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Mets 1B Lucas Duda benched Friday against LHP Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) A matchup against tough Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has Mets first baseman Lucas Duda out of the lineup Friday night.

Duda, who is 3-for-17 lifetime against Gonzalez, is just two days removed from a three-homer game. He has also hit lefties well this year with 28 hits in 93 at-bats.


Marlins release injured 1B Jeff Baker


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:43 pm ET) The Marlins have added insult to injury to first baseman Jeff Baker, who is on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. They have released Baker, per MLB.com.

Baker had just one hit in his last 17 at-bats before going down and has posted a weak slash line of .208/.288/.375 on the year.


Anthony Rizzo gives Cubs the lead with three-run blast


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the second consecutive game on Thursday, as he went 3 for 4 with three RBI. 

Rizzo, who also doubled in the 5-2 win over the Brewers, launched his 18th home run--a go-ahead three-run shot--in the eighth inning, with the Cubs trailing 2-0. 


Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman hits solo home run in 1-0 win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman provided the only offense of the day on Thursday, as the Nationals beat the Marlins 1-0. 

Zimmerman launched a solo home run in the second inning, his sixth of the season. And that was plenty for Max Scherzer, who held the Marlins scoreless over seven innings.

Zimmerman finished the game 2 for 4 with the home run and a double. He is 4 for 11 with a pair of doubles in three games since returning from the disabled list. 


Cardinals recall Greg Garcia, place Dan Johnson on waivers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Cardinals recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday after placing left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list.

The team also designated first baseman Dan Johnson for assignment to clear a spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters for Brandon Moss, who was acquired in a trade with the Indians.


Braves land gems Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez from Dodgers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Braves have sent starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo, as well as closer Jim Johnson to the Dodgers in a three-way trade that brought several prospects.

Atlanta gets infielder Hector Olivera, left-hander Paco Rodriguez and right-hander Zachary Bird from Los Angeles, as well as the Marlins' competitive-balance draft pick in 2016.

The prizes in the trade are Olivera and Rodriguez. The former is batting .348 at Triple-A Olahoma City this season while the latter pitched in 18 games for the Dodgers earlier this year and recorded a 2.61 ERA.

Bird has struggled throughout his minor league career, but does have 95 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this year for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami.


Padres 1B Yonder Alonso gets first day off in 21 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso received a day off Thursday against the Mets. It was the first time he was held out of the starting lineup in the last 21 games.

Alonso, who homered during Wednesday's 7-3 win, is batting .313 (10 for 32) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, three runs and three strikeouts in his last nine games.


Report: Dodgers, Marlins, Braves working on three-team deal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Braves, Dodgers and Marlins are in the working stages of a three-team, nine-player deal. According to reports, the Braves are expected to send top prospect Jose Peraza , left-hander Alex Wood and relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan to the Dodgers.

In return, the Braves would receive prospect Hector Olivera , lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-league pitcher Zach Bird from the Dodgers, and a 2016 draft pick from the Marlins.

The Marlins are also sending right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Dodgers in exchange for three minor-league pitchers--right-handers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman.

None of the three teams have officially announced the deal as of yet. 


Padres' Yangervis Solarte has four-hit game in win on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte recorded his second career four-hit game in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Mets. Solarte went 4 for 5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

The strong night at the plate gives Solarte a .343 batting average over his last nine games. 


Padres 1B Yonder Alonso contributes solo home run in win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso went 2 for 5 with a double and a home run in the 7-3 win over the Mets on Wednesday. Alonso's solo home run gave the Padres a five-run advantage in the third inning.

The home run was Alonso's fourth of the year, and the second in his last five games. 


D-Backs 1B Paul Goldschmidt extends hit streak to 11 games


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt pushed his hitting streak up to 11 games with a 2 for 5 effort in the 8-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday. Goldschmidt also drove in a pair of runs and scored a run on the afternoon.

Over the course of the streak, Goldschmidt is batting .429 (15 for 35) with a home run and five RBI. He has also walked 13 times in the 11-game span, compared to just six strikeouts.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda crushes three solo home runs on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) First baseman Lucas Duda was responsible for all the Mets' offense in the 7-3 loss to the Padres on Wednesday. Duda busted out his first career three-homer game, blasting a trio of solo bombs over the right-field wall.

Duda is locked in at the plate right now, as he has gone deep seven times in his last four games. 


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo delivers two-run homer in win Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came through in the clutch with a big two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rockies. Rizzo's blast gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the third inning, and they were able to hang on for the victory.

The homer, Rizzo's 17th of the year, was his only hit of the afternoon. The young star has been struggling at the plate over the last few weeks, as he's hitting just .132 with two RBI over his past 10 games. His season average has dropped from .294 to .279 over that stretch.


