Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche catching break against southpaw
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
News: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is sitting Thursday night against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. He has just four hits in 22 at-bats lifetime against Lee.

Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard benched Thursday against lefty
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
News: A matchup against Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez and a mini-slump have Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard out of the lineup Thursday.

Howard, who has just one hit in his last 12 at-bats, is batting .229 agaisnt left-handers and is 0 for 11 lifetime against Gonzalez.


Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt increases activities Wednesday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
News: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt increased his baseball-related activities Wednesday, reports.

Belt, who is recovering from a concussion, has been sidelined since July 19, but he could make his way back into the lineup at some point in the team's weekend series. The team has yet to decide whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning.


Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt gets Diamondbacks rolling with homer
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
News: Diamondbacks prolific first baseman Paul Goldschmidt wiped out a scoreless tie in the sixth inning Wednesday in Cincinnati with a two-run homer that put his team ahead to stay.

Despite his first homer since July 19, Goldschmidt is scuffling a bit. He has just seven hits in his last 39 at-bats as his stat line has been weakened to a still-fine .301/.396/.545.


Lucas Duda
Homer-happy Lucas Duda goes deep again
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
News: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's power surge continued Wednesday, as he went deep again in an 11-2 win over the Phillies.

Duda went 2 for 5 in the game, with a two-run home run in the eighth inning to cap off the scoring. He added an RBI single in the seventh, while he struck out once and scored twice.

Duda has homered five times in the last eight games, and now ranks sixth in the National League with 19 for the season. He is hitting .262/.358/.506 in 324 at-bats.  


Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman blasts off in loss to Dodgers
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
News: First baseman Freddie Freeman certainly can't be blamed for his team's loss Tuesday night to the host Dodgers.

Freeman gave his team a brief lead with a two-run homer in the third inning. He added a single and walk to push his on-base percentage on the year to a fine .376.


Ben Paulsen
Rockies send three to Triple-A Tuesday
Ben Paulsen, 1B, COL
News: The Rockies optioned first baseman Ben Paulsen and pitchers Brooks Brown and Chad Bettis to Triple-A Colorado Springs Tuesday. The moves clear the way for two DL activations and the addition of middle-infield help.

Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau returns from DL Tuesday
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
News: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He went 2 for 4 during his only rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday.

Nick Delmonico
Brewers minor-leaguer Nick Delmonico suspended 50 games
Nick Delmonico, 1B, MIL
News: Brewers minor-league infielder Nick Delmonico has been suspended 50 games.

Delmonico tested positive for an amphetamine. He was acquired by the club last season in the Francisco Rodriguez deal. Delmonico was hitting .262 ove 141 at-bats in Class A. 


Ike Davis
Ike Davis delivers pinch-hit home run Saturday
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT
News: Pirates first baseman Ike Davis provided his team's only run during an 8-1 loss Saturday at Colorado.

Davis delivered a pinch-hit, solo home run off Brooks Brown in the top of the ninth inning. It was Davis' seventh home run and second in his last four games. He also has four RBI in his last four games.

Davis is batting .231 (9 for 39) with one double, two home runs, six RBI, four runs and six walks in 19 July games (11 starts).


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