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1Jorge Soler, CHC, RF38
2Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP23
3Rusney Castillo, BOS, CF22
4Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP20
5Steve Pearce, BAL, LF19
6Kennys Vargas, MIN, DH18
7Russell Martin, PIT, C17
8Hector Santiago, LAA, SP16
9Drew Smyly, TB, SP14
10Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP13
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1Shin-Soo Choo, TEX, LF-19
2Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-15
3Manny Machado, BAL, 3B-14
4Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-13
5Sean Doolittle, OAK, RP-12
6Garrett Richards, LAA, SP-12
7Norichika Aoki, KC, RF-12
8Vance Worley, PIT, SP-12
9Tim Lincecum, SF, SP-11
10Michael Cuddyer, COL, RF-11
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Foot injury forced Pedro Alvarez to miss third straight
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:56 pm ET) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds, as he continues to be sidelined by a sprained left foot.

Alvarez has been out since Tuesday, as the injury has now cost him three games. 


Travis Snider still out Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:49 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Travis Snider is still out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. He has not played since Wednesday, and remains day to day moving forward. 

Anthony Rizzo to sit out Cardinals series
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:46 pm ET) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo told reporters he does not expect to play at all in the team's current series against the Cardinals, as he tries to overcome ongoing back issues.

Rizzo has not played since injuring his back Tuesday, and will hope to take a few more days off to help it heal. The Cubs' next series begins Monday against the Brewers, and he will be looking to return to action then.  


Zac Rosscup added as 26th man
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:41 pm ET) The Cubs recalled reliever Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa Saturday, to serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader.

Rosscup has appeared in 10 games for the Cubs this season, allowing six runs in 8 1/3 innings. 


Jayson Nix activated, Christian Colon sent to Double-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:38 pm ET) The Royals activated recently acquired infielder Jayson Nix Saturday and optioned Christian Colon to Double-A Nortwest Arkansas.

Colon has been productive since joining the Royals, though playing time hasn't been consistent. He is hitting .302/.348/.442 in 43 at-bats, and should return to the team when rosters expand.  


Justin Upton homers, drives in three in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) Braves outfielder Justin Upton snapped out of a two-game hitless skid with a big performance in a 5-2 win over the Marlins Friday.

Upton went 2 for 4 in the game, and played a big role in the win. He put the Braves up in the sixth inning with a two-run home run, and then provided key insurance runs in the seventh with an RBI single to finish with three RBI.

Upton ranks third in the National League with 26 home runs and second with 91 RBI, while hitting .288/.362/.524 in 129 games. 


Jorge Soler slugs two more homers in third game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:20 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler put together his third multi-hit game in a row to start his career Friday, in a 7-2 win over the Cardinals.

Soler went 3 for 3 with a walk, while clubbing two home runs and driving in three runs total. He has seven hits in his first three major-league games, including three home runs, while driving in six runs.  


Jake Lamb's grand slam wins it
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:09 pm ET) The Diamondbacks received a rare boost from infielder Jake Lamb Friday, in a 5-2 win over the Rockies.

Lamb put the Diamondbacks up for good in the eighth inning with a grand slam, his second home run of the season. It was his lone hit in the game, as he went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts and four RBI.

Lamb has appeared in 16 games for the Diamondbacks, hitting .218/.279/.345 in 55 at-bats.  


Joe Panik racks up four hits in blowout win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:56 am ET) Giants shortstop Joe Panik snapped out of a slump Friday, with a four-hit game in a 13-2 win over the Brewers.

Panik, who had just three hits in his previous five games, went 4 for 6 Friday. He had one double and three singles, while scoring two runs in the win. He raised his season average to .312 with the performance. 


Jose Bautista goes deep in third straight
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:41 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista homered for the third straight game Friday, in a 6-3 loss to the Yankees.

Bautista had just one hit in the game, his solo home run to open the scoring in the fourth quarter. He went 1 for 3 with one RBI and one run scored for the third game in a row, as each of his homers in this streak has been of the solo variety.

Bautista now has 27 home runs and 80 RBI in 459 at-bats on the season, while hitting .283/.399/.512 overall.


 
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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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