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Robinson Cano went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one RBI in the Mariners win on Thursday. Cano has five hits in his last two games and appears to have picked up where he left off pre-disabled list. In the month of May Cano is slashing .432/.480/.773 with 12 RBI in 11 games. With a healthy Cano and shortstop Jean Segura playing like an All-Star, expect opportunities for infielder Taylor Motter to significantly decrease.
Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, pacing the Mariners to 4-2 win over Washington. For Cruz it was his 12th bomb of the season and he now has driven in 40 runs. The blast hopefully signals the end of his min-slump as Cruz was 2-for-21 in his previous six games. It's been a positive sign for fantasy lineups everywhere that Seattle is comfortable using de facto designated hitter Cruz in the outfield these past few games. Seven of his 12 home runs have come on the road this season.
Ariel Miranda threw five innings of two-run baseball and picked up his fourth win in the 4-2 Mariners win over the Nationals. It has been a roller-coaster couple of weeks for the Seattle starting pitching staff but Miranda has been the most stabilizing force. In his past three start he has allowed 10 hits and four runs in17 innings pitched. Miranda struck out four, walked three and kept a mighty Nationals lineup in check. Miranda now is 4-2 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 starts this season. If there is anyone in the Mariners rotation right now that would deserve a look in fantasy is Miranda.
Bartolo Colon struggled once again after a two-start stretch of strong performances. Colon, who became the first 44-year-old to start for Atlanta since 1998, failed to make it out of the sixth inning on Thursday. The Pirates tagged Colon early with a five run second highlighted by a three-run homer. This is the fifth time this season where he's surrendered more runs than innings pitched. His ERA has ballooned to 6.96, though Brian Snitker suggests he will remain in the rotation. Colon will be looking at a decreasing role over the next few weeks unless he greatly improves as Atlanta will shift to some of their younger arms.
Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 on Thursday versus the Cubs and walked once. He hit a double in the first inning, which plated the Giants' lone run at Wrigley all day. Since May 11th, Belt has only gone hitless twice and has maintained his OBP around .360. Despite the Giants lethargy this season, he's still a sneaky hold in points leagues. Look for him to continue doing well against Atlanta, who comes into San Francisco for three games this weekend.
The Milwaukee Brewers will continue to play "musical catchers" with Manny Pina starting and batting sixth on Thursday and Jett Bandy sitting. Bandy is 5-for-9 with a home run and two doubles against left-handed pitchers like Arizona's Robbie Ray, but Craig Counsell opted for Pina, who has .786 OPS and a home run over the last 14 days. Pina has seven at-bats over the last seven days, compared to 11 for Bandy, so the Brewers may just be making sure that they have the freshest option in the lineup. The two have combined for seven home runs and 26 RBI, numbers that would make them the best offensive catcher if combined, but it is tough to pick one over the other. Fantasy owners that have roster room could keep both, putting the one that starts in the lineup, getting great offensive production from catcher.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk will have Thursday night off versus the Dodgers. Grichuk has really struggled of late going four for his last 21 with zero home runs. Outfielder Tommy Pham will start in left field and bat second. Pham has also struggled lately with five hits in his last 28 at-bats. Expect Grichuk to return to the lineup Friday.
Matt Adams delivered another strong performance from the plate as he's looking more and more comfortable in his new surroundings. Since his poor debut, Adams has pushed his hitting streak to four games. He is now carrying a .300 average on the season with five of his season's eight extra-base hits coming in the past four days. While he's cemented himself as a viable everyday option at first base, he's been the recipient of favorable matchups. Pittsburgh has faced four consecutive right-handed starters. Look for him to prove his true worth on Saturday against Ty Blach.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (hamstring) has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. The right-hander will go straight to the mound and face the Cardinals this evening. Maeda had been out with a hamstring injury just as he was starting to pitch well. Prior to being placed on the disabled list, Maeda had a 2.21 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 9.30 K/9 in his last three starts. It is always risky starting a pitcher fresh off the disabled list. Maeda also faces a strong Cardinals lineup. Be careful with plugging him right away as he has 5.03 ERA on the season. He should remained owned in NL-Only leagues and deeper mixed leagues.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Tyler Danish will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers, facing Matt Boyd. Danish made three appearances for the White Sox in 2016, allowing two runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings, but this will be his first big league start. The 22-year-old carries a respectable 3.15 ERA in eight outings for Triple-A Charlotte this season, though his low strikeout rate (4.53 K/9) is a cause for concern. Danish has only struck out 6.2 batters per nine in 452 minor league innings, so this is not a new problem, and he he had a 4.80 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A last season. He should only be looked at in deep AL-only leagues and will likely be sent down after the start.
