David Freese
Pirates' David Freese: Big game on tap?
David Freese, 3B, PIT
12:51 PM
News: Freese, who didn't play Wednesday, has four hits and a homer in 10 at-bats against Thursday starter Wily Peralta.

The infielder has six hits in his last 33 at-bats, likely leading to his day off Wednesday. Despite fewer plate appearances, Freese has already scored more runs (54) in 2016 than in any of his three prior campaigns.

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Jake Lamb
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Socks double, homer as emerge from swoon continues
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI
3:55 AM
News: Lamb went 3-for-6 with a double, a homer, two RBI and three runs against the Braves on Wednesday.

A brutal slump has been the dominating story of Lamb's August -- over a 12-game span from Aug. 9-22, he went just 2-for-46 with 19 strikeouts. But over the last two games, he's racked up five hits (four of them for extra bases) in a dramatic emergence from that rough patch. Lamb has been one of the biggest breakout stories of this season, but a high BABIP was fueling his strong batting average much of the year; that's dropped to around par for the league, his the average has come down with it to its current .265 level. The third baseman's shown the ability to maintain strong averages in the minors, though, suggesting that next year might have an even bigger breakout in the cards even if his HR/FB experiences some regression.

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Justin Turner
Dodgers' Justin Turner: Edges out Giants with 24th homer
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD
1:59 AM
News: Turner went 2-for-3 with his 24th homer Wednesday in a 1-0 win over the Giants.

His fourth-inning shot to left center off San Francisco starter Johnny Cueto accounted for the game's only scoring. With five hits in the last two games and a .343 average (including six homers) in August, Turner's brought his season average up to .282 -- its highest point since the first week of April action. He certainly won't match the career high he set two years ago (.340), but Turner's made up for that with a host of career marks in other categories -- homers, doubles (28), RBI (74) and runs (61) -- and he has plenty of time left to pad those stats.

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Matt Carpenter
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Ends two-week power drought
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
1:39 AM
News: Carpenter went 1-for-5 with a homer and two strikeouts Wednesday in an 8-1 win over the Mets.

The long ball was his first in two weeks, dating back to Aug. 10 against the Reds. Carpenter cut his strikeout rate earlier this year, but has backslid this month, whiffing 16 times in 16 games; accordingly, he's hitting only .219 in August. Nonetheless, Carpenter has been enormously productive when healthy as the Cards' leadoff hitter, as he'd easily be on pace to clear 100 runs (something he's done in two of the past three seasons) if not for the time he spent on the DL due to an oblique injury.

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Rob Segedin
Dodgers' Rob Segedin: Expected to return Thursday
Rob Segedin, 3B, LAD
8/24/2016
News: Segedin is expected to return from paternity leave Thursday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Segedin left the team Wednesday, but will only miss one game as a result. The Dodgers play the finale of their series with the Dodgers Thursday.

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Kelly Johnson
Mets' Kelly Johnson: Starting at second Wednesday
Kelly Johnson, 3B, NYM
8/24/2016
News: Johnson is in Monday's lineup against the Cardinals.

Johnson will start at second base and hit seventh for Wednesday's outing in St. Louis. Although he's hitting just .250 for the year, Johnson has heated up at the plate in recent games. Over the last 14 days, Johnson is 7-for-23 (.304) with two home runs and four walks.

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Wilmer Flores
Mets' Wilmer Flores: Out of Wednesday's lineup
Wilmer Flores, 3B, NYM
8/24/2016
News: Flores is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

James Loney will start at first base as Flores heads to the bench Wednesday evening. Flores had a great game Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, but still owns a less than stellar batting average and on-base percentage of .259 and .315 for the season.

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Eduardo Nunez
Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Records fifth steal with new club
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, SF
8/24/2016
News: Nunez went 1-for-3 with a walk and his fifth stolen base (32nd overall) in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Nunez has picked up the pace after a slow start with his new club, going 11-for-37 (.297) with a homer, seven RBI and a two steal over his last 10 games. His .302 BABIP has been creeping up closer to the .320 mark it was at in Minnesota, which has resulted in an increase in batting average as well.

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Will Middlebrooks
Brewers' Will Middlebrooks: Begins rehab assignment Wednesday
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, MIL
8/24/2016
News: Middlebrooks (lower leg strain) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Low-A Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

He will DH for the Tiber Rattlers on Wednesday and is expected to play at least two games in the Midwest League before moving up to a more advanced level. The Brewers probably won't activate Middlebrooks until rosters expand in September, at which point he will occupy a part-time role.

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Still limited by shoulder
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, PIT
8/24/2016
News: Kang (shoulder) won't pick up a bat until at least the end of the week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

He isn't eligible to come off the DL until early September, and he may not be ready then unless he can start participating in more baseball activities in the near future. The Pirates will continue to use David Freese and Sean Rodriguez to man the hot corner in his absence.

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