Astros' Carlos Beltran: Goes yard Wednesday
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(8/16/2017) Beltran went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Beltran drove in both of his runs against starter Taijuan Walker, taking him deep for a solo shot in the second inning before adding a sac fly in the third. The switch-hitting veteran has provided some pop out of the DH spot with 14 home runs and 23 doubles.

Twins' Robbie Grossman: Moves to bench Wednesday
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(8/16/2017) Grossman is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Indians, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Grossman will give way to Eduardo Escobar at designated hitter after going 2-for-19 at the plate over his last five starts. While Grossman has been a boon for those in leagues where on-base percentage is a category thanks to his .367 mark, his statistical portfolio has been otherwise underwhelming this season, making him a low-upside fantasy option in most traditional 5x5 formats.

Tigers' Victor Martinez: Takes seat Wednesday
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(8/16/2017) Martinez is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.

The Tigers are eager to limit Miguel Cabrera's duties in the field after the former MVP returned from a two-game absence due to a back injury to play nine innings at first base Tuesday, so he'll slide over to the DH spot Wednesday while Martinez sits. The benching comes at an unfortunate time for Martinez owners with the 38-year-old having delivered three multi-hit performances in his past six starts.

Angels' Albert Pujols: Dropped from lineup Wednesday
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(8/16/2017) Pujols is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Since he played the field a night earlier and the Angels are still without a DH spot for their second game in Washington, Pujols will take a seat for the day game, allowing C.J. Cron to pick up a start at first base. Pujols, who went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks Tuesday, should rejoin the lineup Friday, when the Angels kick off a three-game set in Baltimore.

Tigers' Victor Martinez: Goes deep in Tuesday loss
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(8/16/2017) Martinez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

After hitting 27 home runs in 2016, Martinez has only nine this season. His .256 average and .699 OPS are also behind his rates from last season. However, the veteran has hits in five of the last six games, including three multi-hit efforts. Martinez has proven over his career that he's capable of putting a hot streak together for fantasy owners, so he might be a worthy investment in leagues where he's available.

Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Drives in two Tuesday
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(8/15/2017) Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-4 win over the Cardinals.

It's been a shaky second half for Ramirez, who's now hitting .230 (23-for-100) in 25 games since the All-Star break, albeit with five homers and 12 RBI. The 33-year-old isn't going to come close to his 2016 performance, but if he can stay relatively healthy over the final weeks of the season, he could still supply solid fantasy value while hitting in the middle of a potent Red Sox offense.

Astros' Carlos Beltran: Sitting out again Tuesday
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(8/15/2017) Beltran is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Beltran will hit the bench for the second consecutive day and third time in six days, a byproduct of the Astros having no DH spot available in their lineup. With the Astros and Diamondbacks set to wrap up their four-game series with games Wednesday and Thursday back in Houston, it shouldn't be long before Beltran returns to a starting role.

Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Keeps mashing in defeat
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(8/15/2017) Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 11-3 loss to the Orioles.

Cruz's 29th bomb of the season came in the ninth inning and represented his fifth in the last seven games. The slugger also has a seven-game hitting streak and has reached safely in 11 of 12 games overall in August. Monday's blast also allowed him to already exceed the seven homers he hit during all of July, while his 16 RBI through the aforementioned 12 contests leave him just five short of reaching the 100-RBI milestone for the second straight campaign.

Indians' Edwin Encarnacion: Goes deep twice Monday in Boston
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(8/14/2017) Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers and a walk in Monday's win at Boston.

The slugger has hit a power surge this month, going deep five times while driving in 10 runs over 12 games. After a slow start to 2017, Encarnacion has himself within reasonable distance of capturing 35 home runs, 100 RBI and 100 runs during the campaign.

Royals' Brandon Moss: Heads to bench again Monday
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(8/14/2017) Moss is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Athletics, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

This will mark the fifth time in six games Moss has been relegated to the bench. Melky Cabrera will serve as designated hitter, opening up a spot for Jorge Bonifacio to start in right field. Moss is batting just .206 on the season, so manager Ned Yost may be looking to deploy Bonifacio more often moving forward.

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