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Indians optimistic about Nick Swisher bouncing back in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti talked Monday about how the team expects first baseman Nick Swisher, who finished the season on the disabled list due to problems with his knees, to bounce back next season.

"It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year," Antonetti said, per MLB.com. "Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to spring training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing."


Lack of lineup protection hurt Braves 1B Freddie Freeman in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:23 am ET) Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was great during clutch situations in 2013, finishing second in the majors with a .443 average with runners in scoring position. However, he wasn't nearly as productive in that area in 2014, batting .294 with runners in scoring position.

"I think the formula for Freddie is getting consistent chances," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The (No.) 1 and 2 hole was up and down this year. We couldn’t find consistent answers there. We needed Jason (Heyward) in both spots, in the middle and leading off. That was not what he wanted to do. Jason views himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. He’s a team player and he’s going to do whatever the manager asks him to do, but that’s what he views himself as, a middle-of-the-order hitter.

"But if you give Freddie consistent chances and they pitch to him, that’s another big key. You’ve got to have somebody behind him, that’s part of the puzzle. Yeah, Justin (Upton) had a great year hitting behind him this year, but one reason (Upton) had a lot of RBI is that Freeman walked a lot."


Josh Satin sidelined by hand fractuce


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Mets infielder Josh Satin is unavailable for Sunday's season finale against the Astros after an X-ray and MRI on his hand revealed a fracture, ESPNNewYork.com reports. Satin will remain idle for six weeks while the hand heals.


Lucas Duda swats walkoff shot Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda launched a walkoff home run Saturday night, lifting his team to a 2-1 victory over the Astros at Citi Field.

Down one run with two outs in the ninth, Duda took Tony Sipp yard for a two run home run to end the game. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .251/.348/.473 with 29 homers and 88 RBI over 510 at-bats.


Justin Smoak steps away to attend the birth of his child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was away from the team Friday and again on Saturday to attend the birth of his child, according to MLB.com on Saturday.

Smoak has just one at-bat over his last seven days. He is hitting .202 with seven homers and 30 RBI over 248 at-bats. It remains to be seen if he'll return in time for the season finale against the Angels on Sunday.


Paul Goldschmidt takes batting practice Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) For the first time since fracturing his left hand in early August, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took part in batting practice prior to Saturday's game against St. Louis, per MLB.com. Goldschmidt should be on track to be 100 percent healthy for spring training. He finished his 2014 campaign with a .300/.396/.542 slash line with 19 homers and 69 RBI over 406 at-bats.

Ike Davis back in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Reds.

Davis sat out Friday's game with the flu. He returns to a .236/.348/.382 line with 11 home runs and 56 RBI in 356 at-bats between the Mets and Pirates.


Miguel Cabrera slugs 25th home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 11-4 loss to the Twins Friday.

Cabrera collected an RBI single in the fifth inning to put his team within three runs of the lead, but by the time he tacked on a solo home run in seventh, the Tigers were behind six runs with little hope of pulling out the win. The Royals are now one back of the Tigers for the division lead with two games left to play.

Cabrera has put an exclamation point on another fantastic season by homering in back-to-back games. He has hit .315/.373/.528 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI in 604 at-bats. Cabrera has been even better in September, hitting .396/.427/.750 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 96 at-bats this month.


Justin Bour cranks out three hits, scores four runs in doubleheader win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Marlins first baseman Justin Bour scored four runs in a productive night at the plate in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Nationals.

Bour singled in the second, doubled in two runs in the seventh and singled again in the ninth. He finished 3 for 4 with a walk, four runs scored and two RBI in a 15-7 victory. He is hitting .294/.368/.382 with one home run and 11 RBI over 68 at-bats.


Gaby Sanchez makes the best out of a rare start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez made the best out of a rare start Friday night against the Reds, launching his seventh home run of the season in a 3-1 victory.

Sanchez took Mike Leake deep in the fifth inning for a solo home run. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .233 with seven homers and 33 RBI over 257 at-bats.


Joey Votto pretty much done for the year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is likely done for the rest of the year, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

General manager Walt Jocketty said "it doesn't make any sense at this point" to bring Votto back. He's been sidelined since July 5 due to a quad injury. Votto hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats. 


Ike Davis sitting due to an illness Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis was not in the lineup Friday.

Davis is dealing with the flu, and will not play Friday. Davis is hitting .232/.344/.373 over 354 at-bats.


