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Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

Hicks was one of six Twins with at least two hits. He also had an excellent diving catch which robbed the Red Sox of a run in the second inning. Hicks is batting just .244/.261/.267 with one extra-base hit and an 11/1 K/BB ratio over 12 games since being called up from the minors earlier this month. That's not very exciting, but there's every reason for the Twins to keep running him out there. It's about time they find out what they have with him.
May 25 - 5:30 PM

Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a double Monday against the Twins.

Betts is now batting .323 (10-for-31) over his last seven games. This includes four multi-hit games. He hasn't drawn a walk since May 11, but fantasy owners will take any sign of progress.
May 25 - 5:29 PM

Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single in Monday's loss to the Twins.

Believe it or not, it was his first RBI this month. Ramirez is batting just .234 (15-for-64) with three doubles and an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 16 games since returning from his shoulder injury.
May 25 - 5:29 PM

Yasmani Grandal has passed all concussions tests given to him by the Dodgers' medical staff.

He'll play in three rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City beginning on Tuesday -- serving as the designated hitter -- before being activated on Saturday when first eligible. Grandal sports a nice .291/.403/.466 batting line with four homers and 17 RBI for the Dodgers this season.
May 25 - 5:11 PM

In his first start back in the Nationals' rotation, Tanner Roark fired five innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Taking the place of the injured Doug Fister (forearm) in the rotation, Roark held the Cubs to three hits and one walk while striking out three. He threw 66 pitches, which is right about where the Nationals were planning to cut him off for his first start back. Roark isn't going to amass a ton of strikeouts -- he averaged just 6.25 K/9 last year -- but he should be mixed league relevant as a starter. The NL East is full of light-hitting teams.
May 25 - 5:11 PM

Drew Storen struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Cubs for his 15th save of the season.

Storen began the ninth inning by hitting Kris Bryant with a pitch -- it was originally ruled as a check swing, but overturned on replay -- but he was able to retire the final three batters to end it. He leads the NL in saves and has an excellent 0.89 ERA and 26/3 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings.
May 25 - 5:10 PM

Wilson Ramos launched a go-ahead solo home run against the Cubs on Monday.

His sixth-inning blast off Justin Grimm ended up being the difference in the ballgame. After hitting just one home run over his first 31 games this season, Ramos has gone deep twice in the last five games. He's hitting .285/.306/.394 on the year.
May 25 - 5:09 PM

Denard Span smacked a leadoff homer Monday against the Cubs.

It was the fourth leadoff homer of his career. He already has four home runs through 27 games this season after amassing five all of last year. His career-high is eight, back in 2009.
May 25 - 5:08 PM
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