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Steve Pearce goes deep again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went deep for the third time in five games Thursday, in a 5-4 win over the Rays.

Pearce got the Orioles on the board with his solo home run in the first inning, his lone hit of the game. Though he went 1 for 4, he scored twice, the second time following a walk later in the game.

Pearce has homered five times in the month of August, bringing his season total to 16. He is hitting .290/.355/.534 in 283 at-bats overall. 


Alex Gordon hits another home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon clubbed his 17th home run Thursday against the Twins. 

Gordon struck in the bottom of the seventh inning. He took a 93 mph fastball from from Ryan Pressly out to right center for the solo shot. Gordon also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and two RBI. Gordon has now hit five home runs in his last 11 games. 


Jim Adduci pulled with head injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rangers outfielder Jim Adduci was pulled from Thursday's game due to a head injury, according to MLB.com.

Adduci hit his head while making a catch on the warning track. The team removed Adduci from the game as a precautionary measure. He will be evaluated for a concussion.


Alex Presley hoping to take batting practice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros outfielder Alex Presley is hoping to take batting practice Friday, according to MLB.com.

Presley has been sidelined due to an oblique injury. He's considered day-to-day. He's nearing a point where he's ready to return, though manager Bo Porter did not provide any specific timetable for the injury.


Robbie Grossman day-to-day with ankle injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman is day-to-day with an ankle injury, according to MLB.com.

Grossman injured his ankle during Wednesday's game. He was able to play through the game, but was fairly sore Thursday. Grossman is hitting .215/.330/.325 over 265 at-bats. 


Alex Rios sitting due to thumb


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Rios will miss the game due to a thumb injury. Rios indicated he wanted to play, but manager Ron Washington thought it was for the best to hold him out. Washington expects Rios to start Friday. 


Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games this weekend, according to the Boston Globe

Castillo signed with the club recently, and has already obtained his work visa. He arrived at team headquarters in Florida Wednesday to begin workouts. 


Jordan Schafer contributing for Twins


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer continues to produce since joining the team, as he extended his heating streak to seven games in a 6-1 loss to the Royals Wednesday.

Schafer went 1 for 3 with a stolen base Wednesday, raising his average since joining the Twins to .305 in 59 at-bats. He has appeared in all but two games since, and has a .397 on-base percentage with 10 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 10 tries.  


Coco Crisp's late contributions prove key


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp put together a solid performance Wednesday, in a 5-4 win over the Astros.

Serving as the designated hitter, Crisp put the Astros on top in the seventh inning with a solo home run, and later scored the winning run in the ninth. He finished the game 2 for 5 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Injuries have been an issue for Crisp during what has been a disastrous month of August. He is hitting just .183/.253/.341 in 82 at-bats for the month.


Mike Trout smashes 30th home run in win vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Angels outfielder Mike Trout went 2 for 3 with two walks, a home run and two RBI in his team's 6-1 win over the Marlins Wednesday.

Trout tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the third inning and piled on with his seventh-inning solo home run. He has four multi-hit performances in his last six games, with three including a home run. Trout has hit .291/.378/.565 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI in 501 at-bats.


Jose Bautista clubs 26th home run Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista hit his 26th home run Wednesday against the Red Sox. 

Bautista struck in his first at-bat. With the bases empty, Bautista clubbed an 85 mph changeup from Joe Kelly out to center for the solo shot. Bautista also singled during the contest. He finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Rusney Castillo cleared for games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo has received his work visa and can play in games, according to ESPN.com. 

Castillo signed just a few days ago, and joined the team in Fort Myers to begin workouts. The visa news was confirmed by Roc Nation Sports CEO Juan Perez. 


Josh Hamilton returns to the field Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton returned to the field Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Hamilton served as the club's designated hitter the past two days due to knee tightness. Playing the field would seem to indicate Hamilton has mostly recovered from the injury. He's hitting .263/.335/.424 over 304 at-bats. 


Brett Gardner set to start Wednesday against Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is ready to roll Wednesday in Detroit after sitting out since Saturday with an ankle issue.

Gardner hopes to returns hotter than when he left. He has just six hits in his last 42 at-bats to weaken his batting average from .282 to .269.


Kevin Kiermaier ready to roll Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has returned to the lineup for the Wednesday night game in Baltimore. He has been dealing with a neck issue.

Kiermaier was heating up before going down. A 6-for-9 stretch ended a 2-for-27 slump.


Rusney Castillo reports for first official workout


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who recently signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, reported to the team's training complex in Florida Wednesday to go through his first official workout. Rusney stretched, jogged and played catch on a practice field.

