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  • Ian Kinsler (flu) back in Tigers' lineup
    Ian Kinsler (flu) is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Kinsler missed a couple days of action while he was under the weather. He's at second base and leading off against the A's. Today, 2:23 pm
  • Scooter Gennett not in Friday's lineup
    Scooter Gennett is not in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: He'll get a day off against lefty John Lamb. The Brewers are going with Aaron Hill at second base and Hernan Perez at third base. Today, 1:40 pm
  • Jurickson Profar batting leadoff for Rangers
    Rangers recalled INF Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Profar is starting at second base and batting leadoff for the Rangers on Friday and could remain in both places for the next week while Rougned Odor serves his suspension. After missing two seasons with ongoing shoulder issues, Profar has batted .284/.356/.426 with five homers and four steals across 189 plate appearances with Round Rock this season. His stay with the big club could be short, but he's worth owning in fantasy leagues while he's up. Today, 12:58 pm
  • Flores (hamstring) won't be activated Friday
    Wilmer Flores (hamstring) will not be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: The Mets have decided to extend Flores' rehab assignment a bit longer, but he could still conceivably return sometime over the weekend. Flores is slated to take over at first base for the Mets with Lucas Duda (back) on the shelf. Today, 11:08 am
    15-Day DL
  • Perez comes up with two-run triple vs. Braves
    Hernan Perez had a pinch-hit, two-run triple Thursday against the Braves.

    Advice: Perez made a two-run game into a four-run game with his triple in the ninth inning, his first three-bagger of the year. The 25-year-old has been used sparingly by Brewers manager Craig Counsell this season but has posted a .291/.339/.509 line with three home runs and five steals in 55 at-bats. Given the current state of the squad, perhaps it's time to give Perez some more run to see what he can do with regular playing time. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Descalso has two hits, two runs against Sox
    Daniel Descalso went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Starting at designated hitter in the American League park, Descalso made his manager look smart by singling and scoring in the fifth and seventh innings. It was just his second start and fifth appearance of the season after he missed the first month and a half with a fractured left hand. He'll serve in a superutility role for the Rockies this year and carries no fantasy value. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Espinosa's homer leads Nationals past Cards
    Danny Espinosa hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to lead the Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Espinosa's homer off Mike Leake broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference. He finished 1-for-3 in the game. Despite Thursday's contribution, the 29-year-old is hitting just .201/.301/.302 in 47 games and appears to be keeping the seat warm for Trea Turner, who could be called up in a matter of weeks. Yesterday, 7:02 pm
    Player Note
    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Diaz swats seventh homer in loss to Nationals
    Aledmys Diaz hit his seventh home run of the season in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: The home run was Diaz' only hit on the night. The 25-year-old has started to come back down to earth after a torrid start to the year, but he still ranks sixth in the National League in hitting, fifth in runs and seventh in slugging. Diaz owns a .329/.359/.570 line with 25 RBI and 32 runs scored overall. Yesterday, 6:59 pm
  • Carpenter (paternity) expected to return Saturday
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Matt Carpenter (paternity leave) will be back by Saturday.

    Advice: Carpenter left the team Wednesday after his wife went into labor. At most, he'll miss two more games. Greg Garcia was called up to take his place on the active roster. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
    Not Active
  • Odor's suspension reduced to seven games
    Rougned Odor's suspension has been reduced from eight games to seven.

    Advice: His appeal was heard by the league on Tuesday. Odor will begin serving his ban on Friday. Jurickson Profar is expected to take his place on the active roster. This is probably as good a result as Odor could have hoped for. Some thought Odor actually got off easy after slugging Jose Bautista in a game last week. He's eligible to return June 4 against Seattle. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Jean Segura goes 2-for-5, scores twice
    Jean Segura went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Thursday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Segura's OPS has declined steadily since his outstanding first week of the season, but even so, he's remained a solid leadoff hitter for the Diamondbacks. He's hit .299 with a .330 OBP in May after coming in at .333 with a .362 OBP in April. Of course, as rarely as he walks, he needs to keep his average up around .300 to be useful at the top of the order. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Ari - 2B,SS
  • Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) in lineup Thursday
    Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Just as he pledged late Wednesday night, after making an early exit with cramping in his right hamstring. Pedroia is batting second for the Red Sox on Thursday night against Colorado right-hander Jon Gray. Jackie Bradley Jr. will take a spin at leadoff with Mookie Betts getting a breather. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Daniel Murphy taking night off vs. Cardinals
    Daniel Murphy is getting the night off Thursday.

    Advice: Stephen Drew will start at second base in the Nationals' series opener against the visiting Cardinals. Murphy went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's loss to the Mets and is batting .394/.426/.617 in 46 games this year. Yesterday, 11:59 am
    Player Note
    Daniel Murphy Was - 1B,2B,3B
  • Yankees option Rob Refsnyder to AAA
    Yankees optioned INF/OF Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Refsnyder had a two-run double in three at-bats during his short stay at the major league level. The 25-year-old could take on some fantasy value later this summer if injuries open a regular job for him, but he's not worth stashing in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:29 am
    Not Active
  • Cardinals recall Greg Garcia from AAA level
    Cardinals recalled INF Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Garcia will give the Cardinals infield depth while Matt Carpenter spends the weekend away on paternity leave. Garcia has a cool .811 career OPS in the major leagues and he's 6-for-10 with St. Louis in 2016, but the 26-year-old isn't going to play enough to carry fantasy relevance. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Forsythe (shoulder) is aiming for June 10-19
    Logan Forsythe (shoulder) took grounders Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a nice first step for the rehabbing second baseman, who's been on the disabled list since May 14 with a fracture in his left shoulder blade. Forsythe told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he's aiming to return during the Rays' next homestand (June 10-19). He was mashing at a .308/.398/.523 clip with four home runs and 12 RBI in 29 games before the injury. Yesterday, 9:11 am
    15-Day DL
  • Beckham homers in pinch-hit appearance
    Gordon Beckham pinch hit in the sixth inning and clobbered a two-run homer that temporarily put the Braves on top of the Brewers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Beckham picked up another base hit later in the game, but all of his damage came on a two-run shot off lefty Chris Capuano in the sixth. He's now hitting .310/.402/.451 and is proof that almost any big leaguer can be productive in small samples, if utilized correctly. He just doesn't currently see enough playing time to matter in standard fantasy formats. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • Jose Altuve goes hitless again
    Jose Altuve went hitless in a fourth straight game Wednesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Altuve is 0-for-17 during his little funk. It's just the second time in his career that he's gone hitless in four straight starts. It also happened in May 2013. Since the beginning of 2014, he had gone hitless in three straight just one time (in May 2015). Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Travis could move quickly to the leadoff spot
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons suggested Wednesday evening that Devon Travis (shoulder) could move swiftly to the top spot in the batting order.

    Advice: Travis is hitting eighth Wednesday in his first game since July 28, 2015, but Gibbons told reporters that the dynamic 25-year-old second baseman will slide up quickly if he looks sharp in his first couple of games. Travis hit .304/.361/.498 with eight home runs and three stolen bases in 62 games last season for Toronto, batting leadoff in 22 of his 60 starts. He'd carry huge fantasy potential at the head of a dangerous Jays offense. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Lowrie batting fifth in return from 15-day DL
    Jed Lowrie is in the lineup and batting fifth for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Lowrie was just activated off the disabled list on Wednesday. He missed 15 days on the nose with a bruised right shin. Back in action now, the veteran infielder returns to a .302/.341/.345 triple-slash. He accumulated those numbers through 32 games. Wednesday, 3:08 pm
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 2B,3B,SS
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