Conor Gillaspie
Giants' Conor Gillaspie: Homers in win over Rockies
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, SF
3:48 AM
News: Gillaspie homered and drove in a pair in a 2-for-5 game Tuesday against the Rockies.

Gillaspie has been playing sparingly in September and should be expected to yield most of the at-bats the rest of the way at third base to Eduardo Nunez. He has showed solid power this season, with a .423 slugging percentage and six home runs in 193 plate appearances. As the rare left-handed batter at third base, Gillaspie gives the Giants a nifty bench option.

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Anthony Rendon
Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Reaches new career high in RBI thanks to three-run homer
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
1:54 AM
News: Rendon went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Rendon's three-run shot followed Stephen Drew's sac fly in a four-run sixth inning that accounted for all of Washington's offense. The 26-year-old infielder established a new career high of 84 RBI in this performance, surpassing the 83 he had in a breakout 2014 campaign.

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Jhonny Peralta
Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Mashes eighth homer against Reds
Jhonny Peralta, 3B, STL
1:40 AM
News: Peralta went 3-for-4 with his eighth home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Peralta has a five-game hitting streak and has three hits in two of those five games. After a slow start to his injury shortened season, Peralta's line is up to .259/.307/.415. The veteran shortstop is on pace for his fourth consecutive slugging percentage over .400.

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Wilmer Flores
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Tries to swing bat, shut back down
Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
9/27/2016
News: Flores (wrist) tried to swing a bat Monday and has been shut back down for a few days, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Clearly, Flores' wrist did not respond well to the activity as he's been shut back down with just six days remaining in the regular season. The same thing happened last week, with the wrist flaring up after Flores attempted to take swings following his second cortisone injection. It seems he would only be an option for the postseason.

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Could see time at shortstop and third base in 2017
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, PIT
9/27/2016
News: Kang could see playing time at shortstop in 2017. "He is looking very much forward to this offseason where he can build strength and not just rehab," manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It was a very different offseason for him last year. He believes there is more, more opportunity for him. ... There was a defensive (struggle) for him this season that we never saw at all last year. ... Will there be an opportunity for him to move back to short at any time next year? Based upon the rehab, that's going to be an interesting development."

Kang totaled 77 games at third base and 60 games at shortstop in 2015, but has played exclusively at third base in 2016. His fielding percentage has dropped from .971 at third base last season to .938 this year. Kang, who will turn 30 in April, has boosted his OPS from .816 to .898. Pittsburgh doesn't have any everyday third base options other than Josh Harrison, who played second base regularly in 2016.

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Kris Bryant
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Out of Tuesday's lineup
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
9/27/2016
News: Bryant is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.

He has started every game since the Cubs gave most of their regulars off for the clinching party (Sept. 16), and has hit .294/.400/.588 with two homers over those 40 plate appearances. Tommy La Stella will start at third base and hit sixth Tuesday.

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Javier Baez
Cubs' Javier Baez: Drives home six in win
Javier Baez, 3B, CHC
9/26/2016
News: Baez went 2-for-5 with a home run and six RBI in Monday's victory against the Pirates.

Baez has been a force as a utility guy for the Cubs all season. The 23-year-old now has 14 home runs and 57 RBI in his first full season in the majors. With so much talent in Chicago playing time isn't guaranteed for Baez, but he has proven he can contribute when in the lineup.

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Matt Carpenter
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Out of lineup Monday
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
9/26/2016
News: Carpenter is not in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

Carpenter started the past four games, but after going 2-for-17 with six strikeouts in that span, manager Mike Matheny decided to give him the night off. Matt Adams will take over at first base for the evening.

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Jose Reyes
Mets' Jose Reyes: Collects four RBI in Sunday's rout
Jose Reyes, 3B, NYM
9/26/2016
News: Reyes went 1-for-4 with two walks, a double, two runs scored and four RBI in Sunday's 17-0 rout of the Phillies.

It's been a tough September for Reyes, who's slashing .221/.316/.407 on the month through 86 at-bats, but the Mets will likely need him to have a big finish to the regular season if they're going to hang on to a wild card spot.

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Eduardo Nunez
Giants' Eduardo Nunez: To get MRI Monday
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, SF
9/25/2016
News: Nunez (strained right hamstring) will get a MRI on Monday and would not rule out returning Tuesday against the Rockies, the San Jose Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly reports.

The Giants are off Monday, so if Nunez returned Tuesday that would mean the hamstring strain didn't cost him any time. He doesn't believe the injury is serious, so it certainly sounds like a return before the end of the season is possible. Nunez suffered the injury while stealing his 40th base of the season Sunday.

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