Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byung-ho Park: Out of lineup again
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
11:02 AM
News: Park is out of the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports

Park will sit for a second straight game and third time in the past four contests. With his playing time already in decline, he hasn't done himself any favors this month, recording just nine hits (and 27 strikeouts) in 66 June at-bats.

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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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Kendrys Morales
Royals' Kendrys Morales: Starting in right field Wednesday
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
6/29/2016
News: Morales is hitting third and starting in right field Wednesday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

This will be his first start in the outfield since 2008, and it comes in desperate times. The Royals placed Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) on the DL Wednesday, and they are playing in a National League park, so manager Ned Yost got creative to get Morales in the lineup. It's unlikely that Morales will get many, if any, more starts in the outfield this year, but it would be a major boon for his fantasy owners if he added outfield eligibility.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Out of Wednesday's lineup
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
6/29/2016
News: Santana is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.

With the Indians playing in Atlanta on Wednesday, the Indians could only play one of Santana and Mike Napoli, and they opted for Napoli in this matchup. The Tribe will return to an American League ballpark Thursday in Toronto, at which point Santana should be back in the mix.

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Corey Dickerson
Rays' Corey Dickerson: Hopes to return Thursday
Corey Dickerson, DH, TB
6/29/2016
News: Dickerson said his thumb is feeling better Wednesday and he hopes to return to the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

He remains out of action Wednesday, with Oswaldo Arcia and Brandon Guyer occupying the outfield corners. The Rays are facing righty Jordan Zimmermann on Thursday, so it would be an opportune time to get Dickerson back in the mix.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Hits 20th homer against Pirates
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
6/29/2016
News: Cruz hit a two-run homer, his 20th, in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Cruz now owns eight consecutive 20-homer seasons dating back to 2009 with the Rangers. Now, the question is if he can get to 40 for the third straight season. He's on pace for 42 after Tuesday's performance, and given his remarkable consistency, it's easy to like his odds to reach 40 once again.

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Prince Fielder
Rangers' Prince Fielder: Extends hit streak to 10
Prince Fielder, DH, TEX
6/28/2016
News: Fielder went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Fielder is hitting just .217 with a career-low .346 slugging percentage, but has still driven in a respectable 40 runs in 73 games thanks to his continued place in the heart of a talented Rangers lineup. Perhaps the veteran slugger is gearing up for a second-half surge after having hit safely in 10 consecutive contests and scoring in five straight.

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Alex Rodriguez
Yankees' Alex Rodriguez: Losing playing time against righties
Alex Rodriguez, DH, NYY
6/28/2016
News: Rodriguez has been on the bench in each of the last two games with the Yankees facing a right-handed starter.

With Aaron Hicks warming up at the plate and Carlos Beltran producing at a very high level, Rodriguez is losing a share of the playing time at DH against righties. Following a productive age-39 campaign in 2015, Rodriguez is hitting .223/.264/.398 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 44 games, carrying an OPS 180 points below last season's mark (.842) in the process.

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Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Two homers in Sunday's loss
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
6/26/2016
News: Martinez went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

It was the first time he'd gone yard since his three-homer game on June 16, and Martinez now has 14 homers on the season. More distressingly, he didn't have a single RBI in the nine games between power outbursts. With J.D. Martinez (elbow) potentially out until August, the Tigers will need more consistent production from their DH.

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David Ortiz
Red Sox's David Ortiz: Out of Sunday's lineup
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
6/26/2016
News: Ortiz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Ortiz isn't dealing with an injury, but at the request of team trainers, he'll hold himself out as the Red Sox play an afternoon game in the Texas heat. Bryce Brentz will cover the DH spot Sunday, but look for Ortiz to be back in the lineup Monday against the Rays.

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