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Lucas Duda Headshot

Duda went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run against the Padres on Tuesday.

He'd been slumping since returning from the disabled list, going just 4-for-26 (.154) without a homer over nine games, so it was nice to see Duda bust out with a multi-hit performance. The slugging first baseman is still looking for his first long ball since April 14, but his track record should give fantasy owners some confidence that he'll find his stroke in due time.
3:57 am (EST)
Michael Conforto Headshot

Conforto went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Padres. He was also hit by a pitch.

Conforto has been on an absolute crusade against opposing pitching this year, lighting up the scoreboard largely out of the leadoff spot in the Mets' lineup. He's tied for second in the National League in homers with 13, just two behind co-MLB leaders Mike Trout and Aaron Judge, and Conforto's 31 RBI and 34 runs are elite numbers as well.
3:54 am (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin Headshot

Chacin (4-4) lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's start against the Mets, getting slammed for seven runs on eight hits.

After a nine-run catastrophe in his first start of the year, Chacin had settled in impressively, going 4-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over an eight-start span, but these hard-to-predict blowup outings really inflate his numbers. Chacin's now given up seven-plus runs thrice in 2017, leaving his season ERA at 5.74. He's streamable in head-to-head formats if you can tolerate the volatility, but that's more or less the extent of the veteran righty's fantasy worth.
3:49 am (EST)
Matt Harvey Headshot

Harvey (3-3) held San Diego to two runs on three hits and four walks over five innings in Tuesday's win. He struck out six.

While he did a decent job keeping the Padres off the board, this was hardly an improvement in terms of efficiency for Harvey, who needed 103 pitches to get through five frames. He's now walked four-plus batters in four consecutive starts, and Harvey hasn't finished six innings since April 21. While he looks to be settling down to some degree, Harvey still has a ways to go before he can be started without reservations in fantasy.
3:44 am (EST)
Josh Osich Headshot

Osich struck out two batters over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Cubs.

Tuesday's clean frame brought Osich's ERA down to 4.00 through nine innings. The hard-throwing lefty has struck out a batter per inning, but walks continue continue to be an issue after he posted a sub-par 4.7 BB/9 last season. He will continue to be used in low-leverage situations until he displays more control on the mound.
3:30 am (EST)
Cliff Pennington Headshot

Pennington started at third and batted ninth against the Rays on Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk in a 4-0 victory.

With the surprising news of C.J. Cron's demotion to the minors Monday, playing time opened up on the infield for Pennington. The veteran could earn a few extra starts at the hot corner until Yunel Escobar (hamstring) returns from the disabled list. The 32-year-old currently owns a slugging percentage that is equal to his batting average (.271), so a temporary boost in playing time is unlikely to make waves in fantasy circles.
3:07 am (EST)
Mike Trout Headshot

Trout went 1-for-3 with his 15th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Tuesday's homer placed the Angels' slugger in a tie with Aaron Judge for the league lead in long balls with 15 on the year. In addition to the tremendous power, Trout has been filling the stat sheet for his fantasy owners with 33 runs, 35 RBI and nine steals while batting .342 through 42 games. It can be tough to digest the thought of the consensus top pick in fantasy this year exceeding his lofty expectations, but the 25-year-old appears to be doing just that with no signs of slowing down.
2:48 am (EST)
Yonder Alonso Headshot

Alonso was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after initial X-rays came back negative, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This news comes as a major relief after Alonso was hit flush on the wrist and removed from Tuesday's game against the Marlins -- his first since being sidelined with a sore knee over the weekend. While X-rays were negative, he is still dealing with a contusion, so there's still the possibility of Alonso sitting out Wednesday with an off-day looming before the A's weekend set with the Yankees. Look for a further update on Alonso's status during the day Wednesday, but if he's unavailable for the series finale, Ryon Healy would likely fill in at first base.
1:24 am (EST)
Yasiel Puig Headshot

Puig will remain in Tuesday's game after an outfield collision with Joc Pederson, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

He and Pederson collided at full-speed in right center field, and though Pederson bore the brunt of the impact, Puig still caught an elbow on his ribcage. Puig was due up fourth in the bottom of the 10th inning and did get into the on deck circle before the inning ended, and he went back out to his spot in right field for the top of the 11th. However, Puig still appeared to be favoring his side while in the on deck circle. It'll be worth monitoring whether Puig is able to take his next at-bat as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 11th inning.
1:14 am (EST)
Joc Pederson Headshot

Pederson (undisclosed) was removed from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after an outfield collision with Yasiel Puig, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

There was a scary moment in extra innings Tuesday when Pederson bore the brunt of a full-speed collision between him and Puig and went head-first into the outfield wall. Pederson also appeared to take an elbow to the side of the head in the collision and he was bleeding from his forehead as he left the field. Chris Taylor came on to pinch-hit for Pederson, and it's unclear whether Pederson will be in Wednesday's lineup. The Dodgers will have more information on Pederson's injury late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
1:08 am (EST)
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