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Sleepers of the week
1B James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (May 2-4)
The typically power-deficient first-sacker has rekindled his stick work after starting the year 6-for-34. A recent six-game hit streak saw him bat .462 with nine RBI. His career output at Yankee Stadium should help him keep things going: Though he's only cleared the fences twice in the new lefty-hitter haven, Loney boasts a .429 average there with a .472 on-base percentage and a .633 slugging percentage.
2B Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (May 5-7)
With his high-BA game and destruction of right-handed pitching, the keystoner has left Rickie Weeks in the dust. He'll get to his at his advantageous home park in this trio while also lining up against three righty members of Arizona's woeful rotation: Mike Bolsinger, Josh Collmenter and Bronson Arroyo.
Busts of the week
OF Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates (May 2-4)
Cabrera has been off to a torrid start, so it's hard to say he's going to do nothing. But he's slated to face a trio of tough arms in Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano and (surprisingly) Edinson Volquez, and he has shown far less power on the road than he has at Rogers Centre. PNC Park is no picnic for hitters.
SP Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants (May 2-4)
Betting against any Bravos hurler seems like a bad idea; Wood has blended in with the league's best rotation so far. But he could stumble against San Fran, who ranks among the best against southpaws, thanks in large part to Michael Morse, as well as on the road. Hey, Wood's statistical correction has to start sometime, right?
Mark Trumb-oh no
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Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo to DL
The Arizona Diamondbacks officially placed OF Mark Trumbo (foot) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 24, and recalled OF Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Kieschnick will provide the Snakes with outfield insurance. He can be ignored in most formats. Be prepared for a long absence for Trumbo. More here.
Padres | Chase Headley expected to miss 2-3 weeks
Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (calf) is expected to miss two to three weeks. It's not the same calf he injured in spring training, and Headley said this injury isn't as bad, but he'll still need to go on the disabled list. The team is expected to disable him Friday, April 25, and call up INF Jace Peterson from Double-A San Antonio.
Fantasy Tip: Not good news for Headley owners. Alexi Amarista would likely take over the majority of the starting duties at the hot corner. The tiny utility infielder makes plenty of contact, but doesn't offer much else. He's a warm body as middle infield depth in NL-only leagues with consistent PT.
Rangers | Shin-Soo Choo improving
Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is reporting improvement in his sprained left ankle, and the team is hoping he'll avoid the disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Choo remains day-to-day and could play Friday, but if he's unable to play by this weekend, expect the Rangers to seriously consider putting him on the DL. Keep Choo on your bench until further notice.
Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes expected to miss some games
Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) suffered a left hamstring injury during the game Thursday, April 24, and likely will miss a few games.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should monitor the situation in case Cespedes needs to go on the disabled list because of the injury. OF Craig Gentry could see more playing time if Cespedes misses an extended period of time and could be a short-term option in AL-only and deeper leagues.
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