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Blake Swihart serving as DH Saturday for Boston

Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is serving as the team's designated hitter for Saturday's matchup with the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

As Swihart enters in the DH spot, J.D. Martinez will shift back to left field. Ultimately, Jackie Bradley will be out of the lineup today.

At $2,000, Swihart is projected for 8.0 FanDuel points in today's game.

Red Sox' Eduardo Nunez starting at third base on Saturday

Boston Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez is getting the start at third base for Saturday's game versus the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

With a lefty toeing the rubber in the Braves' Sean Newcomb, the right-handed hitting Nunez will step in for Rafael Devers, who heads to the bench. In his return to the lineup, Nunez hits seventh this afternoon.

On the year, Nunez is averaging 7.5 FanDuel points per game with a .249/.267/.370 slash line. He costs $2,800 at the second base spot.

Jackie Bradley absent from Red Sox' Saturday lineup

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

In a lefty-versus-lefty matchup, Bradley will go to the bench this afternoon. Andrew Benintendi will take over in center field with Blake Swihart entering the lineup at DH.

Bradley has struggled to a .257 wOBA with just 2 home runs and 9 RBI through 43 games.

Brock Holt on the bench Saturday for Boston

Boston Red Sox second baseman/outfielder Brock Holt is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

With Dustin Pedroia making his season debut at second, Holt will head to the bench this afternoon. Pedroia will hit sixth in the Boston batting order.

Slashing .333/.392/.486, Holt is projected for 3 home runs and a .235 average the rest of the year.

Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia making 2018 debut on Saturday

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will make his first start of the year Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

Pedroia has been out after undergoing offseason knee surgery. He was activated Friday but did not appear in the game. Tonight, he'll replace Brock Holt at second base, hitting sixth against Atlanta's Sean Newcomb.

At $3,000, Pedroia is projected for 6.7 FanDuel points in today's debut.

Boston's Rafael Devers not in Saturday's lineup against Atlanta

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is not in the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

With Braves' lefty Sean Newcomb on the bump today, Devers will go to the bench in favor of Eduardo Nunez. Nunez hits seventh for Boston.

Hitting .233 with 9 home runs, Devers is projected for 13 more homers and a .264 average the rest of the season.

Padres' Austin Hedges (elbow) suffers setback during rehab assignment

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges (elbow) had renewed soreness in his elbow and pulled himself from the lineup of his rehab game on Thursday.

What It Means:

Hedges was rehabbing Triple-A affiliate El Paso but felt soreness in his elbow and will be shut down for a few days. The reoccurrence is disappointing for the catcher as he was expected to rejoin the Padres this weekend, which will obviously not happen now. Hedges will be re-evaluated in a few days.

Hedges has hit .173 with 2 homers and 10 RBI in 81 plate appearances this season.

Kyle Hendricks cruises through seven strong innings in Cubs' win on Friday

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks cruised through 7 innings pitched on Friday, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run while striking out 7 in a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Hendricks only mistake was to Gorkys Hernandez in the fourth inning which the Giants' outfielder blasted for a solo home run. The Cubs pitcher was efficient as well, needing only 88 pitches to make through 7 frames and earn his fourth win of the year.

Hendricks now sports a 3.16 ERA, 3.61 xFIP, and 7.3 strikeouts to nine innings rate through 62 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Nationals' Daniel Murphy (knee) to start a rehab assignement on Saturday

Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday.

What It Means:

A definite step forward for Murphy after a series of setbacks this season. The veteran infielder has been out all season with a knee injury that was considered minor but has caused Murphy continued soreness and pain. No word on how long his stint in the minors will be but barring setbacks Murphy will be back in the big leagues in early June.

numberFire's models project Murphy for 12 homers, 47 RBI, 45 runs scored, and a .288 batting average in 349 plate appearances the rest of the season.

David Freitas will not start for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas will head back to the bench Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Mike Zunino will be back behind the plate tonight when James Paxton takes the mound for Seattle.

We project that the second-year catcher will hit .234 the rest of the way, with two home runs, nine runs, and eight RBI.

Andrew Romine will head back to Mariners' bench on Friday

Seattle Mariners infielder Andrew Romine will not start against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

What It Means:

Romine started in place of Gordon Beckham on Thursday, but he'll head back to the bench tonight.

Beckham's .167 average is, amazingly, better than Romine's .154 this year. We project Romine to hit .239 the rest of the way, with 2 home runs, 19 runs, and 13 RBI.

Orioles to place Mark Trumbo (knee) on the 10-day DL

Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo (knee) will be placed on the 10-day DL following Friday's game, per manager Buck Showalter.

What It Means:

Trumbo has arthritis in his right knee and will receive a PRP injection. The veteran slugger will be shut down for 3-to-4 days before resuming baseball activities. He is not expected to be out long. Joey Rickard will see some extra time in the outfield with Trumbo out of action.

