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28 Steve Pearce LF
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 4/13/1983 | Birthplace: Lakeland, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: South Carolina | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $700,000 | Owned/Started%: 46/22 | Average Draft Position: 256.75
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Steve Pearce held out of starting lineup Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce was held out of the starting lineup Monday afternoon against Minnesota, as he continues to work his way back from a right abdominal strain. Pearce is hitting .289 with 16 homers and 37 RBI over 284 at-bats.

Steve Pearce doesn't return to lineup Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce missed a second straight start Sunday against the Twins due to an abdominal injury. Chris Davis, who had been starting at third base, was back at first base Sunday in Pearce's absence.

MRI for Steve Pearce shows no oblique issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce underwent an MRI Saturday which showed no additional damage beyond a strained abdominal muscle, MASNSports.com reports.

Pearce's MRI showed good news, in that he did not suffer an oblique or intercostals strain, which would likely cost him more time. He is not in the lineup for Saturday's game, but appears to be day to day at this point.  


Steve Pearce exits with abdominal strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce was forced out of Friday's game against the Twins with a right abdominal strain, the team announced. He left the game in the third inning and was replaced by Jimmy Paredes. Pearce is hitting .289 with 16 homers and 37 RBI over 284 at-bats.

Steve Pearce goes deep again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) 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. 


Steve Pearce goes yard again


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce hit another home run Monday against the Rays.

Pearce struck in the third inning. He belted a solo shot on a 90 mph fastball from Jake Odorizzi. It was Pearce's 15th home run of the season. He's now gone yard four times in his last eight games. Pearce finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Steve Pearce goes deep vs. Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went deep Sunday afternoon against the Cubs.

Pearce took Tsuyoshi Wada deep for a solo home run in the seventh inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-1 defeat. He has homered three times over his last seven games. Pearce owns a .287/.349/.522 slash line with 14 homers and 35 RBI over 268 at-bats.

More reason to like Steve Pearce again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/21/2014) I've wondered allowed if Steve Pearce's recent turnaround could be a sign of things to come and more than once compared him to Brandon Moss, thinking he could be another late-bloomer if only he'd get the chance.

Based on what CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman said on Thursday's Fantasy Baseball Today, he absolutely will.

The video goes into more detail, of course, but to summarize, the Orioles really like Pearce. They believe in him, which doesn't explain the way they used him in July, but whatever, it's a new month.

Considering he hit .336 with a 1.003 OPS over a two-month span earlier this season and .294 with an .893 over nine minor-league seasons, I'm willing to take a flier on him if I need a corner infielder or a late-season power boost.


Steve Pearce swats 13th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Pearce has started to heat back up over the last four games, going 7 for 18 with four doubles and two home runs. He hadn't managed a multi-hit performance since July 19 before his current stretch. Pearce owns a .289/.353/.520 line with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 256 at-bats.


Steve Pearce showing signs of life


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2014) Back in June, Steve Pearce was one of the hottest pickups off the waiver wire, seemingly joining J.D. Martinez in shedding the Quadruple-A label with a .361 batting average, five home runs and 1.099 OPS for the month. In May and June combined, he hit .336 (47 for 140) with nine home runs and a 1.033 OPS.

His season took a sharp turn thereafter, his ownership rate plummeting from 77 to 23 percent as he hit just .173 (14 for 81) from July 5 to Aug. 16. The Orioles lost faith, routinely sitting him for David Lough and Delmon Young, and all hope seemed lost for the 31-year-old journeyman.

But I ended that stretch at Aug. 16 for a reason. In two games since, he's 5 for 10 with three doubles and a homer. It's a laughably small sample size, but given what he provided in the weeks leading up to it, it stands out. And particularly if you play in a standard Rotisserie league, where each team starts five outfielders and a third corner infielder, you may want to make a move for him depending how his next couple games go.

Given his minor-league track record, which includes a career .294 batting average and .893 OPS as well as a 31-homer season in 2007, I think he could go the way of Brandon Moss, another minor-league slugger presumed to be a Quadruple-A player until a team finally gave him an extended look. Of course, the Orioles will have to stick with Pearce for him to have that chance, but I wouldn't dismiss him just yet.


Steve Pearce ends home run drought at 19 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Orioles outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce ended his home run drought at 19 games during a 4-1 win Sunday at Cleveland. Pearce went 2 for 5 with one double and two runs. 

Pearce connected for his first home run since July 10 when he hit a solo shot off C.C. Lee in the seventh inning. It was also his first RBI in 20 games. Pearce entered play Sunday mired in a 9-for-58 slump in his previous 19 games.


Hitters to sit in Week 16


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Thinking of starting Mike Zunino, C.J. Cron, Kolten Wong, Aramis Ramirez, J.J. Hardy or Steve Pearce in the shortened Fantasy Week 16 (July 18-20)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Steve Pearce sitting in nation's capital


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) The lack of a designated hitter in a Tuesday night game at Washington has hot-hitting Steve Pearce sidelined for the second straight night for the Orioles.

Pearce, who pinch-hit Monday, had 12 hits in his previous seven games and has been one of the surprises of the season. He boasts a stat line of .324/.379/.578.


Hitters to sit in Week 15


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/6/2014) Thinking about starting Derek Norris, Steve Pearce, Josh Harrison, Nick Castellanos, Jed Lowrie or Austin Jackson in Fantasy Week 15 (July 7-13)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Steve Pearce enjoys another big performance Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce stayed hot Thursday, going 4 for 5 with two doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases in his team's 5-2 victory over the Rangers.

