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Step aside, Miguel Cabrera. Paul Goldschmidt now stands atop the still strong but not as deep first base rankings class for 2016, Scott White says. Full Story
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5Javier Baez, CHC, 2B2937
6Eduardo Escobar, MIN, SS2883
7Logan Forsythe, TB, 2B2870
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Nationals to start Tanner Roark in place of Stephen Strasburg on Friday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:29 pm ET) The Nationals will turn to pitcher Tanner Roark to start Friday's game against the Braves, reports The Washington Post.

Roark will start in place of Stephen Strasburg, who is dealing with a back issue. Strasburg has been able to play catch recently and will throw a bullpen session Thursday.


Hip ailment plaguing Tigers RP Al Albuquerque
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:28 pm ET) Brad Ausmus has revealed that the right hip of Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has been bothering him since before last weekend, the Detroit Free Press has reported.

Albuquerque, who has not pitched since Aug. 24, was not performing well before going down. He had allowed five runs on four hits in his last 1 2/3 innings.

Ausmus did not indicate a possible trip to the disabled list or timetable for his return to action.


Twins' Miguel Sano hopes to play through hamstring issue
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:21 pm ET) After undergoing an MRI on his hamstring Wednesday, Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano hopes to play through the hamstring issue, reports MLB.com.

The hamstring strain caused him to miss last Friday's contest, but he is in Wednesday's lineup.

"I'm trying to not run too hard or too fast," Sano said. "I can feel it when I'm on base."


Rays move P Nathan Karns from rotation to bullpen
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:14 pm ET) The Rays have dispatched young starter Nathan Karns to the bullpen, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The team is trying to limit his innings, which is up to 144 this season. Karns has not performed as well of late, posting a 4.97 ERA in August. He has four consecutive no-decisions and has allowed 14 earned runs in his last 23 2/3 innings.

He is 7-5 with a respectable 3.69 ERA on the year.


Padres' Yonder Alonso, Derek Norris not in Wednesday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:13 pm ET) Padres infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Derek Norris were held out of Wednesday's lineup against the Dodgers, the team announced.

Alonso is dealing with a back injury, while Norris suffered a hyperextended left shoulder and elbow during Tuesday's game.


Giants release SS Everth Cabrera
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:09 pm ET) The Giants parted ways with shortstop Everth Cabrera on Wednesday, reports CSN Bay Area. Cabrera was signed to a minor-league deal earlier this season, but was never called up.

Report: Zack Godley set to start for Diamondbacks on Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:04 pm ET) Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley will be promoted in time to take the mound Friday against the Cubs, per azcentral.com.

Godley was sent down on Aug. 24 after performing well in five appearances, including three starts. He won all four of his decisions and posted a fine 1.90 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.


Cubs RP Hector Rondon gives up go-ahead home run in loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:01 pm ET) Cubs closer Hector Rondon suffered his third loss of the season, as he served up the go-ahead, three-run home run to Joey Votto in the 7-4 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Rondon (5-3) snapped an 11-game scoreless streak with Wednesday's blast. It was the first home run he had allowed since May 22, spanning 41 appearances.


Ankle issue has Cardinals SP Lance Lynn scratched Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn will not be a starting pitcher this weekend as first planned. He has been skipped in the rotation due to a mild ankle sprain, per KMOV. Lynn had been scheduled to pitch Friday in the opener of a key series against Pittsburgh.

The right-hander is coming off one of his finest performances of the season when he tossed seven shutout innings in San Francisco.

His injury is not considered serious, so he appears likely to pitch against the Cubs in another important set next week.


Joey Votto powers Reds to win with late three-run home run
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:56 pm ET) Joey Votto was the offensive hero for the Reds once again, as he helped his club defeat the Cubs 7-4 on Wednesday. Votto, who went 2 for 5 on the afternoon, blasted a three-run home run to snap a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning. 

The home run was his 27th of the year and his second in as many games. It was also his 10th go-ahead home run of the season. 

Overall, Votto is hitting a ridiculous .429 with four homers and 10 RBI over his last 10 games. 


 
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Noah Syndergaard, NYM
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