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Josh Donaldson goes deep in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:50 pm ET) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in Monday's win over the White Sox. 

Donaldson went 2 for 3 and scored three times. He walked once and hit his tenth home run of the season. He drove in his 29th run. 


Gordon Beckham, Melky Cabrera get hits for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:42 pm ET) The White Sox managed just four hits in Monday's shutout loss to Toronto. 

Third baseman Gordon Beckham went 1 for 4. Left fielder Melky Cabrera went 1 for 3. Avisail Garcia went 1 for 1, and Emilio Bonifacio went 1 for 3. 


Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas has another three-hit game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(9:21 pm ET) Red-hot Diamondbacks third baseman Yasmany Tomas went 3 for 5 in Monday's extra-innings loss to St. Louis.

Tomas has hit in nine straight games and has multi-hit games in seven of them. 

Over the streak, Tomas is 18 for 41, a .439 average. 


Dodgers' Justin Turner becoming primary option at third base


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:26 pm ET) Dodgers infielder Justin Turner hasn't been given the title just yet, but it's becoming apparent he is the team's primary third baseman over Alex Guerrero and Juan Uribe, according to the L.A. Times

Turner has started 13 of 20 games this month for Los Angeles, but has not started more than three consecutive games all year.

"We try to be three [games] on, one off and two on and one off," manager Don Mattingly said. "Trying basically to not let him go too far at one time."

Mattingly is trying to juggle the three players in his infield as much as possible, keeping them all around equal playing time. 

"It's tough with Alex and Justin right now," Mattingly said. "We're trying to put the best lineup out there. I do think as this continues on, there's going to be a point where Juan's going to be a valuable part. But right now, those two guys have been swinging the bat real well and playing solid defense."


Rangers' Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:26 pm ET) Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder and third baseman Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning of Monday afternoon's 10-8 win over the Indians.

Fielder was the first to go yard in the game's third at-bat of the day. His homer also scored Shin-Soo Choo as a result. Beltre came up to bat next and hit a solo shot, his sixth of the season. 

Fielder finished the game 3 for 5, marking the third game in a row he has recorded three hits in an outing. Over his past five games, Fielder is hitting .478. For the season, Fielder is now slashing .365/.417/.575. 

Beltre is now hitting .261/.298/.418. 


Braves scratch Alberto Callaspo from Monday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:57 pm ET) Braves third baseman Alberto Callaspo was a late scratch to Monday’s lineup at the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced.

It is not known why Callaspo was removed from the lineup. Infielder Pedro Ciriaco will start at third base and bat seventh instead of Callaspo.

The Braves are the underdogs (+190) at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.


Braves infielder Chris Johnson could be back before Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:12 pm ET) Braves infielder Chris Johnson is beginning his rehab assignmnent on Monday with Triple-A Gwinnett and could rejoin the team on Thursday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Johnson, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a hand injury, may even be able to join the team earlier in the week if all goes well in Gwinnett on Monday. Johnson has been out since April 30 with the injury and is hitting .279 with five RBI in 43 at-bats on the season.


Twins' Trevor Plouffe slugs three-run homer vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:09 pm ET) Twins pitcher Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer in his team's 7-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

The Twins put together a six-run second inning to extend their lead to 7-0, and the final blow came on Plouffe's home run to left field, which was followed by a Kurt Suzuki single before Boston starter Joe Kelly was yanked from the game. Plouffe has hit .270/.353/.474 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 152 at-bats.


Cubs 3B Kris Bryant connects for sixth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:03 pm ET) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went 2 for 3 at the plate in Chicago's 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday. Bryant did his damage in the first inning when he blasted a solo home run off of Tanner Roark to deep left center field, his sixth of the season. 

Bryant, who was also hit by a pitch, is now hitting .290 with 31 RBI on the season.


Yankees' Chase Headley slugs sixth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:25 pm ET) Yankees third baseman Chase Headley went 3 for 4 with a walk, a home run and three RBI in his team's 14-1 win over the Royals on Monday.

