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Cardinals' Matt Adams hits solo shot in losing effort


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a home run Thursday against the Giants.

Adams struck in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Adams clubbed a 78 mph curveball from Madison Bumgarner out to right for the solo shot. It was Adams' only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Travis Ishikawa walk-off sends Giants to World Series


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Giants outfielder Travis Ishikawa sent the team to the World Series in the most dramatic way Thursday against the Cardinals.

With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ishikawa stepped to the plate with two men on base. Ishikawa had been hitless to that point, though he did manage to walk once during the contest. He would deliver in this at-bat, though. Ishikawa blasted a three-run homer out to right off Michal Wacha. The hit won the NLCS for the Giants. They'll take on the Royals in the World Series. 


Report: Pirates could deal Ike Davis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Pirates could deal Ike Davis this offseason, according to the New York Daily News.

Pedro Alvarez made 25 errors last season, and the team will discuss a possible transition to first base moving forward. In that scenario, Davis would be out of a role with his new club, and would be a candidate to be dealt. Davis hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats with the Mets and Pirates. 


Report: Miguel Cabrera might not need surgery on ankle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski believes the large bone spur in the right ankle of slugger Miguel Cabrera might not require surgery, per MLB.com.

"Is it a possibility? I'd say it is a possibility," Dombrowski said. "I don't know if it's going to happen or not. Sure. There's a spur in there, and people that have looked at him so far tell me that it has to be removed. It's a relatively easy - for them - procedure. But I don't want to draw any conclusions yet, because he's not done with that whole process."

Cabrera performed better down the stretch despite an ankle ailment that plagued him throughout the year. He won American League Player of he Year honors in September by batting .379 with eight home runs and 18 RBI.


Giants' Travis Ishikawa comes up big Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa came up big Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Ishikawa had just one hit, but made it count. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, Ishikawa belted a 90 mph fastball out to center for a bases-clearing double. He would finish 1 for 3, with no runs scored and three RBI. 


Tigers GM: Miguel Cabrera might undergo ankle surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday first baseman Miguel Cabrera could undergo ankle surgery in the offseason, per MLB.com. Cabrera was bothered by bone spurs in his right ankle during the second half of the season.

"I'd say [surgery] is a possibility. I don't know if it's going to happen," Dombrowski said. "There's a spur in there, and people tell me if it has to be removed, it is for them a relatively simple procedure."


'Mental fatigue' contributes to Jose Abreu's second-half power decline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) By most standards, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had a strong second half, batting .350 with a .513 sluging percentage after the All-Star break.

Though, while he hit for a higher average than in the first half (.292), Abreu saw a drop in home runs, belting just seven in the second half after having 29 before the break.

"It could be some fatigue, but I would say it was a mental fatigue," White Sox strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "And the league knew him a little better in the second half. He still took singles and the opportunities to get hits, he just missed by a little bit."


Mike Napoli to undergo surgery for sleep disorder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to undergo surgery in early November to alleviate sleep apnea, WEEI.com reports.

"I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career," Napoli wrote in a text. "I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done."

Napoli also dealt with injuries to his finger, toe and back this season, but he isn't scheduled for any further surgery. He hit .240/.370/.419 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 415 at-bats this season, marking the first time since 2007 he has failed to collect 20 home runs.


Dodgers' Clint Robinson heading to free agency


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Dodgers infielder Clint Robinson has elected to become a free-agent.

Robinson refused a minor-league assignment Saturday, making him available. He has just 13 career at-bats in the majors. 


Giants LF Travis Ishikawa set to start over Michael Morse


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Michael Morse returned to active status for the Giants for Game 1 of the National League Championships Series, but he is not in the lineup. Travis Ishikawa is set to start in left field instead.

Ishikawa, who will bat eighth in the lineup, has just two hits in 13 at-bats in the postseason.


Astros 1B Jesus Guzman elects to become free agent


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman has opted for free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Fresno.

Guzman struggled mightily with Houston this season, compiling a .182/.272/.248 stat line with just two home runs and 52 strikeouts in 165 at-bats.


Orioles' Chris Davis will not be on ALCS roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters Thursday suspended first baseman Chris Davis will not be on the roster for the ALCS against Kansas City. Davis, who is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines, wouldn't be eligible to return until Game 6 of the series.

Adam LaRoche would like to play for Nationals in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hopes he will be back with the team in 2015, but is well aware the Nationals might make the decision to transition Ryan Zimmerman to being a full-time first baseman.

