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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.

Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette expects to have a role in 2019 passing game

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette expects to have an opportunity to catch passes in 2019 according to quarterback Nick Foles.

What It Means:

"That’s a threat. If you ask any defender, when a running back can go out of the backfield and not only run the ball and protect, but he can receive, that’s really tough on a defense," said Foles to the media.

On 74 targets in Fournette's career, the Jaguars' back has produced 58 receptions for 487 yards and two touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, look for Fournette to produce workhorse or RB1 fantasy numbers.

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.

Brandon Ingram reportedly traded to the Pelicans on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly acquired forward Brandon Ingram on Saturday.

What It Means:

After months of trade speculation, the Lakers finally were able to complete a deal for their star in exchange for Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first round picks. Look for Ingram to have a big offensive role alongside Jrue Holiday next season.

In 190 games with the Lakers, Ingram averaged 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.

Josh Hart reportedly headed to New Orleans in multi-player trade with Lakers

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly acquired shooting guard Josh Hart in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

What It Means:

Hart will join the Pelicans after being moved in a deal involving Anthony Davis, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and three first round picks. Expect a more defined role for Hart after training camp and preseason with E'Twaun Moore, Ball, and Ingram also in the rotation.

In 130 games with the Lakers, Hart averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Pelicans reportedly acquire Lonzo Ball in blockbuster trade with Lakers on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired point guard Lonzo Ball in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

What It Means:

Ball will reportedly head to New Orleans along with Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and three first round picks for Anthony Davis. Look for Ball to start at point guard next season.

In 99 games with the Lakers, Ball averaged 10.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.

Lakers reportedly acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans on Saturday

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, involving Anthony Davis for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first round picks.

What It Means:

According to ESPN, The Brow will be headed to Los Angeles to play with LeBron after making it clear recently he would like to be moved. The Pelicans got an impressive haul for Davis including this year's fourth overall pick, two other first round picks, and three young players with experience.

In 56 games last season, Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists.

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.

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