Joey Votto
Joey Votto to take batting practice Tuesday
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
4:59 PM
News: Reds first baseman Joey Votto will take batting practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a strained left quad in early July, manager Bryan Price told reporters.

Votto swung at soft toss in the batting cage Monday, and appears to be making steady progress in his recovery. He still hopes to return to action before the end of the season. 

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Matt Adams
Matt Adams returns to lineup Tuesday
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
4:22 PM
News: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, after missing one game with an oblique injury. This has been an ongoing issue for Adams, who is hitting just .189 in 11 September games. 
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Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo gets planned off-day
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
3:52 PM
News: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, but not due to a setback with his back. Rizzo is getting a planned day off after making his return to the lineup following a three-week absence Monday.

He is expected back in the lineup as early as Wednesday's series finale.

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Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt activated from 7-day DL
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
9/15/2014
News: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was activated from the 7-day disabled list on Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 after taking a ball to the face during warmups. He batted .237 with 11 homers and 24 RBI over 186 at-bats.
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Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau right back in the lineup
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
9/15/2014
News: Justin Morneau's absence was as short as advertised. The Rockies first baseman was back in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers after missing two games with intercostal soreness. Trainer Keith Dugger downplayed the injury over the weekend, terming it just "a little soreness."

Morneau has had trouble staying on the field for more than three or four games in a row in the second half, but he's batting .353 (12 for 34) with a home run so far in September.

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Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds delivers in rare start
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL
9/14/2014
News: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds, who hadn't started in five games, got a start at third base Sunday against the Reds and delivered a home run -- a solo shot in the eighth inning. He finished the game 1 for 2 with a walk, a strikeout and two runs scored.

Reynolds entered the game mired in a 4-for-44 (.091) slump, causing manager Ron Roenicke to split first base between rookie Matt Clark and usual catcher Jonathan Lucroy in recent days.

"We know he's a streaky guy; we know that he needs to be out there playing to get it back," Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Saturday. "We're in a situation where we have to make some decisions and try to play the hottest guy. That's what I've been doing."

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Matt Clark
Matt Clark making an impact
Matt Clark, 1B, MIL
9/14/2014
News: After yielding the spot to catcher Jonathan Lucroy the previous two days, Brewers first baseman Matt Clark was back in the lineup Sunday against the Reds. The rookie went 1 for 5 with a three-run homer, his third in his last three games.

Clark, 27, spent last season in Japan before returning to hit .304 with 26 homers and a .924 OPS in 414 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A this year. Manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com he'll continue to find at-bats for him as long as he continues to produce.

"That's why we brought him up here, was with the idea that if the matchups were good and he did well, I'd be able to put him back out there," Roenicke said prior to Sunday's game. "With him continuing to swing the bat well, he's going to play a little bit more."

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Brayan Pena
Devin Mesoraco in, Brayan Pena out of Thursday lineup
Brayan Pena, 1B, CIN
9/11/2014
News: The Reds have altered their lineup to include catcher Devin Mesoraco. Brayan Pena has been scratched with an illness.
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Lucas Duda
Lucas Duda getting night off with Colorado in town
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
9/10/2014
News: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is set to sit Wednesday night against the Rockies. Eric Campbell has been penciled in to play that spot.

Duda has slumped off considerably after a strong run. He is 8 for 51 since Aug. 26 and has not managed a multi-hit game in more than two weeks.

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Ben Paulsen
Ben Paulsen hurts elbow Sunday
Ben Paulsen, 1B, COL
9/8/2014
News: Making a start in right field Sunday against the Padres, the Rockies' Ben Paulsen had to leave in the sixth inning after getting hit by a pitch in the right elbow. He's considered day to day.
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