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Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN5/24/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas left Saturday's game with a bruised collar bone according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Moustakas took a grounder up around the neck in the fifth inning. Christian Colon will finish the game at third base for Kansas City. Moustakas was 1-for-2 with a double before he left.
Dan Haren, SP, MIA5/23/2015 11:15:00 PM
Description: Marlins starter Dan Haren pitched six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Miami did eventually win, 1-0, in the 13th inning. Haren allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked three. He is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 55 1/3 innings this season.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL5/23/2015 11:13:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was 2-for-6 in the extra-inning loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
Insight: Machado had a single, double and struck out twice. The Orioles, however, lost, 1-0. Machado is hitting .287 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 150 at-bats.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA5/23/2015 11:12:00 PM
Description: Marlins 3B/OF Martin Prado had the game-winning RBI in the, 1-0, 13-inning victory over the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Prado singled in the 13th to score Adeiny Hechavarria. Prado was 1-for-5 in the game. He is hitting .273/.310/.341 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 176 at-bats this season.
Mookie Betts, CF, BOS5/23/2015 11:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts had two hits and two RBI in the, 8-3, victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Betts has a five-game hitting streak in which he has gone 8-for-23. He is hitting .238 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 172 at-bats this season.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA5/23/2015 11:08:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout was 1-for-4 with an RBI-single in the loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.
Insight: Trout also had a strikeout. He is slashing .302/.395/.553 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in 159 at-bats this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS5/23/2015 11:07:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a pair of bombs in the, 8-3, victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: His second home run gave Boston the lead for good. Napoli went 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI and two runs. He also walked. Perhaps this will get Napoli going. He is hitting just .193 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 135 at-bats this season.
Edinson Volquez, SP, KAN5/23/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Edinson Volquez allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to beat the Cardinals, 3-2.
Insight: Volquez technically pitched a complete game as the game was called after five and a half innings due to rain, but he won't get credit for a complete game. Volquez also had one strikeout and three walks. He is 4-3 with a 2.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings this season.
John Lackey, SP, STL5/23/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey took the loss in the rain-shortened defeat in Kansas City on Saturday.
Insight: The umpires called the game after five and a half due to rain. Kansas City won, 3-2. Lackey allowed three runs on six hits in five innings. He is 2-3 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings this season.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN5/23/2015 10:16:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the, 3-2, rain-shortened victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon hit his home run in the second inning. The umpires called the game after five and a half innings. Gordon was 1-for-1 with a walk in the shortened game. He is hitting .271 with five home runs and 23 RBI this season.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG5/23/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2-for-5 with three RBI in the, 10-8, victory over the Rockies in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: Crawford had an RBI-single in the fourth and then a two-run triple in the fifth. Crawford also scored in the fourth. He has been one of the biggest surprises this season as he is hitting .303/.385/.514 with six home runs, 31 RBI and 22 runs in 142 at-bats this season.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COL5/23/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer in the, 10-8, loss to the Giants in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: Blackmon was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the game. He is hitting .273/.335/.455 with six home runs, 17 RBI and 20 runs in 154 at-bats this season.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFGHot5/23/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt had a two-run double in the, 10-8, victory in the first game of a doubleheader against the Rockies on Saturday.
Insight: Belt hit his double to deep left center to score Joe Panik and Angel Pagan. Belt also had a single as he went 2-for-5 in the game. Belt is hitting .320 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 128 at-bats this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL5/23/2015 9:22:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had an RBI-double in the, 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: Freeman was 1-for-4 in the game. He is hitting .301/.367/.491 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 163 at-bats this season.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL5/23/2015 9:21:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had an RBI-single in the first as Milwaukee lost, 3-2, in 11 innings on Saturday against Atlanta.
Insight: Braun was 1-for-4 with the RBI and walk in the game. He is hitting .272 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 147 at-bats this season.
Jace Peterson, SS, ATL5/23/2015 9:19:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Jace Peterson had the game-winning single in the 11th as Atlanta defeate Milwaukee, 3-2.
Insight: Peterson was 2-for-6 with the RBI. He is hitting .264 with one home run and 18 RBI in 129 at-bats this season.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK5/23/2015 7:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick had two hits and a run in the, 5-0, victory over the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Reddick has been slumping a bite lately, so it was nice to see him get a multi-hit game. He is hitting .306 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 144 at-bats this season.
