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Rays to call up infielder Richie Shaffer on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7:36 pm ET) The Rays are expected to call up first baseman/third baseman Richie Shaffer from Triple-A Durham on Monday, per the Tampa Bay Times

Shaffer was removed from Durham's game on Sunday, in anticipation of the move. 

Shaffer was hitting .265 with 16 home runs at Durham. This is his first trip to the Major Leagues. 


Indians RF Lonnie Chisenhall in leadoff spot for first time Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:31 pm ET) The absence of Jason Kipnis in the Sunday lineup for the Indians in Oakland has hot-hitting right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall in the unfamiliar leadoff spot for the first time in his major league career.

Chisenhall homered Saturday for the team's lone run. He is 4-for-11 since his recall from Triple-A Columbus.


Rangers OF Joey Gallo destined to stay in minors into September


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has declared on MLB Network Radio that premier outfielder prospect Joey Gallo will not be promoted until at least September unless an injury forces the move.

Gallo got off to a blistering start in his June stint with Texas, but cooled considerably and was sent back down on a 6-for-39 slide and with a slash line of .218/.306/.448. He fanned 25 times in his last 12 games.


Royals 3B Mike Moustakas grabbing some pine again Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:36 am ET) Struggling Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is receiving his second straight day off Sunday against Toronto. Ben Zobrist is set to man the position instead.

Moustakas is on a 6-for-41 slide.


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval a no-go again Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:14 am ET) The absence of third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the Red Sox lineup with a left wrist ailment continues Sunday with Tampa Bay in town.

He sustained the injury Thursday when he struck out on a pitch that hit him. He has just three at-bats since Tuesday.


Orioles' Manny Machado chips in solo home run in Saturday win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 2 for 4 in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Tigers. Machado went deep for his 23rd home run in the seventh inning, giving the O's their sixth and final run of the night.

Machado is batting .275 with a pair of homers over his past 10 games.


Tigers' Nick Castellanos continued recent power surge Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Third baseman Nick Castellanos was the source of the Tigers' only runs in the 6-2 loss to the Orioles on Saturday. Castellanos went 1 for 3 with his 11th home run of the year.

The two-run blast came in the fifth inning, but the Tigers were alread down by five runs at that point. 

The young third baseman has now homered five times in his last 12 games, but he has also struck out 17 times--compared to six walks--over that stretch.


Athletics Brett Lawrie gets rare day off, Max Muncy starts


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, after starting 95 games this season, including the last 14 and 25 of the last 26. 

Max Muncy gets the call at the hot corner for Saturday's game, starting for the first time since June 28 and ninth time this year. 


Taylor Featherston replaces Conor Gillaspie in Angels' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Angels third baseman Conor Gillaspie isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. Gillaspie has started five of the last six games at the hot corner. 

Taylor Featherston replaces Gillaspie in the lineup, starting at third for the eighth time this year. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson collects four RBI in Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3 for 5 at the plate and drove in four runs to help send the Blue Jays to a 7-6 win over the Royals on Friday.

Donaldson also scored a run and walked once. Over his last 10 games, Donaldson is hitting .350 with three home runs and 11 RBI.


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval still out Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval remains sidelined Saturday against the Rays after taking a pitch to the wrist Thursday. He has not played a full game since Tuesday.

Sandoval has just six hits in his last 34 at-bats.


Scuffling Royals 3B Mike Moustakas sitting Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) A slump and the versatility of newcomer Ben Zobrist have Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas out of the lineup Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

Moustakas, who will give way to Zobrist, has finally tailed off after spending most of the year above .300. He has just six hits in his last 41 at-bats to drop his average to .283, its lowest point of the season. He has not driven in a run since July 22.


Twins get Trevor Plouffe back, demote Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Twins activated third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who had been on paternity leave, and pitcher Kevin Jepsen, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal with Tampa Bay. 

To make room, the team optioned shortstop Danny Santana to Triple-A Rochester and shortstop Jorge Polanco to Double-A Chattanooga, per MLB.com.

Santana was hitting .219 with the Twins this season. Polanco hit .429 in three games.


Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe to be back in action Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will be reinstated from the paternity list before the game Saturday against visiting Seattle, per ESPN.

Plouffe, who has been out since Tuesday, will return with a slash line of .257/.316/.456.


