Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson exits game Tuesday with groin injury
Kelly Johnson, 3B, NYY
12:12 AM
News: Yankees right fielder Kelly Johnson was removed from Tuesday's game after suffering a groin injury, the team announced after the game.

Johnson has been sent for an MRI on the injured groin, but the team is still awaiting results of the test, MLB.com reports. Johnson was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, giving him a .219/.304/.373 line with six home runs and 22 RBI in 201 at-bats.

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Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria smacks 12th home run Tuesday
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
7/22/2014
News: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-2 win over the Cardinals Tuesday.

Longora waited until the last possible moment to deliver his blast, knocking his home run with two outs in the ninth inning. He has hit .262/.336/.400 with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 390 at-bats.

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Manny Machado
Manny Machado out Tuesday with lower back tightness
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
7/22/2014
News: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is out of the lineup Tuesday with tightness in his lower back, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Machado is just 1 for 10 over his last three games but is still hitting .267/.317/.422 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI in 258 at-bats. He's day-to-day with the back issue.

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Yangervis Solarte
Could trade resuscitate Yangervis Solarte's value?
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, NYY
7/22/2014
News: The trade that brought Yangervis Solarte from the Yankees to the Padres Tuesday assures at least one thing: The 27-year-old utility player play every day again. Between Jedd Gyorko's plantar fasciitis, Everth Cabrera's strained hamstring and, of course, Chase Headley's sudden departure, the Padres have openings all across their infield.

Though Solarte hadn't completely disappeared from the lineup in his final weeks with the Yankees, he sat too often to have any chance of overcoming his midsummer slump -- which, by the way, has lasted only 18 games. Granted, he's gone 4 for 51 (.078) during those 18 games, but the lack of repetition certainly hasn't helped. When inexperienced players see fewer pitches, they tend to get worse rather than better. Solarte hasn't had a chance to work through this slump. The Yankees pulled the plug on him too quickly.

He'll get that chance with the Padres, and because of that, I wouldn't rule out him making an impact in the second half. Throughout his slump, he has continued to make contact at a high rate, striking out just nine times in those 18 games, and players who do that typically hit for a high batting average. When the Yankees sent Solarte down for five games in the middle of the slump (giving him those consistent at-bats he lacked in the majors), he went 12 for 20 (.600). The ability is still there.

That's not to say I'm rushing to pick Solarte back up. It's probably unnecessary outside the deepest of leagues. But if he shows signs of life, I'll be ready.

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Danny Valencia
Danny Valencia cannot return Tuesday
Danny Valencia, 3B, KC
7/22/2014
News: Royals infielder Danny Valencia was unable to return to the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, after he was hit by a pitch on the left hand Monday. He is day to day at this point. 
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Brock Holt
Brock Holt sparking the Red Sox
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS
7/21/2014
News: Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt owns a six-game hitting streak after going 2 for 5 with a run scored Sunday. He's 14 for 28 (.500) with two walks and five runs scored during the streak and has helped Boston win seven of its last eight games.

Against the Royals over the weekend, Holt played right field, center field, second base, third base and shortstop. He's batting .326/.371/.463 in 270 at-bats.

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Matt Dominguez
Matt Dominguez homers, drive four runs in win over White Sox
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU
7/20/2014
News: Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez homered and drove in four runs in his team's 11-7 victory over the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.

Dominguez took starter John Danks deep for a two-run home run in the fifth inning. He also added a run-scoring single in the third inning and a run-scoring double n the seventh. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and four RBI. He owns a .239/.286/.375 slash line with 12 homers and 43 RBI in 368 at-bats this season.
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Nick Castellanos
Nick Castellanos destined to sit twice against Diamondbacks
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
7/20/2014
News: Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos will be riding the pine for two of three games of the upcoming series in Arizona, according to MLive.com.

His benching would not be performance-related. He would be forced out by Miguel Cabrera, who would move to third with Victor Martinez switching from designated hitter to first base.

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Mike Moustakas
Mike Moustakas taking a seat Sunday
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
7/20/2014
News: The brief surge by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas upon his promotion has ended and another slump has replaced it, leading to his benching Sunday against Boston. Danny Valencia is set to start in that spot.

Moustakas has just three hits in his last 26 at-bats to lower his average to .186.

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Lonnie Chisenhall
Lonnie Chisenhall catching break Sunday
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
7/20/2014
News: A matchup against left-hander Drew Smyly has Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall sitting Sunday in Detroit. Mike Aviles has taken his place.

Chisenhall had his six-game hitting streak ended in Game 2 of the Saturday doubleheader.

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