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  • KC Relief Pitcher #51
    Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning to lock down the Royal’s 4-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
    It was Smith’s first save of the season after allowing four runs in one inning in his first appearance. On Tuesday, Smith avoided any trouble whatsoever and still appears to be ahead of the pack for saves in Kansas City. That said, he is not the most stable of fantasy assets and could have a few more blow-up outings coming his way. The Royals’ two best options if Smith were to falter appear to be James McArthur and John Schreiber, but neither of them is a clear handcuff target either for fantasy purposes.
  • CLE First Baseman #73
    Guardians 1B prospect Kyle Manzardo homered for the third straight game on Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus.
    Manzardo has begun to really heat up lately, going deep in three consecutive contests for Triple-A Columbus following a slow start to the year. The 23-year-old first baseman took Mets top pitching prospect Christian Scott deep in the opening frame for his fifth long ball of the minor-league season. It’s only a matter of time before he gets his shot in Cleveland.
  • NYM Designated Hitter #28
    J.D. Martinez (back) went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday in a minor league rehab game for Triple-A Syracuse.
    Martinez finally kicked off his rehab assignment after missing a couple weeks recovering from lower back tightness that wound up requiring a cortisone injection earlier this month to address. The 36-year-old veteran slugger will presumably need a handful of additional rehab games to get back up to speed before making his Mets debut. Barring any setbacks, there’s a chance he’s back before the end of April.
  • BOS Third Baseman #11
    Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters Rafael Devers (knee) will return for Wednesday’s contest against the Guardians.
    Devers has been limited to just 12 plate appearances since April 11 due to separate knee and shoulder injuries. All indications are that the 27-year-old franchise cornerstone won’t wind up requiring a trip to the injured list and should return to Boston’s lineup on Wednesday night following a five-game absence due to a bone bruise in his left knee.
  • WAS Center Fielder #28
    Lane Thomas made an early exit from Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers with a potential injury.
    Thomas appeared to twist his left leg while stealing second base -- his 11th theft of the season -- earlier in the contest. He was able to stay in the game initially before being replaced by Eddie Rosario in right field. There should be an update on his status shortly.
  • BOS Starting Pitcher #64
    Cooper Criswell will start on Wednesday against the Guardians.
    Criswell gets the ball on Wednesday night in Cleveland after allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits with a 4/2 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 innings (two appearances, one start) this season as an emergency stopgap option for the Red Sox. The 27-year-old righty is a decent organizational depth option, but he’s obviously not a recommended option for fantasy managers.
  • CLE Third Baseman #11
    José Ramírez walloped a solo homer on Tuesday, powering the Guardians to a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox.
    Ramírez doubled Cleveland’s lead with an eighth-inning solo shot off Red Sox reliever Cam Booser. It was his fourth round-tripper of the season. He’s started to heat up over the last few contests, recording at least one hit in seven of his last eight games since April 14, and also has a pair of big flies during that span.
  • CLE Relief Pitcher #48
    Emmanuel Clase struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday against the Red Sox to collect his seventh save of the season.
    Clase was summoned to protect a three-run lead in the final frame and wound up striking out the side in impressive fashion on just 13 pitches (11 strikes). He sat down Jarren Duran, Tyler O’Neill and Wilyer Abreu, all swinging, to preserve the victory. He’s concerted seven of his nine save opportunities this season and boasts a microscopic 0.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 13/1 K/BB ratio across 12 innings (12 appearances).
  • CLE Relief Pitcher #39
    Ben Lively struck out seven and allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday
    Well, this pretty much came out of nowhere, again. Lively twirled his second consecutive gem against Boston’s injury-depleted lineup, allowing just five hits as a seventh-inning solo shot from Wilyer Abreu represented the lone tally against him in this one. He’s given up just three runs on eight hits with a 14/1 K/BB ratio across 11 1/3 innings (two starts) since returning from the injured list. He’ll face a much tougher challenge on Sunday in a road tilt against a loaded Braves lineup.
  • BOS Starting Pitcher #89
    Tanner Houck was charged with two runs over six innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Guardians.
    Houck’s shutout streak against the Guardians was snapped at 15 concecutive frames in this one when Tyler Freeman delivered a game-tying RBI single in the seventh inning. He finished with four strikeouts and also issued three walks. He’ll bring a sparkling 1.65 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 32/5 K/BB ratio across 32 2/3 innings (five starts) into a road matchup on Saturday against the Twins.
  • NYM Starting Pitcher #94
    Mets RHP prospect Christian Scott struck out eight and allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday for Triple-A Syracuse.
    Unreal. Scott authored yet another brilliant performance in this one, retiring the final 18 batters he faced before being lifted at 85 pitches (55 strikes). The 24-year-old top pitching prospect has reeled off four consecutive stellar outings to open the year and boasts a sparkling 34/4 K/BB ratio across 20 2/3 innings of work. There isn’t exactly an opening for him in New York’s starting rotation, but he figures to make an impact for fantasy managers at some point later this year once he gets an opportunity.