Headley may have been able to improve on his line but was removed for a pinch-runner the final time he made it on base. He opened the offensive explosion with a two-run home run in the first inning after the leadoff hitter got aboard and added an RBI double in the fifth.

Headley has hit .255/.309/.416 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 161 at-bats.


Reds 3B Todd Frazier smashes 13th home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:25 pm ET) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 1 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Monday. 

Frazier did his damage in the first inning when he belted a two-run shot off of Eddie Butler to deep center field, his 13th of the season. Fraizier is now hitting .258 with 26 RBI in 163 at-bats this season.


Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado blasts ninth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:16 pm ET) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 3 for 4 at the plate in Colorado's 5-4 win over the Reds on Monday.

Arenado started things off in the first when he ripped an RBI single to left field. Then in the fourth, Arenado blasted a solo shot to deep left center field off of Jason Marquis, his ninth of the season.

"I just want to do what I can. When I have the opportunity to drive runs in, I'm going to do my best to do it," Arenado said to MLB.com. "It's not going to work out every time."

Arenado is now hitting .287 with 28 RBI in 157 at-bats this season.

"His defense is always elite, every day," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He had gone through a tough stretch offensively, but he's definitely beyond that."


White Sox sit 3B Conor Gillaspie, 2B Carlos Sanchez on Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:46 pm ET) The White Sox have benched half their infield for their Monday night game in Toronto. Both second baseman Carlos Sanchez and third baseman Conor Gillaspie are set to sit.

That also shakes up their lineup, which features third baseman Gordon Beckham batting second. Emilio Bonifacio, who is replacing Sanchez, will bat ninth.


GM: Mets 3B David Wright seeing spine specialist


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) The trip to the Watkins Spine Clinic in California does not mean that Mets third baseman David Wright is destined for surgery, according to general manager Sandy Alderson.

Wright, who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, will be evaluated by therapists and participate in a three-phase rehab program. There are no plans for him to go under the knife. But that doesn't mean it has been ruled out for good.

"There comes a time when we have to," Alderson told the New York Daily News. "We should know more in two, three or four more days. Get some more input from Dr. (Robert) Watkins. And his office.

"Until three or four days ago I thought this would be a more temporary situation. But as he has had setbacks, we have to address how to go forward. We are a few days away from knowing what we have to do and hopefully have a more concrete idea of when he will be back."

Wright played in just eight games this season before landing on the disabled list.


Athletics' Brett Lawrie remains sidelined Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:24 pm ET) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie remains out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers.

Lawrie hasn't played since Friday while dealing with a back issue; however, he's seen much improvement and will likely start Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He has hit .279/.310/.364 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 165 at-bats. Max Muncy is drawing another start at third base in his place.

The A's are favorites (-125) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Report: Mets 3B David Wright having back examined in California


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:17 pm ET) Mets star third baseman David Wright is headed to California to have his ailing back examined by a specialist, the New York Post has reported.

Wright, who suffered a setback in his recovery from a back injury, has been sidelined for six weeks.


David Murphy slots in as DH for Indians on Monday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:56 pm ET) David Murphy will step into the DH role on Monday as the Indians face the Rangers, just the second time in nine games that Murphy will be in that role. 

Murphy will hit fifth in Cleveland's lineup against Texas starter Phil Klein. He has only faced Klein once, but has a hit in that lone at-bat. Murphy is hitting .529 with two doubles and two RBIs from the five-hole. 

Two other Indians starters, Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley, have also just faced Klein once, and both have hit solo home runs against the pitcher. 


Sandoval returns to Red Sox lineup, Holt out


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(11:39 am ET) After missing five straight starts with a knee injury, third baseman Pablo Sandoval returns to the starting lineup for the Red Sox on Monday against the Twins. 

Sandoval pinch-hit from left side in Sunday's game and with right-hander Ricky Nolasco starting for the Twins, he will be able to hit lefty against a pitcher he's had a lot of success against, going .476 with three homers and seven RBIs. 

Sandoval's replacement at third base, Brock Holt, is out of the lineup Monday after he was hit by a pitch on his arm Sunday and began to lose feeling in his hand. 


