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Josh Reddick, RF, OAKCold4/21/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick has just one hit in 14 at-bats against Texas starter Yu darvish.
Insight: He's also struck out eight times in those 14 at-bats which makes him a definite candidate for a seat on the bench.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK4/21/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .333 hitter with three homers against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Moss has just a couple of homers this season, but he is still driving in runs (15). He hit 30 homers last season with 87 RBI.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL4/21/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left Sunday's game early with left knee tendinities and with a poor matchup on Monday could get the night off.
Insight: Gonzalez has never done well against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (1-for-13). Cargo is off to a solid start batting .282 with four homers, 14 RBI and 15 runs scored, but he's always an injury risk.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/21/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, on fire over the past weekl, has a rare bad matchup on Monday.
Insight: Tulowitzki (.393, 2 HR, 12 RBI) is hitless in 10 at-bats against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. He has nine hits in his last 17 at-bats.
Luis Valbuena, SS, CLE4/21/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena should be in fantasy lineups on Monday.
Insight: Valbuena is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) off Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo with a pair of homers and a 1.764 OPS. Then add in a wind blowing out to right at Wrigley Field and the left-hander is set up for success despite a .219 season batting average.
Austin Jackson, CF, DET4/21/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is a .378 career hitter against White Sox starter John Danks with three homers and a 1.115 OPS.
Insight: Jackson is batting .308 with a homer and an .846 OPS. We don't like his fantasy value batting fifth and sixth in the order versus past seasons when he led off.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETHot4/21/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .387 hitter with four home runs and a 1.295 OPS versus White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Insight: In his first season leading off for the Tigers, Kinsler is off to a hot start batting .317 with a pair of homers, 12 runs and 11 RBI. Hot start, favorable matchup, equals must start.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE4/21/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisheris 14-for-40 (.350) with a pair of homers and a 1.101 OPS versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Swisher is "up" to .181 after going 3-for-11 over the past three games. We've come to expect a low average with Swisher's power, but not this low. Swisher has hit at least 21 homers in nine consecutive seasons.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLEHot4/21/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is 5-for-10 (.500) with a homer versus Royals right-hander jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: The 2008 first-round draft pick is finally starting to show his ability, batting .448 this spring. He's hit safely in eight of nine games he's played this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE4/21/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is 6-for-11 (.545) with a home run against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: The career .268 hitter is batting just .230 through his first 18 games, including four hitless games in the last five, so this may not be the time to jump on this favorable matchup.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN4/21/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is still seeking his first hit against Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Bruce is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts. He's smacked three homers, but is batting just .220 with 18 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT4/21/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Pirates newly-acquired first baseman Ike Davis should probable get the day off as he's just 1-for-11 (.091) versus Cincinnati starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Davis is 3-for-9 since coming over to the Pirates who hope he can find the swing that produced 32 homers in 2012.
Russell Martin, C, PIT4/21/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is 9-for-22 (.409) versus Mike Leake with a homer and a 1.000 OPS.
Insight: Martin is hitting .283 with two homers and 11 RBI in 53 at-bats. He put up a six-homer April last season ... and hit just nine the rest of the way.
A.J. Pierzynski, C, BOS4/21/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski will rest on Monday with David Ross getting the start behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off with an 11 am starter after a late night. Pierzynski is batting .235 this season with one homer and six RBI. Fantasy owners would like to see the guy who batted .272 with 17 HR and 70 RBI in Texas last season show up soon.
Matt Wieters, C, BAL4/21/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is getting Monday morning off.
Insight: After the Orioles and Red Sox played Sunday night, this figured to be the strategy with an 11 am start time. Wieters has not had much success against Boston starter Clay Buchholz (.200, .561 OPS in 30 at-bats).
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring and is not in Monday morning's lineup.
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Ryan Flaherty will make the start at shortstop, but he holds little fantasy value batting .209 with a .540 OPS this season.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL4/21/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz is batting .400 against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz (4-for-10).
Insight: Cruz is batting .333 with a .915 OPS over the past week. For the season he's hit three homers and knocked in 12 runs. He'll bat in the No. 2 hole on Monday, though he's hit better when lower in the lineup.
Nick Markakis, RF, BAL4/21/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nick Markakis is a cold 5-for-37 (.135) without an extra base hit against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Markakis' .278 batting average come without much power (0 HR, 4 RBI, .668 OPS) which makes him a poor value on Monday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/21/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .500 hitter versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen (11-for-22).