Allen Craig hits first home run since trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Allen Craig hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox during an 11-7 win Tuesday at Toronto. Craig capped a seven-run 11th inning with a two-run homer off Sergio Santos.

Craig finished 1 for 5 with one walk and two strikeouts. He is batting .174 (4 for 23) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, one run, two walks and eight strikeouts in six games since being acquired from St. Louis.


Josh Reddick doesn't like taking strikes


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/27/2014) Since returning from a knee injury in late July, Josh Reddick has rediscovered the power that had been sorely lacking for him earlier in the season. That has helped to catapult him among the top 25 outfielders in Fantasy since then, but his power resurgence is only part of the story.

Reddick has a history of extreme flyball hitting, and while that gives him the potential to hit 30-plus homers like he did in 2012, it also has a little something to do with his career .242 batting average. In 30 games since his disabled list stint, Reddick has a .301 batting average to complement his six home runs and eight doubles for the Athletics, but he hasn't relied on an inflated BABIP to achieve a high average. Reddick's BABIP since his return is .275, which is just three points higher than his career mark.

The key to Reddick's lofty status among his fellow outfielders (19th in Head-to-Head, 23rd in Rotisserie) is his near-refusal to take a strike. Since his July 22 activation, Reddick has the 17th-lowest called strike rate among hitters who have seen at least 300 pitches, allowing just 11.9 percent of pitches he has seen get called for strikes (as compared to the median rate of 16.7 percent). That has aided Reddick in striking out just seven times in 103 at-bats. Among the top 25 outfielders during this period, only Ben Revere, Melky Cabrera and Norichika Aoki have even come close to Reddick's strikeout rate or total.

Over most of his career, Reddick has been a pretty typical hitter in terms of his tendency to take a strike, so who knows if he can keep this going? We've seen strange things happen before over the course of 100 or so at-bats, but if Reddick continues to blend his new aggressive approach with the decent contact rate he's shown over the years, he could be legitimate as a top 25 outfielder.


Jose Bautista puts end to 0-for-17 slump with HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista put an end to a 0-for-17 slump when he homered off Alex Wilson in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 11-7 loss against the Red Sox. Bautista became the third player in team history to have at least 25 homers in five straight seasons, joining Carlos Delgado (1996-2004) and Joe Carter (1991-96).

"Even yesterday, he hit two balls on the money, one to center field," manager John Gibbons, per MLB.com. "It's just a matter of time. Everybody goes through those, even your top hitters. But we need him, we need him to heat up."


Zach Walters belts ninth home run Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Indians infielder Zach Walters belted his ninth home run Tuesday against the White Sox. 

Walters struck in the top of the 10th inning. With the game tied, Walters clubbed a 96 mph fastball out to right center for the two-run shot. He also singled and walked earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. Walters has now hit five home runs in his last 10 games. 


Alex Gordon hits a walkoff homer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon hit a walkoff home run Tuesday against the Twins.

Gordon struck in the bottom of the ninth inning. With one man on, Gordon took an 81 mph slider from Glen Perkins out to right center for the game-winning two-run shot. Gordon also singled during the contest. He finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. Gordon has now hit four home runs in his last nine games. 


Jacoby Ellsbury goes yard twice Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury blasted two home runs Tuesday against the Tigers.

Ellsbury's first blast came in the fifth inning. With the bases empty, Ellsbury took an 82 mph changeup from Rick Porcello out to right for the solo shot. He did the same thing in his next at-bat. This time, Ellsbury hit an 88 mph slider out to right for the solo shot. He also singled in the contest. Ellsbury finished 3 for 4, with two runs scored and two RBI. 


David Murphy able to hit off a tee Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Indians outfielder David Murphy was able to hit off a tee Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Murphy took about 45 swings prior to the game. Murphy admitted he still had some pain early in the workout, but it went away as his muscles warmed up. Despite the progress, Murphy isn't sure when he'll return. "I still don't know exctly where I'm at in terms of how close I am to a rehab assignment," Murphy said. 


Brett Gardner expects to play Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is hoping to play Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Gardner has been dealing with an ankle injury. He hasn't played since August 23 due to the issue. Gardner is hitting .269/.346/.435 over 464 at-bats. 


Chris Denorfia scratched with neck injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Mariners outfielder Chris Denorfia has been scratched due to a stiff neck, according to the Seattle Times

Denorfia will be replaced in the lineup by Endy Chavez. Over 293 at-bats, Denorfia is hitting .242/.290/.317.


 
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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