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  • Nick Nastrini CHW SP
    White Sox's Nick Nastrini: Draws another start
    6m ago

    Nastrini is scheduled to start Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

    The rookie right-hander will receive another turn through the White Sox rotation after he acquitted himself well in his MLB debut Monday, striking out five and allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks over five innings in a no-decision against the Royals. Though Nastrini was able to pound the zone effectively Monday, fantasy managers may want to tread cautiously with him, given the control issues he's displayed for much of his minor-league career. Between stops as the Triple-A and Double-A levels within the White Sox and Dodgers organizations in 2023, Nastrini posted a 10.8 percent walk rate over 114.2 innings.

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  • Marcus Semien TEX 2B
    Rangers' Marcus Semien: Homer, three hits in win
    7m ago

    Semien went 3-for-6 with a solo homer, a double and an additional run scored in Thursday's 9-7 victory over Detroit.

    Semien led off the afternoon with a homer off Kenta Maeda, his third longball of the year, before adding two more hits later in the contest as he wound up a triple shy of a cycle. The 33-year-old Semien has gotten off to another strong start this season while serving as Texas' primary leadoff man, slashing .286/.355/.464 with 17 RBI and 16 runs scored through his first 93 plate appearances.

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  • Emmanuel Clase CLE RP
    Guardians' Emmanuel Clase: Rebounds for fifth save
    14m ago

    Clase earned the save in Thursday's 5-4 win over Boston, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.

    It was an encouraging effort from Clase after he'd blown his previous two save opportunities. Despite his recent rough patch, the 26-year-old Clase has been excellent overall to start the year, allowing just one earned run through his first nine innings while striking out seven as he improves to 5-for-7 in save chances.

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  • Cooper Criswell BOS SP
    Red Sox's Cooper Criswell: Takes loss in bulk role
    19m ago

    Criswell (0-1) took the loss Thursday against the Guardians, allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk over 2.1 innings.

    While Criswell didn't miss many bats in his brief outing, the Red Sox defense didn't do him any favors, as they committed a pair of errors behind the right-hander resulting in three unearned runs. The 27-year-old Criswell sports a 4.26 ERA with a 1.58 WHIP and 4:2 K:BB through his first 6.1 innings this season. He'll likely continue to work in a bulk role while Nick Pivetta (elbow) and Garrett Whitlock (oblique) are sidelined.

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  • Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
    Guardians' Carlos Carrasco: Picks up first win
    26m ago

    Carrasco (1-1) earned the win Thursday against the Red Sox, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out five.

    Carrasco's gotten off to a solid start in his second stint with Cleveland -- the veteran right-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his first four starts. He lowered his ERA to 3.44 with a 1.53 WHIP and 16:12 K:BB across 18.1 innings after struggling to a 6.80 ERA in 20 starts with the Mets last season. While Carrasco isn't likely to warrant fantasy consideration at this stage in his career, he's likely locked in as the Guardians' fifth starter with Shane Bieber (elbow) out for the year.

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  • Alex Cobb SF SP
    Giants' Alex Cobb: Dealing with cranky shoulder
    37m ago

    Cobb (hip) is dealing with mild shoulder irritation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Cobb is primarily recovering from left hip surgery that occurred shortly after the end of the 2023 season. During the ramp up process, he's dealt with both elbow and shoulder issues that have slowed his progress. Cobb described his shoulder as "cranky," but he did note that he doesn't expect his timetable to return to be affected significantly.

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  • Gabriel Moreno ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Gabriel Moreno: In Thursday's lineup
    4h ago

    Moreno (thumb) will start at catcher and bat sixth in Thursday's game against the Giants.

    Moreno hadn't started either of the Diamondbacks' previous two games due to a bruised right thumb, but he had been included in the initial lineup Wednesday before being scratched. He ended up appearing as a pinch hitter in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, and he now looks like he'll be ready to not only hit but also play defense in Thursday's series opener.

