Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Not in Monday's lineup
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(8/29/2016) Zimmerman is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Zimmerman will get a rare day off, as the Nats go with Clint Robinson at first base Monday. Robinson will hit seventh in the order against Phillies' right-hander Jake Thompson.

Orioles' Steve Pearce: Out of lineup Monday
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(8/29/2016) Pearce (elbow) is not in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays.

Pearce had a 3-for-4 showing in Sunday's victory over the Yankees, but he was forced out of the contest early after tweaking a lingering elbow injury. The 33-year-old typically doesn't occupy an everyday role with the Orioles, so it's possible his absence from the lineup isn't related to the injury, but he should be considered day-to-day regardless until he returns to the field.

Giants' Brandon Belt: Looks good in return to lineup
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(8/29/2016) Belt (neck) returned to the lineup Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, an RBI and a pair of runs scored in a win over Atlanta.

Belt was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a stiff neck. His presence in Sunday's lineup and production at the plate indicates that the injury wasn't anything to worry about. Belt isn't your traditional slugging first baseman, but his 66 RBI and .390 OBP have provided good value as a first baseman in deeper leagues and a corner infielder in standard formats.

Angels' Jefry Marte: Hits 10th home run Sunday
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(8/29/2016) Marte got the start at third base and went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

The homer was his 10th of the season. Marte's supplied some surprising deep league value this season given his power and multi-position eligibility, but barring offseason improvement with his glove he'll likely be stuck in a utility role in 2017.

Angels' C.J. Cron: Three hits in Sunday's win
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(8/29/2016) Cron went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

He's been solid since coming off the DL last weekend, hitting .278 (9-for-32), but the triple was his first extra-base hit during that stretch. Expect Cron to find his power stroke again soon enough.

Pirates' John Jaso: Hits first home run since June
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(8/28/2016) Jaso hit his fifth homer of the season Sunday against the Brewers.

He started at first base for the first time since August 20. The left-handed hitter has adjusted well to his bench role with the arrival of Josh Bell, singling in each of three pinch-hitting opportunities prior to Sunday.

Twins' Joe Mauer: Reaches base four times in Sunday's loss
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(8/28/2016) Mauer went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

He went 0-for-5 in his return to the lineup Saturday after missing a few games with a minor quad strain, but Mauer was able to pad his OBP in a big way Sunday, boosting his slash line on the season to .275/.375/.401.

Orioles' Steve Pearce: Goes 3-for-4, exits early with forearm/elbow issue
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(8/28/2016) Pearce was removed from Sunday's 5-0 win over the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh inning after tweaking a preexisting forearm/elbow injury, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Serving as the team's leadoff hitter for the afternoon, Pearce turned in one of his best games in an Oriole uniform, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBI. However, he was unable to escape the game unscathed as he felt a twinge in his elbow on the sixth-inning long ball and was pulled from the game an inning later as a precaution. It's not believed that Pearce is dealing with anything serious, but the fact that the elbow pain resurfaced after it bothered him earlier in the month is something the team will have to monitor closely.

Giants' Brandon Belt: Back in action Sunday
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(8/28/2016) Belt (neck) is in Sunday's lineup against Atlanta, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News Group reports.

Fortunately, Belt's neck stiffness wasn't anything too serious, as he's back in action Sunday. He'll hit fifth as the Giants take on the struggling Aaron Blair and the Braves.

Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Sitting out Sunday
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(8/28/2016) Goldschmidt is out of Sunday's lineup versus the Reds, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports.

Goldschmidt will get a rare day off for Arizona's series finale against Cincinnati as Phil Gosselin starts at first. Goldschmidt has continued his phenomenal season-long performance at the plate recently, having hit .353/.462/.549 with two home runs over the last 14 games.

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