Kolten Wong hit a two-run home run, his first, in Monday's win over the Phillies.
Wong had yet to even hit a single extra-base hit this year. He struggled to hit for power in the second half last season, and dating back to the All-Star break he had just two home runs and a .308 slugging percentage in his previous 295 at-bats. Wong's 2016 line is still a brutal .233/.304/.283, so he desperately needs this home run to spark a hot streak.
Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs in Monday's 4-3 win at Oakland.
Cano has gone 5-for-8 over the last two games, raising his average from .226 to a more respectable .257 in a hurry. He still holds at least a share of the team lead in runs, home runs and RBI despite the low batting average, and that figure should continue to climb as the second baseman's .228 BABIP starts to more closely resemble his .321 career mark.
Ben Zobrist went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Monday's victory against the Pirates.
Zobrist's two RBI bring his total up to 12 for the season to go along with 14 runs scored. The veteran is now hitting .253 in his first season in Chicago, and should continue to have run-scoring and RBI opportunities as long as he's hitting in the middle of the Chicago Cubs ' potent lineup.
Arismendy Alcantara 's batting average fell to .235 after going 0-for-3 in Sunday's loss to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
With a current line of .235/.297/.397, Alcantara has yet to show much improvement at Triple-A Iowa this season. However, of his 16 hits, seven have gone for extra bases. When he does get on base, Alcantara can do some damage, as he has yet to be caught stealing in five attempts. Unfortunately, he's struck out in 27 percent of his plate appearances and has only drawn eight walks. The Chicago Cubs currently have a reliable middle infield backup in Tommy La Stella, so they won't be in a hurry to bring Alcantara up to the show, giving him more time to improve his performance at the plate.
Joe Panik (groin) increased his baseball activities Monday and will attempt to hit from a tee. He is questionable to play through Wednesday, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports.
The San Francisco Giants will likely back off Panik for another day or two, and how he responds to the increased workload during workouts will determine if he's able to return to the starting lineup later this week. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Panik could pinch hit Monday.
Gordon Beckham (hamstring) ran Sunday and is nearing a rehab assignment, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.
It's likely that Beckham will push through a rehab assignment in a matter of days, which could allow him to return to the Atlanta Braves ' roster as soon as this weekend.
Jed Lowrie is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Seattle.
No reason has been provided for Lowrie's absence, but Mark Canha is playing third base and batting seventh for the A's while Coco Crisp moves up to the No. 2 spot in the order for Monday's matchup against Seattle right-hander Nate Karns.
Ryan Flaherty is expected to rejoin the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday with J.J. Hardy (foot) headed to the disabled list, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.
Manny Machado will likely see time at shortstop, but the O's will have to make some adjustments to cover third base in that scenario. Nevertheless, Flaherty may see a start or two per week in addition to his late-inning defensive assignments.
Jace Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
Peterson was a pleasant surprise for the Atlanta Braves during the second half of last season, but a rough .182 batting average to start the season was enough to send the 25-year-old back to the minors. There's a good chance that he could rejoin the major league club if he hits well in the minor leagues, though, as the Braves don't exactly have many set options in their lineup.
Filling in for the injured Joe Panik (groin), Kelby Tomlinson went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.
Panik's groin injury isn't considered serious, so Tomlinson could be back in a bench role as soon as Tuesday. That said, he should be in the starting lineup Monday against the Reds. With lefty Brandon Finnegan scheduled to start, Tomlinson could be a discount target at the keystone in daily formats.