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George Springer went 1-for-5 with a base hit, a walk, and a run scored in his major league debut Wednesday as the Astros fall to the Royals 6-4 in 11 innings.

A ho-hum debut from the uber-talented rookieANALYST: Michael Pichan

Diamondbacks optioned Andrew Chafin to Triple-A Reno.

Chafin took the loss on Saturday, but he still has a 2.41 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 67 1/3 innings this season. He should be back up in September, and could be Arizona's primary left-handed reliever next season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jhonny Peralta is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Sunday.

Peralta is 0-for-17 in his last four games, so a day off was probably in order. Greg Garcia will start at shortstop and bat eighth for the Cardinals. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Buster Posey (elbow) is in the Giants starting lineup on Sunday.

With so many of the top catchers sitting Sunday, Posey is one of the best DFS plays of the day, if you can afford him. If you own Posey in a traditional league, feel free to start him as you normally would. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Diamondbacks recalled RHP A.J. Schugel from the Triple-A Reno.

Schugel has a 10.18 ERA at Triple-A this season, and it is hard to understand why the Diamondbacks would bother calling him up. He is nothing more than bullpen depth for the rest of this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Diamondbacks recalled RHP Allen Webster from the Triple-A Reno.

This is just a formality, as Webster is scheduled to start opposite Jesse Chavez. Webster has a 6.86 ERA and 1.67 in 21 innings this season, and should not be used in any fantasy format. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Alex Rodriguez at first base is being re-examined by the Yankees in the wake of the continued absence of Mark Teixeira with a deep bone bruise on his right shin.

The Yankees will consider the move if it means opening up some lineup flexibility. Greg Bird has done a solid job as a fill-in, but manager Joe Girardi obviously feels like he can do more with the lineup if he can use multiple players at the DH spot. This is only being re-examined though. Nothing is etched in stone. Analysis: Howard Bender

Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks starting lineup on Sunday.

It's just a regular day off for Castillo as has been the case for some time now. He usually starts three days in a row and gets a break. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will handle the work behind the dish Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Gerardo Parra is not in the Orioles starting lineup on Sunday.

Parra is sitting for the second time in three games as just a way to clear his head. He went 0-for-9 over his last two starts and manager Buck Showalter just wants him to rest and get him mind right. Steve Pearce will play left field Sunday but you can expect Parra back there after the weekend. Analysis: Howard Bender

A.J. Burnett (elbow) said pitching out of the bullpen is not an option when he returns.

It's all or nothing for Burnett who is, once again, dealing with elbow issues. When he first landed on the DL, Burnett was very matter of fact. He said if it required surgery to pitch again, then he was done and would retire. If surgery wasn't needed then he would see how his rehab went before making a final decision, but he will be a starter or not pitch at all. Analysis: Howard Bender

Robinson Chirinos (shoulder) will likely start a rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Round Rock.

Chirinos will likely see a few games in Triple-A but the Rangers would like to have him behind the plate as quickly as possible. Expect him to return no later than the end of the week. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rougned Odor (finger) remains out of the Rangers starting lineup on Sunday.

This will make five-straight games Odor has missed after losing a fingernail on his throwing hand. Consider him day-to-day still and expect him back at some point this week. Hanser Alberto will handle the work at second base Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender

A.J. Pollock is not in the Diamondbacks starting lineup on Sunday.

Just a routine day of rest for Pollock; nothing more than that. Ender Inciarte will move to center field while David Peralta gets the work in left. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jean Machi will serve as the teams closer on Sunday.

Tazawa is dealing with a sore hip, so between that and having thrown 30 pitches Friday night, he's going to be held out of action Sunday. Whether or not this is something permanent is not yet known as Machi hasn't exactly been the most reliable of relievers this season. For now though, he'll be getting the saves. Analysis: Howard Bender

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