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Torrid Rockies RF Carlos Gonzalez goes yard twice again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:18 am ET) There is no synonym in the thesaurus for "hot" that can adequately describe the tear Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez is on these days.

Gonzalez continued his sizzling stretch Thursday night against San Francisco by slamming two home runs, a double and a single. He slammed two-run taters in both the first and fourth innings.

He has six hits, including four home runs, in his last two games. He has scored five runs and driven in 11 in that short stretch.

Gonzalez now boasts a slugging percentage of .563 that has risen more than 100 points over the last six weeks.


Nationals' Bryce Harper goes hitless, scores four times in big win


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/3/2015) Bryce Harper did not record a hit in Thursday's game, but the Nationals star outfielder made some history

Harper became the first player since 1914 to 0-for-0 with four walks, four runs scored and an RBI, per MLB.com. The Nationals went on to put a beating on the Braves in a 15-1 final.

This is actually the second game this season that Harper scored four runs without registering a single hit. He's the only player in history to accomplish that feat.


Dodgers' Andre Ethier day-to-day with swollen knee


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/3/2015) Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series-opener against the Padres. Ethier fouled a ball off of his knee on Wednesday and is considered day-to-day.

Ethier, whose knee is swollen, is available to pinch hit if necessary on Thursday.


Twins' Eddie Rosario mashes first grand slam of career in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/3/2015) Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario connected on his first-career grand slam on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to avoid the 6-4 loss to the White Sox.

Rosario came to bat with the bases loaded and his team down 1-0 in the third inning. With one swing of the bat, he gave the Twins a three-run lead. The bullpen was unable to make that lead last however.

The four RBI is a new career-high for the Twins rookie. Rosario is batting .237 (9 for 38) with two homers and six RBI over his last 10 games.


Nationals' Taylor available off bench, but likely to get a few more days off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2015) Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor still has some swelling in his knee as of Thursday and could be held out of the starting lineup for a few more days. He is available off the bench against the Braves, but manager Matt Williams said he needs to rest so the injury will heal.

Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen (knee) only expected to miss one game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2015) Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen received a day off Thursday against the Brewers to deal with a left knee injury, which manager Clint Hurdle said has been bothering the All-Star outfielder for 5-6 days.

"We’ve been talking about a day off for the past four or five days," Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Last night, we decided today would be a good day off."

Hurdle added, however, he is only expecting McCutchen to miss one game. He said McCutchen will be in the lineup Friday unless he "misses the flight."

McCutchen is batting .382 (21 for 55) with two home runs, five doubles, eight RBI, eight runs, eight walks, 10 strikeouts and one stolen base in his last 15 games.


Nationals OF Bryce Harper bounces back quickly from injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was able to start Thursday against the Braves after being removed from Wednesday's game due to left glute tightness.

Harper is batting .370 (17 for 46) with one home run, six doubles, five RBI, nine runs, 12 walks, 11 strikeouts and one stolen base in his last 14 games.


Royals CF Lorenzo Cain (calf) able to start Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2015) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was able to start Thursday against the Tigers after leaving Wednesday's game due to a calf injury.

Cain, who homered Wednesday before leaving the game, has hit safely in 10 straight games. He is batting .385 (15 for 39) with one double, one home run and seven RBI in that span.


Phillies RF Domonic Brown (head) will see doctor Thursday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9/3/2015) Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown was sent back to Philadelphia and he will see a doctor on Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Brown was forced out of Wednesday's game with what seemed like a possible concussion.


Orioles send RF Dariel Alvarez to Class A


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) The Orioles sent right fielder Dariel Alvarez to Class-A Advanced Frederick on Wednesday, the team announced.

Alvarez hit .250 in 12 at-bats with the team this season.


Mariners DH Nelson Cruz leaves game with quad injury


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz left Wednesday's game against the Astros with a strained right quad, according to The News Tribune.

Cruz went 1 for 4 with a single before leaving the game.


Glute tightness has Nationals CF Bryce Harper out of game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) What is being described as left glute tightness has prompted the removal of Nationals slugger Bryce Harper from the Wednesday game in St. Louis, according to MLB.com.

Harper was replaced in the field at the bottom of the fourth inning. The team has yet to reveal the seriousness of the issue or a timetable for his return to action.


Royals CF Lorenzo Cain out after taking foul ball off calf


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was taken out of a lopsided game Wednesday against Detroit after fouling a ball off his calf in the fourth inning.

