Miguel Cabrera
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: In Monday's lineup
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
9/18/2017
News: Cabrera (back) is in the lineup Monday against the A's.

After missing Sunday's outing due to a tight back, Cabrera is in the lineup Monday. He'll slot in at the DH spot and hit third against Jharel Cotton and the A's. Over his last seven games, Cabrera has gone just 5-for-24 (.208) and struck out seven times.

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Matt Olson
Athletics' Matt Olson: Keeps on mashing in win
Matt Olson, 1B, OAK
9/18/2017
News: Olson, who went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Phillies, smacked three homers overall in the three-game weekend series.

Olson's torrid September evokes memories of the type of effort that another rookie, the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, put together earlier this season, as he now has 10 round trippers and 17 RBI over just 16 games. In addition to going deep in all three contests versus the Phillies, Olson has six homers overall in the last eight games. He's mostly gotten base via single otherwise, as the 23-year-old counts a pair of two-baggers as his only other extra-base hits for the month.

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Logan Morrison
Rays' Logan Morrison: Out again Sunday
Logan Morrison, 1B, TB
9/17/2017
News: Morrison is not in the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.

Lucas Duda will start at first base and hit cleanup as the Rays give Morrison another day off. Since the start of September, Morrison has gone just 7-for-36 (.194) at the plate. However, three of his hits were home runs.

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Jose Abreu
White Sox's Jose Abreu: Approaches 100 RBI
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
9/17/2017
News: Abreu went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 10-4 win over Detroit.

The RBI were Abreu's 96th and 97th of the season, putting him in position to reach 100 for a fourth straight season. He could become just the third player in history to begin his career with four seasons of 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI, joining Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols.

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Greg Bird
Yankees' Greg Bird: Blasts fifth home run Saturday
Greg Bird, 1B, NYY
9/16/2017
News: Bird went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Saturday against the Orioles.

Bird crushed his fifth bomb of the season to extend the Yankees lead to six runs in a winning effort. Although he's homered in back-to-back contests, he's struggled at the plate for most of September, and unless fantasy owners believe he's ready to go on a major hot streak, he'll be difficult to place in lineups with confidence.

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C.J. Cron
Angels' C.J. Cron: Goes deep in win
C.J. Cron, 1B, LAA
9/16/2017
News: Cron went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 7-6 victory over the Rangers.

Cron took Ricky Rodriguez deep in the bottom of the sixth inning, which proved to be the deciding runs in a narrow victory. The 27-year-old isn't hitting for as much of an average (.255) in September as he was during his torrid month of August (.308), but the slugger has continued to produce with three homers and 13 RBI through 13 September starts. Cron is just one home run off his career-high mark of 16 that he set both in 2015 and 2016 despite playing in just 85 games this year, leaving fantasy owners to wonder "what if" had manager Mike Scioscia not toyed around with his playing time in the first half of the season.

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Chris Davis
Orioles' Chris Davis: Not in Saturday's lineup
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
9/16/2017
News: Davis is out of the lineup against the Yankees on Saturday.

Davis will take a seat on the bench for a regular day off following nine straight starts. The slugger has been struggling at the plate recently, slashing just .129/.229/.226 with one RBI and 16 strikeouts over his past 10 appearances. In his place, Trey Mancini draws the assignment at first base.

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Yonder Alonso
Mariners' Yonder Alonso: Out against lefty
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SEA
9/16/2017
News: Alonso is out of Saturday's lineup in Houston, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

He will take a seat with lefty Dallas Keuchel on the hill for the Astros. Danny Valencia will start at first base and hit sixth.

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Mitch Moreland
Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Homers in Friday's win
Mitch Moreland, 1B, BOS
9/16/2017
News: Moreland went 3-for-7 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 13-6 extra-inning win over the Rays.

With Hanley Ramirez (biceps) injured again, Moreland should get ample at-bats as Boston's everyday first baseman. Particularly as the Red Sox battle it out in the AL East. The left-handed hitting Moreland has soldiered on through injuries of his own this season, reaching a career-high in plate appearances (529). Because the Red Sox are 27th in MLB with 153 home runs and have had difficulty scoring runs, Moreland's 19 homers and 71 RBI -- ranking third on the team in each category -- have been significant. He should continue to hit up in the order near the team's best hitters, generating more RBI opportunities over the final two weeks.

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Mike Napoli
Rangers' Mike Napoli: Likely relegated to bench for remainder of season
Mike Napoli, 1B, TEX
9/15/2017
News: Napoli's lingering ankle issue will relegate him to the bench for likely the rest of the season, Evan Grant of MLB.com reports.

With extended rosters, the Rangers can afford to keep Napoli active as a last-ditch right-handed power bat off the bench. But Napolis is hitting a brutal 6-for-56 (.107) over his last 19 games. While the spirit may be willing, the body has not been cooperating. Three of those six hits for Napoli have been homers, so maybe he can catch lightning in a bottle a few times down the stretch off the bench.

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