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Christian Walker went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Thursday in the Diamondbacks' blowout loss to the Dodgers.

May 27   1:22 AM

Walker supplied the Diamondbacks' lone run of the lopsided affair by smacking a solo homer to left field -- his 12th long ball of the season -- off Dodgers' reliever Evan Phillips in the sixth inning. The 31-year-old first baseman has gone deep an astounding eight times in 24 games since May 1.

Joe Barlow fired a scoreless ninth inning Thursday, protecting a three-run lead against the Athletics to record his eighth save of the season.

May 27   1:06 AM

Barlow was called upon with a three-run cushion and needed just 14 pitches (nine strikes) to end the contest. He issued a leadoff walk to Tony Kemp, but managed to coax a double-play ball off the bat of Luis Barrera and induce a game-ending pop up from Elvis Andrus. The 26-year-old righty has converted all eight of his save opportunities and holds a sparkling 1.76 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 16/5 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings this season.

Chad Pinder went 2-for-4 with a run scored Thursday in the Athletics' loss to the Rangers.

May 27   1:06 AM

Simply put, there wasn't much offense to come by in this one as the two teams remained deadlocked at one run apiece into the ninth inning. Pinder was responsible for nearly half of Oakland's five hits in the low-scoring affair.

Nathaniel Lowe hit a two-run homer Thursday, lifting the Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Athletics.

May 27   1:06 AM

Lowe provided a pair of key insurance runs for the Rangers with a two-run blast to right-center field -- his third long ball of the season -- off Athletics' lefty reliever Sam Moll in the top of the ninth inning. It was his second round-tripper in his last five games. The 26-year-old slugger has cooled off considerably following a fantastic opening month to the 2022 campaign, but he's still capable of providing the occasional homer for fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats.

Hyun Jin Ryu allowed two runs over five innings Thursday in a win over the Angels.

May 27   1:06 AM

Ryu gave up an RBI single to Luis Rengifo and an RBI ground out to Shohei Ohtani in the third inning, which represented all of the damage against him in this one. The 35-year-old left-hander has allowed just three runs on 16 hits with a 7/2 K/BB ratio across 15 2/3 innings (three starts) since returning from the injured list back on May 14. He'll square off against the White Sox on Wednesday his next time out.

George Springer went 2-for-4 with a leadoff homer Thursday in the Blue Jays' win over the Angels.

May 27   1:06 AM

Springer crushed the 48th leadoff homer of his career off Angels' ace Shohei Ohtani, giving him the fourth-most leadoff round-trippers in baseball history trailing only Rickey Henderson, Alfonso Soriano and Craig Biggio. The 32-year-old fantasy stalwart is hitting .278/.353/.530 with 28 runs scored, nine homers, 26 RBI and two stolen bases across 174 plate appearances.

Luis Rengifo went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Thursday in the Angels' loss to the Blue Jays.

May 27   1:06 AM

Rengifo singled in the opening frame before putting the Halos on the scoreboard with an RBI single to center field against Blue Jays' starter Hyun Jin Ryu in the third inning. The versatile 25-year-old infielder has emerged as a solid contributor this season, hitting .295/.380/.386 with one homer and one steal in 51 plate appearances since being called up earlier this month.

Dallas Keuchel was torched for six runs over two innings Thursday in a loss to the Red Sox.

May 27   12:34 AM

It was another brutal outing for Keuchel, who has been pummeled for a combined 12 runs over six innings in his last two starts. He's recorded an astronomical 7.59 ERA, 2.16 WHIP and 20/20 K/BB ratio across 32 innings (eight starts) this season. The 34-year-old left-hander is lined up to face the Blue Jays on Thursday in his next start. Clearly, he's not a recommended fantasy option moving forward.

Michael Wacha was lit up for five runs over 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

May 27   12:34 AM

Wacha was staked to an early six-run lead and wound up failing to complete five frames for the second consecutive start since returning from the injured list on May 20. It was Andrew Vaughn who did all of the damage against him, delivering a three-run double in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The 30-year-old righty has excelled this season in his Red Sox debut, recording a solid 2.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 24/14 K/BB ratio across 35 innings (seven starts). He's in line for a tasty matchup Tuesday against the Reds at Fenway Park.

Alex Verdugo went 4-for-6 with three RBI on Thursday in the Red Sox' lopsided win over the White Sox. 

May 27   12:34 AM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with three runs scored Thursday in the Red Sox' blowout win over the Whit Sox.

