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Cavaliers reportedly acquire Taurean Prince in deal with Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly acquired small forward Taurean Prince in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Prince will head join his fourth career team after the Cavaliers traded the 27-year old forward for Ricky Rubio and a second round pick. Expect Prince's expiring contract to attract other teams looking to make more moves.

In 41 games last season, Prince averaged 9.5 points and a 54% true shooting percentage on 8.0 shot attempts.

Yankees reportedly finalizing trade for Anthony Rizzo

According to Jeff Passan, the New York Yankees are finalizing a deal to acquire first baseman Anthony Rizzo in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Rizzo will headline the second major trade the Yankees have made to boost their offense. Per multiple reports, the lefty slugger will head to New York in exchange for prospects Kevin Alcantara and Alexander Vizcaino. Expect Rizzo to see immediate playing time as New York's starting first baseman.

According to Baseball Savant on 267 batted balls this season, Rizzo has produced a 9.4% barrel rate and a .263 expected average.

Timberwolves reportedly trade Ricky Rubio to Cavaliers

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly acquired point guard Ricky Rubio and a 2022 second-round pick in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Rubio's departure will allow D'Angelo Russell to settle into a full-time starting role after the veteran logged 26 minutes per game last season. Expect Rubio's stock to potentially change again if Cleveland's roster remains intact with Darius Garland and Collin Sexton.

In 68 games last season, Rubio averaged 8.6 points and a 51% true shooting percentage on 7.3 attempts.

Colorado's Elias Diaz resting on Thursday night

Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Diaz will sit against Colorado's division foes after Dom Nunez was announced as Thursday's catcher for Kyle Freeland.

According to Baseball Savant on 93 batted balls this season, Diaz has produced a 8.6% barrel rate and a .153 expected average.

Colorado's Connor Joe sitting on Thursday night

Colorado Rockies outfielder / first baseman Connor Joe is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Joe will head to the bench after the Rockies lost their extra hitting spot under National League rules.

Per Baseball Savant on 53 batted balls this season, Joe has produced a 9.4% barrel rate and a .248 expected average.

Rio Ruiz operating first base for Rockies on Thursday

Colorado Rockies infielder Rio Ruiz is batting seventh in Thursday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Ruiz will make his first base debut this season after the 27-year old was recalled on Tuesday.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Joe Musgrove, our models project Ruiz to score 7.1 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,000.

Charlie Blackmon returns to Colorado's lineup on Thursday

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is batting third in Thursday's contest against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Blackmon will operate right field after Sam Hilliard was moved to center and Garrett Hampson was rested.

In a matchup against right-hander Joe Musgrove, our models project Blackmon to score 8.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,800.

Brandon Marsh hitting sixth for Angels on Thursday

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh is starting in Thursday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

Marsh will man center field after Juan Lagares was rested against their division rivals.

In a matchup against right-hander Frankie Montas, our models project Marsh to score 8.6 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,300.

Dom Nunez catching for Rockies on Thursday

Colorado Rockies catcher Dom Nunez is batting eighth in Thursday's lineup against the San Diego Padres.

What It Means:

Nunez will start behind the plate after Elias Diaz was given a break on Thursday night.

In a lefty versus righty matchup against Joe Musgrove, our models project Nunez to score 7.3 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,100.

Oakland's Starling Marte batting second on Thursday

Oakland Athletics outfielder Starling Marte is starting in Thursday's lineup against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Marte will make his Oakland debut after the veteran outfielder was acquired by the Athletics on Wednesday and Stephen Piscotty was given a breather.

In a righty versus righty matchup against Dylan Bundy, our models project Marte to score 11.0 FanDuel points.

Athletics starting Mitch Moreland in Thursday's lineup against Angels

Oakland Athletics first baseman Mitch Moreland is batting sixth in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

What It Means:

Moreland will handle designated hitting duties after the Athletics regained their extra hitting spot under American League rules.

In a matchup against right-hander Dylan Bundy, our models project Moreland to score 11.0 FanDuel points at the salary of $2,500.

Trent Grisham in center field for San Diego on Thursday

San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham is batting eighth in Thursday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Grisham will patrol center after Jurickson Profar was benched against left-hander Kyle Freeland.

numberFire's models project Grisham to score 10.2 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,500.

Adam Frazier heads to San Diego's bench on Thursday night

San Diego Padres utility-man Adam Frazier is not starting in Thursday's lineup against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Frazier will receive the night off after Jake Cronenworth was moved to second and Eric Hosmer was picked as Thursday's starting first baseman.

Per Baseball Savant on 350 batted balls this season, Frazier has produced a 1.1% barrel rate and a .296 expected average.

Eric Hosmer hitting sixth in Padres' Thursday lineup against Colorado

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer is starting in Thursday's contest against the Colorado Rockies.

What It Means:

Hosmer will man first base after Jake Cronenworth was shifted to second and Adam Frazier was sent to the bench.

In a matchup against left-hander Kyle Freeland, our models project Hosmer to score 10.7 FanDuel points at the salary of $3,400.

Belichick: New England's Damien Harris 'can compete for the top role now'

According to head coach Bill Belichick, New England Patriots running back Damien Harris "was a player who improved a lot from year 1 to year 2."

What It Means:

After an impressive second year, Harris is expected to play a similar role as New England's lead running back despite the presence of Sony Michel. "Now he has an opportunity to really compete for the lead spot," said Belichick when asked about Harris. "I've been impressed with the commitment that he's shown."