"We're in our 14th different home in 14 years this year," LaRoche said about his family, per MASNsports.com. "The reason I say that is because I don't think it's as exciting for my wife as it is for me bouncing around to these different teams. ... It can be kind of a change of scenery and kind of a fresh start for guys, but I also know the grass isn't always greener. So, I know I'm in an unbelievable situation here."

LaRoche said he thanked president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo after the Game 4 loss in the NLDS for bringing him back in 2011. 

"It may not work out," LaRoche said. "I don't think it will have anything to do with the money. I really don't. I think it's going to be more of a position issue. If there's a place for me, if first base is open and they can do it, I think they will. If it comes down and it just doesn't work, I think that's going to be the deciding factor more than the salary would be my guess."


Astros make a few roster decisions Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Astros announced Thursday they outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and pitcher Rudy Owens off the 40-man roster. The team also announced it declined the $3 million team option on pitcher Matt Albers' contract.

Brandon Moss slated for Oct. 21 hip surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss will undergo surgery on his right hip on Oct. 21, MLB.com reports.

Moss was expected to undergo surgery after hip issues surfaced late in the season. The first baseman indicated he had been dealing with hip problems much of the year. Moss managed to hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 500 at-bats.


Stephen Vogt set for Oct. 14 foot surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt will undergo surgery on his right foot on Oct. 14, MLB.com reports.

Vogt was expected to undergo a procedure to repair a plantar plate tear in the foot but wanted to seek a second opinion before going through with the surgery. He hit .279/.321/.431 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Matt Adams smacks three-run home run in NLDS clincher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams wenet 1 for 3 with a three-run home run in his team's 3-2 Game 4 win over the Dodgers Tuesday as the Cardinals advance to the National League Championship Series by a three-games-to-one margin.

The Cardinals could get nothing going against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw through the first six innings, but after two guys quickly reached base in the seventh, Adams delivered a blast into the home bullpen in right field to put St. Louis ahead for good. The Cardinals will face the winner of the Giants-Nationals series in the NLCS.


Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira feels he can still play 150 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hasn't played 150-plus games since the 2011 season and hasn't surpassed 123 games over the last three seasons, which has a lot to do with his surgically repaired right wrist.

However, the 34-year-old first baseman still feels he is capable of playing in 150 games as he enters his 13th MLB season in 2015.

"You’d have to be crazy to think we wouldn’t be a little bit better if I was healthier," Teixeira said Monday, per the New York Daily News. "I played 123 games? I want to play 150 and I want to be healthy and strong for 150. So that’s what I expect out of myself."


Corey Hart elects free agency


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Corey Hart has elected free agency. The first baseman/designated hitter was designated for assignment by the Mariners a week ago homering six times and plating 23 runs in 232 at-bats.

Rangers send J.P. Arencibia, Guilder Rodriguez outright to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Rangers sent first baseman/catcher J.P. Arencibia and infielder Guilder Rodriguez outright to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Seven Blue Jays elect for free agency


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) According to Baseball America, the following Blue Jays have elected for free agency rather than an outright assignment: shortstop Jonathan Diaz, outfielders Cole Gillespie and Darin Mastroianni, first baseman Dan Johnson, right-hander Bobby Korecky and left-handers Brad Mills and Raul Valdes.

Brandon Belt's 18th-inning HR lifts Giants past Nationals in Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt provided the swing that gave his club a 2-0 series lead over the Nationals on Saturday.

Belt, who had just 12 home runs in the regular season, uncorked a solo home run off Tanner Roark to lead off the 18th inning. The long ball proved to be the distance, as he finished 1 for 7 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-1 Game 2 victory, the longest game in postseason history (6:23). He's gone 5 for 14 with five RBI in three postseason games.


Daric Barton becomes free agent


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) First baseman Daric Barton has chosen to become a free agent. He went 9 for 57 in 30 games with the A's in 2014.

Dan Johnson opts for free agency


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) First baseman Dan Johnson has elected to become a free agent after being outrighted earlier in the week. Johnson was 8 for 38 in 15 games with the Blue Jays in 2014.

Eric Hosmer blasts extra-innings home run in Game 2 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 3 for 4 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 4-1, 11-inning win over the Angels in Game 2 of the American League Division Series Friday.

The Royals became the first team to have its first three playoff games reach extra innings Friday after a well-pitched game on each side. However, Hosmer came through with the heroics, slugging a ball over the right-field fence in the top of the 11th to break a 1-1 tie and put the Royals up 2-0. Hosmer, who also went 3 for 4 in the wild-card win, has delivered a .545/.667/1.000 line in 11 at-bats over his first three postseason gams. The series moves to Kansas City Sunday.


 
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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