Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.
Middlebrooks pulled up lame after running out the hit. He went 1 for 2 during the game, and was pulled in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Plouffe had just one hit, but it was a big one, as he brought the Twins back into the game with his three-run home run in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the rally would end there, with Plouffe finishing the game 1 for 4 with three RBI and a strikeout.
Plouffe has nine home runs and 58 RBI in 402 at-bats on the season, while hitting .244/.313/.400.
Sano has misssed nearly the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. He's considered one of the team's best prospects.
Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo are now all eligible to be traded in the coming days. That doesn't seem likely, considering their big contracts and importance to the Rangers franchise. Neal Cotts was also placed on waivers, which are expected to expire tomorrow. There's a higher chance he gets dealt.
You're now able to use him at -- count them with me -- first base, second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield, though if you start him anywhere but shortstop, you're a real sucker -- a sucker, I tell you!
OK, not really. You probably just have a ton of infield depth. But no doubt, shortstop is where he's most valuable. It's by far the weakest position in Fantasy, and at the position, he stacks up with just about anybody.
No, really. He's been an everyday player, more or less, since May 17, and during that time, he ranks seventh among shortstops in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. That's compared to 12th and 13th among third basemen.
Granted, much of that production is front-loaded, but he's still scoring a bunch of runs batting leadoff for the Red Sox. And if you have a weakness anywhere on the infield, he's now capable of filling it. That should apply to just about all Fantasy owners.
Gillaspie gave Chicago a 4-1 lead when he homered off Drew Hutchison in the bottom of the first inning. It was his fifth home run and first homer in 31 games. He is batting .286 with 11 RBI in his last 31 games.
Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.
Dominguez has appeared in all but one of the Astros games this season, but has been in a prolonged slump and probably needed the day off. He is hitting just .214/.237/.304 in 56 at-bats during August.