Odubel Herrera
Phillies' Odubel Herrera: Socks third homer in loss
Odubel Herrera, CF, PHI
5/4/2016
News: Herrera went 2-for-4 with his third homer of the year Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Although Herrera's most eye-popping stat remains his incredible improvement in plate discipline -- he's already just four walks shy of last season's total, and in 119 fewer games, while his strikeout rate's way down -- it seems like he does something positive every single game. He's only gone hitless in five appearances this year, but the Phillies' lackluster lineup is keeping his counting stats (10 RBI, 17 runs) from popping off the page.

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Stephen Piscotty
Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty: Lifts average back over .300 with three hits
Stephen Piscotty, RF, STL
5/4/2016
News: Piscotty went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Phillies on Wednesday.

A .305 hitter last year, Piscotty's seen his average oscillate some this season, but he's back up to .303 now; that in combination with some pop and a good lineup spot has made him a valuable fantasy contributor in the early going. His power ceiling is probably no more than 20 homers, if that, but Piscotty's a pure hitter who should rack up plenty of RBI and runs.

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Giancarlo Stanton
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: On base three times, including ninth homer
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA
5/4/2016
News: Stanton went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk, two RBI and two runs against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

After seeing his eight-game hitting streak end the day before, Stanton got right back to work on rebuilding the ol' batting average. He's now smashed six homers in his last nine games, reminding anyone with short-term memory issues about his status as one of the game's top power hitters.

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Gregor Blanco
Giants' Gregor Blanco: Batting second while lineup deals with injuries
Gregor Blanco, CF, SF
5/4/2016
News: Blanco batted second and went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

While his performance wasn't anything to note, his spot in the batting order was. With Angel Pagan (hamstring) sidelined, Blanco should see regular playing time against right-handed pitchers, but with Joe Panik (groin) also on the shelf, manager Bruce Bochy has opted to bat Blanco second. The Giants have a four-game set with the Rockies starting Thursday, and Colorado is scheduled to throw righties Friday through Sunday. If both Pagan and Panik remain out through the weekend, Blanco would be an under-the-radar option in both deep leagues and daily formats.

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Scott Van Slyke
Dodgers' Scott Van Slyke: Will resume baseball activities this week
Scott Van Slyke, LF, LAD
5/4/2016
News: Van Slyke (back) has been cleared to participate in baseball activities and will do so this week according to manager Dave Roberts on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Van Slyke was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 12 following a lower back injury that occurred during a game on April 9. He is expected to return sometime in early June barring any setbacks, and will look to rediscover his 2014 form (.297/.386/.524 in 98 games) after having a disappointing season last year. His injury has not caused the Dodgers many issues due to their loaded outfield group, but Van Slyke provides added depth and a decent bat against southpaws.

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Peter Bourjos
Phillies' Peter Bourjos: Not in lineup Wednesday
Peter Bourjos, RF, PHI
5/4/2016
News: Bourjos is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

The usual starter in right field, Bourjos will give way to David Lough on Wednesday. Lough will bat seventh against the Cardinals' Mike Leake.

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Bryce Harper
Nationals' Bryce Harper: Snaps out of slump with 10th homer Wednesday
Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
5/4/2016
News: Harper went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in the Nats' win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the multi-hit game Wednesday, Harper was mired in a 2-for-26 slump (13 strikeouts). He's now sitting with 10 home runs through 27 games this season, putting him on pace to threaten the 50-homer plateau by the end of 2016 if he can maintain his current power production.

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Alex Presley
Brewers' Alex Presley: Delivers two-hit game Wednesday
Alex Presley, CF, MIL
5/4/2016
News: Presley went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout while batting second for the Brewers in a losing effort Wednesday.

He moved up to the No. 2 spot in the order while Jonathan Villar was in the leadoff spot Wednesday, thanks to another scratch for Domingo Santana (shoulder). Through 10 games, Presley is 6-for-21 with a homer, five RBI and a 3:4 BB:K in part-time duty for the Brewers. Currently, his playing time hinges on the health of Santana, Ryan Braun, and the performance of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ramon Flores.

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Marcell Ozuna
Marlins' Marcell Ozuna: Clubs fifth home run in Tuesday win
Marcell Ozuna, CF, MIA
5/4/2016
News: Ozuna mashed a two run home run, his fifth of the season, during Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Ozuna has struggled with consistency a bit so far this season and is batting just .228 with a .290 OBP through 92 at-bats while also striking out 25 times with just eight walks in 24 games. On the positive side, he's clubbed five home runs and is slugging .457 with 13 RBI a year after hitting just 10 home runs in 494 at-bats. It is nice to see the power bounce back in the early going and he'll remain a solid run producer batting fifth in the Marlins lineup.

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Chris Owings
Diamondbacks' Chris Owings: Not in lineup Wednesday
Chris Owings, CF, ARI
5/4/2016
News: Owings is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins.

Owings has filled in admirably for A.J. Pollock in center field, but he'll get a day to rest Wednesday. David Peralta will slide over to center field to take his spot, while Brandon Drury takes over in right field.

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