Kendrys Morales
Royals' Kendrys Morales: Woes at the plate continue Wednesday
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
5:07 PM
News: Morales, who started his 27th consecutive game to begin the 2016 season Wednesday, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a losing effort against Washington.

The Royals are off Thursday, which may leave Morales in the mix for all three games of the team's weekend series against Cleveland, but he's likely on track for a day off in the near future if his month-long slump continues. For the season, Morales is hitting .200/.248/.310 with two homers and eight RBI, a far cry from his .290/.362/.485 line that included 22 long balls and 106 RBI a year ago. In addition to the diminished line, Morales has posted a 22.0% K% thus far, after fanning at a 16.1% clip last season. Moreover, he's also walking less frequently (5.7% BB%) after reaching a career-high 9.1% BB% in 2015.

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Avisail Garcia
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Sitting again Wednesday
Avisail Garcia, DH, CHW
4:05 PM
News: Garcia (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Wednesday night.

Jerry Sands will DH, while the White Sox roll with Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, and Austin Jackson in the outfield for Wednesday's game against Boston.

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Pedro Alvarez
Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Out of the lineup Wednesday
Pedro Alvarez, DH, BAL
2:59 PM
News: Alvarez is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Since April 16, Alvarez either has two or more hits or no hits in a game, watching his average jump from .167 to .208 over that span while picking up his first home run. Really only able to act as the designated hitter these days, Alvarez gives way to Nolan Reimold while Mark Trumbo slides over as the designated hitter.

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Alex Rodriguez
Yankees' Alex Rodriguez: To disabled list with hamstring injury
Alex Rodriguez, DH, NYY
2:34 PM
News: Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Rodriguez was removed from Tuesday's game after pulling up while running to first base and an MRI on Wednesday revealed a strain. It's unclear as to just how injured Rodriguez is, but it's enough to put him on the disabled list. He's hitting for a .194/.275/.444 slash line and finally seemed to be putting it together of late, hitting .353 over the past week with three home runs and six RBI. He's replaced by James Pazos, a relief pitcher, on the major league roster.

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Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Still waiting to see time behind the plate
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
9:01 AM
News: Astros manager A.J. Hinch is still hopeful to get Gattis time behind the plate as the two continue working drills, Angel Verdejo Jr. of the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Having not played a position for as long, especially that position, I'm very cautious about (playing him there)," Hinch said of Gattis' past experience playing catcher. Ideally, the 29-year-old could get reps at the position in games that are blowouts, but Hinch still hasn't used him behind the plate this season.

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Corey Dickerson
Rays' Corey Dickerson: Gets day off Tuesday
Corey Dickerson, DH, TB
5/3/2016
News: Dickerson is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Southpaw Scott Kazmir is set to take the hill Tuesday, so manager Kevin Cash is sending out a predominantly right-handed lineup. Brandon Guyer will serve as the DH in place of Dickerson and bat second.

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Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: Homers in loss to Twins
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
5/3/2016
News: Tucker hit his third home run, a solo shot off Jose Berrios, in Monday's loss to the Twins.

Tucker continues to be a one-tool player, showing plenty of power but little else. Seven of his Tucker's 11 hits have been extra-base hits, but he has a brutal 29.3 percent strikeout rate and has drawn three walks, leading to his poor overall batting line of .200/.241/.436.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Earns AL Player of the Week honor
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
5/2/2016
News: Martinez was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .529 (14-for-27) with eight RBI in seven games last week.

VMart has a slash line of .350/.409/.663 with five HR, 10 doubles and 18 RBI, and memories of that dismal 2015 are far in his rear-view mirror. Martinez may be 38, but the guy can still rake.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Hits fourth homer Sunday
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
5/2/2016
News: Santana went 1-for-3 Sunday, spoiling the Phillies' shutout effort with a ninth inning solo shot off Hector Neris in a 2-1 loss.

He's climbing out of the hole he dug in the middle of April, and Santana is now hitting .333 (13-for-39) over his last 10 games with two homers, four RBI and seven runs scored.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byung-ho Park: Launches sixth homer in Saturday defeat
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
5/1/2016
News: Park went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Tigers.

The Korean-born slugger was the sole source of offense for the beleaguered Twins squad Saturday, blasting his second homer in the last three games. Park leads the team in the long ball category, but is struggling at the plate overall right along with the rest of his teammates. He's slashing .227/.288/.561 over 66 at-bats in his first season stateside.

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