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Philadelphia's Jay Bruce exits Saturday's game with left hamstring tightness

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jay Bruce was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves after experiencing left hamstring tightness.

What It Means:

Bruce was replaced in the fifth inning after suffering left hamstring discomfort. Consider the veteran day-to-day until an exact injury can be diagnosed and look for Nick Williams to see more playing time if Bruce needs time to recover.

In 204 at-bats this season, Bruce is hitting .230 with 19 home runs and 41 RBI.

Yankees reportedly acquire Edwin Encarnacion from Seattle on Saturday

The New York Yankees have agreed to a deal with the Seattle Mariners to acquire first baseman Edwin Encarnacion on Saturday.

What It Means:

Encarnacion will head to New York with the Mariners' front office considering a fire sale. Look for the slugging first baseman to handle designated hitting duties with the Yankees.

In 241 at-bats this season, Encarnacion is hitting .241 with 21 home runs and 49 RBI.

Diamondbacks will open with Archie Bradley on Sunday

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley will start in Sunday's matchup against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Bradley will be utilized as an opener for Sunday's game so expect the 26-year old to pitch around two innings. Through 29 appearances this season, Bradley has produced a 4.26 ERA and 40 strikeouts.

Our models project Bradley for 9.6 FanDuel points on Sunday. In one appearance against the Nationals this season, the Arizona pitcher produced two strikeouts in one inning.

Kansas City's Hunter Dozier (chest) on track to return next week

Kansas City Royals infielder Hunter Dozier (chest) participated in hitting drills on Friday-Saturday and is expected to join the active roster next week.

What It Means:

According to manager Ned Yost, Dozier is looking to make his return next Thursday. Look for the 27-year old to handle designated hitting duties or start in the lineup immediately if he can play next week.

In 185 at-bats this season, Dozier is hitting .314 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI.

Saturday's Yankees-White Sox game delayed, expected to start at 7:40 PM EST

Saturday's matchup between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox has been delayed and is expected to start at 7:40 PM EST.

What It Means:

Due to rain in Chicago, Saturday's game has been delayed but will start at 7:40 PM EST.

Our models project 9.3 runs to be scored in tonight's game. The starters will be Yankees' Chad Green and White Sox's Reynaldo Lopez.

Source: Jack Curry

Colorado's Daniel Murphy scratched, Mark Reynolds will start on Saturday

Colorado Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy will not start in Saturday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

With Murphy scratched from tonight's lineup, Mark Reynolds will start at first base and bat seventh.

Our models project the veteran for 9.5 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,700.

Cubs place Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) on the 10-day Injured List on Saturday

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Saturday after experiencing right shoulder inflammation.

What It Means:

Hendricks will miss some time after dealing with right shoulder inflammation. The Cubs have replaced his roster spot with pitcher Rowan Wick.

In 88.1 innings pitched this season, Hendricks has produced a 3.36 ERA and 75 strikeouts.

Colorado's Ian Desmond batting sixth on Saturday

Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will start in Saturday's matchup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Desmond will start in center field tonight with David Dahl moving to left and Raimel Tapia sitting out.

Our models project Desmond for 12.0 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,600.

Rockies' Raimel Tapia sitting on Saturday

Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia is out of Saturday's starting lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Tapia will receive the night off with Ian Desmond starting in center field and David Dahl moving to left.

In 204 at-bats this season, Tapia is hitting .255 with 5 home runs and 23 RBI.

Rockies option Brendan Rodgers to the minors on Saturday

Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday.

What It Means:

Rodgers will play everyday in the minors after the Rockies replaced his roster spot with pitcher Jesus Tinoco. Look for Ryan McMahon to play everyday at second base.

In 65 at-bats this season, Rodgers was hitting .246 with seven RBI.

Colorado's Nolan Arenado batting in the cleanup spot on Saturday

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado will start in Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Arenado will make the start at third base tonight with Ryan McMahon shifting to second and Brendan Rodgers sitting out.

