Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Shut down for season
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
9/30/2016
News: Pujols (foot) has been shut down for the season, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Pujols and the Angels came to a "mutual decision" that he will not play again in 2016 due to the sore foot he has battled recently. Pujols should be back at 100 percent far in advance of next season, when he will seeking home run No. 600 in his career.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Out of lineup Friday
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
9/30/2016
News: Martinez is not in Friday's lineup against the Braves.

The Tigers wrap up the regular season with a three game set in Atlanta and consequently lose the DH spot, so Martinez will likely be reduced to pinch-hitting the next three days. The 37-year-old has been successful in that capacity this year though, as he's 4-for-6 with three walks and three home runs in nine pinch-hitting opportunities on the season.

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David Ortiz
Red Sox's David Ortiz: Quiet in final game at Yankee Stadium
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
9/30/2016
News: Ortiz went 0-for-1 with a walk in his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

The veteran DH got only two at-bats before exiting as expected, striking out and then walking. He finishes this series 0-for-10 with four strikeouts, exiting baseball's biggest rivalry with a whimper.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Out of Thursday's lineup
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
9/29/2016
News: Santana is out of Thursday's lineup against the Tigers, the Akron Beacon Journal's Ryan Lewis reports.

There is a solid chance that Thursday's game will be rained out, but Santana will get the day off either way. If the game does get played, Jesus Aguilar will start at first base and hit seventh while Mike Napoli gets the nod at DH in the cleanup spot.

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Justin Morneau
White Sox's Justin Morneau: Homers in win over Rays
Justin Morneau, DH, CHW
9/27/2016
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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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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