David Ortiz
Red Sox's David Ortiz: Moves into 19th place on all-time homer list
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
1:32 AM
News: Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Angels.

The prolific slugger recorded the 2,000 hit with the Red Sox and moved into sole possession of 19th place on the all-time home run list with his fifth-inning solo blast, his first since June 17. Ortiz's banner final season continues, and he only seems to be getting better as it unfolds. He's raised his average another seven points to .342 over the last six games, a span in which hit safely in five of those contests, with multi-hit efforts in two of the last three.

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Kendrys Morales
Royals' Kendrys Morales: Stays red-hot with two-run homer
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
7/1/2016
News: Morales went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

The 33-year-old's bat stayed scorching hot, with Morales extending his hitting streak to seven games while blasting a homer for the second straight contest. He finished last month with a stellar .402/.453/.655 line, and has now brought his average up a whopping 69 points since June 1.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Crushes a pair of homers Friday
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
7/1/2016
News: Martinez went 2-for-5 with a pair of three-run homers Friday at the Rays.

Martinez's fifteenth blast of the year extended the Tigers' lead to seven runs in the seventh inning, and his second bomb of the night put some extra icing on the cake in a blowout win. He's now hit safely in each of his last five games, and he's slashing .324/.369/.543 on the season.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Wins marathon game with solo shot in 19th inning
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
7/1/2016
News: Santana went 2-for-8 with a double, game-winning, 19th-inning homer, walk and two runs in Friday's 2-1 victory.

The veteran slugger mercifully put an end to the marathon contest with a shot off infielder Darwin Barney in the 19th inning, sending the weary Indians to their 14th consecutive victory. Santana has now hit safely in four of the last five contests, and seven of his last nine.

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Alex Rodriguez
Yankees' Alex Rodriguez: Out of lineup Friday
Alex Rodriguez, DH, NYY
7/1/2016
News: Rodriguez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

This absence could be seen coming a mile away, as Rodriguez has not played the field at all in 2016 and the Yankees are in San Diego this weekend. It would not be a surprise if Rodriguez sat out the entire interleague series with the DH unavailable. Rodriguez has found himself on the bench more of late even when the team does have the DH, having failed to kick it into gear after a dismal start to the season.

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Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Sitting out Friday
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
7/1/2016
News: Gattis is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

A.J. Reed will serve as the designated hitter Friday as Gattis sits following four consecutive starts. Gattis finished the month of June with hits in eight of his final nine games (three multi-hit games). He hit three homers over that span to give him 12 on the year -- he's well on pace to clear 20 homers for a fourth consecutive season.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byung-ho Park: Optioned to Triple-A Rochester
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
7/1/2016
News: Park was demoted to Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Park has been struggling mightily this season, and even more so in the month of June. He has gone 9-for-66 at the plate this month, with three home runs, eight RBI and 27 strikeouts. With Miguel Sano coming off the disabled list Friday, the team decided to send Park down to Rochester to clear his head and try to make some progress with his swing.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Smacks pair of doubles in Thursday win
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
7/1/2016
News: Cruz went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, walk and run in Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Orioles.

The prolific slugger closed out June with three multi-hit efforts in his last seven games, a span that also saw him smack four homers and drive in seven runs. Cruz continues rolling along at age 36, already having reached the 20-homer mark for the eighth straight campaign while currently boasting a rock-solid .285/.370/.540 line on the season.

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Corey Dickerson
Rays' Corey Dickerson: Returns to lineup Thursday
Corey Dickerson, DH, TB
6/30/2016
News: Dickerson is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Dickerson has missed the past four games with a sore thumb, but is back in the lineup in left and batting sixth for Thursday's contest. The 27-year-old has had a tough season from the plate, hitting just .209, yet has shown his power, smacking 13 home runs and 34 RBI. He will look to get back on track against Jordan Zimmermann on Thursday.

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Edwin Encarnacion
Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion: Caps series at Coors with MLB-best 70th RBI
Edwin Encarnacion, DH, TOR
6/29/2016
News: Encarnacion went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Wednesday's win against the Rockies.

Encarnacion doubled in the third inning, and drove in his MLB-leading 70th RBI with a single in the seventh. He took full advantage of the team's rare trip to Coors Field, going 5-for-10 with two home runs, four RBI and six runs in the three-game series. During the set, Encarnacion also managed to push his average up to .264, its highest mark since April 26.

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