Our models project Arenado for 13.2 FanDuel points at the cost of $4,800.

Russell Martin heading to the Dodgers' bench on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is out of Saturday's starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Martin will sit tonight with Austin Barnes catching against the Cubs.

In 85 at-bats this season, Martin is hitting .271 with two home runs and four RBI.

Dodgers' Austin Barnes catching on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes will start and bat eighth in Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Barnes will start behind the plate tonight with Russell Martin resting.

Our models project Martin for 7.2 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,400.

Enrique Hernandez starting at shortstop for the Dodgers on Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers utility-man Enrique Hernandez will start and bat seventh in Saturday's lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Hernandez will be in tonight's lineup against the Cubs with Chris Taylor sitting out.

Our models project Hernandez for 9.2 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,000.

Chris Taylor out of the Dodgers' Saturday lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers utility-man Chris Taylor will not start in Saturday's matchup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Taylor will head to the bench tonight with Enrique Hernandez starting at shortstop.

In 181 at-bats this season, Taylor is hitting .215 with 5 home runs and 23 RBI.

Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. not starting in Saturday's lineup against the Dodgers

Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. will not start in Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Almora Jr. will rest tonight with Jason Heyward in center field and Carlos Gonzalez starting in right.

In 195 at-bats this season, Almora Jr. is hitting .241 with 7 home runs and 21 RBI.

Carlos Gonzalez returns to the Cubs' lineup on Saturday

Chicago Cubs outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will start and bat seventh in Saturday's matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Gonzalez will start in right field tonight with Jason Heyward shifting to center and Albert Almora Jr. sitting out.

Our models project Gonzalez for 6.2 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,500.

Cubs' Victor Caratini batting in the sixth spot on Saturday

Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini will start in Saturday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Caratini will catch tonight with Willson Contreras receiving a breather.

Our models project Caratini for 6.6 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,500.

Cubs' Willson Contreras resting on Saturday

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is out of Saturday's starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Contreras will sit tonight with Victor Caratini starting behind the plate against the Dodgers.

In 198 at-bats this season, Contreras is hitting .283 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI.

Austin Hedges heading to San Diego's bench on Saturday

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges is not starting against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

What It Means:

Hedges will sit tonight with Austin Allen catching against Colorado.

In 161 at-bats this season, Hedges is hitting .186 with 6 home runs and 19 RBI.

Austin Allen catching for the Padres on Saturday

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Allen will start and bat eighth in Saturday's matchup against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Allen will start behind the plate against Colorado tonight with Austin Hedges resting.

Our models project Allen for 7.6 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,500.

Dylan Moore in Mariners' Saturday lineup

Seattle Mariners infielder Dylan Moore is starting on Saturday in the team's game against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Moore is getting the nod at second base while batting ninth in the order against Athletics starter Frankie Montas.

Our models project Moore for 6.4 FanDuel points across 3.80 plate appearances.

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. receives Saturday off

San Diego Padres infielder Fernando Tatis Jr. is out of Saturday's starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Tatis Jr. will rest tonight with Manny Machado at shortstop and Greg Garcia starting at third base.

In 131 at-bats this season, Tatis Jr. is hitting .321 with 8 home runs and 19 RBI.

Dee Gordon not in Seattle's Saturday lineup

Seattle Mariners infielder Dee Gordon is sitting on Saturday in the team's game against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Gordon is being replaced at second base by Dylan Moore against Athletics starter Frankie Montas.

In 191 plate appearances this season, Gordon has a .278 batting average and a .682 OPS.

San Diego's Greg Garcia leading off on Saturday

San Diego Padres infielder Greg Garcia will start in Saturday's lineup against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Garcia will start at third base tonight with Manny Machado moving to shortstop and Fernando Tatis Jr. sitting out.

Our models project Garcia for 8.5 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,100.

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