Trevor Plouffe
Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe hits walk-off HR in 11th inning on Friday
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
12:03 AM
News: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe broke a 3-all tie in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday with a walk-off home run to sink the Indians.

The game had been tied at 3 since the sixth inning.


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Evan Longoria
Rays' Evan Longoria to DH Friday night against Yankees
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
4/17/2015
News: Evan Longoria is in the Rays' lineup against the Yankees as a designated hitter, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune

Longoria was hit by a pitch in Thursday night's 4-2 win against the Blue Jays. He was forced to leave the game after a pitch from Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada plunked him in the left hip. Following the game, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Longoria would be day-to-day. 

Longoria said he feels fine and could return to third base on Saturday

Logan Forsythe will fill in defensively for Longoria at third base. 

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Pablo Sandoval
Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) back in lineup Friday
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS
4/17/2015
News: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval returned to the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles after missing one start with a foot injury.

Sandoval returns in time to face Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Sandoval is batting .324 (11 for 34) with one triple, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in his career against the right-hander. He also has one walk and 10 strikeouts.

The Red Sox are favored (-125) in Friday's game.

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Jimmy Paredes
Orioles' Jimmy Paredes (back) to begin rehab stint this weekend
Jimmy Paredes, 3B, BAL
4/16/2015
News: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes will begin his rehab stint this Friday, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. 

Paredes will play with Double-A Bowie on Friday and with Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Paredes was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. He took batting practice on Thursday. 

A year ago, Paredes hit .286 with two home runs and eight RBI in 63 at-bats.

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Josh Donaldson
Blue Jays decision to hit Josh Donaldson in No. 2 spot pays off
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
4/16/2015
News: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was pleased with his decision to move third baseman Josh Donaldson to second in the batting order Wednesday against the Rays.

Donaldson, who spent the first eight games of the season in the No. 5, singled in the opening frame and scored on a two-run homer by Jose Bautista. He finished 3 for 5 with two singles, a double, two runs scored and three RBI in a 12-7 victory over the Rays.

"Donaldson I thought might be a good guy there, thought we'd give him a try now," Gibbons said of moving Donaldson from the fifth spot. "You always like your top hitters there. They might get that extra at-bat. He's up there setting the table. He's a threat."

Donaldson has four games with at least two hits, including two in as many days. He is hitting .286 with three doubles, three walks and six RBI in nine games.

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Luis Valbuena
Astros' Luis Valbuena homers in win vs. A's
Luis Valbuena, 3B, HOU
4/16/2015
News: Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 6-1 win over the A's Wednesday.

Valbuena led off the seventh inning with his second home run of the season, and he's put together a five-game hitting streak since opening the season 0 for 10 in his first three games. The infielder has hit .226/.273/.452 with two home runs and two RBI in 31 at-bats.

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Manny Machado
Orioles' Manny Machado homers vs. Yankees Wednesday
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
4/15/2015
News: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 1 for with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-5 win over the Yankees Wednesday.

Machado picked up his first home run of the season in the fourth inning off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi after entering the game just 4 for 27. Machado owns a .161 average over his first 31 at-bats.

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Lonnie Chisenhall
Indians 3B Chisenhall breaks loose in Wednesday win
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
4/15/2015
News: Once-slumping Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is slumping no more.

The left-handed batter entered the Wednesday game against the White Sox with just two hits in 16 at-bats, but he rifled a two-run double down the right field line against southpaw John Danks and added a single to key a victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.

Chisenhall has three RBI in his last two games.

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Ryan Flaherty
Orioles' Flaherty working with hitting coach on shortening swing
Ryan Flaherty, 3B, BAL
4/15/2015
News: Orioles backup middle infielder Ryan Flaherty is batting just .154 (2 for 13) through four games. However, one of his hits was a home run.

Flaherty has been working with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh on improving his offense.

"I just think he's trying to cut down my swing, shorten my swing a little," Flaherty said, per MASNsports.com. "I've just been working with him. Not changing everything, but making some adjustments so my swing's more compact and shorter.

"I think just getting a little more spread out with my legs and lowering my hands a little bit and getting them in position where I'd bring them to anyway, and try to go from there and simplify some things."

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Nick Castellanos
Tigers will continue to pull Castellanos with lead late in games
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
4/14/2015
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus lifted third baseman Nick Castellanos for defensive purposes in the ninth inning in each of the team's three wins over the weekend against the Indians. Ausmus said this trend will continue to happen until Castellanos improves defensively.

"If we get to a point where I'm as confident in him as I am in (Andrew) Romine or (Hernan) Perez, then maybe we get to a point where Nick stays out there and I hope he does," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I'd rather not bring someone in for Nick.

"I want him to be the guy, but we also have to -- if we have a lead late in the game -- depending on the score, the closer the score, the more important keeping that team where they're at. I'm going to have to put what I think is our best defense out there."

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