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Danny Valencia (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.

Valencia will begin a three-game rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday, playing third base twice and serving as a designated hitter once. Assuming all goes well, he'll be back with the A's next weekend in Baltimore. Valencia was off to a .294/.345/.353 start in his first 14 games before straining his hamstring.
May 1 - 10:21 AM

Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

It's the second time in the last three games that he's been benched in favor of Brandon Guyer. Jennings is hitting .081/.167/.135 over his last 10 games.
May 1 - 10:14 AM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

The Jays have Edwin Encarnacion at first base, Jose Bautista in the designated hitter spot and Ezequiel Carrera in right field. Smoak hit just .189/.375/.216 in April.
May 1 - 10:04 AM

Braves purchased the contract of INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Bonifacio was off to a .333/.384/.379 start at the plate with 10 steals for Gwinnett. The 31-year-old utility player will back up at a variety of positions.
May 1 - 9:39 AM

Braves optioned RHP Chris Withrow to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Withrow posted a 3.86 ERA and 4/5 K/BB ratio over seven relief innings with the big club. He'll get another shot eventually.
May 1 - 9:36 AM

John Lamb (back) allowed two runs over eight innings in his last rehab start with Triple-A Louisville.

Lamb hadn't gone more than three frames and was blasted for 12 runs in his first two rehab starts, so his last outing was quite a step up. He's slated to make his fourth rehab start for Louisville on Monday, although with Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) now injured and Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) having a setback, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Lamb rejoin the Reds' rotation for his next outing instead.
May 1 - 9:25 AM

Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports that Brad Brach and/or Mychal Givens could be given a shot to close for the Orioles if Zach Britton (ankle) is out for a while.

Britton exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and will be re-evaluated on Sunday before the extent of the ailment is determined. The obvious option to replace him in the ninth inning would be Darren O'Day, although it's possible manager Buck Showalter could keep O'Day in his setup role and elevate Brach or Givens. Both Brach (1.26 ERA, 15/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings) and Givens (3.00 ERA, 21/7 K/BB ratio over 12 innings) have been excellent this season, although it's possible Brad would have the edge out of the two given Givens' issues against left-handed batters. Brach also has more experience closing games in the minors. Both relievers are worth stashing in deeper leagues.
May 1 - 9:06 AM

The Braves could choose to skip their fifth starter until May 9 following Saturday's rainout.

Michael Foltynewicz had been set to replace Bud Norris in the rotation on Monday, but the club will now just push Julio Teheran and Matt Wisler back a day following the rainout. It's bad luck for Foltynewicz, although he should get his shot soon enough.
May 1 - 8:51 AM
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