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Brad Hand earns his second save of the year for San Diego

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand allowed one run but earned a save in Thursday's 4-3 win over the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Hand allowed one hit, one walk, and one run in the ninth inning as it appears he has taken over the closer's role in San Diego. There are also reports that Hand is drawing trade interest around the league and will likely be on the move before the July 31 deadline. For now, he looks to be the reliever you want in the Padres' bullpen.

Hand has a 2.00 ERA while striking out 11.7 batters per nine innings this season. He is 0-3 with two saves, and one blown save in 27 innings pitched this season.

Manny Pina leaves Brewers' game after getting hit by a pitch

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina left Thursday's game early after being hit by a pitch.

What It Means:

Pina took a 94 mph fastball from Robbie Ray right off his elbow in the second inning. He immediately left the game with Jett Bandy replacing him on the basepaths and in the field. Hopefully, the injury is minor, but it looked painful.

Pina is slashing .298/.344/.464 with a .349 wOBA and two home runs in 91 plate appearances this season.

Boston's Dustin Pedroia makes an early exit on Thursday

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was pulled from the game on Thursday in the sixth inning for an undisclosed reason.

What It Means:

Pedroia had gone 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored but was replaced by Josh Rutledge in the sixth inning. No word on if it was injury related or something else. Expect a clearer picture after the game.

Pedroia is slashing .288/.366/.374 with a.326 wOBA in 188 plate appearances this season.

Tigers pull James McCann on Thursday with hand laceration

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann left Thursday's game early with a hand laceration.

What It Means:

McCann was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch in the fourth inning where he suffered the cut to his hand. He was replaced on the basepaths by Alex Avila, who took over catching duties in the bottom half of the inning. The injury appears to be minor but don't be surprised if Mccann gets a day or two off to heal.

McCann was 0-for-2, lowering his batting average to .204 in 125 plate appearances. He does have seven home runs and 17 RBI's this season.

MIlwaukee's Ryan Braun leaves early with calf tightness

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun left Thursday's game early due to calf tightness.

What It Means:

Not again. Braun just came off the DL Sunday, where he was recovering from an injury to the same calf. No word on the extent but it does not look good for the outfielder. Jesus Aguilar replaced him in the lineup while Eric Thames shifted over left field.

Braun has been limited to 29 games and 117 plate appearances this season due to injuries. He is batting .262 with a .369 wOBA and seven home runs.

Edwin Diaz secures the win for Seattle on Thursday

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save of the year and first since May 9.

What It Means:

Diaz has now made three consecutive appearances (four innings pitched) without allowing a run and appears to be manager Scott Servais' preferred go-to option in the ninth inning, despite his struggles earlier this season. He is now 8-for-10 on save opportunities in 2017.

Diaz owns a 4.19 ERA while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings in 18 1/3 innings pitched this year.

Logan Forsythe taking a seat for Dodgers on Thursday night

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe is not in Thursday's lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Enrique Hernandez will take over at third base and hit seventh versus right-hander Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. A day off could do Forsythe well, as he's gone just 1-for-8 with five whiffs since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday.

On the season, Forsythe is slashing .269/.381/.327 in 16 games. He's still looking for his first home run across 63 plate appearances.

Source: Rotoworld

Hamidou Diallo withdraws from NBA Draft, returning to Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats guard Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and is returning to school in the fall.

What It Means:

Diallo performed exceptionally well at the NBA Draft combine, intriguing many NBA scouts with his off-the-chart athleticism. However, without a firm commitment that he would be selected in the first-round, Diallo decided to go back to Kentucky to showcase his talents, increasing the chance he could be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Diallo enrolled at Kentucky and was practicing with the team in mid-January but will make his college debut in the fall.

Diallo exploded for a 44.5" vertical, the highest of any player at the NBADraft Cobine.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

What It Means:

Brown is dealing with a right hip pointer and is clearly not 100%. However, with the Celtics' season possibly ending on Thursday, Brown will give all that he has against Cleveland. Expect between 15 to 20 minutes for the rookie in Game 5.

Our models project Brown for 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists on Thursday.

Cardinals drop Stephen Piscotty to sixth in the batting order

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty is batting sixth in Thursday's lineup versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Piscotty has batted fifth or higher in 25 of his 29 games played this season. He hasn't been sixth or lower since the first week of the season. However, with the hot bat, Tommy Pham is swinging plus Piscotty's struggles since returning from the DL, the move was warranted.

Piscotty has gone 3-for-15 in his last four games, while Pham is hitting .288 with a .899 OPS in 61 plate appearances this month.

Randal Grichuk out of the lineup Thursday for St. Louis

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is not in the lineup Thursday.

What It Means:

Grichuk is getting a routine day off with Tommy Pham filling in for him in left and batting second against Kenta Maeda and the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday.

Pham is batting .288 with a .899 OPS, three home runs, and three stolen bases in 61 plate appearances so far.

Joc Pederson (neck, concussion) sent to 7-day DL by Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed outfielder Joc Pederson on the 7-day DL with a concussion.

What It Means:

Pederson sustained the concussion during a collision with fellow outfielder Yasiel Puig in Tuesday's game. He will be first eligible to return late next week. Expect Chris Taylor to receive the bulk of at-bats in Pederson's absence.

Pederson was slashing .200/.309/.314 with just two home runs in 123 plate appearances this season.

Dodgers' Kenta Maeda (hamstring) activated from DL, will start Thursday

The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated pitcher Kenta Maeda (hamstring) from the 10-day DL and will have him start on Thursday.

What It Means:

Maeda has been out for two weeks with the hamstring strain, but after making a rehab appearance last week, he is ready to return to the bigs. He will start Thursday against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Maeda owns a 5.03 ERA through seven starts but only a 3.64 SIERA to go along with 40 punch outs in 39 1/3 innings of work this season.