Insight: Pedroia (.260, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is just starting to get it going with five hits in his last three games. He's a premier fantasy second baseman in a favorable matchup who is just finding his batting stroke. Make him a must start on Monday morning.
Daniel Nava, LF, BOS4/21/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava is 6-for-11 (.545) with a home run against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Nava is off to a horrible start (.127) and doesn't appear ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF, BOSCold4/21/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will start in center and bat eighth for Monday morning's game against Baltimore.
Insight: We're still waiting for the much heralded Bradley to produce. He's batting .220 this season with a .619 OPS.
Grady Sizemore, CF, BOS4/21/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore is getting Monday morning off.
Insight: The 31-year-old outfielder is hitting .228 with two homers and a .654 OPS in 16 games this year. After a quick start, he batting .045 over his last six games. Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the start in center.
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS4/21/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox infielder Brock Holt will lead off for the first time this season.
Insight: Holt (.232, 0 HR, 2 RBI) normally bats near the bottom of the Red Sox order. Center fielder Grady Sizemore, who led off Sunday night, gets the day off.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot4/20/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Justin Morneau's resurgence continued Sunday in a loss to the Phillies.
Insight: He plated five of the Rockies' nine runs. Clearly the move to hitter-friendly Coors Field has been beneficial to Morneau's fantasy value. The former Twins slugger is hitting .367 with ten RBI at home this year.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI4/20/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins belted three hits in Sunday's win against the Rockies.
Insight: Rollins has been surprisingly effective this season with 13 RBI and a .292 average through 16 games. Last April he hit just .260 with seven runs driven in. We'll see if he can stay hot Monday when the Phillies travel to Chavez Ravine to begin a four-game set with the Dodgers.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/20/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli,
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Stephen Lombardozzi is now in at second base with Ryan Flaherty at shortstop. Though Hardy led all major league shortstops in HR last season (25), he's still searching for his first long ball of 2014.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL4/20/2014 9:19:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee left fielder Khris Davis saved the best for last Sunday in a 14-inning win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: His game-winning solo shot in the 14th traveled 398 feet. That was Davis' first home run of the season. He hasn't gotten off to a great start (.258 AVG in 66 at bats) but we're confident Davis will find his swing sooner rather than later.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT4/20/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker contributed three hits Sunday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: Walker's batting average hasn't been up to snuff (.250 through 19 games) but he's hitting the ball with plenty of power. His 394-foot blast in the fourth inning Sunday was his sixth of the season. That leads all big league second basemen.
Devin Mesoraco, C, CINHot4/20/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco continued his torrid start to the season with three more hits Sunday in a win against the Cubs.
Insight: Through nine games, Mesoraco is hitting an impossible .515 with three homers and 11 runs driven in. It's a shame he has to split time with Brayan Pena (.308, 0 HR, 1 RBI) behind the plate.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN4/20/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart broke out for three hits Sunday in a win over the Cubs.
Insight: He also drove in three runs with two of those coming on a homer in the seventh. Cozart hasn't been very productive this season (.153 AVG in 59 at bats) so maybe Sunday is a sign that he's close to getting back on track.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COLHot4/20/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki exploded for three hits Sunday in a 10-9 loss to Philadelphia.
Insight: Tulowitzki (.393, 2 HR, 12 RBI) has been out of his mind lately. Over the last week, he's gone 11-for-22 with four doubles, one homer and six runs batted in. He's the best shortstop in fantasy and we don't see that changing any time soon.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/20/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard delivered a monster effort Sunday in a win over Colorado.
Insight: His four hits were a season-high. Howard certainly isn't the player he once was but at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, he can still strike fear in opposing pitchers. Howard's average for the season is now up to .262, which is very close to what he hit last season (.266 in 80 games).
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS4/20/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: It didn't take long for Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu to break out of his 1-for-25 slump. He's gone 5-for-9 with three RBI over his last two games.
Insight: Three of those hits came in Sunday's blowout win over Texas. Up to this point, Abreu has performed about the way you would expect him to. He's provided strong power numbers for the White Sox (five HR, 17 RBI) but has not been able to hit for a high average (.243 in 19 games this season).
Dayan Viciedo, RF, CWSHot4/20/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Dayan Viciedo was one of three White Sox to record three or more hits Sunday against Texas.
