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Jose Abreu gets night off with sore back


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:24 pm ET) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is getting the day off Tuesday against the Royals, due to minor soreness in his back, manager Robin Ventura told reporters.

Abreu is available to pinch-hit off the bench Tuesday, and is expected back in the lineup in time for Wednesday's game. This is the first game Abreu has missed since he returned from the disabled list in early June.  


Wrist injury lands John Mayberry on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) The Phillies announced Tuesday outfielder John Mayberry was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to left wrist inflammation. Mayberry is batting just .111 (4 for 36) in his last 15 games, but he did have a home run Sunday at Atlanta.

Hand issue keeps Eric Hosmer out for second straight game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer missed his second start in a row Tuesday against the White Sox, as he deals with a hand injury. Hosmer suffered the injury Sunday, and is considered day to day at this point.

Justin Smoak sent back to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:45 am ET) The Mariners optioned first baseman Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday, in order to free up a spot on the active roster.

Smoak went 4 for 20 during his 11-day run with the Mariners since he was recalled. 


Yonder Alonso moves rehab work to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:38 am ET) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso moved his minor-league rehab assignment to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

Alonso played the field for six innings and was lifted for a pinch-runner after singling in the sixth. He finished 1 for 3 with an RBI for El Paso. He has four hits in his first 11 at-bats in the minors.

Adrian Gonzalez reaches base five times Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times in Monday's 5-2 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Gonzalez doubled in the opening frame, singled in a run in the fourth and doubled in the eighth. He finished 3 for 3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI. He owns a .256/.320/.433 slash line with 14 homers and 62 RBI in 367 at-bats.

Mike Napoli homers in three-hit night Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 3 for 5 with a double, a solo home run and three runs scored in his team's 14-1 win over the Blue Jays Monday.

Napoli has homered in back-to-back games while reaching base six times and scoring five runs. He had been relatively quiet in July before the break, but he's 7 for 12 since the break, giving him a .280/.398/.462 line with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 279 at-bats.


Joey Votto undergoes second round of PRP injections


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto underwent a second round of of platelet-rich plasma injections on Monday, MLB.com reports. Votto was placed on the disabled list on July 8, as a result of a lingering left quadriceps injury. He is approximately 4-5 weeks away from returning.

"That is a part of his recovery," manager Bryan Price said. "There's a couple of days of ... I don't want to say total inactivity, but resting it and not doing a lot on the knee and then returning to his rehab protocol. It's a good thing, because it's a part of his recovery that we think is going to be very effective."

Twins encouraged by Joe Mauer's progress


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is encouraged by the progress made by first baseman Joe Mauer over the last few days as he begins to ramp up baseball activities, MLB.com reports.

"He did fine today," Gardenhire said Monday. "He took some ground balls and threw to second base. Yesterday, he did a little bit of both with swinging and doing that. We'll let him do that again tomorrow with some dry swings, as they say."

Mauer has been out since July 1 while recovering from an oblique injury. He'll soon hit balls off a tee and soft toss before progressing to facing live pitching.


Eric Hosmer scratched with hand issue Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been scratched from the starting lineup Monday due to his hand injury from Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Hosmer is riding a 16-game hitting streak that dates back to June 30. He has hit .272/.319/.385 with six home runs and 44 RBI in 397 at-bats. Billy Butler will take over at first base Monday, with Salvador Perez serving as the designated hitter.


Rockies recall Ben Paulsen from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Rockies have recalled first baseman Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs prior to Monday's game against the Nationals, Denver Post reports. He is expected to take the roster spot of Justin Morneau, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Paulsen hit .291 with 15 homers and 57 RBI in 347 at-bats at Triple-A.

Neck injury lands Justin Morneau on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a neck injury. Morneau heads to the DL batting .310 (13 for 42) with one double, one triple and two RBI in 11 July games.

Edwin Encarnacion to take BP, field grounders Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who's on the DL with a strained quad, will take batting practice and field ground balls Tuesday in Florida, reports the National Post. Encarnacion went on the DL on July 7.

At the time, the team said he'd be sidelined 2-4 weeks.


Mark Teixeira to get PRP injection


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will get a platelet-rich plasma injection for his strained lat, reports Newsday. "The pain really ratcheted up" the last few days, Teixeira said, adding he hopes to return in three or four days.

Mark Teixeira out with strained lat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss three to four days with a mild lat strain, manager Joe Girardi told The Star-Ledger. Teixeira is 0 for 12 with a walk since the All-Star break.

For the season, he's hitting .231 with 17 homers and 48 RBI.


Jose Abreu riding 11-game hitting streak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu owns an 11-game hitting streak after going 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday. He's batting .400 (18 for 45) during the streak.

Abreu has hit safely in 29 of his past 30 games, hitting .353 in that span. For the season the All-Star is batting .293 with 29 homers and 74 RBI.


Adam Duvall recalled as Brandon Belt lands on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Giants announced Monday they placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion. Infielder Adam Duvall was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take Belt's roster spot.

Dan Johnson plays key role in Sunday victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) First baseman Dan Johnson certainly played his part in a Sunday defeat by the Blue Jays over Texas. He singled, doubled and drove in two runs. In other words, he did a pretty good Edwin Encarnacion impersonation.

Johnson has four hits in 15 at-bats this year.


Brandon Belt headed to DL with concussion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is headed to the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion. Adam Duvall is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take his roster spot.

Back pain sidelines Jesus Guzman on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Back discomfort caused Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman to be erased from the Sunday lineup against the White Sox.

Guzman could have used the start to fluff up his numbers, which include an ineffective stat line of .209/.284/.284.


Two injured Padres players ready for Triple-A rehab stint


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera (hamstring) and first baseman Yonder Alonso (hand) are expected to begin rehab assignments with Triple-A El Paso Monday, according to MLB.com.

Hitters to start in Week 17


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/20/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 17 (July 21-27)? You might want to give a second look to Kurt Suzuki, Mark Teixeira, Scooter Gennett, Conor Gillaspie, Jed Lowrie and Corey Dickerson.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Joe Mauer takes dry swings Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) was able to take dry swings Sunday, according to the Pioneer Press. Mauer fielded grounders on his knees Saturday.

Jon Singleton back in, Jesus Guzman out of Sunday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The Astros have made a late change to their Sunday lineup as Jon Singleton, who had been listed as out, has replaced Jesus Guzman at first base against the host White Sox.

Jon Singleton benched Sunday in Windy City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Scuffling Astros first baseman Jon Singleton is grabbing some pine Sunday against White Sox left-hander John Danks.

Singleton, who is hitting .300 this year against southpaws, has just one hit in his last 18 at-bats and hasn't driven in a run since July 8.


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