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Kevin Love will not return for Cavs on Friday night

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will not return to Game 6 as he is being evaluated for a concussion.

What It Means:

Love and Jayson Tatum accidentally bumped heads midway through the first quarter. Tatum was able to stay in the game, but Love fell to the floor and was noticeably affected. This is obviously a huge loss for Cleveland. Jeff Green will likely soak up more minutes in the second half.

Love is averaging 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds this postseason. The Cavs are 13-13 this season when Love plays fewer than 10 minutes in a game.

Padres' Austin Hedges (elbow) suffers setback during rehab assignment

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges (elbow) had renewed soreness in his elbow and pulled himself from the lineup of his rehab game on Thursday.

What It Means:

Hedges was rehabbing Triple-A affiliate El Paso but felt soreness in his elbow and will be shut down for a few days. The reoccurrence is disappointing for the catcher as he was expected to rejoin the Padres this weekend, which will obviously not happen now. Hedges will be re-evaluated in a few days.

Hedges has hit .173 with 2 homers and 10 RBI in 81 plate appearances this season.

Kyle Hendricks cruises through seven strong innings in Cubs' win on Friday

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks cruised through 7 innings pitched on Friday, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run while striking out 7 in a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Hendricks only mistake was to Gorkys Hernandez in the fourth inning which the Giants' outfielder blasted for a solo home run. The Cubs pitcher was efficient as well, needing only 88 pitches to make through 7 frames and earn his fourth win of the year.

Hendricks now sports a 3.16 ERA, 3.61 xFIP, and 7.3 strikeouts to nine innings rate through 62 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Nationals' Daniel Murphy (knee) to start a rehab assignement on Saturday

Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday.

What It Means:

A definite step forward for Murphy after a series of setbacks this season. The veteran infielder has been out all season with a knee injury that was considered minor but has caused Murphy continued soreness and pain. No word on how long his stint in the minors will be but barring setbacks Murphy will be back in the big leagues in early June.

numberFire's models project Murphy for 12 homers, 47 RBI, 45 runs scored, and a .288 batting average in 349 plate appearances the rest of the season.

David Freitas will not start for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners catcher David Freitas will head back to the bench Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Mike Zunino will be back behind the plate tonight when James Paxton takes the mound for Seattle.

We project that the second-year catcher will hit .234 the rest of the way, with two home runs, nine runs, and eight RBI.

Andrew Romine will head back to Mariners' bench on Friday

Seattle Mariners infielder Andrew Romine will not start against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

What It Means:

Romine started in place of Gordon Beckham on Thursday, but he'll head back to the bench tonight.

Beckham's .167 average is, amazingly, better than Romine's .154 this year. We project Romine to hit .239 the rest of the way, with 2 home runs, 19 runs, and 13 RBI.

Orioles to place Mark Trumbo (knee) on the 10-day DL

Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo (knee) will be placed on the 10-day DL following Friday's game, per manager Buck Showalter.

What It Means:

Trumbo has arthritis in his right knee and will receive a PRP injection. The veteran slugger will be shut down for 3-to-4 days before resuming baseball activities. He is not expected to be out long. Joey Rickard will see some extra time in the outfield with Trumbo out of action.

Trumbo has batted .309 with 2 homers, 8 RBI, and 10 runs scored in 82 plate appearances this season.

Dan Vogelbach not starting for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners infielder Dan Vogelbach is heading back to the bench for Friday night's game against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

He got a spot start for Ryon Healy on Thursday when Seattle closed out their series against Oakland, but Healy will be back in the lineup tonight.

Vogelbach is hitting just .200 this season in 72 plate appearances. We project him to hit .216 the rest of the way, tacking on six home runs.

Mike Zunino starting, hitting eighth for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is back in the starting lineup on Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

David Freitas got the start for Seattle on Thursday, but it will be Zunino behind the plate tonight to catch for James Paxton. He'll hit eighth.

Our projections have Zunino scoring 10.8 FanDuel points tonight. At a salary of only $2,500, that translates to a value of 4.3 FanDuel points per $1,000.

Mariners' Gordon Beckham starting on Friday night

Seattle Mariners infielder Gordon Beckham will start on Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Beckham, Mike Zunino, and Ryon Healy all got routine days off on Thursday, but all three are back in the lineup again tonight. Beckham will hit out of his usual ninth spot.

Beckham is not someone that should be targeted in fantasy. He is hitting just .167 on the year and has not hit higher than .230 in a season since 2013. We project him for 8.1 FanDuel points tonight.

Ryon Healy back in starting lineup for Mariners on Friday

Seattle Mariners infielder Ryon Healy is back in the starting lineup on Friday night against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

Healy got a routine day off on Thursday when the Mariners took on Oakland. He'll hit sixth tonight against rookie Fernando Romero.

We project Healy to finish with 10.0 FanDuel points tonight. At a cost of $2,800, that's a value of roughly 3.6 FanDuel points per $1,000.

