Ryan Goins
Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: In lineup Thursday
Ryan Goins, SS, TOR
12:01 PM
News: Goins (forearm) will not miss any time after exiting Wednesday's contest, remaining in the lineup for the series finale against Tampa Bay on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth just a day after getting spiked in his left forearm while attempting to steal a base during the sixth inning of Wednesday's game. His X-rays didn't reveal any structural damage, and manager John Gibbons elects to keep Goins in the lineup for the divisional contest.

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Zack Cozart
Reds' Zack Cozart: Takes seat Thursday
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
10:34 AM
News: Cozart is not in the Reds' lineup Thursday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

With no news of an injury, this appears to be a mere breather for the breakout bat. Jose Peraza takes his place at the six and bats second. Cozart's owners, however, would love to have him in the lineup as much as possible. He's torn through August with a .282/.391/.667 slash with five home runs and nine RBI over 46 plate appearances.

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Wilmer Difo
Nationals' Wilmer Difo: Extends hitting streak to 11 games
Wilmer Difo, SS, WAS
9:43 AM
News: Difo went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

He's now hit safely in 11 straight games, slashing .366/.435/.439 over that stretch with three steals, four runs and five RBI. Difo won't provide much power, but he should remain a fixture near the top of the Nats order until Trea Turner (wrist) returns to action -- a spot that should give Difo solid fantasy value even if Bryce Harper (knee) isn't currently available to drive him in.

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Ignites ninth-inning rally
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
6:02 AM
News: Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning in Boston's 5-4 walk-off win over St. Louis.

The homer was a long time coming for Bogaerts, who last went yard July 5, the day before he was plunked on the hand. The hand injury lingered and played a role in an extended slump that saw Bogaerts hit just .181 with two RBI over 27 games. It appears he's overcome that injury of late. He collected three hits, including a couple of squared-up balls, Tuesday night before taking Trevor Rosenthal over the Green Monster seats Wednesday. He's had extremely productive stretches during his career and could be set to embark on another as we close out the final six weeks of the season.

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Trevor Story
Rockies' Trevor Story: Knocks pair of homers, drives in six
Trevor Story, SS, COL
4:34 AM
News: Story went 3-for-4 with two homers, six RBI and a walk in Wednesday's win over the Braves.

Story played a key role in Colorado's 17-2 thrashing of the Braves, as he produced more than a third of the runs while recording his first multi-homer game of the season. He also struck out for the 19th straight game, leaving his strikeout rate at an ugly 35.9, though his 31.3 percent strikeout rate last season ultimately didn't stop him from posting a .909 OPS with 27 homers. Story will look to keep things rolling, as he now has three bombs in his last two games -- and 18 on the season -- after having just one in his previous 14 contests.

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Elvis Andrus
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Records RBI in three consecutive innings
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
12:34 AM
News: Andrus went 3-for-5 with a home run, a walk, three runs scored, four RBI and a steal in Wednesday's 12-6 win over the Tigers.

Andrus broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with his 16th home run of the season and drove in two more runs with a single one inning later before adding another RBI single in the seventh. The veteran shortstop has made great advancements in the power department, already doubling last season's previous best of eight long balls in 32 fewer games while blowing his career .368 slugging percentage out of the water with a .483 mark. That extra pop hasn't come at the cost of his trademark speed, as Andrus' steal was his 23rd.

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Jose Reyes
Mets' Jose Reyes: Could land on DL
Jose Reyes, SS, NYM
8/16/2017
News: Reyes went to a hospital to have his sore ribcage further evaluated, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

Reyes was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Yankees after he was unable to take batting practice, and it appears he may be dealing with a more serious injury than initially expected. Manager Terry Collins said the team may need a pair of infielders for Thursday's game, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, so it sounds like Reyes could be headed to the DL. More should be known once the results from his hospital visit are disclosed.

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Tim Beckham
Orioles' Tim Beckham: Keeps raking Wednesday
Tim Beckham, SS, BAL
8/16/2017
News: Beckham went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Mariners.

He's now hit safely in 16 of 17 games in August with 11 multi-hit efforts, giving Beckham a .485 (32-for-66) batting average on the month with five homers, 12 RBI and 17 runs. J.J. Hardy is inching closer to a return, but it's hard to imagine the Orioles removing Beckham's white-hot bat from their lineup while they remain in the traffic jam that is the AL wild-card race.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Added to Wednesday's lineup
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, NYM
8/16/2017
News: Cabrera will start at second base and bat second in the order during Wednesday's game with the Yankees, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

With a pair of sore left rib injuries causing Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores to earn removals from Wednesday's lineup, Cabrera and Rene Rivera were put into their place, while Travis d'Arnaud takes on the third base assignment. Although manager Terry Collins was planning on giving Cabrera the day off after four straight starts, the 31-year-old will remain in the field, and could see increased time in the coming days if Reyes or Flores miss an extended period of time.

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Cornelius Randolph
Phillies' Cornelius Randolph: Adequate season at High-A
Cornelius Randolph, SS, PHI
8/16/2017
News: Randolph, 20, is hitting .258/.348/.405 with 12 home runs, 52 RBI and seven steals through 110 games for High-A Clearwater.

Randolph's first full season in the minors resulted in decent power and patience at the dish, though not quite enough contact. He has been punched out 112 times in those 110 games. The former first round pick was aggressively pushed to High-A this season, though, so his average statistics should be taken with a grain of salt.

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