Morales gets his first day off of the second half following 10 consecutive starts out of the All-Star break. The veteran designated hitter has posted a .378 on-base percentage during that time, but the power has dried up a bit, as he's recorded only two extra-base knocks. Jose Bautista will get a day out of the field and fill the void at DH.
Healy had been limited to pinch-hitting duties for the last two games while the Athletics kept him on the bench for precautionary purposes after he was struck on the head by a groundball Friday against the Mets. The 25-year-old passed all concussion tests after exiting and hasn't experienced any late-arriving symptoms of a head injury, so it appears he'll be on tap for a full slate of starts during the upcoming week.
The veteran had been out with a shoulder impingement since early June, and although he was nearly ready to return from the disabled list, the Rays opted to cut ties with him in order to get Sergio Romo on the active roster. Weeks' positional versatility and history of decent power could create some intrigue on the open market, although potential suitors could also be deterred by the .216 batting average he produced in the majors this season.
With 17 bombs, 50 RBI and 62 runs, Trumbo is providing solid counting statistics, but his .249/.311/.425 slash line is definitely underwhelming. The veteran slugger has shown more pop of late with seven homers through his past 20 games, so a second-half surge isn't out of the question.
Ramirez clobbered the only extra-base hit for Boston on a 434-foot shot in the sixth inning, then managed to hit a leadoff single off closer Bud Norris before being erased two batters later on a game-ending double play. His 16 long balls are one back of Mookie Betts for the team lead.
Moss broke a 4-4 tie by driving in the game-winning run off Tyler Clippard with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. Twenty of the designated hitter's 44 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
It looks like Pujols is simply receiving a maintenance day following his three-hit performance in Saturday's win. Pujols, who is hitting .269 since the All-Star break, will give way to Yunel Escobar at designated hitter, while Luis Valbuena covers Escobar's normal spot at third base.
Beltran has managed only four hits in 20 at-bats while starting the last five games, so he'll take a seat Sunday in favor of Evan Gattis, who will assume DH duties and man the cleanup spot. With a .229/.285/.404 line for the season, Beltran is one of the few underachievers for a potent Astros lineup, but doesn't seem to be in any immediate danger of losing out on regular at-bats.
The Athletics passed along word Saturday that Healy passed all concussion tests after taking a grounder to the head in Friday's series opener, but the team seems inclined to exercise precaution by keeping him on the bench for a second straight game. Healy should be available in a pinch-hitting capacity just as he was Saturday, when he delivered a base hit in his lone at-bat. It's expected that Healy will return to the lineup at either third base or designated hitter Monday against the Blue Jays.
This was the third time in the last five days Ramirez played the field, including the 15-inning saga against the Blue Jays last Tuesday. Manager John Farrell told Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald the plan going forward is to have Ramirez play the field against left-handers, which would give Mitch Moreland, who is playing through a broken toe, some much-needed time off. Farrell added that Ramirez is still getting treatment for his shoulders, a condition that limited him to DH-only duties for all but two games in the first half of the season.