Matt Thaiss
Angels' Matt Thaiss: Four hits Sunday
Matt Thaiss, 1B, LAA
9:03 AM
News: Thaiss went 4-for-5 with his third homer of the season Sunday for High-A Inland Empire against Rancho Cucamonga.

After a big spring training, Thaiss has started slowly for Inland Empire, as his four-hit game finally brought his batting average over .200. He's now hitting .212/.333/.364 in 78 plate appearances, with 11 walks and 13 strikeouts. The Inland Empire squad is full of slumping players right now, so Thaiss is getting frequently pitched around. The Angels' first-round pick last year, Thaiss is walking more and striking out more than he did last year.

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John Hicks
Tigers' John Hicks: Goes deep Sunday, drives in five
John Hicks, 1B, DET
8:38 AM
News: Hicks went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

The Tigers scored 13 runs in this one, and a three-run home run from Hicks contributed to the damage. He's only an option while Miguel Cabrera is on the DL, but Hicks could provide some decent power numbers while he's in the lineup.

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Yuli Gurriel
Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: Goes 3-for-5 against Rays
Yuli Gurriel, 1B, HOU
4/23/2017
News: Gurriel went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

After going 0-for-4 Saturday, Gurriel was back to work for his fantasy owners Sunday. He's sporting an active 15-for-32 stretch at the plate with five runs, three doubles, a home run and five RBI through his past nine games. While he's probably never going to turn heads with his power, Gurriel has the potential to be a solid contributor in the runs, RBI and batting average columns.

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Danny Valencia
Mariners' Danny Valencia: Could be on outs for full-time role
Danny Valencia, 1B, SEA
4/23/2017
News: Valencia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

With the Mariners recalling Dan Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, it would seem that the struggling Valencia's role as the starting first baseman has been put on notice. According to Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle, manager Scott Servais hinted that Vogelbach would likely be the club's primary option at first base moving forward, and the rookie's inclusion in the lineup Sunday would certainly indicate as much. Valencia, who is batting just .145 on the season, could still find his way into the lineup against left-handed pitching, but occupying the small side of a platoon wouldn't give him much usefulness outside of AL-only leagues.

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Mike Napoli
Rangers' Mike Napoli: Hits the bench Sunday
Mike Napoli, 1B, TEX
4/23/2017
News: Napoli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals.

Napoli was well overdue for a day off after starting in all of the Rangers' first 18 games and struggling while doing so, contributing a .162/.250/.324 batting line. He'll give way to Ryan Rua at first base.

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Daniel Vogelbach
Mariners' Dan Vogelbach: Recalled from Triple-A
Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, SEA
4/23/2017
News: Vogelbach was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

Vogelbach, who came over from the Cubs last July in the Mike Montgomery trade, boasts big-time pop, but didn't have a chance to showcase it much during an eight-game trial with the Mariners late last season. That could change now that Vogelbach is back with the big club after the Mariners opened up room on the active roster for him by designating Leonys Martin for assignment. According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Vogelbach will start at first base and bat seventh in the order Sunday against the Athletics, and it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up occupying the larger side of a platoon at first base with veteran Danny Valencia, who has struggled to a .145/.217/.226 batting line to begin the season. Vogelbach should warrant an immediate add in AL-only formats, and those in deeper mixed leagues may want to keep an eye on him over the next few games, too.

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Logan Morrison
Rays' Logan Morrison: Moves up to No. 2 spot Sunday
Logan Morrison, 1B, TB
4/23/2017
News: Morrison will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and bat second in the order Sunday against the Astros, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Morrison isn't likely to stick in the No. 2 spot beyond Sunday, as that spot in the lineup was only open because Kevin Kiermaier is getting his first day off of the season. Expect Morrison to return to the sixth spot in the order during Monday's series opener against the Orioles.

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Kennys Vargas
Twins' Kennys Vargas: Recalled from Triple-A Rochester
Kennys Vargas, 1B, MIN
4/23/2017
News: Vargas was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

Vargas was hitting just .227 with two home runs at Rochester. It's not clear if he'll get regular at-bats or just be a short-term option off the bench.

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Miguel Cabrera
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Hopes to miss minimal time
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
4/22/2017
News: Cabrera (groin) is expected to return from the disabled list as soon as he's eligible, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Prior to being diagnosed with a Grade 1 or Grade 2 groin strain, Cabrera had been battling a back injury through the early stage of the season. However, despite Cabrera's rough start, the Tigers are optimistic that 10 days of rest will be enough for him to recover. Until Cabrera is ready to come off the DL, John Hicks should see the bulk of the time at first base.

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Yonder Alonso
Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Not in lineup Saturday
Yonder Alonso, 1B, OAK
4/22/2017
News: Alonso is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

After starting five of the last six games, Alonso will head to the bench Saturday, as the A's go with Ryon Healy at first base. Alonso registered two hits, including a solo homer, in Friday's win over Seattle, and he's now hitting .295 with 10 RBI on the young season.

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