Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. He will hit cleanup.
Insight: Hamilton had requested time off because of his struggles at the plate and manager Mike Scioscia gave him the time. The outfielder is hitting .132 in his last ten games and has gone 10-for-59 (.169) since July 31.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (knee) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Holliday sat out Sunday with knee discomfort. He's also gone 0-for-18 in his last five games, but his .393 average in 28 career at-bats against Reds starter Mike Leake makes him a solid option Monday.
Description: Astros outfielder Alex Presley suffered a setback from his oblique injury over the weekend and will not play again for 7-10 days.
Insight: Presley has been out since July 8 with a strained right oblique. He was scratched last week from a rehab game for Class A Tri-City due to discomfort. Presley is batting .252 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 206 at-bats this season.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday versus Cincinnati while dealing with knee discomfort.
Insight: He could also have been given the day off because he's hitless in his last five games. He's batting .260 with 12 HR and 59 RBI, well below what we've come to expect from the six-time All-Star.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) versus White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Cruz was a major force in the first half, but has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .167 with three homers in 27 games. We're not sure he's ready to take advantage of the matchup.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday. He's driven in a run in six straight games.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor and he appears to be fine. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 30, but he's making his hits count (4 2B, 3 HR in August).
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after fouling a ball of his shin, but he's back in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's batting .254 with 19 HR and 75 RBI this season and should have a good series against Houston. He's got a career .310 batting average versus the Astros and has gone deep against them three times in 2014.
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus Atlanta.
Insight: Atlanta is starting left-hander Alex Wood so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers and an .818 OPS in 78 at-bats. Nate Freiman will start at first with Jonny Gomes in left field.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is starting to heat up at the right time, hitting his second home run in three games.
Insight: Harper was far too talented to continue to struggle like he has all season. He went 4-for-11 in the three game series with the Mets, including the two long balls and five RBI. With Ryan Zimmerman out and Jayson Werth hurting it couldn't come at a better time for the Nats.
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis crakced his 20th home run of the season off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Davis has been at his best hitting against left-handers with a .316 batting average and a .934 OPS heading into the game, but he took the right-handed Jackson out in the third inning. Davis has been splitting time lately with Gerardo Parra and his fantasy value has taken a hit.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Diego .
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday, but you need to check starting lineups before you install him into your lineup. He's batting .267 with 12 HR and 59 RBI.
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez' patella tendon damage has increased slightly, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com. The team will consult with doctors Thursday to determine the next step.
Insight: Gonzalez was placed on the DL with a sprained right ankle and left knee tendinitis on Aug. 10. CarGo has never played more than 145 games in a season and he's probably done for the rest of 2014.
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and two RBI.
Insight: Snider has been getting extra playing time with Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list and he's taken advantage of it. He's gone 6-for-12 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI his last three games.
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Kansas City is starting left-hander Jason Vargas so Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers in 78 at-bats, but manager Bob Melvin is going with Sam Fuld in left field, Nate Freiman at first base and lefty-killer Jonny Gomes at DH.
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI Tuesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Moss had been slumping, going 6-for-52 (.115) with 20 Ks in 14 games from July 25 to Aug. 10 before going 5-for-7 with four RBI the last two games. He's still in search of his first homer since July 24.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight game Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: And for the second straight game, Cespedes' blast came in the eighth inning and gave the Red Sox the lead. We're excited to see how Cespedes takes to Fenway Park in Boston's 11-game homestand that starts Thursday. He played his first two games with the team there but Boston has been on the road since Aug. 5.
Description: Just acquired Kansas City left fielder Josh Willingham should probably not make his Royals debut against Jon Lester and the A's due to a poor matchup.
Insight: The 35-year-old will likely enter a DH platoon situation with Raul Ibanez, starting against lefties, but he's just 2-for-17 (.118) against Lester. Willingham is the DH for Tuesday's game against Oakland, batting sixth.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a double and three homers against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: Williams was bad with Houston and worse with Texas and should be ripe for the picking by Hamilton. The outfielder is just 1-for 20 over the past five games, but might still be worth the gamble.
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just a .136 hitter (3-for-22) with eight strikeouts against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Gordon has been on fire of late, batting .391 with three homers and a 1.019 OPS over the past dozen games, but this matchup should be avoided. Hopefully this one poor matchup won't kill his momentum.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has a favorable matchup in Tuesday's game versus Baltimore.
Insight: Gardner is 5-for-12 with three extra-base hits against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The left-handed Gardner is batting .290 against southpaws (.274 versus right-handers). Gardner's power stroke in July (.932 OPS) has not continues into August.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has a favorable matchup in Tuesday's game versus Baltimore.