May 27   12:34 AM

Martinez continued tearing the cover off the ball Thursday evening in Chicago, collecting three hits and reaching base safely in four of his six plate appearances in the one-sided contest. The 34-year-old slugger has recorded an astronomical .380/.430/.599 triple-slash line with 27 runs scored, five home runs and 21 RBI across 158 plate appearances.

Andrew Vaughn went 2-for-5 with five RBI on Thursday in the White Sox' lopsided defeat at the hands of the Red Sox.

May 27   12:34 AM

Vaughn did all of his damage in the early stages of the contest, walloping a three-run double against Red Sox' starter Michael Wacha in the third inning before also taking him deep for a two-run shot in the fifth inning. The 24-year-old outfielder has been excellent this season, hitting .292/.349/.500 with 11 runs scored, five homers and 19 RBI across 106 plate appearances.

Jordan Lawlar was placed on the seven-day MiLB injured list with a back injury.

May 27   12:02 AM

Lawlar, 19, traveled to Phoenix to be evaluated, and the shortstop will meet with team physician Dr. Gary Waslewski on Friday. The sixth pick of the 2021 draft has been outstanding in his time with Low-A Visalia as seen in a .352/.461/.600 slash with seven homers and 18 steals. He's considered one of the best prospects at his position, and hopefully this is a short-term injury that won't play any part in hindering his development.

Scott Barlow got a two-inning save Thursday in a one-run game against the Twins.

May 26   11:46 PM

The Royals were hoping Joel Payamps could handle the eighth tonight, but he gave up singles to all three batters he faced. That meant Barlow entered with the bases loaded and none out. Incredibly, he escaped by striking out Jose Miranda and Nick Gordon and retiring Max Kepler on a groundout. He went on to allow two hits in the ninth, but he got out of that one, too. Barlow's stuff remains well south of it was last year -- his hardest pitch tonight was 91.1 mph, which is four mph less than he averaged with his fastball last year -- but he's making do anyway. He has a 1.71 ERA and five saves in 21 innings.

Daniel Lynch pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball versus the Twins on Thursday.

May 26   11:46 PM

Lynch struggled against the Twins last time out, giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings, so this was a nice rebound for him. He's still completed six innings just once in eight starts this year, but he has a decent 3.92 ERA and the Royals are 4-4 when he pitches. That's pretty good, considering that they're 11-24 the rest of the time.

Whit Merrifield hit a two-run double in the Royals' eighth-inning rally Thursday in a 3-2 win over the Twins.

May 26   11:46 PM

All of Kansas City's runs came off Tyler Duffey in the eighth. After Merrifield knocked in the first two, Bobby Witt Jr. doubled him in to give the Royals the lead. Merrifield is batting .347 with eight extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 17 runs scored in his last 17 games.

Jose Miranda went 2-for-4 and doubled against the Royals on Thursday.

May 26   11:30 PM

Miranda's ice-cold start to his MLB career was making him a candidate for demotion, but he is 6-for-14 with three doubles in his last four starts. He shouldn't be picked up in mixed leagues right away, but the Twins need to give him a chance to see if he can establish himself.

Adam Wainwright was charged with four runs (three earned) over five innings Thursday in a loss to the Brewers.

May 26   11:30 PM

Wainwright served up a season-high 10 hits, including a solo homer to Luis UrĂ­as in the opening frame. He finished with a pair of strikeouts and only issued one walk. The 40-year-old right-hander has shown zero signs of slowing down this season, recording a robust 3.12 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 38/19 K/BB ratio across 52 innings (nine starts). He'll square off against the Padres on Tuesday in his next outing.

Eric Lauer yielded two runs over five innings Thursday in a win over the Cardinals.

May 26   11:30 PM

Lauer struggled with his control in this one, issuing a season-high four walks, but still managed to limit the damage to a pair of runs over five frames. He notched a season-low one strikeout, induced only eight swinging strikes and finished with a pedestrian 23 percent CSW. The 26-year-old left-hander has evolved into an upper-echelon fantasy contributor this season, compiling a 2.31 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 55/12 K/BB ratio across 46 2/3 innings (eight starts). He's lined up to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday in his next start.

Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Thursday in the Cardinals' loss to the Brewers.

May 26   11:30 PM

Goldschmidt walked and scored a run in the opening frame before clobbering his eighth round-tripper of the season off Brewers' reliever Trevor Gott in the seventh inning. The 34-year-old veteran slugger has gone deep six times in his last 12 games since May 13. He's off to an incredible start this season, hitting .348/.416/.591 with 27 runs scored, eight homers, 34 RBI and three steals in 186 plate appearances.

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