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  • Joe Panik 2B | SF

    Giants' Joe Panik: Batting second Thursday

    Panik is in the lineup Thursday, batting third and starting at second base.

    The Giants immediately inserted Panik into their lineup after his activation from the disabled list earlier Thursday. Panik slashed just .231/.286/.308 during his four-game rehab stint, so he's still adjusting to facing live pitching. He'll be facing Washington's Tanner Roark, who is holding left-handed batters to a .201 average, on Thursday.

  • Joe Panik 2B | SF

    Giants' Joe Panik: Activated off 15-day DL

    Panik (concussion) was activated off the 15-day DL and will bat third against the Nationals on Thursday.

    Panik has returned from his rehab assignment and will now rejoin the Giants, while Grant Green is designated for assignment in a corresponding move. The 25-year-old is hitting .256 with seven home runs, 36 RBI and 45 runs on the season but hasn't played since June, so it remains to be seen how smooth he will transition back into the lineup, especially after going just 3-for-13 throughout his rehab assignment.

  • Derek Dietrich 2B | MIA

    Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Will play first base against righties

    Dietrich will start at first base against right-handed pitching until Justin Bour returns from the 15-day DL, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    The Marlins will continue to look to get Dietrich in the lineup even with the return of Dee Gordon. The former second-round pick has hit .291 with four home runs and 24 RBI through 213 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season, so this type of matchup bodes well for his production.

  • Gordon Beckham 2B | ATL

    Braves' Gordon Beckham: Not starting Thursday

    Beckham is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies.

    Beckham will get some rest a day after going 2-for-4 with two doubles, one walk, one RBI and three runs scored against the Twins. This was his one bright spot over the past seven days, as he has hit .136 over that stretch. Jace Peterson will get the start at second base in his place.

  • Derek Dietrich 2B | MIA

    Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Starting Thursday

    Dietrich is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    With Dee Gordon back from his suspension, Dietrich will likely begin to play multiple positions around the diamond in order to give starters rest and keep his bat in the lineup. For now, he will play some first base while Justin Bour is on the 15-day DL and Chris Johnson is day-to-day after hurting his foot, but he could also see some time at third base and left field. The 27-year-old has been slumping lately, going 0-for-16 with seven strikeouts in his last five games, but his season line of .272/.363/.393 remains respectable.

  • Dee Gordon 2B | MIA

    Marlins' Dee Gordon: Back in the lineup Thursday

    Gordon is back atop the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals after serving his 80-game suspension, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    Gordon will finally return to the lineup for the first time since April 28. If the speedy second baseman can return to his 2015 form that saw him hit .333/.359/.418 with eight triples and 58 stolen bases, he will provide a huge boost for fantasy owners and the Marlins as they continue to contend for a playoff spot. With Gordon back, Derek Dietrich will likely see his playing time at second base decrease, but could continue to get some reps at first base with Justin Bour on the 15-day DL and Chris Johnson day-to-day with a foot injury.

  • Joe Panik 2B | SF

    Giants' Joe Panik: Collects two hits in rehab appearance Wednesday

    Panik went 2-for-4 in his rehab appearance with Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday.

    Panik has gone 3-for-13 in three games with Triple-A Sacramento. The club is hoping to have him back for this weekend's matchup with the Nationals, but it is not a lock given the unpredictable nature of concussions and the fact he had a setback last week.

  • Josh Harrison 2B | PIT

    Pirates' Josh Harrison: Looking for rebound

    Harrison, who went 1-for-4 with a triple Wednesday, is batting .184/.208/.316 in his last 101 plate appearances since June 20.

    He has just one multi-hit effort during that span. Hot-hitting rookie Adam Frazier has taken away a couple starts at second base from Harrison, but the Bucs need Harrison as an offensive contributor. He's stolen 14 bases, but has attempted only two steals in his last 35 contests. Despite hitting only three homers all season long, Harrison has hustled his way to three triples in his last seven starts.

  • Dee Gordon 2B | MIA

    Marlins' Dee Gordon: Reinstated from restricted list

    Gordon was reinstated from the restricted list Thursday and is expected to return to action against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

    Gordon is done serving his 80-game suspension and he will take over the duties at the keystone for the Marlins. There has been plenty of speculation about how much of Gordon's production in recent years was PED-fueled, but he has always been a burner, so at the very least he should provide plenty of steals going forward. Don Kelly was designated for assignment as a corresponding move.

  • Daniel Murphy 2B | WAS

    Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Hits 20th homer Wednesday

    Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo shot, his 20th home run of the season, in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    After a .265/.330/.500 June that was actually his worst month of the season so far, Murphy has rebounded with a .366/.377/.775 line through 71 July at-bats. This is now his first 20-HR campaign, but Murphy has plenty of time to take a run at 25 or even 30 homers given his continued and consistent excellence at the plate this year.