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Leonys Martin went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout against the Red Sox on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Martin had seen his average dip below .200 recently, but since then has put a three-game hitting streak together, including a homer on the 19th. It's far too soon to tell if he's getting his bat back, but fantasy owners should enjoy any production from the struggling outfielder while they can. Leonys is an AL-Only play at this point, and should be avoided in mixed formats if possible.

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Following his impressive 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday, Shaun Marcum looks set to keep his place in the rotation. It was his first victory for two years.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians have optioned TJ House and will see what Marcum can do in the rotation. He has a 4-0 record in Triple-A this year with a 1.36 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Mitch Moreland went 3-for-4 with two singles and a solo-HR against the Red Sox on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Moreland has come back strong since an elbow injury cost him a couple weeks, batting .323 with a couple home runs in only eight games in May. Moreland is a top option at 1B when healthy, and should be active in all fantasy formats going forward.

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Shin-Soo Choo went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored against the Red Sox on Thursday. He also struckout once in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Choo started off the season in terrible fashion, hitting .096 for the month of April, but he's been on a tear in May, batting an incredible .318 with five homers. Choo is still striking out in almost a third of his ABs, but it's clear that fantasy owners can utilize him in all formats going forward.

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In Oakland's 3-0 shutout loss to Tampa Bay, Josh Reddick goes 1-for-4 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Reddick's batting average continues to drop. He was hitting over .390 at one point in early May, but now his average is down to a .304 clip. He's a very streaky hitter, so his hitting woes of late really shouldn't surprise fantasy owners. Be sure to bench him for now, though, while he works to break out of this hitting slump that's been plaguing him for the past two-to-three weeks.

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On Thursday, Stephen Vogt goes 1-for-4 with one strike out as Oakland loses to Tampa Bay by the score of 3-0.

Fantasy Impact: Vogt continues to disappoint his fantasy owners who drafted him or who picked him up at the start of the season via waiver wire/free agency. At this very moment, he's just not worth starting, but he is still a must-own fantasy player and now may be the time to see what you can get for him via trade.

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In Oakland's loss to Tampa Bay by the score of 3-0, Billy Burns goes 1-for-4 with two strike outs.

Fantasy Impact: Burns is still a decent start for fantasy teams who need stolen bases and somebody who won't hurt their team batting average in the process and is a solid start for teams in deep leagues.

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Rays outfielder David DeJesus was a catalyst once again on Thursday night, leading the Rays to a 3-0 victory over visiting Oakland. DeJesus went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBI in what turned out to be another solid effort for the veteran outfielder.

Fantasy Impact: The fountain of youth just keeps running for this guy, and to think the Rays we're possibly going to cut him loose before the season started? The homer was his fourth of the season, while he's also hitting .324/.367/.470 in 102 at-bats. He has 13 runs scored, 18 RBI, and a stolen base in what should continue to be a solid season. Continue to use him in AL-Only leagues until further notice.

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The Rays talented rookie Steven Souza had a game to forget against the Athletics on Thursday, finishing 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: I've said it before, I'll say it again, days like this are to be expected from a rookie, let alone one with Souza's seemingly three-true-outcome tendencies. The good news is that his walk rate is solid(12%), he leads the Rays in homers and stolen bases(6/6), and is second on the club in RBI(18), runs scored(19), and walks(19). He will be inconsistent, but a 20/20 season is certainly within reach here. It was just one of those games.

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Brandon Guyer finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases in the Rays 3-0 victory over the Athletics on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Guyer has finally managed to stay healthy for the Rays this season, and has produced admirably. He was leading off against all pitchers at one point, but with the emergence of Kevin Kiermaier, has been delegated to that spot only against left handed starters. The stolen bases were number four and five on the season, to go along with a .274/.367/.417 line, 13 runs scored, 12 RBI, and two homers. With an improved walk rate, Guyer should continue to serve as the lead-off man against LHP, and be of use in AL-Only leagues.

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Rays OF/DH Joey Butler hasn't started a game since last Friday, and only has two at-bats in that time.

Fantasy Impact: Butler isn't a great defender, and the Rays just completed a three-game set against the Braves at Turner Field, so it's understandable. Between John Jaso and Desmond Jennings coming back at some point, and the solid play of Brandon Guyer and David DeJesus, Butler probably will be shipped to Triple-A Durham in the near future. AL-Only owners can feel free to cut bait.

He also scored a run. His effort this year has been phenomenal and his peripherals have stayed high in spite of a couple of slumps.

Fantasy Impact: Freeman hopes this starts another run of big games. It seems that with Maybin batting second and Markakis fourth is too his liking.

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Mark Trumbo went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored against the Marlins on Thursday. He also struckout once in the game.

Fantasy Impact: It hasn't been a pretty month thus far for Trumbo, batting a mere .226, and even four homers in May can't mitigate that hit for fantasy owners. Trumbo should remain active in all fantasy formats, and owners just have to hope he regains his April form when he was raking at a .319 clip.

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He hit fourth in the batting order tonight, which is not entirely new for him, and it has been a place where he has had some success. His slash line is .302/.392/.349 with a wOBA of .334 and a wRC+ of 110. One of his hits tonight was a double.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis needed a game like this so let's hope he carries it into tomorrow. It will also be interesting to see where in the order he bats. If it's fourth, he will be in a good position for more RBI.

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Brad Ziegler allowed no runs and no hits against the Marlins on Thursday. He struckout two of the three batters he faced.

Fantasy Impact: Ziegler earned his first save of the season as he's taken over the closer role from the scuffling Addison Reed. Ziegler looked fantastic in the appearance, only needing nine pitches to get the save, and striking out two batters in the process. He should be picked up off the waiver wire immediately if still available, and active in all fantasy formats.

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Addison Reed allowed no runs on no hits in one inning of relief against the Marlins on Thursday. The former closer struckout two of the three batters he faced.

Fantasy Impact: Reed has been ousted as the closer, and has struggled mightily thus far this season, sporting an ERA of 5.14. This was one of the best appearances Reed has had, as he avoided the walks which have plagues him recently, and was consistent with his stuff unlike the rest of the season. He's a lower-tier option in AL-Only leagues that count holds.

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Fredi Gonzalez put him in the #2 spot of the batting order and he delivered. He went 1-for-3 and collected a walk. Hopefully, the coach keeps Maybin in the same spot to determine how he handles those duties at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Maybin has been hot in May so ride him in DFS while he is a value play. In regular fantasy, he should be on your list of possible additions.

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Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with two singles and a strikeout against the Orioles on Thursday. He was ejected from the game in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Seager managed to be productive for his fantasy owners despite only playing half the game. It hasn't been the breakout (or even repeat) year owners were hoping for, but Seager remains a must-play due to his potential (and draft cost).

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Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a single, two walks, and a run scored against the Orioles on Thursday. He also struckout twice.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has been amazing this year, second only to Bryce Harper on the player rater, and even on a middling day he manages to produce. Cruz is in the top three in batting average, homers, and RBIs, and should be active in all fantasy formats, including daily as his consistency is incredible.

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Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk against the Orioles on Thursday. He also struckout once in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Cano is having another month without a lot of value for his fantasy owners, batting .265 with no homers and only one stolen base. Worse still, he was caught stealing on Thursday, making him 1-for-4 in attempts thus far. If you still have Cano at this point you're stuck as the return on a trade would be pitiful, and dropping him is still unwise. Keep him active and hope for a production spike.

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