Insight: Chicago's 16 runs were a season-high. Viciedo's average has shot up to .321 thanks to a stellar weekend of hitting. He's gone 5-for-8 with four RBI over his last two games.
Marcus Semien, 2B, CWS4/20/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Chicago second baseman Marcus Semien had his second four-hit game of the season on Sunday.
Insight: Semien's bases loaded triple in the sixth inning was the first of his career. Eight of his 18 hits this season have come over two games.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK4/20/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson logged three hits in Sunday's win over Houston.
Insight: Donaldson just keeps plugging away. He's tied for third among major league third basemen with 13 RBI and is fifth among AL third basemen in batting average (.272). He should be starting in all fantasy leagues.
David DeJesus, LF, TAMCold4/20/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: After striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday against New York, Rays outfielder David DeJesus is now hitless in his last 24 at bats.
Insight: Of all players with at least 40 at bats, DeJesus' .119 batting average is the lowest in the major leagues. DeJesus may not have a roster spot much longer if this keeps up.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT4/20/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Despite allowing just one run in eight innings, Pirates starter Gerrit Cole had to settle for a no-decision Sunday against Milwaukee.
Insight: He also had an altercation with Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez that led to a bench-clearing brawl in the third inning. Through four starts, Cole is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA. His next outing will be Friday against St. Louis.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, OAK4/20/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is done for the day after bruising his right heel Sunday versus Houston. SOURCE: John Hickey, Oakland Tribune
Insight: Cespedes went 0-for-2 before leaving in the sixth inning. Craig Gentry (.389, 0 HR, 1 RBI) has come on to play left field.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL4/20/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward had an encouraging afternoon Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward finished 3-for-6 with a double and two singles as the Braves fell 4-3 in extra innings. Prior to Sunday, Heyward had just one hit in his previous 16 at bats. Even after Sunday's three-hit performance, Heyward's average is still only .171.
David Wright, 3B, NYMHot4/20/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright stayed hot with four hits Sunday in an extra inning win over Atlanta.
Insight: That runs Wright's hitting streak to 11 games. During that span, he's hit .380 (19-for-50) with two doubles and eight RBI. All four of his hits on Sunday were singles.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN4/20/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe bashed three hits Sunday in a win over Kansas City.
Insight: All three of his hits went for extra bases. Plouffe is on pace for 117 RBI, which would easily be a career-high. He's owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS4/20/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Danny Espinosa paced Washington with three hits Sunday in a win against the Cardinals.
Insight: It's Espinosa's first three-hit game since September 24, 2012. He's hitting .313 with a .521 slugging percentage in 17 appearances this season.
Rick Porcello, SP, DET4/20/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello was dominant in Sunday's win over the Angels.
Insight: He scattered five hits and one run over seven innings. Porcello (2-1, 3.15 ERA) walked one and struck out four. His next appearance is scheduled for Friday against Minnesota.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANAHot4/20/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick torched the Tigers for three hits on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: It was Kendrick's second three-hit performance in the last three games. He's gone 10-for-23 (.435) during his five-game hitting streak.
Jacob Turner, SP, MIA4/20/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner (shoulder) will start a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday, according to the Miami Herald. If he can avoid a setback, he'll make two starts and rejoin Miami's rotation.
Insight: Turner is out with a strained shoulder. The 22-year-old had a 3.74 ERA in 118 innings last season, but his 77/54 K/BB and 1.44 WHIP left a lot to be desired.
Carlos Carrasco, SP, CLECold4/20/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco has allowed four earned runs or more in all three starts this season. He gave up four on six hits with three walks in 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: It's only a matter of time before the Indians give up on Carrasco and call up Trevor Bauer. Bauer has a 0.75 ERA and an 18/3 K/BB in 12 innings in the minors and allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over six innings in a spot start for the Indians on April 9.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS4/20/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.
Insight: Lauber didn't mention where the rehab assignment will take place but we're betting he'll end up in Triple-A Pawtucket. The plan is for Middlebrooks, who has been out with a strained calf, to return to the majors by next weekend. With Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) also close to returning, Boston has some important roster decisions to make.
Sam Fuld, LF, MIN4/20/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: The Twins were able to claim outfielder Sam Fuld, who was recently placed on waivers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Fuld was designated for assignment by Oakland about a week ago. Even if Fuld becomes an everyday player, which is certainly possible in Minnesota's lackluster outfield, he won't be much of a fantasy option (.233 average in 743 career at bats).
