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  • ATL Relief Pitcher #53
    Braves re-signed RHP Jackson Stephens to a minor league contract.
    Stephens is back in the fold with the Braves just a few days after electing free agency following his removal from the club’s 40-man roster. The 29-year-old righty has made 80 appearances (five starts) in the big leagues since 2017. He’ll continue serving as emergency bullpen depth for Atlanta.
  • SF Second Baseman #41
    Wilmer Flores delivered a two-run double on Thursday, powering the Giants to a 5-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.
    Flores came off the bench to face lefty reliever Kyle Nelson with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and immediately scalded a two-run double into the left-field corner to give San Francisco a commanding three-run cushion.
  • ARI Second Baseman #4
    Ketel Marte singled on Thursday in the Diamondbacks’ loss to the Giants.
    Marte led off the contest with a single back up the middle off Giants starter Logan Webb. He’s been on an absolute tear of late with eight hits in 14 at-bats over his last three contests.
  • ARI Relief Pitcher #22
    Logan Allen allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings on Thursday in relief against the Giants.
    Allen saved Arizona’s bullpen with nearly five frames at Oracle Park following starter Ryne Nelson’s early exit from the contest after just two frames due to a right elbow contusion. He struck out three and only issued one walk. It was his first appearance in the majors since May 15, 2022.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #62
    Logan Webb fired seven shutout innings on Thursday in a win over the Diamondbacks.
    Webb retired a career-high 19 consecutive batters following back-to-back singles from Ketel Marte and Corbin Carroll, respectively, to open the contest before issuing a one-out walk to Christian Walker in the seventh inning. The 27-year-old workhorse, who finished with five strikeouts and only issued one walk, completed seven frames for the third consecutive start in this one. He’ll bring a sparkling 2.93 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 22/6 K/BB ratio across 30 2/3 innings (five starts) into another home outing on Tuesday against the Mets.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #19
    Ryne Nelson was removed from Thursday’s start against the Giants with a right elbow contusion.
    Nelson was replaced by lefty Logan Allen to open the third inning after taking an 87 mph line drive from Mike Yastrzemski off his right elbow at the conclusion of the second inning. The 26-year-old righty scattered two hits over two scoreless frames before exiting. He presumably checked out fine after undergoing additional evaluation and might be able to make his next start on Tuesday against the Cardinals.
  • BOS Starting Pitcher #92
    Red Sox acquired RHP Vladimir Gutierrez from the Brewers for cash considerations.
    Gutierrez provides the Red Sox with some extra organizational pitching depth at Triple-A Worcester. The 28-year-old righty was designated for assignment earlier this week by the Brewers. His lone appearance in the big leagues this season came with the Marlins a couple weeks ago.
  • BOS Shortstop #10
    Red Sox transferred SS Trevor Story to the 60-day injured list.
    The procedural move opens up a spot on Boston’s 40-man roster for right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez. The 31-year-old shortstop underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last week.
  • TB Starting Pitcher #14
    Tyler Alexander will start on Friday against the Yankees.
    Alexander will take the ball for Friday’s series opener at Yankees Stadium following a six-inning bulk relief outing last Sunday against the Giants. The 29-year-old southpaw holds a inflated 6.46 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 12/5 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings (three appearances, one start). He’s not a recommended option for fantasy managers.
  • TEX Starting Pitcher #31
    The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports Max Scherzer (back) could return in early May.
    Scherzer is scheduled to face hitters again on Friday in a 40-pitch live batting practice session and could progress to a minor league rehab assignment shortly afterwards. The 39-year-old veteran righty has made a rapid recovery from offseason back surgery, which was originally expected to keep him on the shelf until late June. It might be too optimistic to expect him to make his season debut in early May, but it can’t be completely ruled out at this juncture. It certainly sounds like he’s going to return to the Rangers’ starting rotation at some point next month.
  • TOR Shortstop #13
    Blue Jays INF prospect Orelvis Martinez went 2-for-5 with a solo homer on Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo.
    Martinez is off to a hot start so far, batting .305 (18-for-59) with three homers and 11 RBI through 15 games. Perhaps the most impressive element of his early-season performance is that he’s cut back on the strikeouts, fanning just 13 times in 64 plate appearances. If he’s able to sustain this run, he could finally make his Toronto debut at some point in the near future.