Cody Asche
Phillies' Cody Asche: Close to a return
Cody Asche, LF, PHI
4:30 AM
News: Asche (oblique) said he is nearly ready to come off the disabled list, Marc Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I am close for sure," Asche said. "There are a couple of little things I need to shore up in the box, kind of leading to some not-so-favorable results."

Asche went 0-for-4 with a walk Thursday with Double-A Reading. He is just 2-for-16 in four games with Reading after a five game stint with High-A Clearwater where he was 3-for-18. He is expected to have his rehab transferred to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday and could rejoin the Phillies this weekend or early next week.

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Ryan Braun
Brewers' Ryan Braun: Crushes ninth homer of year
Ryan Braun, LF, MIL
5/26/2016
News: Braun went 1-for-3 with a home run against Atlanta on Thursday.

The 32-year-old slugger is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games, going 13-for-41 (.317) over that span. His .OPS of 1.026 ranks third in the NL.

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Austin Meadows
Pirates' Austin Meadows: Finding his groove
Austin Meadows, CF, PIT
5/26/2016
News: Meadows is batting .354 in his last 31 at-bats after a slow start for Double-A Altoona.

He slashed .148/.213/.185 in his first 62 plate appearances, which were the equivalent of Meadow's spring training. The power has yet to come -- he has yet to hit a home run in 102 plate appearances -- but the promising outfielder is finally healthy and playing better.

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Carlos Gonzalez
Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez: Sluggs sixth homer of season
Carlos Gonzalez, RF, COL
5/26/2016
News: Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against Boston on Thursday.

The Venezuelan outfielder homered for the first time since May 15, and it looks like he's coming into his own. After a 2-for-23 slump last week, Gonzalez is currently riding a modest four-game hitting streak where he's gone 8-for-16.

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Gregory Polanco
Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Bats seventh against southpaw
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT
5/26/2016
News: Polanco went 1-for-4 with a run scored Thursday, extending his batting streak to five games.

He moved down to seventh in the batting order with lefty Patrick Corbin starting but will likely return to the third spot when Pittsburgh next faces a right-hander. Polanco has four three-hit games in his last 10 contests.

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Clint Coulter
Brewers' Clint Coulter: Activated from DL Thursday
Clint Coulter, RF, MIL
5/26/2016
News: Coulter (oblique) was activated from the disabled list for High-A Brevard County on Thursday.

Coulter had been dealing with an oblique strain since May 9, but he is apparently fully healthy and ready to contribute again. He'll slot back into the Manatees outfield, where he was struggling to the tune of a .212/.282/.303 slash line.

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Randal Grichuk
Cardinals' Randal Grichuk: Absent from Thursday's lineup
Randal Grichuk, CF, STL
5/26/2016
News: Grichuk is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.

Despite possessing a five-game hit streak that raised his batting average to .241 on the season, Grichuk will get the day off. Jeremy Hazelbaker will man center field while the 24-year-old heads to the bench for Thursday's matchup.

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Matt Holliday
Cardinals' Matt Holliday: Not in Thursday's lineup
Matt Holliday, LF, STL
5/26/2016
News: Holliday is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nationals.

Despite bashing a three-run home run in the series finale agains the Cubs, Holliday's batting average has dropped further and now sits at .233, leading the Cardinals to give him the day off to rest a bit more. Brandon Moss will take over in left field in his stead.

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Ryan Raburn
Rockies' Ryan Raburn: Not in Thursday's lineup
Ryan Raburn, LF, COL
5/26/2016
News: Raburn is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Raburn acted as the Rockies' designated hitter during the first two games of their interleague matchup in Boston, but he'll head to the bench for a day off during the series finale. Daniel Descalso will take over the designated hitting duties in his place.

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Nick Markakis
Braves' Nick Markakis: Out of lineup Thursday
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL
5/26/2016
News: Markakis is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Brewers, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports.

Markakis will get his first day off since May 4 following Wednesday's 13-inning marathon. Although he'll likely re-enter the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Marlins, Jeff Francoeur will take over in right field to replace him Thursday.

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