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  • SEA Starting Pitcher #68
    George Kirby held the Royals to three hits with six strikeouts in seven shutout innings to help the Mariners to a win Monday by a 6-2 score.
    After struggling for the majority of his start against the Twins, Kirby bounced back nicely. As is usually the case, he didn’t put on any runners via walk, and he pounded the strike zone with 68-of-101 pitches going for strikes. When Kirby doesn’t have his best stuff/command the results can be problematic. He usually does. Kirby will face the Orioles next.
  • CLE Center Fielder #38
    Steven Kwan (hamstring) took batting practice on Friday.
    Kwan has resumed baseball activities and is progressing well, according to Guardians manager Stephen Vogt. The 26-year-old contact-oriented outfielder remains without a firm return timetable, but it sounds like he could return to Cleveland’s lineup before the end of the month following a minor league rehab assignment.
  • BOS Catcher #32
    Red Sox activated C Tyler Heineman from the 10-day injured list; optioned him to Triple-A Worcester.
    Heineman will remain stationed at Triple-A Worcester as emergency catching depth after wrapping up a rehab assignment. The 32-year-old journeyman backstop was sent to the injured list back in late April with a right hamstring strain.
  • SEA Second Baseman #7
    Jorge Polanco (hamstring) remains absent from the lineup for Saturday’s showdown against the Orioles.
    Polanco hasn’t been placed on the injured list yet, but he’s out of Seattle’s lineup for the fourth straight contest on Saturday afternoon with Josh Rojas filling in at the keystone. The 30-year-old infielder has been sidelined since exiting Monday’s game against the Royals with right hamstring tightness.
  • COL Catcher #35
    Elias Díaz (hand) remains absent from the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Giants.
    It’ll be Hunter Goodman handling the catching duties on Saturday afternoon with Díaz sidelined for a third consecutive contest due to left hand soreness. Fantasy managers should still consider him day-to-day for now.
  • NYM Left Fielder #9
    Brandon Nimmo (illness) is back in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Marlins.
    Nimmo is back in New York’s lineup in left field and batting third following a two-game absence due to a stomach bug. The interesting twist here is that Francisco Lindor is up in the leadoff spot with lefty Braxton Garrett taking the hill for Miami.
  • PIT Shortstop #15
    Oneil Cruz is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Cubs.
    It’s a routine off day for Cruz with lefty Shota Imanaga toeing the rubber for Chicago. The 25-year-old shortstop has hit a small rough patch of late, hitting .207 (6-for-29) over his last seven contests. He does have two homers and one steal during that stretch, but has also struck out eight times with only one walk as well.
  • MIN Center Fielder #25
    Twins activated OF Byron Buxton from the 10-day injured list.
    Buxton returns to Minnesota’s lineup for Saturday’s showdown against the division-rival Guardians following a two-week absence due to right knee inflammation. The 30-year-old center fielder has managed to avoid serious injury so far, but has gotten off to an icy start at the plate, batting .250/.300/.391 with one homer and one steal in 100 plate appearances over 28 contests.
  • MIN Second Baseman #82
    Twins optioned INF/OF Austin Martin to Triple-A St. Paul.
    Martin was back up for a couple weeks as Byron Buxton’s replacement on Minnesota’s active roster, but will head back with the veteran center fielder set to return fro Saturday’s game in Cleveland. The 25-year-old rookie has batted .224/.289/.355 with one homer and four steals in 83 plate appearances over 30 contests this season at the highest level.
  • NYY Starting Pitcher #45
    Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake told reporters Saturday that Gerrit Cole (elbow) may progress to facing hitters next week.
    Blake added that Cole was throwing in the low 90’s during Saturday’s bullpen session, elaborating that he’s a notch ahead of a typical spring training progression, but remains several weeks from returning. The 33-year-old reigning AL Cy Young Award winner isn’t expected back until sometime in mid-June.
  • TB Relief Pitcher #49
    Rays acquired LHP Richard Lovelady from the Cubs for LHP Jeff Belge.
    Lovelady heads to Tampa Bay in a small trade just a few days after being jettisoned from Chicago’s 40-man roster. The 28-year-old southpaw made seven relief appearances this season for the Cubs and figures to pitch in middle relief for Tampa Bay.