Expect Harris to handle most of New England's early-down touches after the 24-year old averaged 13.7 rushing attempts in ten games last season. For the upcoming season, numberFire's models currently project Harris to produce 965.8 yards and 7.2 touchdowns on 225.2 attempts and 12.4 receptions for 90.3 yards.

Suns reportedly acquire Landry Shamet in trade with Nets

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns have reportedly acquired guard Landry Shamet in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

What It Means:

Shamet will head to Phoenix in exchange for Jevon Carter and the 29th overall pick this year. Expect the 24-year old to provide depth at the guard positions and with Phoenix's second unit.

In 61 games last season, Shamet produced 9.3 points and a 57% true shooting percentage on 7.5 attempts.

Kevin Plawecki sitting Thursday for Boston

Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Plawecki started both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader but he's out of the lineup for Thursday's finale. Christian Vazquez is catching for Eduardo Rodriguez and hitting seventh.

numberFire’s models project Vazquez for 8.4 FanDuel points and he has a $2,300 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Red Sox have the highest implied total (5.4 runs) on Thursday's main slate.

Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel (elbow) out of lineup Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox.

What It Means:

Gurriel left Wednesday's game against the Red Sox after being hit by a pitch on the right elbow. Consider him day-to-day for now. Cavan Biggio is making the start in left field for the Blue Jays on Thursday and hitting seventh.

Biggio is averaging 7.9 FanDuel points per game this season. Per numberFire's MLB Heat Map, the Blue Jays have the third-highest implied total in the big leagues on Thursday.

Jonathan Schoop (back) starting Thursday for Detroit

Detroit Tigers infielder Jonathan Schoop (back) is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against left-hander Alexander Wells and the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Schoop was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and held out of the contest due to back tightness. The issue has subsided enough for Schoop to return to action as the Tigers' designated hitter and number-two hitter on Thursday. Willi Castro is on second base and Eric Haase is at catcher over Grayson Greiner.

numberFire’s models project Schoop for 12.4 FanDuel points and he has a $3,500 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Tigers have the third-highest implied total in the majors on Thursday. Wells is registering a 17.0 strikeout percentage with a 12.8 walk percentage this season.

Rafael Devers (quad) out of Red Sox's lineup Thursday

Boston Red Sox infielder Rafael Devers (quadriceps) is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays.

What It Means:

Devers was already scheduled for a maintenance day on Thursday, but he wound up leaving the second leg of Wednesday's doubleheader early with a tight left quad. Devers should be back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Bobby Dalbec is covering third base while Franchy Cordero makes a start on first and bats ninth. Jarren Duran is hitting second.

numberFire’s models project Dalbec for 8.6 FanDuel points and he has a $2,200 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Red Sox have the highest implied total (5.4 runs) on Thursday's main slate.

Ryan Mountcastle resting for Orioles versus Tigers

Baltimore Orioles infielder Ryan Mountcastle is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against right-hander Casey Mize and the Detroit Tigers.

What It Means:

Mountcastle is taking a maintenance day amid a 1-for-12 rut at the plate. Trey Mancini is on first base Thursday for Baltimore and D.J. Stewart is at designated hitter. Ryan McKenna is joining Austin Hays and Cedric Mullins in the Orioles' outfield.

numberFire’s models project Mancini for 13.8 FanDuel points and he has a $3,600 salary on Thursday. Hays ($2,500) is projected for 12.1 FanDuel points. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Orioles have an implied total of 4.3 runs. Mize is registering a 20.2 strikeout percentage with a 6.7 walk percentage this season.

Pirates' John Nogowski sitting Thursday

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman John Nogowski is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against right-hander Freddy Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

The Pirates appear to be giving Nogowski a breather. Phillip Evans is making a start on first base and hitting seventh.

numberFire’s models project Evans for 7.4 FanDuel points and he has a $2,200 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Pirates have an implied total of 3.5 runs. Peralta is registering the second-best strikeout rate this season (35.0 percent) among Thursday's listed starters and his xwOBA ranks in the top four percent of the league.

Jacob Stallings sitting Thursday for Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against right-hander Freddy Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Michael Perez is catching for Chad Kuhl on Thursday and hitting eighth. Stallings had started each of the last three games.

numberFire’s models project Perez for 6.2 FanDuel points and he has a $2,000 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Pirates have an implied total of 3.5 runs. Peralta is registering the second-best strikeout rate this season (35.0 percent) among Thursday's listed starters and his xwOBA ranks in the top four percent of the league.

Kevin Newman on Pirates' bench versus Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against right-hander Freddy Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers.

What It Means:

Newman is taking a seat after starting the past six games for the Pirates. Wilmer Difo is covering shortstop on Thursday and leading off the order. Ben Gamel is hitting cleanup after leading off last game.

numberFire’s models project Difo for 8.3 FanDuel points and he has a $2,100 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Pirates have an implied total of 3.5 runs. Peralta is registering the second-best strikeout rate this season (35.0 percent) among Thursday's listed starters and his xwOBA ranks in the top four percent of the league.

Harold Castro held out of Tigers' lineup Thursday

Detroit Tigers infielder Harold Castro is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against left-hander Alexander Wells and the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

Castro is taking a seat as Miguel Cabrera returns to first base and the cleanup role.

numberFire’s models project Cabrera for 8.3 FanDuel points and he has a $2,500 salary on Thursday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Tigers have the third-highest implied total in the majors on Thursday. Wells is registering a 17.0 strikeout percentage with a 12.8 walk percentage this season.

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