drafted Archer late are looking pretty smart right now.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS4/16/2015 9:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF/1B Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with two-RBI double on Thursday versus the Phillies.
Insight: Zimmerman hit his double in the sixth to score Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper. Zimmerman is off to a slow start, hitting .162 with two home runs and six RBI.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI4/16/2015 9:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels allowed five runs and walked four batters in six innings against the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Hamels fell victim to the long ball again, allowing home runs to Yunel Escobar and Ryan Zimmerman. He did strike out seven batters, but the four walks cancels them out in any leagues with K/BB as a category. Hamels supports a 5.00 ERA in 18.0 innings this season.
Doug Fister, SP, WASHot4/16/2015 9:35:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Doug Fister pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits as Washington beat Philadelphia, 5-2.
Insight: Fister unfortunately did walk four batters as well as strike out four. The victory was his first this season, and fantasy owners have to love the 0.69 ERA.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL4/16/2015 8:31:00 PM
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is heading to the disabled list according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Gomez has a small tear in his hamstring. It is unclear how long he will be out.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/16/2015 8:13:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes left Thursday's game with soreness in his left ribs according to MLB.com.
Insight: Reyes has been dealing with an oblique injury, but it is unclear if this is the same injury. The Blue Jays will probably update Reyes' status after the game.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL4/16/2015 5:29:00 PM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 2-for-4 with an RBI-double in the seventh inning versus the Brewers on Thursday.
Insight: Carpenter also scored on Matt Holliday's single in the first inning. He is hitting .364/.432/.576 with one home run and seven RBI in eight games this season.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL4/16/2015 5:28:00 PM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura wetn 1-for-4 in the, 4-0, loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Insight: Milwaukee only had six hits and was shutout, so no one in the lineup stood out. Segura is off to a nice start, hitting .323 in nine games. He hit lead off on Thursday with no Carlos Gomez in the lineup.
John Lackey, SP, STL4/16/2015 5:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey pitched seven shutout innings on Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Lackey allowed just five hits, struck out eight and walked one. He is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in two starts this season.
Kennys Vargas, DH, MIN4/16/2015 4:47:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas was 2-for-4, hitting his first home run of the season on Thursday against the Royals.
Insight: Vargas tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second. Minnesota went on to score six of the next seven runs and beat Kansas City, 8-5. Vargas is hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI this season.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KAN4/16/2015 4:45:00 PM
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a double and home run against the Twins on Thursday.
Insight: Cain hit a two-run homer in the first inning and then drove in another run on a double in the ninth. Cain finished with three runs and three RBI. He is off to a great start this season, hitting .429 with two home runs and 11 RBI in nine games.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN4/16/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had three RBI in the, 8-5, victory over the Royals on Thursday.
Insight: Mauer was just 1-for-4, but he was a solid run producer on Thursday. Danny Santana scored on Mauer's groundout in the third, Torri Hunter scored on Mauer's single in the fourth and then Shane Robinson scored on Mauer's sacrifice fly in the eighth. Mauer, however, needs to hit more home runs to be fantasy relevant in standard leagues.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIA4/16/2015 4:02:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich (back) did not play on Tuesday or Wednesday, but is in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ichiro Suzuki would have gotten the start in Yelich's place, but is batting just .188 in the early going and isn't a viable fantasy option. Yelich, at this point in his career, is a better option.

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