Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Clubs 13th homer Saturday
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(3:59 am ET) Solarte went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Nationals.

Saturday's home run was the veteran infielder's third since returning from the disabled list July 30. Solarte is just two homers shy of the career high mark of 15 he set in 2016 despite playing in just 90 games so far this season. He continues to provide modest fantasy value due to his multi-position eligibility.

Phillies' Ty Kelly: Hits pinch-hit grand slam
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(12:55 am ET) Kelly hit a pinch-hit grand slam in Saturday's win over the Giants.

You never know what you'll see on any given night in baseball -- Kelly had just two homers in 91 career major-league games coming into Saturday and 45 homers in nine seasons in the minors. Kelly, 29, has not started a game for the Phillies since his most recent promotion on Aug. 11.

Reds' Scooter Gennett: Smashes grand slam in Saturday victory
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(8/19/2017) Gennett went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two runs and five RBI against the Braves on Saturday.

Gennett's 21st home run of the year was a grand slam that extended the Reds lead to seven runs in the ninth inning of a road victory. Fantasy owners have been rewarded for adding him to their rosters, as he's posted a breakout season with a .292/.342/.536 slash line.

Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Expected back Sunday
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(8/19/2017) Manager Dusty Baker said he scratched Murphy because he was dragging a little bit, but he expects him back in the lineup Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

Baker said Murphy "wasn't moving real, real smoothly the last couple days," so he decided to give him the day off to rest. This is encouraging news, as the issue doesn't appear to be anything more than a precautionary day off. Look for Murphy to return to the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Padres before the team's scheduled day off Monday.

Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Scratched from lineup Saturday
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(8/19/2017) Murphy was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Padres with an undisclosed issue, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

It's unclear what Murphy is dealing with at this point, but it's worth noting that he missed a couple games last week due to hip discomfort. More should be known following the conclusion of Saturday's game. In the meantime, Howie Kendrick will slide to second base to take his place, opening a spot in the outfield for Andrew Stevenson to start.

Braves' Micah Johnson: Sent back to minors
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(8/19/2017) Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.

Just a day after joining the Braves to replace the injured Danny Santana (quad), Johnson was sent back to the minors to clear room for Matt Kemp (hamstring). The 26-year-old struck out in his only at-bat for the big club, and he's now 0-for-4 on the year for the Braves. He'll head back to the minors until rosters expand in September.

Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Returns from hip injury
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(8/19/2017) Wong (hip) is starting at second base and hitting sixth Saturday against the Pirates, Derrick Goold of the St. Loius Post-Dispatch reports.

He was a late scratch Friday due to a minor hip injury, but will be back in for the matinee against righty Chad Kuhl. Wong is hitting .327/.405/.452 with one home run, one steal, 20 runs and 15 RBI in 104 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Out of Saturday's lineup
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(8/19/2017) Zobrist is out of Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Carrie Muskat of reports.

He had started three consecutive games, notching one hit in each of those contests, but will make way for Ian Happ at second base against righty Nick Tepesch. Zobrist is hitting just .243/.331/.350 with one home run and two steals in 103 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Pirates' Josh Harrison: Hits 14th homer of season in Friday loss
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(8/18/2017) Harrison went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Friday against the Cardinals.

Harrison crushed his 14th homer of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the first inning of a home loss. He's been a useful fantasy player based on his solid .279 batting average and 12 steals, but his slugging percentage is a pedestrian .431.

Cubs' Javier Baez: Homers in second straight game
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(8/18/2017) Baez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

He also made an outstanding defensive play in the ninth to rob Jose Bautista of a base hit. Baez has hit home runs in consecutive games and four homers in his last six starts, giving him an even 20 for the season. The 24-year-old is batting close to .300 since July 1, but he's struck out in roughly one-third of his plate appearances since that date.

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