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Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams back in the lineup


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/22/2014) After sitting out with a stomach bug, both Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams returned to the Cardinals' starting lineup for Monday's game at the Cubs. Neither player has appeared in a game since Friday.

Joey Votto not expected to return this season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto (quad) has taken batting practice for four straight days without any problems, but his return before season's end is considered doubtful, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. He's been on the disabled list since July 8.

"He's not pain-free," manager Bryan Price said. "He's not 100 percent, and he won't be at any time during the rest of the season. So the question is, Do we want to play him at less than 100 percent? He still hasn't seen any live pitching."

The Reds are out of the race and would like Votto to enter 2015 spring training completely healthy.


Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams out Saturday with illness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter and first baseman Matt Adams are not in the starting lineup Saturday due to stomach illness, MLB.com reports.

Adrian Gonzalez smashes two home runs Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI in his team's 8-7 loss to the Cubs Saturday.

Gonzalez put his team up big in the early part of the team, delivering a two-run blast in the first inning and adding a three-run shot in the third inning. Up 6-1 after three innings, the Dodgers would see the lead slip away by the end of the eighth. Gonzalez has hit .278/.337/.479 with 25 home runs in 568 at-bats, and he leads the majors with 111 RBI.


Freddie Freeman lacking home-run power in recent weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has managed just one home run since Aug. 15.

Freeman maintains great overall numbers while playing virtually every inning of every game for the Braves this season, but only five of his 18 home runs have come in the second half. Despite the relative lack of power, he soared in August, hitting .330/.444/.476 in 103 at-bats. Overall, Freeman has hit .290/.387/.469 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI in 576 at-bats.


Ryan Howard, Chase Utley set to sit Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) A matchup against San Diego left-hander Robbie Erlin has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley out of the lineup Thursday.

The game off could hurt Howard's quest for his first 100-RBI season since 2011. He has 92 with 10 games remaining. Utley is in the mdist of a 2-for-17 slide.


Marlins sit corner infielders Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Marlins are set to sit corner infielders Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee in their Thursday night clash against visiting Washington. Jeff Baker has been pegged to start at first with Enrique Hernandez at third.

McGehee is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.


Struggling Adam LaRoche gets second straight night off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Scuffling Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been given the night off Thursday in Miami. Kevin Frandsen is set to start instead. LaRoche is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

LaRoche also sat Wednesday, as did all the Washington starters after the clinching of the division title.


Adam LaRoche in midst of deep slump for Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has fallen into a slump from which he hopes he can emerge in time for the NLDS.

LaRoche is hitless in his last 17 at-bats covering four games. That dry spell followed a tear in which he slugged 12 hits, including five home runs, in nine games. His .257 average is at its lowest point since April 4.


Justin Morneau homers, drives in six runs in blowout win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau went 3 for 4 with a home run and six RBI in his team's 16-2 shellacking of the Dodgers Wednesday.

Morneau kicked off the run parade with a three-run home run in the first inning, and he would drive two more runs in on a single later in the same inning. His sixth RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Morneau is finishing an excellent rebound season in strong fashion, hitting .320/.363/.497 with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 475 at-bats.


Yonder Alonso seeking return to Padres next year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Padres shelved first baseman Yonder Alonso is hoping he will be asked back in 2015 after losing the last seven weeks of this season to a wrist injury that required surgery.

"I don't deal with the business side of it, but I think we have really good people here, really good guys that make really good decisions (as far as) the guys that came in," Alonso told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "They know the game, they know baseball and they know what I can bring."

What Alonso brought this year was a stat line of .240/.285/.397 and seven home runs in 267 at-bats. He finished with a flourish with 11 hits in his last 17 at-bats, including two taters.

Alonso could be non-tendered next season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.


Joey Votto to take batting practice Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto will take batting practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a strained left quad in early July, manager Bryan Price told reporters.

Votto swung at soft toss in the batting cage Monday, and appears to be making steady progress in his recovery. He still hopes to return to action before the end of the season. 


Matt Adams returns to lineup Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, after missing one game with an oblique injury. This has been an ongoing issue for Adams, who is hitting just .189 in 11 September games. 