David DeJesus, LF, TAM5/23/2015 7:55:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder David DeJesus was 2-for-2 in the, 5-0, loss to the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Tampa Bay didn't score a run, so DeJesus was about the only player worth starting from the Rays on Saturday. He is hitting .330 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 106 at-bats this season.
Kendall Graveman, RP, OAK5/23/2015 7:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman had a great spot start against the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Oakland recalled Graveman from Triple-A to make the start on Saturday. He pitched six shutout innings versus the Rays. He allowed three hits, struck out six and walked two. Graveman, however, is not fantasy relevant with a 2-2 record and 6.04 ERA in 22 1/3 innings this season.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, CIN5/23/2015 7:50:00 PM
Description: Red starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani allowed one run on three hits in seven innings but received a no-decision against the Indians.
Insight: DeSclafani also struck out six and walked two. He is 2-4 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLE5/23/2015 7:49:00 PM
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber had his third straight excellent start, pitching eight innings and allowing just one run on nine hits versus the Reds on Saturday.
Insight: Kluber also had seven strikeouts and no walks. In his last three starts, Kluber has allowed just two runs in 25 innings. He also has 37 strikeouts and just one walk during that span. Kluber is 2-5 with a 3.49 ERA this season.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN5/23/2015 7:45:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was 2-for-4 and scored Cincinnati's only run in the, 2-1, loss to the Indians on Saturday.
Insight: Bruce scored on Zack Cozart's sacrifice fly in the second inning. Bruce is only hitting .216 this season, but he is 11-for-22 in his last six games. Bruce also has seven home runs and 19 RBI in 139 at-bats.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE5/23/2015 7:43:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had the game-winning double in the, 2-1, victory over the Reds on Saturday.
Insight: Kipnis was 2-for-4 with the double coming in the eighth. Michael Bourn scored on the hit. Kipnis is having an incredible May, hitting .463/.546/.732 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Glen Perkins, SP, MIN5/23/2015 7:40:00 PM
Description: Twins closer Glen Perkins picked up his league-leading 16th save in the, 4-3, victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: Perkins has yet to blow a save, but he came close on Saturday as two White Sox reached base on a walk and hit. Perkins recorded two strikeouts for the final two outs as Minnesota held on. Perkins has a 1.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings.
Chris Sale, SP, CWS5/23/2015 7:38:00 PM
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale struck out 10 batters against the Twins but lost on Saturday, 4-3.
Insight: Sale gave up four runs, three earned on five hits in eight innings and didn't receive enough run support to win. Two of the runs Sale allowed were on solo home runs. He walked just one batter. Sale is 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA this season.
Torii Hunter, RF, MIN5/23/2015 7:36:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter hit a solo home run in the, 4-3, victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: Hunter hit his bomb in the second inning. Eduardo Nunez also had a solo homer in the frame as Minnesota took a, 2-0, lead. Hunter is hitting .280 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 150 at-bats this season.
Ben Revere, CF, PHI5/23/2015 7:34:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere had three runs and two hits in the, 8-1, victory over the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Revere scored in the third, fourth and sixth. He also had a walk and RBI. Revere is hitting .262 with 10 extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 168 at-bats.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS5/23/2015 7:32:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had the only RBI for Washington in the, 8-1, loss to the Phillies on Saturday.
Insight: Desmond had an RBI-double that scored Michael Taylor in the eighth. Desmond was 1-for-4 and is slashing .246/.299/.392 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 171 at-bats this season.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHI5/23/2015 7:30:00 PM
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels had a great outing against the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Hamels allowed just one run on five hits in eight innings. He also struck out five and walked one. Hamels has won four straight decisions and is now 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings this season.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS5/23/2015 7:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg had another rough start, allowing six runs, five earned in 3 2/3 innings on Saturday versus the Phillies.
Insight: Strasburg allowed seven hits, struck out just three and walked one. Strasburg has now gone fewer than four innings in three of his last four starts. Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.50 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings this season.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI5/23/2015 7:26:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in the, 8-1, rout against the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: Howard hit an RBI-double in the third and a a solo home run in the fifth. After hitting just .194 in April, Howard is slashing .319/.364/.625 with six home runs and 13 RBI in May. His season totals are up to .268 average, 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 149 at-bats.
Luke Gregerson, RP, HOU5/23/2015 7:14:00 PM
Description: Astros relief pitcher Luke Gregerson picked up his 11th save of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Gregerson struck out J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes, then induced a groundout from Nick Castellanos. Gregerson has 11 saves, one blown save, 3.86 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 18 2/3 innings.
