Angels' C.J. Cron: Blasts grand slam in Friday defeat
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(1:28 am ET) Cron went 2-for-5 with a grand slam in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Cron made Steven Wright pay for loading them up in the sixth, blasting a 3-2 pitch 423 feet over the Green Monster. It extended the 26-year-old's hitting streak to four games, a stretch that's included a trio of multi-hit efforts. It was only his second homer since June 1 but outside of his long-ball drought, Cron was outstanding last month. He finished with a .303/.361/.470 line over 66 at-bats, and raised his average 15 points.

Mets' James Loney: Stays hot with three-hit night
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(12:42 am ET) Loney went 3-for-5 with a double, solo homer, three RBI and two runs in Friday's 10-2 victory over the Cubs.

The veteran started the homer barrage against Jason Hammel with a second-inning blast, and has now hit safely in all but five games in his Mets tenure, which started on May 31. Loney has seen a recent power surge as well, having launched round-trippers in three of his last eight contests. The multi-hit effort Friday boosted his average 14 points, bringing his season line to .297/.345/.495.

Reds' Joey Votto: Puts together three-hit effort in Friday loss
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(7/1/2016) Votto went 3-for-6 with a double and run in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Nationals.

The 32-year-old continues to climb out of the considerable hole he'd dug himself in the early part of the season, tallying his second straight multi-hit effort and third in the last five games. Votto finished May with a stellar .319/.466/.549 line, and has raised his average 40 points since June 1.

Blue Jays' Justin Smoak: Smacks game-tying homer in extra-inning loss
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(7/1/2016) Smoak went 1-for-6 with a game-tying solo homer in Friday's 2-1, 19-inning loss to the Indians.

The slugger is essentially the one to blame for Friday's marathon outing, as he tied the game in the sixth with a solo shot off Josh Tomlin. Smoak had been mired in an 0-for-13 slump over the last six games he'd registered an at-bat in, and the round-tripper was his first since the most recent contest in which he'd hit safely, June 17 versus the Orioles.

Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Sitting Friday with side injury
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(7/1/2016) Ramirez (side) is out of the lineup Friday against the Angels, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Travis Shaw will skip across the diamond to man first in place of Ramirez, who injured himself on a violent swing during Wednesday's game. He stayed in the game initially but manager John Farrell ultimately lifted Ramirez after the seventh inning. The team continues to label the ailment a "side" injury -- the oblique has not been mentioned specifically -- and it remains to be seen whether Ramirez will be well enough to return to the field this weekend.

Phillies' Tommy Joseph: Out of lineup Friday
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(7/1/2016) Joseph is not in Friday's lineup against the Royals, Stephen Gross of the Morning Call reports.

Joseph has started four of the past five games, but will be out for Friday's contest as Ryan Howard takes over first base. He has been cooling off recently with a rough last couple weeks of June, and has seen his season totals come down to .223/.235/.446 with eight home runs and 15 RBI. Joseph will likely be back in the lineup for Saturday's game.

Giants' Brandon Belt: Brings four home in Thursday victory
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(7/1/2016) Belt went 2-for-5 with four RBI, a walk and a run in Thursday's 12-6 victory over the A's.

The 28-year-old opened the scoring for the Giants with a third-inning ground-rule double that brought home Madison Bumgarner and Denard Span, and he closed out the 12-run haul with an RBI single in the ninth that plated Conor Gillaspie and Span. Belt has smacked a two-bagger in three straight, and closes out June by having hit safely in six of his last seven contests.

Marlins' Justin Bour: Launches 15th homer of year Thursday
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(6/30/2016) Bour went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, two walks and two runs Thursday at the Braves.

Bour's 15th bomb of the year gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead in the third inning of a game they'd go on to lose. He's now blasted four homers in his last six games, and he's slashing .269/.347/.534 on the year.

Reds' Joey Votto: Stands out in lopsided loss
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(6/30/2016) Votto went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, his 14th of the year, in Thursday's 13-4 loss to the Nationals.

The first baseman was the only bright spot in the lopsided loss. Votto is doing the best he can with a lackluster supporting cast around him. Over his last four game, the veteran is 5-for-15 (.333) with three home runs, four RBI and four runs.

Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Ignites offense Thursday with first-inning blast
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(6/30/2016) Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a walk, three-run homer and scored twice in Thursday's 13-4 victory over the Reds.

Zimmerman got the rout started early with his 11th homer of the season coming with two outs in the first inning. It was a major blow to Reds' starter Brandon Finnegan who was on the verge of escaping a jam, but instead allowed Zimmerman to ignite an offensive explosion by the Nationals. The home run was much-needed for the first baseman as he had a rough month, batting just .171 in June.

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