Mariners' Yonder Alonso: Heads to bench Thursday
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(9/21/2017) Alonso is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers.

Alonso has struggled against southpaws all season, hitting just .183/.266/.423 in 71 at-bats, so get the day off with lefty Cole Hamels toeing the rubber for the Rangers. In his place, Danny Valencia is starting at first base and batting sixth.

Tigers' Efren Navarro: Reaches base twice Wednesday
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(9/21/2017) Navarro went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics.

Miguel Cabrera was the DH in this one, which allowed Navarro to snag a start at first base. The 31-year-old journeyman is simply a depth option at this point, but he could garner a few more starts the rest of the way as the Tigers have nothing to play for.

Rays' Lucas Duda: Sitting versus lefty
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(9/20/2017) Duda is out of the lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The left-handed Jon Lester is headed to the hill for the Cubs, so Duda will take a seat Thursday night. Cesar Puello will serve as the Rays' DH while Duda gets the night off.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Collects three hits Tuesday
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(9/20/2017) Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

Even with the three hits, Cabrera is still hitting just .249. The 34-year-old has only batted below .300 in a season once in his career, and that was in 2008 when he posted a .292 mark. Cabrera has dealt with a variety of injuries this year, so he could bounce back in 2018 with better health. However, at this stage in his career, it wouldn't be too surprising if Cabrera's overall production started to decline.

Mariners' Yonder Alonso: Not in Tuesday's lineup
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(9/19/2017) Alonso is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, according to Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune.

Alonso is just 13-for-70 (.186) against left-handers this season, so he will be held out Tuesday with the Mariners taking on southpaw Martin Perez. Danny Valencia will get the start at first base in Alonso's place.

Red Sox's Sam Travis: Will see back-to-back starts
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(9/19/2017) Travis will start back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports.

Travis has just one at-bat since his last start Sept. 12, so manager John Farrell will include him in the lineup a couple days in a row in an effort to keep him sharp. Travis will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday night and hit seventh against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman.

Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: Homers, reaches base five times Monday
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(9/19/2017) Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs and two walks in Monday's loss to Boston.

For the first time eight-year career, Alvarez reached base five times in a single game. He's hitting .333/.429/.667 through 14 plate appearances since being recalled earlier this month. The once prominent MLB slugger has only two starts in his eight games thus far, but Alvarez is a decent value option in daily formats when the veteran is in the lineup.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Homers in fourth straight
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(9/19/2017) Olson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, two walks and two runs during Monday's win over Detroit.

The surging slugger now has a homer in four consecutive games and 14 over his past 20 contests. Olson boasts a monster 1.132 OPS with 33 RBI and 25 runs through just 36 games since returning to the big club Aug. 8. While the 23-year-old first baseman is almost certainly overachieving right now, his heater could easily extend through the end of the regular season.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: In Monday's lineup
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(9/18/2017) Cabrera (back) is in the lineup Monday against the A's.

After missing Sunday's outing due to a tight back, Cabrera is in the lineup Monday. He'll slot in at the DH spot and hit third against Jharel Cotton and the A's. Over his last seven games, Cabrera has gone just 5-for-24 (.208) and struck out seven times.

Athletics' Matt Olson: Keeps on mashing in win
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(9/18/2017) Olson, who went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Phillies, smacked three homers overall in the three-game weekend series.

Olson's torrid September evokes memories of the type of effort that another rookie, the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, put together earlier this season, as he now has 10 round trippers and 17 RBI over just 16 games. In addition to going deep in all three contests versus the Phillies, Olson has six homers overall in the last eight games. He's mostly gotten base via single otherwise, as the 23-year-old counts a pair of two-baggers as his only other extra-base hits for the month.

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