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Mark Teixeira to see hand surgeon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, held out of Sunday's lineup with a sore right wrist, is headed to see a hand surgeon, reports MLB.com. Teixeira, who's hitting .216 with 21 homers and 58 RBI, might not play again this season.

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.


Adam Lind still out with back issue


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) For the second game in a row, Adam Lind was out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup with a back injury. Dan Johnson got the start at first base for Sunday's game at the Yankees.

Lind remains day to day with the injury.


Albert Pujols hits 27th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols clubbed his 27th home run Saturday against the Rangers.

Pujols struck in the fifth inning. With a man on, Pujols belted a 90 mph fastball out to center for the two-run shot. He would also single twice during the game. Pujols finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Steve Pearce to miss a few days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce will miss a few days after receiving a cortisone shot, according to MASN. 

Pearce was scratched Saturday with a wrist issue. He received a cortisone shot, and will miss the next few days as the shot kicks in. 


Mark Teixeira wants to play through injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has expressed a desire to play through his wrist injury, according to MLB.com.

Teixeira reinjured himself during Saturday's game, but still wants to play. He will ask the doctor whether it's safe to receive another cortisone shot in his wrist. 


Mark Teixeira may be held out for the rest of the year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira may not play again this season, according to the YES Network.

Teixeira re-injured his wrist during Saturday's game, and has been dealing with pain. Manager Joe Girardi admitted after the game that he's not sure Teixeira will play again this season. Teixeira is hitting .217/.318/.397 over 423 at-bats.


Mark Teixeira leaves early Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday's game with an injury.

Teixeira struck out in his only two at-bats. He was replaced by Brendan Ryan in the fifth inning. Teixeira left the game due to a wrist injury.


Steve Pearce scratched due to sore wrist


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has been scratched due to a sore wrist Saturday.

Pearce will likely be replaced by Christian Walker. With the Orioles bound for the playoffs, the team wants to make sure Pearce is healthy down the stretch. Pearce is hitting .297/.376/.557 over 327 at-bats. 


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.


Edwin Encarncion has mild back inflammation, starts Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) A precautionary MRI on the injured back of Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion revealed that he is dealing with minor inflammation, Sportsnet reports.

Encarnacion slugged his 33rd home run of the season Friday and is back in the starting lineup Saturday, so the minor injury hasn't cost him playing time. He has hit .262/.350/.552 with 33 home runs and 89 RBI in 446 at-bats.


Miguel Cabrera dominant in September


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has taken flight in September, hitting .463/.507/.836 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 67 at-bats.

Cabrera has collected multiple hits in nine of his 17 games this month, and he's a whopping 11 for 20 over his last five games, smacking four doubles and one home run during that stretch. With the excellent stretch, Cabrera has boosted his line to .318/.380/.527 with 23 home runs and 104 RBI in 575 at-bats.


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.


Logan Morrison excelling on road trip


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison has swung a hot bat during the team's current road trip, going 6 for 14 with two doubles and a home run in four games.

Morrison has been particularly productive in his last 10 games, going 11 for 29 while smacking three home runs and chipping in a stolen base Friday. His recent hot streak has boosted his OPS over .700 for the first time since the All-Star break. Morrison has hit .251/.306/.396 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and five stolen bases in 303 at-bats.


Edwin Encarnacion belts 33rd home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his 33rd home run Friday against the Yankees. 

Encarnacion struck in the first inning. With a man on, Encarnacion belted an 81 mph slider out to left for the two run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.


Edwin Encarnacion had precautionary MRI


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion had a precautionary MRI on his back, according to the Toronto Star.

Encarnacion injured himself in Baltimore, but is still in the starting lineup Friday. He's slated to serve as the team's designated hitter. 


Stephen Vogt ready to return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Athletics designated hitter Stephen Vogt was in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Vogt has been sidelined due to an ankle injury. He appeared in a game Wednesday, but hasn't started since early September. 


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.


Angels issue skeleton lineup for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Angels top hitters Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick are three of many starters sitting Thursday against Seattle after the team clinched the division title.

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.


Stephen Vogt still a no-go Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Athletics first baseman Stephen Vogt remains out of the lineup for the Thursday game against visiting Texas. He has been dealing with an ankle issue that has prevented him from playing for two weeks aside from one at-bat Wednesday.

When Vogt returns full-time, he will do so in a 3-for-22 slump.


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.


J.P. Arencibia slugs 10th home run in win vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Rangers designated hitter J.P. Arencibia went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 6-1 victory over the A's Wednesday.

After the Rangers evened the score at 1-1 in the ninth inning, Arencibia put his team up with a big blast over the left field fence. He has a modest four-game hitting streak with two home runs during that stretch. Arencibia has hit .173/.234/.367 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 196 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