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Jhonny Peralta slugs 17th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:08 am ET) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Reds Tuesday.

Peralta homered in the bottom of the sixth inning with his team down 4-1, scoring the first of four unanswered runs that ended with a walkoff hit batter. The shortstop has been on fire in August, going 23 for 67 at the plate while swatting three home runs. He owns a .266/.340/.458 line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 432 at-bats.


Andrelton Simmons day to day with sore hip


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was removed from Tuesday's game with a sore left hip, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Simmons went 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs and a stolen base in Tuesday's 11-3 win before coming out of the game. He's day to day moving forward and owns a .252/.299/345 line with six home runs, 41 RBI and four stolen bases in 417 at-bats.


Ian Desmond delivers big line Tuesday vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 4 with four RBI and a stolen base in his team's 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Desmond drove home two runs with a single in the third inning and repeated the feat with another single in the sixth. It's the first time he's driven in four runs in a game since June 9. Desmond has hit .251/.307/.425 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He needs five more steals to record his third straight 20-20 season.


Troy Tulowitzki transferred to 60-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. The shortstop is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery.

Dodgers swap Erisbel Arruebarrena, Carlos Triunfel


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) The Dodgers recalled shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena Tuesday and optioned shortstop Carlos Triunfel to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Triunfel went 0 for 1 in his latest stint with the team, leaving him 2 for 15 with one home run. Arruebarrena returns to a 5-for-16 mark.


Jordy Mercer back from three-game absence


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer is starting at shortstop Tuesday against the Braves, after recovering from a forearm injury. Mercer is batting eighth in his return from a three straight games off. 

Didi Gregorius picks up fifth home run Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius picked up his fifth home run Monday against the Nationals.

With his team down a run, Gregorius stepped to the plate with a man on in the eighth inning. He worked an eight-pitch at-bat, homering on a 95 mph fastball. Gregorius singled earlier in the game. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Andrelton Simmons hits a solo home run Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons clubbed a solo home run Monday against the Pirates.

Simmons struck in the first inning. He took an 88 mph fastball out to left field for a solo shot. He and Jason Heyward went back-to-back to lead off the game, giving the Braves an immediate two-run lead. Simmons finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Starlin Castro lifts Chicago to win with ninth-inning home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro provided the heroics during Sunday's game at N.Y. Mets. He led off the ninth inning with a solo home run off Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, sending Chicago to a 2-1 win.

Castro, who has 13 home runs, finished the game 2 for 4. He has hit safely in all but one of 16 games in August. He is batting .400 with two home runs, three doubles and eight RBI this month.


Jordy Mercer misses third straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer missed a third straight start Sunday against the Nationals due to a forearm injury. Josh Harrison once again started at shortstop in Mercer's absence.

Jean Segura makes his return Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Dodgers after missing one start due to a hand injury. Segura is batting .265 with one double, one RBI, one run and no stolen bases in his last 11 games.

Phillies acquire Jesmuel Valentin from Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The Phillies announced Saturday that minor-league second baseman Jesmuel Valentin is one of the two players-to-be-named-later acquired from the Dodgers in the Roberto Hernandez trade.

Valentin, who turned 20 years old in May, has spent the season as Class A Great Lakes, hitting .282/.352/.433 with seven home runs, 47 RBI and 24 steals in 404 at-bats.


Juan Uribe hits disabled list, Dodgers recall Carlos Triufnel


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) The Dodgers placed third baseman Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain Saturday and recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel .

Uribe suffered the injury Friday, and he won't be eligible to return until the end of August. He has hit .292/.320/.412 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 301 at-bats.

Triunfel is 2 for 14 with the Dodgers this season. He owns a .219/.251/.317 line with three home runs and 33 RBI in 265 at-bats with Triple-A Albuquerque.


Chris Owings ready to see game action


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings will play in the Arizona League before beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno Friday, MLB.com reports.

Owings has been out since late June while recovering from a shoulder injury. He has hit .277/.313/.458 with six home runs, 21 RBI and seven stolen bases in 238 at-bats.


Jean Segura still sidelined Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was unable to return to the starting lineup Saturday.

Segura left Friday's game with a hand injury. He was considered questionable entering Saturday's game. Segura is hitting .234/.268/.318 over 415 at-bats. 


Struggling Didi Gregorius benched Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) A massive slump has Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius sitting Saturday in Miami in favor of Cliff Pennington.

Gregorius is 5 for 38 in August and hitless in his last 18 at-bats.


Hitters to sit in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Thinking about starting Stephen Vogt, Lucas Duda, Aaron Hill, Nick Castellanos, J.J. Hardy or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Andrelton Simmons set to play Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is back in action Saturday after missing the Friday game against Oakland due to a dental procedure.

Simmons returns after playing just two games since losing time to an ankle injury.


Jordy Mercer out yet again Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer is out of the lineup yet again Saturday, the second straight game he has missed as a result of forearm tightness. He remains day to day moving forward. 

Jean Segura exits game with hand contusion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Brewers second baseman Jean Segura was forced out of Friday's game against the Dodgers with a contusion of the right hand, the team announced.

Segura was thrown out at second on a double play in the seventh and was removed for Rickie Weeks in the eighth. He finished 0 for 1 with two walks. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game in Los Angeles.


Andrelton Simmons out of lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics, as the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports he is having a dental procedure. He may be able to get back to the ballpark in time to play, but the initial posted lineup does not have him starting.  

Jordy Mercer out of lineup, no MRI set


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer is out of the lineup Friday against the Nationals, though the extent of his injured forearm is not yet known.

Mercer told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he will see the team doctor prior to Friday's game, but has not yet had an MRI scheduled. He has had other tests performed, though details on that are not yet known as well.


Alexi Amarista puts together three-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Padres infielder Alexi Amarista was uncharacteristically productive Thursday, though it cmame in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Amarista put together his first three-hit game since late July, as he went 3 for 4 with a double in the loss. He had no other stats as the Padres fell.

Amarista improved his line for the month of August to .269/.296/.308 with the performance, but he is still hitting just .235 for the season.  


Jhonny Peralta goes yard Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went deep Thursday against the Padres.

Peralta wasted no time making an imact. In his first at-bat of the night, Peralta belted a two-run shot out to left center. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Troy Tulowitzki proves something in shortened season


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2014) Troy Tulowitzki's career season came to an unceremonious end Wednesday with the announcement he needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

Most people who read that sentence will focus on the bad news -- specifically, three words: surgery, torn and hip. What they'll miss is the good news: career season.

Yes, Tulowitzki entered Thursday leading baseball in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.432) and slugging percentage (.603). He's been the best hitter in the game this year, and he's done it at by far the weakest position. No Hanley Ramirez to narrow the gap this year. To use Head-to-Head points per game as an example (not because it's the only format that matters, but because it provides a clearer basis for comparison), the next-best shortstop to Tulowitzki, Jose Reyes, is 0.54 behind him. The gap between Tulowitzki and the rest of the position is like the gap between Ian Kinsler and Asdrubal Cabrera at second base.

After a slight dip last year that had some (myself included) fearing the injuries were beginning to catch up to him, Tulowitzki bounced back in a big way, reminding everyone he's the most valuable player in Fantasy when he's healthy enough to play. But of course, he frequently isn't.

Before I learned he needed hip surgery, I was prepared to rank him third, behind Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, going into 2015. With the reminder of his fragility, I've dropped him to sixth, but I maintain that 110-120 games from him are more valuable than 150 games from a comparable first baseman or outfielder.

You'll find the rest of my projected first round here.


 
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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