Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Ignites comeback with homer Friday
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
11:42 AM
News: Santana went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, walk and two runs in Friday's 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the A's.

Santana got the Indians' comeback from a 3-0 deficit started with 386-foot shot to right center in the sixth, and subsequently scored a valuable insurance run in the seventh on a Francisco Lindor sacifice fly. It was the veteran slugger's second homer since the inception of the second half of the season and keeps him well on pace to surpass the career-best 27 bombs he's reached on two prior occasions.

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David Ortiz
Red Sox's David Ortiz: Scheduled for day off Saturday
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
6:52 AM
News: Ortiz is tentatively scheduled for day off Saturday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Ortiz gets a day off against a left-hander as Red Sox manager John Farrell looks to get the 40-year-old slugger a breather in order to extract the most out of him in the final two months of the season. Hanley Ramirez will start at DH, with Travis Shaw playing first base and Aaron Hill starting at third. And while on the topic of giving Ortiz rest, Boston has a series coming up against the Dodgers in Los Angeles next weekend, so there will likely be multiple days off between Aug. 5 and 7.

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Prince Fielder
Rangers' Prince Fielder: Surgery went as expected
Prince Fielder, DH, TEX
7/29/2016
News: Fielder (neck) underwent surgery Friday and will be in a neck brace for the next two weeks before being re-examined, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Fielder's surgery went as expected and if everything looks right when he gets it checked out two weeks from now, he should begin rehabbing for next season in due time. The 32-year-old had one of the worst years of his career in 2016, hitting just .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs and 44 RBI, and will have a long offseason to clear his mind and recover for 2017.

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Avisail Garcia
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Not in lineup Friday
Avisail Garcia, DH, CHW
7/29/2016
News: Garcia is out of the lineup for Friday's contest against Minnesota, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Garcia will be held out of the starting lineup for a sixth consecutive game as Justin Morneau takes over DH duties and bats fifth. Garcia's unproductiveness at the plate this month is a likely reason why he's been missing from the lineup card as he's gone just 7-for-37 (.189) this month.

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Alex Rodriguez
Yankees' Alex Rodriguez: Not in lineup Friday
Alex Rodriguez, DH, NYY
7/29/2016
News: Rodriguez is out of the lineup for Friday's tilt with Tampa Bay, Mark Feinsand of NY Daily News reports.

Rodriguez will miss a sixth straight game as Carlos Beltran continues to reserve DH duties. Rodriguez has not done much to persuade Joe Girardi to put his name in the lineup as he's gone 4-for-31 (.129) in 11 games this month.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Back in action Friday
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
7/29/2016
News: Cruz (foot) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.

Cruz sat out Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday, but he will return to action after getting a second day to rest and recover thanks to a team off day Thursday. Cruz will man right field and hit cleanup for the Mariners on Friday afternoon.

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Kennys Vargas
Twins' Kennys Vargas: Not in Thursday's lineup
Kennys Vargas, DH, MIN
7/28/2016
News: Vargas is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

Vargas will get a day of Thursday as Robbie Grossman takes over the designated hitter's spot. In the past five games, Vargas has gone 6-for-18 with three RBI and three doubles, and has provided a nice bat to the lineup since being recalled from Triple-A in early July.

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Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Out of Wednesday's lineup
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
7/27/2016
News: Gattis is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports.

With Jason Castro getting the nod behind the dish and Preston Tucker starting in left field, the Astros will use the DH spot to keep George Springer's bat in the lineup, sending Gattis to the bench. When the Astros' lineup is at full strength with Yulieski Gurriel in the fold in a week or two, Gattis may struggle to get playing time when he is not in the lineup at catcher.

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Billy Butler
Athletics' Billy Butler: Out of Wednesday's lineup
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
7/27/2016
News: Butler is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.

Butler has started 12 of the last 20 games, and owners should be able to expect a similar role from him going forward. He has been consistently mediocre in recent seasons, with a .311 wOBA in three straight seasons and a wRC+ between 95 and 99 in each of the past three seasons.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byung-ho Park: Heating up at Triple-A
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
7/26/2016
News: Park has hit home runs in three of his last four games and is hitting .333 with five home runs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Rochester. Overall, he's hitting .279/.362/.557 in Triple-A.

Park started off slowly after being demoted to Triple-A, but has caught fire. Still, it's not clear if the Twins are ready to call him back up to the majors with Kennys Vargas playing well and a logjam in the outfield and at first base and DH in the majors. Perhaps the Twins can clear some space with some deals at the trade deadline. If not, Park may need to wait until rosters expand in September to return to the majors.

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