Jose Ramirez
Indians' Jose Ramirez: Homers in losing effort
Jose Ramirez, 3B, CLE
5/26/2017
News: Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-4 loss to Kansas City.

The third baseman has been slumping a bit of late, going one for his last 16 at the plate. His slash line still sits at .265/.333/.464 on the season, and he continues to take a patient approach at the plate. He also shows the occasional pop, as evidenced by his seventh homer of the year. It could be just what he needed to get things going back in the right direction.

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Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas: Goes deep in win Friday
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
5/26/2017
News: Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-4 win over Cleveland.

His homer to right center in the fifth inning tied the game for the Royals. Moustakas is now slashing .249/.282/.503 on the season, and has been the victim of some considerable bad luck with a .240 BABIP. His power stroke is working on the campaign, as he now has 12 home runs to go along with 25 RBI.

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Josh Donaldson
Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: To sit Saturday
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
5/26/2017
News: Donaldson will not be in Saturday's lineup against Texas, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports Friday.

Donaldson missed 39 games with a calf injury before making his return Friday night, in which he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Blue Jays have expressed a desire to take care with their star third basemen, so expect semi-regular rest days for him in his first week or two back on the roster.

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Pablo Sandoval
Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval: Eyeing Monday return
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS
5/26/2017
News: Sandoval (knee) will play two full rehab games at third base this weekend and he could return to the Red Sox as soon as Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

This weekend's set of games will be Sandoval's final test before returning to the big -league club. He's set to play nine innings at third base Friday and Saturday before getting the day off Sunday. Sandoval's return will be a boon to the Red Sox, as third base has been a consistent area of weakness in his absence. He has hit .231 with two doubles in 13 at-bats during his rehab stint.

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Evan Longoria
Rays' Evan Longoria: Scores twice Thursday
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
5/26/2017
News: Longoria went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Angels.

The veteran slugger has rediscovered his stroke in May, with Thursday's effort putting his monthly slash line at .292/.343/.438. Longoria has nine multi-hit efforts this month and has already matched the nine extra-base hits he posted in April. He's also been much more consistent with his contact, slicing his strikeout tally in half (28 to 14) in just 16 fewer plate appearances.

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Nicholas Castellanos
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Returns to lineup Friday
Nicholas Castellanos, 3B, DET
5/26/2017
News: Castellanos is starting at third base and hitting sixth for the first game of Friday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.

Castellanos was held out for the final two games of the Houston series to give him a mental break, but he should be back in an everyday role moving forward. After slashing .285/.331/.496 with 18 home runs last season, the third baseman has struggled to get it going from the plate this season, hitting just .220 over 173 at-bats.

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Ramon Torres
Royals' Ramon Torres: Posting career-best marks in minors
Ramon Torres, 3B, KC
5/26/2017
News: Torres is putting together one of his finest minor-league seasons, hitting .306/.326/.434 through 44 games this year with Triple-A Omaha.

Most impressive about the shortstop's campaign is Torres' noticeably improved plate discipline. His 6.9 strikeout rate is well below his career mark of 13.5. Furthermore, the 24-year-old's slugging percentage is more than 100 points improved from last season. Torres projects to get his crack at MLB in the not-too-distant future.

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Cheslor Cuthbert
Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Playing time cut significantly
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, KC
5/26/2017
News: Cuthbert has seen his playing time greatly reduced, as he's started just three of the team's last 14 games.

The third-year utility infielder appeared in 16 games to start the campaign, but he's recently been phased out of manager Ned Yost's plan. Cuthbert's slashing a career-worst .140/.169/.228 through 59 plate appearances, and there's no reason to roster the 24-year-old in the large majority of leagues.

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Deven Marrero
Red Sox's Deven Marrero: Homers in Thursday's win
Deven Marrero, 3B, BOS
5/26/2017
News: Marrero went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three strikeouts in Boston's 6-2 win over Texas on Thursday.

Marrero has stabilized third base defensively for Boston, starting the last 11 games there, but an offensively significant night remains a rarity. The homer was his first of the season and just his third extra-base hit. His .518 OPS won't play over the long haul but he will be the primary third sacker until Pablo Sandoval (knee) is ready to be activated off the disabled list. Even then, the position has been a cipher and will remain in a state of flux.

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Matt Duffy
Rays' Matt Duffy: Scheduled to return to game action next week
Matt Duffy, 3B, TB
5/25/2017
News: Duffy (heel) is scheduled to return to game action with High-A Charlotte next week, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The infielder has had plenty of starts and stops in his rehab, with the latest setback coming after he fouled a ball off his foot while taking batting practice. Duffy has managed to play three games with the Stone Crabs, hitting .250 over eight at-bats.

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