Springer now has multiple hits in four games in a row as he is getting hot at the right time for the Astros as they continue to push for the playoffs. He is now up to 115 runs scored this season, good for fourth in the major leagues. Extra-base hits have been a big reason why -- Tuesday's double was his 29th, and he's now up to 62 extra-base hits in 158 games.
Gomez had just seven home runs in 90 games through August. With Tuesday's blast, he already has five homers in September to go with five doubles and 13 RBI. He's playing like the All-Star the Astros hoped Gomez would be for them, and he looks like he has locked himself into the Rangers leadoff spot for the stretch run and the playoffs.
Franklin is dealing with a sore hamstring, but hopes that he'll be ready to play before the Rays' season finale Sunday. If Franklin is able to return, look for him to appear in the Tampa Bay outfield or at their DH spot.
He will slot back in atop the order against right-hander Alex Cobb after missing three starts with multiple injuries resulting from a collision with the outfield wall Friday. The biggest concern was a possible concussion, but evidently no delayed onset symptoms surfaced in the days that followed the collision.
Burns will add a little infield depth over the final six days of the season with Devon Travis ailing, but don't look for him to see many at-bats. He hit .230/.285/.352 with eight home runs and 13 steals in 111 games at Triple-A this year.
The writing had been on the wall for a while, given how the Royals had handled Cain since the injury, and now it is official that he won't return until next year. Look for Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando to continue seeing regular at-bats in the final week of the season.
He will miss a second straight game with the hand injury he suffered over the weekend. Mikie Mahtook will start in center field and hit fifth Tuesday.
The young outfielder is starting to slowly find some success at the plate, now having hit safely in three of his last four games with a pair of doubles over that span. While his .255/.255/.353 line over 51 September at-bats is nothing to write home about, it certainly far exceeds a nightmarish August where he hit .163 (8-for-43). Despite the recent success, Mahtook's two homers this season underscore the fact that he's yet rediscover the power stroke he displayed in his 2015 cup of coffee with the Rays, when he tallied nine round-trippers in just 105 at-bats.
The 26-year-old put together his first multi-hit effort of 2016 and broke the modest 0-for-8 slump that covered the last four games he'd registered an at-bat in. Decker is now 3-for-12 since rejoining the Rays and is slashing just .171/.244/.171 over 41 major league at-bats this season.
Monday marked the first time Ceciliani has stepped between the lines since Sept. 9. After striking out in his only at-bat of the month, the outfielder didn't appear in the team's next 15 games, the longest such stretch in Ceciliani's short MLB career. Simply put, the 26-year-old is only on the team because of roster expansions, and he's not expected to contribute during the final weeks.