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Sportsnets' Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays will recall Lourdes Gurriel from Double-A New Hampshire on Friday.

Davidi says Gift Ngoepe and Tim Mayza will be sent down as Toronto adds Gurriel and activates Kendrys Morales (hamstring). Yuli's younger brother signed a seven-year, $22 million contract with the Jays a couple winters ago and is set to make his major league debut after getting off to a .347/.382/.510 start at New Hampshire. While an intriguing young talent, Gurriel really struggled in the minors last season and isn't guaranteed regular playing time. He's worth considering only in deep fantasy leagues.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 20 - 10:22 AM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that Teoscar Hernandez will remain in the majors after Kendrys Morales (hamstring) is activated from the disabled list Friday.

There was some worry that Hernandez would be sent down even though he's gone 9-for-24 at the plate, but the Blue Jays are doing the right thing and keeping him up. Hernandez will have to keep performing in order to stay in the lineup, but he needs to be owned in fantasy leagues while he's receiving regular at-bats.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 20 - 10:18 AM

Danny Duffy will start Saturday's game against the Tigers on short rest.

The Royals have decided against promoting a starter and will instead roll with Duffy on three days' rest even after he threw 100 pitches Tuesday. Fantasy owners should still use him given the good matchup, but the expectations should be knocked down a peg. Eric Skoglund, who started the other game of Tuesday's doubleheader, will start Sunday.
Apr 20 - 10:11 AM

Royals recalled RHP Scott Barlow from Triple-A Omaha.

Barlow was the 26th man during Tuesday's doubleheader and is back again as the 26th man for Friday's doubleheader. He'll give the Royals' bullpen some length.
Apr 20 - 10:04 AM

Tigers recalled OF Mike Gerber from Triple-A Toledo.

Gerber was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster over the winter. He'll be the 26th man for Friday's doubleheader and will be making his major league debut if he gets into a game.
Apr 20 - 8:47 AM

Tigers recalled RHP Warwick Saupold from Triple-A Toledo.

Saupold has four scoreless appearances this season for the Tigers. He was starting at Toledo and thus will offer the Tigers' bullpen some length.
Apr 20 - 8:45 AM

Indians optioned OF Greg Allen to Triple-A Columbus.

Allen was the 26th man for the Indians' series in Puerto Rico, striking out in his only plate appearance. He'll go back to playing regularly at Columbus.
Apr 20 - 8:31 AM

Tigers optioned LHP Chad Bell to Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers want a fresh bullpen arm after Bell pitched 1 2/3 innings Thursday. He'll be back up later this summer.
Apr 20 - 8:28 AM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Martinez picked up an RBI double against Nick Tropeano in the fourth inning on an evening when his team posted 14 hits and eight runs. The Red Sox's big-money offseason acquisition has been worth every penny in the early going this season, surging after a relatively slow start to hit .338/.365/.618 with four home runs and 15 RBI through his first 17 games in a Boston uniform. Martinez has collected eight hits in his last 12 at-bats, including seven hits in his last nine at-bats. Just scorching.
Apr 20 - 1:59 AM

Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Not quite the fireworks show that Betts put on on Tuesday, when he swatted three home runs, but the outfielder remains one of the hottest players in the bigs. His dinger on Thursday came leading off the first inning against Nick Tropeano. The Angels are most certainly going to be happy for the Red Sox -- and Betts in particularly -- to leave town. Boston swept the three-game series, a three-game series in which Betts went 7-for-13 with four home runs and a double. For the campaign as a whole, the star outfielder owns a silly batting line of .391/.481/.797 with six homers, 14 RBI and 22 runs scored over the course of 64 at-bats. Simply fantastic.
Apr 20 - 1:58 AM

Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in Thursday's win over the Angels.

In a series between two of the best teams in the majors record-wise, the Red Sox made this three-game sweep look easy. Benintendi chipped in with three hits in Tuesday's series opener, sat on Wednesday and then came back to start and whack a solo home run in the sixth inning on Thursday. The home run was the first of the campaign for the young outfielder. He also picked up a nice little stat-padding two-run single in the ninth. Benintendi is now slashing .267/.384/.450 with the one home run, 13 RBI and a pair of steals across 60 at-bats. Perhaps Thursday's showing will help to get him going after what's been a somewhat quiet start with the stick.
Apr 20 - 1:54 AM

Chris Young went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

Young connected for a solo home run off Eduardo Rodriguez in the fifth inning to draw the Angels to within 3-2, but they would not draw closer than that through to the end of the contest. The veteran outfielder has seen just 13 at-bats this season and holds no fantasy value. Thursday's home run was his first of the campaign.
Apr 20 - 1:49 AM

Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Ohtani has been the toast of baseball this year, but this series against the Red Sox is a solid reminder that he's probably a mortal man. He was knocked up for three runs in just two innings in his Tuesday start -- which he was forced to leave due to a blister on his right hand -- and fared no better with the bat on Thursday. That said, in 34 at-bats this season, Ohtani is still slashing .324/.378/.676 with three home runs (five total extra-base hits) and 11 RBI. He also owns a 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 19/4 K/BB ratio in three outings on the mound. He's expected to be able to make his next scheduled start despite the blister concern.
Apr 20 - 1:48 AM

Eduardo Rodriguez allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Rodriguez wasn't as crisp as he could have been -- he issued a trio of walks to go against five strikeouts -- but this was a fine performance on the whole. Zack Cozart knocked him for an RBI single in the second inning and Chris Young cracked him for a solo home run in the fifth inning, but otherwise, he was able to keep out of major trouble. This start out the way, Rodriguez will now bring a 3.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 20/7 K/BB ratio (15 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Blue Jays in his next scheduled outing.
Apr 20 - 1:45 AM

Nick Tropeano surrendered five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

Tropeano struck out three and walked two on the evening. The lava-hot Mookie Betts cracked him for a solo home run in the first inning to put the Angels behind the eight-ball early, while two-run spots by the Sox in the fourth and sixth innings capped off the scoring on his line. This start was a disappointing step back after he impressed with 6 2/3 scoreless frames against the Royals in his season-debut last time out (he did not initially make the Opening Day roster). The right-hander won't have an easier assignment next time out, as he will be heading out to Houston for a date with the Astros.
Apr 20 - 1:45 AM



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