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With the playoffs set to begin this weekend, Ryan Knaus provides a high-level overview of all eight first-round matchups.
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Matt Holliday (back) is expected to return to the Cardinals' lineup on Sunday.

Holliday's back flared up on Saturday afternoon, leading to an early exit. But it's nothing serious and he should be good to go for Sunday night's series finale with the Reds. The veteran slugger is off to a hot start, hitting .364 with a team-high .476 OBP. He'll have a chance to extend his hitting streak to 11 games if he plays Sunday.
Apr 18 - 5:19 PM

Cardinals recalled INF Dean Anna from Triple-A Memphis.

Anna failed to make the Cardinals' roster out of spring training after a rough showing in Grapefruit League play, but he is needed now for the bench with Randal Grichuk (back) heading to the disabled list. Anna can play all around the diamond defensively. He carries no fantasy relevance in a utility role.
Apr 18 - 5:19 PM

Cardinals placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.

It sounds like the backup outfielder should be ready to return as soon as he's eligible. Grichuk, 23, is 2-for-10 with a home run and two RBI on the season.
Apr 18 - 5:17 PM

As expected, Garrett Richards (knee) will start Sunday afternoon against the Astros.

Richards tore his left patellar tendon last August. It's a welcome return, as the Angels' rotation entered Saturday with the fifth-highest ERA in the American League. Richards enjoyed a breakout season last year, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP over 26 starts. Expect more of the same in 2015.
Apr 18 - 5:13 PM

Mitch Moreland (elbow) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Saturday night.

But he was able to take pregame batting practice, so that's a good early indication that he will be able to avoid minor elbow surgery. Shin-Soo Choo is serving as the designated hitter for Texas on Saturday against the Mariners and Carlos Peguero is in right field. Moreland can be considered day-to-day.
Apr 18 - 5:01 PM

Court documents show Josh Hamilton has filed for divorce from his wife Katie in Tarrant County, Texas.

Hamilton filed for divorce in late February, around the same time reports surfaced of his latest drug relapse. Hamilton was able to avoid suspension from Major League Baseball, much to the chagrin of his own team. The Angels don't want to pay the underachieving 33-year-old outfielder and have been publicly feuding with him since the spring. He hasn't even been healthy enough to play thanks to a shoulder injury. Los Angeles' five-year deal with Hamilton is looking worse by the day.
Apr 18 - 5:01 PM

Roberto Perez went 3-for-4 with a home run on Saturday, powering the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

Perez took Twins starter Phil Hughes deep in the third inning to get the Indians on the board. He's being counted on to pick up the slack offensively with Yan Gomes sidelined and has responded by hitting .300/.318/.600. He's worth a look in two-catcher leagues for as long as he remains the starter.
Apr 18 - 4:52 PM

Danny Salazar racked up 10 strikeouts over six innings as he defeated the Twins in his season debut on Saturday.

The young right-hander surrendered two runs on six hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. The Indians are committed to keeping Salazar in the rotation and he showed a glimpse of why that is with this terrific start. He'll look to keep things rolling when he takes the ball against the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.
Apr 18 - 4:50 PM
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