Norichika Aoki
Mariners' Norichika Aoki: Does it all in win over Oakland
Norichika Aoki, LF, SEA
12:03 AM
News: Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base during Monday's 4-3 win at Oakland.

Aoki manufactured Seattle's fourth run all on his own, following up a one-out double in the seventh inning by stealing third base and scoring on an errant throw by catcher Stephen Vogt. His performance in this one demonstrated why the Mariners opt to use the Japanese outfielder at the top of the order, though it is worth noting that Aoki's steals total has decreased in each of his first four major league seasons.

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Mike Trout
Angels' Mike Trout: Logs four hits, home run in loss to Brewers
Mike Trout, CF, LAA
5/2/2016
News: Trout recorded four hits, including his sixth home run, a stolen base and three RBI in Monday's loss to the Brewers

So much for Trout's slow start. With this performance, Trout has his batting line up to .313/.396/.563, just shades off his 2015 marks (.299/.402/.590) and comparable to his 2014 numbers (.287/.377/.561). His .313 batting average is his best since he hit .323 in 2013. It will be tough for Trout to maintain such a mark with his 23.4 percent strikeout rate, but if anybody hits the ball hard enough to do so, it's Trout.

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Shin-Soo Choo
Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Calf injury continues to improve
Shin-Soo Choo, RF, TEX
5/2/2016
News: Choo (calf) took batting practice for the first time before Monday's game and has done light running for the past two days, Stefan Stevenson of the Dallas Star-Telegram reports.

Choo will remain with the team during their seven-game road trip before receiving another MRI next week. GM Jon Daniels said the injury was 80 percent healed last week, but the outfielder won't begin a rehab assignment until it's closer to 100 percent. Nonetheless, Choo seems well on the road to recovery.

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Nomar Mazara
Rangers' Nomar Mazara: Collects two hits, homer in win
Nomar Mazara, RF, TEX
5/2/2016
News: Mazara continued his strong play, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Rangers' win over the Blue Jays.

The 21-year-old outfielder has had no trouble adjusting to life in the Major Leagues, hitting .333 with five extra-base hits since making his debut on April 10. It'll be tough for the Rangers to take Mazara out of the lineup when Shin-Soo Choo returns to health.

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Anthony Alford
Blue Jays' Anthony Alford: Returning to High-A lineup Monday
Anthony Alford, CF, TOR
5/2/2016
News: Alford (knee) will return to the lineup at High-A Dunedin on Monday, Dunedin play-by-play announcer Spencer Siegel reports.

In his first game off the 7-day DL, Alford will bat second and serve as the DH. He'll likely resume playing the outfield in the coming days. Alford played in just one game before suffering the injury, going 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a pair of runs scored.

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Carlos Gomez
Astros' Carlos Gomez: Avoiding DL for now
Carlos Gomez, CF, HOU
5/2/2016
News: Gomez (ribs) performed baseball activities prior to Monday's game and could return before the end of the team's series against Minnesota, Angel Verdejo Jr. of the Houston Chronicle reports.

At least for now, Gomez is avoiding the disabled list. He's considered day-to-day, but it would hardly be surprising to see the Astros give him another day off Tuesday as he is not in the starting lineup for the third consecutive game Monday night.

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Jarrod Dyson
Royals' Jarrod Dyson: Sits against lefty again Monday
Jarrod Dyson, CF, KC
5/2/2016
News: Dyson is not in the starting lineup against the Nationals on Monday, 610 AM in Kansas City reports.

The Royals are facing a lefty (Gio Gonzalez) for the second time in three games Monday, leaving Paulo Orlando in right field as the team's No. 9 hitter while Dyson is on the bench. For now, the Royals appear to have a strict platoon at the position.

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Kevin Pillar
Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar: Gaining confidence at plate
Kevin Pillar, CF, TOR
5/2/2016
News: Pillar attributes much of his recent success to improving plate discipline while having a more consistent approach at the plate, SportsNet reports.

Pillar hit just .188 with a .506 OPS in 12 games as the Jays' leadoff hitter, but he's produced at the plate in the two weeks since, batting .354 with a .859 OPS in 13 games. It'd be dangerous to read too much into either two-week sample, but Pillar's encouraged by his recent progress. "I think there'll be a time when I get the opportunity to go back up there and I'll be even better prepared," he said. "The majority of [struggling atop the order] was facing good pitching, inconsistency with my approach. I had some good days, I had some bad days, but there was never that level of consistency. Right now I'm feeling a lot more consistent."

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Jacoby Ellsbury
Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Smacks two doubles Sunday
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY
5/2/2016
News: Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, scoring twice and knocking in one RBI in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

Nearly the entire Yankee offense is mired in a season-long slump, but the first month was a tough one for Ellsbury, who's .247 average and .295 OBP would both easily mark career worsts. He's been a solid source of doubles though, as six of his 22 hits have gone for two bases, and Sunday's outing could help the centerfielder turn a corner at the plate.

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Kole Calhoun
Angels' Kole Calhoun: Three hits in Sunday's win
Kole Calhoun, RF, LAA
5/2/2016
News: Calhoun went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, two RBI and his first stolen base of the season in Sunday's 9-6 win over the Rangers.

After a rough patch at the end of April, Calhoun is heating up again and now has six hits in his last three games to push his slash line on the season back up to .289/.360/.433. As long as he keeps hitting second ahead of Mike Trout and the heart of the Angels' order, Calhoun should be able to maintain solid fantasy value.

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