Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo provides only scoring in Tuesday victory
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
10:11 AM
News: The power surge of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued Tuesday night - and it resulted in a rain-shortened win.

Rizzo blasted his fourth homer in eight games. His two-run shot in the first inning proved to be the only scoring. He is 4 for 6 with three runs and three RBI in the last two games to improve his stat line to .279/.378/.517.

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Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche's breakout continues
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
8/19/2014
News: As I mentioned in my latest Rankings Review, where I touch on several of the changes I made to my rest-of-season rankings, Adam LaRoche's transformation has gone largely unnoticed this season.

Yeah, everyone can see he's batting .306 (19 for 62) with six home runs and a 1.096 OPS in August, and some might remember he's been a strong finisher in the past. But I'm talking about something that's been going on all season.

I'm talking about a career-high walk rate and a career-low strikeout rate. OK, so he technically had a better strikeout rate as a 25-year-old platoon player in 2005, but you get the idea: dramatically improved discipline.

For as many ways as players regress in their mid-30s, they do typically improve in that one area. Even though his batting average is now a perfectly sustainable .272 thanks to a horrendous July, LaRoche still has a .376 on-base percentage. He's averaged about as many Head-to-Head points per game this year (3.13) as Freddie Freeman (3.17).

Given his history as a strong finisher, I'd plan to stick with him the rest of the way.

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Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau, DJ LeMahieu back at it Tuesday
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
8/19/2014
News: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) and infielder DJ LeMahieu are both back in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

Morneau had missed the team's previous two games as a result of his injury, but is batting third and starting at first base for his return. LeMahieu had missed just the one game, and is batting eighth and playing second base Tuesday. 

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Lucas Duda
Lucas Duda hits 22nd home run in 4-1 loss
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
8/18/2014
News: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda provided his team's only run during a 4-1 loss Monday against the Cubs with his 22nd home run of the season. It was a solo home run off Kyle Hendricks, which gave New York a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Duda, who finished 1 for 3 with one walk, has three home runs in 18 August games. However, he is batting .217 with just six RBI this month.

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Yonder Alonso
Yonder Alonso to miss rest of season
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
8/17/2014
News: Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso will miss the rest of the 2014 season due to a damaged forearm tendon, according U-T San Diego. He is expected to get a second opinion, but surgery remains a possibility.
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Garrett Jones
Garrett Jones benched Saturday against Diamondbacks
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA
8/16/2014
News: Scuffling Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones is grabbing some pine Saturday against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley

Jones is not only 12 of 63 against southpaws this season, but he's mired in a 3-for-31 slide overall in which he has hit safely in just two of his last 10 games. His .244 average is at its lowest point since May 13.

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Ben Paulsen
Rockies play musical chairs with three players
Ben Paulsen, 1B, COL
8/16/2014
News: The Rockies have recalled pitcher Brooks Brown from the minors Saturday.

In order to make room on the roster, the club optioned infielder Ben Paulsen to Triple-A. Pitcher Tommy Kahnle was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Michael Cuddyer was activated from the DL Saturday, filling Kahnle's roster spot. 

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Joey Votto
Joey Votta transferred to 60-day DL
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
8/16/2014
News: The Reds cleared a spot on the 40-man roster Saturday by moving first baseman Joey Votto to the 60-day disabled list.

Votto has been out since July 8 with a strained left quad, and this move will keep him out until at least early September. He is still a few weeks from beginning baseball activities, so this likely does not change his timetable much. 

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Eric Campbell
Eric Campbell lifts Mets to victory
Eric Campbell, 1B, NYM
8/16/2014
News: The Mets got a rare boost from infielder Eric Campbell Friday, in a 3-2 win over the Cubs.

Campbell provided all of the Mets' offense with his fourth-inning home run, and that would prove enough to get them the win. He drove in three runs with his homer, while finishing the game 1 for 3 with a walk.

Campbell has been a productive bench option for the Mets, though Friday's was just his second home run of the season. He is hitting .299/.345/.403 in 134 at-bats. 

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Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt to see a concussion specialist
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
8/15/2014
News: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will meet with a concussion specialist, according to CSN.

Belt will meet with the specialist in Pittsburgh. He's been out since August 6 after being hit in the face with a ball during warmups. Belt hit .237/.296/.446 in 186 at-bats. 

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