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Hunter Dozier (back) still out Wednesday for Kansas City

Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier (back) remains out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

What It Means:

It's Dozier's second straight absence due to a lingering back issue. Chris Owings is covering the hot corner again Wednesday for Kansas City.

Dozier is batting .324/.430/.676 with 7 home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 86 plate appearances this season.

Source: Baseball Press

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Mitch Garver on Twins' bench Wednesday

Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is not in Wednesday's lineup versus the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Jason Castro is replacing Garver at catcher in Wednesday's series finale.

Garver is 15-for-37 (.405) with a 1.355 OPS this season. He has 5 homers, 4 doubles, 10 RBI, and 11 runs scored.

Source: Baseball Press

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Jonathan Schoop sitting for Minnesota against Houston

Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop is out of Wednesday's lineup versus the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Schoop hit 2 doubles and scored a run in Tuesday's loss to Houston. He's currently on a six-game hitting streak and has racked up 2 homers and 5 doubles over the past five contests. Ehire Adrianza is filling in at second base in Wednesday's series finale.

numberFire's models expect Schoop to add 16 home runs, 52 RBI, and 49 runs over the rest of the season.

Source: Baseball Press

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Byron Buxton out of Twins' lineup Wednesday

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton is out of Wednesday's lineup versus the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Buxton appears to be getting a breather. He's hit safely in six straight games and is batting .284 overall with 12 doubles. Max Kepler is sliding to center field for Wednesday's series finale while Willians Astudillo starts in right.

numberFire's models expect Buxton to add 13 home runs, 47 RBI, 58 runs, and 18 steals over the rest of the season.

Source: Baseball Press

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Rays' Blake Snell activated for Wednesday's start

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell has been activated from the 10-day injured list.

What It Means:

Snell was on the injured list with a fractured right toe but will be back to make his start on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals.

Our models project him to score 41.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $12,000 on Wednesday.

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Jason Castro catching for Twins versus Astros

Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro is starting in Wednesday's series finale versus right-hander Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Castro is replacing Mitch Garver at catcher and batting ninth. Kohl Stewart is starting on the mound for Minnesota.

numberFire's models project Castro for 5.4 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $2,200.

Source: Baseball Press

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Willians Astudillo in right field Wednesday for Minnesota

Minnesota Twins utility player Willians Astudillo is starting in Wednesday's series finale versus right-hander Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Astudillo is in right field and hitting seventh while Max Kepler is covering center in place of Byron Buxton.

numberFire's models project Astudillo for 8.1 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $3,100.

Source: Baseball Press

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Ehire Adrianza starting for Twins Wednesday night

Minnesota Twins infielder Ehire Adrianza is starting in Wednesday's series finale versus right-hander Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Jonathan Schoop is getting a breather, so Adrianza is manning second base and batting eighth.

numberFire's models project Adrianza for 7.9 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $2,100.

Source: Baseball Press

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Max Kepler leading off for Twins in Wednesday's series finale

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler is leading off in Wednesday's series finale versus right-hander Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros.

What It Means:

Kepler is covering center field for Byron Buxton and moving back to the top of the order after hitting eighth in Tuesday's loss to the Houston Astros.

numberFire's models project Kepler for 11.2 FanDuel points on Wednesday. He's priced at $3,200.

Source: Baseball Press

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Cardinals' Lane Thomas starting Wednesday

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lane Thomas is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Thomas is starting in center field in place of Dexter Fowler and batting eighth against Jhoulys Chacin.

Our models project Thomas to score 7.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200 on Wednesday.

Source: Baseball Press

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