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  • CHC Center Fielder #24
    Cody Bellinger went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
    Bellinger tried to put any exit velocity questions to bed with a 107.4 mph shot that traveled 425 feet. He also had a 107 mph lineout on the night which lends further credence to the idea that Bellinger is trying to drive the ball early in the count before taking a more contact-oriented approach with two strikes. The home run was Bellinger’s first of the season, but he should be in store for another strong season while hitting in the middle of the Cubs’ lineup.
  • DET Second Baseman #46
    Wenceel Perez collected the first two hits of his big league career on Saturday as the Tigers dropped the nightcap of their doubleheader against the Twins.
    The versatile 24-year-old was making his first career start and hustled out an infield single second inning with a headfirst dive into the bag. He then smacked a double off of Kody Funderburk in the seventh inning, but was left stranded there. In order to gain relevancy from a fantasy perspective, the Tigers would probably need to demote the slumping Parker Meadows to Triple-A Toledo, a move that isn’t likely in the immediate future.
  • DET Starting Pitcher #25
    Matt Manning pitched decently in a losing effort against the Twins on Saturday, giving up four runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.
    The 26-year-old right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing a pair of walks. The Twins scratched out a run against him — without the benefit of a hit — in the opening inning. He then served up a solo homer to Edouard Julien in the third inning and a two-out, two-run blast to Willi Castro that broke the game open in the sixth. Manning got an impressive 12 whiffs on 92 pitches on the day — seven on his sweeper and five on his fastball — while posting a strong CSW of 33 percent. He now holds a 2.92 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and a 10/6 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings on the season. It’ll take an injury to one of his rotation mates for Manning to get a shot, but he belongs at the big league level.
  • PHI Left Fielder #12
    Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and two walks to power the Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Pirates.
    Schwarber had his best day of the young season at the plate. He got the scoring started early with a leadoff homer off Marco Gonzales in the first inning. After knocking a base hit in the second, he drew walks in the fourth and seventh innings before reaching for a fifth time with a base hit in the ninth. The 31-year-old slugger is batting .259/.358/.414 with three homers, 11 runs scored, and six RBI across 67 plate appearances.
  • PIT Shortstop #15
    Oneil Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer on Satuday against the Phillies.
    Cruz drove in two of the Pirates’ three runs with a two-run blast off Spencer Turnbull in the fifth inning for his only hit of the day. The 25-year-old shortstop is up to three homers with eight runs scored, six RBI, and a steal while slashing .267/.302/.433 across 63 plate appearances. He’s up to a 34.9 percent strikeout rate. Though, the Pirates have faced left-handed starters in seven of their 15 games.
  • PHI Relief Pitcher #23
    Jeff Hoffman tossed a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to fall in line for the win against the Pirates on Saturday.
    For the third consecutive outing, Hoffman was used in the ninth inning for the Phillies. Jose Alvarado pitched the eighth inning in a tie game, facing the middle of the Pirates order against two left-handed hitters. Hoffman got the ninth, striking out one in a clean frame. He fell in line for the win after the Phillies walked it off in the bottom of the inning. The 31-year-old right-hander is up to two wins and a save and should continue to be featured in high-leverage spots with a chance to earn occasional saves alongside Alvarado.
  • PHI Starting Pitcher #22
    Spencer Turnbull allowed three runs with four strikeouts over four innings on Saturday in a no-decision against the Pirates.
    Turnbull put a runner on with a walk in the first inning, then gave up a double to Ke’Bryan Hayes to bring home a run for the Pirates. He tossed three more scoreless innings before starting the fourth. A single put a runner on the bases for Oneil Cruz, who took Turnbull deep for a two-run shot to put the Pirates ahead. Turnbull walked one more batter before he was replaced on the mound by Matt Strahm. The 31-year-old right-hander will take a 1.80 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and a 16/5 K/BB ratio across 15 innings into a great matchup against the White Sox in Philadelphia on Friday.
  • PIT Starting Pitcher #27
    Marco Gonzales allowed two runs with five strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Saturday.
    Gonzales ran into trouble right away, giving up a leadoff homer to Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. A double and a base hit would bring home one more run in the opening frame. Gonzales would have no problem after the opening frame, going five more scoreless innings for a quality start, striking out five batters. The 32-year-old left-hander ends the day with a 2.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and an 11/5 K/BB ratio across 17 innings. He’ll draw a start against the Red Sox in Pittsburgh on Friday.
  • BAL Third Baseman #11
    Jordan Westburg went 3-for-5 with a homer in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
  • BAL Catcher #35
    Adley Rutschman hit a solo homer while going 2-for-5 in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
  • MIL First Baseman #12
    Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a homer in a victory for the Brewers over the Orioles on Saturday.