Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner outdueled Clayton Kershaw on Thursday.
Insight: Not only did Bumgarner defeat Kershaw, but he took him deep as well in the third inning. Bumgarner did not allow a run on seven hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and is now 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA.
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly will need at least eight weeks to rehab his torn labrum.
Insight: The Rays are optimistic Smyly will return this season, which is great news, as he was originally expected to miss the remainder of 2015. Smyly has been great since coming over to Tampa Bay, posting a 1.96 ERA and 0.76 WHIP.
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics lineup on Thursday.
Insight: Crisp left Tuesday's game with a neck injury. Manager Bob Melvin said it is a similar to the nagging neck injury Crisp dealt with last season. Billy Burns will start in center with Sam Fuld in left field.
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career 9-for-16 (.563) against Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Even for Cabrera that's pretty good. Miggy is currently on an eight-game hitting streak to raise his average to .331 with 10 homers, 30 RBI and 23 runs scored. He's a good choice on most days and a great choice on Thursday afternoon.
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon hit in the batting cage and took ground balls this week.
Insight: Rendon hasn't play this season due to a knee and an oblique injury. He's been brought along very slowly and isn't likely to return to the Nationals before June. He was a fantasy stud last season (.287, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 111 runs, 17 SB) and fantasy owners are likely getting frustrated by the delay in his return.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Granderson has now homered in consecutive games for the first time this season. He's batting .245 this season with five homers, 13 RBI and 22 runs scored. He's learned how to take a walk so despite the low batting average has a .347 OBP.
Description: Royals outfielder Alex Rios (non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand) could be heading out on rehab assignment in about a week, according to Royals manager Ned Yost.
Insight: Rios was off to a fast start after a disappointing season in Texas, batting .321 through the first seven games before the injury.
Description: Indians catcher Yan Gomes is expected to begin a rehab assignment of Friday and could return to the Indians lineup as soon as Sunday.
Insight: Gomes hit .278 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI last season and was a huge fantasy asset behind the plate. He'll likely split time when he returns until the team is sure his knee can handle catching everyday.
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Astros.
Insight: Just a rest day for Iglesias. He's batting .328 with an .808 OPS and six stolen bases. Solid numbers from a bottom of the order guy. Andrew Romine will get the start and he's batting .346 this season in limited action.
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup on Wednesday versus the Twins.
Insight: Polanco has been struggling bit time lately, so Clint Hurdle has elected to go with Josh Harrison in right field, Jung Ho Kang at third base and Jordy Mercer at shortstop. Polanco is 0-for-18 in his last six games.
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Trumbo has a hit in four straight games, but he will get the day off. In his last day off, Trumbo did pinch hit, so it is still possible he gets an at-bat. Trumbo is hitting .280 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 125 at-bats this season.
Description: Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Twins.
Insight: Cervelli left Tuesday's game after he took a foul tip directly off his mask. He went through all the concussion tests and is not experiecing any symptoms. Cervelli is hitting .297 with nine RBI this season.
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton had been moved down to the eighth spot in the Cincinnati order on Wednesday.
Insight: Unfortunately, Hamilton's only value to fantasy owners this season has been steals, and that will take a huge hit with him hitting eighth. He is batting just .212/.264/.336, so in order to continue adding the his 17 steals and reclaim the leadoff spot, it appears Hamilton will have to get out of his slump.
Description: New York has placed center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list due to a right knee sprain.
Insight: Not good. Ellsbury has been injury prone in his career, so this is bad news. There is no definitive timetable yet for his return. In the meantime, Chris Young will likely get most of the starts in the outfield without Ellsbury.
Description: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is not in the lineup against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Insight: It appears to be a regular day off for the outfielders. Ackley is hitting just .186 with three home runs and seven RBI this season, so perhaps manager Llyod McClendon wanted to just give Ackley a day away from things.
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in the Athletics lineup on Wednesday.
Insight: Crisp left Tuesday's game with a neck injury. Manager Bob Melvin said it is a similar to the nagging neck injury Crisp dealt with last season according to Roto World. Craig Gentry will start in left field on Wednesday.
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is just 1-for-11 in his career against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
Insight: Reddick is having a nice season, hitting .315 with six home runs and 29 RBI in 127 at-bats this season, but he probably should be avoided on Wednesday. Reddick has only reached base twice in 13 plate appearance versus Keuchel.
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Astros.
Insight: Vogt appears to be getting the afternoon off after catching Tuesday night. Vogt is batting .310 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 113 at-bats this season. Josh Phegley will be behind the plate for Oakland on Wednesday.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk versus the Giants on Tuesday.
Insight: Los Angeles, though, was shut out, so Gonzalez wasn't able to score or drive in a run. Gonzalez is having a great season, slashing .355/.430/.674 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 138 at-bats this season.
Description: Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan had a pair of solo home runs in the loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Insight: Chicago hit three home runs in the game, but they were all solo, and the Cubs lost, 4-3. Coghlan was 2-for-4 with the two homers. He is hitting .205 with six home runs and nine RBI this season.
Description: Cubs starter Jason Hammel allowed just two unearned runs in the, 4-3, loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Insight: Hammel only allowed three hits, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, but the two unearned runs led to a no-decision. Hammel is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Padres right-hander James Shields had a nice outing, allowing two runs in seven innings against the Cubs on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields tossed up two solo home runs, but that was it. He yielded six hits, struck out 11 and walked one in the no-decision. Shields still doesn't have a loss as he is 5-0 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings.
Description: Phillies starter Aaron Harang threw six innings and allowed just three unearned runs against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Harang didn't have a run charged to his name, but he still received a no-decision as the Phillies lost, 6-5. Harang allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked three. He is 4-3 with a 1.82 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 59 1/3 inning this season.