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5David Wright, NYM, 3B-9
6Brock Holt, BOS, 3B-9
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Diamondbacks pair continues absence from lineup Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:46 pm ET) Two Diamondbacks starters remain sidelined Thursday against Colorado.

The injured pair are outfielder David Peralta and third baseman Jake Lamb. Peralta has been out for two weeks while Lamb has not started since Friday.


Marlins sit corner infielders Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:39 pm ET) The Marlins are set to sit corner infielders Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee in their Thursday night clash against visiting Washington. Jeff Baker has been pegged to start at first with Enrique Hernandez at third.

McGehee is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.


Hanley Ramirez ready to roll again Thursday in Windy City
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:25 pm ET) Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has returned to the lineup Thursday aganst the host Cubs after missing two starts with an elbow ailment.

Ramirez had 13 hits in his previous seven games before going down. His stat line on the season is .277/.362/.444.


Jered Weaver out, Wade LeBlanc in for Thursday start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:20 pm ET) Angels veteran right-hander Jered Weaver has been scratched from his Thursday start against visiting Seattle. Wade LeBlanc, who was to replace the injured Matt Shoemaker this Saturday, will pitch in place of Weaver instead.

Weaver is not hurt, per the Orange County Register. The move was made to give him extra rest and line up the playoff rotation.


Struggling Adam LaRoche gets second straight night off
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:05 pm ET) Scuffling Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been given the night off Thursday in Miami. Kevin Frandsen is set to start instead. LaRoche is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

LaRoche also sat Wednesday, as did all the Washington starters after the clinching of the division title.


Jean Segura can't hit Shelby Miller - and won't Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:00 pm ET) The Brewers are sitting shortstop Jean Segura in St Louis on Thursday in favor of Hector Gomez. He is hitless in 15 at-bats lifetime against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.

Segura has not driven in a run in his last 21 games.


Dizziness causes Dioner Navarro scratch Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:48 pm ET) A bout with dizziness that prevented Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro from playing Wednesday has also kept him out of the lineup Thursday night against the Yankees. Josh Thole is set to start instead.

Navarro owns a stat line of .282/.324/.410.


Red Sox issue Thursday lineup sans Rusney Castillo
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:42 pm ET) Red Sox ballyhooed rookie outfielder Rusney Castillo is not in the Thursday lineup in Pittsburgh. He had his major league debut Wednesday night and went 1 for 4.

Arismendy Alcantara absent from Thursday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:38 pm ET) Cubs rookie outfielder Arismendy Alcantara has been ruled out again Thursday against the Dodgers. A wrist issue has caused him to miss the last two games.

Alcantara has been on an all-or-nothing run throughout his time with Chicago. He has nine home runs and 75 strikeouts in 245 at-bats.


Yoenis Cespedes set to sit Thursday night
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) The Red Sox have benched disappointing left fielder Yoenis Cespedes for the Thursday night game in Pittsburgh.

Cespedes, who has not homered since Aug. 22, has just four hits in his last 34 at-bats and one RBI since Sept. 6.


 
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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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