Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo leaves early with back spasms
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
7:19 PM
News: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was forced out of Saturday's game against the Reds after eight innings due to back spasms. He felt it in his final at-bat, and the Cubs opted to take him out early as a precaution.

"It just started barking on me in the fifth or sixth, and once we took the four-run lead, I [decided to] play with more caution than go up there, get another at-bat and go out on the field and hurt it even more," Rizzo told MLB.com after the game.

Rizzo also said he felt it Friday, but does not expect it to be a lingering issue. He thinks he will be able to play in Sunday's game.

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Lucas Duda
Lucas Duda still under pressue to produce after Ike Davis trade
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
5:57 PM
News: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is finally done looking over his shoulder with Ike Davis sent to Pittsburgh, but he's well aware he has to be productive in order to keep his starting job, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"I still have to produce," Duda said. "If I don't produce, I won't play. If I don’t get the job done, someone else will."

Duda will likely continue to sit against most southpaws as the team looks to get at-bats for Josh Satin. Duda has hit .256/.333/.465 with three home runs and eight RBI in 43 at-bats.

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Travis Ishikawa
Travis Ishikawa designated by Pirates
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, PIT
3:44 PM
News: The Pirates have designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa to make room on their roster for Ike Davis.

The 30-year-old Ishikawa has slumped after a strong start. He has just three hits in his last 17 at-bats.

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Ike Davis
Ike Davis in lineup and batting sixth for Pirates
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT
3:35 PM
News: The Pirates have wasted no time getting newly acquired first baseman Ike Davis into their lineup. He is set to bat sixth Saturday night against the visiting Brewers.

Davis has arrived in a huge slump in which he has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats.

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Garrett Jones
Jeff Baker in, Garrett Jones out of Saturday lineup
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA
3:13 PM
News: The presence of left-hander Reonis Elias on the mound for the Mariners has kept Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones off the lineup card Saturday.

Jones has received a decent shot to prove he can hit southpaws this season. He is 4 for 19 against them, but will sit against Elias in favor of Jeff Baker, who owns a .103 batting average this season.

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Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche boasts fine numbers despite mini-slump
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
10:10 AM
News: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has cooled off after a torrid start, but still boasts strong numbers heading into late April.

LaRoche has just one RBI in the last nine games and 4 for 21 in the last five, but he does own a three-game hitting streak and a fine .412 on-base percentage this season. His 11 runs and 10 RBI this year also show far greater productivity than what he managed in a highly disappointing 2013.

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Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman clubs another home run
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
9:14 AM
News: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman clubbed another home run Friday against the Mets.

Freeman didn't get going until late in the game, but managed to make a big impact. With one man on base in the eighth, Freeman homered on an 83 mph changeup from Gonzalez Germen. He also added a double in the ninth inning.

Freeman finished 2 for 5, with one run and two RBI.

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Matt Adams
Matt Adams drives in three Thursday
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
4/18/2014
News: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams drove in three runs Thursday against the Nationals. 

Adams only picked up one hit during the game, but made it count. After driving in his first run on a groundout, Adams stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. He clubbed a two-run single on a 96 mph fastball from Blake Treinen to center.

Adams finished the game 1 for 4, with no runs scored and three RBI.

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Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz out for Thursday game
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
4/17/2014
News: A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sitting Thursday. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is merely getting the day off after a Wednesday night game.

Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.

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Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau continues hot start
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL
4/17/2014
News: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau made a big impact in Wednesday's game against the Padres, albeit in a 4-2 loss.

Morneau was just about the only player to produce for the Rockies, putting together the team's lone multi-hit performance. He went 3 for 3 in the game, with his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. He added the team's only other run by way of a late sacrifice fly.

Morneau has started the season well for the Rockies, hitting .354/.396/.542 with five extra-base hits and five RBI in 14 games. 

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