Anthony Rizzo gets planned off-day


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, but not due to a setback with his back. Rizzo is getting a planned day off after making his return to the lineup following a three-week absence Monday.

He is expected back in the lineup as early as Wednesday's series finale.


Brandon Belt activated from 7-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was activated from the 7-day disabled list on Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 after taking a ball to the face during warmups. He batted .237 with 11 homers and 24 RBI over 186 at-bats.

Justin Morneau right back in the lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Justin Morneau's absence was as short as advertised. The Rockies first baseman was back in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers after missing two games with intercostal soreness. Trainer Keith Dugger downplayed the injury over the weekend, terming it just "a little soreness."

Morneau has had trouble staying on the field for more than three or four games in a row in the second half, but he's batting .353 (12 for 34) with a home run so far in September.


Anthony Rizzo returns to lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who hasn't played since Aug. 26 because of a back strain, was back in the lineup Monday against the Reds.

Rizzo at one point talked like he could miss the rest of the season with the injury but expressed optimism after picking up a bat last week. He was batting .289 (48 for 166) with 12 home runs in his final 42 games before the injury.


Joey Votto takes another step forward


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) According to MLB.com, Reds first baseman Joey Votto was scheduled to swing at underhand flips in a batting cage Sunday, the latest step in his rehabilitation from a strained left quadriceps that has sidelined him since July 8.

"Getting in there, it's the first time I'll get to work in the cage with [hitting coaches] Don Long and Lee Tinsley. That's the final step before taking batting practice on the field," Votto said.

Votto says he's made "tremendous progress" and still hopes to return before the end of the season. Hitting flips is supposed to up the intensity he puts on his leg.

"It's day-to-day, station-to-station," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Everything he's been doing has been increased effort from when he takes ground balls, moving laterally side-to-side, the running -- it's just a progression."


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.


Mark Reynolds delivers in rare start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds, who hadn't started in five games, got a start at third base Sunday against the Reds and delivered a home run -- a solo shot in the eighth inning. He finished the game 1 for 2 with a walk, a strikeout and two runs scored.

Reynolds entered the game mired in a 4-for-44 (.091) slump, causing manager Ron Roenicke to split first base between rookie Matt Clark and usual catcher Jonathan Lucroy in recent days.

"We know he's a streaky guy; we know that he needs to be out there playing to get it back," Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Saturday. "We're in a situation where we have to make some decisions and try to play the hottest guy. That's what I've been doing."


Matt Clark making an impact


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) After yielding the spot to catcher Jonathan Lucroy the previous two days, Brewers first baseman Matt Clark was back in the lineup Sunday against the Reds. The rookie went 1 for 5 with a three-run homer, his third in his last three games.

Clark, 27, spent last season in Japan before returning to hit .304 with 26 homers and a .924 OPS in 414 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A this year. Manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com he'll continue to find at-bats for him as long as he continues to produce.

"That's why we brought him up here, was with the idea that if the matchups were good and he did well, I'd be able to put him back out there," Roenicke said prior to Sunday's game. "With him continuing to swing the bat well, he's going to play a little bit more."


Matt Adams sits with oblique issue


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) FOXSports.com reports that Matt Adams is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Sunday due to a tight oblique. Daniel Descalso got the nod at first base against the Rockies in Adams' absence.

Adams missed a pair of games earlier this month due to the same issue.


Justin Morneau may not be out for long


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Rockies left first baseman Justin Morneau out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but the team's trainer downplayed the seriousness of the injury that kept him sidelined on Saturday as well. Keith Dugger told the Denver Post that Morneau's malady may not be an intercostal injury as first believed, saying, "it's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness."

Dugger added that Morneau "just has a little soreness" behind his left lat. Given the nature of Morneau's injury, the team thinks he may not miss much more time.


Anthony Rizzo targeting Monday return


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) MLB.com reports that Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is looking to make his return to the Cubs' lineup on Monday, when they open up a home series against the Reds. Rizzo has missed 17 games with a back strain, and he was out of the starting lineup again for Sunday's tilt at the Pirates.

 
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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%

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