Braves' Freddie Freeman connects on two-run homer run in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) In just his third game back from the disabled list, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went deep for his 13th home run of the year. It was his only hit of the game, as the Braves dropped the game 7-3 to the Orioles. 

His two-run home run gave the Braves an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but it wouldn't last, as the Orioles scored three in the bottom half en route to their victory. 


Red-hot Joey Votto launches three-run home run in Reds' win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto provided the only significant offense of the game in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Cardinals. Votto launched a three-run home run in the sixth inning off Jaime Garcia to break a scoreless tie.

Votto reached base safely in all four plate-appearances on Tuesday, going 3 for 3 with a walk. He drove in three runs and scored two, recording his 19th home run and his 19th double of the season. 

Votto has been on fire at the plate recently, batting a ridiculous .595 with three homers and eight RBI over his past 11 games. Perhaps just as impressive is the fact that he has struck out just once--compared to 12 walks--in those 11 contests.


Mets 1B Lucas Duda slams two-run home run in win Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) First baseman Lucas Duda got the Mets on the board early on Tuesday. The young slugger blasted a two-run home run in the first inning off the Padres' James Shields, giving the Mets a quick 2-0 advantage. They would go on to win the game 4-0.

The home run was Duda's 15th of the year, and the fifth in his last 14 games. 


Brewers 1B Adam Lind returns to lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Brewers first baseman Adam Lind has returned to the starting linuep for Tuesday's matchup with the Giants. Lind has not played since leaving Saturday's game with a back injury. 

Lind himself indicated his back had improved on Monday, but the Brewers opted to give him an extra day. He's back in there on Tuesday, hitting cleanup against Matt Cain and the Giants. 


Rockies option 1B Wilin Rosario to Triple-A on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Alburquerque on Tuesday, MLB.com reports. This is the second time this season Rosario has been demoted to the minors, as he was sent down on at the end of April.

Rosario has posted decent numbers for the Rockies in 2015. He owns a .273 batting average, though he has just five home runs this season.


Nationals' Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman off DL; return to lineup


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) The Nationals got a pair of their weapons back on Tuesday, as right fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman both were activated from the disabled list and are in the lineup against the Marlins, the team announced.

Werth, who was on a Triple-A rehab assignment, came off the 60-day disabled list after recovering from w wrist injury. He will start in left field and hit out of the third spot in the lineup.

Zimmerman is back from a foot injury that had landed him on the 15-day disabled list. He will hit out of the fifth spot in the lineup.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina, Mark Reynolds back in lineup Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and first baseman Mark Reynolds were back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, the team announced.

Molina will bat fifth with Reynolds batting sixth. Molina left Monday's contest after not feeling well, while Reynolds has been bothered by a hand injury.


Report: Nationals 1B Zimmerman, LF Werth to play Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) The Nationals are expected to activate first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and left fielder Jayson Werth for their Tuesdsay night matchup against Marlins stud starter Jose Fernandez, according to MLB.com.

The team has not confirmed those moves,however.

Zimmerman has been sidelined for more than a month with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Werth has been out for more than two months with a fractured left wrist. Both have joined the team in Miami.


Brewers 1B Adam Lind claims his back is improved


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Brewers shelved first baseman Adam Lind has declared that his back is feeling better and that he should be available to pinch-hit Monday, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Lind added that he should be back in the lineup Tuesday.


Brewers 1B Adam Lind (back) out of lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/27/2015) Brewers first baseman Adam Lind, who has been the subject of heavy trade speculation, is out of the lineup Monday as the team opens a series at San Francisco. 

Lind, who had to leave Saturday's game with lower back tightness, sat out Sunday's contest as well. He said the back has been bothering him for some time, which could make some teams pause before deciding to add the veteran hitter at the trade deadline. 

Lind is hitting .285 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs so far this season. 


Cardinals' Reynolds, Grichuk sit out Monday due to injuries


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Cardinals corner infielder Mark Reynolds (hand) and outfielder Randal Grichuk (groin) were not in Monday's starting lineup against the Reds.

Reynolds missed a second straight game, while Grichuk sat out for the first time since getting hurt Sunday. An MRI on Grichuk's groin did not reveal any significant damage, reports MLB.com. 

"It just kind of starting getting tight, and a little bit slower and slower and tighter, and then [Sunday]," Grichuk said. "But I'm feeling better [Monday]."


Report: Pirates likely to keep first baseman Pedro Alvarez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) The Pirates are telling teams they are likely to keep first baseman Pedro Alvarez, according to ESPN.

Alvarez is under team control for one more season and isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2016 campagin.


 
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