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|4/24/2017||Manuel Margot, SD, CF|
|Margot finished 2 for 3 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to Miami.
Analysis: The young center fielder had quite a series, going 6 for 12 over the three games to raise his season average to .286. Margot is holding his own through the first month of his first full major league season, though he'd offer more fantasy value if he can improve on his 1-for-4 success rate on steal attempts.
|4/24/2017||Hunter Renfroe, SD, RF|
|Renfroe had a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to Miami.
Analysis: It's the rookie's fourth home run this season but first in 33 at-bats at Petco Park, where he's slugging at only a .364 clip compared to .488 on the road. Fortunately for Renfroe owners, the Padres will play their next six games away from home.
|4/24/2017||Giancarlo Stanton, Mia, RF|
|Though Stanton's home run streak ended at three games, the Miami slugger stayed hot with three hits and an RBI in five at-bats in Sunday's win at San Diego.
Analysis: Stanton ended the West Coast portion of the Marlins' current road trip on a major tear, going 9 for 17 with four homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored over the final four games. He'll try to keep it going in Tuesday's visit to Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, a venue where he went 1 for 25 with 13 strikeouts last season.
|4/24/2017||Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B|
|Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is considered "day to day" by the team after sitting out the last two games because of left knee and ankle injuries.
Analysis: Pedroia was expected to undergo an MRI exam and was seen by team doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday, but Boston did not offer more than the quick response in regard to his health. The four-time All-Star was forced to leave Friday's game in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles when he was spiked on the left calf by Manny Machado. The 33-year-old Pedroia still has swelling in the knee and ankle.
|4/24/2017||Tom Koehler, Mia, P|
|Koehler struck out a season-high seven while allowing three runs over six innings Sunday at San Diego to pick up his first win of the season. The right-hander scattered six hits and walked two.
Analysis: Koehler did serve up a two-run homer and has now surrendered six gopher balls in 21 innings, the main reason why he sports a 5.14 ERA through four starts. He'll carry some risk as a fantasy option when he next takes the mound opposite Pittsburgh's Ivan Nova on Saturday.
|4/24/2017||Justin Bour, Mia, 1B|
|Bour capped a six-run seventh inning by delivering a tie-breaking three-run homer that lifted the Marlins to Sunday's 7-3, come-from-behind victory at San Diego.
Analysis: The blast extended Bour's hitting streak to five games, during which he's batting .353 (6 for 17) with a pair of homers and five RBIs. The first baseman still owns an undesirable .194 overall average, but his bat is showing signs of coming around.
|4/24/2017||Zack Wheeler, NYM, P|
|Wheeler allowed a first-inning grand slam to Daniel Murphy that wound up saddling him with the loss Sunday against the Nationals, though he bounced back to hold Washington scoreless over the remainder of his seven-inning stint.
Analysis: The right-hander gave up at total of four hits in his longest start since August 2014. Though he's 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his first four starts back from a two-year absence recovering from Tommy John surgery, Wheeler has held opposing hitters to a .220 average and has struck out 21 in 21 2/3 innings.
|4/24/2017||Neil Walker, NYM, 2B|
|Walker connected for a two-run homer in the third inning of the Mets' 6-3 loss to Washington on Sunday.
Analysis: Though the second baseman is just 3 for 22 over his last six games, two of those hits have left the yard. Walker may struggle again in Tuesday's series opener against Atlanta, as he's 2 for 20 lifetime off Braves starter Julio Teheran.
|4/24/2017||Michael Conforto, NYM, LF|
|Conforto homered off Max Scherzer in the first inning and finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.
Analysis: Lucas Duda's elbow injury may have been a blessing in disguise, as it's allowed manager Terry Collins to put Conforto and his .361 average in the lineup on a regular basis. The 24-year-old has now homered in two of the last three games and is 7 for 15 over his past four.
|4/24/2017||Max Scherzer, Was, P|
|Scherzer allowed three runs on a pair of homers in Sunday's start at the Mets, but permitted just three other hits and struck out nine over a season-high eight innings to record his third win of 2017.
Analysis: Scherzer's first two home runs surrendered this season raised his overall ERA to 1.95, but he's now opened the follow-up to last year's Cy Young campaign with four consecutive quality starts. The Washington ace has struck out at least seven in all four outings as well.
|4/24/2017||Bryce Harper, Was, RF|
|Harper collected two more hits and scored twice in four at-bats to help the surging Nationals to Sunday's 6-3 win over the Mets.
Analysis: The victory was Washington's seventh straight, and Harper has played a huge role by going 14 for 25 (.560) with five homers, 12 RBIs, 12 runs scored and a .656 on-base percentage during the team's streak. Needless to say, the 2015 NL MVP is a must-start in all formats.
|4/24/2017||Ryan Zimmerman, Was, 1B|
|Zimmerman remained locked in at the plate by going 2 for 3 with a two-run homer in Washington's win over the Mets on Sunday.
Analysis: The homer was Zimmerman's sixth of the season, a mark he didn't reach until May 24 of last year's campaign. Finally healthy after several injury-plagued seasons, he's 10 for 20 with three homers and 10 RBIs over a six-game tear that's raised his overall average to .387.
|4/24/2017||Daniel Murphy, Was, 2B|
|Murphy staked the Nationals to an early lead in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Mets by delivering a grand slam in the first inning.
Analysis: A return to Citi Field seemed to get the former Met back on track, as he went 2 for 5 in Saturday's game after going through a 1-for-20 rut over his previous five contests. Murphy is still hitting .324 overall, however, and has knocked in 14 runs in 17 games.
|4/24/2017||Aaron Nola, Phi, P|
|Nola has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a lower back strain.
Analysis: It's unclear whether the former first-round pick, who's 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA through three starts, will miss more than one turn in the rotation. Rookie Nick Pivetta is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and make Nola's scheduled start Wednesday against the Marlins.
|4/23/2017||Elvis Andrus, Tex, SS|
|ndrus was in the cleanup spot Sunday in the Rangers' batting order for the first time in his major league career. Andrus had hit in every other spot in the batting order but never fourth.
Analysis: Andrus went 1 for 4 and is 2 for 17 in his last four games.
|4/23/2017||Yu Darvish, Tex, P|
|Darvish pitched eight innings in Sunday's win over the Royals, his longest outing since elbow surgery two years ago.
Analysis: His pitch count of 113 was his highest since Tommy John reconstructive surgery during spring training in 2015.
|4/23/2017||Alex Gordon, KC, LF|
|Gordon was moved out of the leadoff spot for the first time this season Sunday, but it didn't help a she went 0 for 3.
Analysis: Gordon is 6 for 46 with no RBI in his last 12 games and is batting .169 on the season.
|4/23/2017||Salvador Pérez, KC, C|
|Perez missed his second straight game Sunday with neck stiffness. Manager Ned Yost said he was still day-to-day.
Analysis: Perez is batting .277 and is tied for the team lead with five homers.
|4/23/2017||Joc Pederson, LAD, CF|
|Pederson left Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with right groin tightness.
Analysis: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team would see how Pederson feels on Monday before deciding whether to take further action.
|4/23/2017||Shelby Miller, Ari, P|
|The Diamondbacks have placed Miller on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Analysis: Miller, off to a good start after an awful 2016 season, left in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had thrown four scoreless innings but walked the first two batters in the fifth and allowed a double. Miller threw one more pitch before being removed from the game. He is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA in four starts.
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