Elian Herrera
Lyle Overbay on paternity leave as Elian Herrera promoted
Elian Herrera, 3B, MIL
11:57 AM
News: The Brewers have placed first baseman Lyle Overbay on paternity leave and called up versatile Elian Herrera from Double-A Nashville.

Overbay is off to a miserable start with just two hits in 20 at-bats.

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Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds back to old ways with Brewers
Mark Reynolds, 3B, MIL
11:53 AM
News: The slump and spate of strikeouts that began plaguing Mark Reynolds around June last season with Cleveland have arrived earlier in 2014.

Reynolds has just one hit - a home run - in his last 16 at-bats with eight strikeouts. His batting average has dipped during that stretch from .286 to .189.

His inability to make consistent contact and propensity for long slumps is what motivated the Indians to dump him last season. It remains to be seen if he recovers enough to prevent the Brewers from doing the same. He has fanned 17 times in 37 at-bats on the year.

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Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rendon justifying faith of manager with hot start
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WAS
11:42 AM
News: Matt Williams certainly can't regret using Anthony Rendon as a full-time starter this season. Rendon has justified that decision - at least so far.

Rendon has hit safely in 13 of 15 games for the Nationals and owns an encouraging stat line of .339/.381/.593. He is the surprising team leader with 12 RBI and is tied for the top with five doubles. His .974 OPS is the best among all starters not named Ryan Zimmerman.

He has also shown a decent eye at the plate and an ability to make consistent contact with 10 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.

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Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper expected back in lineup Thursday
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS
11:25 AM
News: The quad muscle that prevented Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper from playing Wednesday should not keep him out Thursday against St. Louis, according to the Washington Post.

Harper has been dealing with tightness since Friday, but remained in the lineup. "He's been running a lot," Matt Williams said. "He's been doing a lot of things. Give him a day to calm it down a little bit."

Harper certainly hasn't been negatively affected at the plate. He owns an eight-game hitting streak during which he has 14 hits in 29 at-bats with five RBI. His power numbers have been slow to come around, however. He has just one home run in 50 at-bats this season.

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Cody Asche
Scuffling Cody Asche not in Thursday lineup
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI
10:21 AM
News: Phillies rookie third baseman Cody Asche is sitting again Thursday against a left-hander as he continues to struggle to start the season.

Asche is not in the lineup against Braves southpaw Alex Wood. He is hitless in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, but that is not the extent of his problems. Asche owns a stat line of .184/.279/.316 after a brilliant spring and has not had a hit in 15 at-bats since April 9.

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Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz out for Thursday game
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
10:13 AM
News: A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sitting Thursday. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is merely getting the day off after a Wednesday night game.

Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.

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A.J. Burnett
A.J. Burnett listed as the starter Thursday
A.J. Burnett, SP, PHI
9:51 AM
News: Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett was in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Braves.

Burnett is dealing with a non-sports hernia, but was cleared to make the start. He was initially slated for Wednesday's game, but a rainout pushed him back to Thursday. Burnett has a 3.94 ERA in three starts this year.

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Evan Gattis
Evan Gattis receives a day off Thursday
Evan Gattis, C, ATL
9:40 AM
News: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was not listed in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Phillies. 

Gattis was replaced behind the plate by Gerald Laird. It's likely just a normal day of rest for Gattis. The club probably doesn't want to start the catcher during a day game after the team played Wednesday night.

Gattis is hitting .378/.378/.757 in 37 at-bats.

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Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau continues hot start
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
1:49 AM
News: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau made a big impact in Wednesday's game against the Padres, albeit in a 4-2 loss.

Morneau was just about the only player to produce for the Rockies, putting together the team's lone multi-hit performance. He went 3 for 3 in the game, with his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. He added the team's only other run by way of a late sacrifice fly.

Morneau has started the season well for the Rockies, hitting .354/.396/.542 with five extra-base hits and five RBI in 14 games. 

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Sergio Romo
Sergio Romo remains perfect in fourth save
Sergio Romo, RP, SF
1:33 AM
News: Giants closer Sergio Romo picked up his fourth straight save to open the season Wednesday, in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers.

Pitching with just a one-run lead and little margin for error, Romo was perfect Wednesday. He retired all three batters in order on 11 pitches, including two via strikeout.

Romo has allowed just one run in seven appearances this season, and it came in his first trip to the mound. He has a 1.29 ERA in seven innings, with three hits and one walk allowed, while striking out four.  

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