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Ike Davis goes (extremely) deep in defeat of Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis answered the following question Wednesday: What would he do for an encore?

Davis followed his heroics of Tuesday night, when he slammed a pinch-hit, three-run homer, by mashing another Wednesday afternoon to key a victory over St. Louis. The latest blast doinked off a speaker an estimated 447 feel away from home plate. His tater off Adam Wainwright was his 10th of the season.


Drew Pomeranz up, Nate Frieman down for Oakland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:18 pm ET) The Athletics have recalled left-hander Drew Pomeranz from Triple-A Sacramento and dispatched first baseman Nate Freiman to Class-A Beloit.

Pomeranz is set to start Wednesday night in Houston.


Adam LaRoche ready to roll against Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the lineup Wednesday in Philadelphia after missing one game with a back problem.

LaRoche hopes to emerge from a slump that has limited him to just five hits in his last 33 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo a no-go Wednesday with back problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo has been sidelined for the Wednesday night game against Cincinnati with a back ailment.

His absence is a blow to the team. Rizzo has been on a power surge with five home runs since Aug. 12. He has 10 hits in his last eight games to sweeten his stat line to .278/.375/.514.


Brayan Pena grabbing some pine against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:42 pm ET) A massive slump has Reds catcher/first baseman Brayan Pena out of the lineup Wednesday night against the visiting Cubs. Todd Frazier is set to play first with Kris Negron at third.

Pena has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. His .374 slugging percentage is at its lowest point since June 28.


Mike Napoli hits home run into fifth deck at Rogers Centre


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning Tuesday at Toronto, helping Boston to an 11-7 win. Napoli's home run went into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre, making it the 17th time in stadium history a player has homered into the fifth deck.

"It's always nice to mess around with your teammates and everyone's just going crazy in the dugout," Napoli said, per MLB.com. "But it's just a homer."

Napoli finished 2 for 5 with two runs, one hit by pitch and three strikeouts. He is batting .206 with three doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI, 14 walks, nine runs and 25 strikeouts in 20 August games.


Ike Davis delivers pinch-hit three-run home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates first baseman Ike Davis delivered in a big spot Tuesday, smacking a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to key his team's 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Davis isn't playing every day with Pedro Alvarez moving across the diamond, and his home run was just his second one in August. He has hit .238/.352/.379 with nine home runs and 42 RBI in 298 at-bats.


Anthony Rizzo exits game with back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was removed from Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness, the team announced.

The injury is expected to be minor. Rizzo went 1 for 4 and hit a solo home run in the game. He owns a .278/.375/.514 line with 30 home runs and 71 RBI in 486 at-bats.


Surgery not needed for Paul Goldschmidt


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) A CT scan Tuesday confirmed that Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will not need surgery on his fractured left hand, FOXSportsArizona.com reports.

Goldschmidt is roughly two-to-three weeks away from beginning strengthening work on the hand, and while he's expected to miss the rest of the season, he should be 100 percent by spring training.


Yonder Alonso to undergo surgery Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso will undergo surgery Friday, with the procedure being performed by a hand specialist, MLB.com reports.

The recovery time for Alonso's surgery is between five and seven weeks, putting him on track to be 100 percent for spring training. He is dealing with a damaged forearm tendon.


Adam LaRoche out Tuesday with back soreness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was initially announced as a starter Tuesday against the Phillies, but was a late scratch from the lineup due to a sore back.

LaRoche is day to day at this point, though Matt Williams told reporters he expects to have him available for Wednesday's game.


Joey Votto returns to baseball activities


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has begun baseball activities in recent days, he told the Cincinnati Enquirer Tuesday.

Votto, who has been sidelined since early July, due to a quad injury, has been taking dry swings and throwing, the first activities he has done since suffering the injury. Prior to this, he has been limited solely to strength exercises in the quad, though at this point it is not clear whether he has a timetable to return.  


Mark Teixeira returns from one-game absence


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is right back in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, after missing just one day due to a hamstring injury. He is in his usual spot in the lineup, batting fourth and starting at first base for the start of the series.  

Miguel Cabrera returns to the field


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, after getting a few days off to rest a sore ankle.

Cabrera is batting third and starting at first base, the first time he has been in the field since Friday. He got two days off entirely as he was not in the lineup Sunday, ahead of Monday's off-day.


Chris Davis blasts 22nd home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis belted his 22nd home run Monday against the Rays.

Davis struck in the fifth inning. He worked a three-pitch at-bat against Kirby Yates. On the final pitch, Davis clubbed a 91 mph fastball out to right center for a solo shot. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Brandon Belt able to work out


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been able to resume working out, according to MLB.com.

Belt remains a few weeks away due to a concussion, but has started working out again. He has not started baseball activities yet. Belt has been out since August 6 due to the injury.


Giants option Adam Duvall, promote George Kontos


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) The Giants have optioned infielder Adam Duvall to the minors and promoted pitcher George Kontos

Duvall hit .180 over 61 at-bats with the major-league club. Kontos has a 3.00 ERA over 21 innings in the majors this season.


Mark Teixeira out with hamstring tightness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out Monday with hamstring tightness, according to Newsday.

Teixeira is dealing with tightness in his left hamstring. Manager Joe Girardi made the call to sit Teixeira down Monday. Girardi said Teixeira be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. 


Eric Hosmer cleared to swing a bat


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) After undergoing an X-ray on his injured hand, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been cleared to swing a bat, according to the Kansas City Star on Monday. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with the injury. He is targeting a minor-league rehab assignment in approximately a week.

Chris Davis dropped to seventh in batting order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) The Orioles dropped slumping infielder Chris Davis down to seventh in the batting order Monday against the Rays, MASN Sports reports. Davis saw his batting average drop to .189 on the season after being held without a hit over his last seven at-bats. Since June 16, he has slashed .151/.240/.332 over 199 at-bats. 

Tigers expect Miguel Cabrera to return Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that he would be "shocked" if first baseman Miguel Cabrera doesn't return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, according to MLive.com.

Cabrera sat out Sunday's series finale against the Twins to rest his ankle. He is hitting .304 (7 for 23) with no homers and three RBI over his last seven days. He owns a .308/.375/.501 slash line with 17 homers and 89 RBI over 483 at-bats this season.

Lucas Duda goes deep twice vs. Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda made his presence felt with a monster performance at the dish Sunday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Duda launched a three-run blast in the third inning off Kevin Correia. He singled in a run in the seventh and went deep for a solo home run in the ninth. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and five RBI in an 11-3 victory. He owns a .260/.355/.507 slash line with 26 homers and 76 RBI over 404 at-bats.

Travis Ishikawa goes deep in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa went deep Sunday afternoon against the Nationals.

Ishikawa took Stephen Strasburg deep for a solo home run in the second inning. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning and finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI in a 14-6 defeat. He owns a .258/.284/.452 slash line with two homers and 12 RBI in 62 at-bats.

Kyle Blanks transferred to 60-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) The Athletics transferred first baseman Kyle Blanks to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.

Blanks has missed a little more than two months since going on the disabled list, so the move is strictly procedural. He remains out indefinitely while dealing with an Achilles injury.


Ryan Howard knocks 19th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 1 for 2 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 6-5 loss to the Cardinals Saturday.

Howard hadn't homered in more than two weeks before coming through with his sixth-inning shot Saturday. He has hit .223/.308/.380 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI in 466 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