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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

Aaron Hicks (shoulder) grounded out as a pinch-hitter and remained in the game in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

It was Hicks' first plate appearance since April 22, as he's been battling bursitis in his left shoulder. The shoulder issue probably isn't behind him, but Hicks could start seeing starts against lefties again.
May 1 - 8:09 AM

Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the first inning against the Royals in Saturday's 6-0 victory.

When shielded from left-handed pitching, Smith is a quality big-league player. He's currently hitting .298/.423/.544 in 71 plate appearances, and Saturday's solo shot was his fourth home run of the year. Guys like Smith are useful plug-and-play options in daily leagues when the matchup is favorable. He perhaps has become viable in weekly leagues, too, as fantasy owners can be confident that manager Scott Servais won't ruin his batting average by allowing him to face many southpaws. In a strict platoon like this, though, he's certainly not a top-50 fantasy outfielder, no matter how pretty the overall slash line may look.
May 1 - 1:40 AM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with his sixth double of the year in Saturday's defeat to the Mariners.

Moustakas used to never be a viable starting option against a left-handed pitcher like Wade Miley, but he's really come into his own as a player. He's now hitting .375 with a pair of doubles and a homer against southpaws this year and was the only offensive threat against Miley all night. Overall, the 27-year-old has a .273/.333/.580 slash line with seven homers and 11 RBI in 22 games.
May 1 - 1:33 AM
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