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval unable to start Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Rays. He left Thursday's game after he was hit on the left wrist by a pitch while striking out in the fourth inning.

Sandoval has been mired in an offensive slump for a few weeks, batting .203 in his last 18 games. He has one home run, two doubles and five RBI in that span.


3B Josh Donaldson blasts 25th homer in Blue Jays win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Josh Donaldson continues to produce for the Blue Jays, as the third baseman cracked his 25th homer of the season to cap the scoring as Toronto picked up a 5-2 win over the Royals on Thursday. 

Donaldson's fourth-inning homer went to deep left-center, and with protection in the new-look Toronto lineup from Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista, Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a walk. 

Donaldson has six home runs and 19 RBIs in July. 


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval leaves game for 2nd straight day


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was forced to leave the game for the second consecutive day on Thursday, this time after being hit on the left wrist while striking out in the fourth inning of the game against the White Sox, per the Boston Herald

Sandoval, who left Wednesday's game suffering from dehydration, struck out against Chicago starter Chris Sale for the second time in the fourth, but the pitch also hit him on the wrist, and Sandoval appeared to be in pain afterward. The Red Sox announced that Sandoval suffered a bruised left forearm. 

He was replaced at third for the second straight night by Josh Rutledge. 


Indians recall Lonnie Chisenhall


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Indians recalled third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus, the team announced on Thursday. 

Chisenhall hit .209 in a previous stint with the team this year. He joined the team for Thursday's game and is in the starting lineup at DH. 


A's 3B Brett Lawrie busts out with four hits, four RBI on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie had himself quite a night at the plate against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Lawrie went 4 for 5 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

In the fifth inning, Lawrie brought his team to with a run when he ripped an RBI double to make the score 3-2. In the seventh, he chipped in a two-run single to give the A's a 4-3 lead. And he capped off his night by launching a solo home run, his ninth of the year, in the ninth inning. It was too little too late however, as the Dodgers held on for the 10-7 win.

This was the first four-hit game and third four-RBI game of Lawrie's career. The strong showing at the dish gives Lawrie a .268 batting average over his last 10 games.


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval leaves game with dehydration


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Pablo Sandoval left Wednesday's game against the White Sox in the sixth inning with what the Red Sox described as dehydration, per the Boston Herald

Sandoval was 0-for-1 with a walk when he left. He was replaced in the lineup by Josh Rutledge. Sandoval is hitting .262 with eight homers this season. 


Report: Mariners move top prospect D.J. Peterson to Triple-A


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) The Mariners have made the decision to promote top prospect D.J. Peterson to Triple-A Tacoma, according to a report from SeattlePI.com. 

Peterson, the 12th overall pick in the 2013 draft, didn't light it up at Double-A Jackson, putting up a .223/.290/.346 slash line with seven home runs and 44 RBIs, but started to hit better in the second half, hitting .259 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 29 games. 

The Mariners had hoped to fast-track Peterson to the majors, perhaps by the end of this season, but the 23-year-old will have to produce at Triple-A first. 


Twins to place Trevor Plouffe on paternity leave, recall Jorge Polanco


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2015) The Twins will place third baseman Trevor Plouffe on paternity leave, according to MLB.com. 

To replace Plouffe on the roster, the Twins will recall infielder Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

Polanco is hitting .284 at Rochester. 


Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval ends power outage with two-run HR


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval went deep for his eighth home run of the season on Tuesday. He nailed a two-run shot in the second inning, but it wasn't enough as the White Sox downed the Red Sox 9-4.

Sandoval, who went 2 for 4 in the game Tuesday, is batting a rather pedestrian .263 over his past 10 ballgames. The home run broke a string of 22 consecutive games without a longball, his longest such streak of the season.


Angels to call up 1B Efren Navarro; option 3B Kyle Kubitza


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) The Angels promoted first baseman Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake and then optioned third baseman Kyle Kubitza on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Navarro hit .260 with five RBI and nine runs scored in 77 at-bats this season with Los Angeles.

Kubitza was promoted to Los Angeles on July 23.


Indians' Mike Aviles gives Giovanny Urshela a day off


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Mike Aviles gets the call in Urshela's place. It's his third start in seven games and 15th of the season. 


 
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