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Raptors roll with the same starting lineup for Sunday's Game 3

The Toronto Raptors will start Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Marc Gasol in Sunday's playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

What It Means:

Despite rumors of a new starting lineup for Game 3, the Raptors will not make any changes to their first unit. Look for perhaps "different" rotations on Sunday or more minutes for Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka.

Our models project Powell and Ibaka to produce 15.5 and 30.1 FanDuel points respectively on Sunday.

White Sox option Nick Delmonico to Triple-A on Sunday

Chicago White Sox outfielder Nick Delmonico was sent down to Triple-A on Sunday.

What It Means:

Delmonico will play in the minors after struggling to hit this season. Expect Ryan Cordell to see more playing time in the outfield going forward.

In 63 at-bats this season, Delmonico was hitting .206 with one home run and six RBI.

Miami's Sandy Alcantara blanks the Mets on Sunday

Miami Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara produced eight strikeouts in nine innings pitched in Sunday's 3-0 victory over the New York Mets.

What It Means:

Alcantara produced his first career shutout and complete game against the Mets on Sunday after allowing four runs in his start against them last week. Through nine starts this season, the 23-year old has produced a 4.25 ERA and 36 strikeouts.

In Sunday's start, Alcantara scored 61 FanDuel points. He is now averaging 23.6 FanDuel points per start.

Cincinnati's Yasiel Puig day-to-day after suffering a right shoulder sprain

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig (shoulder) is considered day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Puig exited in the sixth inning of Sunday's game after leaping into the crowd to make a catch. Look for Phillip Ervin to see more playing time if Puig is not available this week.

In 165 at-bats this season, Puig is hitting .206 with 7 home runs and 25 RBI.

Cleveland's Shane Bieber throws a complete game shutout on Sunday

Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber produced 15 strikeouts in 9 innings pitched in Sunday's 10-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Bieber was un-hittable on Sunday, manufacturing a career high 15 strikeouts and his first major league complete game. Through 58.2 innings this season, the 23-year old has produced a 3.22 ERA and 69 strikeouts.

In his start on Sunday, Bieber scored 82 FanDuel points. He is now averaging 39.6 FanDuel points per start.

Houston's George Springer leaves Sunday's game after experiencing lower back stiffness

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer exited Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox after suffering lower back stiffness.

What It Means:

Springer did not look comfortable in his at-bats on Sunday so consider him day-to-day for now. Look for an update on his status tonight and if a trip to the Injured List could happen.

In 182 at-bats this season, Springer is hitting .313 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI.

Washington's Gerardo Parra in the sixth spot on Sunday

Washington Nationals utility-man Gerardo Parra will start in Sunday's matchup agains the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Parra will start tonight at first base with Howie Kendrick heading to the bench.

Our models project Parra for 7.4 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,400.

Washington's Kurt Suzuki batting fifth on Sunday

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki will start in Sunday's matchup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Suzuki will start behind the plate tonight with Yan Gomes sitting out.

Our models project Suzuki for 8.6 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,700.

Victor Robles returns to Washington's lineup on Sunday

Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles will start and bat ninth in Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Robles will be in center field tonight with Michael Taylor out of the lineup.

Our models project Robles for 8.7 FanDuel points at the cost of $3,500.

Nationals' Michael Taylor not starting in Sunday's lineup against the Cubs

Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor will not start against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

What It Means:

Taylor will sit tonight with Victor Robles starting in center field.

In 51 at-bats this season, Taylor is hitting .196 with two stolen bases.

David Bote sitting Sunday night for Cubs

Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote is not starting in Sunday night's series finale versus right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Bote went 1-for-3 with a solo dinger in Saturday's loss to the Nationals. He's carrying a .739 OPS with 4 homers and 17 RBI through 128 plate appearances (38 games). Kris Bryant is replacing Bote at the hot corner in Sunday's finale.

numberFire's models expect Bote to record 7 homers, 27 RBI, and 24 runs scored over the rest of the season.

Addison Russell on Cubs' bench in Sunday's finale

Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell is not starting in Sunday night's series finale versus right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Russell is being replaced at second base by Daniel Descalso. He's hit safely in each of the past three games, going a combined 4-for-10 (.400) with a 2-run homer.

numberFire's models expect Russell to record 4 homers, 22 RBI, and 24 runs scored over the rest of the season.

