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Kenley Jansen (heart) feels "great", hoping to return next week

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen feels "great." He's hoping to return early next week, far ahead of initial expectations.

What It Means:

Jansen was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat and given a four-to-six week timeline to return. It looks like he could be back well in advance of that, which would be a welcome relief for a Dodgers' team that is cycling through pitchers in an effort to replace the All-Star.

In 2018, Jansen has a 2.15 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 28.4% K%, and 32 saves.

Source: Andy McCullough

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Cubs-Pirates expected to start at 8:50 PM ET on Friday

Friday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates is expected to start at 8:50 pm ET.

What It Means:

Rain is clearing out after a nearly 2-hour delay. Skies in Pittsburgh are expected to be clear the rest of the night, leaving a solid chance the teams get the game in on Friday.

Our models give the Cubs a 51.5% chance of winning Friday's game.

Source: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Marlins' Jose Urena to appeal his six-game suspension

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena plans to appeal the six-game suspension he received for hitting Ronald Acuna with a pitch on Wednesday.

What It Means:

It seems unlikely that he will win his appeal. Acuna, who had hit a home run in seven of eight games at the time of the incident, was hit with the first pitch of the game. Urena still insists that it was unintentional.

We project Urena to have a 4.54 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, with 32 K, 15 BB, and 6 home runs allowed in his remaining starts this season.

Source: Miami Marlins

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Martin Maldonado starting for Astros on Friday night

Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado is in the starting lineup against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

What It Means:

Max Stassi was behind the plate for Houston's last game, going 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Maldonado will take his place behind the plate tonight.

We project Maldonado to score 6.6 FanDuel points in tonight's contest.

Source: Baseball Press

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Astros' Tony Kemp not starting on Friday night

Houston Astros infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp is not in the starting lineup against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

What It Means:

George Springer was activated from the disabled list earlier today. He'll take his regular spot in the lineup, which leaves no room for Kemp tonight.

We project Kemp to hit .266 with 1 home run, 10 runs, and 7 RBI in his remaining plate appearances this season.

Source: Baseball Press

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Max Stassi heading back to Astros' bench on Friday

Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi is not in the starting lineup against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

What It Means:

Stassi, who is hitting just .191 since June 1, will be replaced by Martin Maldonado tonight.

We project Stassi to hit .232 with 3 home runs, 9 runs, and 10 RBI in his remaining plate appearances this season.

Source: Baseball Press

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Cubs-Pirates to start in a rain delay on Friday

Friday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs will start in a rain delay.

What It Means:

The game was scheduled to start at 7:05 pm ET, but will be pushed back with rain currently in the Chicago area. No word on the expected start time at the moment.

Our models give the Cubs a 51.5% chance of pulling out the win on Friday.

Source: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Astros activate George Springer from 10-day disabled list

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been activated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Springer will slot right back into his lead-off role tonight in what is now a pivotal series.

We project Springer to hit .277 with 8 home runs, 25 runs, and 21 RBI in his remaining plate appearances this season.

Source: Houston Astros

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Joc Pederson in Dodgers' lineup on Friday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is starting on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

What It Means:

Pederson will get the nod in left field and bat ninth in the order against Wade LeBlanc.

Our models project Pederson for 10.0 FanDuel points in 3.90 plate appearances.

Source: Baseball Press

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San Diego adds Hunter Renfroe to lineup for Friday

San Diego Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe is batting fourth against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

What It Means:

Renfroe will displace Franmil Reyes back to the bench today.

Our models project Renfroe for 11.6 FanDuel points at a salary of $3,100 on Friday.

Source: Baseball Press

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