Padres' Hunter Renfroe: Homers in first-at bat since callup
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(6:08 am ET) Renfroe went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Monday's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Renfroe was immediately inserted into the starting lineup after getting called up to the majors, and he responded with his 21st homer of the season in his first plate appearance. Jabari Blash (undisclosed) and Matt Szczur have done next to nothing in his absence, so the rookie should receive the lion's share of starts in right field as the Padres play out the string. Renfroe may have figured things out in the minors, as evidenced by his eye-opening .509/.557/.891 triple-slash during his 14-game stint with Triple-A El Paso. Fantasy owners who are still playing for something may want to take a flyer on the 25-year-old for some late-season power.

Dodgers' Curtis Granderson: Homers in loss Monday
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(5:43 am ET) Granderson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Monday.

Granderson's 24th homer of the season brought the Dodgers within one run of the Phillies in the ninth inning, but his teammates couldn't replicate his success against the Phillies' closer. Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier have been eating into the veteran outfielder's playing time ever since rosters expanded this month, but Granderson is still receiving the lion's share of starts in left field against right-handed starters.

Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Reaches 20-homer mark
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(5:26 am ET) Taylor returned to the starting lineup Monday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and his 20th home run of the season in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.

Taylor notched No. 20 in style when he scooted around the bases for an inside-the-park homer in his first at-bat of the contest. The breakout star has also stolen 16 bases in addition to his unexpected power output, giving him an outside shot at a 20/20 campaign with 12 games left in the regular season.

Phillies' Aaron Altherr: Hits grand slam Monday
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(4:44 am ET) Altherr went 1-for-3 with a grand slam in Monday's 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

Altherr hit his homer in the sixth inning off of a hanging slider from Clayton Kershaw. The 26-year-old has four hits in 24 at-bats since coming off the disabled list earlier this month. He should continue to see fairly steady playing time over the remainder of the season, though he may have to sit occasionally when Rhys Hoskins gets a start in left field.

Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Removed with quad tightness
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(9/18/2017) Peralta was removed from Monday's game against San Diego with right quad tightness.

Peralta's timetable will depend on the severity of that tightness. Consider Peralta day-to-day until Diamondbacks trainers are able to get a full look at his leg. Hopefully this is just precautionary, as a strain or sprain this late in the season could spell the end of Peralta's campaign.

Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Homers in win over Mets
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(9/18/2017) Stanton went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, four RBI and three runs scored during Monday's win over the Mets.

Stanton entered the game with a .542 OPS and a single round tripper through 40 September at-bats, so it was encouraging to see the slugger belt a line-drive homer and stuff the stat line Monday. With 55 bombs, 117 RBI, 115 runs and a .279/.374/.632 slash line, Stanton has showcased what his fantasy ceiling looks like when he's healthy for a full season.

Indians' Gabriel Mejia: Struggles at Low-A in 2017
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(9/18/2017) Mejia finished up 2017 with a disappointing .229/.286/.268 slash line over 44 games with Low-A Lake County.

The outfield prospect suffered a wrist injury that landed him on the DL in the middle of the year. When he returned, Mejia continued to offer unappealing results. The 22-year-old had no problem dominating the rookie levels, but he's got a long way to go before reaching MiLB's higher levels. Mejia's speed is lethal, but if he can't get on base, then his most appealing attribute is mute.

Indians' Will Benson: Finishes 2017 on high note
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(9/18/2017) Benson finished 2017 slashing .238/.347/.475 with 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 29 runs over 56 games in the New York-Penn League.

The Tribe's first-round pick in 2016 started slow against short-season pitching, but Benson's batting average improved each month. He finished tied atop the league's home run leaderboard, while ranking in the top five for RBI, triples (five) and OPS (.823). Benson's 33.9 percent strikeout rate can obviously use some work, but plate discipline should develop as the teenager bags more experience.

Royals' Samir Duenez: Powers way through Double-A campaign
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(9/18/2017) Duenez wrapped up 2017 with a .252/.304/.402 slash line, 17 home runs, 75 RBI, 65 runs and 10 stolen bases in 132 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Duenez's 17 bombs were a career high through his five minor-league seasons, and ranked fifth-best among Texas League hitters. Furthermore, he finished as the league's only player to hit 15-plus homers while notching double-digit stolen bases. Duenez's strikeout rate (20.5 percent) was up from previous campaigns, but that's to be expected as the first baseman climbs his way toward MLB. At 21 years old, Duenez should receive a nice long look in spring training next year, especially is Eric Hosmer is lost in free agency.

Padres' Jabari Blash: Not in Monday's lineup
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(9/18/2017) Blash (undisclosed) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Blash was scratched from Sunday's contest with an undisclosed injury, and while it's still unclear what he's dealing with, the issue will keep him sidelined for a second straight game. In what could become a recurring theme down the stretch, recently recalled Hunter Renfroe will draw the start in right field for Blash.

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