Anthony Gose, CF, DET5/23/2015 7:12:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose went 1-for-3 with two RBI in the loss to the Astros on Saturday.
Insight: Gose had an RBI-double in the third and then drove in another run on a fielder's choice in the fifth. Gose is hitting .331 with one home run, 10 RBI and 19 runs in 127 at-bats this season. Gose, however, is spliting time in center field, so he is only fantasy relevant in deeper leagues.
Chris Carter, DH, HOU5/23/2015 7:10:00 PM
Description: Astros DH Chris Carter went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the, 3-2, victory over the Tigers on Saturday.
Insight: Carter scored the game-winning run in the sixth on Marwin Gonzalez's single. Despite the nice day, Carter is hitting just .168 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 143 at-bats this season.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT5/23/2015 7:06:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison had a great game at the plate on his bobblehead day.
Insight: The first 20,000 fans at PNC Park on Saturday received a Harrison bobblehead, and the third baseman celebrated his day going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run in the, 8-2, victory over the Mets on Saturday. After nearly losing his job due to a posting a batting average below .180 through April, Harrison is hitting .261 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 153 at-bats.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT5/23/2015 7:03:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez hit another bomb, his eighth of the season, as Pittsburgh beat the New York Mets, 8-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Alvarez was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. He also had an RBI-double. Alvarez hits his homers in bunches, and he has three in the last seven games, so he is a great daily option for the time being.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM5/23/2015 7:01:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Pirates on Saturday.
Insight: Murphy had an RBI-ground out in the fourth to cut the Pirates lead to two, but Pittsburgh added four more runs in the bottom of the inning. Murphy is hitting .259 with three home runs and 23 RBI this season.
A.J. Burnett, SP, PITHot5/23/2015 7:00:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was outstanding, pitching seven innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the victory over the Mets on Saturday.
Insight: Burnett allowed one run on five hits in his fourth victory of the year. He is 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 59 innings. His 1.37 ERA leads all of baseball.
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM5/23/2015 6:58:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Matt Harvey had the worst outing of his career on Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: Harvey left after just four innings, which makes it the shortest outing of his career. He also allowed seven runs, which is the most he has ever allowed in the major leagues. Harvey allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two. His ERA jumped nearly a whole earned run, but it is still pretty good at 2.91 in 58 2/3 innings. Harvey is 5-2.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT5/23/2015 6:56:00 PM
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the, 8-2, victory over the Mets on Saturday.
Insight: McCutchen hit a two-run blast in the first inning. He is now slashing .253/.347/.440 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 150 at-bats this season.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET5/23/2015 6:24:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias left Saturday's game against the Astros with a bruised left knee.
Insight: Iglesias hit his knee against Chris Carter's knee in the third. Iglesias didn't leave right away, but Hernan Perez pinch ran for him when Iglesias singled in the fifth. Consider the shortstop day-to-day.
Jason Heyward, RF, STL5/23/2015 6:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Heyward is sitting out to due hip tightness according to Fox Sports Midwest. Manager Mike Matheny did say that Heyward could come off the bench.
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEX5/23/2015 5:07:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Shin-Soo Choo was 2-for-5 with a home run, four RBI, three runs and a walk in the, 15-4, victory over the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: Choo started the scoring in the third inning with an RBI-single and ended it that inning as well with a three-run homer. Texas brought 14 hitters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the frame. Choo is hitting .238 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 147 at-bats this season.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEXHot5/23/2015 5:03:00 PM
Description: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs in the, 15-4, victory over the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: Fielder drove in two runs on a single in the third, which opened the flood gates. Texas scored 10 runs in that frame. Fielder also hit a two-run bomb in the seventh. He has three bombs in the last two days. Fielder is hitting .351 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 171 at-bats this season.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYY5/23/2015 5:01:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Saturday, but the Rangers routed the Yankees, 15-4.
Insight: Beltran was 1-for-5 with a solo home run in the sixth, which was New York's first run. Texas scored 10 runs in the third inning, and Beltran had a costly error in the frame. Beltran is batting .320 with three home runs and nine RBI over the 13-game stretch.
Fernando Rodney, RP, SEA5/23/2015 4:54:00 PM
Description: Mariners closer Fernando Rodney picked up his 12th save of the season on Saturday.
Insight: Rodney didn't allow a base runner and struck out two of the three batters he faced. Rodney still has bad numbers, 6.23 ERA and 1.62 WHIP, but he has 12 saves in 13 opportunities.
