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Josh Hamilton aiming for Wednesday return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:39 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is hoping to return Thursday, according to the Orange County Register

Hamilton has received 12 cortisone shots over the past month in order to combat his issues. He's been dealing with shoulder and chest injuries. The shots typically take 3-4 days to work, so Hamilton is hoping he can be back on the field Wednesday. "I’m doing everything I can to get back," Hamilton said. "I have more confidence I’ll come in every day feeling a little better."


Aaron Hicks scratched with sore back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:30 pm ET) Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks has been scratched from Saturday's game due to a sore back.

Hicks was set to play left field, but will be replaced. He also had back issues back in May. Hicks is hitting .209 over 163 at-bats. 


Arismendy Alcantara slugs three-run home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Arismendy Alcantara went 1 for 3 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers Saturday.

The Cubs were down 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Alcantara followed up an RBI single earlier in the inning with his three-run blast to bring the Cubs to within one before they took the lead in the eighth. Alcantara has hit .214/.267/.377 with 10 home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases in 252 at-bats.


Chris Coghlan homers twice in 4-for-4 performance Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:11 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan sparked a big comeback Saturday, going 4 for 4 with one walk, two home runs and three RBI in his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers.

Coghlan smacked his first home run in the first inning and delivered the key two-run blast in the eighth inning to put his team up by one run. Before Saturday, he had just one home run in the second half, coming all the way back on Aug. 3. Coghlan now owns a .283/.349/.449 line with eight home runs, 38 RBI and six stolen bases in 361 at-bats.


Torii Hunter smashes 17th home run Saturday vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-2 win over the Royals Saturday.

Hunter put the first run of the game for either side on the board with his shot to left field in the fourth inning. He's recorded two hits in each of his last six games, driving home at least one run in five of them. Hunter has hit .288/.321/.452 with 17 home runs and 81 RBI in 518 at-bats.


Josh Hamilton out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:35 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers. A CT scan of Hamilton's ribcage revealed that he's dealing with inflammation, and he remains day-to-day.

Jason Kipnis, Zach Walters remain sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:12 pm ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and outfielder Zach Walters are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Kipnis left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but manager Terry Francona expressed optimism that he would be able to return this weekend. Walters has been dealing with an intercostal strain and may be able to pinch hit if needed.


Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:46 pm ET) Mets outfielders Juan Lagares and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves.

Lagares has been sidelined since Tuesday with a hyperextended elbow. Nieuwenhuis passed a kidney stone Thursday and remains day-to-day.


Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman from DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:12 pm ET) The Nationals activated outfielder Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list Saturday.

Zimmerman has been sidelined since July 22 with a hamstring injury. Multiple injuries have limited him to 195 at-bats this season, and he owns a .282/.345/.456 line with five home runs and 36 RBI.


Nick Markakis remains out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

Markakis has been out since Tuesday while recovering from a shoulder injury. He has hit .272/.336/.375 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 621 at-bats.


Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis and outfielder Jason Heyward are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

Gattis hasn't played since Sept. 7 as he continues to deal with a kidney stone. Heyward injured his thumb Wednesday and hasn't played since.


Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:10 pm ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Ellsbury is expected to undergo an MRI Saturday after being removed from action the previous day with a hamstring injury. He has hit .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI and 39 stolen bases in 575 at-bats.


Domonic Brown out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:07 pm ET) Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the A's.

Brown was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a right hand sprain, and he appears set to miss a second straight game with the issue. He has hit .237/.288/.356 with 10 home runs, 61 RBI and seven stolen bases in 452 at-bats.


David Peralta returns to lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:39 pm ET) Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta is back in the starting lineup Saturday.

Peralta hasn't started since Sept. 5 due to a back injury, but he was able to pinch hit Friday. He has hit .292/.325/.459 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in 305 at-bats during his rookie campaign.


Josh Hamilton day-to-day with inflammation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:37 pm ET) Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton underwent a CT scan on the front and back of his ribcage, and the diagnosis is that he's dealing with inflammation, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Hamilton is day-to-day while recovering from the injury. He has hit .263/.331/.414 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 338 at-bats.


Jake Marisnick delivering over last 10 days


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick has enjoyed a spike in production over the last 10 days, going 11 for 25 at the plate and stealing four bases in eight games.

Marisnick has boosted his OPS by 58 points during the hot streak, though his only extra-base hit over the stretch was a double in Friday's loss to the Mariners. He has hit .246/.283/.293 with one home run, 13 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 191 at-bats.


Oswaldo Arcia swats 19th home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:49 am ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia excelled in his return to action Friday, going 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Indians.

Arcia put the first run of the game on the board in the third inning, slugging a solo home run to right field. He then added an RBI single in the seventh inning to bring his team within one before the Twins plated a runner in the ninth and another in the 10th to pick up a walkoff win. Arcia has hit .237/.308/.469 with 19 home runs and 54 RBI in 337 at-bats.


Michael Brantley slugs 20th home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:45 am ET) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Twins Friday.

Brantley also added a double while extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He's also collected at least one hit in 22 of his last 23 games. Setting career highs virtually across the board in 2014, Brantley has delivered his first 20-20 campaign this year, hitting .322/.380/.502 with 20 home runs, 95 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 584 at-bats.


Michael Morse strikes out twice in return to action Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:12 am ET) Giants outfielder Michael Morse returned to action Friday, going 0 for 2 with a pair of strikeouts in his team's 5-0 loss to the Padres.

Morse didn't start Friday's game but appeared as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. He played two innings in the field before coming out on a double switch. Morse has hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 438 at-bats.


Domonic Brown dealing with sprained hand


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:22 am ET) Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown was scratched Friday night against the A's because of a right hand sprain, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Brown landed awkwardly on his wrist making a leaping catch the previous day against the Padres. He is hitting .237 with 10 homers and 61 RBI over 452 at-bats.

Yoenis Cespedes belts home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:29 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes belted his 22nd home run Friday against the Orioles. 

Cespedes struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Cespedes belted an 80 mph slider out to center for a solo shot. He finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Dustin Ackley belts two home runs Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:15 am ET) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley clubbed two home runs Friday against the Astros.

Ackley struck in the third inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat against Brad Peacock, belting a 79 mph knuckle curve to left. He struck again in the eighth, hitting another solo shot on a 90 mph fastball. Ackley finished 2 for 4, with three runs scored and two RBI. 


Michael Cuddyer plates career-high seven runs vs. D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer only needed three hits to drive in a career-high seven runs Friday night at home against Arizona.

Cuddyer launched a grand slam off Eury De La Rosa in the sixth inning. He also doubled in three runs in the eight, to go along with a fifth-inning double. He finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored and seven RBI in a 15-3 victory. He is hitting .335/.378/.593 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 167 at-bats.

Jacoby Ellsbury heading for MRI


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will head for an MRI, according to the New York Daily News.

Ellsbury left Friday's game with a hamstring issue. He was removed in the fifth inning, and will be sent for an MRI in order to determine the severity of the injury. 


Kirk Nieuwenhuis takes a breather after passing kidney stone


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was held out of action Friday night against the Braves, one day removed from passing a kidney stone, MLB.com reports.

Nieuwenhuis told the manager he's available as a pinch hitter and could be back in action a early as Saturday. He is hitting .242 with three homers and 14 RBI over 99 at-bats.


 
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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