Padres 3B Will Middlebrooks collects three hits in Thursday's loss
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Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks
went 3 for 4 at the plate during Thursday's contest, but it was not enough as the Padres fell 11-5 to the Pirates.
All three of the hits for Middlebrooks were singles. He drove in one run and scored a run during the game.
Middlebrooks is 9 for 22 with two home runs and five RBI in his last five games. During that time, he has raised his batting average from .211 to .240.
Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon plays in extended spring game
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Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon was able to play five innings
of an extended spring training game on Wednesday, manager Matt Williams said per The Washington Post
Rendon, who is working his way back from an oblqiue strain, took a couple of at-bats and played in the field for all of the innings after his second at-bat.
"It's important. It helps you get your legs under you," Williams said. "…there's no way to simulate that other than to play. He felt good. His legs felt good."
Rendon is scheduled to get the day off on Thursday and the team will re-evaluate his health.
Juan Uribe starting, batting fifth in Braves lineup Wednesday
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The newest Braves acquisition, Juan Uribe, will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday night against his former team, the Dodgers.
The Dodgers traded Uribe to Atlanta for Alberto Callaspo on Tuesday.
Left fielder Johnny Gomes will hit seventh and Andrelton Simmons will bat eighth.
The only other change from Tuesday is that A.J. Pierzynski will start at catcher for Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski is hitting sixth.
Reds 3B Todd Frazier connects for 14th home run
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Reds third baseman Todd Frazier
clubbed his 14th home run Wednesday against the Rockies. He hit a two-out, solo home run off Kyle Kendrick in the first inning for his second home run in three games.
He also had his eighth double on Wednesday, as he finished 2 for 3 with two RBI and one walk. Frazier is batting .281 with one triple, four doubles, seven home runs and 12 RBI in 24 May games.
Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado emerging from slump in a big way
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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado
connected for his 10th home run during a 6-4 win Wednesday against the Reds. Arenado wasted no time getting Colorado on the board, as he parked a two-out, three-run homer off Mike Leake in the first inning.
Arenado finished the game 2 for 4 with one strikeout. He has homered three times in his last four games.
He is 9 for 16 (.563) with one triple, three home runs and 10 RBI in his last four games after batting .177 (11 for 62) with one home run, three doubles and four RBI in his previous 17 games.
Dodgers acquire Alberto Callaspo, three others from Braves
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The Dodgers have officially acquired
third baseman Alberto Callaspo
, pitcher Ian Thomas
, pitcher Juan Jaime
and pitcher Eric Stults
from the Braves, the team announced on Wednesday.
Callaspo, who originally rejected the deal, will be placed on the active roster. Thomas will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City while Jaime will go to extended spring training. Stults has been designated for assignment.
Diamondbacks still figuring out positions when Jake Lamb returns
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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale knows he has some decisions to make very soon, according to MLB Network Radio. Third baseman Jake Lamb
is expected to return to the team
very soon from the disabled list and Hale is still deciding on what will happen.
"It's gonna be six guys for four positions," Hale said. "We have some decisions to make, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it."
Braves activate Chris Johnson, call up Donnie Veal
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Braves third baseman Chris Johnson
is reportedly going to be activated
on Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution
. The team later confirmed
Johnson, who was on the 15-day DL with a hand injury, will be called up a little earlier than expected after the team completed a trade for Alberto Callaspo, leaving a vacant spot on the roster. The team will also call up pitcher Donnie Veal to join the bullpen. Both will be with the team for Wednesday's game.
Johnson is hitting .279 with five RBI in 43 at-bats this season. Veal is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 16 innings of work for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.
Report: Mets have insurance on David Wright's contract
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If Mets third baseman David Wright
misses 60 games this season, the team would recoup 75 percent of his contract
while he is unable to play, sources told FoxSports.
Wright is on the disabled list with a back issue. He has only appeared in eight games this season and he has not played since April 14.
Cubs 3B Kris Bryant hits eighth-inning HR in win
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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant
hit his seventh home run of the season in Tuesday night's 3-2 win over the Nationals.
Bryant tied the game up at 2-2 in the eighth inning after hitting a solo homer off of Aaron Barrett. Bryant has now homered twice in his past five games. Though he's showed some power in this span, he's only hitting a batting average of .238 during this stretch.
Bryant finished the game 1 for 4. He now has a slash line of .289/.402/.504.