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Adrian Beltre homers, reaches base three times


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre reached base three times in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

Beltre doubled in the third and launched a solo home run in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI in a 9-3 victory. He owns a .324/.369/.519 slash line with 15 homers and 55 RBI in 349 at-bats.


Juan Francisco clubs 16th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Juan Francisco hit his 16th home run Sunday against the Yankees. 

In the fifth inning, Francisco belted an 83 mph curveball from Shane Greene out to right for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Chase Headley hits first home run with his new club


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Yankees third baseman Chase Headley hit his first home run with the Yankees Sunday.

Headley struck in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases empty, he sent a 92 mph fastball from J.A. Happ out to left for the solo shot. It was Headley's only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Hitters to sit in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Whether because of poor matchups, unfavorable platoon splits or the fact they're just plain cold, Yan Gomes, Allen Craig, Josh Rutledge, Lonnie Chisenhall, Andrelton Simmons and Khris Davis are "sits" for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)

Find out the "why" for each in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to start in Week 18


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)? You won't find one much better than Austin Jackson. Of course, he's not the only "start" for the week. Stephen Vogt, Mike Napoli, Emilio Bonifacio, Chase Headley and Jed Lowrie also fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Lonnie Chisenhall sits out again Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall missed a second straight game Sunday at Kansas City due to an illness. Mike Aviles once again started at third base for Cleveland.

Josh Donaldson connects for 22nd home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson connected for his 22nd home run during a 5-1 win Saturday at Texas. Donaldson led off the seventh inning with a home run off Nate Adcock to give Oakland a 4-1 lead.

Donaldson has homered four times in July and three times in his last 12 games. He is batting .295 with a .545 slugging percentage, .930 OPS, two doubles, 10 RBI and 10 runs in his last 12 games.


Lonnie Chisenhall a late scratch due to illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was a late scratch Saturday against the Royals due to an illness. He was replaced by Mike Aviles at third base, the team announced.

Chisenhall is hitting .313 with nine homers and 41 RBI in 294 at-bats. His status remains up in the air for Sunday's series finale.

Manny Machado healthy enough to return Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners, after he missed four due to a back injury. This is the first game Machado has appeared in since Monday. 

Mike Moustakas hits Mendoza Line with homer Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has pretty much struggled against every team but the Indians this season. He slugged his sixth home run against their AL Central rival in 2014 on Friday, a solo blast in the second inning.

Moustakas is now on a season-high five-game hitting streak to raise his batting average to .200 for the first time this year. He is 7 for 18 during that stretch.


Manny Machado sits again Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Orioles infielder Manny Machado was not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Mariners.

Machado has missed four games due to a back injury. Over 258 at-bats, Machado is hitting .267/.317/.422.


Trevor Plouffe not in Friday lineup for Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe is catching a break Friday against the visiting White Sox. Eduardo Nunez is set to man the position instead.

Plouffe has been steady but far from spectacular lately. He has one hit in six of his last seven games and owns a .243/.314/.409 stat line on the year.


Royals announce DH plans for coming days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that Billy Butler will lose some time as a designated hitter moving forward, the Kansas City Star reports Thursday. Yost is expected to give Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez some reps at DH in the near future.

Manny Machado sits out third straight game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was held out of the starting lineup Thursday night against the Mariners, as he continues to work his way back from a back issue. Machado has now missed three straight games with the injury and is targeting a return at some point before the end of the week, according to the Baltimore Sun. He is hitting .267 with 10 homers and 23 RBI in 258 at-bats.

Juan Francisco drives in four, just misses cycle


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Juan Francisco narrowly missed hitting for the cycle in Thursday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox. He hit a two-run homer, a two-run single and a triple, finishing with four RBI and two runs scored.

Francisco only needed a double to complete the cycle. He's batting .242 with 15 homers and 39 RBI in 215 at-bats.


