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Hoby Milner Headshot

Milner could be close to earning a promotion to the majors, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Milner has not allowed a run in 18.1 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He has struck out 15 and walked two. The lefty doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he has a sidearm delivery that makes it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball. The Phillies lack a dominant lefty in their pen, so Milner is likely to get a look in the near future.
7:08 am (EST)
Jake Marisnick Headshot

Marisnick entered Thursday's game as a pinch runner and then provided a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of Houston's 7-6 win over the Detroit.

Marisnick's homer was his fifth of the season and raised his slugging percentage to .559, well above his previous career high and second among the Astros' regulars. His bat, which has been deleterious to fantasy teams in the past, has held up through 34 games. Marisnick is slashing .288/.364/.559 in 66 plate appearances.
7:01 am (EST)
Odubel Herrera Headshot

Herrera went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rockies.

Herrera's poor month of May continues as he is now slashing just .194/.211/.269 during the month with no homers and 28 strikeouts. He is swinging at a lot more pitches out of the strike zone this season which may be a factor in his struggles. The lack of patience at the plate is also an issue, as Herrera was at his best last season when he was able to work counts and take walks if pitchers weren't giving him pitches to hit. He should get plenty of time to fight his way out of this slump, but fantasy owners may want to consider benching him until he shows some signs of turning things around.
6:59 am (EST)
Carlos Correa Headshot

Correa went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Tigers.

Correa had missed the previous two games due to an illness, but showed up hale and hearty Thursday and snapped an 0-for-12 skid with his three-hit effort. The dynamic shortstop and the Astros primary cleanup batter has seven homers and 26 RBI through 42 games.
6:51 am (EST)
Ken Giles Headshot

Giles allowed a hit and struck out one to pick up his 13th save of the season in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Tigers.

The Astros bullpen squandered a lead in the top of the eighth inning, taking a save chance off the board for Giles. But as its done several times this season, Houston's resilient offense got the lead back. This time it was Jake Marisnick's home run in the bottom of the eighth that re-gifted an opportunity to the Astros closer who then shut the door on the Tigers. Since a shaky stretch early in the season, Giles has been terrific. He's allowed just two runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out 15 over his last 14.1 innings.
6:33 am (EST)
Mike Fiers Headshot

Fiers allowed four runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out two over 4.2 innings in Thursday's 7-6 win over the Tigers.

Fiers gave up some loud contact, including four extra-base hits and his MLB-most 18th home run. The Astros fought back from a 3-0 hole when they scored five times in the fourth, but Fiers failed to throw a shutdown inning in the top of the fifth and was pulled before he could qualify for the win. He's maintained a spot in the rotation largely because the Astros lacked an alternative. But after Brad Peacock pitched 4.1 dominant innings as a fill-in for Dallas Keuchel (neck) earlier this week, it looks like an alternative is emerging. As of now, Fiers is on the docket to pitch Tuesday on the road against the Twins.
6:18 am (EST)
Matt Szczur Headshot

Szczur went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI in Thursday's win over the Mets.

The 27-year-old was filling in for Manuel Margot (calf) on Thursday. With the former ruled out until Saturday at the earliest, Szczur should receive short stint of regular playing time in the interim. His .240/.339/.360 slash line likely keeps him out of the conversation in standard formats, but the veteran outfielder could make for a decent punt play in daily fantasy leagues when he starts.
5:00 am (EST)
Brad Hand Headshot

Hand picked up his second save of the season despite allowing a run in Thursday's 6-5 win over the Mets.

After converting his first save Wednesday, manager Andy Green expressed that Hand wasn't taking over for Brandon Maurer as the team's closer. Despite the skipper's reluctance to make an official change, the dominant southpaw appears to be the pitcher to own for saves in San Diego until the results prove otherwise. The 27-year-old owns a 2.00 ERA and 11.7 K/9 over 27 innings this season.
4:53 am (EST)
Juan Graterol Headshot

Graterol got a start behind the dish Thursday, going 1-for-3 in a loss to the Rays.

Graterol has been receiving a start or two per week backing up Martin Maldonado. He is slashing just .250/.250/.292 in 24 plate appearances, so even owners in two-catcher leagues would find it hard to justify a roster spot for the 28-year-old.
4:31 am (EST)
David Hernandez Headshot

Hernandez struck out a batter in his lone inning of work Thursday against the Rays.

The veteran reliever has pitched well since joining the Angels in April, posting a 3.00 ERA with a 12:1 K:BB ratio over 12 innings. Hernandez has converted five holds this season and should continue to see opportunities in a shaky Angels bullpen.
4:26 am (EST)
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