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Dallas Keuchel (neck) could return to Astros' rotation next weekend

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (neck) gave up three hits and one run over five strong innings Saturday in a rehab start for Low-A Quad Cities.

What It Means:

The start is expected to be Keuchel's last rehab appearance. If he makes it through a bullpen session mid-week, he will likely be activated to start next weekend versus the Detroit Tigers.

Through 11 starts, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 69 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings pitched this season.


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Giants' Johnny Cueto (blister) still not throwing

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto has yet to resume throwing as he recovers from blisters on his throwing hand.

What It Means:

Cueto isn't rushing his return, but he doesn't have any reason to. At 37-61, the Giants are 29 1/2 back of first place and will likely miss the playoffs for the second time in three years. While he's likely to return this season, it could be a while before we see Cueto toeing the rubber again.

We project Cueto for a 2-2 record, 4.50 ERA and 31 strikeouts across 40 innings the rest of this season.

Source: Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

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Nationals' Ryan Raburn to be placed on bereavement list

Washington Nationals outfielder Ryan Raburn is set to go on the team's bereavement list tomorrow, according to MASN Sports' Mark Zuckerman.

What It Means:

Raburn is available off the bench Saturday, but is unlikely to see action after the passing of his grandfather. Chris Heisey is starting in his place tonight and could continue to do so in the next few games.

Our numbers have Raburn at 1 home run, 5 RBI and a .217 average for the remainder of the 2017 campaign.

Source: Mark Zuckerman, MASN Sports

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Marlins-Reds expected to start at 8:05

Saturday's game between the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds is expected to start around 8:05pm ET.

What It Means:

The game hasn't been delayed due to rain, but has taken precautionary measures with thunderstorms in the surrounding areas. They're going to give it a go shortly after 8:00 local time.

According to Fantasy Alarm, there's just a 15% chance of rain until 10:00pm. After that, the forecast calls for chances of precipitation of 56% and 74% for 10:00 and 11:00, respectively.

Source: Cincinnati Reds

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Braves' Brandon Phillips (hamstring) out again Saturday

Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips (hamstring) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Phillips tweaked his hamstring on Thursday and will now have missed two games with the injury. It is not considered serious as Phillips is optimistic he will be available to play on Sunday. Johan Camargo will make another start at second base on Saturday.

Phillips has scored 47 runs while posting a .294 batting average so far and is projected, by our models, for 31 more runs scored in 246 plate appearances the rest of the season.


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Starlin Castro (hamstring) placed on the Yankees' DL

The New York Yankees have placed second baseman Starlin Castro (hamstring) on the 10-day DL, per Erik Boland of Newsday Sports.

What It Means:

Castro didn't even make it a week without returning the DL. He missed 13 games with a hamstring strain at the beginning of the month and may be sidelined longer this time. Tyler Wade was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Ronald Torreyes is starting at second base Saturday.

Castro has slugged 12 home runs with 45 RBI while posting a .307 batting average in 337 plate appearances this season.

Source: Erik Boland, Newsday Sports

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Astros-Orioles being delayed due to inclement weather

The start of Saturday's game between the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles has been delayed due to inclement weather.

What It Means:

It is currently raining in Baltimore with the skies expected to clear in another hour. First pitch is anticipated to take place around 8 pm.

Our models give the Astros a 57.3% chance of winning Saturday's game if it is played.

Source: Baltimore Orioles

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Danny Valencia hitting sixth on Saturday for Seattle

Seattle Mariners infielder Danny Valencia is batting from the sixth spot Saturday night against the New York Yankees.

What It Means:

Valencia falls four spots in tonight's lineup, as he faces off with Mashahiro Tanaka at Safeco Field.

With a price of $3,200, Valencia is projected for 6.1 FanDuel points in tonight's matchup. He's hitting .302/.361/.457 at home this season.

Source: Baseball Press

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Clint Frazier is batting second for the Yankees

New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier has been moved up to second in the batting order on Saturday.

What It Means:

The rookie outfielder has started sixth or lower in 13 of his 14 starts this season. He will bat in the prime slot right between Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge versus the Seattle MAriners on Saturday.

Our models project Frazier for 10.6 FanDuel points while costing $2,600 versus the Mariners.

Source: Baseball Press

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Marlins-Reds in rain delay Saturday night

The Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds are currently experiencing a rain delay Saturday night in Cincinnati.

What It Means:

Thunderstorms slowly rolled in around first pitch but should clear out until later in the evening. For now, this shouldn't affect tonight's starters.

According to Fantasy Alarm, there's just a 15% chance of rain until 10:00 PM, when the chances increase to 56%.

Source: Fantasy Alarm

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