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- SP Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians: Though he may only muster a quality start versus a tough Toronto lineup Friday, it looks like he has fixed his potential pitch-tipping issues. Better efforts await.
- 1B Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays: Activated from DL in time to occupy a deep-mixed CI spot
- 2B Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers: Prospect has decent power, should hold down fort until Jurickson Profar (shoulder) returns
- SP Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals: Could be back in the next few weeks; solid fantasy back-ender when healthy
- SP Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants: Last three starts: 0.89 ERA, 14 K in 20 1/3 IP
- SP Drew Pomeranz, Oakland Athletics: Permanent rotation spot, finally proper development?
OF Curtis Granderson, New York Mets at New York Yankees (May 12-15)
The Grandy Man makes his return to the Bronx after leaving via free agency last winter. Boy, could he use a reminder of his potential: He's hitting below the Mendoza Line as of Friday with just three homers in 132 AB. If you could pick any week to use him, this is the one, as if his career Yankee stadium line of .255 and 64 HR in 907 AB (one dinger every 14.2 at-bats) doesn't say it enough.
OF Junior Lake, Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (May 12-15)
Another NL outfield shuffle may hurt Lake's chances to play in the near future, but here's a case where Rick Renteria may abide by history. Since Lake debuted last summer, he's hit .317 in 41 at-bats against the Cardinals. Both of his homers versus them have come this year in just 13 at-bats, along with a .462 BA.
3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles (May 15-18)
Moose and the Royals have been one of the shakiest offenses in the league so far, especially playing in Kauffman Stadium. But the Orioles' staff, a midrange among big-league teams at best, has posted been awful 4.67 ERA on the road heading into their KC trip.
OF Rajai Davis, Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (May 16-18)
Davis has thrived in full-time work with Detroit and should continue to do so in his trip to Fenway Park, where he has hit .319 with one homer, 13 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases in 91 at-bats. He's also likely to face left-handers Jon Lester career (.306 BA in 36 AB) and Felix Doubront; Davis typically fares much better against this handedness.
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