Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Rockies
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC
News: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Valbuena drove in a run with an infield single in the sixth inning. He then tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run blast in the eighth, but the Rockies were able to pull out a win in extra innings. Valbuena has hit .252/.335/.433 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 298 at-bats.


Eric Chavez
Eric Chavez announce retirement from baseball
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
News: Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez, who has battled knee injuries all season, announced his retirement Thursday.

Chavez appeared in 44 games for the Diamondbacks this season and was hitting .246/.347/.449 in 69 at-bats before injuries ended the 36-year-old's career. He retires as a six-time Glove Glove award winner at third base, who posted six seasons of 25-plus home runs and finished with 260 for his career.

Chavez appeared in 100-plus games just once in his final eight seasons. He retires with a .268/.342/.475 career batting line.  


Pedro Alvarez
Clint Hurdle explains benching of Pedro Alvarez
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
News: Clint Hurdle has compared Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to Travis Snider and Josh Harrison in justifying his move to bench the former again Wednesday.

"He's not outplaying Harrison," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Snider's a hot bat that's in the lineup."

Alvarez is leading the major leagues in errors, including 21 on bad throws, and owns a stat line of .238/.309/.437.


Yangervis Solarte
Yangervis Solarte stays hot with homer against Cardinals
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SD
News: Third baseman Yangervis Solarte continued to rake since joining the Padres with another big game Tuesday in a victory over St. Louis.

Solarte homered in the seventh inning and scored two runs. He has eight hits, including two taters, in 28 at-bats since the trade that brought him to San Diego from the Yankees.


Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado hits number nine
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
News: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit his ninth home run Sunday against the Pirates.

Arenado struck on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning. While facing Tony Watson, Arenado took a 93 mph fastball out to center for the solo shot. He also walked during the game. Arenado finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval doesn't miss a game
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SF
News: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval made it into the starting lineup Sunday against the Dodgers after leaving Saturday's game due to tightness in his back and leg. Sandoval is batting .361 with two home runs, three doubles and eight RBI in his last 15 games.

Martin Prado
Martin Prado ties career high with five RBI
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
News: Diamondbacks infielder Martin Prado tied a career-high with five RBI during a 10-6 win Saturday at Philadelphia.

Prado, who finished 3 for 4, had a home run off Cliff Lee leading off the third inning, added an RBI single in the fourth, had a two-RBI double in the sixth and a sac fly in the 10th.

Prado is batting .333 with a .472 slugging percentage, .844 OPS, two home runs, four doubles, eight RBI and eight runs and one stolen base in 20 July games.


Jack Hannahan
Reds activate Jack Hannahan, demote Curtis Partch
Jack Hannahan, 3B, CIN
News: Reds infielder Jack Hannahan (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day disabled list prior to Sunday's game vs. Washington. Reliever Curtis Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to clear a roster spot.

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson hits eighth home run Thursday
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL
News: Braves infielder Chris Johnson hit his eighth home run Thursday against the Marlins.

Johnson struck in his first at-bat. In the second inning, he hit a 93 mph fastball from Henderson Alvarez out to left for a two-run shot. Johnson finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and two RBI. 


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