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Adam LaRoche catching break against southpaw


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is sitting Thursday night against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. He has just four hits in 22 at-bats lifetime against Lee.

Ryan Howard benched Thursday against lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) A matchup against Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez and a mini-slump have Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard out of the lineup Thursday.

Howard, who has just one hit in his last 12 at-bats, is batting .229 agaisnt left-handers and is 0 for 11 lifetime against Gonzalez.


Rockies busy with minor moves Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Rockies made several minor moves Wednesday, including the promotion of left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make a start against the Cubs.

They have also optioned right-hander Rob Scahill to the same team and designated third baseman Ryan Wheeler for assignment.


Brandon Belt increases activities Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt increased his baseball-related activities Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Belt, who is recovering from a concussion, has been sidelined since July 19, but he could make his way back into the lineup at some point in the team's weekend series. The team has yet to decide whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning.


Paul Goldschmidt gets Diamondbacks rolling with homer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Diamondbacks prolific first baseman Paul Goldschmidt wiped out a scoreless tie in the sixth inning Wednesday in Cincinnati with a two-run homer that put his team ahead to stay.

Despite his first homer since July 19, Goldschmidt is scuffling a bit. He has just seven hits in his last 39 at-bats as his stat line has been weakened to a still-fine .301/.396/.545.


Homer-happy Lucas Duda goes deep again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's power surge continued Wednesday, as he went deep again in an 11-2 win over the Phillies.

Duda went 2 for 5 in the game, with a two-run home run in the eighth inning to cap off the scoring. He added an RBI single in the seventh, while he struck out once and scored twice.

Duda has homered five times in the last eight games, and now ranks sixth in the National League with 19 for the season. He is hitting .262/.358/.506 in 324 at-bats.  


Freddie Freeman blasts off in loss to Dodgers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) First baseman Freddie Freeman certainly can't be blamed for his team's loss Tuesday night to the host Dodgers.

Freeman gave his team a brief lead with a two-run homer in the third inning. He added a single and walk to push his on-base percentage on the year to a fine .376.


Brandon Belt swings bat Tuesday, could return this weekend


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt took some swings Tuesday after passing his concussion test the previous day, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Belt could be cleared for game action this weekend, either on a rehab assignment or back with the Giants. He has been out since July 19 while recovering from his injury.


Rockies send three to Triple-A Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Rockies optioned first baseman Ben Paulsen and pitchers Brooks Brown and Chad Bettis to Triple-A Colorado Springs Tuesday. The moves clear the way for two DL activations and the addition of middle-infield help.

Giants add Travis Ishikawa, Juan Perez


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Giants announced several roster moves Tuesday, with first baseman Travis Ishikawa and outfielder Juan Perez joining the team from Triple-A Fresno.

To make room for the two batters, the team has designated second baseman Tony Abreu for assignment and optioned first baseman Adam Duvall.

Ishikawa hit .206/.263/.382 in 34 at-bats with the Pirates before being released in April. The Giants picked him up a few days later, and he has hit .271/.349/.446 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI in 240 at-bats with Fresno.

Perez has had a few stints with the Giants this season, hitting .156/.208/.267 in 45 at-bats. He has performed much better with Fresno, hitting .333/.397/.496 with three home runs, 17 RBI and seven stolen bases in 117 at-bats.


Justin Morneau returns from DL Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He went 2 for 4 during his only rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday.

Justin Morneau picks up two hits in rehab start Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau picked up two hits during a rehab start Monday. 

Morneau singled twice during his first rehab game. He's been sidelined since July 13 due to a neck injury. Morneau finished 2 for 4.


Brandon Belt passes concussion test


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt passed his concussion test Monday, according to the Mercury News.

Belt said he feels good, and is hoping to begin baseball activities soon. He's been sidelined since July 19 due to the injury. Belt is hitting .242/.304/.455 over 165 at-bats. There's still no timetable for his return.


Brewers minor-leaguer Nick Delmonico suspended 50 games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Brewers minor-league infielder Nick Delmonico has been suspended 50 games.

Delmonico tested positive for an amphetamine. He was acquired by the club last season in the Francisco Rodriguez deal. Delmonico was hitting .262 ove 141 at-bats in Class A. 


Jordan Pacheco back, Nick Evans out for Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Diamondbacks have activated infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list and released utility man Nick Evans .

Pacheco has been used sparingly this season, but has been serviceable. He's batting .250 with eight RBI in 80 at-bats.


Ryan Howard clubs 16th home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard belted his 16th home run Sunday against the Diamondbacks. 

In his first at-bat, Howard homered on the first pitch he saw from Vidal Nuno. He crushed a 90 mph to left center for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


Lucas Duda hits another home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted another home run Sunday against the Brewers.

Duda didn't strike until the sixth inning, but that was all his team needed. With a man on, Duda belted an 88 mph slider from Jimmy Nelson out to right for the two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. It was Duda's 18th home run of the year. 


Brandon Belt still dealing with concussion-like symptoms


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still dealing with concussion-like symptoms, according to CSN.

Belt will be examined by a specialist Sunday afternoon. There's no timetable for his recovery at this time. Belt was hitting .242/.304/.455 over 165 at-bats prior to the injury.


Hitters to start in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)? You won't find one much better than Austin Jackson. Of course, he's not the only "start" for the week. Stephen Vogt, Mike Napoli, Emilio Bonifacio, Chase Headley and Jed Lowrie also fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Justin Morneau could come off DL Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday, according to MLB.com. He is scheduled to play two games, but if all goes well Monday, then he might be activated off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday against the Cubs.

Ike Davis delivers pinch-hit home run Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis provided his team's only run during an 8-1 loss Saturday at Colorado.

Davis delivered a pinch-hit, solo home run off Brooks Brown in the top of the ninth inning. It was Davis' seventh home run and second in his last four games. He also has four RBI in his last four games.

Davis is batting .231 (9 for 39) with one double, two home runs, six RBI, four runs and six walks in 19 July games (11 starts).


Mark Reynolds swats 17th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Mets Saturday.

Reynolds usually has trouble scraping together hits, but he's managed to go 6 for 11 with a double and three home runs in his last three games. He owns a .212/.305/.417 line with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 283 at-bats.


Justin Morneau takes batting practice Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau took batting practice Saturday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a stiff neck, MLB.com reports.

Morneau, who hasn't played since before the All-Star break, is eligible to be activated Tuesday. He has hit .312/.345/.502 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 333 at-bats.


 
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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