Jose Valverde, RP, NYMCold4/20/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde will no longer be used in save situations.
Insight: Valverde has been a disaster in recent seasons and 2014 has been no different (5.40 ERA in 8 1/3 innings). Kyle Farnsworth (1.23 ERA in eight games) has been installed as the team's closer and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX4/20/2014 3:17:00 PM
Description: The Rangers expect Matt Harrison to return to the starting rotation later this week. SOURCE: Jim Duquette, MLB Network
Insight: Harrison, who has been recovering from a back injury, tossed eight shutout innings Saturday in a rehab start for Double-A Frisco. The left-hander flashed Cy Young potential before injuries limited him to two starts last season and should be a gamble worth taking.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL 4/20/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was ejected from Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Insight: Gerrit Cole took exception to Gomez admiring a ball he thought was a homer and yelled at him when he raced into third base. The benches cleared and Gomez broke free from an umpire's grasp to throw a punch at Travis Snider.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAM4/20/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Rays RHP Alex Cobb (oblique) is targeting late May or early June for his return, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Cobb suffered a strained oblique last week and was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks. He's not going to make it back by the short end of that timeline.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/20/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Texas GM Jon Daniels said third baseman Adrian Beltre (quad) will be ready to play next weekend against the Mariners.
Insight: Beltre is on the DL with a minor quad strain. Kevin Kouzmanoff has hit .395 with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI as Beltre's replacement, but he'll either go back to the bench or the minors when Beltre returns.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOS4/20/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (upper-back strain) said he assumes his next step is a rehab assignment, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kershaw threw a bullpen session and a simulated game on Sunday and was hitting 90 mph with no restrictions. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will beat his expected mid-May return if he can avoid a setback with his back injury.
Mike Minor, SP, ATL4/20/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor is expected to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Reds, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness early in spring training after being unable to throw for a month. He threw 80 pitches in his final rehab start on Saturday.
Matt Kemp, CF, LOS4/20/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is the odd man out on Sunday.
Insight: The Dodgers will roll with Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig in the outfield. Kemp is batting .209 with three homers and 16 Ks in 43 at-bats.
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHICold4/20/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: The Phillies will give Carlos Ruiz a break on Sunday.
Insight: Wil Nieves will catch Roberto Hernandez. Ruiz is hitting .204 with zero RBI in 14 games this season.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI 4/20/2014 2:07:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado is getting a day off Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Prado hasn't hit a homer or stolen a base and is batting .260 in 77 at-bats this year.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDPCold4/20/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Gyorko has gone just 9-for-61 (.148) with 21 Ks this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG4/20/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the lineup Sunday for the first time this season.
Insight: Sandoval is hitting .171 with two homers in 70 at-bats, so he could use the day off.
Matt Joyce, RF, TAMHot4/20/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: With lefty Vidal Nuno on the mound for the Yankees Sunday, Rays OF/DH Matt Joyce will take a seat.
Insight: Joyce can't hit lefties and rarely starts against them. The 29-year-old is hitting .349 with two homers, seven RBI and a 1.044 OPS in 43 at-bats this year.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot4/20/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: The Cubs lifted Anthony Rizzo from Saturday's game because of back spasms, but he's in the lineup Sunday, according to Jesse Rogers of
Insight: Rizzo started every game this season for Chicago and is hitting .333 with two homers, eight RBI and just nine strikeouts in 60 at-bats. He struck out 127 times and hit .233 in 606 at-bats last season.
Brian McCann, C, NYY4/20/2014 11:51:00 AM
Description: Yankees catcher Brian McCann will sit out Sunday to rest.
Insight: John Ryan Murphy is behind the plate for starter Vidal Nuno. McCann has hit .220 with three homers in 59 at-bats this his new team.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL4/20/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the lineup Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Mark Ellis is starting at second base. With just a .237 average, zero homers, four runs, five RBI and three steals, Wong hasn't offered much fantasy value in his first 59 at-bats this season.
Russell Martin, C, PIT4/20/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Chris Stewart is starting behind the plate for the Pirates on Sunday, giving Russell Martin a day off.