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  • Salvador Perez KC C
    Royals' Salvador Perez: Hits go-ahead homer in Game 1
    6h ago

    Perez (groin) went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 4-2 win over the White Sox in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Perez returned from a Grade 1 left groin strain Wednesday and delivered the key hit in the Royals' matinee win. He also went 0-for-2 with two walks in the nightcap while serving as the designated hitter. He appears good to go moving forward after the injury scare. The veteran catcher is off to a hot start with five homers, 17 RBI, nine runs scored and two doubles while slashing .324/.370/.574 over 18 contests this season.

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  • Patrick Bailey SF C
    Giants' Patrick Bailey: Picks up first steal
    7h ago

    Bailey went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Marlins.

    Bailey's steal was his first of 2024, matching his total from 97 contests in 2023. As a catcher, speed is often not high on the list of priorities. He's cooled off after posting three multi-hit effort over his first five games this season, but Bailey is still batting .286 with a .765 OPS, one home run, four RBI, three runs scored and two doubles over 51 plate appearances in a starting role.

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  • Francisco Alvarez NYM C
    Mets' Francisco Alvarez: Picks up first steal of 2024
    8h ago

    Alvarez went 1-for--4 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

    The 22-year-old doesn't run much, but he's never been caught stealing in the majors, going 3-for-3 in 143 MLB games. Alvarez is struggling to get going at the plate, slashing .241/.293/.370 through 15 games with a homer, a steal, seven runs and eight RBI, but he remains locked in as the Mets' near-everyday catcher.

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  • Ben Rortvedt TB C
    Rays' Ben Rortvedt: Sits against righty
    9h ago

    Rortvedt is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels, Steve Carney of StPeteNine.com reports.

    Rortvedt has started in just one of the Rays' last five games. The first three of those absences came against left-handed starting pitchers, but the lefty-hitting Rortvedt will give way to the right-handed-hitting Rene Pinto on Thursday even while right-hander Griffin Canning takes the hill for the Angels.

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  • Logan O'Hoppe LAA C
    Angels' Logan O'Hoppe: Gets rest day
    9h ago

    O'Hoppe is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    He'll receive a breather for the day game after drawing starts at catcher both of the past two days. Matt Thaiss will check in behind the plate and will form a battery with starting pitcher Griffin Canning.

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  • Nate Lowe TEX 1B
    Rangers' Nathaniel Lowe: May not return this weekend
    9h ago

    Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that Lowe will need "about 30 [at-bats], could be more" during his minor-league rehab assignment before returning from the 10-day injured list, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    After kicking off his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco last Friday, Lowe looked as though he could be ready to rejoin the Rangers by the weekend. However, Bochy's comments suggest that the Rangers are planning for Lowe to have a more extended stay in the minors to get his timing back at the plate before reinstalling him as their everyday first baseman. Lowe has since shifted his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and has gotten in 16 at-bats over five total minor-league games, recording just one hit (a home run) while drawing two walks. If Bochy sticks to his estimate of Lowe needing about 30 at-bats before being activated, the 28-year-old seems poised to remain with Round Rock through the weekend before rejoining the Rangers for the start of their homestand next Tuesday.

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  • Jared Walsh TEX 1B
    Rangers' Jared Walsh: Sitting against righty
    9h ago

    Walsh is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers.

    The lefty-hitting Walsh will close out the series in Detroit with two consecutive absences from the lineup, though Thursday's is more noteworthy since the Tigers are bringing a right-hander (Kenta Maeda) to the hill. Walsh has been operating in a strong-side platoon role at first base all season, but he's mustered an underwhelming .638 OPS through 60 plate appearances and looks at risk of losing work to Ezequiel Duran.

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  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand CIN 1B
    Reds' Christian Encarnacion-Strand: Sits out due to illness
    11h ago

    Encarnacion-Strand did not play Wednesday due to illness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Spencer Steer replaced him at first base.

