Ryan Zimmerman
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Not in Monday's lineup
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, WAS
2:48 PM
News: Zimmerman is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Zimmerman will get a rare day off, as the Nats go with Clint Robinson at first base Monday. Robinson will hit seventh in the order against Phillies' right-hander Jake Thompson.

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Steve Pearce
Orioles' Steve Pearce: Out of lineup Monday
Steve Pearce, 1B, BAL
2:46 PM
News: Pearce (elbow) is not in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays.

Pearce had a 3-for-4 showing in Sunday's victory over the Yankees, but he was forced out of the contest early after tweaking a lingering elbow injury. The 33-year-old typically doesn't occupy an everyday role with the Orioles, so it's possible his absence from the lineup isn't related to the injury, but he should be considered day-to-day regardless until he returns to the field.

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Brandon Belt
Giants' Brandon Belt: Looks good in return to lineup
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
2:18 PM
News: Belt (neck) returned to the lineup Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, an RBI and a pair of runs scored in a win over Atlanta.

Belt was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a stiff neck. His presence in Sunday's lineup and production at the plate indicates that the injury wasn't anything to worry about. Belt isn't your traditional slugging first baseman, but his 66 RBI and .390 OBP have provided good value as a first baseman in deeper leagues and a corner infielder in standard formats.

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Jefry Marte
Angels' Jefry Marte: Hits 10th home run Sunday
Jefry Marte, 1B, LAA
7:28 AM
News: Marte got the start at third base and went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

The homer was his 10th of the season. Marte's supplied some surprising deep league value this season given his power and multi-position eligibility, but barring offseason improvement with his glove he'll likely be stuck in a utility role in 2017.

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C.J. Cron
Angels' C.J. Cron: Three hits in Sunday's win
C.J. Cron, 1B, LAA
7:26 AM
News: Cron went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

He's been solid since coming off the DL last weekend, hitting .278 (9-for-32), but the triple was his first extra-base hit during that stretch. Expect Cron to find his power stroke again soon enough.

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John Jaso
Pirates' John Jaso: Hits first home run since June
John Jaso, 1B, PIT
8/28/2016
News: Jaso hit his fifth homer of the season Sunday against the Brewers.

He started at first base for the first time since August 20. The left-handed hitter has adjusted well to his bench role with the arrival of Josh Bell, singling in each of three pinch-hitting opportunities prior to Sunday.

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Joe Mauer
Twins' Joe Mauer: Reaches base four times in Sunday's loss
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN
8/28/2016
News: Mauer went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He went 0-for-5 in his return to the lineup Saturday after missing a few games with a minor quad strain, but Mauer was able to pad his OBP in a big way Sunday, boosting his slash line on the season to .275/.375/.401.

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Paul Goldschmidt
Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Sitting out Sunday
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
8/28/2016
News: Goldschmidt is out of Sunday's lineup versus the Reds, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports.

Goldschmidt will get a rare day off for Arizona's series finale against Cincinnati as Phil Gosselin starts at first. Goldschmidt has continued his phenomenal season-long performance at the plate recently, having hit .353/.462/.549 with two home runs over the last 14 games.

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Wil Myers
Padres' Wil Myers: Scratched Sunday with stomach virus
Wil Myers, 1B, SD
8/28/2016
News: Myers was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Marlins due to a stomach virus.

The All-Star first baseman was initially slated to man the third spot in the lineup, but apparently felt ill after warmups and will now be given the day off to recover from what's likely a minor issue. With Myers resting, Yangervis Solarte is now slated to move over from the hot corner to start at first base, while Alex Dickerson will enter the lineup after previously being in line to serve in a bench role.

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Mark Teixeira
Yankees' Mark Teixeira: Making fifth straight start
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
8/28/2016
News: Teixeira will start at first base and bat in the cleanup spot Sunday against the Orioles.

It appeared Teixeira would only be a part-time player following his announcement earlier in August that he would retire after the season, but the struggles of youngster Tyler Austin have opened up more at-bats of late for the veteran first baseman. With Austin off to a 4-for-29 start to his big-league career, Teixeira will enter the lineup for the fifth game in a row, and deservedly so. He's gone 6-for-18 with two doubles, a homer and five RBI in the preceding four contests, showing he still has some power left in the tank as he winds down in his time in the big leagues. For those in need of a boost in the home run or RBI categories, Teixeira might be worth a look if he's still sitting on the waiver wire.

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