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Jesus Montero won't play for the rest of the season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero won't play for the rest of the season, according to the Seattle Times

Montero was involved in an incident in the minors Thursday night. He was supposed to begin a rehab assignment, but has been pulled from that assignment due to an altercation with a team employee. General manager Jack Zduriencik said Montero's season was over. The club's main focus is to get Montero to work out his personal issues. 


Nelson Cruz, Orioles open to long-term deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz has been a bargain this season while working on a one-year, $8 million deal, and CBSSports.com Baseball insider Jon Heyman reports Friday the arrangement could become a long-term one this offseason.

The Orioles and Cruz have not begun early negotiations on an extension, both sides have expressed a willingness to continue to relationship beyond this season. Cruz leads the league with 34 home runs, and is hitting .256/.324/.510 with 88 RBI in 130 games overall.  


Victor Martinez clubs career-best 26th homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Tigers catcher Victor Martinez continues his strong performance Wednesday, as he established a career-high in homers during the course of an 8-4 loss to the Yankees.

Martinez clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning, giving him a career-best 26 on the season. He ultimately finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in the loss.

Martinez is at or near career-highs in numerous categories this season, as he has enjoyed a resurgence at the age of 35. He is hitting .327/.396/.555 with 85 RBI in 120 games. 


Chris Carter can't stop, won't stop hitting homers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter hit another home run Wednesday against the Athletics. 

Carter struck in the ninth inning. With his team down by two runs, Carter belted a solo shot off Eric O'Flaherty. Carter also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. He's now hit five home runs over his last 11 games. He's also homered in each of the past three contests. 


Ryan Raburn goes hitless in first rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Indians designated hitter Ryan Raburn went hitless in his first rehab game.

Raburn went 0 for 3, with two strikeouts during the game. He walked in his only other plate appearance. Raburn is working his way back from a wrist injury. 


David Ortiz returns to Red Sox lineup on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) As John Farrell indicated earlier in the day, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is set to start Wednesday in Toronto. He had been sidelined since hurting his foot Sunday.

Ortiz is seeking to pick up where he left off - on a 17-for-33 tear in which he slugged four home runs and drove in nine.


Chris Carter continues to mash


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter hit another home run Tuesday against the Athletics.

Carter stepped to the plate with two men on in the bottom of the eighth. With his team trailing by a run, Carter smashed a 90 mph fastball out to left for a three-run homer. It was Carter's 32nd home run of the year. Carter finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Jason Giambi struggles in first rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi started his rehab assignment at Double-A Arkon Tuesday.

Giambi struck out in all three of his at-bats. He was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Giambi has been out since June 11 due to a knee injury. 


Kennys Vargas not a finished product


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) Kennys Vargas has his strengths for sure. The most obvious is ... his strength. He can hit the ball out of the park and has done so four times in his first 95 at-bats.

But that projects to, what, 24 homers in 600 at-bats? It certainly isn't why he's the No. 4 first baseman in Head-to-Head leagues since arriving Aug. 1. And that worries me.

It worries me because if it's supposed to be his strength, then other, less sustainable aspects of his game are carrying him, leaving him vulnerable to collapse.

I don't think it's at all a stretch to say he won't keep hitting .337. He has already struck out 27 times in those 95 at-bats, and with only four walks. Once opposing pitchers pick up on his tendencies, they'll take advantage of his aggressiveness. To put it another way, his .424 BABIP is ridiculous.

Vargas has also accumulated 23 RBI in only 23 games. The law of averages says that won't last even before you apply the correction in batting average. Cut those two measurements down to size, and Vargas is looking more like a Kendrys Morales-type player.

Which may seem unfair to those only familiar with the 2014 version of Kendrys Morales, but basically all I'm saying is Vargas is a serviceable corner infielder at this stage of his career, nothing more. You can ride him while he's hot, but ultimately he won't measure up to first basemen like Justin Morneau and Matt Adams.


David Ortiz unable to return Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays, as he continues to deal with a foot injury. He remains day to day moving forward, and has now missed two straight games as a result of the injury. 