Logan Morrison is absent from the Twins' Friday lineup

Minnesota Twins first baseman Logan Morrison is not in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Morrison heads to the bench with Miguel Sano (hamstring) making his first start in a month. Morrison will be available to pinch-hit if needed against the Seattle Mariners.

Morrison has hit .204 with 5 homers and 18 RBI in 166 plate appearances this season.

Alex Colome sent from Tampa to Seattle in four-player trade

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded pitcher Alex Colome to the Seattle Mariners, along with outfielder Denard Span, in exchange for minor-league pitchers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

What It Means:

Colome, the Rays' closer, had gotten back on track after a rough start to the year, notching 5 saves in the last two weeks. His role in Seattle will shift away from closing duties with Edwin Diaz holding on firmly to the job, leaving Colome to be used as a setup man.

Colome has converted 11-of-13 saves chances this season, posting a 4.15 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.

Twins' Mitch Garver starting at catcher Friday night

Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is in the lineup on Friday night, batting sixth.

What It Means:

Garver got the day off on Wednesday but is back behind the plate in the series opener versus the Seattle Mariners. Bobby Wilson heads back to the bench.

Our models project Garver for 8.5 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Miguel Sano (hamstring) back in action for Minnesota on Friday

Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano (hamstring) is in the lineup for the first time in a month on Friday night.

What It Means:

Sano will hit third and start at first base in his return from a hamstring injury against the Seattle Mariners. Logan Morrison heads to the bench.

Our models project Sano for 12.0 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Robbie Grossman hitting seventh Friday for the Twins

Minnesota Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman is in the lineup batting seventh against the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

What It Means:

Grossman will start at DH after sitting out the last game. He replaces Eddie Rosario, who shifts over to left field as Jake Cave takes a seat on the bench.

Our models project Grossman for 7.4 FanDuel points on Friday.

Chad Pinder hitting second for Oakland on Friday

Oakland Athletics utility man Chad Pinder is in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Pinder will start in left field and bat second versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Matt Joyce heads to the bench.

Our models project Pinder for 8.5 FanDuel points on Friday.

Jake Lamb will start at third Friday night for Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb is in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Lamb sat out on Thursday but is back at the hot corner and is hitting sixth against the Oakland Athletics. Deven Marrero heads to the bench.

Our models project Lamb for 11.4 FanDuel points on Friday.

Franklin Barreto starting at DH Friday for Oakland

Oakland Athletics shortstop Franklin Barreto is starting at DH on Friday night.

What It Means:

Barreto will bat ninth against the Arizona Diamondbacks as he moves Mark Canha from DH to center and Dustin Fowler to the bench on Friday night.

Our models project Barreto for 7.0 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Jonathan Lucroy is in the A's Friday night lineup

Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy is in the lineup on Friday.

What It Means:

Lucroy is back behind the plate after a day off on Thursday. He will hit seventh versus Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Bruce Maxwell heads to the bench.

Our models project Lucroy for 8.3 FanDuel points on Friday.

Jarrod Dyson is in the Arizona lineup on Friday

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jarrod Dyson is in the lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Dyson will start in center field and bat eighth versus the Oakland Athletics. Socrates Brito heads ot the bench to make room for Dyson on Friday.

Our models project Dyson for 9.3 FanDuel points on Friday night.

Johnny Field a late add to the Rays' Friday lineup

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Johnny Field has been added to the starting lineup on Friday night.

What It Means:

Denard Span was originally penciled in to start on Friday but a spot opened up after he was dealt to the Seattle Mariners. Field will start in right field and bat eighth against the Baltimore Orioles.

Field has batted .280 with 4 homers, 8 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 80 plate appearances this season.

Cody Bellinger back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday night

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger is in the lineup, batting sixth on Friday.

What It Means:

Bellinger got the day off on Wednesday but after a couple days of rest is back in action, starting at first base against the San Diego Padres. Max Muncy heads to the bench.

Our models project Bellinger for 11.9 FanDuel points Friday night.

Tampa Bay trades Denard Span to Seattle in four-player deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded outfielder Denard Span along with pitcher Alex Colome to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league pitchers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero.

What It Means:

The Rays fire sale starts early this year as they trade a starting outfielder and their closer to the Mariners. Span will provide Seattle with outfield depth as they shift Dee Gordon to second base with Robinson Cano suspended until August. Colome will assume a setup role for the Mariners with Edwin Diaz entrenched in the closer's job.

Span was hitting .238 with a .340 wOBA, 27 runs scored and 6 steals in 173 plate appearances this season.

Joey Votto back in the Reds' lineup Friday night

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is in the lineup Friday night versus the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Votto got a day off on Thursday but is back in the heart of the Reds order as they face off with the Rockies in Coors Field. He will bat third while Brandon Dixon heads back to the bench Friday night.

Our models project Votto for 14.3 FanDuel points on Friday.

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