Pearce has been a monster out of the two-hole since moving to that spot in the lineup permanently in mid-June, posting a .352/.446/.796 line with six home runs and 15 RBI in 54 at-bats before Thursday's four-hit performance, which was the first of his career. He has hit .338/.397/.618 with 10 home runs, 29 RBI and four stolen bases in 157 at-bats.


Steve Pearce slugs two home runs in win vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI in his team's 7-1 win over the Rangers Monday.

Pearce started things off with a two-run home run in the first inning and slugged another two-run shot in the fourth inning. He's come alive during the second half of June, smacking five home runs since June 17 while collecting multiple hits in eight of his 12 games during that stretch. Pearce has hit .327/.385/.592 with nine home runs and 25 RBI in 147 at-bats.


Hitters to start in Week 14


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/29/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 14 (June 30-July 6)? Mike Zunino, Eric Hosmer, Neil Walker, Brock Holt, Brad Miller and Steve Pearce might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Steve Pearce a worthy deeper-league gamble


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/23/2014) Steve Pearce has started five straight games for the Orioles -- three against righties and two against lefties -- so the opportunity is there for him if he chooses to capitalize on it.

So far, so good.

During that five-game stretch, Pearce is batting .500 (10 for 20) with four doubles and two homers. And for the year, with mostly infrequent at-bats, he's batting .339 (40 for 118) with six homers and a .972 OPS.

Which normally wouldn't mean anything to me given how poorly his previous stints in the majors have gone. But between Brandon Moss in 2012 and J.D. Martinez this year, I'm a little more open to the idea of a presumed Quadruple-A player figuring things out later in his career.

Of course, at age 31, Pearce would be the oldest of the three to do so, but in leagues where more than 360 players are owned, what do you have to lose? He hit .333 with 31 homers and a 1.016 OPS between three stops with the Pirates organization back in 2007, and as recently as 2012, he hit .318 with 11 homers and a .986 OPS in 192 at-bats for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Can Steve Pearce make it six in a row?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has delivered two hits in each of his last five games. It won't be easy for him to extend that streak Monday against White Sox starter Chris Sale (6-1, 2.20 ERA).

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MASNSports.com the 31-year-old Pearce has been "solid for us," and that's an understatement. Pearce is batting .429 (18-for-42) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his 12 games since June 6.

"I'm trying to be as complimentary as possible as I can about Steve," Showalter said. "He's been solid for us. A lot of guys 28-32 figure it out and he kind of knows who he is and who he's not. A lot of guys, you put them in that come-to-the-rescue mode and they're really good. And also, do you want to really stretch it out and say, 'Boy, maybe we found something here. Let's play him every day,' and then all of a sudden the waters part and a different guy shows up? I'm not so sure Stevie's not getting on the other side of that."

Showalter said Pearce is good at putting at-bats behind him, making them "a distant memory."

"He's slashing and whacking. I don't know by the way he plays if he can stay healthy, but there's only one way to find out, right?" the manager said.

"He's got a couple little nagging issues like everybody does right now that you have to watch. One, his wrists, because of how many swings he takes. Donnie (Mattingly's) back was because of how many swings he took every day, but that's who he was."


Steve Pearce helps power Orioles to win in New York


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce remained on his two-hit roll Saturday against the Yankees. But his fourth straight two-hit game included a home run.

Pearce slammed one 418 feet in the fifth inning for his sixth of the year. He added a single in raising his batting average to .333 and slugging percentage to a fine .579. Pearce is batting .500 in his last four games.


Steve Pearce hits game-winner late Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce hit his first home run in more than three weeks Tuesday, in a 7-5 win over the Rays.

Pearce's home run proved to be a key one, as he put the Orioles up by the final margin with his seventh-inning shot. He went 2 for 3 in the game with a pair of walks, while scoring twice and driving in two runs.

Pearce is hitting .317/.367/.535 in 101 at-bats, and his home run Tuesday was his fifth of the season. 


Steve Pearce knocks pinch-hit home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce made his pinch-hit appearance count Tuesday, slugging a three-run home run in his team's 7-6 loss to the Brewers.

Pearce watched his team fall behind 5-0 after four innings, but he helped complete a comeback with a three-run shot in the seventh inning. It was a nice rebound after going 0 for 5 at the plate the previous night. Pearce has hit .317/.358/.571 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 63 at-bats.


Steve Pearce goes deep again Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went deep for his second home run of the season Thursday night against the Rays in Tampa.

Pearce took starter David Price deep for a two-run home run in the second inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with one run and two RBI in a 3-1 victory. He has homered twice over the last three games. He is hitting .270 with two homers and five RBI in 37 at-bats.


Steve Pearce marks return with three-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce appeared in his first game since re-signing with the team Thursday, in a 5-1 win over the Pirates.

Pearce, who was released just a few days ago before ultimately landing back in Baltimore, played a big part in helping the Orioles win the first game of a doubleheader. He went 3 for 4 -- all singles -- while driving in two runs.

Pearce is now 4 for 11 on the season, having appeared in just five games total. 


Steve Pearce makes swift return to Orioles


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Just two days after he was released by the Orioles, first baseman Steve Pearce is back with the organization Tuesday. The team announced Pearce's signing to a major-league contract Tuesday, and he will be with the club in time for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

Pearce was released after going 1 for 7 in three appearances earlier this season. He hit .261/.362/.420 in 138 plate appearances a year ago.