Six of the Rays' nine hits came from left-handed bats, with Morrison leading the charge with a trio of singles. However, with only four extra-base hits in 107 at-bats on the campaign, Morrison is still a drain the power department, which is tough for fantasy owners to take at the first base spot.
Cabrera's second two-homer game in four days included an opposite-field loft in the third inning and a drive to left in the fifth, both of which tied the game. Both came off Phillies starter Vince Velasquez. He doubled to right-center off reliever Colton Murray (0-1) in the seventh, putting him in position to score the winning run on a single by Victor Martinez. Cabrera's double was the 500th of his career, making him the 62nd player to reach the mark. Monday was also his 20th career game going 3-for-3 or better with a home run. Only Barry Bonds (23) and Lou Gehrig (21) have more such games in major league history.
Hoying got the start the Monday against a right-handed pitcher but Rua came off the bench in a pinch-hitting role. A strict platoon would favor the left-handed Hoying, so Rua's playing time may not be as great as initially hoped as the news of Choo's re-injury surfaced.
Mauer was locked into a brutal 3-for-28 slump in his last seven starts heading into Monday's game, and he broke out in a big way with this performance. His .271/.380/.381 line still features underwhelming power from a first baseman, but Minnesota's lineup Monday featured a whopping four players with an on-base percentage under .300, and Mauer's consistent ability to get on base represents one of the few ways they currently have to score runs.
Napoli homered and drove in two runs in Game 1 but Cleveland is going with Carlos Santana at first base for the second game. His homer in the afternoon game was nice to see as he had gone 0-for-19 in his last four starts along with 11 strikeouts. He'll likely be back in the lineup Tuesday when Cleveland battles Chicago in Game 3 of the series.
Abreu got Sunday and half of Monday off, but he'll return to the lineup Monday night trying to improve on his current batting average of .243.
Cabrera left Sundays' game with a left knee contusion, but it doesn't appear to have been serious as he is back in his usual position at first base and hitting third. The 33-year-old has been outstanding this season, hitting .315/.388/.537 with nine home runs and 26 RBI through 43 games.
Morrison has struggled all season long, posting a .176 batting average. However, he has picked it up as of late, hitting .444 with two home runs and six RBI over the past six games, which is a good sign moving forward.
After tweaking his quad last Wednesday, it appears that Travis is back to his old form. He's collected three hits (two of them being doubles) over the past two games to raise his batting average to .284, helping him solidify his spot as one of the Red Sox's top prospects and as a potential option at first base possibly as early as 2017.
It was another baby step in the right direction for Morrison, who had seen a modest four-game hitting streak snapped Saturday. The homer was only his second overall on the season, but both gopher balls have notably come in the last four games. The 28-year-old's average continues its slow but steady ascent to the Mendoza Line, as it now sits at .176 after Sunday's effort.