Lucas Duda
Lucas Duda clubs 16th home run Thursday
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
12:20 AM
News: Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted his 16th home run Thursday against the Brewers.

Duda was the only bright spot against Matt Garza Thursday. In the seventh inning, he worked a five-pitch at-bat against Garza, homering on a 93 mph fastball. Duda finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 

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Ryan Howard
Phillies attempting to deal Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
7/24/2014
News: The Phillies are attempting to deal first baseman Ryan Howard, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Trading Howard may be difficult. The 34-year-old is hitting just .224/.305/.377 over 371 at-bats, and is owed nearly $70 million on his current deal. The Phillies would likely have to eat a significant amount of money if Howard is dealt. 

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Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt cleared to travel, still not working out
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
7/24/2014
News: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was cleared to fly with the team back to San Francisco following the conclusion of their series in Philadelphia Thursday, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Belt is recovering from a concussion, and has still not been cleared to begin physical activities. He has spent most of the team's series in Philadelphia stuck in the team's hotel, and remains without a timeline at this point.  

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Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman slugs 14th home run Wednesday
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
7/23/2014
News: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1 for 3 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 6-1 victory over the Marlins.

Freeman was just 1 for 24 in his previous six games coming into Wednesday, and his home run was just his first of the month. Even with his recent struggles, Freeman has still hit .284/.375/.479 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 388 at-bats.

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Tommy Medica
Tommy Medica returns to starting lineup Wednesday
Tommy Medica, 1B, SD
7/23/2014
News: Padres first baseman Tommy Medica is back in the starting lineup and batting cleanup in his team's game against the Cubs Wednesday.

Medica has been dealing with a groin injury that has limited him to four pinch-hit appearances since July 8. He has hit .226/.271/.403 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 124 at-bats.

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Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds has second two-HR game this season
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL
7/23/2014
News: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds homered twice, leading Milwaukee to a 5-1 win Wednesday against the Reds. He also had a single and one strikeout.

Reynolds connected for a two-run homer off Mike Leake in the sixth inning and hit a solo home run off Jumbo Diaz in the eighth inning. It was his second multi-homer game this season and he has 16 home runs in 85 games.

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Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo remains on roll with two-homer game
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
7/23/2014
News: A tremendous power display continued Tuesday night for Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who snagged the National League lead in home runs by adding two to his total.

Rizzo, who has 25 on the season, slugged solo blasts in the third and seventh innings. He has five home runs and six RBI in the last four games. He has also raised his batting average from .272 to .283 with 15 hits in his last 40 at-bats.

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Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche breaks slump with big game in Colorado
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
7/23/2014
News: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche continued his bounce-back season Tuesday night by playing hero in a victory at Colorado. He slugged a three-run homer in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie. The blast proved to be the game-winner.

LaRoche, who also singled, owns a solid .275/.381/.453. His fine game against the Rockies ended a 2-for-23 slide.

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Yonder Alonso
Yonder Alonso could return later this week
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD
7/22/2014
News: Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso could return later this week, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

Alonso has been rehabbing from a hamstring injury. He moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Monday, and is getting closer to a return. There's a chance he'll join the team later this week in Atlanta. Alonso hit .210/.250/.341 over 229 at-bats prior to the injury.

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John Mayberry
Wrist injury lands John Mayberry on DL
John Mayberry, 1B, PHI
7/22/2014
News: The Phillies announced Tuesday outfielder John Mayberry was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to left wrist inflammation. Mayberry is batting just .111 (4 for 36) in his last 15 games, but he did have a home run Sunday at Atlanta.
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