Aledmys Diaz
Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz: Returns to lineup Friday
Aledmys Diaz, SS, STL
3:36 PM
News: Diaz (face) is back in the lineup Friday, batting second and starting at shortstop.

Diaz was involved in a scary instance Monday when he fouled a ball off his face, which caused severe swelling around his eye. He ultimately missed three games as a result, but he'll draw back in Friday for the Cardinals' series opener against the Brewers.

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Mike Miller
Red Sox's Mike Miller: Optioned to Triple-A
Mike Miller, SS, BOS
1:36 PM
News: Miller was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Brock Holt's return from the disabled list spells the end of Miller's brief stint with the big league club as he'll head back down to Pawtucket on Friday. Miller went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat while with the Red Sox. Given his average production at Triple-A on the season (.256/.324/.300), Miller figures to be an emergency option for a call-up later in the season if Boston incurs another rash of injuries to the infield.

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Marcus Semien
Athletics' Marcus Semien: Homers for third time in five games Thursday
Marcus Semien, SS, OAK
9:22 AM
News: Semien went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in Thursday's 12-6 loss to the Giants.

The slugging shorstop went deep for the third time in the last five games, and drove in his seventh run over that span. Semien has hit safely in seven of his last eight contests as well, and raised his season average 16 points in June.

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Brandon Crawford
Giants' Brandon Crawford: Stays hot with three-hit effort Thursday
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
9:04 AM
News: Crawford went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI, a walk and a run in Thursday's 12-6 victory over the A's.

The veteran shortstop closed out June with a flourish, tallying multi-hit efforts in three of his last four contests, while driving in 10 runs over that span. Despite a very productive month Crawford's homer Thursday actually was his first since way back on May 19. Despite the long-ball drought, a 23-RBI haul in June has brought his season total to 52 in that category.

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Manny Machado
Orioles' Manny Machado: Extends multiple streaks Thursday
Manny Machado, SS, BAL
8:20 AM
News: Machado went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

The 23-year-old superstar plated Adam Jones in the eighth with two out to notch at least one RBI for his fourth straight game. Machado also extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and made it four straight contests with multi-hit efforts, a feat he's accomplished in nine of his last 10 as well. Machado is putting together an MVP-caliber season and closes out June with a jaw-dropping .370/.396/.600 line over 100 at-bats that included eight doubles, five homers, 21 RBI and 20 runs.

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Michael Chavis
Red Sox's Michael Chavis: More selective hitter
Michael Chavis, SS, BOS
5:52 AM
News: Chavis, who struck out in 31 percent of his plate appearances in 2015, has dropped that figure to 16 percent in 2016.

Chavis put in a lot of work in the offseason to improve his plate approach, Low-A Greenville manager Darren Fenster told Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com. "He's doing all the things from an offensive perspective approach wise and discipline wise, that we really struggled to get through to him for the five months of the season last year," Fenster said. After a scorching April was cut short by a thumb injury, Chavis has cooled off some since his return to action June 7, hitting just .211 in 15 games. Though he's maintained the discipline he showed in April, the challenge now becomes to maintain that discipline as his batting average heads south.

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Danny Espinosa
Nationals' Danny Espinosa: Blasts two en route to career-high seven RBI
Danny Espinosa, SS, WAS
6/30/2016
News: Espinosa went 2-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and a career-high seven RBI in Thursday's hammering of the Reds.

Espinosa's second career slam put Washington up 8-1 in the third inning, and his next drive made it 13-1 in the fourth. He ranks second on the team with 15 homers despite usually batting eighth. The switch-hitting shortstop connected off Brandon Finnegan (3-7) batting right-handed, then went deep from the left side against Josh Smith. Espinosa's previous career high for RBI was six, and his only other grand slam came in his fifth major league game on Sept. 6, 2010. With a solid June, he's pushed his average up to .235, the highest its been since the fourth game of the season.

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Corey Seager
Dodgers' Corey Seager: Streaking toward All-Star Game with 17th homer
Corey Seager, SS, LAD
6/30/2016
News: Seager went 2-for-4 with a two-run blast in Thursday's decisive 8-1 victory over the Brewers.

The Dodgers are pushing to get the NL Rookie of the Year candidate in the All-Star Game, and Seager again did his part with his 17th home run, a single, an intentional walk and extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Seager is third in the NL All-Star voting at shortstop behind the Cubs' Addison Russell and the Rockies' Trevor Story.

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Tim Anderson
White Sox's Tim Anderson: Strokes three hits Thursday against Twins
Tim Anderson, SS, CHW
6/30/2016
News: Anderson went 3-for-4 with his first career walk in Thursday's one-run victory over the Twins.

Anderson singled in each of his first two trips to the plate, giving him 10 multi-hit performances in his first 19 MLB games. The 17th overall pick in 2013 also made a sterling defensive play with one out in the second inning, throwing out Trevor Plouffe from six feet into the outfield grass with a perfect one-hop throw to first. And for good measure, Anderson drew career walk No. 1 in the fourth in his 86th plate appearance overall. The rookie has made a clear statement, with both his bat and glove, that he has no plans of returning to the minors. He's hitting .314/.322/.512 with six doubles, a triple and three home runs since joining the team on June 10.

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Didi Gregorius
Yankees' Didi Gregorius: Stays hot with game-tying homer Thursday
Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY
6/30/2016
News: Gregorius went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Rangers.

Less than a day after lacing the first walk-off home run of his career into the right-field bleachers, Gregorius stayed hot Thursday afternoon by hitting a fifth-inning solo homer to tie the game at one, his eighth blast of the season. Since June 14, Gregorius is 22-for-59 (.373) with 12 runs scored and seven extra-base hits.

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