Red Sox need to free up PT before Will Middlebrooks returns


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) is heating up offensively during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting safely in five straight games. He's had mutliple hits three times and homered twice in that span.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Middlebrooks continues to improve, but he has no timetable for his return to the majors, per MLB.com. With Stephen Drew, Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt rotating on the left side of the infield, the Red Sox are going to have to clear up some playing time for Middlebrooks before he's activated off the disabled list.

"We've communicated this clearly to Will," Farrell said. "He's very well aware of the need to get regular at-bats. We've got to do some things to maybe adjust the roster to accommodate that. Whether that happens naturally this upcoming week, that remains to be seen -- with roster adjustments or any potential trades.

"Before even saying anything about that, I'd be getting way too far ahead of myself. But more importantly, Will is healthy, swinging the bat well and playing daily."


Red Sox praise Brock Holt for versatility


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt made his first start at second base Thursday at Toronto, becoming the first player in franchise history to start at every position besides pitcher and catcher.

Though, manager John Farrell said he has no plans to give Holt a start behind the plate any time soon.

"He's done a great job, there's no doubt," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "We like to think that because of injuries, it's opened up and created some opportunities for him. If we had our choice, we would've liked to avoid all that. ... But in light of what's taken place this year, it's one of the better stories. [He's] a guy we can plan around in a number of ways as we go forward."


Orioles acquire Jimmy Paredes from Royals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Orioles acquired infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following the trade.

Manny Machado sits out again Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Orioles infielder Manny Machado was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

Machado is dealing with a back issue, and was also held out of Tuesday's game. Over 258 at-bats, he's hitting .267/.317/.422.


Brock Holt receives rare night off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Red Sox all-purpose standout Brock Holt is out of the lineup Wednesday in Toronto for the first time in two months. He is coming off an 0-for-4 effort that ended a seven-game hitting streak.

Holt has been lights-out this season with a stat line of .321/.366/.450 and 40 runs scored.


Scuffling Juan Francisco not in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Third baseman Juan Francisco will be riding the bench when the Blue Jays host Boston on Wednesday night. Munenori Kawasaki is set to start at that spot instead.

Francisco is hitless in four games since July 13, going 0 for 11 during that stretch.


Groin issue lands Kelly Johnson on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Yankees have placed third baseman Kelly Johnson on the disabled list with a groin injury that forced him out of the Tuesday night game.

Johnson has proven mediocre this season, mostly in a platoon role against right-handers. He owns a stat line of .219/.304/.373.


Torii Hunter grabbing some pine against Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Red-hot Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter will cool his heels Wednesday in Arizona. Don Kelly is set to start in his place.

The 39-year-old Hunter, who receives occasional days off, owns a five-game hitting streak during which he has two home runs, seven RBI with five runs scored.


Billy Butler out, Danny Valencia in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Royals have benched designated hitter Billy Butler on Wednesday against the White Sox in favor of Danny Valencia. Butler continues to struggle, particularly in regard to his power numbers. He has just one home run since June 14 and three doubles since June 19. His .267/.320/.347 stat line pales in comparison to those he has compiled in previous seasons.

Mike Moustakas homers twice on Greek Heritage Night


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas finally had a night to talk about Tuesday against the White Sox, homering twice in a 7-1 win. Coincidentally, it came on the same night the White Sox were hosting Greek Heritage Night at the ballpark.

"Oh, I knew," Moustakas said of the promotion. "I was telling everybody that today was my day. It just ended up working out that way."

Moustakas finished 3 for 5 with three RBI. He hit a solo home run off Scott Carroll leading off the second inning and a two-run homer off Eric Surkamp in the eighth inning. 

He is batting .286 (14 for 49) with four home runs and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.

"He's starting to swing the bat pretty good," manager Ned Yost said of Moustakas. "We've seen him in spurts, it doesn't matter who's pitching. When he's right, he's putting good swings on the ball.

"Tonight he was really seeing the ball good, he was in a good position to hit and he was really driving the ball."


 
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