Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Sluggs 10th homer of season
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
1:42 AM
News: Pujols went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against Houston on Friday.

The veteran slugger is hitting a mere .219 with a .298 OBP this season, but the power remains there with 10 home runs and four doubles so far. He's hit safely in six of the past 10 games, so he might be about to go on one of his patented hot streaks sooner than later.

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Alex Rodriguez
Yankees' Alex Rodriguez: Homers in Yankees' win over Rays
Alex Rodriguez, DH, NYY
5/27/2016
News: Rodriguez was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Yankees defeated Tampa Bay on Friday night.

AROD just returned from the disabled list on Thursday, and was able to provide a little pop as his sixth inning home run broke a scoreless tie and propelled the Yankees to a win. While he has six homers and 14 RBI, he struggled earlier in the year as underscored by his .188 average, so perhaps the time off will help him get his bat started.

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David Ortiz
Red Sox's David Ortiz: Out of lineup Friday
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
5/27/2016
News: Ortiz is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Toronto.

Ortiz will get his first day off in over a week Friday following his impressive multi-hit outing in Thursday's series finale against the Rockies. Hanley Ramirez is set to serve as the DH on Friday while Travis Shaw will slide over to first base.

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Kendrys Morales
Royals' Kendrys Morales: Remains out Friday
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
5/27/2016
News: Morales (finger) remains out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Josh Vernier of 610 KCSP reports.

Even with Thursday's rainout, Morales' finger is still not feeling well enough to get back into the starting lineup. It's also unclear how severe the ailment is or how long it will keep the switch-hitter out of the lineup, but that should become clear in due time. For Friday's game, Brett Eibner will take over as the designated hitter in his stead.

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Corey Dickerson
Rays' Corey Dickerson: Contributes three hits in Thursday loss
Corey Dickerson, DH, TB
5/27/2016
News: Dickerson went 3-for-4 in Thursday's 9-1 loss to the Marlins.

It was only the slugger's second multi-hit game of May, and second three-hit outing of the season overall. Dickerson is still just below the Mendoza Line despite the successful effort, with his average sitting at .197. The 27-year-old has contributed in the long ball department with eight homers, but has an atrocious .248 OBP over his first 132 at-bats in a Rays uniform.

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Edwin Encarnacion
Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion: Plates two runs
Edwin Encarnacion, DH, TOR
5/26/2016
News: Encarnacion drove two runs in a 1-for-4 day against the Yankees on Thursday.

Encarnacion now leads Toronto with 35 RBI, and he remains near the top of the AL in that category. The 33-year-old designated hitter has driven in seven runs and over the past 10 games, so he's been a steady bet for production even though he's gone hitless in three games over that span.

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Jerry Sands
White Sox's Jerry Sands: Will start Thursday
Jerry Sands, DH, CHW
5/26/2016
News: Sands is in the lineup and batting fifth for Thursday's game against the Royals.

Sands will get the start at DH while Avisail Garcia takes Adam Eaton's place in right field. The 28-year-old is hitting .250 with one home run and six RBI in 18 games this season.

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Pedro Alvarez
Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Out of Thursday's lineup
Pedro Alvarez, DH, BAL
5/26/2016
News: Alvarez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Astros, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.

Mark Trumbo will get the start at DH and Hyun-soo Kim will man left field, bumping Alvarez to the bench in this one. The 29-year-old is hitting just .194 with three home runs and 11 RBI on the season.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Rips 10th homer in blowout of A's
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
5/26/2016
News: Cruz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs in Wednesday's 13-3 rout of Oakland.

His 10th long ball of the year helped push his season OPS back over .900, and Cruz remains on pace to roughly approximate the 40-homer campaigns he's thrown down for the past two years. He's had an up-and-down career, but amazingly has put together his most consistent stretch ever in his early-to-mid 30s. And he's extra hot lately, notching three homers and 11 RBI over his last nine games.

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Evan Gattis
Astros' Evan Gattis: Doubles, homers in second game as catcher
Evan Gattis, DH, HOU
5/26/2016
News: Gattis picked up his second start behind the plate Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBI against the Orioles.

The slugging version of Gattis is back -- he's racked up 11 hits (four of them homers) in eight games since coming back from a short stint in Triple-A to work on his catching. He's still a number of games at catcher away from gaining eligibility in most formats, but it seems clear the Astros are going to use him there every time Jason Castro needs a day off.

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