Victor Martinez
Tigers' Victor Martinez: Drops 23rd bomb, scores three runs Tuesday
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
10:49 AM
News: Martinez went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and scored three runs in Tuesday's game against the Twins.

Tuesday's three-hit performance, Martinez's seventh multi-hit game of the month, pushed his average back above .300 after a two-game hiatus. The veteran's numbers have dipped a bit during the second half. He's slashing .289/.352/.453 in 128 at-bats following the All-Star break, versus .305/.353/.514 in 311 at-bats prior to the Midsummer Classic.

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Yulieski Gurriel
Astros' Yulieski Gurriel: Remains out Wednesday
Yulieski Gurriel, DH, HOU
9:29 AM
News: Gurriel (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gurriel sustained the injury during his major league debut Sunday, but he's logged just one at-bat -- as a pinch hitter in Monday's game -- since. The hope is that the Cuban slugger can return to the lineup within the next few days, and his next opportunity will come Friday, when the Astros open a three-game home set against the Rays.

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Avisail Garcia
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: To see a lot of time in field during stretch
Avisail Garcia, DH, CHW
6:29 AM
News: Garcia will primarily play right field for the remainder of the season, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Garcia served as the team's primary DH for majority of the season, but that appears to be Justin Morneau's spot now. This could be Garcia's final audition in the outfield, as he has yet to live up to his potential through his four years in the White Sox organization. The defensive dropoff from Adam Eaton to Garcia could be steep, fantasy managers who own White Sox pitchers should pay heed.

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Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: Heading on rehab assignment Wednesday
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
8/23/2016
News: Tucker (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Houston didn't say how long Tucker's rehab assignment will be, but it appears that he's on track to be activated sometime next week. However, Tucker headed to the DL with a line of .164/.222/.328, so his time on the field will likely be limited when he returns.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Blasts 32nd homer of the season
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
8/23/2016
News: Cruz hit his 32nd home run of the season Monday in a win against the Yankees.

Cruz is on pace for his third consecutive 40-homer season, and second in as many seasons in Seattle. He also is on pace for 100-plus RBI for just the second time in his career. He's two doubles away from last year's 22.

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Carlos Santana
Indians' Carlos Santana: Homers in win over Athletics
Carlos Santana, DH, CLE
8/23/2016
News: Santana hit a solo home run in a 1-for-3 game with a walk in Monday's win over Oakland.

The blast was Santana's 27th, tying a career high he set in both 2011 and 2014. His home run provided the only run scored by either team in Monday's game as Santana's career best power season continues to lift up Cleveland. Santana now has a .477 slugging percentage, 20 points better than his previous high set in 2011.

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Billy Butler
Athletics' Billy Butler: Placed on DL
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
8/22/2016
News: Butler (concussion) was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

As expected, Butler has officially been placed on the disabled list with a concussion. Specific information regarding his return should be available further into the rehab process. In a corresponding move, Arismendy Alcantara was recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

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Corey Dickerson
Rays' Corey Dickerson: Not in Monday's lineup
Corey Dickerson, DH, TB
8/22/2016
News: Dickerson is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times.

Dickerson is riding a six-game hitting streak, but he owns just a .543 OPS on the season against left-handed pitchers, so he will be held out Monday with southpaw David Price on the mound for the Red Sox.

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Pedro Alvarez
Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Not in Sunday's lineup
Pedro Alvarez, DH, BAL
8/21/2016
News: Alvarez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.

With lefty Dallas Keuchel on the hill for the opposing Astros, Alvarez will sit in favor of Mark Trumbo at the DH spot. Alvarez hasn't started against a left-hander since July 30.

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Edwin Encarnacion
Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion: Goes deep in one-run victory over Indians
Edwin Encarnacion, DH, TOR
8/21/2016
News: Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a solo bomb in the 6-5 victory over the Indians on Saturday.

The fifth-inning homer proved to be the difference as no more runs were scored. That's four bombs in the last 10 days, and seven in the first three weeks of August. For the season, Encarnacion is slashing .268/.354/.556 with 35 home runs, 101 RBI and 77 runs. His 101 runs lead all of baseball, and he's one homer behind Mark Trumbo for the AL lead.

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