Astros' Jose Altuve: Homers in second straight game
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(4/23/2017) Altuve went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

The Houston spark plug hit his first home run of the season Saturday, so it's encouraging to see him follow it up with another shot Sunday. His five-category production is especially tough to find at the keystone position, and Altuve is well on his way to another sterling fantasy campaign with 11 runs, two homers, seven RBI, seven stolen bases and a .324/.393/.459 slash line.


Mariners' Mike Freeman: Added to lineup Sunday
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(4/23/2017) Freeman was a late addition to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. He'll bat eighth in the order and man third base.

Kyle Seager was a late scratch with a sore hip, so Freeman will enter the lineup for the second time in as many days. Freeman has gone just 2-for-14 at the dish this season and could be back in a bench role as soon as Tuesday's series opener against the Tigers, so it probably won't be worthwhile to track his performance in Sunday's contest.


Angels' Danny Espinosa: Gets day off Sunday
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(4/23/2017) Espinosa is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Espinosa has gone 0-for-11 with five strikeouts over the last three games, so manager Mike Scioscia will give the veteran a rest for just the second time all season. Cliff Pennington will fill in at second base and bat ninth in the order.


Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: Draws fourth straight start
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(4/23/2017) Goins will start at shortstop and bat ninth in the order Sunday against the Angels, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

It's the fourth start in a row for Goins, who looks poised to hold down a full-time role in the short term following Troy Tulowitzki's (hamstring) placement on the disabled list Saturday. Goins has shown some decent plate discipline in the past, but with little power or speed to speak of and a career .224 batting average, there's little fantasy upside to be mined here.


Royals' Whit Merrifield: Will bat leadoff Sunday
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(4/23/2017) Merrifield will start at second base and occupy the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

With Alex Gordon struggling to provide much of an impact at the top of the order, manager Ned Yost will give Merrifield a look in the leadoff spot, though it's unclear if the experiment will last more than one game. Even if Merrifield is moved down in the order in subsequent contests, he at least seems to have a steady hold on the everyday gig at second base with Raul Mondesi having been banished to Triple-A Omaha. Through five games since he was promoted to the big leagues, Merrifield has gone 5-for-15 with a homer, stolen base and two RBI.


Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Stays hot with three-hit day Saturday
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(4/23/2017) Lowrie went 3-for-4 with two runs in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Mariners.

The veteran infielder has now gone 6-for-12 with two doubles and four runs over his last three games. Lowrie's current three-game hitting streak follows a brief 0-for-6 stretch that encompassed a pair of outings, and he's now reached safely in nine consecutive games.


Indians' Jason Kipnis: Out of lineup Sunday
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(4/23/2017) Kipnis is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.

It looks as though manager Terry Francona is just giving Kipnis a precautionary rest after the 30-year-old returned from the disabled list Friday and started the first two games of the series. Kipnis only went 1-for-7 with a walk in those contests, but with no indication that his shoulder presented any problems, it shouldn't be long before he's back to providing his usual blend of pop and speed in the top third of the lineup. Michael Martinez will replace Kipnis at second base Sunday.


Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: MRI on tap Monday
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(4/23/2017) Pedroia (knee, ankle) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left leg Monday in Boston, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

Pedroia will miss his second straight game Sunday against the Astros while he deals with swelling and soreness in the knee and ankle, and there seems to be some growing fear that he could require a trip to the disabled list. The Red Sox initially hoped that Pedroia would only need a day or two to recover from the injury he suffered Friday night, but his swelling hasn't subsided to the extent the team expected. Monday's MRI should provide the Red Sox with a better idea of the extent of Pedroia's injury, but if it's determined that a DL stint is necessary, Marco Hernandez would likely take over as the club's everyday second baseman with Brock Holt (vertigo) and Josh Rutledge (hamstring) also sidelined.


Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Out of lineup Sunday
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(4/23/2017) Pedroia (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com reports.

Pedroia will miss a second straight game due to a knee injury suffered under controversial circumstances Friday night. Marco Hernandez will replace him in the lineup at second base. With an off day Monday, Pedroia will have three-plus days to get ready for Tuesday's series opener against the Yankees.


Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Launches solo shot against Red Sox
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(4/23/2017) Schoop went 2-for-3 with a solo home run during Saturday's win over Boston.

After turning in a solid campaign in 2016 (82 runs, 25 home runs, 82 RBI and a .267/.298/.454 slash line), Schoop is off to a nice start this season. He's remained an excellent contributor in the counting stats (10 runs, four homers and 10 RBI) and has shown improvement across his slash line with .291/.333/.564 marks. The keystone is a deep fantasy position, but Schoop has the upside to be a mid-tier option going forward.


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