David Ortiz
Red Sox's David Ortiz: Returns to lineup Friday
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
8/26/2016
News: Ortiz is in the lineup Friday night against Kansas City, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

Ortiz didn't start Thursday, but is back in his usual DH spot for Friday's outing. Ortiz has dominated at the plate recently, having gone .440/.481/.880 with three home runs and seven RBI over the last seven days.

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Yulieski Gurriel
Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: In Friday's lineup
Yulieski Gurriel, DH, HOU
8/26/2016
News: Gurriel (hamstring) is in the lineup for Friday's matchup against Tampa Bay.

Gurriel will hit sixth and serve as Houston's DH on Friday night. Since joining the big club, Gurriel has played in three games and gone 1-for-4 with a walk. He'll go up against Drew Smyly and the Rays on Friday night.

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Billy Butler
Athletics' Billy Butler: On track to come off disabled list Monday
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
8/26/2016
News: Butler (concussion) participated in workouts Friday night, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

As of now, Butler is on track to come off the DL on Monday, the earliest possible date. Butler has dramatically increased his production since the All-Star break, as he's hit .367/.415/.517 since, bringing his line up to .286/.338/.419 for the year.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Finishes series in Minnesota with three more hits
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
8/25/2016
News: Martinez went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two RBI and scored once in Thursday's win in Minnesota.

Thursday's effort raised Martinez's career batting average at Target Field to .370 in 46 games. He's 16 for 26 (.615) there this year and has scored seven runs in six games. Martinez finished the three-game series with seven hits, including a home run, four RBI and five runs. The veteran will make one more visit to Minnesota for another three-game set beginning Sep. 20.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Returns to lineup Thursday
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
8/25/2016
News: Cruz (back) is in the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Cruz was lifted early from Wednesday's contest after experiencing back spasms, but the issue was apparently minor enough that he'll return to the lineup without missing any time. The 36-year-old will DH and bat cleanup against Chicago starter Anthony Ranaudo.

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Kendrys Morales
Royals' Kendrys Morales: Held out again Thursday
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
8/25/2016
News: Morales is not in Thursday's lineup against the Marlins, Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City reports.

Morales will be held out of the lineup for a third straight game, as the Royals wrap up a series in a National League park in Miami. The club will head to Boston for the weekend and regain the DH spot, so Morales figures to return to the lineup then, while serving as a pinch-hitting option Thursday.

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Pedro Alvarez
Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Gets another day off Thursday
Pedro Alvarez, DH, BAL
8/25/2016
News: Alvarez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

Alvarez was held out of Wednesday's contest as well, as the Orioles are without the DH spot playing in an NL ballpark, but he worked his way into the game as a pinch hitter. The 29-year-old will likely be available in a similar capacity again Thursday and should return to the lineup Friday when the team resumes AL play.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byungho Park: Undergoes surgery Thursday
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
8/25/2016
News: Park underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a tendon in his right middle finger, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

The surgery will effectively end Park's rookie season, but with that step behind him, he will be able to begin rehabbing in the near future in Minneapolis. After a disappointing season in which he hit .191/.275/.409 in the majors and just .224/.297/.526 in the minors, the slugger will likely need to show more in spring training in order to earn a more regular role heading into the 2017 season.

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Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Huge day at the plate in Toronto
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
8/24/2016
News: Pujols went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI in the Angels' 8-2 win in Toronto.

Pujols exploded out of an 11-for-58 slump Wednesday with his first four-hit game of the season. Pujols has hit for impressive power in 2016, the home run his 24th and the three RBI bringing his total to 99. The 99 RBI is fourth most in the MLB, and his 1797 career RBI are the most among players currently on an MLB roster. While his batting average is down at .257, his 62 strikeouts aren't exactly indicative of selling out for power.

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Avisail Garcia
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: To see a lot of time in field during stretch
Avisail Garcia, DH, CHW
8/24/2016
News: Garcia will primarily play right field for the remainder of the season, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Garcia served as the team's primary DH for majority of the season, but that appears to be Justin Morneau's spot now. This could be Garcia's final audition in the outfield, as he has yet to live up to his potential through his four years in the White Sox organization. The defensive dropoff from Adam Eaton to Garcia could be steep, fantasy managers who own White Sox pitchers should pay heed.

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