Insight: Gardner is 5-for-12 with three extra-base hits against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The left-handed Gardner is batting .290 against southpaws (.274 versus right-handers). Gardner's power stroke in July (.932 OPS) has not continued into August.
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider went 3-for-5 with a double, two homers, four RBI and three runs Monday against the Tigers.
Insight: Snider's huge game came on the same day Pittsburgh placed Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list with an avulsion fracture of his rib. He's hit .251 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 203 at-bats this season. His home run off Phil Coke in the eighth inning was his first off a left-hander since 2012.
Description: Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, a run and a steal Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Davis entered the game with a .356 average and a .935 OPS against left-handers this season and he had a couple of infield hits against Pirates southpaw Jeff Locke before doubling off right-hander Casey Sadler.
Description: The Twins have shipped left fielder Josh Willingham to the Royals for a minor leaguer.
Insight: The Royals entered Monday just a half game behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central and they needed another bat with Eric Hosmer on the shelf due to a broken hand. The 35-year-old will likely enter a DH platoon with Raul Ibanez, starting against lefties.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera reached base eight times in Sunday's 19-inning game against the Tigers.
Insight: Cabrera went 3-for-5 with one RBI and walked five times. However, he didn't score a run. Cabrera, who turns 30 today, has gone 50-for-137 (.365) with 10 doubles, three homers, 20 RBI, 20 runs, 19 walks and 12 strikeouts since the start of July.
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson hit a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 10th inning Sunday at Arizona.
Insight: Dickerson has gone 9-for-20 with a double, a triple, a homer and six RBI in his last five games after starting off August 0-for-13. He's hitting .319 with 14 homers, 46 RBI, 49 runs, eight steals and a .939 OPS in 285 at-bats.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' first home run with Boston was a big one -- his three-run shot broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth inning Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: Cespedes has gone 9-for-34 (.265) with five RBI in eight games with his new team, though he has only had a chance to play twice at Fenway Park. The Red Sox play two games at Cincinnati before coming home for an 11-game homestand. We're guessing Cespedes will enjoy his new digs.
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has homered in three of his last four games.
Insight: Gordon hit zero home runs from June 22 to Aug. 6, a span of 33 games in which he batted .233 with seven RBI, 12 runs and a .600 OPS. He's raised his OPS from .766 to .793 over the last four games.
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (knee, ankle) is expected to be placed on the disabled list, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com.
Insight: Gonzalez has been dealing with a sprained right ankle and left knee tendinitis. He's played just 70 games this season and hit .238 with 11 homers, three steals and a .723 OPS, not what fantasy owners were expecting. CarGo has never played more than 145 games in a season.
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is just 1-for-17 versus Houston right-hander Scott Feldman.
Insight: Choo has been a huge bust for the Rangers after signing a big contract. He's hitting .241 with 10 homers, 36 RBI, 52 runs, three steals and a .709 OPS. He's not likely to get healthy Saturday.
Description: Hopefully Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera's elbow is good to go after being hit by a pitch last night as he has a favorable matchup Friday. Update: Cabrera is in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cabrera, who is hitting .315 with 14 HR, 59 RBI, 72 runs, five steals and an .845 OPS on the season, is 10-for-21 (.476) for his career versus Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper sent fans home happy with a walkoff home run in the 13th inning Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Unfortunately, Harper hasn't been very good this season, or healthy and fantasy owners won't be satisfied with this one effort. He's batting just .250 with four homers and 16 RBI. Wasn't it just a few years ago that fans and fantasy owners were debating Mike Trout vs. Harper?
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (illness) missed his fourth straight game Tuesday due to a throat infection.
Insight: Brown is feeling much better and should be back in the starting lineup either Wednesday or Thursday. Not that it will matter much to fantasy owners -- Brown is hitting .231 with seven homers, 50 RBI and a .620 OPS this season.
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (sprained right ankle) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Gonzalez aggravated an ankle injury making a catch Friday night. The team was supposed to make a decision whether or not to place him on the disabled list by Tuesday, but it hasn't made a move yet.
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Dickerson has gone 4-for-29 (.138) in his last eight games (seven on the road) and his average has dropped from .332 to .311 in that span. The Rockies will be at home for two more games against the Cubs before going on a six-game road trip, so it could be a while before Dickerson turns his slump around. The 25-year-old has a .356 average and a 1.069 OPS at Coors Field and a .264 average and a .771 OPS on the road this season.
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Giants due to a sore left elbow, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Davis is likely going to yield more playing time against right-handers to the newly acquired Gerardo Parra anyway. He's hitting .229 with a .710 OPS against them compared to .319 with a .961 OPS against southpaws.
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte has been activated from the concussion list.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch on July 18 and was placed on the DL a few days later due to a concussion. He shouls move into the lineup with Josh Harrison taking Pedro Alvarez's spot at the hot corner.