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Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored against the Tigers on Friday.
It looks like it could be a take of two halves for Kipnis yet again, except this time it's a dominant second half instead of a first. Chalk up the power outage to the oblique injury early on as the Indians' second baseman put it all behind him with a strong performance to open the second half. He won't reach the 20-20 mark we were all hoping for, but a strong second half could certainly salvage what has seemingly been a lost season for the third-year pro. This game may have just ruined your chance to buy low on him, so hopefully you acted quickly before.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Hyun-Jin Ryu said his first MRI showed a torn labrum, back when he originally signed with the Dodgers.
This...um...wow, that is strange. Ryu has been dealing with shoulder issues since coming out of Korea two years ago, and the cause of that is a torn labrum, which evidently the club and Ryu have known about all along. Ryu pitching with a torn labrum for two seasons is pretty incredible, especially with the success he's had. Hopefully he can come back strong from season ending surgery on his shoulder and become a top-30 pitching in fantasy in 2016 like many were expecting out of him this year. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Hunter Strickland will join the Giants as their 26th man on Saturday.
With the Giants getting to add one more player to their 25-man roster for the upcoming double-header on Saturday, Strickland will join the team. He has top-tier reliever upside if he can reign in his command and propensity for giving up huge home runs in high leverage situations (yes, that is a nod to the pitcher giving up six home runs in 8.1 postseason innings pitched), but will head back down to the minors after the game. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Update: Yasiel Puig felt tightness in his hamstring while jogging Friday.
This is a very bad sign for Puig, who has already encountered a setback in his hamstring injury that has limited him to just 43 at bats this season. A second setback now likely will cause him to be shut down for a week or more, as LA Times reporter Bill Shaiken wrote that "that's a DL return measured in weeks, not days." Puig was just a day or two from returning to the Dodgers a few weeks ago before aggravating his hamstring injury in a minor league rehab game, and now could be out through mid-June. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Hawks F DeMarre Carroll will start in Game 2 on Friday.
Carroll is dealing with a knee injury, and it is a bit of a surprise that he will be able to play on Friday. The Hawks did not sound confident about Carroll's availability just yesterday, but he will be able to play. The fact that the small forward was considered a game-time decision and nearly did not play makes it tough to envision him logging his standard 30+ minutes of playing time, likely causing Kent Bazemore to have a larger role in Friday's game. Analysis: Ben Diamond