Chase Utley
Dodgers' Chase Utley: Plates four in Friday loss to Mets
Chase Utley, 2B, LAD
2:26 AM
News: Utley went 1-for-2 with a double, four RBI and a walk in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Mets.

The veteran managed to maximize his RBI opportunities Friday, plating Yasiel Puig in the third with a sacrifice fly, and then clearing the bases with a game-tying double in the ninth that brought home Puig, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal. The performance extended his modest hitting streak to four games, while also marking the ninth time in 10 games that Utley has reached safely.

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Jed Lowrie
Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Hits first triple this season
Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK
2:04 AM
News: Lowrie went 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI Friday against the Tigers.

The 32-year-old infielder struggled a bit before missing time due to injury, but he hasn't missed a beat since returning from the disabled list, going 3-for-7 in the last two games. His average sits now at .309, considerably higher than his career average of .259, so he might regress as the season progresses.

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Cliff Pennington
Angels' Cliff Pennington: Set for activation from DL
Cliff Pennington, 2B, LAA
12:16 AM
News: Pennington (hamstring) will be activated from the DL on Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

He showed the Angels enough in just two rehab games with High-A Inland Empire to convince them he's ready to return to the major leagues. Brendan Ryan was designated for assignment in anticipation of Pennington's return. Pennington is hitting just .217/.294/.370 this season, and with Gregorio Petit faring well of late, the 31-year-old may be relegated to a utility role upon activation.

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Ian Kinsler
Tigers' Ian Kinsler: Returns to lineup Friday
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
5/27/2016
News: Kinsler (illness) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the A's.

After missing two straight games earlier in the week due to flu-like symptoms, the Tigers will have their leadoff man back in the lineup for Friday's series opener. Kinsler will draw a favorable matchup against young left-hander Sean Manaea, who has a .346 BAA against right-handed hitters this season.

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Scooter Gennett
Brewers' Scooter Gennett: Out of Friday's lineup
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
5/27/2016
News: Gennett is out of the starting lineup Friday against the Reds.

With left-hander John Lamb taking the ball for Cincinnati on Friday, Gennett will take his .125 batting average against lefties to the bench for the day. Aaron Hill will take over at second base for him while Hernan Perez fills in at the hot corner.

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Steve Tolleson
Royals' Steve Tolleson: Signs minor league deal with Royals
Steve Tolleson, 2B, BAL
5/27/2016
News: Tolleson signed a minor-league contract with Kansas City, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Tolleson was released by the Orioles last week, and the 32-year-old will report to Triple-A Omaha. Tolleson has experience playing at second base, third base, shortstop and the corner outfield spots, so he will give Kansas City some much-needed depth following Moustakas' season-ending injury. Tolleson is a career .245/.299/.372 hitter at the MLB level.

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Jurickson Profar
Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Recalled, hitting leadoff Friday
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
5/27/2016
News: Profar was recalled from Triple-A and will lead off against the Pirates on Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.

This is a pleasant surprise, as the Rangers are wasting no time deploying the former No. 1 prospect atop the lineup. He is expected to start at second base for the next seven games while Rougned Odor serves his suspension, and will no doubt be a popular play in daily leagues over that span, especially given his placement in the lineup.

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Kelly Johnson
Braves' Kelly Johnson: Absent from Friday's lineup
Kelly Johnson, 2B, ATL
5/27/2016
News: Johnson is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins.

Johnson has been cold as of late, batting just .125 over the past week, and with Adam Conley taking the mound for Miami, the Braves decided it would be best to keep the utility man on the bench. Gordon Beckham will slide over to man second base in his stead, while Chase d'Arnaud takes over at the hot corner.

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Omar Infante
Royals' Omar Infante: Out of Friday's lineup
Omar Infante, 2B, KC
5/27/2016
News: Infante is not in the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Josh Vernier of 610 KCSP reports.

As was planned prior to Thursday's rainout, Infante will take the day off for Friday's series opener. Manager Ned Yost will go with the scorching-hot Whit Merrifield at the keystone in his place.

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Andres Blanco
Phillies' Andres Blanco: Finds success in rare start Wednesday
Andres Blanco, 2B, PHI
5/27/2016
News: Blanco went 2-for-3, scored twice and had an RBI double in Wednesday's win over Detroit.

Getting the start for Cesar Hernandez at second base, Blanco had an incredibly successful day, raising his average to .286. This was only the veteran's fifth start this month as it seems Hernandez has locked down the everyday role at second. Performances like this will certainly raise Blanco's stock, but such opportunities are few.

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