    It had earlier been reported that Encarnacion-Strand was merely resting -- his first day off of the season -- but Cincinnati manager David Bell confirmed the illness. Bell didn't provide specifics on the symptoms but indicated Encarnacion-Strand wasn't feeling well in advance of the three-game series in Seattle.

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  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand CIN 1B
    Reds' Christian Encarnacion-Strand: Resting for first time in 2024
    1d ago

    Encarnacion-Strand is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Seattle.

    He'll be riding pine for the first time this season while Spencer Steer replaces him at first base and Stuart Fairchild steps in as the Reds' No. 3 hitter. Before an 0-for-4 showing in Tuesday's 3-1 loss, Encarnacion-Strand had delivered exactly two hits in four of his preceding six starts.

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  • Jake Cronenworth SD 1B
    Padres' Jake Cronenworth: Out for second straight game
    1d ago

    Cronenworth (calf) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

    Cronenworth will get a second straight game off to heal up from a tight calf that forced him out of Monday's 7-3 win in the series opener. The Padres are hoping that a pair of days off plus Thursday's team off day will provide sufficient time for Cronenworth to recover before the start of this weekend's three-game series with Toronto. Matthew Batten will spell Cronenworth at first base Wednesday.

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  • Jared Walsh TEX 1B
    Rangers' Jared Walsh: Out against southpaw
    1d ago

    Walsh is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Detroit.

    Left-hander Tarik Skubal is the Tigers' starting pitcher Wednesday, so the lefty-hitting Walsh will begin Wednesday's game on the bench. Ezequiel Duran will play first base.

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  • Marcus Semien TEX 2B
    Rangers' Marcus Semien: Homer, three hits in win
    7m ago

    Semien went 3-for-6 with a solo homer, a double and an additional run scored in Thursday's 9-7 victory over Detroit.

    Semien led off the afternoon with a homer off Kenta Maeda, his third longball of the year, before adding two more hits later in the contest as he wound up a triple shy of a cycle. The 33-year-old Semien has gotten off to another strong start this season while serving as Texas' primary leadoff man, slashing .286/.355/.464 with 17 RBI and 16 runs scored through his first 93 plate appearances.

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  • Miles Mastrobuoni CHC 2B
    Cubs' Miles Mastrobuoni: Optioned to Iowa
    1h ago

    The Cubs optioned Mastrobuoni to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Mastrobuoni was able to crack the Opening Day roster with Patrick Wisdom on the injured list before the season began. He appeared in just eight games and only reached base once on a walk across 13 plate appearances. In a corresponding move, Patrick Wisdom was activated from the 10-day injured list.

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  • Luis Garcia WAS 2B
    Nationals' Luis Garcia: Steals two bags in Wednesday's win
    8h ago

    Garcia went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    The 23-year-old stole a career-high nine bases last year, and Garcia is already 3-for-3 on the basepaths to begin 2024. After looking like his starting job at second base might be in jeopardy this spring, Garcia's come out of the gate slashing .294/.321/.490 through 16 games with seven doubles, a homer, four runs and eight RBI. He's also been working his way into a better spot in the batting order against right-handers, and he hit cleanup Wednesday. If he stays in the heart of the lineup, Garcia's counting-stat production should pick up.

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  • Michael Massey KC 2B
    Royals' Michael Massey: Expected back Friday
    8h ago

    Massey (back) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Anne Rogers reports.

    Nick Loftin was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday and Massey is expected to be activated in a corresponding move ahead of the Royals' weekend series against the Orioles. Massey has been out all season with a lower-back injury but slashed .382/.417/.706 with two home runs in eight rehab games between Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The 26-year-old should share playing time at second base with Adam Frazier once activated.

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  • Nick Loftin KC 2B
    Royals' Nick Loftin: Sent to Triple-A
    8h ago

    The Royals optioned Loftin to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

    The transaction likely clears the way for infielder Michael Massey (back) to be activated from the 10-day injured list, but the Royals will wait until shortly before Friday's game against the Orioles before announcing a corresponding move. Loftin has slashed .276/.371/.276 over 13 games in a part-time role for Kansas City this season.

