Kris Bryant
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Gets first start at first base Friday
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
9:32 AM
News: Bryant will get his first start of the season at first base Friday, hitting third against the Phillies.

The Cubs are giving Anthony Rizzo a rare day off, so Bryant will fill in at first base. He played one game at first base last year as a rookie, but is unlikely to earn eligibility there in leagues that require a handful of starts, barring an injury to Rizzo.

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Maikel Franco
Phillies' Maikel Franco: Hitting third Friday
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
9:06 AM
News: Franco (ankle) is in the lineup hitting third Friday against the Cubs, the News Journal's Meghan Montemurro reports.

This was anticipated, as Franco suffered a mild right ankle sprain on a slide in Wednesday's game, but Thursday's off day was indeed enough of a break in the action for the Phillies top slugger to be deployed for the series opener against the Cubs. He has the platoon advantage, but will still face one of the best pitchers in the league in lefty Jon Lester.

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Nolan Arenado
Rockies' Nolan Arenado: Drives in run but slump continues
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
5/26/2016
News: Arenado drove in a run, but struck out twice in a 0-for-4 performance Thursday against the Red Sox.

The 25-year-old third baseman has hit safely in only one of the past five games, but he still found a way to produce on offense with an RBI. However, Arenado has hit .142 in the past 10 games, and it's no secret Colorado needs his offense in the middle of the order.

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Produces from cleanup spot Thursday
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, PIT
5/26/2016
News: Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI Thursday, collecting his first three-hit game of the season.

He's compiled a 1.066 OPS in 47 at-bats since returning to action May 6. Kang has started only two of the team's last four games, making a matchup likely against Friday starter Cole Hamels.

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Matt Carpenter
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Expected to return Saturday
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
5/26/2016
News: Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak announced Thursday that Carpenter (paternity) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Carpenter left the team Wednesday to be with his wife for the birth of their child and he was subsequently placed on the paternity list Thursday. Per MLB rules, Carpenter can miss up to three games while on the paternity list, so he will miss Thursday and Friday's tilts, but he should return for Saturday's game against the Nationals.

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Hector Olivera
Braves' Hector Olivera: Accepts 82-game suspension
Hector Olivera, 3B, ATL
5/26/2016
News: Olivera has accepted his 82-game suspension and will be out through August 1, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Olivera was suspended without pay for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy and has agreed not to appeal the suspension that has been retroactively applied to April 30. Olivera hit .253/.310/.405 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 2015 but will now have to serve his suspension before getting back into action.

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Chase d'Arnaud
Braves' Chase d'Arnaud: Heating up in May
Chase d'Arnaud, 3B, ATL
5/26/2016
News: d'Arnaud is 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles and a triple over the last seven games.

He has a hit in six of those seven contests. d'Arnaud also has seven walks versus just four strikeouts and two stolen bases during that time, but unfortunately, it hasn't led to many runs. In the last seven games, d'Arnaud has two runs and zee RBI.

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David Freese
Pirates' David Freese: Clubs third homer this season
David Freese, 3B, PIT
5/25/2016
News: Freese went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Freese has hit safely in six of the past 10 games, but he hasn't displayed a lot of extra-base power. The homer, in fact, was Freese's second extra-base hit in that span. Both of them have been homers.

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Yangervis Solarte
Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Drives in two runs
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SD
5/25/2016
News: Solarte went 2-for-5 with two RBI, a run and two strikeouts Wednesday against the Giants.

The 28-year-old switch hitter has posted a paltry .176 average during May, but he's gone 3-for-8 in his last two games, so things might improve for him in the near future. He also recorded his first extra-base hit since April 8.

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Matt Duffy
Giants' Matt Duffy: Hitting streak reaches six games
Matt Duffy, 3B, SF
5/25/2016
News: Duffy went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run and strikeout against the Padres on Wednesday.

Duffy extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single in the sixth, and he's seen the ball pretty well of late going 8-for-21 during that span. His average rose to .250 for the first time since May 15, so things are definitively trending up for the 25-year-old infielder.

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