Reds move Votto, Frazier, Bruce up in order Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:14 am ET) The Reds have shifted the heart of their order up, with first baseman Joey Votto batting second, third baseman Todd Frazier batting third and right fielder Jay Bruce batting fourth on Monday against the Rockies.

The Reds have tried a multitude of options in the No. 2 spot after moving Votto out of it on April 26, but they'll go with Votto, Frazier and Bruce in the second, third and fourth positions for just the second time this season, with former cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips batting leadoff.

The Reds are favorites (-140) against the Rockies on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe raising average


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:54 am ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe responded to a minor skid with a solid week that saw him raise his batting average by 11 points, as he picked up at least one hit in five of his last six contests. 

Plouffe is now hitting .265 on the year with six homers and 22 RBIs, and he's done much of his damage at pitcher-friendly Target Field, where he's registered five of his longballs and 17 of his RBIs. 


Braves' Chris Johnson ready for Triple-A rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:25 am ET) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday after experiencing no lingering pain in his injured hand following Sunday's batting practice session, MLB.com reports.

"It felt awesome," Johnson said Sunday. "It's fun to be back with the team, back on the big-league field taking BP."

Johnson fractured his hand on a headfirst slide into second base on April 30. He'll play three games with Gwinett before joining the Braves for a series in San Francisco on Thursday.

"I'm going to play [Monday] in Gwinnett and we'll go from there," Johnson said. "I've been missing the guys, missing the games. Staying in the hotel down in Orlando, it's hard because I only get the games on TV. ... It's going to be a lot of fun today to hang out and watch the game, and just be a part of the team."

Johnson has hit .279/.347/.372 with five RBI in 43 at-bats.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison on a tear at the plate of late


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison has turned things around at the plate. On May 10, general manager Neal Huntington suggested Harrison was pressing too much to prove his worth. Harrison is hitting .468 (22 for 47) in 11 games since those remarks and Huntington is estatic for him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It looks like a guy that's having fun playing the game again," Huntington said Sunday. "Just showing up with energy every day and trying to do everything in his power to help a club win versus trying to justify. It’s fun to watch him get back out there and be the guy he is."

Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 on Sunday and noted his contract may have factored into his early struggles.

"The contract could have played a little into it," he said. "It's no secret I knew I was a contract guy. But that doesn't make me approach the game any different. It's just a matter of, you know, I got off to a rough start."

Harrison is now hitting .261 with 14 RBI in 157 at-bats this season.


3B Nolan Arenado's huge day fuels Rockies in romp


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Third baseman Nolan Arenado helped spark the Rockies' offense to a big performance against the Giants, as he went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs in Colorado's 11-2 victory Sunday. 

Arenado scored the Rockies' first two runs and then put the capper on Colorado's eight-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, his eighth of the season. 

Arenado fell just a double short of the cycle, as he hit his first triple of the season. All four of Arenado's RBIs came with two outs, as he lifted his average to .275 on the season. 


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval abandons switch-hitting for at-bat


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has missed the last five games with a knee injury, was called upon to pinch-hit Sunday against Angels lefty Cesar Ramos, and surprised everyone by lacing an RBI single while hitting left-handed.

Sandoval told MLB.com that the lefty-lefty matchup was a one-off due to his knee soreness and that when healthy, he would continue to switch-hit despite hitting just 2-for-41 from the right side this season. 

"It feels kind of weird, but I got the job done," Sandoval said. "It's one of those things, I'm going to try to help the team, no matter what. I don't feel great hitting right-handed because of my knee, so I'll just try to keep the momentum going hitting left-handed."

Sandoval said he hopes to be in Boston's lineup Monday if his knee cooperates. 


Padres' Will Middlebrooks hits fifth HR of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit a solo home run to left center field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon's 11-3 victory over the Dodgers. 

The homer was Middlebrooks' fifth of the season. He's now slashing .218/.255/.376.

Middlebrooks finished the game 2 for 5 and also had a single. It's his third two-hit showing in his past five games. In this span, Middlebrooks is hitting .316. 


 
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