Josh Rutledge
Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Starts rehab assignment Thursday
Josh Rutledge, 3B, BOS
3:32 PM
News: Rutledge (concussion) begins his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times reports.

Rutledge will DH during his first game back from a concussion that has caused him to miss nearly a month's worth of action. The infielder could spend the rest of the weekend rehabbing and shaking off the rust depending on how Boston decides to handle his return. Since he's been out, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero have been filling in just fine at third base, and it's unclear how manager John Farrell will shuffle the lineup moving forward.

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Pete Kozma
Rangers' Pete Kozma: Designated for assignment
Pete Kozma, 3B, TEX
2:45 PM
News: Kozma was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday.

Kozma was just 4-for-36 with 18 strikeouts at the plate since coming to the Rangers in late April. The infielder was cast off by the club due to the return of Keone Kela (shoulder) from the disabled list prior to Thursday's contest with Baltimore. Although Kozma's versatility was an immense positive during his time in Texas, his lack of hitting eventually became too much of a burden.

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Yunel Escobar
Angels' Yunel Escobar: Bats leadoff Wednesday
Yunel Escobar, 3B, LAA
2:22 PM
News: Escobar batted leadoff Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in a win over the Nationals.

With Cameron Maybin (knee) landing on the disabled list, Escobar returned to the leadoff spot after starting the year there. The 34-year-old isn't much more than a batting average booster at this stage of his career, but he could see a few more opportunities to improve on his mark of 37 runs until Maybin returns.

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Joey Gallo
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Out of lineup Thursday
Joey Gallo, 3B, TEX
2:21 PM
News: Gallo is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Orioles, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Gallo will take a seat with southpaw Wade Miley on the hill for Baltimore. Manager Jeff Banister decided to stack the lineup with right-handed bats, placing Mike Napoli at first base and Jonathan Lucroy at DH.

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Chase Headley
Yankees' Chase Headley: Set to see most starts at first base
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY
10:38 AM
News: Manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Headley will receive a "crash course" at first base and likely see most of his starts at the position following the acquisition of Todd Frazier earlier this week, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Frazier, who made an appearance as a pinch hitter Wednesday against the Twins in his Yankees debut, is expected to enter the starting nine at third base for Thursday's series opener against the Twins. Though Frazier has experience at both corner spots, he's more comfortable playing third base, so Headley will move over to the other side of the infield to accommodate the new pickup. Frazier figures to serve in everyday role at the hot corner, so look for the switch-hitting Headley to occupy the strong side of a platoon at first base with the right-handed Garrett Cooper.

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Todd Frazier
Yankees' Todd Frazier: Scheduled to make first start as Yankee
Todd Frazier, 3B, NYY
9:49 AM
News: Frazier is expected to make his first start as a Yankee in Thursday's game against the Mariners, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

The newly acquired third baseman made his debut in pinstripes Wednesday as a pinch hitter and appeared in two at-bats, striking out and being hit by a pitch on the hand. His hand is expected to be fine, however, allowing him to start in the series opener in Seattle on Thursday.

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Deven Marrero
Red Sox's Deven Marrero: Delivers with RISP on Wednesday
Deven Marrero, 3B, BOS
6:49 AM
News: Marrero started at shortstop in place of the injured Xander Bogaerts (hand) and went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Toronto.

With two out and two men in scoring position, Marrero delivered a two-run single to plate Boston's first two runs of the game. His .211 batting average isn't much to look at, but Marrero has knocked in 22 runs in 46 at-bats with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox are 27-13 in the 40 games he's started.

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Alex Bregman
Astros' Alex Bregman: Scores lone run Wednesday
Alex Bregman, 3B, HOU
5:32 AM
News: Bregman went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Seattle.

Bregman scored on a sacrifice fly after he stole third base, giving him 13 runs scored over the past 12 games. With just eight home runs and 28 RBI this season -- including a current 19-game homer-less stretch with just two RBI -- he hasn't provided a whole lot of value for fantasy owners in the power categories typically associated with corner infielders, but Bregman is enjoying his finest month of the season, posting a .939 OPS in 14 July games.

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Evan Longoria
Rays' Evan Longoria: Hits 25th double in loss
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
7/19/2017
News: Longoria went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored during Wednesday's loss to Oakland.

The veteran has put together an encouraging stretch at the dish dating back to mid-June with a .317 batting average, six homers, 26 RBI and 21 runs through his past 32 games. For the year, Longoria still boasts a mediocre .773 OPS and projects to finish well short of last season's counting stats.

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Darwin Barney
Blue Jays' Darwin Barney: Picks up third consecutive start
Darwin Barney, 3B, TOR
7/19/2017
News: Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Wednesday against the Red Sox, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

It's the third straight start at second base for Barney, but all have coincided with the Red Sox bringing southpaw starters to the mound. With that in mind, he still looks to be stuck on the short side of a platoon at the position with Ryan Goins.

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