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  • Ketel Marte ARI 2B
    Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Homers again, tallies three hits
    10h ago

    Marte went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

    Marte led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run, jumping on the first pitch he saw from Jordan Wicks to give the Diamondbacks an early 1-0 lead. He then doubled in his next at-bat to lead off the third and singled home a run in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. The second baseman continues to swing a hot bat and has now recorded at least three hits in back-to-back contests, raising his batting average to .325 in the process. Marte has also homered in two straight games, giving him five long balls in the early campaign.

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  • Patrick Wisdom CHC 3B
    Cubs' Patrick Wisdom: Back from IL
    1h ago

    The Cubs activated Wisdom (back) from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Wisdom went to the injured list just before Opening Day and was able to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on April 6. During the assignment, the 32-year-old appeared in nine games and went 11-for-27 with three home runs across 36 plate appearances. Miles Mastrobuoni was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move.

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  • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
    Red Sox's Rafael Devers: MRI reveals bone bruise
    3h ago

    Imaging on Devers' left knee revealed a bone bruise Thursday, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.

    Manager Alex Cora said Devers will be viewed as day-to-day going forward, and a trip to the injured list isn't expected. Devers was removed from Tuesday's game due to his injury and attempted to play through it Wednesday, but the results of his MRI will presumably keep him out of the lineup for multiple games. Pablo Reyes will start at third base Thursday and will likely continue to do so while the All-Star infielder is sidelined.

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  • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
    Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Needs MRI on knee
    9h ago

    Manager Alex Cora said Thursday that Devers is out of the lineup for the Red Sox's series finale versus the Guardians while he receives an MRI on his left knee, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Devers was removed from Tuesday's 10-7 loss to Cleveland due to left knee discomfort, but he felt well enough to serve as the Red Sox's designated hitter in Wednesday's 2-0 win. Though he played the entire game, Devers went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and didn't bounce back from the knee issue as strongly as he had hoped. Cora suggested the MRI is more precautionary than anything just to ensure nothing is structurally wrong with Devers' knee, but his availability for Friday's series opener in Pittsburgh would appear to be in jeopardy, nonetheless.

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  • Isaac Paredes TB 3B
    Rays' Isaac Paredes: Getting breather Thursday
    10h ago

    Paredes is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels.

    Paredes will get his second day off of the season after starting in 18 of the Rays' first 19 contests. With Paredes on the bench Thursday, Curtis Mead will pick up a start at third base.

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  • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
    Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Heads to bench Thursday
    10h ago

    Devers is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against Cleveland, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    Devers exited Tuesday's 10-7 loss to the Guardians with knee discomfort, but he returned to the lineup for Wednesday's 2-0 win as the Red Sox's designated hitter, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while playing the full game. Despite the poor showing at the dish, Devers isn't believed to have experienced any renewed discomfort during the game, so his absence from the lineup Thursday looks to be mostly maintenance-related as Boston and Cleveland close their series with a day game after a night game. Devers is expected to be back in the lineup for Friday's series opener in Pittsburgh, though it's unclear if he'll immediately be able to take back his usual duties at third base.

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  • Josh H. Smith TEX 3B
    Rangers' Josh Smith: Delivers game-winning run
    10h ago

    Smith entered Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth inning and went 1-for-1 with a double and an RBI in a 5-4 win over Detroit.

    Smith, who was held out of the starting lineup against a left-hander, got the call to pinch hit with runners on against righty Shelby Miller and delivered the game-deciding run. It's not surprising that Smith came through, as he's gone 7-for-13 with 10 RBI with runners in scoring position in 2024. He's performed better than expected in a fill-in role while Josh Jung (thumb) is unavailable, slashing .319/.418/.404 over 55 plate appearances. Seasoned fantasy managers should be aware Smith's .366 BABIP indicates a correction is coming. Over two previous MLB seasons, he slashed .191/.306/.287.

