Justin Morneau
White Sox's Justin Morneau: Homers in win over Rays
Justin Morneau, DH, CHW
12:58 AM
News: Morneau homered and knocked in three in a 2-for-3 game Monday against the Rays.

Morneau was hitting a brutal .224/.296/.306 without a home run in 14 games in September before Monday's slump-busting performance. He owns just a .258/.296/.437 line on the year. Morneau has already said he is undecided on his playing status for 2017, and his performance this year hasn't suggested he has much left in the tank.

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Kendrys Morales
Royals' Kendrys Morales: Another productive day Sunday
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
9/26/2016
News: Morales went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

That's now three straight multi-hit performances for Morales, pushing his slash line for September up to .352/.408/.659 in 88 at-bats with eight home runs, 15 runs scored and an incredible 29 RBI.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Big day at the dish in loss
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
9/25/2016
News: Martinez slugged a grand slam and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and one walk in a 12-9 loss to the Royals on Sunday.

VMart has woken up in the last few days -- he's 7-for-14 (.500) with three home runs, nine RBI and five walks. The home run was Martinez's 27th of the season.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Pulled with apparent hand injury
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
9/25/2016
News: Cruz was removed from Sunday's game against the Mariners in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent left wrist soreness, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Cruz hit a pair of solo home runs in his first three at-bats of the game to boost his total to 41 for the season, but he appeared to hurt his hand on the second of the two blasts. Seth Smith entered the game to pinch hit for Cruz, who will be listed as day-to-day heading into the Mariners' series with the Astros that begins Monday.

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Pedro Alvarez
Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Launches 22nd homer in Friday win
Pedro Alvarez, DH, BAL
9/24/2016
News: Alvarez went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning victory over the D-backs.

The veteran slugger broke the ice on a dismal offensive performance up to that point by taking reliever Enrique Burgos deep with a 407-foot shot to right in the eighth, kick-starting the Orioles' comeback. Despite the homer Friday and some modest success making hard contact during the month, Alvarez is struggling overall in September, as evidenced by his .195 average over 41 at-bats.

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Edwin Encarnacion
Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion: On base three times in Friday blowout
Edwin Encarnacion, DH, TOR
9/23/2016
News: Encarnacion went 1-for-3 with an RBI walk, another base-on-balls and two runs in Friday's 9-0 victory over the Yankees.

The menacing slugger was pitched around in the second with the based jammed, which resulted in Kevin Pillar coming home on the bases-loaded walk. Encarnacion has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games, with three homers and eight RBI over that span.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Churns out four-RBI effort Thursday
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
9/23/2016
News: Santana went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and an RBI double in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Royals.

Santana's been enjoying the diluted pitching of September baseball, as he's having his best month, posting a .310/.451/.634 line with six homers and 17 RBI over 20 games. That's about as much average as you'll ever see him hit for, as Santana tends to hover in the .250 range (or worse), but he's still been plenty productive for fantasy owners. The 30-year-old has a career-high 34 homers already, and he's just two short of his career-high 85 RBI and one short of his career-high 84 runs.

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Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: To have season-ending shoulder surgery
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
9/21/2016
News: Tucker will have season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday and will be ready for spring training, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

A strained right shoulder landed him on the DL in mid August and the issue has not improved to the point that Tucker could return before the end of the season. The fact that he will be ready for spring training suggests the surgery will be somewhat minor by shoulder surgery standards. The Astros are loaded with infield depth, so much so that one of Alex Bregman or Yulieski Gurriel figures to spend a good chunk of time in left field next year, leaving Tucker to compete for the fourth outfielder job in spring training.

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David Ortiz
Red Sox's David Ortiz: Homers in second consecutive gmae
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
9/20/2016
News: Ortiz went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Baltimore.

Ortiz's second home run in as many days provided the margin of victory in this one. Manager John Farrell's decision to give him a day off Sunday preceding this hot streak is looking like a brilliant decision. The designated hitter is slashing .318/.403/.634 in what has been a brilliant campaign.

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Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Homers in win over Athletics
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
9/20/2016
News: Gattis homered and walked in a 1-for-3 game Monday against the Athletics.

Gattis is bringing the power in September, as he already has six home runs in just 16 games this month. He also has a respectable 8:17 BB:K, and that plate discipline is what is forcing pitchers to throw him pitches he can hit out of the park. Expect Gattis to keep getting at-bats as Houston's designated hitter as they continue to push towards the playoffs.

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