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Astros' Luis Valbuena slugs 20th home run in loss on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:23 am ET) Astros infielder Luis Valbuena has recorded his first career 20-home run season, as he went 2 for 3 with a solo shot in Monday's 12-9 loss to the Rangers.

Valbuena's blast was his 20th of the year, but it also broke a 23-game homerless drought. Even with the two-hit effort, Valbuena is still batting a low .206 on the year.


Mariners 3B Kyle Seager homers in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:48 am ET) Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager smacked his 16th home run of the season during Monday's 8-7 win over the Rockies.

Seager hit the solo shot off Eddie Butler in the second. He finished the game 3 for 4 with one RBI and three runs scored.

Prior to his three-hit game Monday, Seager was hitting .259 with one home and five RBI in his last 13 games.


Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall suffers whiplash in Monday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:30 am ET) Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall had to leave Monday's game against the Angels after he suffered a strained neck/whiplash, the team announced.

Chisenhall was 0 for 2 before being replaced by Tyler Holt. He will be reevaluated Tuesday.


Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:17 am ET) Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre made history in Monday's 12-9 win over the Astros. Beltre successfully hit for the cycle, becoming the fourth man in the history of the game to acheive the feat three times in a career.

Beltre started his night by belting a two-run triple in the first inning. He hit his double in the next inning and singled in the third before hitting a solo home run--his ninth of the year--in the fifth inning. 

Overall on the night, Beltre went 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored in the big win. He joins Babe Herman and Bob Meusel as the only players to record three cycles in a career since 1900.


Diamondbacks 3B Jake Lamb adds insurance with solo HR in win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/3/2015) Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb went 2 for 4 and added some insult to injury in the 6-4 win over the Nationals on Monday. With his team up 5-0, Lamb came up and hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to extend the lead to six. 

The home run was Lamb's fourth of the year, and the second in his last four games. 


Cubs' Kris Bryant to avoid head-first slides following Sunday's scare


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/3/2015) After a scary play at second base almost left him with a head injury on Sunday, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant says he will give up head-first sliding. Bryant slid into second base in the fifth inning of Sunday's win over the Brewers, and was immediately taken out of the game with diziness after crashing into shortstop Jean Segura.

He was able to return to the lineup on Monday, but he said he will no long employ the use of a head-first slide.

"I have only one head, only one life," Bryant said per the Chicago Tribune. "There's nothing really to joke about with that. So we're taking this very seriously.

"It's instinct. I think that was the hardest I've run. I run very hard every time and looking back, I think I'll be sliding feet first."


Josh Donaldson propels Blue Jays to win with two-run HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) Third baseman Josh Donaldson's 27th home run propelled the Blue Jays to a 5-1 win against the Twins on Monday. Donaldson broke open a 1-all tie in the fifth inning with an opposite-field, two-run homer off Ervin Santana.

Donaldson, who also had his 29th double in the game, has homered nine times since July 1. He is also batting .283 (30 for 106) with 10 doubles and 28 RBI in his last 27 games.


Cubs 3B Kris Bryant able to start Monday vs. Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant bounced back quickly from a head/neck injury he suffered Sunday, as he was in the starting lineup Monday against the Pirates. Bryant also went through the concussion protocol Sunday.

Bryant is batting just .149 with 34 strikeouts in his last 25 games. He also has two doubles, two triples, two home runs, 12 RBI, 10 runs and 14 walks in that span.


Tomas Telis, Brian Ellington join Marlins, Donovan Solano sent down


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) The Marlins recalled catcher Tomas Telis from Triple-A New Orleans and selected the contract of RHP Brian Ellington from New Orleans, the team announced on Monday. 

The players will replace Carter Capps, who went to the DL, and infielder Donovan Solano, who was optioned to Triple-A.

Telis was acquired from Texas in a trade-deadline deal. He played in one game at New Orleans. He's hitting .292 this season at Triple-A. 

Ellington was 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA at Double-A Jacksonville. He had one scoreless relief appearance at Triple-A.

Solano hit .156 in 46 games with the Marlins.


Rays officially promote Richie Shaffer, demote Matt Moore


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2015) The Rays officially demoted starting pitcher Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham on Monday. To take his spot on the roster, corner-infield prospect Richie Shaffer was promoted from Durham.

Moore, who missed the start of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, went 1-3 with an 8.78 ERA in six starts.

Shaffer, who was a 2012 first-round pick (25th), posted a .263/.361/.539/.900 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He also had 21 doubles, 23 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games.


Rays to call up infielder Richie Shaffer on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) 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. 


Cubs 3B Kris Bryant goes through concussion protocol Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has gone through concussion protocol after leaving the game Sunday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. He was removed after a hard slide at second base.

The team is at this point calling his issue dizziness. He told the media following the game that he was feeling better, but he will be further examined Monday.


Cubs 3B Kris Bryant taken out Sunday after head-first slide


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant has been removed from the game Sunday after sustaining an injury to his head/neck area on a head-first slide in the fifth inning.

Bryant was replaced at second base by Jonathan Herrera. Further details have yet to be revealed.


Indians RF Lonnie Chisenhall in leadoff spot for first time Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) 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
(8/2/2015) 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.


Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas benched for lack of hustle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Diamondbacks third baseman/outfielder Yasmany Tomas believed he was giving full effort running to first base in the sixth inning Saturday. Chip Hale disagreed.

The result is that David Peralta replaced Tomas in right field for the bottom of the inning.

Tomas hit a routine grounder to Astros first baseman Chris Carter, who trotted to the bag and stepped on it. Tomas jogged about two-thirds of the way to first before peeling off. Carter stopped and turned toward the Arizona dugout.

"You now what, that's between Yasmany and myself," Hale told azcentral.com when asked about the benching. "We take care of this stuff inside the family here."

Hale assured that Tomas would be in the lineup Sunday. Meanwhile, Tomas insisted he was going all out.

"Yes, every day I try to do that," he said. "One hundred percent every single day. ... When the first baseman touched the base, I stopped."


Royals 3B Mike Moustakas grabbing some pine again Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) 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.


Struggling Pirates 3B Aramis Ramirez benched Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) The Pirates are giving newly acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez his first break Sunday. He is out of the lineup Sunday against the host Reds.

Ramirez has struggled at the plate since his arrival. He has hit safely in just two of seven games with Pittsburgh and is batting .133 (4-for-30) with no home runs.


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


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) 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. 


Casey McGehee replaces Justin Bour at first for Marlins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Marlins first baseman Justin Bour isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Bour has started 51 games this season. He'll be replaced by Casey McGehee, who has started just four times this year but three times in the last five games. 


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.


 
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