Howie Kendrick heading to the Nationals' bench on Sunday

Washington Nationals utility-man Howie Kendrick is out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Kendrick will rest tonight with Gerardo Parra starting at first base.

In 103 at-bats this season, Kendrick is hitting .311 with 6 home runs and 24 RBI.

Albert Almora back in Cubs' lineup versus Washington

Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora is back in the starting lineup in Sunday night's series finale versus right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Almora is batting eighth after being held out of Saturday's lineup, though he did make a pinch-hit appearance. Jason Heyward is moving to right field while Kris Bryant is shifting to third base. David Bote is on the bench.

numberFire's models expect Almora to score 9.5 FanDuel points on Sunday. He's priced at $2,700.

Daniel Descalso starting for Cubs Sunday night

Chicago Cubs second baseman Daniel Descalso is starting in Sunday night's series finale versus right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Descalso is replacing Addison Russell on second base and batting sixth.

numberFire's models expect Descalso to score 9.0 FanDuel points on Sunday. He's priced at $2,400.

Nationals' Yan Gomes receives Sunday off

Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes is out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Gomes will rest tonight with Kurt Suzuki catching against the Cubs.

In 97 at-bats this season, Gomes is hitting .206 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI.

Giants name Andrew Suarez as their starting pitcher for Monday's matchup against Atlanta

San Francisco Giants pitcher Andrew Suarez will make his first start of the season in Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

Suarez will make his 2019 debut after being named Monday's starting pitcher. The 26-year old struggled in Triple-A, producing a 6.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27.0 innings pitched.

In 29 starts last year, Suarez produced a 4.49 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 160.1 innings pitched.

Indians' Mike Clevinger (back) close to rehab games

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (back) could begin a rehab assignment after throwing 2-3 more bullpen sessions this week, according to manager Terry Francona.

What It Means:

Clevinger is eligible to return from the injured list on June 7. He's been sidelined since early April by a right upper back/Teres major muscle strain.

Clevinger was off to a terrific start in 2019, as he had picked up 22 strikeouts over 12 scoreless innings with a magnificent 0.50 WHIP.

Padres option Nick Margevicius to Double-A on Sunday

San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Margevicius was sent down to Double-A on Sunday.

What It Means:

Margevicius will pitch in the minors after allowing six runs in Saturday's start against Pittsburgh. The Padres will replace his rotation spot with Cal Quantrill going forward.

In 45.1 innings pitched this season, Margevicius produced a 4.96 ERA and 33 strikeouts.

Golden State's Andre Iguodala (calf) questionable for Monday's Game 4 against Portland

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's playoff matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

What It Means:

Iguodala looks to be OK after an MRI on his left calf came back negative on Sunday. If he cannot play in Game 4, look for Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, and Alfonzo McKinnie to see more playing time.

If Iguodala is available, our models project the Golden State guard to produce 29.7 FanDuel points on Monday.

Brian Goodwin on Angels' bench Sunday afternoon

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin is not starting in Sunday afternoon's series finale versus left-hander Danny Duffy and the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

David Fletcher is replacing Goodwin in left field while Zack Cozart starts at third base.

numberFire's models expect Goodwin to record 9 homers, 35 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 7 steals over the rest of the season.

Jonathan Lucroy sitting Sunday for Angels

Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy is not starting in Sunday afternoon's series finale versus left-hander Danny Duffy and the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Lucroy is being replaced at catcher by Kevan Smith.

numberFire's models expect Lucroy to record 6 homers and 40 RBI over the rest of the season.

Angels' Jared Walsh out of Sunday's lineup

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh is not starting in Sunday afternoon's series finale versus left-hander Danny Duffy and the Kansas City Royals.

What It Means:

Albert Pujols is replacing Walsh on first base.

numberFire's models only expect Walsh to see 72 plate appearances over the rest of the season.

Diamondbacks' J.R. Murphy catching on Sunday

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher J.R. Murphy will start and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Murphy will start behind the plate this afternoon with Carson Kelly receiving a breather.

Our models project Murphy for 9.8 FanDuel points at the cost of $2,200.

Arizona's Carson Kelly receives a breather on Sunday

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly is out of Sunday's starting lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Kelly will sit today with J.R. Murphy starting behind the plate.

In 76 at-bats this season, Kelly is hitting .250 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI.

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