Description: Tigers catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday versus the White Sox.
Insight: Backup catcher James McCann has played pretty well this season, so manager Brad Ausmus doesn't mind resting Avila a little bit more than usual. Avila is hitting .214/.362/.339 with two home runs and eight RBI in 56 at-bats this season.
Description: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is out again on Wednesday versus the Astros.
Insight: Martin rolled his left wrist while trying to make a catch on Monday, and he didn't play on Tuesday. The good news is the X-rays came back negative. Consider him day-to-day. Delino DeShields Jr. will likely start in center field until Martin returns.
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond had his 10th double of the season as Washington beat Miami, 7-5, on Wednesday.
Insight: Desmond nearly had a three-hit day, but his first sharp grounder to third base was ruled an error. Desmond scored two runs and is now hitting .237 with 12 extra-base hits, seven RBI and 14 runs in 114 at-bats.
Description: Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton made things interesting at Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth to bring the Marlins within two runs.
Insight: Unfortunately for Miami, that was the final run of the game as the Marlins lost, 7-5. Stanton was 1-for-5 with three RBI and a run. He is hitting .257 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 105 at-bats this season.
Description: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had an incredible game, hitting three home runs against the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Harper was 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs. All three homers were impressive, but the third one was particularly deep into right field. Four of the RBI came on the three home runs and his last one was on a ground out in the seventh. He is hitting .265 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 98 at-bats this season.
Description: Tigers starter Justin Verlander has been cleared to resume his throwing program according to The Detroit News.
Insight: Verlander underwent his third MRI on Tuesday and the results were positive. The MRI showed enough healing for the club to give Verlander the go-ahead to begin throwing. The right-hander is still trying to overcome a spring training triceps strain and despite the good news, isn't expected to return until June.
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is not in the lineup on Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Manager Clint Hurdle is clearly trying to shake up the lineup as the Pirates have scored just four runs in their last four games. Neil Walker is moving up to second, Starling Marte will bat clean up, and Josh Harrison will bat seventh. Jung Ho Kang will start at shortstop and bat sixth.
Description: Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward is off to a slow start this season, but fantasy owners should start him on Wednesday.
Insight: That's because he had good career numbers versus Cubs starter Jon Lester. Heyward is 7-for-12 with four doubles and a home run when facing Lester. On Opening Day this season, Heyward was 3-for-3 with two doubles against Lester. Start Heyward on Wednesday.
Description: Royals right fielder Alex Gordon has just two hits in 17 career at-bats against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: Gordon has been hitting a little bit better over the last two games, but it would probably be best to sit him on Wednesday. He is hitting .284 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 81 at-bats this season.
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez has struggled in the early part of the 2015 season, but he could get it going on Wednesday, facing White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Insight: Of course, Sale is a tough pitcher, but Martinez is 15-for-23 with three home runs and three doubles in his career versus the south paw. He also has six RBI and a 1.358 OPS against Sale. Despite the slow start and knee problems, start Martinez on Wednesday.
Description: Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is off to a surprisingly fast start in the 2015 season, but it might be better to sit him on Wednesday.
Insight: Pierzynski is .344/.377/.541 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 61 at-bats this season, but he is just a .176 hitter in 17 career at-bats against Phillies starter Jerome Williams. Start Pierzynski with caution on Wednesday.
Description: Braves third baseman Kelly Johson is a lifetime .391 hitter versus Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.
Insight: Johnson is 9-for-23 agaisnt Williams although only one of those hits went for extra bases. Johnson, however, does have three home runs in the last five games. He went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer versus the Phillies on Tuesday. Start him.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is just 2-for-11 in his career against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: That's good for a .182 average. Granderson is struggling once again with his average this season, hitting .236 and only had one home run and six RBI. If owners have a better option, sit Granderson on Wednesday.
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is a career .300 hitter versus Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Tulowitzki is 6-for-20 with a home run and four RBI against Collmenter. Not that owners needed this reassurance to start one of the best shortstops in the league, but start Tulowitzki on Wednesday.