The team has stated that he was removed only as a precaution and that the issue does not appear to be serious.

Cain certainly made an impact before he left with a home run and double - his first extra-base hits in the last 15 games.


Nationals CF Bryce Harper removed from Wednesday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was pulled from the game Wednesday night in St. Louis for reasons not yet revealed.

Harper did not run out a popout leading off the fourth and was replaced in the bottom of the inning, but it remains to be seen if that was the motivation for Matt Williams to take him out.


Phillies OF Domonic Brown leaves game with head injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) A possible concussion has forced the removal of Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown from the Wednesday night game against the host Mets, per CSNPhilly.com.

Brown departed in the fourth inning after striking out in his only at-bat.


Twins OF Aaron Hicks ready for Friday return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) The Twins are set to activate outfielder Aaron Hicks on Friday, per MLB.com.

Hicks, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, has three hits in 13 at-bats in his rehab stint at Triple-A Rochester. He owns a .268/.318/.411 slash line with Minnesota this season.


Dodgers promote OF Scott Schebler from Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) The Dodgers have recalled outfielder Scott Schebler from Triple-A Oklahoma City, the Orange County Register has reported.

Schebler owns a slash line of .241/.322/.410 and has just two hits in his last 20 at-bats. He played in one game for the Dodgers in late June and managed one hit in three tries.


Nationals OF Michael Taylor (knee) out of Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) A nagging right knee problem has forced outfielder Michael Taylor to be scratched from the Nationals lineup Wednesday in St. Louis. He has been sidelined periodically with the ailment.

It could be affecting his performance at the plate. Taylor has just two hits in his last 18 at-bats.


Reds CF Billy Hamilton (shoulder) begins throwing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2015) Shelved Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was slated to begin throwing Wednesday as part of his rehab from a shoulder injury that landed him on the disabled list on Aug. 19.

"Right now ... he's pain-free in all of his activity," Bryan Price told MLB.com. "I'm hoping for a good report when he gets done playing catch today. Hopefully we can initiate swinging the bat."

Hamilton is eligible for activation Friday, but will not return that quickly. The team would prefer he continues his rehab in the minors, but the farm teams for the Reds all end their seasons Monday.


Padres recall three players from Triple-A on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) The Padres added three more players to their active roster in advance of Wednesday's game against the Rangers.

Right-hander Jon Edwards , who was acquired from Texas in late August as part of the Will Venable trade, has been called up from Triple-A El Paso.

Joining him are infielder/outfielder Alex Dickerson and catcher Rocky Gale


Rays OF Steven Souza likely to begin rehab assignment Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) Rays outfield Steven Souza is progressing on his road back from a fractured hand. Souza was able to take batting practice on Wednesday and is expected to join Triple-A Durham for a rehab assignment this weekend. 

He is hoping to be back with the Rays for the start of the series in Detroit early next week, according to The Tampa Tribune


Rays' Kevin Kiermaier recovers from ankle injury, returns Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles. Kiermaier injured his ankle on an incredible leaping catch in Monday's contest, and was forced to leave that game early. He wasn't able to play on Tuesday, but he's back in there on Wednesday.

Kiermaier has been hitting well lately, batting .382 with two homers and four RBI in the 10 games prior to Monday. 


Red-hot Christian Yelich plays catalyst in Marlins' win Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich continue his recent unworldly hitting on Wednesday, as he went 4 for 5 with two runs scored in the 7-3 win over the Braves. Yelich doubled twice and was a real offensive force on Wednesday.

Yelich has been on fire recently, batting .486 (16 for 37) with six doubles over his last 10 games.


Astros recall OF Preston Tucker from Triple-A on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) The Astros have recalled outfielder Preston Tucker from Triple-A Fresno. Tucker was sent down back on Aug. 22 after struggling at the plate for much of August. 

But he went 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBI on Sunday for Fresno, and hit .303 in the eight games since his demotion.

He's in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners. He'll be in left field, batting seventh for manager A.J. Hinch.


Cubs' Kyle Schwarber scratched Wednesday with rib soreness


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9/2/2015) Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Reds due to right rib soreness. Schwarber had been slated to start in left field and bat second, but he'll sit this one out, with Chris Coghlan taking over in left.

Schwarber said he experienced pain while taking swings in the batting cage. He will he a precautionary MRI.

Schwarber homered in Tuesday's ballgame, but he's hitting just .189 with 14 strikeouts and four walks over his last 10 games.


 
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