Insight: Russell Martin will rest for the day game following a night game. He's hitting .283 with two homers and 11 RBI in 53 at-bats.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold4/20/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Alvarez has gone 3-for-18 with eight strikeouts against Marco Estrada and he went 3-for-33 (.091) with 13 Ks in his last nine games. Josh Harrison is starting in his place.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILHot4/20/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez was hit in the arm by a pitch in the ninth inning Saturday night, but he's fine. His day off on Sunday was already planned and unrelated to the HBP, according to Adam McCalvy of
Insight: Ramirez has driven in 15 runs in 18 games this season and is batting .352 with an .860 OPS. Jeff Bianchi is starting at third.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL4/20/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will get a routine day off Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Gattis went 0-for-9 the last two games after a 9-for-13, three-homer stretch from April 12-14. He should be back in the lineup Monday.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, MIA4/20/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Miami catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will receive a day of rest Sunday against the Mariners.
Insight: Salty is hitting .283 with four doubles, two homers, 10 walks and 17 strikeouts in 53 at-bats so far. Jeff Mathis is catching Kevin Slowey.
Brad Miller, SS, SEACold4/20/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller is not starting Sunday at Miami.
Insight: A tremendous spring and a hot start to the regular season has turned into a .194 average and a .598 OPS pretty fast for the 24-year-old Miller. He has gone 9-for-57 (.158) with 16 Ks in his last 14 games. Nick Franklin will start in his place Sunday.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEACold4/20/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Seager is 9-for-56 (.161) with zero home runs this season and will get a day off. Willie Bloomquist is starting at the hot corner.
Raul Ibanez, DH, ANACold4/20/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Angels DH Raul Ibanez will take a seat Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: Los Angeles is going with David Freese at DH, Ian Stewart at third base and Brennan Boesch in right field. Ibanez is 1-for-21 over his last five games and hitting .150 this season.
Yan Gomes, C, CLE4/20/2014 11:34:00 AM
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Gomes is batting .245 with two homers in 53 at-bats. Carlos Santana will start behind the plate Sunday, with Lonnie Chisenhall at third base and Ryan Raburn at DH.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/20/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Teixeira spent the minimum amount of time on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. In his absence, the Yankees used Kelly Johnson, Scott Sizemore and Francisco Cervelli at first base.
Alex Gonzalez, SS, DET4/20/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: The Tigers have released shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
Insight: Gonzalez went from hitting a walk-off single on Opening Day to off the team in three weeks. The 37-year-old hit just .167. Andrew Romine will take over the starting shortstop job.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP, NYM4/20/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Kyle Farnsworth has replaced Jose Valverde as the Mets' closer, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Valverde allowed six hits, four homers and eight runs (five earned) over his last three appearances. The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who has a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings this season, hasn't closed regularly since 2011.
Ivan Nova, SP, NYY4/20/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Yankees starter Ivan Nova has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.
Insight: Nova will undergo further examinations, but he's likely headed for Tommy John surgery. The right-hander started off this season with an 8.27 ERA and a 1.84 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings, and the injury explains why he has been struggling. Either David Phelps, Vidal Nuno or Adam Warren will take Nova's spot in the rotation.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BALCold4/20/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has had a tough time getting anything going against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Peavy has limited Hardy to one hit in 17 at-bats, a .059 average. Hardy, who has dealt with back spasms on and off this year, is hitting .244 with zero round-trippers.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/20/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected seven hits in 13 at-bats against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Pedroia (.250) has gone 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles and four walks since he returned to the lineup from wrist inflammation, and he'll face a struggling Jimenez Sunday.
Will Venable, RF, SDPCold4/20/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has struck out Padres right fielder Will Venable 18 times in 48 at-bats. Venable has gone 11-for-48 (.229) against Lincecum.
Insight: Venable hit .312 with 12 homers and 13 steals over his final 74 games last year to finish with 22 homers and 22 stolen bases, but he's failed to carry that over into this season. He's batting .233 with zero home runs and zero steals so far and will get Lincecum on Sunday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CINCold4/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips has mustered three hits in 24 at-bats (.125) against Carlos Villanueva of the Cubs.
Insight: Phillips is one for his last 11 and will face Villanueva on Sunday, so avoid him.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill has taken 38 at-bats against Dodgers starter Josh Beckett and come away with 15 hits (.395), including seven doubles and one homer.
Insight: Hill has struck out 20 times in 82 at-bats and is hitting .232 with one homer, but seeing Beckett Sunday should wake up his bat.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC 4/20/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro hasn't performed well against Reds starter Homer Bailey in the past.
