Jackie Bradley
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley: Suffers minor injury
Jackie Bradley, CF, BOS
5/4/2016
News: Bradley suffered a minor right finger injury when he was stepped on diving into a base during Wednesday's game, but he expects to play through the setback, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Bradley's finger was wrapped following Wednesday's contest, but he was still able to play all nine innings, so there's reason to believe he will not miss any further action. Bradley singled in Wednesday's game to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

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Jake Marisnick
Astros' Jake Marisnick: Recalled from Triple-A
Jake Marisnick, LF, HOU
5/4/2016
News: The Astros recalled Marisnick following Wednesday's game and will give him the start in left field Thursday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Marisnick has not hit at either the major-league or minor-league levels this year, but the Astros intend to give him another shot to earn playing time with the big league club. He will get his first opportunity Thursday with the Astros facing southpaw Wade Miley.

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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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Brett Gardner
Yankees' Brett Gardner: X-rays come back negative
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY
5/4/2016
News: X-rays taken on Gardner's right arm came back negative, but manager Joe Girardi is not sure if he will be able to play Thursday, Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network reports.

While it seems Gardner may not be facing a lengthy absence after leaving Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch, it does appear he could miss at least one game. Gardner's status for Thursday's game will be determined when the Yankees release their lineup several hours prior to first pitch.

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Brandon Guyer
Rays' Brandon Guyer: Notches two hits, including homer
Brandon Guyer, LF, TB
5/4/2016
News: Guyer went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

That's his second straight two-hit game, lifting the 30-year-old's average to .333 in limited action (45 at-bats). H's hit both lefties and righties, and with Desmond Jennings and Corey Dickerson struggling (not to mention Steven Souza leaving with a minor injury Wednesday), Guyer could find pretty consistent time in the Rays' outfield in the near future.

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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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Steven Souza
Rays' Steven Souza: Injury confirmed as pectoral spasms
Steven Souza, RF, TB
5/4/2016
News: Souza's injury that caused him to leave Wednesday's matchup with the Dodgers was diagnosed as a pectoral spasm, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE Radio reports.

Souza originally showed discomfort in his hand, but the injury has now been confirmed as pectoral spasms. He is still considered day-to-day.

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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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Josh Reddick
Athletics' Josh Reddick: Multi-hit game Wednesday
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK
5/4/2016
News: Reddick went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in a losing effort against Seattle on Wednesday afternoon.

While he hasn't been able to match his 2015 production thus far, Reddick hasn't been an Achilles heel for the Oakland offense either (.260/.322/.423). He continues to hit third for the A's, while serving as the team's everyday right fielder. Additionally, he's showing a similar combination of power and speed to (four homers, two steals in 28 games) last season, when he returned to the 20-homer plateau and cracked double-digit steals for the first time since 2012.

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