Troy Tulowitzki
Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki: Raising concerns for Blue Jays management
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, TOR
9:47 AM
News: Although the veteran doesn't appear to be in danger of losing his starting job anytime soon, members of the Blue Jays' front office are "concerned" about Tulowizki's slow start, ESPN reports.

Tulowitzki ($20 million) is the team's highest-paid player while hitting a pathetic .160 with the eighth-most strikeouts (33) in the league. Although it's still early in the season, his 100 at-bats is a large enough sample size to raise some red flags. The shortstop is owed $20 million annually until 2019, before a $14 million payday in 2020 and a $15 million club option ($4 million buyout) in the following campaign.

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Tim Beckham
Rays' Tim Beckham: Average down to .172 after 0-for-3 effort
Tim Beckham, SS, TB
8:09 AM
News: Beckham's season-long struggles continued in Wednesday's 8-5 victory over the Dodgers, as he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

The empty box score brought Beckham's line down to .172/.226/.207, and came on the heels of the only time he's hit safely in back-to-back games this season. Although he's only a career .222 hitter, the 26-year-old had at least demonstrated some pop in his bat last season, amassing seven doubles, four triples and nine homers over 203 at-bats. However, he's got only one extra-base hit to date in 2016, and both he and starting shorstop Brad Miller are hitting below the Mendoza line at present. Despite the struggles, Beckham is expected to continue receiving occasional starts against southpaws as long as he avoids a demotion.

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Carlos Correa
Astros' Carlos Correa: Ends power drought in rout of Twins
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
12:17 AM
News: Correa went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, three RBI and a trio of runs scored Wednesday in a 16-4 blowout of the Twins.

Since homering three times in the first two games of the season, Correa has proceeded to slump pretty badly -- over a 24-game span prior to Wednesday, he went 19-for-84 (.226) with no homers, just one steal, six RBI and eight runs. Those aren't exactly the superstar stats we were hyped up to expect from him, but it's not surprising to see a 21-year-old embarking on his first full season in the majors hitting some peaks and valleys. With this big game, his average (.276) and OPS (.857) are almost exactly in line with last season's numbers.

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Racks up three hits in win
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
5/4/2016
News: Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run against the White Sox on Wednesday.

The young shortstop posted just a .297 OBP in his rookie season and improved that figure to a strong .355 last season, but it's now a sparkling .390 this year following Wednesday's performance. Fantasy owners have still only gotten one home run out of Bogaerts, but that .321 batting average to go with five steals takes a lot of the sting out.

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Eduardo Escobar
Twins' Eduardo Escobar: Out of lineup Wednesday against Astros
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
5/4/2016
News: Escobar is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Escobar is sitting on a .245 batting average with only five extra-base hits and six RBI on the year. The greatest area for concern lies with his 22 strikeouts versus only five walks on the year. Even though he is known as a player that doesn't draw walks, he is not providing any pop or stolen bases (zero on the year) to the lineup either. Eduardo Nunez will start in Escobar's place on Wednesday, playing shortstop and batting ninth.

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Brad Miller
Rays' Brad Miller: Not in lineup Wednesday
Brad Miller, SS, TB
5/4/2016
News: Miller is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game agains the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.

With another left-handed pitcher on the mound for the Dodgers, Brad Miller will take a seat on the bench again for the series finale in order to have more right-handed bats in the lineup. Tim Beckham will play shortstop in his stead.

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Marcus Semien
Athletics' Marcus Semien: Averages drops back under .200 with 0-3 night Tuesday.
Marcus Semien, SS, OAK
5/4/2016
News: Semien continued his struggles on Tuesday against the Mariners, going 0-for-3 to drop his average to .195.

Semien does have six homers already in 2016 which have helped fantasy owners a lot, but he is really struggling to hit for average. Semien has not had a multiple hit game since April 12th which is affecting his ability to steal bases as he only has one swipe on the year as a result. Semien's average is keeping him from moving up from the nine slot in the A's batting order, impairing his fantasy value.

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Francisco Lindor
Indians' Francisco Lindor: Slugs Indians past Tigers
Francisco Lindor, SS, CLE
5/4/2016
News: Lindor went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBI and three runs in Tuesday's victory against the Tigers.

The 22-year-old is showing improvement early in his sophomore campaign. Lindor is walking at a higher rate than last year, and has notched a hit in 17 of 23 games this season. On the base paths, the shortstop has swiped four and been caught stealing once, on pace to take 28 this year.

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Nick Gordon
Twins' Nick Gordon: Placed on minor-league DL
Nick Gordon, SS, MIN
5/4/2016
News: Gordon was placed on the minor league disabled list Wednesday with a concussion, Brice Zimmerman of the Fort Myers Miracle reports.

Gordon will be shut down for at least a week after suffering a concussion Tuesday. His production slipped the last week, but he still owns a .309/.343/.447 slash line at the High-A level 23 games into his age-20 season.

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Alcides Escobar
Royals' Alcides Escobar: Records four hits, stolen base against Nationals
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
5/4/2016
News: Escobar went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

Escobar had been struggling mightily, with just one multi-hit game in his last 10 contests. His batting line is just .259/.288/.321 but he is at least making the most of the limited times he has been on base -- he already has seven stolen bases, putting him on pace for 43 this season.

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