Joe Panik
Giants' Joe Panik: Batting second Thursday
Joe Panik, 2B, SF
7/28/2016
News: Panik is in the lineup Thursday, batting second and starting at second base.

The Giants immediately inserted Panik into their lineup after his activation from the disabled list earlier Thursday. Panik slashed just .231/.286/.308 during his four-game rehab stint, so he's still adjusting to facing live pitching. He'll be facing Washington's Tanner Roark, who is hold left-handed batters to a .201 average, on Thursday.

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Derek Dietrich
Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Will play first base against righties
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
7/28/2016
News: Dietrich will start at first base against right-handed pitching until Justin Bour returns from the 15-day DL, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

The Marlins will continue to look to get Dietrich in the lineup even with the return of Dee Gordon. The former second-round pick has hit .291 with four home runs and 24 RBI through 213 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season, so this type of matchup bodes well for his production.

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Dee Gordon
Marlins' Dee Gordon: Back in the lineup Thursday
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA
7/28/2016
News: Gordon is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals after serving his 80-game suspension, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Gordon will finally return to the lineup for the first time since April 28. If the speedy second baseman can return to his 2015 form that saw him hit .333/.359/.418 with eight triples and 58 stolen bases, he will provide a huge boost for fantasy owners and the Marlins as they continue to contend for a playoff spot. With Gordon back, Derek Dietrich will likely see his playing time at second base decrease, but could continue to get some reps at first base with Justin Bour on the 15-day DL and Chris Johnson day-to-day with a foot injury.

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Daniel Murphy
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Hits 20th homer Wednesday
Daniel Murphy, 2B, WAS
7/28/2016
News: Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo shot, his 20th home run of the season, in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

After a .265/.330/.500 June which was actually his worst month of the season so far, Murphy has rebounded with a .366/.377/.775 line through 71 July at-bats. This is now his first 20-HR campaign, but Murphy has plenty of time to take a run at 25 or even 30 homers given his continued and consistent excellence at the plate this year.

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Josh Tobias
Phillies' Josh Tobias: Promoted to High-A Clearwater
Josh Tobias, 2B, PHI
7/28/2016
News: Tobias was promoted to High-A Clearwater on Wednesday.

Tobias, 23, hit .304/.376/.443 with seven home runs, 24 doubles and six stolen bases in 368 at-bats for Low-A Lakewood this season. He takes over second base for Clearwater after Scott Kingery, a fellow 2015 draft selection, moved up to Double-A Reading earlier in the week.

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Jean Segura
Diamondbacks' Jean Segura: Contributes three hits in blowout of Brewers
Jean Segura, 2B, ARI
7/28/2016
News: Segura went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run in an 8-1 bashing of the Brewers on Wednesday.

That's now a nine-game hitting streak for the 26-year-old shortstop, who's delivered five hits and a walk in the first three games of this four-game set against his old Brewers mates. Segura has served as Arizona's No. 3 hitter in consecutive contests, but Jake Lamb (hand) has missed both those games; the breakout third baseman's absence from the cleanup spot has pushed Paul Goldschmidt down to No. 4 in the lineup, opening up the three-hole for Segura. Lamb shouldn't be out long, so take advantage in DFS with Segura getting at least one more game as the third hitter Thursday against the Brewers.

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Kolten Wong
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Wins game with pinch-hit double
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
7/27/2016
News: Wong pinch hit for the pitcher in the ninth inning of a tied game, and delivered a go-ahead RBI double that would up being the game-winner.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia had just blown his first save of the season before facing Wong, having given up an RBI double to Yadier Molina. Wong, hitting just .234 on the season while starting the majority of games, delivered his ninth extra base hit of the season, driving in just his 11th run. Young second baseman Greg Garcia, who started the game at second Wednesday, has come on strong and hit and impressive .307 over 101 at-bats. Garcia went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, but should continue to steal sizable chucks of playing time from Wong moving forward.

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Neil Walker
Mets' Neil Walker: Reaches base four times Wednesday
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
7/27/2016
News: Walker went 3-for-3 with a walk and three singles, driving in one Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Walker failed to score in any of his four times on-base, but raised his batting line to .244/.315/.410 with the big day. While the batting average is Walker's worst of his career, he's on pace to break his career high of 23 home runs, matching his 2015 mark of 16 already. Some of those homers might be chalked up to luck though, as Walker has just 6 doubles and no triples on the season, not exactly indicative of a true power surge.

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Trea Turner
Nationals' Trea Turner: Shines atop lineup in Wednesday's win
Trea Turner, 2B, WAS
7/27/2016
News: Turner went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in Wednesday's game against the Indians.

Washington's been searching for production from the leadoff spot, and perhaps the club has found it with Turner. Hitting atop the lineup over the last three games, the 23-year-old sophomore is 6-for-13 with two doubles, one triple, three RBI, three runs and two stolen bases. Turner played the outfield for the second straight day in this one, but manager Dusty Baker wouldn't commit to playing Turner out there once the team returns to NL parks and loses the DH. If Turner does in fact earn an everyday spot, he's worth a pickup in most formats, especially if Baker inserts him in the leadoff spot.

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Travis Demeritte
Braves' Travis Demeritte: Traded to Braves
Travis Demeritte, 2B, TEX
7/27/2016
News: Demeritte was traded to the Braves on Wednesday in exchange for Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez, MLB.com's TR Sullivan reports.

The 30th overall pick in 2013, Demeritte is heading home, as he was a prep product out of Winder, GA when the Rangers drafted him. He is a classic boom or bust power bat, although he is unique in the sense that he plays second base, which makes him awfully intriguing for dynasty league purposes. Demeritte's .272/.352/.583 slash line along with 25 homers and 13 steals in 331 at-bats this year needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as he was playing half his games at High Desert -- one of the most notoriously hitter-friendly parks in the minors in the already hitter-friendly California League. He is extremely risky, as he has carried a K-rate north of 30 percent at each stop since rookie ball. If Demeritte can find a way to hit even .245 in the big leagues, he could offer Brian Dozier-level production in the counting categories.

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