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  • BAL Left Fielder #13
    Orioles OF prospect Heston Kjerstad went 3-for-5 with two solo homers on Friday for Triple-A Norfolk.
    This is getting ridiculous. Kjerstad connected for a pair of homers to notch his third multi-homer performance through 19 contests for Triple-A Norfolk. The 25-year-old slugger is batting a surreal .359 (28-for-78) with 10 home runs, 30 RBI and one stolen base so far. It’s unclear what else he has to prove in the upper minors and should get an extended opportunity with Baltimore in short order. He’s a worthwhile stash in all fantasy formats as a potential four-category contributor, if everything breaks right.
  • WAS Center Fielder #28
    Lane Thomas (knee) is beginning a rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Harrisburg.
    Thomas has been on the injured list since near the end of April due to a sprained left MCL. The outfielder will likely need a week or so of rehab appearances, but then could return to the Washington lineup near the end of May. Thomas got off to a slow start prior to the injury, but was a solid fantasy option in 2023.
  • LAD First Baseman #5
    Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 and hit a grand slam Monday as the Dodgers down the Diamondbacks 6-4.
    The Dodgers scored all of their runs in the third, an inning that also featured homers from Kiké Hernandez and Will Smith. Freeman’s slam was the sixth of his career. He actually went his first 10 seasons without one, but he’s been playing catchup after finally collecting his first in Sept. 2020.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #18
    Yoshinobu Yamamoto yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight in a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.
    Maybe he’s no Shota Imanaga, but Yamamoto improved to 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA with his latest quality start. He’s struck out 61 and walked just 11 in 54 innings, and his ERA would stand at 2.38 if one discarded his March 21 start in South Korea.
  • LAD Relief Pitcher #41
    Daniel Hudson pitched a perfect ninth for his third save Monday against the Diamondbacks.
    Hudson fanned two of the three batters he faced against his former team. He’ll likely resume working in a setup role once Evan Phillips rejoins the Dodgers next week, but until then, he’s a worthy play in mixed leagues.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #43
    After taking over for opener Joe Mantiply, Slade Cecconi gave up six runs in five innings Monday in a loss to the Dodgers.
    Mantiply did his part in the first and Cecconi kept it going with a scoreless second, but he went on to five up three homers in the third inning. It was impressive how Cecconi rebounded with three scoreless innings afterwards, but the damage was done. Cecconi is now 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA, and his rotation spot appears to be in jeopardy.
  • ARI Center Fielder #31
    Jake McCarthy went 2-for-4 and hit his second homer against the Dodgers on Monday.
    McCarthy’s homer was hit 106.6 mph off Eliezer Hernández, edging out his previous season high. He’s off to a pretty encouraging start offensively, hitting .283/.357/.414 in 114 plate appearances. Unfortunately, he hasn’t delivered in the stolen base department, collecting just three in 40 games, and there just isn’t much reason to think he’ll remain a factor once Alek Thomas is healthy.
  • LAA First Baseman #18
    Nolan Schanuel went 2-for-5 and hit a three-run homer Monday as the Angels outlasted the Astros 9-7.
    Schanuel’s exit velocity numbers aren’t the least bit impressive, but he’s having enough success pulling flyballs that he’s now hit five homers, even though his longest drive of the year is 381 feet. We still wouldn’t want to roster him in mixed leagues at the moment, but it bodes well for the future.
  • LAA Starting Pitcher #48
    Reid Detmers surrendered six runs in four innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Astros.
    Victimized by a couple of infield singles, Detmers was unfortunate not to be out of the inning before José Altuve hit a three-run homer in the second. Still, this was another disappointing outing for the 24-year-old, who has given up 32 earned runs over 31 2/3 innings in his last six starts. We still believe in Detmers as a useful mixed-league option, what with his 59/19 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings this season, but he certainly doesn’t make it easy.
  • LAA Relief Pitcher #53
    Carlos Estévez picked up his seventh save despite giving up a run in the ninth Monday against the Astros.
    Estévez gave up two hits and a walk after the outstanding fortune of Jo Adell denying Yainer Diaz a possible homer or at least a double to begin the inning. Estévez is sporting a 5.17 ERA through 15 2/3 innings this season, and he’s lucky that neither Robert Stephenson (out for the season) or José Soriano (in the rotation) is currently an alternative in the closer’s role for the Angels.
  • HOU Starting Pitcher #59
    Framber Valdez was pounded for eight runs and three homers in five innings by the Angels in Monday’s loss.
    Valdez allowed just one run on four groundball singles through four innings tonight, but the fifth was a vastly different story. All three homers came in that inning, and it was really pretty amazing that he got to finish the frame while allowing seven runs. Valdez had a 2.88 ERA going into the fifth tonight, only to finish the game at 4.32. It’s the first time in his career that he’s allowed three homers and the second time that he’s allowed eight runs, with the other instance also coming against the Angels in 2020.