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1Drew Storen, WAS, RP19
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4Alejandro De Aza, BAL, LF14
5Jordy Mercer, PIT, SS13
6Steve Pearce, BAL, 1B12
7Chris Young, NYY, LF11
8Dan Haren, LAD, SP10
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10Carl Crawford, LAD, LF9
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3Chris Davis, BAL, 1B-16
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5Mat Latos, CIN, SP-9
6Michael Wacha, STL, SP-9
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Stephen Vogt still out Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:41 pm ET) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is still not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. At this point, he remains day to day, but has not played since Sept. 3.

Royals move Jeremy Guthrie back in rotation; Jason Vargas, James Shields up
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:30 pm ET) The Royals have shuffled their rotation for an upcoming series against the Tigers, as The Kansas City Star reports Jeremy Guthrie has been moved back from Friday to Sunday. That means Jason Vargas will pitch Friday to open the series, followed by James Shields Saturday. 

Bryce Harper returns following exit Monday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:25 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is in the team's lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves, despite leaving Monday's with lightheadedness. He is batting sixth and starting in left field Tuesday. 

Time off helps Starling Marte get back Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, after sitting out three games with an elbow injury.

Marte was hit by a pitch in Thursday's game, and managed to make just one pinch-hitting appearance in the team's weekend series against the Cubs. That time off was enough for Marte to return to full health, as he is batting sixth and starting in left field Tuesday.


Michael Choice's season ends with hamstring injury
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:20 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Michael Choice's season is over, the team announced Tuesday, as a result of a strained left hamstring.

Choice will miss the final 13 games of the season as a result of an injury suffered Sunday. Choice hit .182/.250/.320 in 253 at-bats for the Rangers over 86 games.


Josh Willingham still held out
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) Royals outfielder Josh Willingham missed his third game in a row due to a groin injury Tuesday against the White Sox. Willingham has not played since last Thursday, and remains day to day at this point. 

Evan Gattis still sidelined Tuesday by illness
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not in the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals, as he continues to deal with an illness. Gattis will have missed eight games due to strep throat after Tuesday, and has not played since Sept. 7.  

Jake Smolinski brought off DL Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:56 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski has been activated from the disabled list and will be available Tuesday in Oakland, the team announced.

Smolinski has been out since late July as a result of a broken foot. He was hitting .389 in 36 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Blue Jays to extend qualifying offer to Melky Cabrera
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:03 pm ET) The Blue Jays plan to extend a qualifying offer to outfielder Melky Cabrera, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Tursday.

The qualifying offer to Cabrera will likely be between $15-16 million, according to the report, but the team won't stop there. The Blue Jays are also expected to negotiate with Cabrera on a long-term extension, coming off Cabrera's two-year, $16 million deal.

Cabrera hit .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a broken pinky earlier in the month.  


Wilson Ramos enjoying late-season power surge
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:40 pm ET) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had trouble finding his power stroke early in the season, but has re-discovered it en-route to eight home runs over the last 30 games.

"I feel good right now," he told the Washington Post. "I feel my power is back. Right now, I feel like I'm hitting better because the last two weeks was a little bit of a struggle. I can't think about my [offense]. I have to go out there and call my game, and if I hit that's extra for a catcher."

Ramos had just three home runs through Aug. 4, a span of 48 games. However, he leads major-league catchers in long balls since, bringing his total to 11 for the season. 


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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