Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval (knee) can't start on Friday
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Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval
remains out of the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Angels. Sandoval has been sidelined since getting hit by a pitch in his knee on Tuesday. There was thought that Sandoval would be able to play on Friday, as he was used as a pinch-hitter on Thursday.
Sandoval was seen taking ground balls at third base earlier on Friday, but he says his knee is still too sore to make a strong throw from third base. He will be available for pinch-hitting duties, however, according to the Boston Globe.
Brock Holt will once again make the start at third and bat seventh for manager John Farrell.
Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson finally gets a day off Friday
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Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson
will get his first day off this season, as he is being held out of the lineup
on Friday against the Mariners. Donaldson has hit well lately, batting .270 with two home runs and seven RBI over his last 10 games, batting solely out of the top two spots in the lineup.
Manager John Gibbons said Donaldson, who has started each of the team's first 43 games this year, has been playing on a "bad calf" and was looking to give him a day off, acording to SportsNet.
Danny Valencia will get the start at the hot corner, while Ezequiel Carrera will move up to the leadoff spot the batting order.
Angels 3B David Freese hits 2-run HR against Blue Jays
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Angels third baseman David Freese
hit his eighth home run of the season in Thursday night's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays.
Freese hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning that also scored Mike Trout. Freese went 2 for 4 and also had an RBI double. He's entered the game hitting .217 from the start of the month of May until the start of this game.
Freese now holds a slash line of .233/.287/.440.
Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos belts fourth home run Thursday
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After his four-RBI game on Wednesday, Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos
had another big day against the Astros on Thursday. Castellanos went 1 for 4 with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead. It was his fourth bomb of the season.
The young third baseman is hitting the ball well lately, hitting safely in eight of his last 10 games.
Conor Gillaspie not in White Sox lineup against Indians
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Third baseman Conor Gillaspie is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians.
Gillaspie will be replaced by Gordon Beckham, who is starting for just the 10th time this season.
Gillaspie is hitting .261/.303/.424 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 92 at-bats this season.
Mariners 3B Kyle Seager ejected after arguing called strike
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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager
was ejected from Thursday afternoon's game after arguing a called third strike against the Orioles.
Seager was tossed in the fifth inning. Willie Bloomquist entered the game for Seager at third base.
Seager finished the game 2 for 3 with a run scored. He's now hitting .264/.308/.419 for the season.
Twins activate Tim Stauffer, option Doug Bernier to Triple-A
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The Twins announced that right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer has been reinstated
from the disabled list and will be available for Friday’s game in Chicago against the White Sox. Stauffer missed 19 games with a right intercostal strain. He allowed three earned runs over five innings of work while rehabbing for Triple-A Rochester.
In a corresponding move, Minnesota optioned infielder Doug Bernier to Triple-A Rochester. Bernier appeared in four games, hitting .200 (1 for 5) during his stint with the big-league club.
Angels prospect Kaleb Cowart bouncing back at the plate
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The career of Angels third base prospect Kaleb Cowart
appeared to be going backward. A demotion from Double-A to Class A tends to give that impression.
But Cowart is trying to make the best of it this year with Inland Empire. He reverted to his former batting stance, which features his hands farther away from his body and a more upright position. The results speak for themselves.
Cowart is not tearing the cover off the ball, but he has certainly improved. After an April in which he managed a slash line of .179/.229/.285, he is at .254/.338/.441 in May. And he has been particularly hot lately with a .308 mark in his last 10 games.
"[The stance] is something I wanted to go back to because it's when I was best in my career," Cowart told the Orange County Register.
The 22-year-old Cowart peaked in 2012, when he totaled 16 home runs and 103 RBI at two different minor-league levels.
Tigers' Andrew Romine gets the start at SS over Jose Iglesias
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News: Andrew Romine will get the start
in shortstop for the Tigers on Thursday in place of Jose Iglesias
, who is likely getting a scheduled day off against Houston, per MLive.com.
Romine is batting ninth in the lineup in his first start since May 10. He is hitting .346 (9 for 26) with three RBI this season.
Detroit is favored (-160) at home against Houston.
White Sox's Conor Gillaspie slugs second home run Wednesday
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White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie
went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3 loss to the Indians on Wednesday.
After the White Sox fell behind 4-1 in the top of the seventh, Gillaspie was able to get a run back in the bottom half of the inning with his shot to right field. It was just the second home run of the season for Gillaspie, who has hit .261/.303/.424 with 10 RBI in 92 at-bats.