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Lonnie Chisenhall showing signs of life
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:12 am ET) Indians infielder Lonnie Chisenhall snapped out of a three-week homerless drought Wednesday, though it came in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

Chisenhall had just one hit in the game, going 1 for 4, but it was his first home run since Aug. 4, a solo shot in the seventh inning to tie the game. He finished the game with one run scored and one driven in, while striking out once as well.

Chisenhall has struggled mightily in the month of August, hitting just .221/.264/.397 with three home runs and seven RBI, but he does have six hits over his last four games. 


Trevor Plouffe hot in August
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:08 am ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe has embarked on a late-August hot streak that has vaulted his slugging percentage back over .400.

Plouffe is 28 for 89 this month with three home runs, 20 RBI and 14 runs scored. His current 11-for-28 run has improved his stat line on the season to .251/.317/.417 with 10 home runs and a career-high 65 RBI.


Coco Crisp's late contributions prove key
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:02 am ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp put together a solid performance Wednesday, in a 5-4 win over the Astros.

Serving as the designated hitter, Crisp put the Astros on top in the seventh inning with a solo home run, and later scored the winning run in the ninth. He finished the game 2 for 5 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Injuries have been an issue for Crisp during what has been a disastrous month of August. He is hitting just .183/.253/.341 in 82 at-bats for the month.


Anthony Rizzo still sidelined Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:53 am ET) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo missed his second game in a row Thursday against the Reds, as he continues to deal with a back injury.

Rizzo told MLB.com Thursday the injury first began bothering him during Tuesday's rain delay, but it shouldn't be an issue much longer. He hopes to return in time for Friday's series opener against the Cardinals. 


Buster Posey smacks walkoff home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:23 am ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey went 3 for 5 with three RBI and hit a walkoff, two-run home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Rockies Wednesday.

Posey gave his team a 2-1 lead with an RBI single in the seventh inning, but the Rockies managed to even the game in the top of the ninth. The catcher came up with one on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth and came through with a game-ending homer. Posey has hit .292/.348/.465 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 449 at-bats.


Juan Nicasio takes loss vs. Giants Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:21 am ET) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio was stuck with a loss Wednesday, allowing a walkoff two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Giants.

Nicasio (5-6) wrapped two strikeouts around a single before Buster Posey deposited a pitch over the left-field wall to end the game. He's surrendered six earned runs in 10 innings since rejoining the team in early August. Nicasio owns a 5.86 ERA and 55:28 K:BB ratio in 83 innings.


Santiago Casilla blows save, picks up win Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:18 am ET) Giants closer Santiago Casilla blews a save opportunity Wednesday, giving up one earned run on one hit and one walk in one inning, but he still managed to pick up a win in his team's 4-2 victory over the Rockies.

Casilla (2-3) threw just five of his 15 pitches for strikes Wednesday, and a Justin Morneau double brought home a run and cost the closer a save. He owns a 1.71 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 39:14 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.


Albert Pujols dealing with calf tightness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:16 am ET) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was removed from Wednesday's game due to minor calf tightness, MLB.com reports.

The injury isn't expected to cost Pujols time, as manager Mike Scioscia expects to have him in the lineup Thursday. The first baseman went 0 for 3 with a walk and an RBI before coming out of Wednesday's game.


Mike Trout smashes 30th home run in win vs. Marlins
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:14 am ET) Angels outfielder Mike Trout went 2 for 3 with two walks, a home run and two RBI in his team's 6-1 win over the Marlins Wednesday.

Trout tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the third inning and piled on with his seventh-inning solo home run. He has four multi-hit performances in his last six games, with three including a home run. Trout has hit .291/.378/.565 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI in 501 at-bats.


Tim Hudson strikes out eight vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:11 am ET) Giants pitcher Tim Hudson didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, giving up one earned run on four hits and one walk in eight innings while striking out eight in his team's 4-2 win over the Rockies.

Hudson hadn't completed eight innings in a start since the end of June, and he needed just 87 pitches to pull off the feat Wednesday. His only damage came on a fifth-inning home run. Hudson owns a 2.90 ERA and 106:29 K:BB ratio in 167 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rockies again Monday, this time in Colorado.


 
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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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