Description: It appears that the Red Sox are prepared to wait as long as a week to see if left fielder Hanley Ramirez improves before placing him on the 15-day disabled list according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: Ramirez ran into the side wall at Fenway Park on Monday and strained his shoulder, but he has been feeling better since the incident. If Ramirez is still not ready to play after six or seven days, the Red Sox can retroactively place him on the DL to open up a roster spot. Stay tuned.
Description: Padres starter Andrew Cashner continues to frustrate fantasy owners as he lost again on Tuesday.
Insight: Cashner doesn't have excellent numbers with a 3.16 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, but he has certainly been better than his 1-5 record indicates. The Padres have yielded 10 unearned runs in Cashner's six starts. To make matters worse, the offense has given Cashner two runs in his last three starts. Hopefully the bad luck for Cashner ends soon.
Cashner didn't get any run support as the score was, 3-1, when he left. In seven innings, Cashner allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits. He also had a season-high 10 strikeouts and just one walk. Cashner is 1-4 this season but supports a 2.61 ERA.
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings as the Giants beat the Padres, 6-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Vogelsong yielded three hits, struck out four and walked two. This was clearly his best start of the season and despite the seven shutout innings, he is 1-2 with a 6.84 ERA in 26 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano was 3-for-5 with a run scored in the loss to the Angels on Tuesday.
Insight: Cano scored in the first run of the Mariners' three-run eighth as Seattle took the lead. Los Angeles, however, tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and then won it in the ninth. Cano is hitting .261 with one home run and seven RBI in 111 at-bats this season.
Description: Angels catcher Carlos Perez hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut as the Angels beat the Mariners, 5-4, on Tuesday.
Insight: Perez is the first player to hit a walk-off home run in his major league debut since Miguel Cabrera did it in 2003. Perez was having a fanstastic season down at Triple-A, hitting .361/.418/.556. With the Angels hurting at the catcher position, Perez now has his shot. He was 2-for-4 in the game.
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in the, 7-4, victory over the Cubs on Tuesday.
Insight: Carpenter hit his bomb in the fifth and then also had a sacrifice fly in the sixth. His four RBI helped erase a, 4-1, deficit as the Cardinals were comeback kids again. Carpenter is hitting .346 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 104 at-bats this season.
Description: Cubs third baseman Anthony Rizzo was 3-for-4 with two runs in the loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Insight: One of two Rizzo's hits were doubles. He scored in the third and in the fifth as Chicago took another lead in St. Louis, but the Cardinals again came back to win, 7-4. Rizzo is hitting .333/.473/.552 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 87 at-bats this season.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday had three hits in the, 7-4, victory over the Cubs on Tuesday.
Insight: Holliday was 3-for-5, but he didn't drive in a run or score in the game. He is hitting .345 with 14 RBI and 14 runs, but Holliday hasn't produced much power yet. His on-base percentage, .468, is actually higher than his slugging percentage, .437.
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter had two hits in the, 2-1, loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota only had five hits, all of which were singles, so not much fantasy value there. Hunter didn't have the RBI or score the one run. He is hitting .263 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 95 at-bats this season.
Description: Tigers starter Shane Greene had another rough start, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings versus the White Sox on Tuesday.
Insight: As soon as many called Shane Greene fantasy relevant, he allowed 20 runs over his next three starts. He has coughed up those 20 runs in his last 11 innings of work. In his previous 23 innings, he had yielded just one earned run. Greene is 3-2 with a 5.56 ERA and 1.35 WHIP this season.
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit a line drive solo home run to right field for the Pirates only run in the, 7-1, loss to the Reds on Tuesday.
Insight: Marte was 1-for-2 with the solo bomb that was just a bullet to right, but Pittsburgh can't get any offense going. They have scored one run in each of their last four games, all losses. The Pirates have picked a bad time for the offense to stop hitting as they have dropped six of the last seven to division rivals. Marte is hitting .264 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 91 at-bats this season.