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1Carlos Carrasco, CLE, RP30
2Matt Shoemaker, LAA, SP26
3Kennys Vargas, MIN, 1B25
4Steve Pearce, BAL, LF21
5Jorge Soler, CHC, RF18
6Russell Martin, PIT, C16
7Eric O'Flaherty, OAK, RP16
8Oswaldo Arcia, MIN, RF15
9Joe Panik, SF, 2B15
10Jake Peavy, SF, SP14
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1Garrett Richards, LAA, SP-32
2Jesse Hahn, SD, SP-22
3Manny Machado, BAL, 3B-21
4Gregory Polanco, PIT, RF-14
5Shin-Soo Choo, TEX, LF-14
6Chase Anderson, ARI, SP-14
7Vance Worley, PIT, SP-12
8Sean Doolittle, OAK, RP-11
9Michael Cuddyer, COL, RF-11
10Norichika Aoki, KC, RF-11
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Rusney Castillo reports for first official workout
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who recently signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, reported to the team's training complex in Florida Wednesday to go through his first official workout. Rusney stretched, jogged and played catch on a practice field.

Alexei Ramirez slugging better than .500 in August
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:52 pm ET) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez homered for the second straight game during an 8-6 loss Tuesday against the Indians. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBI.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer off T.J. House in the fifth inning to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. He then tied the game at 6 with an RBI groundout in the seventh.

Ramirez is batting .303 with a .506 slugging percentage, .832 OPS, three home runs, nine doubles, 12 RBI, 13 runs and one stolen base in 22 August games.


Allen Craig hits first home run since trade
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) Allen Craig hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox during an 11-7 win Tuesday at Toronto. Craig capped a seven-run 11th inning with a two-run homer off Sergio Santos.

Craig finished 1 for 5 with one walk and two strikeouts. He is batting .174 (4 for 23) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, one run, two walks and eight strikeouts in six games since being acquired from St. Louis.


Justin Turner taking advantage of chance to play
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:34 pm ET) Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has taken the opportunity and run with it at the plate.

Turner has become an every-day player since mid-August and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. He has 11 hits in 28 at-bats with seven RBI and five runs scored. His stat line on the season has improved to .316/.387/.442.


Hot hitting against lefties earns Jon Jay more action
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:28 pm ET) An ability to hit left-handers as well as righties has resulted in increased playing time for Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay recently. He has already earned more at-bats in August than in any previous month this season.

Jay is 24 of 60 against southpaws for a .400 average. He is 23 of 53 since Aug. 7 in raising his batting average from .285 to .310. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games.


Dustin Pedroia homers, drives in four runs during win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:20 pm ET) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs during an 11-7 win Tuesday at Toronto. He finished 2 for 5 with two runs, one walk and one stolen base.

Pedroia opened the scoring with a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the first inning. He then added a two-run single off Casey Janssen in the top of the 11th inning, which broke a 4-all tie.

The veteran second baseman is having a productive August, batting .304 with three home runs, four doubles, 13 RBI, 18 runs and three stolen bases in 23 games.


Cole Hamels reportedly upset at Ryne Sandberg over hook
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:04 pm ET) Phillies standout left-hander Cole Hamels appeared upset at being removed from the Tuesday night game against Washinton after 84 pitches and seven-plus innings in a no-decision.

Hamels was removed by Ryne Sandberg after yielding a game-tying homer to open the eighth. According to CSNPhilly.com, he clearly looked angry when Sandberg emerged from the dugout. He looked around in disgust, began walking off the mound before Sandberg arrived and handed him the ball.

Hamels, however, would not address the issue when asked about it after the game, eventually won by the Phillies. "Um, I just think it was a good game and we were able to win," he said in avoiding the question. "It was a good game that we won today," he later said. "See you guys."

Hamels has been victimized by a lack of run support this season, which explains a 7-6 record despite a 2.59 ERA that ranks fifth in the National League.


Josh Reddick doesn't like taking strikes
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12:03 pm ET) Since returning from a knee injury in late July, Josh Reddick has rediscovered the power that had been sorely lacking for him earlier in the season. That has helped to catapult him among the top 25 outfielders in Fantasy since then, but his power resurgence is only part of the story.

Reddick has a history of extreme flyball hitting, and while that gives him the potential to hit 30-plus homers like he did in 2012, it also has a little something to do with his career .242 batting average. In 30 games since his disabled list stint, Reddick has a .301 batting average to complement his six home runs and eight doubles for the Athletics, but he hasn't relied on an inflated BABIP to achieve a high average. Reddick's BABIP since his return is .275, which is just three points higher than his career mark.

The key to Reddick's lofty status among his fellow outfielders (19th in Head-to-Head, 23rd in Rotisserie) is his near-refusal to take a strike. Since his July 22 activation, Reddick has the 17th-lowest called strike rate among hitters who have seen at least 300 pitches, allowing just 11.9 percent of pitches he has seen get called for strikes (as compared to the median rate of 16.7 percent). That has aided Reddick in striking out just seven times in 103 at-bats. Among the top 25 outfielders during this period, only Ben Revere, Melky Cabrera and Norichika Aoki have even come close to Reddick's strikeout rate or total.

Over most of his career, Reddick has been a pretty typical hitter in terms of his tendency to take a strike, so who knows if he can keep this going? We've seen strange things happen before over the course of 100 or so at-bats, but if Reddick continues to blend his new aggressive approach with the decent contact rate he's shown over the years, he could be legitimate as a top 25 outfielder.


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.


 
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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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