Joey Votto
Reds' Joey Votto: Forced out early Thursday
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
9/29/2016
News: Votto was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Cardinals in the eighth inning after getting hit in the face by a throw from left field, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

Votto had blooped a double, but was hit in the chin by an errant throw as he reached second base. The severity of the injury is unknown, but he did have a considerable amount of blood. The veteran was 3-for-4 before exiting the game.

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Adrian Gonzalez
Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Out of lineup Thursday
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
9/29/2016
News: Gonzalez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Gonzalez was dealing with a sinus infection earlier in the week but there has been nothing yet to suggest his absence Thursday is related. Manager Dave Roberts is sitting most of his lefty batters against Christian Friedrich, with Joc Pederson being the lone exception.

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Ryan Howard
Phillies' Ryan Howard: Will not start Thursday
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
9/29/2016
News: Howard will not be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Howard started five of the last six games at first base and is expected to start all three of the Phillies' final three games this season, so manager Pete Mackanin decided to give him a day to rest Thursday. Tommy Joseph will man first base for the Phillies in Howard's place.

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Brandon Moss
Cardinals' Brandon Moss: Not starting Thursday
Brandon Moss, 1B, STL
9/29/2016
News: Moss is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Reds.

Moss is an ugly 6-for-80 (.075) this month and has just one hit since Sept. 18, so manager Mike Matheny decided to hold him out of the lineup for Thursday's key contest. Jose Martinez will get the start in left field in Moss' place.

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James Loney
Mets' James Loney: Homers in Thursday's win
James Loney, 1B, NYM
9/28/2016
News: Loney went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's victory over the Marlins.

Loney had homered just once in his previous 150 at-bats before belting his eighth of the year in the second inning Wednesday. It's been a disappointing year for the 11-year veteran who's played in fewer games than he had in any of his previous eight campaigns. Loney's slash line of .263/.306/.388 this season is well off the 32-year-old's career marks of .284/.336/.409. In fairness, he's been decent in September, and when a righty is on the hill, Loney isn't a bad option.

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John Jaso
Pirates' John Jaso: Completes first cycle of career in win
John Jaso, 1B, PIT
9/28/2016
News: Jaso hit for his first career cycle in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Cubs, finishing 4-for-4 with 5 RBI and two runs scored.

After a fairly quiet month of September, the veteran first baseman erupted for his first career cycle -- the first ever in PNC Park -- and accounted for seven of the Pirates eight runs scored. If hitting for the cycle wasn't impressive enough, three of the four hits, including the double and home run (his seventh of the season), were off last year's NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. The stellar performance lifts Jaso's line to .267/.348/.407 on the season.

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Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Homers in ride on career-high hitting streak
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
9/28/2016
News: Freeman went 2-for-3 with a walk, solo homer and three runs in Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.

Freeman hit his career-high 33rd homer and stretched his career-best hitting streak to 29 games, leading the Braves to a come-back victory to open their final homestand at Turner Field (they'll be moving nine miles north to SunTrust Park for 2017). The first baseman has been the rare bright spot on the league's worst team, hitting .307/.404/.576 with 88 RBI and 99 runs in 573 at-bats. Despite his team's overall performance, Freeman is sprinting to the finish line, hitting .415 with a ridiculous 1.249 OPS in September.

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Lucas Duda
Mets' Lucas Duda: Bases-clearing double Tuesday
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
9/28/2016
News: Duda had a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning of the Mets' 12-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

Duda is slowly regaining his stroke at the plate after missing more than two months with his back injury. With the Mets aiming to secure a Wild Card berth and do some damage in the post-season, look for Duda to be in the lineup the last four games of the regular season.

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Chris Carter
Brewers' Chris Carter: Mashes 39th homer against Rangers
Chris Carter, 1B, MIL
9/28/2016
News: Carter hit his 39th homer, a two-run shot, in a 2-for-3 game with two walks Tuesday against the Rangers.

Carter now has nine home runs in September as he continues to build on a career high in homers. His 39 leads the National League and trails only Edwin Encarnacion (42) among all major leaguers. Carter's .321 OBP, however, is the worst among any major league first baseman with 25 home runs -- he's as one-dimensional as it gets.

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Josh Bell
Pirates' Josh Bell: Out of Tuesday's lineup
Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
9/27/2016
News: Bell is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

He had started 10 of the last 11 games, hitting just .238/.316/.357 over that stretch. John Jaso will start at first base and lead off Tuesday.

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