Trumbo has batted .309 with 2 homers, 8 RBI, and 10 runs scored in 82 plate appearances this season.

Dan Vogelbach not starting for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners infielder Dan Vogelbach is heading back to the bench for Friday night's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

He got a spot start for Ryon Healy on Thursday when Seattle closed out their series against Oakland, but Healy will be back in the lineup tonight.

Vogelbach is hitting just .200 this season in 72 plate appearances. We project him to hit .216 the rest of the way, tacking on six home runs.

Mike Zunino starting, hitting eighth for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is back in the starting lineup on Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

David Freitas got the start for Seattle on Thursday, but it will be Zunino behind the plate tonight to catch for James Paxton. He'll hit eighth.

Our projections have Zunino scoring 10.8 FanDuel points tonight. At a salary of only $2,500, that translates to a value of 4.3 FanDuel points per $1,000.

Mariners' Gordon Beckham starting on Friday night

Seattle Mariners infielder Gordon Beckham will start on Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Beckham, Mike Zunino, and Ryon Healy all got routine days off on Thursday, but all three are back in the lineup again tonight. Beckham will hit out of his usual ninth spot.

Beckham is not someone that should be targeted in fantasy. He is hitting just .167 on the year and has not hit higher than .230 in a season since 2013. We project him for 8.1 FanDuel points tonight.

Ryon Healy back in starting lineup for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners infielder Ryon Healy is back in the starting lineup on Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Healy got a routine day off on Thursday when the Mariners took on Oakland. He'll hit sixth tonight against rookie Fernando Romero.

We project Healy to finish with 10.0 FanDuel points tonight. At a cost of $2,800, that's a value of roughly 3.6 FanDuel points per $1,000.

Logan Morrison is absent from the Twins' Friday lineup

Minnesota Twins first baseman Logan Morrison is not in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Morrison heads to the bench with Miguel Sano (hamstring) making his first start in a month. Morrison will be available to pinch-hit if needed against the Seattle Mariners.

Morrison has hit .204 with 5 homers and 18 RBI in 166 plate appearances this season.

Alex Colome sent from Tampa to Seattle in four-player trade

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded pitcher Alex Colome to the Seattle Mariners, along with outfielder Denard Span, in exchange for minor-league pitchers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

What It Means:

Colome, the Rays' closer, had gotten back on track after a rough start to the year, notching 5 saves in the last two weeks. His role in Seattle will shift away from closing duties with Edwin Diaz holding on firmly to the job, leaving Colome to be used as a setup man.

Colome has converted 11-of-13 saves chances this season, posting a 4.15 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.

Twins' Mitch Garver starting at catcher Friday night

Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is in the lineup on Friday night, batting sixth.

What It Means:

Garver got the day off on Wednesday but is back behind the plate in the series opener versus the Seattle Mariners. Bobby Wilson heads back to the bench.

Our models project Garver for 8.5 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Miguel Sano (hamstring) back in action for Minnesota on Friday

Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano (hamstring) is in the lineup for the first time in a month on Friday night.

What It Means:

Sano will hit third and start at first base in his return from a hamstring injury against the Seattle Mariners. Logan Morrison heads to the bench.

Our models project Sano for 12.0 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Robbie Grossman hitting seventh Friday for the Twins

Minnesota Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman is in the lineup batting seventh against the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

What It Means:

Grossman will start at DH after sitting out the last game. He replaces Eddie Rosario, who shifts over to left field as Jake Cave takes a seat on the bench.

Our models project Grossman for 7.4 FanDuel points on Friday.

Chad Pinder hitting second for Oakland on Friday

Oakland Athletics utility man Chad Pinder is in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Pinder will start in left field and bat second versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Matt Joyce heads to the bench.

Our models project Pinder for 8.5 FanDuel points on Friday.

Jake Lamb will start at third Friday night for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb is in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Lamb sat out on Thursday but is back at the hot corner and is hitting sixth against the Oakland Athletics. Deven Marrero heads to the bench.

Our models project Lamb for 11.4 FanDuel points on Friday.

Franklin Barreto starting at DH Friday for Oakland

Oakland Athletics shortstop Franklin Barreto is starting at DH on Friday night.

What It Means:

Barreto will bat ninth against the Arizona Diamondbacks as he moves Mark Canha from DH to center and Dustin Fowler to the bench on Friday night.

Our models project Barreto for 7.0 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Jonathan Lucroy is in the A's Friday night lineup

Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy is in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Lucroy is back behind the plate after a day off on Thursday. He will hit seventh versus Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Bruce Maxwell heads to the bench.

Our models project Lucroy for 8.3 FanDuel points on Friday.

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