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Jason Kipnis departs with hamstring tightness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was forced out of Thursday's game against the Astros due to hamstring tightness. Kipnis left the game in the eighth inning with the injury.

He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He is hitting .242/.314/.332 with six homers and 41 RBI over 488 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against Minnesota.


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.

Howie Kendrick finally slows down after torrid stretch


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) It took two weeks, but Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has finally cooled off at the plate.

Kendrick is 2 for 12 in his last four games, which might not qualify as struggling until one considers he was 22 for 44 for a .500 average with 11 runs scored and 13 RBI in his previous 10 games. Despite his recent mini-slide, he still owns a stat line of .291/.345/.394.

The veteran has scored 84 runs on the season, two off his career-high, giving him an outside shot at 100.


Jose Altuve the only bright spot for Houston


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Astros infielder Jose Altuve was the lone bright spot for the club Wednesday.

Altuve accounted for the team's only two hits of the night. He went 2 for 4, with two singles. The Astros were shut out, so Altuve did not register any runs or RBIs. 


Darwin Barney slugs third home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Dodgers infielder Darwin Barney went 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 16-2 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Barney's home run was a blip on the radar in the narrative of Wednesday's game, as it cut the Rockies' lead to 15-1 in the eighth inning. Still, it was his first home run with his new team after starting his Dodger career 4 of 19 in limited action. Barney has hit .235/.287/.341 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 226 at-bats.


Kolten Wong benched Wednesday against Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Slumping second baseman Kolten Wong is out of the lineup for the Cardinals on Wednesday against visiting Milwaukee. Daniel Descalso is set to start instead.

Wong is 1 for 11 in his last four games after a six-game hitting streak.


Jason Kipnis benched against Astros southpaw


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Scuffling Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is out of the Wednesday lineup against Houston left-hander Brett Oberholtzer. Mike Aviles is set to start instead.

Kipnis, whose .334 slugging percentage is 118 points lower than what he achieved last year, is 5 for 29 in his last eight games.


Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.


Dee Gordon catching break Wednesday against Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Red-hot Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon will cool his heels Wednesday afternoon in Colorado. He is out of the lineup in favor of Darwin Barney, who will also assume his leadoff spot.

Gordon owns a 10-game hitting streak with seven multi-hit games. He is 18 of 41 during that stretch with 14 runs scored and four stolen bases.


Steve Tolleson returns to action late Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson went 0 for 1 and played third base in his team's 8-2 loss to the Orioles Tuesday.

Tolleson was not in the starting lineup Tuesday after suffering a wrist injury Monday, but he came in as a pinch hitter, struck out and stayed in to play third base. He has hit .239/.299/.358 with three home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 159 at-bats.


Jose Altuve becomes new franchise single-season hit king


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 2 for 5 Tuesday to become the franchise's new single-season hit king in his team's 4-2 loss to the Indians.

Altuve tied Craig Biggio's franchise record of 210 hits with a double in the fifth inning Tuesday, and No. 211 came on a seventh-inning single. The major-league leader in batting average, Altuve has hit .343/.379/.456 with seven home runs, 54 RBI and 52 stolen bases in 616 at-bats. He has 11 more games to add to his new record.


Steve Tolleson unable to return Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, as a result of a wrist injury suffered Monday. He is day to day moving forward. 

Martin Prado heads to 60-day DL, ending season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees infielder Martin Pradowas placed on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. His season is over after 143 games. 

Prado hit .282/.321/.412 in 573 at-bats on the season. 


Martin Prado undergoes appendectomy; season likely over


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees infielder Martin Prado's season is likely over after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Tuesday, YES Network reports. Further details are not known at this point.

Prado hit .316/.336/.541 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 133 at-bats after joining the Yankees at the trade deadline. He is under contract for next season, and figure to be in the team's plans as a super-utility player. 


Steve Tolleson exits game with wrist injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson was forced out of Monday's game against the Orioles after being it on the right wrist with a foul ball in the fourth inning.

Tolleson stayed in the game and wasn't removed until the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a pair of singles in a 5-2 defeat. He is hitting .241 with three homers and 14 RBI over 158 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Tuesday in Baltimore.


Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Brian Dozier getting a breather


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Twins left Brian Dozier out of their starting lineup for Sunday's game at the White Sox. He was replaced at second base by Eduardo Escobar.

It is only the second time since July 31 that Dozier has not started a game. He is batting just .229 with two home runs and four stolen bases since the All-Star break.


Daniel Murphy in, Matt den Dekker out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Nationals, but outfielder Matt den Dekker still remains sidelined.

Murphy was sidelined Friday after taking a pitch to the wrist the previous day. den Dekker continues to deal with left hand soreness.


Daniel Murphy absent from Friday lineup against Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is set to sit Friday against Washington. He was removed from the Thursday game after taking a pitch to the wrist.

Murphy returned for just three games following the loss of more than two weeks to a calf injury. He managed two hits in 10 at-bats after coming back, but his latest issue is not considered serious. His wrist is only bruised.


Martin Prado back as starter for Yankees on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The battered Yankees have welcomed back one of their injured starters. Second baseman Martin Prado has returned for Game 1 of their Friday doubleheader in Baltimore.

Prado did make an impact as a pinch-hitter Thursday night by slugging a two-run homer. He is set to start against the Orioles after being out of the lineup for four days with a hamstring injury.


Daniel Murphy leaves game after HBP


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Thursday's game against Washington after being struck in the wrist by a Craig Stammen pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. Murphy was sent for X-rays, which came back negative, per Newsday. He was diagnosed with a bruise.

Murphy is hitting .299 with nine homers and 53 RBI over 538 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Nationals.

Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia wrist surgery goes well


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The Red Sox have announced that the surgery on the left wrist of second baseman Dustin Pedroia was a success and he's expected to make a full recovery, per WEEI.com. There is no timetable in regard to his rehab.

Three key Yankees still absent from lineup Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The Yankees continue to be plagued by injuries for their Thursday night game against Tampa Bay. All three sidelined starters remain out.

Outfielders Carlos Beltran (elbow) and Brett Gardner (abdomen) and second baseman Martin Prado (hamstring) are set to sit.


Chase Utley catching a break against Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is getting Thursday night off for their game against visiting Pittsburgh. Cesar Hernandez is set to start in that spot.

Utley has been scuffling of late with five hitless in games in the last nine. He is 5 for 29 during that stretch.


 
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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