Trevor Plouffe
Trevor Plouffe set to sit in opener of Saturday doubleheader
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN
11:45 AM
News: Perhaps Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe got tired out running around the bases Friday night. But Ron Gardenhire has given him the afternoon off for the first game of the split doubleheader Saturday against Detroit.

Plouffe had three hits and scored four runs in a rout to open the weekend series.

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Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria breaks out in blowout win
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
10:59 AM
News: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria snapped out of a slump in a big way Friday, in an 8-0 win over the Blue Jays.

Longoria, who had failed to record multiple hits in his previous six games, brought out with a 3-for-4 performance Friday. He added a double and a home run, driving in three runs and scoring once in the blowout.

Longoria has struggled through the worst season of his career so far, hitting just .254/.327/.397, with 16 home runs and 70 RBI in 128 games. 

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Marcus Semien
Marcus Semien could soon factor in Fantasy
Marcus Semien, 3B, CHW
8/22/2014
News: By trading Gordon Beckham to the Angels Thursday, the White Sox created a big hole up the middle that, for now at least, they'll attempt to fill with some combination of Carlos Sanchez and Leury Garcia. But neither figures to make as much of an impact long-term as Marcus Semien, who Fantasy owners may remember for the splash he made back in April and May filling in for an injured Beckham and then an injured Conor Gillaspie.

His final numbers didn't look so hot, but he showed his potential with a couple nice weeks. When the White Sox finally shipped him to Triple-A Charlotte, he slumped so badly that he fell off the radar for a while, but he's rebounded in July and August, batting .288 (51 for 177) with six homers and 14 doubles. Most encouraging is his exceptional on-base percentage during that time thanks to a 35-to-30 strikeout to walk ratio. His plate discipline put him on the map as a prospect last year but hasn't been as evident during his time in the big leagues so far.

So why isn't he up yet? Good question, but MLB.com has reported he will be when rosters expand in September. My guess is he gets most of the at-bats then, and with an Ian Kinsler-like combination of power and speed, I could see him making an impact in Fantasy.

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Manny Machado
Manny Machado to have season-ending knee surgery
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
8/22/2014
News: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is expected to have season-ending knee surgery, according to Yahoo!

Machado has been out since August 11 due to a knee sprain. He'll have surgery on his right knee next week, and will likely be lost for the season. Machado ruptured a ligament in his left knee last season. He's hit .278/.324/.431 over 327 at-bats. 

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Brett Lawrie
No timetable for Brett Lawrie
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
8/22/2014
News: There's no timetable for Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie's return, according to Sportsnet.

Lawrie has been sidelined since August 5 due to an oblique injury. Lawrie is currently rehabbing in Arizona. Manager John Gibbons said he has no idea when Lawrie will return. "When he'll be back, I have no idea, nobody knows," Gibbons said. Lawrie hit .247/.301/.421 over 259 at-bats.

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Will Middlebrooks
Will Middlebrooks forced to return Thursday
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
8/21/2014
News: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks returned to action Thursday against the Angels.

Middlebrooks replaced outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning. Cespedes left the game due to personal reasons. Middlebrooks wound up providing the only hit for Boston. He finished 1 for 2, with a double. Middlebrooks said his hamstring is not 100 percent, but he was able to play through the injury. 

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Zelous Wheeler
Zelous Wheeler gets the call from Triple-A
Zelous Wheeler, 3B, NYY
8/21/2014
News: Yankees infielder Zelous Wheeler was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday, the team announced.

Wheeler was sent down in early August to make room for the team's trade deadline acquisitions. He hit .267/.267/.467 in 30 at-bats with the Yankees earlier in the season. 

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Mike Aviles
Mike Aviles reaches three times Wednesday
Mike Aviles, 3B, CLE
8/21/2014
News: Indians infielder Mike Aviles reached base three times Wednesday against the Twins.

Aviles added two singles early in the game before going deep in the ninth inning. Aviles unloaded on an 89 mph cutter for the solo shot to start the ninth. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 

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Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson a no-go Wednesday against Mets
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK
8/20/2014
News: Slumping Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Mets.

Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.

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Miguel Sano
Miguel Sano on a throwing program
Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN
8/18/2014
News: Twins infielder Miguel Sano has been able to swing a bat and take part in a throwing program, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Sano has misssed nearly the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. He's considered one of the team's best prospects. 

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