Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez insists he'll play Friday
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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez
has vowed that a knee contusion sustained in the game Thursday in Cincinnati will not keep him out
of the lineup Friday against the Cubs.
He hurt the knee when he fouled a pitch off it.
Gonzalez has assured that he's "100 percent" certain that he will be back in action, per the Orange County Register.
Rangers' Kyle Blanks (Achilles) to start Triple-A rehab assignment
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Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks
has been sent to Triple-A Round Rock to begin a rehab assignment
. Blanks has been on the disabled list since June 18 with tendinitis in his Achilles.
Blanks has only appeared in 18 games for the Rangers this season, after missing previous time on the DL due to a pilonidal cyst. It is not yet known when the Rangers expect Blanks to be activated and return to the lineup.
Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira resting sore leg on Wednesday
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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira
is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's matinee with the Astros. Teixeira is dealing with a sore right leg
, but he is available for pinch-hitting duties, according to MLB.com.
Greg Bird will get the start at first base while Teixeira rests on Wednesday.
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman goes grand for 10th home run Tuesday
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Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman
had one hit on Tuesday, but it was a big one. Zimmerman connected on his 10th home run of the season--a grand slam to put the Nationals up 8-2 in the sixth inning of the 8-3 victory over the Padres.
Half of Zimmerman's home runs this season have come in the 27 games since he returned from the disabled list at the end of July.
Angels INF Grant Green leaves game with knee discomfort
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Angels infielder Grant Green
was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Tigers in the fourth inning. Green is dealing with discomfort in his right knee
The second baseman was 1 for 1 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the fourth. There has been no further word on the severity of his injury.
1B Ryan Howard back in cleanup spot for Phillies
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Veteran first baseman Ryan Howard
is back in the cleanup spot for the Phillies on Monday after not playing in the last two contests.
Howard has been out of the Phillies lineup in five of the last six games, with Jeff Francoeur taking his familiar No. 4 spot in the lineup. Part of that is due to Philadelphia's youth movement and part of it had to do with the team facing four left-handed pitchers.
"I'm ready to get back in there," Howard told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Ready to get home and try to get back after it."
Pirates activate SS Jordy Mercer, put 1B Travis Ishikawa on DL
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The Pirates have announced that they have activated shortstop Jordy Mercer
off the disabled list and placed first baseman Travis Ishikawa
on it with a back strain.
Mercer has been out for five weeks with a knee injury. It remains to be seen how often he plays considering the emergence of Jung Ho Kang at that position.
Ishikawa has played sparingly this season with just 12 hits in 59 at-bats over 39 games.
Report: Release imminent for Rangers INF Adam Rosales
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Rangers utility infielder Adam Rosales
has cleared waivers and declined an outright assignment, according to MLB.com, which is further claiming that he will soon be released
Rosales owns a slash line on the year of .226/.296/.342, which is nearly identical to his career numbers.
Blue Jays recall C Josh Thole and option Matt Hague to Triple-A
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The Blue Jays have recalled
catcher Josh Thole
from Triple-A Buffalo. Thole was sent down to the minors in early June, after going 7 for 26 in nine games for Toronto.
His numbers haven't gotten a whole lot better with Buffalo, as he owns a .228 average with no home runs in 45 games.
But, Thole does have plenty of experience in catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels. So it is likely that Thole will be in the lineup for the series-finale on Sunday.
To clear room on the roster, first baseman Matt Hague was sent down to Triple-A.
Paul Goldschmidt powers D-Backs to victory with two homers
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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt
wasn't going to stay quiet for long. The MVP candidate broke out of a slump in a big way on Saturday, as he went 4 for 5 in the 11-7 win over the Reds.
Goldschmidt hit two home runs, drove in four runs, scored three and even stole a base, as he filled up the box score on Saturday. He launched a two-run home run in the first inning to give the D-Backs an early 3-0 lead. He added another two-run shot in the seventh, giving him 24 longballs on the year.
He also stole his 20th base, giving him his first-career 20-20 season.
Goldschmidt had gone 22 games since his previous home run, which came back on July 27.