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Adam LaRoche exits game Monday with stiff back


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was removed from Monday's game due to a stiff back, the Washington Post reports.

LaRoche was 0 for 3 at the plate before coming out of the game, which the Nationals won. The team will know more about the injury Tuesday, but for now he's day to day.


Denard Span slugs two home runs in win vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 2 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers Monday.

Span delivered his team's third solo home run of the game in the third inning and then added a two-run blast in the fifth. The big performance doubled Span's home-run total in one night. He has hit .299/.349/.416 with four home runs, 31 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 531 at-bats.


Asdrubal Cabrera slugs 13th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers Monday.

Cabrera hit one of the four home runs served up by Dodgers starter Roberto Hernandez on the night, giving the second baseman four home runs since joining the Nationals at the July 31 trading deadline. He has hit .245/.312/.397 with 13 home runs, 52 RBI and seven stolen bases in 473 at-bats.


Jayson Werth homers, steals two bases Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth went 1 for 2 with two walks, a solo home run and two stolen bases in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers Monday.

Werth put his team up early with his first-inning home run and showed off his wheels later in the game, stealing second base after each of his walks. He has hit .288/.383/.458 with 16 home runs, 76 RBI and nine stolen bases in 465 at-bats.


Matt Kemp swats 17th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-4 loss to the Nationals Monday.

Kemp delivered his blast in the first inning to extend his hit streak to nine games and added a second hit later in the game to give himself three straight multi-hit efforts. He owns a .281/.346/.475 line with 17 home runs, 66 RBI and eight stolen bases in 455 at-bats.


Rafael Soriano hangs on Monday for 31st save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano delivered a shaky save Monday, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk in one inning while striking out two in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

Soriano handled the first two batters of the ninth inning before issuing a walk, and after the runner took second base, he came around to score on a single. The closer surrendered another single to bring the potential winning run to the plate, but he struck out Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson to end the game. Soriano owns a 2.63 ERA and 52:17 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.


Gio Gonzalez gives up three runs in win vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez earned a win Monday, surrendering three earned runs on three hits and two walks in six-plus innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 victory over the Dodgers.

Gonzalez (7-9) walked a batter with two outs in the first inning before serving up a two-run blast to fall behind. It was the only hit he allowed until the seventh inning, when the starter surrendered two singles to start the inning before being yanked. Gonzalez owns a 3.89 ERA and 135:53 K:BB ratio in 132 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Sunday.


Roberto Hernandez allows five runs in loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez took a loss Monday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Nationals.

Hernandez (8-10) was victimized by the long ball Monday, surrendering four home runs after getting through his first four starts with the Dodgers without allowing any home runs. The ugly outing gives him a 4.00 ERA and 94:64 K:BB ratio in 148 1/3 innings. Hernandez is scheduled to face the Padres next Monday.


Josh Edgin to have elbow examined Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Mets pitcher Josh Edgin will have his elbow examined by team doctors Tuesday after a platelet-rich plasma injection failed to relieve the bone spurs and tendinitis in the elbow, the New York Daily News reports.

"We’ll have to see with the doctors," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "The shot really didn’t help him. When the shot didn’t help very much, he was going to start taking his medicine, hold off until the doctors take a look at it."

Edgin has been sidelined since Aug. 23 with the injury. He owns a 1.40 ERA and 25:6 K:BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings.


Salvador Perez homers in three-hit performance Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 4-3 win over the Rangers Monday.

Perez delivered the first blow of the game with his RBI double in the bottom of the first, and he followed that up with a two-run home run in the third inning to put his team up 3-0. He's managed to produce multiple hits in four of his last six games, raising Perez's line to .269/.302/.424 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 484 at-bats.


Greg Holland strikes out two in 41st save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland secured his 41st save Monday, striking out two during a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Rangers.

Holland's save was his first since Aug. 22, and he's been used in nonsave situations in each of his last four outings. Monday's save makes it three straight days and five of six days in which he's pitched, so Holland is likely to be unavailable Tuesday. He owns a 1.63 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 78:18 K:BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings.


Colby Lewis allows four runs in loss vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis took a loss Monday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Royals.

Lewis (9-12) surrendered all four runs in the first four innings, with two coming on a third-inning home run. He's struggled with the long ball lately, serving up two home runs in each of his previous three games before Monday. Lewis owns a 5.42 ERA and 117:41 K:BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Saturday.


Yordano Ventura strikes out seven in win vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura picked up a win Monday, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 4-3 victory over the Rangers.

