Dodgers' Justin Turner: Goes deep Monday
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(5:35 am ET) Turner went 1-for-4 with his 21st home run of the season in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

Turner followed up Chris Taylor's inside-the-park homer with a more-traditional variation of the long ball in the first inning. The veteran third baseman is unlikely to match last year's high water mark of 27 homers, but his .539 slugging percentage is actually 46 points higher than his previous career best.

Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Heads to bench Monday
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(9/18/2017) Spangenberg is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Spangenberg will get the day off after starting seven straight games for the Padres, going just 3-for-25 (.120) over that stretch. Christian Villanueva will draw his first major-league start in his stead, batting sixth.

Padres' Christian Villanueva: Contract selected Monday
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(9/18/2017) Villanueva had his contract purchased from Triple-A El Paso on Monday. He is starting at third base and batting sixth against the Diamondbacks.

Villanueva, who was non-tendered by the Cubs in the offseason before joining the Padres on a minor-league deal, will get his first taste of the majors after compiling a respectable .296/.369/.528 line with 20 homers in 109 games for the Chihuahuas. With Jose Pirela (finger) and Jabari Blash (undisclosed) both dealing with injuries, it wouldn't be surprising for Villanueva to see a few more starts down the stretch as the Padres get a look at him against big-league pitching.

Giants' Pablo Sandoval: Tees off Sunday
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(9/17/2017) Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three RBI in Sunday's 7-2 win over the DIamondbacks.

The oft-maligned infielder led the Giants to victory in this one, upping his RBI total to 23 in 223 at-bats this year. Sandoval is hitting just .197 this year and doesn't figure to provide much fantasy value in the season's final few weeks.

Brewers' Travis Shaw: Collects three hits
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(9/17/2017) Shaw went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored Sunday against the Marlins.

Shaw backed up his two-run shot Saturday with another three hits and RBI on Sunday, drawing him within five RBI of triple digits for the season. He's struggled during September, batting just .212/.317/.423 through Sunday's action. The 27-year-old third baseman has gotten back on track with three-game hitting streak against during the Marlins series and will look to extend it to four Monday in the series opener versus the Pirates.

Reds' D.J. Peterson: Claimed by Reds
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(9/17/2017) Peterson was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Sunday.

Peterson, who was recently DFA'd by the White Sox, will link up with the Reds for the remainder of the 2017 campaign. The 25-year-old hit just .198 in his 97 plate appearances with Triple-A Charlotte of the White Sox's organization. To make room on the Reds' 40-man roster, Drew Storen (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Marlins' Brian Anderson: Out of Sunday lineup
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(9/17/2017) Anderson is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, Joe Frisaro of reports.

Anderson has been operating as the Marlins' primary third baseman over the past couple of weeks, but he'll be stationed on the bench for the second consecutive day as the Marlins close out their home-away-from-home series against the Brewers. Derek Dietrich will take over at third base and bat sixth in his stead.

Braves' Rio Ruiz: Out of lineup Sunday
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(9/17/2017) Ruiz is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

Ruiz continues to split playing time at third base, and he will again give way to Johan Camargo at the hot corner as the Braves wrap up their weekend series against Robert Gsellman and the Mets.

Nationals' Anthony Rendon: Lifts 24th homer in loss to Dodgers
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(9/16/2017) Rendon went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

After a relatively slow start to the season, Rendon has been lights out, posting an OPS just south of 1.000 since the beginning of May. He entered play Saturday with a top-three fWAR in baseball (best in the National League). He's been resting more lately and that may continue over the final weeks of the regular season, but those in weekly lineup leagues should leave him right where he is.

Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Heads to bench against Bumgarner
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(9/16/2017) Lamb is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants.

This absence comes as no surprise, as lefty Madison Bumgarner is toeing the rubber for San Francisco and Lamb is batting just .146/.271/.301 against left-handed pitching this season. Adam Rosales will get the nod at third base, but look for Lamb to be available off the bench and back in the lineup Sunday against right-hander Chris Stratton.

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