Nationals' Adam Lind: Takes advantage of start at Coors Field
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(4/27/2017) Lind went 2-for-6 with a double, two RBI and a run during Thursday's win over Colorado.

Lind has been limited to just 29 plate appearances this season, but he's been solid when given an opportunity with a .308/.379/.538 slash line. With the Nationals scoring runs in bunches, Lind is an excellent candidate for daily contests when in the starting lineup. However, he'll need more consistent playing time to become a serviceable option in the majority of seasonal leagues.

Yankees' Greg Bird: Heads to bench Thursday
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(4/27/2017) Bird is not in the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox, Erik Boland of Newsday Sports reports.

After going 1-for-3 with a walk and one RBI Wednesday, Bird will head to the bench as the Red Sox deploy lefty-throwing Chris Sale. Chris Carter will take over at first for the game, though Bird should be back on the lineup card for the series opener against the Orioles on Friday.

Giants' Chris Marrero: Sent outright to Triple-A
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(4/27/2017) Marrero cleared waivers Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.

Marrero was sent back to the minors earlier in the week after batting just .132 to start the season. He'll likely serve as an organizational depth piece unless he demolishes Triple-A pitching like he did last season in the Red Sox organization.

Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Absent from Thursday lineup
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(4/27/2017) Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' Thursday lineup against the Giants, Ken Gurnick of reports.

The veteran has been sitting against most left-handed pitchers this year in favor of Scott Van Slyke, who's hitting seventh while occupying first base. Gonzalez should be back in action Friday against the Phillies' Jerad Eickhoff.

Nationals' Adam Lind: Filling in Thursday
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(4/27/2017) Lind is in the Nationals' Thursday lineup against the Rockies, batting fifth and playing first base, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

The lefty bat is spelling the scorching-hot Ryan ZImmerman. Facing Rockies right-hander Anthony Senzatela at Coors Field while hitting in the middle of the order, Lind could find sneaky sleeper value in daily fantasy games.

Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Taking a seat Thursday
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(4/27/2017) Zimmerman is not in the Nationals' Thursday lineup against the Rockies, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

He'll miss another shot at enjoying Coors Field after leaving the yard Wednesday, with Adam Lind taking his spot at first base. Zimmerman is off to a monstrous start to 2017 (.387/.439/.800 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 82 plate appearances) but will cool his jets a bit before likely returning Friday.

Angels' Jefry Marte: Pair of hits in Wednesday's victory
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(4/27/2017) Marte went 2-for-5 with a double and run in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Athletics.

He also struck out in the three at-bats in which he didn't hit safely, so the struggles continue for Marte despite recording his first multi-hit game of the season. The 25-year-old had not recorded a hit in a start since April 11, and his line remains an unsightly .163/.234/.279 over his first 46 plate appearances. He's been platooning with C.J. Cron at first base, but given his struggles, he's been largely irrelevant from a fantasy perspective thus far.

Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Taking the field for Game 1
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(4/27/2017) Smoak is in the lineup for Game 1 of the Blue Jays' Thursday doubleheader with the Cardinals, batting fourth and playing first base, Gregor Chisholm of reports.

Smoak replaces typical designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who'll likely play during the nightcap as the two split first base in the National League ballpark. Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez has endured a tough start to 2017 (4.76 ERA through his first four starts), so Smoak has a little sleeper appeal in daily fantasy.

Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Drives in three Wednesday
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(4/27/2017) Alonso went 2-for-4 with three RBI from a two-run single and solo home run in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Angels.

Alonso went down on strikes on his two other at-bats but continues to show off some impressive pop after hitting just seven home runs all of last season. The veteran first baseman has already gone deep four times in 2017 and is slugging a career-high .571 at the moment while also boasting a .926 OPS. Wednesday's game also marked Alonso's third multi-hit effort in the last six games.

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Drives in three, steals base Wednesday
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(4/27/2017) Goldschmidt recorded three hits in four at-bats and provided three RBI, one run and one stolen base in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Padres.

It was a history-making day for the sizzling Goldschmidt, who has terrorized the Padres during the four-game series. He tied a Diamondbacks record by reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances spanning the last two contests and became the third National League player since the beginning of the 2014 season to record multiple RBI in five consecutive starts. His .459 on-base percentage for the season ranks fifth in the majors among qualifying players.

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