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Ross Stripling Headshot

Stripling allowed a single hit over three scoreless innings while striking out two batters to earn his first save of the season during Saturday's win over the Cubs.

The converted starter has excelled out of the bullpen with a 2.54 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 10.5 K/9. However, he's being utilized more in the middle innings than in high-leverage situations, so his fantasy value will probably remain limited to providing solid ratios and punchouts.
10:47 pm (EST)
Bud Norris Headshot

Norris closed out the Angels' 5-2 win Saturday in a non-save situation, allowing one run and a walk in the ninth inning.

The reliever had been considered day-to-day after reporting knee soreness following Friday's appearance, but appears to be just fine. Norris allowed a home run to Marcell Ozuna and walked J.T. Realmuto before retiring J.T. Riddle to end the game. The 32-year-old is 9-for-11 in save opportunities this season and should continue to be regularly available out of the bullpen moving forward.
10:44 pm (EST)
John Lackey Headshot

Lackey (4-5) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five batters over five innings during Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

The veteran has now allowed 13 runs -- including five home runs -- through his past 15.1 innings. Lackey sports a 5.18 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 2.0 HR/9, which limits the value of his 9.4 K/9. His 21.0 HR/FB rate is probably eyeing positive regression, but Lackey's 5.02 FIP is another discouraging mark. It isn't out of the question to fade him outside of favorable matchups until he shows signs of turning his season around, and there is no guarantee that happens. Lackey lines up to face the Cardinals at Wrigley Field for his next start.
10:37 pm (EST)
T.J. Oshie Headshot

Oshie is close to a deal that will have him return to Washington, J.J. Regan of CSN Mid Atlantic reports.

According to the report, John Shannon of Sportsnet was the first to report that a deal between the Caps and Oshie was "all but done." Oshie is coming off a career year, surpassing the 30-goal threshold for the first time in his career. His 33 goals were tied for the team high with Alex Ovechkin.
10:22 pm (EST)
Brandon McCarthy Headshot

McCarthy was removed from Saturday's start after the sixth inning with right knee tendinitis, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

The veteran right-hander cruised through six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six while throwing just 79 pitches. Unfortunately, manager Dave Roberts said McCarthy had complained about the issue in the fourth inning and was removed as a precautionary measure prior to the seventh. He is scheduled for an MRI following the game, so consider it a day-to-day issue until more information becomes available. McCarthy's next scheduled start is Thursday against St. Louis.
10:18 pm (EST)
Alcides Escobar Headshot

Escobar went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indians.

Escobar's lone hit of the day proved to be a big one, as his two-run double in the sixth inning off Danny Salazar broke a 2-2 tie. He got the Royals on the board in the first inning after reaching on an error by Jason Kipnis, scoring on a Salvador Perez sac fly. Despite collecting hits in four of his last six games, Escobar's average still sits well below the Mendoza Line, and his .205 OBP has contributed to him failing to steal a single base this season. He's averaged nearly 25 stolen bases in his previous six seasons with the Royals.
10:12 pm (EST)
Huston Street Headshot

Street (back) threw a scoreless inning with Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, recording two strikeouts, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

In two rehab appearances with Salt Lake, the veteran reliever has posted two perfect innings, a positive sign as he works his way back to full strength. Street, out since suffering the injury in spring training, appears well on his way to returning and is eligible to come off the disabled list June 1, when he could begin his campaign to retake the closer role in the Angels' bullpen.
10:10 pm (EST)
Francisco Lindor Headshot

Lindor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's loss to Kansas City.

Lindor's 401-foot blast off Jason Vargas in the first inning put the Indians on the board and extended his hitting streak to 12. Lindor is hitting .313 with three long balls during the streak, raising his season average to .283. Even at a loaded shortstop position, Lindor is one of the best options in the game.
10:01 pm (EST)
Kolten Wong Headshot

Wong was scratched from Saturday's starting lineup due to left elbow soreness,Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Wong was held out for two straight games earlier this week with the same injury and it appears to have flared up again Saturday, so consider him day-to-day for now. Greg Garcia, who filled in at second base, will likely continue to start in his place.
10:00 pm (EST)
Derek Holland Headshot

Holland (4-4) allowed a single run on seven hits and four walks while striking out eight batters over six innings during Saturday's loss to Detroit in the second game of their doubleheader.

The 30-year-old southpaw has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his 10 starts and sports a 2.37 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 7.7 K/9. Holland was likely a little lucky to escape with just the single run against after allowing 11 baserunners Saturday, and his 4.35 FIP suggests he's likely pitching above his weight class right now. Still, while there could be rougher times ahead, Holland was a trustworthy fantasy asset before injuries held him to just 35 starts over the past three seasons, and this has been a throwback stretch. He projects to face the Tigers again in his next start.
9:57 pm (EST)
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