Joey Votto
Reds' Joey Votto: Launches two homers in loss
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
6/27/2016
News: Votto went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

Votto had been hitting just .213 before June began. Since June 1 that average has steadily grown to .248. The first baseman now has 13 home runs, 39 RBI and 43 runs scored for the season. A career .307 hitter, Votto should be closer to the hitter he is in June than the one he was earlier this season the rest of the way in 2016.

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Daniel Descalso
Rockies' Daniel Descalso: Starting Monday
Daniel Descalso, 1B, COL
6/27/2016
News: Descalso is in the lineup and batting sixth for Monday's game against the Blue Jays, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Descalso will get the start at second base in place of DJ LeMahieu who is out after suffering a left knee contusion Sunday. Descalso is hitting .364/.462/.500 with one home run and 12 RBI through 44 at-bats on the season.

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Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams: Remains out Monday
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
6/27/2016
News: Adams (back) is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals.

Adams will miss his fourth straight game with a back injury and remain day-to-day for the time being. The 27-year-old is in the midst of a fantastic season offensively, hitting .298/.349/.528 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 21 runs through 61 games.

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Clint Robinson
Nationals' Clint Robinson: Homers in Sunday's start
Clint Robinson, 1B, WAS
6/27/2016
News: Robinson got the start at first base Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 3-2 win over the Brewers.

The eighth-inning shot, his third home run of the season, proved to be crucial after Milwaukee scored single runs in the eighth and ninth. Robinson's actually done well with his limited playing time in June, hitting .280 (7-for-25) with five RBI, but Nats manager Dusty Baker doesn't seem inclined to give Ryan Zimmerman too many days off even as he works through yet another slump.

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Adrian Gonzalez
Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Not in Monday's lineup
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LAD
6/27/2016
News: Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates, according to David Vassegh of AM 570 LA reports.

Manager Dave Roberts indicated Sunday that Gonzalez would be held out of Monday's lineup, and it turns out that will indeed be the case, as Scott Van Slyke will get the start at first base. Roberts also hinted that Gonzalez will be held out of the lineup Tuesday, so he may be limited to pinch-hit duty for the next couple days.

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Paul Goldschmidt
Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Drives in four Sunday
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
6/27/2016
News: Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with four RBI in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

Though he didn't homer in four games at Coors Field, Goldschmidt did go 8-for-17 with six RBI. In the process, he bumped his season average to .301. After hitting .300 or better in each of the last three seasons, Goldschmidt is a good bet to keep his average north of .300 again this season.

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Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Big game in Sunday's win
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
6/26/2016
News: Freeman went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Sunday's win over the Mets.

The home run was his 13th on the season. Freeman continues to tear it up in June, and he's now hitting .348 (31-for-89) on the month with five homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored.

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John Jaso
Pirates' John Jaso: Out of Sunday's lineup
John Jaso, 1B, PIT
6/26/2016
News: Jaso will not start for the second straight day Sunday against the Dodgers, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Jaso simply can't stick against left-handed pitchers, collecting just one single in 14 at-bats against them this season. With Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw toeing the rubber Sunday, Pittsburgh will turn to David Freese at first base, batting second. With another southpaw (Scott Kazmir) set to take the mound Monday, Jaso will likely ride the pine once again.

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Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Out of Sunday's lineup
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS
6/26/2016
News: Zimmerman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

Zimmerman has made eight straight starts at first base, but will give way to Clint Robinson on Sunday against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers. It's been a rough month for Zimmerman at the plate, as the veteran is 12-for-64 in June, dropping his season batting average 20 points to .230. A .261 BABIP may lead some to think that Zimmerman is suffering from some bad luck, but when lined up next to a career-low 14 percent line drive rate, it becomes apparent that he simply isn't hitting the ball as hard. That being said, there hasn't been any indication from Nationals' brass that the veteran is in line to lose at-bats any time soon.

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Justin Bour
Marlins' Justin Bour: Continues homer and RBI barrage Saturday
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
6/26/2016
News: Bour went 2-for-4 with a double and two-run homer in Saturday's 9-6 victory over the Cubs.

The 28-year-old slugger is enjoying his best month of the season, and is now slashing .340/.407/.679 following his third straight game with a homer Saturday. Bour also has nine RBI over that span, and has hit safely in eight of his last nine contests overall.

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