Brewers' Jonathan Villar: Runs wild in loss to Cubs
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(4/28/2016) Villar went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three stolen bases and two runs against the Cubs on Thursday.

Unfortunately, Villar accounted for half of his team's hits and no other Brewer came around to score. But you can't pin that or the team's subpar offense on Villar, who's sitting on a .377 OBP in the early going. That's all the Brewers can possibly ask for out of their leadoff man, and if he continues his on-base renaissance, he'll hold off hot prospect Orlando Arcia far longer than originally expected.

Rockies' Trevor Story: Not in lineup Thursday
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(4/28/2016) Story is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates, Thomas Harding of reports.

It looks like another routine day off for Story, who hit his ninth home run of the season Wednesday but will sit for the second time in three games. Colorado will go with Christhian Adames at short, and he'll bat second against Pittsburgh's Juan Nicasio.

Reds' Zack Cozart: Pushing average toward .400 with two more hits
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(4/28/2016) Cozart went 2-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

Cozart, a lifetime .249 hitter, raised his average to .397 with his seventh multi-hit game of 2016. The shortstop is the permanent leadoff hitter for the first time in his career, which should lead to more run-scoring opportunities than in previous seasons. Cozart is in a good position to rack up numbers in 2016 that are above his career averages, but owners should temper expectations as his ridiculously hot start is certainly unsustainable.

Brewers' Yadiel Rivera: Starting at second base Thursday
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(4/28/2016) Rivera will start at second base Thursday against the Cubs.

With Scooter Gennett (oblique) landing on the disabled list Thursday, it's important to note that Rivera is starting over switch-hitter Colin Walsh against right-hander Jake Arrieta, as manager Craig Counsell made a couple other moves that placed left-handers into key spots in the batting order. Counsell has not confirmed his plans for the keystone in Gennett's absence, but Thursday's lineup makes Rivera the early favorite to be the regular second baseman until Gennett returns.

Rockies' Trevor Story: Back in tie for MLB homer lead
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(4/28/2016) Story went 1-for-6 with his ninth homer of the year -- a solo shot -- in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

He also struck out three more times and is now hitting .241, a fact that fantasy owners shouldn't ignore when celebrating Story's tie with Bryce Harper at the top of the MLB leaderboard in homers. The rookie shortstop has been fanned a stunning 34 times in 92 plate appearances, giving him a ridiculous 37 percent strikeout rate -- the second-worst in all of baseball. Playing half his games at Coors Field should prop up his numbers regardless, but even if he cuts down the whiffs, it doesn't look like Story's going to contribute much in the way of batting average. Still, his fantasy owners won't complain about the power numbers he gives them at shortstop.

Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Continues white-hot start to rookie campaign
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(4/28/2016) Diaz extended his hitting streak to seven games Wednesday by going 2-for-4 with his fourth homer, a walk, two RBI and three runs against the Diamondbacks.

He's been absolutely explosive whenever given the chance to hit this year, as Diaz now owns a simply ridiculous .468/.500/.823 batting line that would make even Barry Bonds jealous. Of course, there's essentially no chance he can keep up anything even vaguely resembling this -- we're talking about a guy who put up a .278/.339/.445 line across two stops in the minors last season, and once Jhonny Peralta (hand) is ready to return around midseason, it's hard to see where Diaz plays. That said, there's no reason not to pick him up and enjoy the ride right now.

Giants' Brandon Crawford: Suffers minor knee injury
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(4/27/2016) Crawford left Wednesday's matchup against the Padres with a knee injury, Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area Comcast Sports Network reports.

Crawford fouled a ball off his knee in the fifth inning, which eventually led to his exit after the sixth. Fortunately, manager Bruce Bochy indicated the knee was just sore and he should be fine. Crawford finished the day going 0-for-3 with one RBI. The Giants have an off day Thursday, so consider him day-to-day until his status for Friday's tilt with the Mets is confirmed.

Rockies' Trevor Story: Back in lineup Wednesday
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(4/27/2016) Story is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, batting second in the orde against Pittsburgh.

After getting the day off for Tuesday's matchup against the Pirates, Story will draw back into the lineup Wednesday when the Rockies face left-hander Jon Niese. Story is histting .286 with a 1.042 OPS and two home runs against southpaws this season.

Giants' Christian Arroyo: Hitting over .300
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(4/27/2016) Arroyo, 20, is slashing .304/.351/.406 with eight RBI through 18 games for Double-A Richmond.

Arroyo's hit tool is well above-average, though he will not likely provide much in the way of power or speed. As such, his fantasy upside may remain curtailed, as he could be a better actual MLB player than fantasy producer.

Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Monster game at Triple-A
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(4/27/2016) Arcia went 3-for-6 with a grand slam and three stolen bases in a game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

Arcia had just one home run and no steals in his first 16 games with Colorado Springs, but he upped his count in both areas with his big game Tuesday. While his totals in those two categories don't jump off the page, he has excelled in other aspects in his first go-around at the Triple-A level, knocking in 13 runs in 17 games and hitting .313 while striking out just eight times over that span. The Brewers' plans for Arcia this season still are not certain, but he seems to be doing whatever he can to earn a call-up at some point.

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