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  • Blaze Alexander ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Blaze Alexander: Heads to bench in series opener
    3h ago

    Alexander is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants.

    Alexander will take a seat for the series opener as the Giants bring ace right-hander Logan Webb to the hill. While the rookie still looks to be the Diamondbacks' preferred option at shortstop while Geraldo Perdomo (knee) is on the shelf, Alexander might have a shorter leash than anticipated while he's experienced some early hiccups defensively. Jace Peterson will cover shortstop Thursday.

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  • Bobby Witt KC SS
    Royals' Bobby Witt: Notches fourth steal
    6h ago

    Witt went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in a 4-2 win over the White Sox in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Witt also went 1-for-4 in the nightcap. He's hit safely in five of the last seven games, batting .333 (10-for-30) in that span. The shortstop is off to another strong start in 2024 with a .321/.369/.628 slash line, four home runs, four steals, eight RBI, 18 runs scored, six doubles and three triples across 84 plate appearances. He's also striking out at a 22.6 percent clip, a bit higher than the 17.4 percent mark he had last year, but that's a fair trade-off for more contact.

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  • Gunnar Henderson BAL SS
    Orioles' Gunnar Henderson: Keeps slugging Wednesday
    7h ago

    Henderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Twins.

    Henderson has six homers on the year, including one in each of the last three games. He's also posted four straight multi-hit efforts. The shortstop is thriving as the leadoff hitter in a strong offense, slashing .288/.346/.603 with four stolen bases, 15 RBI and 13 runs scored through 18 contests overall.

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  • C.J. Abrams WAS SS
    Nationals' CJ Abrams: Smacks fifth homer
    8h ago

    Abrams went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    He drove the second big-league pitch of Landon Knack's career over the fence in right-center field, giving the Nats all the offense they would need as Jake irvin and the bullpen combined for a shutout. Abrams launched a career-high 18 homers in 2023 but he's well ahead of that pace to begin this season, slashing .295/.358/.656 with five home runs, three steals, 10 runs and 11 RBI in 15 games.

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  • Orelvis Martinez TOR SS
    Blue Jays' Orelvis Martinez: Could be nearing promotion
    8h ago

    Martinez crushed a 10th-inning grand slam Wednesday to give Triple-A Buffalo a 12-9 win over Columbus.

    The ball traveled an estimated 469 feet and left Huntington Park completely, landing onto a second-floor patio in a building behind the left-field bleachers. Martinez has had a strong start to the season, slashing .296/.356/.519 over 14 games with six doubles, two homers and 10 RBI, and his 20.3 percent strikeout rate is a significant step forward from the 27.0 percent mark he posted with Buffalo in 2023. The Blue Jays have used four different players at second base already this season, rotating Cavan Biggio, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Davis Schneider and Ernie Clement through the keystone, but none of them offer the upside of the 22-year-old Martinez. If the front office deems him ready for the next challenge, his big-league debut could come at any time, but his bat may not be the thing holding him back -- Martinez has committed five errors already this season in his 13 starts at second base.

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  • Romy Gonzalez BOS SS
    Red Sox's Romy Gonzalez: MRI comes back negative
    9h ago

    An MRI on Gonzalez's left wrist came back negative, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.

    Gonzalez felt pain while taking swings Wednesday, but it appears he's avoided a serious setback. The Red Sox still figure to shut him down for a bit to let the wrist calm down. Gonzalez had been hoping for a return from the injured list when his 10 days are up, but that's unlikely now.

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  • Tyler O'Neill BOS RF
    Red Sox's Tyler O'Neill: Hopes to return when eligible
    3h ago

    O'Neill (concussion) will travel with the Red Sox to Pittsburgh this weekend and hopes to be activated when first eligible Tuesday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    O'Neill confirmed that he has a concussion as a result of his collision with Rafael Devers on Monday, but he's feeling better and is aiming for a minimum absence. It's too soon to count on that, of course, given the uncertain nature of concussions. O'Neill is third in baseball with seven home runs this season.