Chris Colabello, 1B, TORHot5/23/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello hit a solo home run in the, 3-2, loss to the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: Colabello has a four-game hitting streak and has two straight games with a homer. He is hitting .379 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 66 at-bats this season. Colabello might be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA5/23/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Mariners infielder Willie Bloomquist hit the game-winning two-run double in the third as Seattle defeated Toronto, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Bloomquist only has 38 at-bats this season, but he came into the game 20-for-44 in his career versus Mark Buehrle, so Bloomquist was a great daily play. He rewarded those who rolled the dice on him as he had a two-run double in the third inning that proved to be the game-winner.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS5/23/2015 3:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Sandoval left Tuesday's game after he took a pitch in the left knee and has just one pinch-hit appearance since. Brock Holt (.294, 1 HR, 11 RBI) will start at third base.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK5/23/2015 2:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) is expected to be activated on Monday, according to A's beat writer John Hickey.
Insight: He had been targeting May 25. Zobrist has always hit for a mediocre average, but still been productive for fantasy owners. Plus, he's a multi-position eligible player.
David Wright, 3B, NYM5/23/2015 2:42:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright was looking at an early June return, but apparently suffered a setback, according to NY Newsday's Marc Carig.
Insight: Wright suffered a right hamstring strain and then hurt his back while rehabbing the hamstring. he apparently injured the back again which should push his rehab back at least another week. He's played just eight games this season, but was batting .333 at the time of the injury.
Buster Posey, C/1B, SFG5/23/2015 2:06:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: It's a shame to miss a game in Coors Field, but its a doubleheader and Posey should be back for the nightcap. he's still the best fantasy catcher in baseball, batting .311 with seven homers, 24 RBI and 21 runs scored. Just imagine how good he could be if he was on a team with a good offense?
Avisail Garcia, RF, CWS5/23/2015 1:46:00 PM
Description: White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia (sore right knee) didn't play Friday and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Garcia has been dealing with the knee since last weekend, but it apparently worsened Monday night. J.B. Shuck gets the start in right field.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN5/23/2015 1:43:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Mauer is hitting .283 with one home run and 25 RBI in 159 at-bats this season. It's just his second day off all season. Trevor Plouffe will start at 1B with Eduardo Escobar at the hot corner.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CINCold5/23/2015 1:33:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco felt pain while attempting to squat Friday and is not expected to do anything but pinch hit over the next few days.
Insight: Mesoraco has been unable to catch since April 12 and his hitting has been ugly, batting just .178 this season in 45 at-bats. He been one of fantasy's biggest disappointments this season after posting a .273 average with 25 HR and 80 RBI last season.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, NYM5/23/2015 12:56:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a rest day. He's batting just .247 this season, which is well below expectations for the former batting champion. Darrell Cecilani will start in his place in left field who has all of three big league at-bats this season.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE5/23/2015 12:48:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. Brantley has continued to build on last year's success and is batting .319 with four homers, 26 RBI, 20 runs and a half dozen stolen bases.
Marlon Byrd, RF, CIN5/23/2015 12:18:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Byrd. The outfielder is still hitting home runs at a nice rate (eight), but he's batting just .201.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAK5/23/2015 12:15:00 PM
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Tampa Bay.
Insight: Vogt appears to be getting the afternoon off after catching Friday night. Vogt is batting .309 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 123 at-bats this season. Josh Phegley will be behind the plate for Oakland.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR5/23/2015 11:59:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was not in Friday's starting lineup, but is back at the top of the lineup for Saturday.
Insight: Donaldson has been a force this season, batting .305 with nine homers, 28 RBI and 31 runs scored.
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA5/23/2015 11:57:00 AM
Description: Mariners infielder Willie Bloomquist could get a rare start on Saturday and if he does, he might be worth a flier.
Insight: Bloomquist is a career .455 hitter versus Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (20-for-44) with nine extra-base hits and a 1.160 OPS. He's only seen 34 at-bats all season, so this would be a 'Hail Mary." Update: Bloomquist is in the starting lineup playing right field and batting second.
Matt Moore, SP, TAM5/23/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Rays lefty Matt Moore, who had Tommy John surgery last April, pitched a couple of innings in an extended spring training game Saturday.
Insight: Moore is targeting a mid-June return. He is just 25-years-old with a career 3.53 ERA and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. If he returns as expected he could have solid fantasy value in the second half of the season.