Ventura (11-9) was scratched from his previous scheduled start with a back issue but pitched to form Monday, striking out plenty of batters while also issuing plenty of walks. He owns a 3.38 ERA and 132:57 K:BB ratio in 152 innings. Ventura is scheduled to face the Yankees Sunday.


Giants announce September additions


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Giants added outfielder Gary Brown, infielder Adam Duvall and pitchers Brett Bochy, Erik Cordier and Chris Heston to the expanded active roster Monday.

Marco Scutaro, Matt Cain transferred to 60-day DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro and Matt Cain were transferred to the 60-day disabled list after Monday's loss. The moves clear two 40-man roster spots to use on the team's expanded September roster.

Report: Astros to recall Jonathan Villar, three others Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Astros will recall infielder Jonathan Villar, catcher Max Stassi and pitcher Nick Tropeano and Jorge De Leon Tuesday when rosters expand, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The team will need to clear two 40-man roster spots for the pitchers. Villar hit .200/.255/.342 with six home runs, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 225 at-bats with Houston before being sent to the minors.


Ben Paulsen slugs pinch-hit home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen delivered a two-run pinch-hit home run in his team's 10-9 win over the Giants Monday.

Paulsen was called upon to hit for the pitcher in the seventh inning and broke a 7-7 tie with his two-run blast. He's been fantastic in limited action with the Rockies, hitting .417/.447/.694 with two home runs and six RBI in 36 at-bats.


Hunter Pence slugs 19th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 1 for 4 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 10-9 loss to the Rockies Monday.

Pence put his team up three runs early with his first-inning shot, but the Giants were outscored 10-5 from the second inning on. The homer extended his hitting streak to 14 games.


Buck Farmer to rejoin Tigers Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Tigers will recall pitcher Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo Tuesday, MLive.com reports.

Farmer was hammered in his last outing with the team, giving up seven earned runs while recording only four outs on Aug. 23. He spent most of his time this season with Class A West Michigan, posting a 2.60 ERA and 116:24 K:BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings. Farmer also did a solid job with Double-A Erie but struggled in two starts with Toledo.


Michael Morse scheduled for MRI Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Giants outfielder Michael Morse is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured hip Tuesday, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Morse was a late scratch Monday after suffering the injury during batting practice. He has hit .280/.338/.477 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 436 at-bats.


Sergio Romo stuck with walkoff loss Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Giants pitcher Sergio Romo was victimized by three singles in two-thirds of an inning to take a walkoff 10-9 loss against the Rockies Monday.

Romo (5-4) surrendered a single to the leadoff batter in the bottom of the ninth, and after a sacrifice sent the runner to second base, a popout to the catcher put Romo one out away from sending the game into extra innings. He couldn't come through, allowing back-to-back singles to end the game. Romo owns a 4.09 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 52:12 K:BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings.


LaTroy Hawkins blows save, picks up win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins blew a save opportunity Monday, allowing two earned runs on three hits in one inning while striking out one, but his offense picked him up and handed him the win in the team's 10-9 victory over the Giants.

Hawkins (3-2) surrendered a double and a single to bring a run home, and after the potential tying run advanced to second on a wild pitch, the runner came home on a single with still no outs in the inning. The closer buckled down to pick up outs against the next three batters. Hawkins owns a 3.00 ERA and 31:12 K:BB ratio in 48 innings.


Franklin Morales blasted for seven runs vs. Giants Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales escaped with a no-decision Monday, surrendering seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's  10-9 win over the Giants.

Morales surrendered a three-run home run to the fifth batter of the game and gave up an RBI single before finally getting out of the first inning. It's his second poor performance in his lat three starts. Morales owns a 5.46 ERA and 89:59 K:BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Padres Sunday.


Tim Hudson struggles in no-decision vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Giants pitcher Tim Hudson didn't factor into Monday's decision after allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and one walk in five-plus innings and striking out five in his team's 10-9 loss to the Rockies.

Hudson gave up two runs on a second-inning triple but otherwise kept the Rockies offense at bay in his first five frames. He ran into big trouble in the sixth, issuing a walk and surrendering two singles before a fielder's choice-turned-error brought home the second run of a four-run sixth and ended the starter's game. Hudson owns a 3.08 ERA and 111:30 K:BB ratio in 172 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Tigers Sunday.


Kevin Quackenbush strikes out side in second save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Padres pitcher Kevin Quackenbush struck out all three batters he faced Monday to earn his second save in his team's 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Quackenbush is serving as the closer as Joaquin Benoit deals with shoulder issues, and he couldn't have done better with the job Monday. Quackenbush owns a 2.64 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 46:16 K:BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.


 
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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