Insight: Castro, who is hitting .292 with two homers and nine RBI this season, has gone 5-for-27 (.185) against Bailey.
Nate Schierholtz, RF, CHC4/20/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz has gone 7-for-15 (.467) with two doubles and a home run against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Schierholtz is struggling right now, batting .231 with zero home runs in 52 at-bats, but so is Bailey (8.16 ERA, 2.02 WHIP).
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold4/20/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Brewers starter Marco Estrada has held Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to three hits in 18 at-bats.
Insight: Alvarez struck out eight times against Estrada, Sunday's scheduled starter against Pittsburgh. The third baseman is stuck in one of his typical extended slumps, going 3-for-33 (.091) with 13 Ks in his last nine games. He's tied for the NL lead with six homers but is batting .162.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANA4/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick hasn't gotten the better of Tigers starter Rick Porcello when they've faced off in the past.
Insight: Kendrick (.264, 2 HR, 11 RBI) is 5-for-22 (.227) with eight strikeouts against Porcello, who will toe the rubber Sunday against Los Angeles.
Austin Jackson, CF, DET 4/20/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is a .133 career hitter against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Jackson is batting .320 so far but he has gone 2-for-15 with six strikeouts against Santiago.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLECold4/20/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has gone 4-for-27 (.148) with eight Ks against Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow.
Insight: Swisher is hitting .174 with 18 strikeouts in 69 at-bats this season and facing Morrow Sunday won't help matters.
Carlos Santana, 3B, CLECold4/20/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Cleveland C/3B Carlos Santana will carry a 3-for-40 (.075) slump into Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, but he'll face a pitcher he's had success against in the past.
Insight: Santana has gone 5-for-10 with two doubles and four walks against Brandon Morrow in their previous meetings. That may help him break out of this frigid stretch.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWSCold4/20/2014 9:19:00 AM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton will miss at least three games with a hamstring injury, according to
Insight: Eaton hurt his hamstring and ankle on Friday and aggravated the hamstring injury Saturday. Chicago's leadoff hitter is mired in a 3-for-23 slump.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG4/20/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse hit his third home run of the season Saturday night at San Diego.
Insight: Morse came into the game with two hits in his last 17 at-bats. The 32-year-old is hitting .302 with a .920 OPS through 53 at-bats.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEXHot4/19/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has hit safely in all 10 of his games this year.
Insight: Kouzmanoff, who has been filling in for Adrian Beltre (quad), is back in the majors for the first time since 2011 and has gone 15-for-38 (.395) with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSCold4/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had two singles, a walk and two runs in four plate appearances Saturday at Texas.
Insight: Abreu went 1-for-25 with 11 Ks in his previous seven games.
Jordan Lyles, SP, COL 4/19/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Rockies starter Jordan Lyles is 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings this season.
Insight: Lyles held the Phillies to one earned run over seven innings Saturday. He had an ERA above 5.00 in each of his first three seasons, all with the Astros. Lyles did have a 3.22 ERA in his first 58 2/3 innings last year but had a 7.27 ERA in his last 83 innings and shouldn't be owned in most leagues despite the solid start to 2014.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot4/19/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hit his third homer in the last seven games Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: It was Morneau's first home run at home this year. The 32-year-old hasn't hit 20 home runs since 2009, but he should get there this year; Coors Field is a much better hitter's park than either Target Field or PNC Park.
David DeJesus, LF, TAMCold4/19/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: The Rays scored 16 runs Saturday against the Yankees, but left fielder David DeJesus went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
Insight: DeJesus had zero hits in his last 20 at-bats and is batting .122 this season. The 34-year-old outfielder has little power and little speed so there's no need to own him.
Ryan Hanigan, C, TAM4/19/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan hit two balls out of the park and drove in six runs Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: The 33-year-old Hanigan had no more than two homers in each of the last two seasons with Cincinnati but he now has three in his first 37 at-bats with Tampa Bay.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM4/19/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right fielder Wil Myers exploded out of a slump with a double, two homers, four RBI, four runs and a walk Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Myers has gone 6-for-9 with seven RBI in his last two games. He went 10 games without an RBI prior to that and didn't have a homer before Saturday.
Chris Archer, SP, TAM4/19/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer was roughed up by the Orioles in his last start but he gave up just one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Archer has tossed three quality starts in four chances this year, but he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits over five innings in his one non-quality outing. The 25-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 24 2/3 innings.

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