Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu remains on fire with three-hit game in Motor City
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
10:48 AM
News: The only unusual aspect of another big game for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu on Thursday was that he neither scored nor drove in a run. Other than that - typical Abreu.

The breakout star doubled twice, singled and walked twice in helping his team defeat Detroit. Abreu extended his hitting streak to 20 and has hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games. He leads the majors in home runs with 31 and RBI with 83.

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Eric Hosmer
Eric Hosmer to miss 3-6 weeks with broken hand
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KC
7/31/2014
News: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins after re-aggravating his hand injury. He was sent for X-rays which revealed a stress fracture. He will land on the disabled list and will likely miss approximately 3-6 weeks moving forward, according to FOX Sports Kansas City and the Kansas City Star.


Hosmer first sustained the injury on a hit-by-pitch on July 20. He is hitting .267/.312/.377 with six homers and 46 RBI in 409 at-bats.

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Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche catching break against southpaw
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
7/31/2014
News: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is sitting Thursday night against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. He has just four hits in 22 at-bats lifetime against Lee.
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Chris Davis
Chris Davis a no-go again Thursday
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
7/31/2014
News: An illness that has prevented disappointing Orioles first baseman Chris Davis from playing since Sunday has him out again Thursday against the Angels.

Davis owns a stat line of .199/.309/.391 after a career 2013 season.

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Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard benched Thursday against lefty
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
7/31/2014
News: A matchup against Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez and a mini-slump have Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard out of the lineup Thursday.

Howard, who has just one hit in his last 12 at-bats, is batting .229 agaisnt left-handers and is 0 for 11 lifetime against Gonzalez.

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Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson sent to DL by Blue Jays
Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR
7/31/2014
News: Blue Jays first baseman Dan Johnson has been placed on the disabled list to make room for right-hander Chad Jenkins. Johnson is dealing with a left hamstring strain.

Johnson has eight hits in 33 at-bats this season with one home run and seven RBI.

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Ryan Wheeler
Rockies busy with minor moves Wednesday
Ryan Wheeler, 1B, COL
7/31/2014
News: The Rockies made several minor moves Wednesday, including the promotion of left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make a start against the Cubs.

They have also optioned right-hander Rob Scahill to the same team and designated third baseman Ryan Wheeler for assignment.

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Kennys Vargas
Kennys Vargas gets the call Thursday
Kennys Vargas, 1B, MIN
7/31/2014
News: The Twins have called up first base prospect Kennys Vargas Thursday to replace Sam Fuld on the active roster, as first reported by FOXSports.com.

Vargas, a 23-year-old, has 17 home runs at Double-A New Britain this season, after hitting 19 at Class A a year ago. He is hitting .281/.360/.472 in 356 at-bats overall. 

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Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt increases activities Wednesday
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
7/30/2014
News: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt increased his baseball-related activities Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Belt, who is recovering from a concussion, has been sidelined since July 19, but he could make his way back into the lineup at some point in the team's weekend series. The team has yet to decide whether he'll need a rehab assignment before returning.

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Jon Singleton
Jon Singleton shines light in midst of darkness with home run
Jon Singleton, 1B, HOU
7/30/2014
News: Astros first baseman Jon Singleton has still not achieved a multi-hit game since July 8, but he certainly made the most of his one hit in a Wednesday rout of Oakland. It left the yard for his eighth homer of the season.

The two-run blast in the fifth inning was merely the cherry on top of an 8-1 victory. Singleton has just five hits in his last 44 at-bats.

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