Alejandro De Aza
Mets' Alejandro De Aza: Carries offense with three hits, five RBI
Alejandro De Aza, CF, NYM
8/26/2016
News: De Aza went 2-for-5 with a homer, a walk and five RBI in Thursday night's win over the Cardinals.

It's been a long and unrewarding campaign for De Aza, who's still hitting only .196. He has, however, been seeing somewhat more regular playing time lately, with two home runs over the last week offering some personal redemption, albeit not much promise of present or future fantasy value.

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Stephen Piscotty
Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty: Makes first 20-homer season official
Stephen Piscotty, RF, STL
8/26/2016
News: Piscotty hit his 20th homer, walked and scored two runs as part of a 2-for-5 game in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

The second-year man's swing is in fine form, as he's now slammed three homers in the last four games and racked up 15 hits over the last 12 games. He's brought his average back up to .280 with this hot streak, partially reversing the slow and steady downward slide he'd experienced in that category.

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Andrew McCutchen
Pirates' Andrew McCutchen: Tallies three run-scoring hits in win
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
8/26/2016
News: McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBI singles -- including the game-winning hit in the 10th inning -- against the Brewers on Thursday.

He provided all the offense for the Pirates, including opening the scoring with his first-inning homer -- No. 18 on the year. Although this has been a highly disappointing season for McCutchen on the whole, we've seen a resurgence out of him recently -- over the last 13 games, he's hitting .333 with three homers, 11 RBI and a couple steals. It wouldn't exactly be shocking to see the long-time star streak to the finish line.

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Mitch Haniger
Diamondbacks' Mitch Haniger: Optioned to Triple-A
Mitch Haniger, LF, ARI
8/26/2016
News: Haniger was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Jack Magruder of Fanrag Sports reports.

The move was made to open a roster spot for A.J. Pollock, who will come off the DL on Friday. Haniger started his big league career by going 7-for-16 with five RBI in his first four games. But over the last six games, Haniger went just 2-for-22. The 25-year-old will likely be back with the Diamondbacks when rosters expand next week.

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Hunter Pence
Giants' Hunter Pence: Dealing with sore hamstring
Hunter Pence, RF, SF
8/26/2016
News: Pence is dealing with right hamstring tightness and is considered day-to-day, Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports.

Further details regarding Pence's status were not provided, but the setback forced an early exit from the Giants' Thursday night contest. The Giants figures to release an update on Pence's health at some point Friday; otherwise the team's starting lineup will do the same.

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Jesse Winker
Reds' Jesse Winker: Likely September callup
Jesse Winker, LF, CIN
8/26/2016
News: Winker is one of a handful of Reds prospects expected to get the call when rosters expand on September 1.

Winker has been a good on-base threat at Triple-A Louisville, but he still hasn't found the ability to hit for power, slugging just .380 on the season.

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Gorkys Hernandez
Giants' Gorkys Hernandez: Enters game for injured Pence
Gorkys Hernandez, CF, SF
8/26/2016
News: Hernandez -- who was called up Tuesday -- replaced Hunter Pence after he left with an injury in the sixth inning of Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers.

While Hernandez didn't get a hit in his only plate appearance, he could see some playing time if Pence is forced to miss any time. The Giants didn't report the severity of Pence's injury during the game, and they remained pretty mum about it after as well, describing it only as a hamstring injury. Considering Pence had missed a significant chunk of time this season after having surgery on his hamstring, this could be a more serious issue than is being reported. If that were the case then Hernandez would likely step into everyday playing time, at least until rosters expand Sept. 1. The 28-year-old was slashing .302/.382/.421 with 20 steals at Triple-A Sacramento this season, so there could be some deep league intrigue.

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David Dahl
Rockies' David Dahl: Sitting Friday against Nats
David Dahl, LF, COL
8/26/2016
News: Dahl is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.

Dahl hit leadoff the last time the Rockies faced a southpaw but he will sit Friday against lefty Gio Gonzalez, as Ryan Raburn takes over in left field. The 22-year-old Dahl has more than held his own against both handedness of pitcher since his late-July call-up and should play close to every day down the stretch.

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Gerardo Parra
Rockies' Gerardo Parra: Out of lineup Friday
Gerardo Parra, LF, COL
8/26/2016
News: Parra is out of the lineup Friday against the Nationals, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.

With lefty Gio Gonzalez due up for Washington, Parra will head to the bench after making his first career start at first base Wednesday. Parra actually has a reverse platoon split this season but he will likely continue to be shielded heavily from left-handed pitching. He may play primarily at first against right-handers with David Dahl showing he's deserving of a spot in the everyday lineup.

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Ichiro Suzuki
Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki: Out of lineup Friday
Ichiro Suzuki, RF, MIA
8/26/2016
News: Suzuki is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

The 42-year-old has been playing close to every day since Giancarlo Stanton hit the DL, but Suzuki will give way to trade acquisition Jeff Francoeur in right field Friday. Suzuki may remain the primary option at the position but he's been in a funk lately (.208/.263/.340 in August) and may move into more of an even timeshare if he doesn't pick it up soon.

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