Trevor Story
Rockies' Trevor Story: Hits seventh homer
Trevor Story, SS, COL
6:10 PM
News: Story went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's extra-innings loss to Philadelphia.

Story has recorded an extra-base hit in each of his two games since returning from a shoulder injury that required a stint on the disabled list. Between the injury and a slow start, it's been an underwhelming fantasy run to date, and Story currently sports a disappointing .188/.307/.427 slash line. Playing his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field is a great virtual boost, and Colorado has six straight home games on deck.

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Erick Aybar
Padres' Erick Aybar: Sits out Thursday
Erick Aybar, SS, SD
4:11 PM
News: Aybar is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Aybar is batting below the Mendoza Line over the past week, so he'll get a night off to regain his bearings. Chase d'Arnaud will take his place at shortstop for the evening.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Back from DL
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
3:13 PM
News: Cabrera (thumb) was activated from the disabled list Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

As anticipated earlier in the day, Cabrera will rejoin the Mets for the series finale with the Padres, although it's unclear if they'll plop him back into the lineup immediately or if they'll ease him back into action. To make room for him on the active roster, Kevin Plawecki was sent back to Triple-A.

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Alexi Amarista
Rockies' Alexi Amarista: Back in lineup
Alexi Amarista, SS, COL
10:17 AM
News: Amarista is batting seventh and playing second base Thursday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

The infielder had been splitting starts at shortstop in the week or so before Trevor Story returned from the disabled list, and Amarista squeezes out another start with DJ LeMahieu taking a breather.

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Nick Ahmed
Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Drives in two, steals base Wednesday
Nick Ahmed, SS, ARI
10:14 AM
News: Ahmed went 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base, two runs and two RBI in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the White Sox.

Ahmed entered the lineup for the third time in four games with manager Torey Lovullo giving outfielder David Peralta the day off and turned in his fourth two-hit effort of the month. Though Ahmed doesn't have a direct line to an everyday role, the versatility of Chris Owings allows Lovullo to jostle his lineup as matchups warrant, enabling Ahmed to pick up a handful of starts per week. In addition to giving the Diamondbacks a dependable glove in the middle infield when he starts, Ahmed has also made himself a tougher out at the plate after routinely struggling to provide an offensive impact in his first three seasons in the big leagues. Ahmed's .725 OPS is up 161 points from 2016 and is 91 points better than his career-best mark.

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Addison Russell
Cubs' Addison Russell: Not included in Thursday lineup
Addison Russell, SS, CHC
9:36 AM
News: Russell is not in the Cubs' lineup Thursday against the Giants.

Russell has shown little muscle at the plate this year, slashing .214/.282/.346 in 174 plate appearances. He battled shoulder soreness earlier this month, so perhaps residual effects remain and have hindered his work in the batter's box. Of course, it's probably just an excuse for manager Joe Maddon to sneak the more effective Javier Baez into the fray. Baez is batting eighth in his place.

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Aledmys Diaz
Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: On base three times Wednesday
Aledmys Diaz, SS, STL
8:09 AM
News: Diaz went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

The surging shortstop extended his current hitting streak to a modest four games and has now racked up four doubles in his last three contests. Although he's hit only one home run in May after smacking four in the season's opening month, Diaz's line drive rate has shot up from April's 9.6 percent to 23.4 percent, a pivotal factor in his .313/.364/.425 line over the last 19 games.

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Trea Turner
Nationals' Trea Turner: Swipes two bags Wednesday
Trea Turner, SS, WAS
6:47 AM
News: Turner went 1-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Mariners.

The 23-year-old may finally be snapping out of his early-season slump, as Turner now has six hits, four runs, four RBI and three steals in his last five games. His .242/.269/.409 slash line marks him as one of the biggest disappointments of 2017 so far given the preseason hype that accompanied him, but there's still plenty of time for Turner to turn things around.

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Jordy Mercer
Pirates' Jordy Mercer: Homers for second straight day
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
4:35 AM
News: Mercer went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs against the Braves on Wednesday.

He's ripped seven hits in 13 at-bats over the past three games, including homering in each of the last two. Enjoy the ride while it lasts, as Mercer is pretty well established as a mediocre hitter in the middle infield at this point.

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Dansby Swanson
Braves' Dansby Swanson: Drops out of lineup Wednesday
Dansby Swanson, SS, ATL
5/24/2017
News: Swanson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, MLB.com reports.

Swanson has emerged as one of the hottest hitters in the Braves' lineup lately, but he'll hit the bench for rest purposes following a 15-game string of starts, during which he hit .308/.403/.500. The Braves are already beginning to fall out of the playoff race just under two months into the season, but even if the team starts selling off pieces as the trade deadline approaches, Swanson's fantasy outlook shouldn't suffer as a result. He's viewed as a cornerstone piece for the rebuilding Braves.

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