Miguel Cabrera
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Leaves with brused collarbone
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
7/21/2017
News: Cabrera was diagnosed with a right clavicle contusion after taking a hard grounder off the chest in Friday's game against the Twins, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

In English, that's a bruised collarbone. X-rays taken after Cabrera left the game were negative, so it doesn't sound like this will be a major injury. The Tigers could choose to rest him this weekend in Minnesota, though, so consider him day-to-day for now.

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Yuli Gurriel
Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: Collects four hits Friday
Yuli Gurriel, 1B, HOU
7/21/2017
News: Gurriel went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer Friday against the Orioles.

Gurriel blasted his 12th homer of the year to open up a three-run lead for the Astros in the first inning of a winning effort. The 33-year-old has become a much better hitter in his second year in the majors, as he's posting an excellent .300 batting average along with a solid .497 slugging percentage, making him an excellent value for fantasy owners.

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Luis Valbuena
Angels' Luis Valbuena: Benched against lefty Friday
Luis Valbuena, 1B, LAA
7/21/2017
News: Valbuena is not in the lineup Friday against the Red Sox, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Per usual, Valbuena will head to the bench with a left-handed starter on the bump for the opposition. C.J. Cron will log a start at first base in his stead.

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Eric Hosmer
Royals' Eric Hosmer: Unavailable Friday night
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
7/21/2017
News: Hosmer is not with team Friday night because he is attending to a family matter, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

This explains why the scorching hot first baseman is getting his first off day of the season. Despite the ominous circumstances, Hosmer is expected to return to the team (and presumably the lineup) Saturday. Consider him day-to-day in the meantime, however.

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Yonder Alonso
Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Hits bench Friday
Yonder Alonso, 1B, OAK
7/21/2017
News: Alonso is not in the lineup Friday against the Mets.

The 30-year-old renaissance of a season continues, as he kept the good times rolling by going 2-for-2 with an RBI in Wednesday's series finale. However, Alonso will head to the bench for a night off with southpaw Steven Matz taking the hill for New York. Ryon Healy will take over at first base in his stead.

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Chris Davis
Orioles' Chris Davis: Continues feast or famine return
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
7/20/2017
News: Davis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's win over Texas.

The slugger is just 4-for-26 with three homers since returning from the disabled list. Davis sports a discouraging .218/.309/.469 slash line, and his 38.1 strikeout percentage is well above the 31.3 mark he posted over the previous five seasons. While it's not out of the question to expect him to turn things around, it's unlikely Davis significantly improves his game-to-game consistency. It makes him a boom-or-bust option in weekly settings and daily contests.

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Mike Napoli
Rangers' Mike Napoli: Homers in loss to Orioles
Mike Napoli, 1B, TEX
7/20/2017
News: Napoli went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run during Thursday's loss to Baltimore.

It was the 21st homer of the year for Napoli, but his disappointing .209 batting average and .283 on-base percentage have capped his fantasy value. He's providing serviceable counting stats, but his 32.5 strikeout percentage has led to his crippling average and OBP. However, there's promise moving forward, as Napoli now has seven bombs during a 15-for-50 stretch at the dish over his past 15 games. His .232 BABIP is also unsustainably low.

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Justin Smoak
Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Sends two over Fenway fence Thursday
Justin Smoak, 1B, TOR
7/20/2017
News: Smoak went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Thursday's victory over Boston.

Showing no signs of slowing down, Smoak popped his 25th and 26th homers while bumping his RBI total to 62 on Thursday. The first baseman now sits in the AL's top five for long balls, slugging percentage and OPS. With a large 94-game sample size in place, there's no reason for owners to worry that Smoak won't finish the year strong -- although continuing at this pace is maybe a bit too wishful.

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C.J. Cron
Angels' C.J. Cron: Mashes fourth homer
C.J. Cron, 1B, LAA
7/20/2017
News: Cron went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-0 win over the Nationals.

The 27-year-old got a start against the left-handed Gio Gonzalez and connected on his fourth homer of the season. Cron has been shuttled back and forth between the majors and the minors, as well as having his role drastically changed on a regular basis by manager Mike Scioscia, all of which has severely diminished his fantasy value after contributing 32 long balls over the past two seasons. He is currently in a platoon at first base, but Cron could carve out a larger role if he can outperform Luis Valbuena and his .183 batting average.

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Logan Morrison
Rays' Logan Morrison: Continues July hitting barrage Wednesday
Logan Morrison, 1B, TB
7/20/2017
News: Morrison went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Athletics.

The 29-year-old first baseman now has six extra-base hits in July following Wednesday's production, and his monthly line sits at an impressive .311/.436/.622. Morrison has also hit safely in four of the last five contests, notching a pair of multi-hit efforts and home runs during that stretch.

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