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Angels issue skeleton lineup for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:06 pm ET) Angels top hitters Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick are three of many starters sitting Thursday against Seattle after the team clinched the division title.

Stephen Vogt still a no-go Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:50 pm ET) Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt remains out of the lineup for the Thursday game against visiting Texas. He has been dealing with an ankle issue that has prevented him from playing for two weeks aside from one at-bat Wednesday.

When Vogt returns full-time, he will do so in a 3-for-22 slump.


J.P. Arencibia slugs 10th home run in win vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:46 am ET) Rangers designated hitter J.P. Arencibia went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 6-1 victory over the A's Wednesday.

After the Rangers evened the score at 1-1 in the ninth inning, Arencibia put his team up with a big blast over the left field fence. He has a modest four-game hitting streak with two home runs during that stretch. Arencibia has hit .173/.234/.367 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 196 at-bats.


Steve Pearce goes yard twice


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Orioles pitcher Steve Pearce hit two home runs Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Pearce struck for the first time in the bottom of the third. With the bases empty, Pearce belted an 82 mph slider out to left for a solo shot. He struck again in his next at-bat. With two men on, Pearce clubbed a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the three-run shot. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. 


Stephen Vogt still out of lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Athletics infielder Stephen Vogt did not return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rangers. He hasn't played in two weeks due to an ankle injury.

Brandon Moss set to sit against left-hander Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) A matchup against Texas left-hander Derek Holland has Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss absent from the Wednesday lineup.

Moss has homered in each of his last two games and owns a .271/.361/.435 stat line this season against southpaws.


Mark Teixeira back in action Wednesday against Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Yankees veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira has returned to the lineup for the Wednesday night game in Tampa Bay after missing one game with a wrist injury.

Teixeira comes back mired in a horrific 11-for-78 slump that has lowered his average to .218.


Eric Hosmer benched Wednesday against Chris Sale


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Royals first baeman Eric Hosmer is sitting Wednesday against White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale as Billy Butler is taking his place.

Hosmer is 6 for 28 against Sale in his career and has just eight homers in 462 at-bats on the season.


Steve Pearce could be in line for occasional break


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The promotion of prospect Christian Walker could mean a bit of rest for blossoming Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce downt the stretch after the team clinched the American League East title Tuesday night, per the Baltimore Sun.

Pearce has received more significant playing time than at any point in his major league career. He has been particularly hot lately with eight hits, including two home runs, in the last 17 at-bats. Despite having made his debut in 2007, his 320 at-bats this year nearly doubles his previous single-season high.


Report: Christian Walker promoted by Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Orioles have summoned first baseman Christian Walker from their training center in Sarasota, according to a tweet from University of South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner. Buck Showalter claimed Tuesday night that the team would be bringing up a player from Sarasota, per MLB.com.

The 23-year-old Walker has yet to play in a major league game.


Eric Hosmer showing some life again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk and a run scored Monday against the White Sox, which was enough to earn him a mention in my latest blog post chronicling the major happenings in Monday's games.

It doesn't seem like much on its own, but with that performance, he's now batting .321 (9 for 28) with two homers and a 1.049 OPS in his last eight games. Whoop-ti-do.

After the way his season has gone, he'd have to do something Herculean to convince us to draft him as a top 10 first baseman again next year. I'm talking a Ryan Zimmerman-in-2013-type correction so complete that we forget he was having a down year before it, as in a .380 batting average or so and half a dozen home runs. Real craziness.

But as we watch it all unfold, I think it's worth reminding everyone he's only 24. We probably have at least another five years of overreacting to every hot streak, wondering if it's a harbinger of more. And I remain convinced, given his pedigree and those stretches every other year when he appears oh so studly, that one day it will be.

Here's hoping he doesn't have that Herculean finish so we can get him for dirt cheap next year.


Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton back in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielder Josh Hamilton are back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Pujols left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, but it won't cost him any time. Hamilton, who will be the team's designated hitter Tuesday, has been out since Sept. 4 while recovering from a right shoulder injury.