Jung-Ho Kang, IF, PITHot5/23/2015 11:26:00 AM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jung-Ho Kang has pushed his batting average up to .310 with his current five-game hitting streak.
Insight: It appears that the Pirates have finally realized that Kang is a better option than Jordy Mercer. We have thought so for a while now.
Brian McCann, C, NYY5/23/2015 11:06:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be a normal day game after a night game off for the 31-year-old catcher. John Ryan Murphy will get the start behind the plate, but has no fantasy value.
Leonys Martin, CF, TEX5/23/2015 11:03:00 AM
Description: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: that will happen when you are batting an ugly .218. Delino DeShields Jr. will start in center and he's batting a much more respectable .273 with 17 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.
Dexter Fowler, CF, CHCHot5/23/2015 10:57:00 AM
Description: Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler has scored at least one run in 12 of the last 14 games.
Insight: Fowler should continue the hot streak on Saturday against Rubby de la Rosa, who he is a career 3-for-6 against. He is batting .265 with five homers, 13 RBI, 10 SB and is second in the league with 31 runs scored.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COLCold5/23/2015 10:54:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is just 1-for-15 versus the Giants' starter Yusmeiro Petit.
Insight: Tulowitzki is just 4-for-27 over the past seven games. This isn't the matchup for him to turn it around.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS5/23/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) against Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Pedroia has five homers, 16 RBI, 16 runs and is hitting .280 this season. he went 3-for-5 in the series opener on Friday night. It doesn't hurt that the wind will be blowing out to right at 13 mph this evening.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN5/23/2015 10:48:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is one of the few hitters with success against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Insight: Dozier is a career .280 hitter (7-for-25) with three home runs in their matchups. Only Victor Martinez has more homers versus Sale (4).
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL5/23/2015 10:46:00 AM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is a career .438 hitter (7-for-16) with a pair of home runs versus Braves starter Shelby Miller.
Insight: Ramirez homered twice this week, but is hitless in the first two games of the series with the Braves.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI5/23/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard may be hitting well right now, but he's 3-for-21 with eight strikeouts versus Nat's starter Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Howard is batting .257 with nine homers and 21 RBI this season, surprisingly good totals, but fantasy owners should avoid him Saturday in this unfavorable matchup.
Nelson Cruz, LF, SEA5/23/2015 10:39:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz may be the hottest hitter in the majors, or at least second to Bryce Harper, but he's not a great option on Saturday against Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Cruz is just 1-for-19 (.053) in his matchups with the Blue Jays left-hander. On the other hand he leads the AL in half a dozen offensive categories.
Kendall Graveman, RP, OAK5/23/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Oakland recalled Kendall Graveman and he will make the start on Saturday for the A's.
Insight: Graveman has been ugly this season in four major league starts (1-2, 8.27 ERA 2.020 WHIP), but may have found his stride at Nashville. In four Triple-A starts he was 2-1 with a 1.849 ERA and 1.192 WHIP.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK5/23/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to compressed discs in his neck.
Insight: Crisp left Tuesday's game with the neck injury. Considering he's 2-for-45 (.044) this season, he shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS5/23/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch in Friday night's game, but fortunately results were negative.
Insight: Ramirez should be considered day-to-day, but it appears this one won't be too serious.
Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYMHot5/22/2015 11:27:00 PM
Description: Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard allowed three earned runs Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Syndergaard went six innings and allowed four total runs on seven hits. He struck out five and now has a 3.63 ERA.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL5/22/2015 10:45:00 PM
Description: Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs on Friday night.
Insight: Jimenez lasted just four innings and gave up seven hits and one walk, while striking out four. He now has a 2.82 ERA overall.
Rick Porcello, SP, BOS5/22/2015 10:36:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello allowed seven runs Friday against the Angels.
Insight: He went 4 1/3 innings and gave up the seven runs on seven hits and three walks. Porcello struck out four and now has a 5.07 ERA.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA5/22/2015 10:34:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols returned in fine fashion on Friday night.
Insight: Pujols missed the past two games, but smacked a homer on Friday. He has eight home runs and 16 RBI so far this season.
Alfredo Simon, SP, DET5/22/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon did not allow an earned run Friday versus Houston.
Insight: Simon went seven innings and gave up two unearned runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out five and now has a solid 2.67 ERA this season.
Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA5/22/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez allowed just oje run on Friday night.
Insight: Hernandez went seven innings and allowed four hits and two walks. He struck out eight and now has a 2.19 ERA overall.
