The pair of long flies has Santana up to 12 for the campaign. He had just a single homer through his previous 24 games, and his .241/.340/.423 slash line also underwhelms. However, he's buoyed his fantasy value with 52 RBI and 55 runs. While Santana will be hard pressed to match last season's 34 homers at this stage of the game, he's still a serviceable fantasy asset in most settings.
Ruiz will make the steep jump from High-A to the majors in order to add some depth to the Padres' bullpen. The 22-year-old held a 5.19 ERA over 34.2 innings at Lake Elsinore.
As is frequently the case when southpaws take the hill for the opposition, Moreland will cede Monday's start with lefty James Paxton toeing the rubber for Seattle. Hanley Ramirez will move over to man first base while Chris Young takes a turn as the designated hitter.
This explains why the slugger isn't in the lineup Monday. Davis is reportedly meeting with team doctors to find what the exact issue is, but he hopes to be available off the bench for the evening's game. If he's forced to miss more than one game due to this issue, Mark Trumbo and Trey Mancini will likely man first base in his stead.
After returning from an oblique injury to open the second half, Davis has yet to reemerge as a force in the middle of the lineup, submitting a .162 average and .220 on-base percentage while starting the last 10 games. Things weren't likely to improve for Davis on Monday with a lefty on the mound in Blake Snell, so manager Buck Showalter will give the veteran first baseman a day to unwind. Mark Trumbo, who typically sees most of his duties at DH or in the outfield, will make just his second start of the season at first base.
Valbuena broke a 2-2 tie with his seventh-inning blast off starter Rick Porcello. Four of Valbuena's nine home runs have come since July 3, but his playing time at first base has been usurped of late by the surging C.J. Cron. While the veteran corner infielder still managed to work his way into the lineup by playing third base in this one, don't expect that to be an everyday occurrence unless he significantly improves his .184/.263/.353 line.
Abreu drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning double, but a late-inning Royals rally erased that advantage. The Cuban-born slugger is on pace to top his old career high of 35 doubles with 26 in 94 games. He still has a shot at a fourth consecutive season with at least 25 home runs and 100 RBI after accruing 16 and 60, respectively, to date.
Hosmer's home run was the third in a three-batter span against starter Derek Holland. The 27-year-old first baseman is setting himself up to get paid in free agency this offseason, slashing career highs across the board with a .315/.374/.497 line.
It's expected that McBroom will report to Double-A Trenton, allowing him to remain in the Eastern League, where he had been playing for New Hampshire. The 25-year-old first baseman is hitting .243/.321/.402 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 392 plate appearances at Double-A, but his lack of special power and positional flexibility and advanced age relative to level don't make him an especially intriguing prospect.
Cron will draw his fourth consecutive start Sunday, and though he's performed respectably with four hits in 12 at-bats over the previous three contests, the run of regular playing time should soon come to an end. The Angels had a spot open in the lineup for Cron the last three games with the Red Sox having deployed a left-handed starting pitcher in each of those contests, resulting in platoon mate Luis Valbuena hitting the bench. Valbuena is back in the lineup Sunday, but he'll play third while Cron covers first base due to Albert Pujols receiving a routine day off for rest.