Mark Teixeira sidelined by wrist discomfort


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup Tuesday due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired wrist, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The wrist may be contributing to the first baseman's continued struggles at the plate, as he has hit just .178/.288/.289 with one home run in 45 at-bats in September. Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that it's up to Teixeira to tell the team when he's ready to resume action, MLB.com reports.


Stephen Vogt still out Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is still not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers, as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. At this point, he remains day to day, but has not played since Sept. 3.

Albert Pujols exits game with hamstring issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Monday's game against the Mariners with a left hamstring issue, according to USA Today.

Pujols hit a bases-clearing double in the third inning and grabbed the underside of his left thigh as he approached second base, which caused him to leave the game. He is hitting .274/.328/.469 with 26 homers and 97 RBI over 595 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday.


Chris Davis to stay fresh in instructional league


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Orioles slugger Chris Davis is expected to report to the organization's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., to play in some instructional league games while serving his 25-game suspension, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Davis tested positive for amphetamines and began serving his suspension Sept. 12. Instructional league games begin Monday and end Oct. 7. Davis is eligible to return Oct. 14 -- or Game 4 of the ALCS, provided the Orioles advance that far.


Jose Abreu ties White Sox rookie record


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) After going three weeks without a home run, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu homered for the second time in as many days Sunday against the Twins, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBI. The solo shot in the ninth inning gave him 35 on the season, tying the White Sox rookie record set by Ron Kittle in 1983.

"He's a good hitter so this isn't a surprise that he hit a home run,” manager Robin Ventura told ESPN.com. "He's been pretty consistent just as a hitter. The power's going to be there. He went through a little stretch where he wasn't hitting many home runs, but it's there."

In addition to the home runs, Abreu is also batting .322 on the season, including .354 since the beginning of June -- a span of 89 games.

"He's a better hitter than he is a power hitter and he's a heck of a power hitter too, so that’s the way I look at him," teammate Paul Konerko said. "He's not just a slugger."


Stephen Vogt probably won't be back Tuesday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt, who has been out since Sept. 3 with an ankle injury, is having his timetable pushed back again, according to MLB.com. After being unable to return as hoped for the Athletics' last series at Seattle, he's now unlikely to play Tuesday against the Rangers and isn't particularly close to returning.

"[Saturday] he was a little bit sore, based on what they had him do the day before," manager Bob Melvin said. "But I said from the beginning this may be a while. I'm almost positive he won't be available the day we get back, and a lot of times with these type of things, there is one day that maybe gets you going in the right direction. He's not there yet."

Melvin added that he hopes Vogt will be able to return before the Athletics go on the road again Sept. 5, but that even in an emergency situation, he wouldn't be able to play right now.

Vogt has been swinging a bat, but the Athletics want him to be able to run at full speed before returning.


Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to start in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Jose Abreu taters for first time in three weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) So much for the power outage of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu. Abreu slammed a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday that went for naught in a loss to Minnesota. It was his first since Aug. 22.

Abreu had already ripped a run-scoring single in the fourth inning as his stat line improved to .322/.384/.604 on the season.


Steve Pearce slugs 17th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Yankees Saturday.

Pearce hit his first home run of the month in the sixth inning Tuesday to cut his team's deficit to one run, but the Orioles weren't able to find any more offense in the game. He has hit .287/.364/.529 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 310 at-bats.


Edwin Encarnacion swats 31st home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 6-3 win over the Rays Saturday.

Encarnacion followed a tiebreaking home run by Adam Lind in the seventh inning with one of his own, giving the Blue Jays' lead a little extra cushion. He has hit .262/.351/.551 with 31 home runs and 84 RBI in 423 at-bats.


David Ortiz, Mike Napoli return to lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and first baseman Mike Napoli returned to the lineup Saturday after missing Friday's game against the Royals. Ortiz was held out Friday with a foot injury, while Napoli has dealt with injuries to his finger and toe.

Mike Napoli, David Ortiz both plagued by injuries Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Red Sox will hold first baseman Mike Napoli and designated hitter David Ortiz out of the lineup Friday against the Royals due to injuries, the Boston Globe reports. Napoli is nursing injuries to his finger and toe, while Ortiz has been plagued by a foot injury. Both players remain day to day moving forward.

 
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Fan Poll

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