Nelson Cruz, LF, SEA5/22/2015 9:42:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz smacked another homer on Friday night.
Insight: He finished 2-for-4 and is now hitting .354 with 17 homers and 34 RBI.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY5/22/2015 9:30:00 PM
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda allowed four earned runs Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: Pineda gave up seven total runs on eight hits and one walk. He struck out four and now has a 3.59 ERA.
Jake Marisnick, CF, HOU5/22/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is not in the lineup for Friday's contest.
Insight: He has been in a slump lately, and this is now the second time over the past four games Marisnick is sitting out. Colby Rasmus will start in center, with Preston Tucker getting the nod in left.
Michael Morse, LF, MIA5/22/2015 4:22:00 PM
Description: Marlins first baseman Michael Morse is getting the day off on Friday.
Insight: Morse has been slumping of late. Justin Bour will start at first in his place.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIA5/22/2015 4:20:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich is out for Friday's contest.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for Yelich. Ichiro Suzuki will get the nod in left field.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOS5/22/2015 2:55:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (left hamstring strain) is feeling much better, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Puig still has no timetable for his return after the setback on his rehab assignment, but it might been sooner than fantasy owners were resigned to. Perhabs another rehab assignment next week.
Adam Lind, DH, MIL5/22/2015 2:44:00 PM
Description: Brewers 1B Adam Lind is not in the lineup on Friday versus Atlanta.
Insight: Lind doesn't usual start versus lefties. He is hitting .287 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 136 at-bats this season, but has only 23 at-bats versus southpaws with a .217 batting average.
Munenori Kawasaki, SS, TOR5/22/2015 2:43:00 PM
Description: Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki will start at 2B on Friday.
Insight: Kawasaki was just called up on Friday morning. Steve Tolleson has been playing most of the time for injured Devon Travis, batting .278 with eight runs scored in 36 at-bats.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR5/22/2015 2:40:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Donaldson has been a force this season, batting .305 with nine homers, 28 RBI and 31 runs scored. Danny Valencia will make the rare start at 3B.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI5/22/2015 1:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins was not in Thursday's starting lineup and should not be in any fantasy lineups for Friday's matchup against Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Rollins is only batting .197 this season and is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Cashner. Stay away.
Justin Upton, LF, SDPHot5/22/2015 1:32:00 PM
Description: Padres outfielder Justin Upton is a career .400 hitter (8-for-20) against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.
Insight: Upton has been good the past week, batting .294 with three homers and a 1.192 OPS, so combined with a favorable matchup makes him a solid play Friday night.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot5/22/2015 1:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a .357 hitter (10-for-28) against Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.
Insight: That includes four home runs. He has excellent season-long numbers (.345, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 1.070 OPS).
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL5/22/2015 1:26:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is hitless in 14 plate appearances versus the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Tulowitzki does have four walks, but that's not going to help fantasy owners. Tulo is just 3-for22 over the past six games. This isn't the matchup for him to turn it around.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN5/22/2015 1:25:00 PM
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon is 5-for-7 against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: The fact is, Gordon has feasted on Cardinals pitching throughout his career, batting .358 with a 1.077 OPS over 32 games.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, TAMCold5/22/2015 1:22:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is hitless in 12 career tries versus Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Cabrera hasn't done much this season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be using him anyway. he's hitting just .209 with two homers and 11 RBI.
Welington Castillo, C, SEA5/22/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Seattle backup catcher Welington Castillo is 6-for-21 (.286) against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada, but four of the six hits have been home runs.
Insight: Castillo was 1-for-4 in his Mariners debut Thursday night. He might be worth a flier if he's back in there on Friday.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI5/22/2015 1:16:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard may be hitting well right now, but he's 0-for-7 with six strikeouts versus Friday's starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Howard is batting .328 for the month of May with four homers an 10 RBI. Both fantasy owners and Ruben Amaro Jr. should sell high while he it hitting this well.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR5/22/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Travis had already missed five games in a row, so this wasn't a big surprise. He's been a very good fantasy asset this season, batting .271 with seven homers, 26 RBI and 24 runs. Steve Tolleson has been getting Travis' playing time.
Edward Mujica, RP, OAK5/22/2015 10:08:00 AM
Description: Oakland relief pitcher Edward Mujica suffered a fractured right thumb in Thursday's game and is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Mujica had pitched in 16 games this season with a 2-1 record, 3.32 ERA and 1.16 WHIP, but has little fantasy value.

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