Diaz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 3-2 win over Seattle. Diaz's seventh-inning home run was the game-winning hit and clinched the Astros' series sweep over the AL West-leading Mariners. It was Diaz's second homer in what has been a season of inconsistent playing time. The utility infielder entered Sunday's game with just 19 plate appearances through Houston's first 15 games.
Diaz entered as a pinch runner after Alex Bregman was pulled from Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. Diaz stayed in the game and played first base while Yuli Gurriel slid across the diamond to third base. Bregman is still being evaluated. If he's forced to sit out Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Diaz could find himself in the lineup against Yankees left-hander James Paxton.
Diaz went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 9-8 win over the Athletics. Diaz started at first base for a resting Yuli Gurriel, the first start in six games for the utility man, whose first-inning, three-run homer was his first hit as an Astro. Playing time has been scarce for Diaz, who's been caught in the shuffle of four bench players looking for at-bats in a stacked lineup.
Diaz will start at first base and will hit seventh Sunday against the Athletics, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. Entering the starting nine for the first time in a week, Diaz will get his first MLB innings at first base after previously seeing all of his action at the other three infield spots and left field. The Astros likely won't turn to Diaz at first base often, as the regular option at the position, Yuli Gurriel, is merely receiving the day off for rest.
Diaz will get a start at first base this weekend against the A's, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. He has been getting more work there recently before games, and the Astros are ready to give him his first career start there this weekend. Already capable of playing the other three infield positions and left field, this will make Diaz an even more versatile utility option for Houston, although it doesn't do much for his fantasy value.
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