Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe collects three hits in win on Saturday
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Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe
had a nice night at the plate in the 5-3 win over the Royals on Saturday. Plouffe just missed hitting for the cycle, as he went 3 for4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run scored.
Plouffe seems to be heating up at the plate again, as he is batting .316 with a home run and five RBI over his last 10 games.
Orioles 3B Manny Machado slams 17th home run of season
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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado
hit his 17th home run of the season on Saturday against the White Sox.
Machado went 1 for 3 with a two-run shot in the eighth inning that tied the game at 2-2.
Machado is hitting .364 with 24 hits, six doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI over his last 16 games.
Tigers purchase contract of INF Jefry Marte to fill void
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With first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list, the Tigers have purchased the contract
of infielder Jefry Marte
from Triple-A Toledo to help fill the void Cabrera will leave, the team announced via Twitter.
The 24-year-old Marte was hitting .271 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 288 at-bats in Triple-A this season.
Angels 3B David Freese records three hits on Friday
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Angels third baseman David Freese
went 3 for 5 with three singles, an RBI and a run scored in the 8-2 win over the Rangers on Friday.
Freese is batting .281 with 10 strikeouts over his last 10 contests.
Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson homers, doubles in win Wednesday
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Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson
totaled three hits, including his 20th double and 19th home run, in five at-bats during an 11-2 win Wednesday against the Red Sox. He finished with two runs, two RBI and one strikeout.
Both of his RBI came on a one-out home run off of Jonathan Aro in the eighth inning. It was his second home run in four games and his fourth home run since June 1.
Donaldson is batting .283 (15 for 53) with two home runs, five doubles, six RBI, eight runs, five walks and 17 strikeouts in his last 13 games.
Tigers' Nick Castellanos goes 3 for 5 in 14-inning marathon
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Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos
went 3 for 5 in Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh.
Castellanos is 7 for the last 17 and has hit in five of the last six games.
Giovanny Urshela hits in ninth straight game for Indians
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Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela
went 1 for 4 in Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay.
Urshela hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning. It was his second of the year and first since June 11, giving him seven RBI on the year.
Urshela extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games. He's hitting .308 with .723 OPS over the streak.
Rays' Evan Longoria sees seven-game hitting streak end
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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria
went 0 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.
Longoria struck out once and saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end. Longoria hit .370 with 1.008 OPS over the streak.
Rangers option Joey Gallo to Triple-A on Tuesday
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The Rangers announced they have optioned
rookie Joey Gallo
to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. Gallo's demotion opens a roster spot for Josh Hamilton, who was activated from the disabled list.
“It was a great experience,” Gallo said, per The Dallas Morning News. “I faced some really good pitchers. That was one big benefit for me. I had some success and a lot of failure. It was important to see what the level of competition up here is like.”
Gallo showed flashes of promise in his first taste of the big leagues. The 21-year-old had five home runs and 13 RBI in 25 games. But he also posted a meager .218 batting average and struck out nearly 44 percent of his at-bats.
“I’ve got to find a two-strike approach,” Gallo said. “When I got there [to two strikes], I got a little excited. I wanted to do damage every time. I’ve just got to put the ball in play.”
Astros 3B Luis Valbuena goes 2 for 4 on Monday vs. Royals
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Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena
had two more hits on Monday, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored in the 6-1 win over the Royals.
Despite his .199 season batting average, Valbuena has been rolling at the plate recently, batting .320 with two home runs over his last seven games. He has reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in each of his last nine games.