Dodgers' Joc Pederson (neck) remains sidelined on Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson (neck) remains out of the lineup on Thursday.

What It Means:

Pederson hurt his neck in a collision with Yasiel Puig on Tuesday and will now miss his second game with the injury. The team considers the injury minor but are playing it safe with their young outfielder. Chris Taylor is leading off and playing in center against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals.

numberFire's algorithms project Taylor for 6.4 FanDuel points at a $2,800 price tag on Thursday.

Tyler Danish will start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader for Chicago

The Chicago White Sox will have pitcher Tyler Danish start Game 2 of their doubleheader on Friday against the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Danish will be making his first career MLB start on Friday as the 22-year-old will be called up presumably as the White Sox 26th man on Friday. Danish has made three relief appearances in his career, all in 2016, tossing just 1 2/3 innings. Mike Pelfrey will start Game 1 for the White Sox.

Danish has made eight starts for Triple-A Charlotte this year, posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and just 23 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings pitched.

Tigers will have Buck Farmer start Game 1 of doubleheader Friday

The Detroit Tigers will call up pitcher Buck Farmer from the minors to start Game 1 of their doubleheader Friday against the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Farmer will be used as the team's 26th player, meaning it will be one start and that's all for Farmer. He will be opposed by Mike Pelfrey of the White Sox. Matt Boyd will start Game 2 for Detroit.

Farmer has made nine starts in Triple-A, posting a 4.16 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 54 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings pitched.

Astros starting Juan Centeno at catcher against Detroit

Houston Astros catcher Juan Centeno will make his second start of the season on Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Centeno will be relieving Evan Gattis, who has started four of the last five games behind the plate for Houston. The 27-year-old catcher hit a solo homer and reached base three times in his major league debut on Tuesday against the Tigers. Gattis and Brian McCann (concussion) will go back to splitting catching duties once the latter returns from the disabled list this weekend.

numberFire's models project Centeno to score 7.4 fantasy points on Thursday night. He comes with a $2,500 price tag on FanDuel.

Brian McCann (concussion) says he's ready to roll for Houston

Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann (concussion) expects to be activated from the disabled list Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

McCann claims to be back to full health following a mild concussion he suffered last week. He'll likely go back to splitting time with Evan Gattis behind the plate for Houston.

McCann has hit .269 this year, with a .819 OPS and .350 wOBA in 126 plate appearances. He's added 6 home runs, 14 runs scored, and 25 RBI's.

Mets have Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate Thursday

New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is in the lineup for the first time on Thursday since May 2.

What It Means:

d'Arnaud was activated off the DL after a three-week stay for a wrist injury on Wednesday but was limited to a pinch-hit appearance. He flew out to right in the sixth. The catcher is back in the lineup Thursday and batting eighth against the San Diego Padres.

Before he went down, d'Arnaud was batting .203 with a .765 OPS, 10 runs scored, and 16 RBI's in 67 plate appearances.

Erick Aybar getting the night off by the Padres

San Diego Padres shortstop Erick Aybar is out of the lineup on Thursday.

What It Means:

Aybar has struggled with his bat this season prompting his sixth day off in the last three weeks. Chase d'Arnaud is batting eighth and playing short versus Rafael Montero and the New York Mets Thursday.

Aybar is hitting .206/.285/.326 with a .269 wOBA in 159 plate appearances. He has four home runs and four stolen bases this season.

Nick Castellanos getting a breather as Tigers face Houston

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos isn't in the starting lineup on Thursday night against the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Dixon Machado will draw the start at third base for Detroit and hit eighth against Astros right-hander Mike Fiers. Tyler Collins is in center field and batting second. It's just a standard day off for Castellanos, who hasn't connected on any of his last 12 at-bats.

Castellanos is batting .220/.295/.382 with a .677 OPS in 193 plate appearances this season. He's hit four dingers and driven in 25 scores.

Source: Jason Beck

Travis Shaw not in the Brewers' lineup on Thursday

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw is not in the lineup Thursday.

What It Means:

Shaw is getting a day of rest as he had played in six consecutive games since a sprained finger cost him two games 10 days ago. Hernan Perez will man the hot corner and bat cleanup versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Perez is posting career-highs as he is slashing .275/.318/.493 with a .342 wOBA in 148 plate appearances.

Diamondbacks holding out Yasmany Tomas (hip) versus Brewers

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas (hip) is not in the lineup on Thursday.

What It Means:

Tomas will miss his second straight game as he deals with some tightness in his hip flexor. The club believes the injury is minor and consider him day-to-day. Chris Herrmann is filling in, in left, and batting seventh against Zach Davies and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Herrmann is 5-for-13 with three home runs in his last four games but is batting just .208 in 70 plate appearances for the season.

Manuel Margot (calf) won't play Thursday for San Diego

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot (calf) is out of the lineup Thursday versus the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Margot left Wednesday's game early with tightness in his calf. He is still considered day-to-day as the Padres take it easy with the young outfielder. Matt Szczur is handling center field duties while Allan Cordoba moves up to the leadoff spot versus Rafael Montero and the Mets.

Cordoba is batting .300 with a .355 OBP and three home runs in 76 plate appearances this season.

David Price to make season debut Monday for Red Sox

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price (elbow) will make his season debut Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Price struggled mightily in Wednesday's rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket but the Red Sox are in need of the former Cy Young winner's services as their rotation has failed to find their groove so far in 2017. The 31-year-old southpaw turned in a 3.99 ERA and 24.0 strikeout percentage last season for Boston.

Across two Triple-A outings, Price recorded a 9.53 ERA (3.43 xFIP), 2.47 WHIP and 25.0 strikeout percentage in 5 2/3 total innings.

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