Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Hopes to begin rehab assignment in early July
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
6/23/2017
News: Freeman (wrist) was cleared to take dry swings Friday and hopes to begin a rehab assignment in early July, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

This is a big step for Freeman, who will continue to ramp up his workouts as he eyes a return to the Braves before the All Star break. Barring any setbacks, he could set out on a rehab assignment as early as July 3, putting the earlier plausible return date for the slugger sometime during the July 6-9 series against the Nationals. The plan is still to bring Freeman back as a third baseman in an attempt to keep Matt Adams' bat in the lineup.

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Matt Adams
Braves' Matt Adams: Keeps thumping Thursday
Matt Adams, 1B, ATL
6/23/2017
News: Adams went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Giants.

He's arguably the hottest hitter in the majors right now, slashing .410/.455/.949 over his last 10 games with six homers and 16 RBI. Adams has to slow down eventually, but until that happens he should be a fixture in all fantasy lineups.

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Paul Goldschmidt
Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Caps off huge series at Coors with four RBI
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
6/22/2017
News: Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run, four RBI and two runs during Thursday's win over Colorado.

Goldschmidt made the most of his trip to Coors Field going 7-for-12 at the dish with two homers, seven RBI and six runs. The big series helped him leapfrog teammate Jake Lamb to take over the RBI lead in the majors with 64, too.

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Tommy Joseph
Phillies' Tommy Joseph: Plates three runs in win over Cards
Tommy Joseph, 1B, PHI
6/22/2017
News: Joseph went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI during Thursday's win over St. Louis.

Joseph snapped an eight-game RBI drought with Thursday's outburst, and he's now up to 11 homers, 35 RBI and 27 runs with a respectable .261/.313/.450 slash line for the year. The first baseman doesn't offer much game-to-game consistency, but he's quickly establishing himself as a capable power hitter with 32 bombs through the first 606 plate appearances of his career.

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Brandon Belt
Giants' Brandon Belt: Heads to bench Thursday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
6/22/2017
News: Belt is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Despite riding a four-game hitting streak, Belt is batting just .179 (4-for-31) over his last eight games, so he'll head to the bench to clear his head. Buster Posey will take over for him at first base while Nick Hundley gets the start behind the dish.

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Mark Reynolds
Rockies' Mark Reynolds: Not in Thursday's lineup
Mark Reynolds, 1B, COL
6/22/2017
News: Reynolds is not in Thursday's lineup for the Rockies' contest with Arizona, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

With Reynolds getting the day off, Ian Desmond moves over to tackle first base while Raimel Tapia takes over in left. In Wednesday's loss, Reynolds went 2-for-3 and notched his first home run since June 10. The first baseman will likely be back in the lineup for Friday's clash with the Dodgers.

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Jose Martinez
Cardinals' Jose Martinez: Slugs fourth homer Wednesday
Jose Martinez, 1B, STL
6/22/2017
News: Martinez entered Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Phillies as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and went 2-for-2 with a double, a solo home run and two runs.

The outfielder pinch hit for Tyler Lyons with the Cardinals down 5-3 and brought them within a run with a 372-foot shot to right. Martinez then scored the go-ahead run in the 10th, making him an integral part of the comeback victory. The 28-year-old is enjoying a solid June, posting a trio of multi-hit efforts while compiling three round trippers and nine RBI in part-time duty.

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Josh Bell
Pirates' Josh Bell: Clubs 13th homer Wednesday
Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
6/22/2017
News: Bell went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers.

The 24-year-old is now chasing history, as his 13 homers leave him just two shy of Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner's franchise rookie record for home runs in the first half. Bell's .235 batting average is a disappointment considering he routinely challenged or broke the .300 mark in the minors, but as his game continues to develop the switch hitter could emerge as a legitimate four-category fantasy producer.

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Lucas Duda
Mets' Lucas Duda: Out of lineup Wednesday
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
6/21/2017
News: Duda is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Duda will get the day off as Wilmer Flores takes over at first base for Wednesday's game. With left-hander Rich Hill on the mound, this is a good opportunity for manager Terry Collins to give Duda a night of rest.

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Eric Thames
Brewers' Eric Thames: Gets day off Wednesday
Eric Thames, 1B, MIL
6/21/2017
News: Thames will take a seat for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

After going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts during Tuesday's contest, Thames will take a day off to clear his head. The slugger hasn't recorded a hit in the past three games and is replaced at first base by Jesus Aguilar on Wednesday. Thames is likely to be back in the lineup for Thursday's series finale.

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