Rowdy Tellez
Blue Jays' Rowdy Tellez: Struggling to hit for average at Double-A
Rowdy Tellez, 1B, TOR
3:32 PM
News: Tellez, 21 is slashing .216/.333/.412 with seven home runs and 23 RBI through 42 games for Double-A New Hampshire.

Tellez is drawing plenty of walks and showing decent power, but is struggling to keep his average up at a respectable level. He also has 36 strikeouts over those 42 games.

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Dan Vogelbach
Cubs' Dan Vogelbach: All dressed up and no place to go in the big leagues
Dan Vogelbach, 1B, CHC
3:30 PM
News: Vogelbach, 23, is batting .308/.421/.503 with seven home runs and 32 RBI through 42 games for Triple-A Iowa.

Vogelbach is having a nice start to the season, but he is blocked by Anthony Rizzo at the big league level. As a result, he could be trade bait. Until an injury or trade occurs, he will be forced to stay in the minors.

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Matt Olson
Athletics' Matt Olson: Finally gaining steam at Triple-A
Matt Olson, 1B, OAK
3:26 PM
News: Olson, 22, is batting .375 with one home run and four RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Nashville.

Mercifully, Olson has finally started hitting. To show how badly his start to the season was, he is only now hitting .221 after 43 games. His power numbers have been curiously sapped over the last season or so. He clubbed 37 home runs in 2014.

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Trey Mancini
Orioles' Trey Mancini: Treading water at Triple-A
Trey Mancini, 1B, BAL
3:24 PM
News: Mancini, 24, is batting .246/.315/.441 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 31 games since being promoted to Triple-A.

Mancini got off to a torrid start at Double-A to begin the year, leading to a quick promotion. He has been only adequate at this new level, though, including striking out 32 times in those 31 games. In addition, he remains blocked by Chris Davis, Pedro Alvarez and Christian Walker.

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Josh Bell
Pirates' Josh Bell: On fire of late at Triple-A
Josh Bell, 1B, PIT
3:20 PM
News: Bell, 23, is batting .382 with one home run and six RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.

The refrain remains the same for Bell. he is batting .297/.402/.458 on the season, but has just four home runs in 43 games. The Pirates are currently playing John Jaso at first base, and though he has no more power than Bell, Jaso is batting .303 with a .371 OBP. As such, until an injury or a trade occurs, Bell will continue to bide his time at Triple-A.

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Marwin Gonzalez
Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Out of Thursday's lineup
Marwin Gonzalez, 1B, HOU
3:10 PM
News: Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles.

Gonzalez is just 2-for-14 over the last six games and will sit this one out as Tyler White takes over at first base and Evan Gattis at DH.

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Mark Teixeira
Yankees' Mark Teixeira: Out for at least three days following cortisone shot
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY
1:12 PM
News: Teixeira (neck) will be out for the next three days after undergoing a cortisone shot Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Teixeira's neck issue cropped up again Wednesday, and it seems that the Yankees thought another cortisone shot would help him stay healthier in the long term even if he'll miss more games in the short term. He could return by the end of the weekend series against the Rays, but his status should become clearer as Sunday approaches.

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Anthony Rizzo
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Batting average drops to .234
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
11:18 AM
News: Rizzo went 0-for-4 with a walk in a victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Rizzo's current slump might even be worse than the one he had in April, as he is just 3-for-38 with two RBI in his last 10 games. He has a respectable 5:6 BB:K in that span, but he's had trouble hitting 'em where they ain't. He's slashing .234/.371/.497 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI this season.

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John Jaso
Pirates' John Jaso: Out of the lineup Thursday
John Jaso, 1B, PIT
9:46 AM
News: Jaso is out of the lineup for Thursday's matchup with the Diamondbacks, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Jaso will sit out against the Diamondbacks in favor of David Freese at first base in order to fill the lineup with more right-handers against lefty starter Patrick Corbin. Jaso has just seven at-bats against lefties in 2016. Jaso's leadoff spot in the lineup will be filled by Jordy Mercer.

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Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams: Pushes average to season-high with three hits
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
8:16 AM
News: Adams went 3-for-5 with a double, home run. two RBI and two runs in Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs.

Although an RBI-double isn't a big deal on a normal day, Adam's sixth double of the season came off one of the best pitchers in the game, Jake Arrieta. His homer in the seventh inning came off reliever Travis Wood, and it was Adams' third blast in his last six games. The first baseman's three-hit performance pushed his average to a season-high .316 through 98 at-bats.

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