Jon Singleton to sit during the weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton will be limited to pinch hitting duties this weekend, according to the Houston Chronicle

Singleton is mired in a slump, and hasn't picked up a hit since September 9. Singleton said the season has been "very hard, very difficult." He added, "when you fail it’s really hard to be positive, but you have to continue to motivate yourself and get up and go do it." Singleton is hitting .168/.287/.336 over 304 at-bats. 


Logan Morrison homers twice in win over Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison came up big at the dish in Toronto on Thursday, swatting a pair of home runs and leading his team to a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Morrison launched a three-run home run in the fourth off reliever Todd Redmond. Two innings later, her struck again -- this time a solo shot off reliever Aaron Loup to lead off the sixth inning. Morrison finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .256 with 11 homers and 37 RBI over 324 at-bats this season.


Adam LaRoche grabbing some pine in nightcap


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) The Nationals are giving first baseman Adam LaRoche the night off for the second game of the Thursday doubleheader against the Mets.

LaRoche, who has three home runs in his last 11 games, is finishing up a bounce-back season with a stat line of .258/.362/.459.


Joe Mauer able to return Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the lineup Thursday.

Mauer is dealing with an elbow issue. He's set to hit third and play first base during the game. Mauer is hitting .276/.362/.370 over 438 at-bats. 


Mike Napoli may not play again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli may not play again this season, according to CSNNE.com.

Napoli is dealing with toe, back and finger injuries. Napoli has not played since September 17. He's hitting .248/.370/.419 over 415 at-bats. 


Brandon Moss returns Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has returned to action Thursday against the Rangers.

Moss admitted he's been dealing with a hip injury lately, and will likely have offseason surgery. Despite that, he's still going to play through the issue down the stretch. Moss is hitting .237/.336/.444 over 489 at-bats.


Steve Pearce starting again Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) As expected, Orioles hot-hitting first baseman Steve Pearce has returned to the lineup for their Thursday night game against the host Yankees.

Pearce, who played in the field Wednesday and had one at-bat, had been out since Friday with a wrist ailment. He lost a seven-game hitting streak with his hitless plate appearance Wednesday.


Red Sox pair set to sit again Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox sluggers David Ortiz (soreness) and Mike Napoli (back, toe, finger) are both absent from the Thursday lineup against visiting Tampa Bay.

Ortiz has played just once since Thursday. Napoli has been out since Sept. 17 and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.


Brandon Moss preparing for offseason hip surgery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss missed the game Wednesday with a right hip problem that he now admits will require offseason microfrafture surgery, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

"It was worse that he thought it would be," said Moss, who underwent an MRI and a cortisone shot before the game. "The shot should help me get through the rest of the season, but it won't fix it."

Moss had not previously reported the problem, but has added that it has affected him much of the year. The MRI showed a great deal of torn cartilage and bone-on-bone problems. He has struggled recently on a 2-for-14 stretch. His slugging percentage has dropped from .596 to .522 to .444 over the last three seasons.


Tommy Medica homers, steals base in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Padres outfielder Tommy Medica went 2 for 3 with a three-run home run and a stolen base in his team's 4-3 win over the Rockies Wednesday.

Medica struck in the first inning, smashing a three-run blast to left field to put the Padres ahead for good. It was just his second home run since Aug. 3. Medica has hit .237/.290/.415 with nine home runs, 27 RBI and six stolen bases in 236 at-bats.


Mike Napoli remains out Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday.

Napoli is dealing with a finger injury, and has been sidelined since September 17. He's hoping to return to action before the end of the season. Napoli is hitting .248/.370/.419 over 415 at-bats. 


Steve Pearce back in action Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has returned as a defensive replacement late in the Wednesday game against the Yankees. He's expected to start Thursday in the finale of the series.

Pearce, who has been out since Saturday with a wrist issue, has been among the most pleasant surprises for the playoff-bound team this season. He owns a .297/.376.,557 stat line with 20 home runs and 48 RBI in 327 at-bats.


Joey Votto participates in pregame activities


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to pregame activities Tuesday, but Bryan Price stressed that there is no change to his status. The team would prefer to bring him back into action before the end of the season, but have yet to make an announcement with just five games remaining.

"He was doing everything - hitting the cage, taking ground balls, running bases, by the last day there in St. Louis, but we'll probably know more on that in the nest day or two," Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer, which recently reported that it's unlikely he'll play again until next year. "There's not a whole of time left."

Votto has been sidelined since July 5 with a quad injury.


 
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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