Eric Hosmer
Royals' Eric Hosmer: Extends career-high homer total to 25
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
10:06 PM
News: Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's contest against the Twins.

Hosmer's third-inning blast extended his career-high total to 25, and pushed his career-best RBI mark to 103. The first baseman is hitting just .250 this month, but he's fairly compensated by mashing five homers, tallying 21 RBI and scoring 14 runs during September.

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James Loney
Mets' James Loney: Homers in Thursday's win
James Loney, 1B, NYM
9:46 PM
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
9:32 PM
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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Mike Napoli
Indians' Mike Napoli: Held out again Wednesday
Mike Napoli, 1B, CLE
2:54 PM
News: Napoli is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

The rest of the Indians' regulars will return to action Wednesday after much of the team was held out Tuesday following a division-clinching win the night before, but Napoli will get a second straight day off after going hitless in eight of his last nine games. Carlos Santana will man first base for the Indians on Wednesday night.

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Freddie Freeman
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Homers in ride on career-high hitting streak
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
8:08 AM
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
6:52 AM
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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Ryan Howard
Phillies' Ryan Howard: Smacks 24th homer in Tuesday's loss
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
6:16 AM
News: Howard went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer and four RBI in Tuesday's game against the Braves.

The veteran has had a season to forget in what may be the final campaign of a great career. However, despite Howard's career-worst .196 batting average, he's now managed to hit 24 homers in 2016, the most he's hammered in a campaign since 2011. Furthermore, the first baseman's 56 RBI total in second-most over his last five seasons (in fairness, he only played half a season in 2012 and 2013 due to injury). Howard's disappointing season can mainly be attributed to his abysmal first-half performance, as he's been significantly better-- and even fantasy-relevant -- since the break.

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Jefry Marte
Angels' Jefry Marte: Homers against Oakland
Jefry Marte, 1B, LAA
2:40 AM
News: Marte homered and drove in four runs in a 2-for-4 game Tuesday against the Athletics

Marte was in the depths of a 9-for-45 slump with just one extra-base hit, a double, dating back to Sept. 2. He broke out in a big way, as he also double Tuesday night and notched his first four RBI game of the season. Marte owns a .251/.307/.461 batting line and with 13 home runs in 84 games, he has shown intriguing power that will deserve watching come next season.

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Joey Votto
Reds' Joey Votto: Homers, doubles in win over Cardinals
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
1:14 AM
News: Votto hit a two-run homer in a 3-for-5 game Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Votto has homered in consecutive games and is on fire in September. He now has six blasts this month to go with six doubles and 14 RBI. He's hitting a brilliant .385/.472/.659 in 24 September games and is once again looking like one of the best all-around hitters in baseball.

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Tyler Austin
Yankees' Tyler Austin: Hits key homer Tuesday
Tyler Austin, 1B, NYY
12:58 AM
News: Austin went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's 6-4 victory over the Red Sox.

Austin's sixth-inning two-run shot off David Price broke a 4-4 tie and provided the winning margin. The rookie first baseman has been batting in the bottom third of the order despite displaying solid power with four homers in his first 79 plate appearances. He'll have to cut down on an astronomical 39.2 percent strikeout rate if he wants to find long-term success though.

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