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1Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP30
2Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP26
3Kennys Vargas, MIN, 1B24
4Steve Pearce, BAL, LF21
5Jorge Soler, CHC, RF18
6Russell Martin, PIT, C16
7Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP16
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9Joe Panik, SF, 2B15
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3Manny Machado, BAL, 3B-21
4Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-14
5Chase Anderson, ARI, SP-14
6Shin-Soo Choo, TEX, LF-13
7Vance Worley, PIT, SP-12
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Jose Bautista puts end to 0-for-17 slump with HR
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:54 am ET) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista put an end to a 0-for-17 slump when he homered off Alex Wilson in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 11-7 loss against the Red Sox. Bautista became the third player in team history to have at least 25 homers in five straight seasons, joining Carlos Delgado (1996-2004) and Joe Carter (1991-96).

"Even yesterday, he hit two balls on the money, one to center field," manager John Gibbons, per MLB.com. "It's just a matter of time. Everybody goes through those, even your top hitters. But we need him, we need him to heat up."


Report: Yadier Molina could return to Cardinals this weekend
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) Catcher Yadier Molina could return behind the plate for the Cardinals as early as this weekend against the visiting Cubs, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Molina is set to start a rehab stint from Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and catch as many as five or six innings. He has been out since undergoing thumb surgery on his throwing hand in early July.


Mike Napoli hits home run into fifth deck at Rogers Centre
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning Tuesday at Toronto, helping Boston to an 11-7 win. Napoli's home run went into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre, making it the 17th time in stadium history a player has homered into the fifth deck.

"It's always nice to mess around with your teammates and everyone's just going crazy in the dugout," Napoli said, per MLB.com. "But it's just a homer."

Napoli finished 2 for 5 with two runs, one hit by pitch and three strikeouts. He is batting .206 with three doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI, 14 walks, nine runs and 25 strikeouts in 20 August games.


David Wright: Shoulder problem not reason from slump
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:35 am ET) Mets third baseman David Wright has responded to those who believe he has been negatively affected by a left shoulder problem that has plagued him since early summer. He added that it will remain a problem until he receives offseason rest.

Wright, however, refused to blame the ailment for a miserable year at the plate that has resulted in a stat line of ..266/.324/.368 with just eight home runs. He has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats and was forced to sit Tuesday.

"Is [the shoulder] the reason that I'm struggling the way I'm struggling?" Wright asked Newsday. "No. So, I think it's not a reasonable assessment as to why I'm playing poorly."

Wright has also been dealing with an unrelated neck injury.


Troy Patton on roll in rehab stint
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:23 am ET) Padres left-hander Troy Patton has performed well in his rehab assignment after missing two months with a shoulder injury.

Patton has allowed just one baserunner while fanning six in four innings covering four appearances.


Yan Gomes 'should be ready' to return Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:22 am ET) Indians manager Terry Francona indicated Tuesday that catcher Yan Gomes (concussion) is on track to come off the 7-day disabled list Friday, which is the first day he is eligible to return.

Gomes was able to go through sprint drills prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox, according to The Plain Dealer.

"Yan is having a really good day," Francona said Tuesday. "His eyes look a lot clearer. I don't want to be unfair to him, but I'd surprised if he's not raring to go by Friday and Friday is his day (to be activated). Unless he has a setback, he should be ready Friday."


Andrew McCutchen fine for Wednesday clash
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:18 am ET) A rib ailment that knocked Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen out of the Tuesday night game does not have him sidelined for the Wednesday afternoon game against visiting St. Louis. He is in the lineup.

McCutchen sustained the injury crashing into the wall in the third inning, though he remained in the game for a while. His hitless performance ended a strong stretch in which he slugged seven hits, including three home runs, in the previous four games.


Kirk Gibson: Patrick Corbin won't be back by 2015 opener
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin could remain out until next June after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 25, per the Arizona Republic.

"He'd probably punch me if he heard me saying that, but you're really going to take your time and make sure he's ready to go," Kirk Gibson said. "You're not going to expect him to come back and throw 220 innings. You kind of manage his rehab through innings and put him in position to finish strong. ... We're going to make sure we err on the side of very cautious."

Corbin emerged as a standout in 2013 with a 14-8 record, 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 208 1/3 innings.


Daniel Hudson nearing return from rehab stint
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:56 am ET) Right-hander Daniel Hudson has all but completed his rehab assignment and is slated to rejoin the Diamondbacks soon after his Friday outing for Triple-A Reno.

It remains to be seen if Hudson maintains his status as a starter, a role in which he showed promise before struggling mightily in 2012 and losing two seasons to multiple elbow surgeries.


Archie Bradley might not make major league debut this season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Diamondbacks stud pitching prospect Archie Bradley might not see a major league mound in 2014. Those hoping he'd be called up in September could wind up being disappointed, per the Arizona Republic.

Bradley will pitch in the Arizona Fall League, which might preclude him from working with the Diamondbacks down the stretch. Kirk Gibson said the decision will be up to general manager Kevin Towers.

The right-hander needs the work. An elbow injury has limited him to just 82 2/3 innings this season, just over half the number he racked up in 2013.


 
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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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