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  • Lourdes Gurriel ARI LF
    Diamondbacks' Lourdes Gurriel: Taking seat Thursday
    4h ago

    Gurriel is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants.

    The Giants are sending ace right-hander Logan Webb to the hill, so it's not a bad time for Arizona to give the right-handed-hitting Gurriel a day off. Jake McCarthy and Randal Grichuk will occupy the corner outfield spots for the Diamondbacks.

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  • Taylor Trammell NYY LF
    Yankees' Taylor Trammell: Claimed by Yankees
    4h ago

    The Yankees claimed Trammell off waivers from the Dodgers on Thursday.

    The Dodgers DFA'd Trammell on Tuesday, but he will retain a spot on a 40-man roster as he moves to New York. The 26-year-old doesn't have any minor-league options remaining, so he will take a spot on the Yankees' bench and add to the team's outfield depth. Kevin Smith was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

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  • Tyler Nevin OAK LF
    Athletics' Tyler Nevin: Stands out in Wednesday's win
    5h ago

    Nevin went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, a double and a run in a win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Nevin drew the start in right field and delivered once again, pushing his average to .303 across 37 plate appearances. Nevin has now reached safely in five consecutive games, but Wednesday's two-bagger was his first extra-base hit of the campaign.

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  • Hunter Renfroe KC RF
    Royals' Hunter Renfroe: Smacks homer Wednesday
    6h ago

    Renfroe went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a 4-2 win over the White Sox in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

    Renfroe went 0-for-3 with one RBI in the nightcap as well. The veteran outfielder is still holding onto a starting role in right field, but he's struggling at the plate in 2024. Renfroe is batting .176 with two homers, eight RBI, six runs scored and two doubles over 56 plate appearances. Nelson Velazquez has occasionally moved from designated hitter to right when Renfroe rests, and Adam Frazier could be an option there as well once Michael Massey (back) is activated from the injured list.

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  • Colton Cowser BAL LF
    Orioles' Colton Cowser: Picks up third steal
    7h ago

    Cowser went 1-for-3 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Twins.

    Cowser's power has come back down with no home runs over his last three games, but he's still hitting well, going 3-for-11 in that span. The outfielder is slashing .400/.429/.800 with four homers, three steals, 15 RBI, eight runs scored and six doubles over 49 plate appearances. Cowser's continued success will likely mean that Austin Hays remains in a bench role, though manager Brandon Hyde has had no trouble resting his other outfielders to keep Cowser in the lineup so far.

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  • Nick Nastrini CHW SP
    White Sox's Nick Nastrini: Draws another start
    6m ago

    Nastrini is scheduled to start Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

    The rookie right-hander will receive another turn through the White Sox rotation after he acquitted himself well in his MLB debut Monday, striking out five and allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks over five innings in a no-decision against the Royals. Though Nastrini was able to pound the zone effectively Monday, fantasy managers may want to tread cautiously with him, given the control issues he's displayed for much of his minor-league career. Between stops as the Triple-A and Double-A levels within the White Sox and Dodgers organizations in 2023, Nastrini posted a 10.8 percent walk rate over 114.2 innings.

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  • Cooper Criswell BOS SP
    Red Sox's Cooper Criswell: Takes loss in bulk role
    19m ago

    Criswell (0-1) took the loss Thursday against the Guardians, allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk over 2.1 innings.

    While Criswell didn't miss many bats in his brief outing, the Red Sox defense didn't do him any favors, as they committed a pair of errors behind the right-hander resulting in three unearned runs. The 27-year-old Criswell sports a 4.26 ERA with a 1.58 WHIP and 4:2 K:BB through his first 6.1 innings this season. He'll likely continue to work in a bulk role while Nick Pivetta (elbow) and Garrett Whitlock (oblique) are sidelined.

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  • Carlos Carrasco CLE SP
    Guardians' Carlos Carrasco: Picks up first win
    26m ago

    Carrasco (1-1) earned the win Thursday against the Red Sox, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out five.

