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Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. goes 3-for-4, hits first Major League home run on Thursday

Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. went 3-for-4, with two runs, two RBI, and his first career home run on Thursday against the Reds.

What It Means:

Acuña took Homer Bailey deep on a 3-1 pitch whilst leading off the second inning. He makes an already potent Atlanta offense even more dangerous.

We project the highly-touted prospect to tack on another 14 home runs, 48 runs, and 48 RBI by the end of the season.

Corey Dickerson hits walk-off home run for Pirates on Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson hit a one-run, walk-off home run against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon.

What It Means:

There was controversy as a fan looked to have interfered, but the umps chose not to overturn it. The Pirates won 1-0.

Dickerson is playing well for his new team. He's hitting .314 with a .848 OPS so far. We project him to hit .262 over the rest of the season, with an additional 25 home runs and 61 RBI.

Yankees' Gary Sachez hits three-run, walk-off home run on Thursday

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a three-run, walk-off home run on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.

What It Means:

He chose a great time for his only hit of the game. Fernando Rodney gave up the bomb; he has now blown three saves in a row.

Sanchez's six home runs on the season ties him for 18th in the Majors, but he is amazingly only third on his own team. We project him to hit 30 more round-trippers by the end of the season.

Tim Anderson batting second for White Sox on Thursday

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is batting second on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Anderson was initially slotted in the eight-hole for Thursday's series opener but the White Sox moved him up to second in the order after Nicky Delmonico was scratched due to neck stiffness. The Royals are sending right-hander Jakob Junis to the mound.

numberFire's models project Anderson to score 9.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,300 on Thursday.

Trayce Thompson replaces Nicky Delmonico (neck) for White Sox on Thursday

Chicago White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson is starting on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Nicky Delmonico was scratched due to neck stiffness, so Thompson will draw a third straight start in right field while batting eighth on Thursday versus Royals righty Jakob Junis. Leury Garcia will play left field after initially being in right.

Thompson is averaging 6.2 FanDuel points in four games for the White Sox since being acquired from the Oakland Athletics last week.

Jung Ho Kang obtains U.S. work visa and will rejoin Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been granted a U.S. work visa and will reportedly rejoin the Pirates in a matter of days.

What It Means:

It's surprising news after Kang missed all of last season after he was denied a work visa following a third DUI arrest in December of 2016. He'll presumably need some time before he's ready to join the major league roster, but it looks like we should see him back on the field at some point this season.

In 2016, Kang hit .255/.354/.513 with 45 runs, 21 home runs, and 62 RBIs over 370 plate appearances.

Ryan Goins in Royals' lineup versus White Sox

Kansas City Royals infielder Ryan Goins is starting on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Goins will play second base and bat eighth versus White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito. Whit Merrifield will be available off the Royals' bench.

numberFire's models project Goins to score 8.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 on Thursday.

Abraham Almonte starting for Royals on Thursday

Kansas City Royals outfielder Abraham Almonte is starting on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Almonte will start in center field and bat second versus White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito in Thursday’s series opener. Jon Jay will play designated hitter while Cheslor Cuthbert sits on the bench.

numberFire's models project Almonte to score 9.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,600 on Thursday.

Nicky Delmonico (neck) scratched on Thursday, Trayce Thompson to start for White Sox

Chicago White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico (neck) is a late scratch for Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Delmonico is dealing with some neck stiffness, so he'll be replaced by Trayce Thompson in the outfield. Thompson will bat eighth against Royals right-hander Jakob Junis. Tim Anderson will jump up to the two-hole, while Yolmer Sanchez will now bat third.

Delmonico is hitting .246/.352/.311 with 4 runs, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, and 1 stolen base over 71 plate appearances.

Jett Bandy starting at catcher for Brewers on Thursday

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy is starting on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Bandy is getting the start behind the plate and will bat eighth against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Manny Pina returns to the bench after a pair of starts.

numberFire projects Bandy for 7.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000.

Luke Maile starting at catcher for Blue Jays on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile is starting on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Maile is in the lineup batting eighth against Red Sox ace Chris Sale. Russell Martin is getting a routine day off.

numberFire projects Maile for just 6.2 FanDuel points in the tough matchup.

Jesus Aguilar out of the Brewers' lineup on Thursday

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is not starting on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Ryan Braun is getting the start at first base tonight, so Jesus Aguilar will return to the bench. Aguilar ought to see more starts moving forward with Eric Thames (thumb) out for the foreseeable future.

Aguilar is hitting .421/.465/.605 with 8 runs, 1 home run, and 7 RBIs over 43 plate appearances.

