John Jaso
Pirates' John Jaso: Breaking out of slump?
John Jaso, 1B, PIT
10:20 AM
News: Jaso collected two of Pittsburgh's three hits Friday, narrowly missing a home run against Philadelphia.

The Bucs moved him out of the leadoff spot because his on-base clip has dropped to .329 since early May. With doubles in consecutive games, Jaso has collected one more extra-base hit than he totaled in his previous 49 plate appearances. He's 2-for-3 off Saturday starter Aaron Nola.

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Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams: Ends marathon versus Dodgers in walk-off style
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
7:12 AM
News: Adams went 1-for-6 with a walk and a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the 16th inning to down the Dodgers 4-3 Friday night.

Adams' batting average dropped three points to .261 -- its lowest point since May 3 -- but he made the most of his only hit in seven plate appearances during the marathon. It was the first baseman's 11th homer of the season, and the second career 16th-inning walk-off blast for Adams. The 27-year-old has struggled mightily in July, slashing .159/.213/.386 through 44 at-bats.

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Joey Votto
Reds' Joey Votto: Cranks out 17th blast of season Friday
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
7/22/2016
News: Votto went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, two walks and two runs Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Votto launched his 17th bomb of the season in the first inning to give the Reds a 3-2 lead in a home victory. He's now left the yard in three of his last four games to raise his slugging percentage to .483.

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Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Expected back Tuesday
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS
7/22/2016
News: Zimmerman (ribs) is expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a run in his first rehab assignment game for Low-A Potomac on Thursday and figures to play several more minor league games before returning to the majors shortly after the weekend. The 31-year-old was placed on the DL on July 8 with a left rib cage strain but has progressed through his rehab with no setbacks. He'll reassume a .221/.284/.402 slash line when he returns to the Nationals.

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Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Struggling in past week
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
7/22/2016
News: Freeman went 0-for-4 Thursday night with two strikeouts.

The 0-for-4 performance adds to a rough last seven games for Freeman, who has gone 2-for-27 with 15 strikeouts in that span. The 26-year-old is hitting .270/.356/.496 on the year, but until his struggles end, it might be better to keep him on the bench.

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Ryan Howard
Phillies' Ryan Howard: Hits 14th homer Thursday versus Marlins
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
7/21/2016
News: Howard went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's loss to Miami.

Howard's fourth-inning blast, his 14th of the season, gave him 30 RBI on the year. It's no secret that the veteran has been putting on a sad campaign to watch in 2016, but he has improved - albeit in small increments - of late. Across the board, Howard's slash line of .160/.219/.376 is higher than it's been since mid-May. Despite the improvement, it is still a hard pill to swallow outside of the deepest leagues.

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Mark Reynolds
Rockies' Mark Reynolds: Not in lineup Thursday
Mark Reynolds, 1B, COL
7/21/2016
News: Reynolds is out of the lineup Thursday against Atlanta, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Reynolds will get his first game off in his last three as Daniel Descalso fills in for him at first and bats fifth. Reynolds has had a sub-par month of July, going just 9-for-49 (.184) with only three extra base hits and 18 strikeouts.

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Clint Robinson
Nationals' Clint Robinson: Sits second straight
Clint Robinson, 1B, WAS
7/21/2016
News: Robinson is out of the lineup for the second straight game Thursday against the Dodgers, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

After starting four straight games at first base, and seven of eight overall after Ryan Zimmerman (ribs) landed on the DL, Robinson will take a seat for the second day in a row. The 31-year-old is losing playing time to the young Trea Turner, who starts at the keystone and effectively moves Daniel Murphy over to Robinson's spot at first. Robinson's bat hasn't done much to help his case, as he's slashing .194/.250/389 since July 1.

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Chris Johnson
Marlins' Chris Johnson: Homers for team's lone run
Chris Johnson, 1B, MIA
7/21/2016
News: Johnson went 2-for-3 with his fourth homer Wednesday against the Phillies.

The long ball accounted for the only run the Marlins managed in a losing effort. Johnson's been seeing relatively steady playing time lately, but hasn't generally rewarded the Marlins with much offense. With Justin Bour (ankle) nearing a rehab assignment, Johnson's run of action could be coming to an end rather soon.

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Anthony Rizzo
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Hits pair of jacks off Bartolo Colon on Wednesday
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
7/20/2016
News: Rizzo hit his 23rd and 24th home runs of the season Wednesday off Bartolo Colon in the Cubs win over the Mets.

Rizzo easily shook off Tuesday's golden sombrero performance, coming back with a fury against the Mets. Overall, Rizzo has been quite hot of late, hitting .345/.436/.726 in his last 30 games. Both of Wednesday's homers travelled more than 435 feet, a testament to his incredible power. He now has 71 RBI on the season, tied for most in the NL with Nolan Arenado. Rizzo continues to prove he's one of the league's premier hitters.

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