    Carrasco's gotten off to a solid start in his second stint with Cleveland -- the veteran right-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his first four starts. He lowered his ERA to 3.44 with a 1.53 WHIP and 16:12 K:BB across 18.1 innings after struggling to a 6.80 ERA in 20 starts with the Mets last season. While Carrasco isn't likely to warrant fantasy consideration at this stage in his career, he's likely locked in as the Guardians' fifth starter with Shane Bieber (elbow) out for the year.

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  • Alex Cobb SF SP
    Giants' Alex Cobb: Dealing with cranky shoulder
    37m ago

    Cobb (hip) is dealing with mild shoulder irritation, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Cobb is primarily recovering from left hip surgery that occurred shortly after the end of the 2023 season. During the ramp up process, he's dealt with both elbow and shoulder issues that have slowed his progress. Cobb described his shoulder as "cranky," but he did note that he doesn't expect his timetable to return to be affected significantly.

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  • Kenta Maeda DET SP
    Tigers' Kenta Maeda: Short outing vs. Rangers
    40m ago

    Maeda did not factor into the decision Thursday against the Rangers, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out two.

    It was a tough day for Maeda against a potent Texas offense -- the right-hander gave up five runs on three homers before departing in the third inning. Maeda's ERA is up to 7.64 while allowing a league-most seven home runs across his first four starts (17,2 innings). He'll look to get on track in his next outing, currently slated for early next week in Tampa Bay.

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  • Jack Leiter TEX SP
    Rangers' Jack Leiter: Struggles in debut
    1h ago

    Leiter did not factor into the decision Thursday against the Tigers. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three in 3.2 innings.

    After a clean first inning, the Tigers tagged Leiter for four runs in the second before tacking on three more with two outs in the fourth. It was a tough debut for the second-overall pick in 2021 -- Leiter struggled to a 5.19 ERA in the minors last year though he'd gotten off to a promising start this season, posting a 3.77 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 14.1 innings with Triple-A Round Rock. Leiter will likely return to the minors, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him get another look with Texas later in the year.

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    Guardians' Emmanuel Clase: Rebounds for fifth save
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    Clase earned the save in Thursday's 5-4 win over Boston, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.

    It was an encouraging effort from Clase after he'd blown his previous two save opportunities. Despite his recent rough patch, the 26-year-old Clase has been excellent overall to start the year, allowing just one earned run through his first nine innings while striking out seven as he improves to 5-for-7 in save chances.

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  • Kirby Yates TEX RP
    Rangers' Kirby Yates: Notches four-out save
    1h ago

    Yates earned the save in Thursday's 9-7 win over Detroit, allowing one hit while logging a strikeout in 1.1 scoreless innings.

    Yates entered with two outs in the eighth inning, striking out Spencer Torkelson to strand the tying and go-ahead runs on base, before working around a two-out single in the ninth en route to his second save this season. Yates has yet to allow a run through his first eight appearances (8.2 innings) this year. The 37-year-old veteran has saves in two of the Rangers' last four games, as he looks to be firming his grasp on the ninth-inning job in Texas.

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  • Hayden Wesneski CHC RP
    Cubs' Hayden Wesneski: Sent to Iowa
    1h ago

    The Cubs optioned Wesneski to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Wesneski was recalled to the majors Wednesday, but his big-league stint will come to an abrupt end with Jameson Taillon (back) returning from the injured list. The 26-year-old pitched four innings and earned the win Wednesday and could work his way back into the majors if he continues finding success at Triple-A.

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  • Joe Jacques BOS RP
    Red Sox's Joe Jacques: Sent back to Triple-A
    2h ago

    Jacques is being optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Friday, Andrew Parker of Beyond the Monster reports.

    Jacques was recalled from Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday. He made an appearance Thursday and gave up a run on three hits across 1.2 innings. The 29-year-old is being sent back down as Cam Booser joins the team in a corresponding move.

