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'The Thing' could push Pedro Alvarez to the bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:46 am ET) "The Thing" has a hold on Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez - and it could cost him his starting job.

"The Thing" in baseball parlance is an inexplicable inability to throw accurately to the point it becomes a mental block. Alvarez has 23 errors this season, more than any player in any position in the major leagues, and 21 have come on throws. He has hidden when the media has come around to ask him about it, according to the Beaver County Times.

Alvarez has apparently allowed the problem to affect his hitting. He has not had a multi-hit game since July 10 and has just five hits in his last 25 at-bats. He has not scored or driven in a run in the last six games as his stat line has been weakened to .238/.326/.407. Despite cutting down a bit on his strikeouts this season, his production has suffered, though he has still managed 15 home runs and 47 RBI.


Brett Lawrie hitting off a tee, still not cleared for live pitching


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie started to hit off a tee, but has yet to resume hitting off live pitching, according to MLB.com on Monday. Lawrie is currently working his way back from a fractured right index finger at the team's spring training facility in Florida. He will need to go a on minor-league rehab assignment before he is activated from the disabled list, according to manager John Gibbons.

Blue Jays trade for Danny Valencia Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Blue Jays have acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Royals for minor-leaguers Erik Kratz and Liam Hendriks on Monday, the Royals announced. Valencia appeared in just 36 games for Kansas City and owned a .282/.328/.382 slash line with two homers and 11 RBI in 110 at-bats this season.

Rangers consider Adrian Beltre 'untouchable' before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Rangers have received phone calls on Adrian Beltre prior to the trade deadline, but have declared the third baseman as "untouchable," FOX Sports reports Monday. Beltre owns a .324/.369/.519 slash line with 15 homers and 55 RBI in 349 at-bats.

Yangervis Solarte moves across infield to third base


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The return of Jedd Gyorko to the lineup has forced Yangervis Solarte to move from second to third base for the first time for the Padres. Solarte is playing that corner position Monday in Atlanta.

Solarte has been tearing it up at the plate since the trade that brought him from the Yankees. He has seven hits in 21 at-bats with five runs scored, one home run and one RBI in each of the five games he's played.


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.


Nolan Arenado hits number nine


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit his ninth home run Sunday against the Pirates.

Arenado struck on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning. While facing Tony Watson, Arenado took a 93 mph fastball out to center for the solo shot. He also walked during the game. Arenado finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


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. 


Yangervis Solarte clubs first home run with the Padres


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte clubbed his first home run with his new team Sunday.

In the third inning, Solarte smashed an 84 mph slider from Mike Minor out to left. Solarte added a single later in the game. He finished 2 for 5, 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.


Pablo Sandoval doesn't miss a game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval made it into the starting lineup Sunday against the Dodgers after leaving Saturday's game due to tightness in his back and leg. Sandoval is batting .361 with two home runs, three doubles and eight RBI in his last 15 games.

Pedro Alvarez returns from knee injury Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Rockies after missing three straight starts with a knee injury. Alvarez is batting .222 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 18 July games.

Martin Prado ties career high with five RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Diamondbacks infielder Martin Prado tied a career-high with five RBI during a 10-6 win Saturday at Philadelphia.

Prado, who finished 3 for 4, had a home run off Cliff Lee leading off the third inning, added an RBI single in the fourth, had a two-RBI double in the sixth and a sac fly in the 10th.

Prado is batting .333 with a .472 slugging percentage, .844 OPS, two home runs, four doubles, eight RBI and eight runs and one stolen base in 20 July games.


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.

Reds activate Jack Hannahan, demote Curtis Partch


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Reds infielder Jack Hannahan (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game vs. Washington. Reliever Curtis Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to clear a roster spot.

Nolan Arenado bounces back after Friday's benching


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado responded positively to his benching Friday for lack of hustle by going 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI during an 8-1 win Saturday against Pittsburgh.

Arenado gave Colorado a 3-0 lead with an RBI single in the fifth inning. He then put Colorado up 5-0 with a solo home run in the seventh -- his eighth home run this season.

''Nolan had a great game. We've all seen him do those things before,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''He was impressive tonight to go back out there and have the game that he did. He's a special player.''

Arenado is batting .310 (13 for 42) with one triple, two home runs, four doubles, seven RBI and seven runs in his last 11 games.

''Obviously, it's hard to end on a day like yesterday,'' he said. ''Today was a good day. I was able to make my plays, get a couple of knocks and help the team win, because yesterday I showed I wasn't a team player. I'm happy today I was able to help them out.''


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.


Pablo Sandoval exits game Saturday with back, leg tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was removed from Saturday's game with tightness in his back and leg, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

"He's pretty beat up," manager Bruce Bochy said after Saturday's game.

Bochy is hopeful Sandoval will be able to play Sunday. The third baseman went 0 for 3 Saturday, giving him a .278/.327/.431 line with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 371 at-bats.


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.

Nolan Arenado back in lineup after benching


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates, after he was pulled from Friday's for a lack of hustle in the fourth inning. 

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.


Nolan Arenado pulled for lack of hustle


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was pulled for lack of hustle Friday, according to the Denver Post

Arenado hit a weak grounder in the fourth inning, but failed to run out the pitch. He was pulled by manager Walt Weiss before the next inning. Weiss said he pulled Arenado because he "didn't meet the standard." Arenado finished 0 for 2 prior to getting pulled. 


 
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