Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury: Cracks first homer of season Saturday
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(4/29/2017) Drury went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Rockies.

The 24-year-old has been a high-average hitter thus far, but he finally managed to send one over the fence Saturday when Rockies starter Tyler Anderson let a 1-1 changeup get a little too much of the plate. Saturday's performance brings Drury's OPS up to .802, which is 15 points up from last season's final tally.


Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Hits ninth-inning homer
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(4/29/2017) Zobrist went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

It was Zobrist's third home run of the season, and it provided two insurance runs for the Cubs. The veteran is off to an underwhelming start with a .214/.329/.386 slash line, but hitting in the middle of a potent lineup has helped his counting stats, as Zobrist has 12 runs and 11 RBI despite registering just 15 hits this season.


Braves' Brandon Phillips: Back in lineup Saturday
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(4/29/2017) Phillips (groin) is batting sixth and starting at second base Saturday against the Brewers.

The veteran infielder has missed the last the last two games with groin stiffness, but was available in a pinch-hitting capacity Friday, so it appears all systems are go moving forward. Phillips is currently riding an 11-game hit streak and owns a .352 batting average on the season. He'll likely return to the No. 2 spot in the lineup once he gets back to full strength.


Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Another memorable night Friday
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(4/29/2017) Ngoepe went 3-for-3 with two walks Friday against Miami.

Making his first major-league start, the African native nearly hit an opposite-field homer, legging out a triple off the base of the right-center field wall. Although Ngoepe's not known for his offense, his solid defensive skills could help him see more at-bats while he's hot.


Giants' Joe Panik: Leading off Friday
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(4/28/2017) Panik is playing second base and batting leadoff Friday against the Padres, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

This will be the second time Panik has hit in the leadoff spot this season, going 2-for-4 with two doubles in his first stint atop the order. Manager Bruce Bochy mentioned Panik, along with Brandon Belt, as possible leadoff hitters against right-handed pitchers, so he should continue to see favorable placement in the lineup against righties if he keeps producing.


Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury: Back in lineup Friday
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(4/28/2017) Drury (knee) is batting fifth and playing second base Friday against the Rockies.

After sitting out Thursday's game with a jammed knee, Drury is back in the lineup for the Diamondbacks. The 24-year-old is off to a nice start at the plate this season, slashing .310/.372/.394 with seven runs and seven RBI through 20 games.


Braves' Brandon Phillips: Available to pinch hit
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(4/28/2017) Phillips (groin) is available to pinch hit Friday, Brian McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

Although Phillips isn't starting, he is apparently feeling healthy enough to hit if needed. Jace Peterson is at second base for the game, while Phillips remains hopeful to return Saturday.


Dodgers' Logan Forsythe: Could return within week
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(4/28/2017) Forsythe (toe) is about a week away from returning, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Forsythe has been partaking in baseball activities since Tuesday and is making progress from an injury that has kept him out since April 18. The Dodgers have an off day Thursday followed by a weekend series against the Padres; Forsythe's return will most likely fall during that three-game set.


Rockies' DJ LeMahieu: Out of lineup Friday
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(4/28/2017) LeMahieu is not in the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

LeMahieu will take a seat for just the second time all year as Pat Valaika takes over at second base in his stead. The 28-year-old is slashing .271/.361/.376 through 23 games this season.


Braves' Brandon Phillips: Not in Friday's lineup
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(4/28/2017) Phillips (groin) is not in the lineup Friday against the Brewers.

Phillips received treatment prior to Friday's matchup after missing Thursday's game with the ailment, but appears to remain hindered. Jace Peterson will once again take over the keystone in his absence.


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