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Date Player
8/23/2016 Brett Anderson, LAD, P
The Dodgers have placed Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the disabled list, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox for the major league record with 27 players on the DL this season.

Analysis: Anderson has a blister on his left index finger. He has totaled four innings over two starts and has a 24.75 ERA since returning from back surgery.
8/23/2016 Jonathon Niese, NYM, P
Niese left in the first inning of a game Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals with left knee pain. Manager Terry Collins expressed concern before the game about the lefty's knee. The team said Niese didn't experience pain warming up, but it flared during the game.

Analysis: Niese faced just four batters before being lifted for Robert Gsellman. Niese walked two and allowed an RBI single to Brandon Moss.
8/23/2016 Shawn Tolleson, Tex, P
Tolleson has been moved to the 60-day DL with a back issue and will not pitch the rest of the season.

Analysis: Tolleson endured a rough season, going 2-2 with a 7.68 ERA in 37 games and losing his closer role.
8/23/2016 Anthony Swarzak, NYY, P
The Yankees have placed Swarzak on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

Analysis: The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.90 ERA in 25 appearances as a middle reliever for New York, so therefore carries no fantasy relevance.
8/23/2016 Derek Dietrich, Mia, 2B
The Marlins have placed Dietrich on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion. The move is retroactive to Aug. 19.

Analysis: Dietrich was at times a decent fill-in for injured first baseman Justin Bour, who was transferred to the 60-day DL Tuesday to clear a roster spot for outfielder Oswaldo Arcia on a waiver claim. He was hitting just .188 with no homers and three RBIs in 31 games since July 9, though.
8/23/2016 Michael Pineda, NYY, P
Pineda's season-long inconsistency continued in Monday's start at Seattle, where the former Mariner surrendered five runs in 5 1/3 innings while not receiving a decision.

Analysis: Pineda had put together two straight solid starts heading into the game, including a stint of five scoreless innings against a potent Toronto lineup last Tuesday. The towering right-hander resumes his frustrating season with a home start against Baltimore on Sunday.
8/23/2016 Starlin Castro, NYY, 2B
Castro recorded his first two-homer game as a Yankee with a pair of solo blasts in Monday's loss at Seattle.

Analysis: Five of Castro's career-high 17 homers have come in his last 10 games and he's 6 for 12 over his past three. The former Cub's .298 on-base percentage for the season has been a bit disappointing, though.
8/23/2016 Gary Sánchez, NYY, C
Sanchez hit two more homers and finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs in Monday's loss at Seattle.

Analysis: The promising 23-year-old is now 15 for 29 (.517) with seven homers and 11 RBIs over an eight-game tear and was named the AL's Player of the Week earlier Monday. "It's been unbelievable what he's done, the way he's swung the bat, the way he's played defense, the job he's done," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
8/23/2016 Nelson Cruz, Sea, RF
Cruz contributed his 32nd home run in the eighth inning to give the Mariners some insurance in Monday's key 7-5 win over the Yankees.

Analysis: The 36-year-old is showing no signs of a slowdown as Seattle enters the stretch run. Cruz has homered in five of his last 12 games and is hitting .370 over his past 14 for the surging Mariners.
8/23/2016 Kyle Seager, Sea, 3B
Seager clubbed a three-run homer and added a double while scoring twice in Monday's win over the Yankees.

Analysis: On pace for his first 100-RBI campaign, Seager has knocked in 16 runs in his last 14 games and is hitting .367 over his past 16. He's one homer shy of a third straight season with 25 or more.
8/23/2016 Mike Zunino, Sea, C
Zunino delivered the big blow in Seattle's 7-5 win over the Yankees on Monday, a three-run homer in the sixth inning that erased a 5-3 deficit.

Analysis: Zunino has now homered in three straight games and knocked in eight runs during that power surge, part of a noticeable overall improvement at the plate for the former first-round pick. After batting an anemic .174 in 112 games last season, he's 8 for 23 (.348) over a six-game hitting streak and owns a .280 average with nine homers in 75 at-bats thus far in 2016.
8/23/2016 Andrew Triggs, Oak, P
Triggs matched a career high with six strikeouts and yielded just three hits over six scoreless innings in Monday's start against Cleveland.

Analysis: The rookie wound up with a no-decision while being victimized by a lack of offense once more. Triggs has allowed only four runs and held opposing hitters to a .179 average in three starts since being inserted in the rotation, but he's 0-1 and received a paltry one run of support over that span.
8/23/2016 Ryon Healy, Oak, 3B
Healy had two of Oakland's four hits in Monday's loss to Cleveland to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

Analysis: The rookie is hitting .382 with a pair of homers during the streak, though he's driven in only three runs over those nine games.
8/23/2016 Carlos Carrasco, Cle, P
Carrasco held the A's to four hits and struck out nine over eight dominant innings, and was rewarded with a win Monday when Carlos Santana broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the top of the eighth.

Analysis: Carrasco continues to pile up the strikeouts, having notched 11 in his previous start and 37 over his last four. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA during that stretch, but faces a tough assignment in his next scheduled outing Saturday at Texas.
8/23/2016 Carlos Santana, Cle, 1B
Santana's home run in the eighth inning accounted for the only scoring in the Indians' 1-0 victory at Oakland on Monday.

Analysis: The blast was Santana's 27th homer, tying his most in a season, and second in six games. He's 7 for 19 with five runs scored over that stretch.
8/23/2016 Jon Lester, ChC, P
Lester improved to 14-4 on Monday, giving up a run and five hits in six innings with two walks and eight strikeouts to beat the Padres.

Analysis: The Cubs have won all seven of Lester's starts since the All-Star break as he's gone 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA, striking out 46 in 43 1/3 innings. He next pitches Sunday at Dodger Stadium. His only complete game of the season was a four-hitter against the Dodgers on June 1.
8/23/2016 Wil Myers, SD, 1B
Myers went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk Monday, notching his 22nd stolen base but also getting caught for the fifth time.

Analysis: Myers is 0 for 11 with seven strikeouts in his last three games. He's batting .133 with 22 Ks in his last 12 contests.
8/23/2016 Addison Russell, ChC, SS
Russell's home run binge continued Monday with a solo shot, and he also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in a win over the Padres.

Analysis: Russell has four homers through four games of the Cubs' nine-game road trip. He's gone deep six times and driven in 13 runs in his last 13 games.
8/23/2016 Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B
Rizzo tied a career high with four hits in Monday's win in San Diego.

Analysis: It was the fifth consecutive multihit game for Rizzo, and he's scored a run in all of them. Strangely, though, he's homered only once in his last 30 games despite ranking among the NL leaders with 25.
8/23/2016 Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B
Bryant moved into a tie with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with his 32nd homer in Monday's win at San Diego.

Analysis: Bryant has gone deep four times in the last five games, batting .480 with 11 RBIs. The righty-hitting Bryant is batting .476 in his last 12 games against right-handers.
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