Jeff Samardzija faced the Cubs, his former team, on Thursday and was unable to keep the ball in Wrigley. The Cubs tagged him for three home runs (off the bats of Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist), which accounted for half of the six hits he gave up. He also struck out eight and walked one. The walk, to rookie Ian Happ, was Samardzija's first in 154 batters faced. Players in wins and points leagues are undoubtedly getting burned by the lack of run support for Samardzija. But this did count as a quality start for Samardzija, so let's see how he does in his next outing against the Nationals at home on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson (head) has been placed on the 7-day disabled list. Kenta Maeda has been activated in a corresponding move. The outfielder hurt his head and was being checked out for a possible concussion after colliding with teammate Yasiel Puig and exiting the game Tuesday night. Pederson has been a major underachiever this season hitting .200 with only two home runs and 11 RBI. If you need to make a pickup it is okay to drop the outfielder.
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Travis Shaw (rest) is not in the starting lineup Thursday, May 25, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. 3B Hernan Perez will start at third base in his place and bat out of the cleanup spot.
Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa (illness) is back in the lineup Thursday, May 25, versus the Detroit Tigers. He's starting at shortstop and batting fourth.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer will be called up to start the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Farmer will be the Tigers' 26th man on Friday, when the Tigers have a double header against the White Sox, so he will get the start and then will be set back to Triple-A Toledo. The nightcap will be started by left-hander Matt Boyd. Farmer is winless with a 9.68 ERA in eight career big league starts and would be a good pitcher to stack against in the 5:05 start in Chicago. Picking up Farmer to stream would not be a good idea, as he has a 4.12 ERA for Toledo this season.
Tampa Bay Rays reliever Brad Boxberger (flexor) is slated for live BP sessions Monday and Thursday in Port Charlotte. Boxberger converted 41 saves as the Rays' closer in 2015, but has not yet pitched this season and will be the set up man when he returns. He permanently lost his job when he underwent core muscle surgery last season and he concluded the 2016 season with just 24 1/3 innings, managing a 4.81 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Boxberger struck out batters at a career-low 19.3% clip last season and surrendered a free base to a career-high 16.7% of his batters faced. As a result, he can ignored in all but the deepest of AL-only formats.
Arizona Diamondbacks infielder/outfielder Yasmany Tomas (hip) will sit out for his second straight game this evening. Tomas was scratched before last nights game with tightness in his left hip. Taking his spot in left field and batting seventh tonight will be Chris Herrmann. Herrmann makes for an intriguing daily play this evening as he has five home runs and 11 RBI, however besides for the pop he has struggled with a .206 batting average. Tomas is considered day-to-day.
Houston Astros OF Evan Gattis (rest) is not in the lineup Thursday, May 25, against the Detroit Tigers. C Juan Centeno is starting behind the plate in his place and hitting eighth.
San Diego Padres OF Manuel Margot (calf) is not in the lineup Thursday, May 25, versus the New York Mets. OF Matt Szczur is starting in his place in center field and batting seventh.
Houston Astros infielder Yuli Gurriel will sit Thursday evening. Infielder Marwin Gonzalez will start at first base and bat sixth. Nori Aoki will also start in left field and bat in the No. 9 spot. Gurriel has been a nice surprise this season as he has hit .264 with four home runs and 15 RBI, however he has cooled off since his hot start to the season. He is eight for his last 39 so it's a good time to give him some rest. Gurriel should remain owned in AL-Only leagues and deeper mixed leagues. Expect Gurriel to be back in Friday's lineup.
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