Ryan Raburn moving up to Double-A Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn will move his rehab assignment up to Double-A Akron Wednesday, the team announced. Raburn has been working his way back from a wrist injury but seems likely to  return from the disabled list shortly. 

Jason Giambi set to start rehab Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi will begin his minor-league rehab assignment for Double-A Akron Tuesday, as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury. Giambi is expected to close out the Double-A season before returning to the majors by Sept. 1. 

Chris Carter hits 31st home run Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Astros first baseman Chris Carter belted his 31st home run Monday against the Athletics. 

Carter struck in the bottom of the eighth. With a man on, Carter belted a 96 mph fastball out to right for the two-run shot. It was Carter's only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Delmon Young hits sixth home run Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Orioles outfielder Delmon Young belted his sixth home run Monday.

Young struck in the fifth inning. With two men on, Young worked an eight-pitch at-bat against Jake Odorizzi. On the final pitch, Young belted an 83 mph splitter out to left for the three-run shot. He also singled, doubled and walked during the game. Young finished 3 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI. 


David Ortiz hoping to return Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is hoping to return to action Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe

Ortiz was not in the team's starting lineup Monday due to a foot injury. The injury is not thought to be serious and Ortiz will attempt to return Tuesday. Ortiz is hitting .265/.362/.524 over 445 at-bats. 


David Ortiz a no-go for Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was not in the starting lineup for Monday's contest against Toronto, the team announced. Ortiz left Sunday with a bruised foot. He owns a .265/.362/.524 line with 30 home runs and 93 RBI in 445 at-bats.

Billy Butler lone bright spot for Royals Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler was the lone bright spot for his team on Sunday against the Rangers in Arlington.

Butler took Scott Baker deep for a solo home run in the fourth inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-1 defeat. He owns a .277/.326/.391 slash line with nine home runs and 54 RBI over 470 at-bats.

Victor Martinez delivers 25th home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 3 for 6 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 13-4 win over the Twins Sunday.

Martinez picked up his first RBI on a fielder's choice in the third inning to give his team a 3-0 lead. He then put the Tigers up 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth. Martinez capped his night with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He has hit .328/.396/.553 with 25 home runs and 84 RBI in 445 at-bats.


David Ortiz exits game with bruised foot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was removed from Sunday's game in the sixth inning with a right foot contusion, WEEI.com reports.

Ortiz could be seen limping around first base after a sixth-inning single and was removed for a pinch runner. He fouled a ball off the foot earlier in the game. Ortiz went 1 for 3 with a walk before coming out Sunday, and he owns a .265/.362/.524 line with 30 home runs and 93 RBI in 445 at-bats.


Ryan Raburn goes hitless in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus Saturday, going 0 for 4 and striking out once.

Raburn hasn't played in a week due to a wrist injury, but it appears the issue may only keep him on the disabled list for the 15-day minimum. He has hit .191/.240/.277 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 188 at-bats.


David Ortiz back in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.

Ortiz was knocked out of Saturday's game when he sustained a bruised elbow after getting hit by a pitch. He has hit .265/.361/.525 with 30 home runs and 93 RBI in 442 at-bats.


Corey Hart goes hitless in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma Saturday, going hitless in three at-bats.

Hart was placed on the disabled list in early August with a bruised right knee. He has hit .203/.278/.314 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 207 at-bats.


Kenny Vargas stays on fire in another taming of Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Twins emerging first baseman Kennys Vargas certainly made the most out of his two doubles Saturday in a second straight rout of Detroit.

Vargas drove in one with his double in the second inning and cleared the bases with another in the seventh. He added a sacrifice fly to give him five RBI in the game and 10 in the last seven combined. Vargas has seven hits in the last three games to improve his stat line to .326/.366/.553.


Jason Giambi expects to be activated September 1


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Indians first baseman Jason Giambi should be activated September 1, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Giambi will go on a rehab assignment next week so that he can be activated in time. He's been sidelined since June 11 due to a knee injury.


David Ortiz knocked out of Saturday game after HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) A bruised left elbow sustained on a hit-by-pitch Saturday from Rays pitcher Charlie Furbush has knocked Red Sox slugger David Ortiz out of the game.

Ortiz had remained active after getting hit.


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689