Toronto's Aledmys Diaz not starting on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz is out of the lineup on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Devon Travis and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will form the middle infield tonight, so Diaz will take a seat on the bench. The Blue Jays have a difficult matchup against Chris Sale.

Diaz is slashing .191/.236/.397 with 11 runs, 4 home runs, and 9 RBIs over 72 plate appearances.

Whit Merrifield not in Royals’ lineup versus White Sox

Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield is not in Thursday’s lineup against the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Ryan Goins will replace Merrifield at second base for Thursday’s series opener. He’s 1-for-8 over the past two games.

Merrifield is averaging 9.1 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire’s models project him to hit 9 homers and 55 RBI over the remainder of the year.

Cheslor Cuthbert out of Royals’ lineup on Thursday night

Kansas City Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert is starting on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Jon Jay will play designated hitter and Mike Moustakas will draw another start at the hot corner while Cuthbert grabs a seat for tonight’s series opener. He went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts on Wednesday.

Cuthbert is averaging 5.8 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire’s models project him to hit 11 homers and 50 RBI over the remainder of the year.

Toronto's Randal Grichuk in the lineup on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is starting Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Grichuk is starting in right field and batting seventh against the Red Sox. Grichuk has struggled at the plate, hitting just .085/.203/.220 over 69 plate appearances, although an unlucky .088 BABIP is partially to blame. A tough matchup against Chris Sale probably won't be the best slump breaker.

numberFire projects Grichuk for 6.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,100.

Kendrys Morales not starting for Blue Jays on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales is out of the lineup on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Randal Grichuk is getting a start in the outfield tonight, so Steve Pearce will serve as the DH against the left-handed Chris Sale. Morales will be available off the bench.

Morales is hitting .205/.256/.308 with 1 home run and 7 RBIs over 43 plate appearances.

Devon Travis back in the Blue Jays' lineup on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis is starting on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Travis is getting the start at second base and will bat ninth against Red Sox ace Chris Sale. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will remain in the lineup as the number six hitter and slide over to shortstop.

numberFire projects Travis for 6.9 FanDuel points at a salary of $2,100.

Russell Martin out of Toronto's lineup on Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not starting on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Luke Maile is getting the start behind the plate, giving Martin a rest day. Martin is slashing just .132/.281/.264 in the early going.

For the rest of the year, numberFire projects Martin to hit .255 with 41 runs, 13 home runs, and 40 RBIs.

Ian Happ returns to the Cubs' bench on Thursday

Chicago Cubs outfielder/infielder Ian Happ is not starting on Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Happ started the past two games in the outfield while Kyle Schwarber served as the DH on the road against the Cleveland Indians. But now that they're home under National League rules, Schwarber will head back to the outfield, pushing Happ to the bench. Happ began the season as the Cubs primary leadoff hitter, but he seems to have lost that role to Albert Almora.

Happ is hitting .246/.303/.426 with 7 runs, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, and 2 stolen bases over 66 plate appearances.

Chance Sisco on Baltimore's bench in Thursday’s series finale

Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco is not starting on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

What It Means:

Caleb Joseph will start behind the plate while Sisco grabs a seat for Thursday’s series finale.

Sisco is averaging 5.4 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire’s models project him to hit 6 home runs and 24 RBI over the remainder of the year.

Cubs' Victor Caratini starting at catcher on Thursday

Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini is in the lineup on Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Caratini is getting the start behind the plate and batting sixth against Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. Willson Contreras will be available off the bench.

numberFire projects Caratini for 7.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,400.

Jace Peterson moves up to two-hole for Orioles on Thursday

Baltimore Orioles infielder Jace Peterson is starting on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

What It Means:

Peterson hit a 2-run double in his Orioles debut on Wednesday while hitting ninth. He will move up to second in the order versus Rays right-handed Chris Archer in Thursday’s series finale.

numberFire’s models project Peterson to score 8.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 on Thursday.

White Sox' Trayce Thompson returns to bench for Thursday night

Chicago White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson will return to the bench ahead of Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

In a start, Thompson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Wednesday. But Leury Garcia is back to claim right field, hitting fifth in the White Sox' batting order.

Hitting .136, Thompson is projected for 3 home runs, 14 RBI and a .189 average the rest of the year.

Leury Garcia starting in right field as White Sox face Royals

Chicago White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia will serve as the team's starting right fielder for Thursday's road game against the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Following a day out of the lineup, Garcia will be back in the field and hit fifth against starter Jakob Junis. His presence sends Trayce Thompson back to the bench.

Garcia is projected for 9.7 FanDuel points at his $2,100 price tag tonight.

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