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  • Aroldis Chapman PIT RP
    Pirates' Aroldis Chapman: Suspended two games
    2h ago

    Chapman was given a two-game suspension and fine Thursday for his actions versus the Mets on Monday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.

    Chapman got into an altercation with an umpire and was ejected during the bottom of the eighth inning in Monday's loss against the Mets. The lefty was credited for the loss after surrendering three runs and recording just one out during the appearance. He is permitted to appeal the suspension.

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  • Robert Stephenson LAA RP
    Angels' Robert Stephenson: Will undergo elbow surgery
    3h ago

    Stephenson will undergo surgery on his right elbow, Erica Weston of Bally Sports West reports.

    It was reported Wednesday that Stephenson would miss the remainder of the season, so it's not a surprise to hear that he needs surgery. The specific type of surgery hasn't been revealed, and it's possible it won't be until after the procedure occurs. If Stephenson needs Tommy John surgery, he could be out until around midseason of next year.

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    Yankees' Kevin Smith: Pushed off 40-man
    4h ago

    The Yankees designated Smith for assignment Thursday.

    Smith was selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, but the Yankees claiming Taylor Trammell off waivers from the Dodgers will leave Smith without a 40-man roster spot once again. The 27-year-old never appeared at the plate during his brief stint in New York, and a .516 OPS throughout his MLB career makes it likely he passes through waivers unclaimed.

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  • Yordan Alvarez HOU DH
    Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Smacks fifth homer
    10h ago

    Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Wednesday against Atlanta.

    Alvarez took lefty Max Fried deep in the first inning to tally his fifth homer of the season. He had been quiet with the bat in seven games prior, during which he tallied no extra-base hits and hit just .136. Overall, Alvarez's line looks quite similar to expectations, as he's maintained a .289 batting average and .526 slugging percentage across the first 88 plate appearances of the campaign.

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  • Masataka Yoshida BOS DH
    Red Sox's Masataka Yoshida: Sitting in second straight
    10h ago

    Yoshida is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Guardians, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

    The lefty-hitting Yoshida now finds himself out of the lineup for the second day in a row, with both absences coming against right-handed pitchers. While the Red Sox haven't indicated that Yoshida is dealing with an injury, the consecutive absences as Boston has played shorthanded in Cleveland with both Tyler O'Neill (forehead) and Rafael Devers (knee) missing time suggests the 30-year-old might be banged up to some degree. Even if the Red Sox don't provide an update on Yoshida following Thursday's game, fantasy managers will still want to keep tabs on his status heading into this weekend's series in Pittsburgh.

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  • Marcell Ozuna ATL DH
    Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Power surge continues Wednesday
    10h ago

    Ozuna went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Astros.

    The veteran slugger got Atlanta on the board in the second inning, leading off the frame by crushing a J.P. France sweeper 432 feet to left field. Ozuna is tied with Mike Trout for the MLB lead with eight homers, and Wednesday's blast extended his hitting streak to 16 games -- a stretch in which he's slashed .379/.431/.788 with 13 runs and 23 RBI, in addition to all eight long balls.

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  • Joc Pederson ARI DH
    Diamondbacks' Joc Pederson: Homers in two straight
    12h ago

    Pederson entered Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in 5-3 loss to the Cubs.

    Pederson's ninth-inning blast closed the gap but was not enough for a Diamondbacks team that squandered opportunities with runners on base and made three errors. It was the second consecutive game with a home run for Pederson, who has hit safely in four of the last five contests. That stretch includes three of his four extra-base hits for the season. Pederson is slashing .333/.467/.576 over 46 plate appearances.

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  • Mitch Garver SEA DH
    Mariners' Mitch Garver: Slugs first homer
    14h ago

    Garver went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Garver finally connected on his first round tripper of the season in the sixth inning, snapping a 1-1 tie with a 393-foot shot to left field off Andrew Abbott. The veteran's blast also served as his fourth extra-base hit overall (out of eight total hits), but he's still sporting an ugly .160/.283/.280 slash line through his first 60 plate appearances.

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