Nolan Arenado
Rockies' Nolan Arenado doesn't think wrist injury is serious
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
12:46 AM
News: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado thinks he'll be able to return to the diamond for Tuesday night's game against the Padres. 

According to The Denver Post, Arenado said he started feeling soreness in his wrist just before his final at-bat against the Dodgers on Sunday. That carried over to Monday, which is why he was a late scratch in the lineup. 

“This is nothing chronic, just some soreness,” he said. “I’ve never had this before. I think I’ll be fine.”

Arenado is hitting .311 with three home runs and 10 BRI. 

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Kris Bryant
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant continues hot start Monday
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
4/20/2015
News: Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went 3 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 5-2 win over the Pirates Monday. Bryant drove in three of the team's five runs in the game, including the tying RBI in the fifth and go-ahead in the seventh.

"I try to go out there and do things the right way, on and off the field," Bryant said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I try to get better every day, and these special things that come along with it are just icing on the cake. I am focused on what I have to do here. Those things are just a thing on the side."

Bryant ripped his second double of the year to deep center off Arquimedes Caminero in the seventh to score Jorge Soler and Anthony Rizzo, before advancing to third on the throw to the plate and eventually scoring on a fielding error.

Bryant is now hitting .429 with four RBI in 14 at-bats this season.

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Will Middlebrooks
Padres' Will Middlebrooks hits safely in seven of last eight games
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, SD
4/20/2015
News: Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks parked his third home run of the season and second in three games Sunday against the Cubs. His two-run homer off Jon Lester tied the game at two in the second inning.

Middlebrooks has hit safely in five straight games and seven of eight. He is batting .290 (9 for 31) with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in his last eight games.

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Todd Frazier
Reds' Todd Frazier struggling during road trip
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
4/20/2015
News: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 4 for 24 with one walk, two doubles and one RBI in six games during his team's current road trip.

Frazier jumped out to a hot start during his first week of the season, smacking three home runs in his first five games, but things have turned south since he's hit the road. He opens a four-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee Monday.

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Josh Harrison
Pirates' Josh Harrison begins to heat up vs. Brewers
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT
4/20/2015
News: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison entered last weekend's series against the Brewers with just six hits in 31 at-bats but went 4 for 12 with one RBI in the Pirates' three-game sweep of their division rivals.

Harrison has had trouble creating a spark from the leadoff spot over the first two weeks of the season but began to show signs of turning things around against Milwaukee this weekend. He's performed well leading off the first inning for the Pirates, going 3 for 11 with one home run, but has failed to find the same success later in the game. Harrison and the Pirates will open a four-game home series against the Cubs Monday.

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Matt Carpenter
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter smacks lead off homer
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
4/20/2015
News: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 2 for 3 at the plate in St. Louis' 2-1 win over the Reds Sunday. Carpenter provided most of the offense for the Cardinals in the game, smacking a leadoff home run in the first inning over the center field wall off of Mike Leake, his second of the season.

"I didn't know I had that in me," Carpenter said to MLB.com. "I got a good swing off, and I guess it was carrying a little bit better tonight than usual, because I don't hit balls up there often."

He later added a single to boost his average to .400 in 45 at-bats this season. He also leads the team with 10 RBI from the lead off spot in the order.

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Justin Turner
Dodgers INF Justin Turner posts career-high four hits on Sunday
Justin Turner, 3B, LAD
4/19/2015
News: Infielder Justin Turner had a career-high four hits Sunday in the Dodgers' win over the Rockies.

Turner went 4 for 5 with his first three doubles of the season and an RBI. He's now 6 for 15 (.400 avg.) on the year.
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Aaron Hill
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb, Tuffy Gosewisch out of lineup Sunday
Aaron Hill, 3B, ARI
4/19/2015
News: Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Lamb batted second Saturday for the first time this season but is out of the lineup Sunday for just the second time in his last eight games. Gosewisch started eight of the last nine games behind the plate. With both players on the bench, the Diamondbacks will bat third baseman Aaron Hill fifth and catcher Jordan Pacheco sixth.

The Diamondbacks are underdogs (+125) in San Francisco Sunday.

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David Wright
Mets' Terry Collins: David Wright 'coming along great'
David Wright, 3B, NYM
4/19/2015
News: Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that third baseman David Wright is "coming along great" in his recovery from a right hamstring strain, ESPN New York reports.

"He's coming along great," Collins said Sunday. "He's going to do some activity today. ... He's going to hopefully get in the weight room and do some stuff."

Wright was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, and while the Mets are hopeful he'll be out the minimum 15 days, general manager Sandy Alderson suggested three weeks is a more realistic timetable.

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Maikel Franco
Phillies' Maikel Franco working on plate patience
Maikel Franco, 3B, PHI
4/19/2015
News: Phillies third-base prospect Maikel Franco is working to contain his energy at the plate and become a more patient hitter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"You have to be aggressive. But you have to take your pitches and get that one, good pitch to hit," Franco said. "And that's what I do. When I go out there, I try to relax and everything will happen."

Director of player development Joe Jordan said after watching the prospect this week that Franco has to become more patient at the plate.

"He's still a 22-year-old hitter," Jordan said. "At times, he gets excited still. But that's all stuff that's going to change with experience and maturity."

While Franco struggled to put up stats early last season, his aggressiveness has paid off this April. He has hit .385/.442/.667 with one home run, seven RBI and four walks in 39 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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