Luis Valbuena
Astros' Luis Valbuena: Homers for third straight game
Luis Valbuena, 3B, HOU
12:26 AM
News: Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Thursday, his third straight game with a long ball -- all against the Orioles.

The O's will be glad to move on from Houston after they got swept in no small part because of Valbuena's three homers and five RBI. The lefty-hitting journeyman had been in the midst of a tough year before this three-game stretch -- he was under the Mendoza line and had only homered twice in 38 games. Considering that even in the best of times, Valbuena contributes meaningfully in no fantasy category besides homers, he's best left for AL-only formats.

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Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas: Out for season with torn ACL
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
5/26/2016
News: Moustakas has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, Rustin Rodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals will turn to Cheslor Cuthbert and Whit Merrifield in the short term, but they might be forced to seek for a trade in the long run. Moustakas' loss is a big one for Kansas City, as the third baseman was expected to be a key part of the Royals' offense, and he hit .240 with seven homers in 104 at-bats. Outfielder Brett Eibner was recalled from Triple-A as a corresponding roster move.

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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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Kris Bryant
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Powers Cubs past Cardinals with 10th homer
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
5/26/2016
News: Bryant went 2-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer, his 10th of the year, in Wednesday's 9-8 win over the Cardinals.

The sophomore is slashing .279/.368/.503 through 204 at-bats. Aside from the obvious, the most impressive number may be his 19.6-percent strikeout rate. Although that is not a great number for most hitters, it is significantly lower than the 30.6-percent clip he racked up in his rookie campaign. Bryant is showing the type of growth that would make any owner happy.

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Maikel Franco
Phillies' Maikel Franco: Expects to be in the lineup Friday
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
5/26/2016
News: Franco said his ankle is a little bit sore, but he intends to play Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Franco suffered a mild right ankle spring sliding into second base Wednesday. The Phillies have an off day on Thursday which will give Franco a chance to get treatment. Manager Pete Mackanin said the team will be cautious with Franco, but did not rule out playing him Friday. If Franco can't go, Andres Blanco would likely draw the start at third for the Phillies.

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Travis Shaw
Red Sox's Travis Shaw: Plates three runs
Travis Shaw, 3B, BOS
5/25/2016
News: Shaw went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI, a run and a strikeout Wednesday against Colorado.

The 26-year-old continued his breakout season with two more hits to raise his average to .306 with a .901 OPS. It seems the hand soreness he felt a few days ago is a thing of the past now, so he should remains as a dependable option in one of the deepest lineups in the majors.

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Chase Headley
Yankees' Chase Headley: Launches third homer of season
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY
5/25/2016
News: Headley went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, two runs and a walk Wednesday against the Yankees.

Headley has hit a mere .219 this season, but he's hit safely in four of the last six games. The 32-year-old switch hitter seems to be improving at the plate of late, but it continues to be a disappointing season so far for the veteran.

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