Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Giants
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC
8/20/2014
News: Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena 3 for 4 with a triple and a solo home run in his team's 8-3 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

Valbuena led off the second inning with a triple in his first at-bat, but the Cubs recorded back-to-back outs without pushing him across the plate before a two-run home run put the team on the board. Valbuena then delivered a home run of his own in the eighth inning. The third baseman owns a .242/.324/.423 line with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 359 at-bats.

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Chris Valaika
Chris Valaika slugs first home run Wednesday
Chris Valaika, 3B, CHC
8/20/2014
News: Cubs second baseman Chris Valaika went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 8-3 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

It was the first home run of the season for Valaika, who was shifted into the lineup once Starlin Castro was scratched to attend to a family emergency. Valaika owns a .182/.222/.273 line in 33 at-bats.

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Juan Uribe
Juan Uribe participates in batting practice Wednesday
Juan Uribe, 3B, LAD
8/20/2014
News: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe increased his baseball activity Wednesday, participating in batting practice, MLB.com reports.

Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Uribe was making nice progress in his recovery from a hamstring strain. The third baseman has been sidelined less than a week with the injury.

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Mike Olt
Mike Olt hits minor-league DL with hamstring strain
Mike Olt, 3B, CHC
8/20/2014
News: Cubs minor-league infielder Mike Olt has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, MLB.com reports.

Olt hit .139/.222/.353 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 187 at-bats with the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He owns a .302/.348/.585 line with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 106 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa.

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Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rendon set to sit for Nationals on Wednesday
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS
8/20/2014
News: Hot-hitting Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is grabbing some pine Wednesday against Arizona in favor of Kevin Frandsen.

Rendon has been productive and consistent since late May. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and owns a .276/.332/.461 stat line on the year.

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Brent Morel
Brent Morel returned to Indianapolis
Brent Morel, 3B, PIT
8/20/2014
News: Infielder Brent Morel stuck around for just three days after his promotion by the Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis. He has been sent down to make room for Wednesday starter Gerrit Cole on the roster.

Morel was 0 for 5 in his latest stint with the team and has just three hits in 21 at-bats this season.

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Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado homers in three-hit night Tuesday
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
8/20/2014
News: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 3 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-4 loss to the Royals.

Arenado put his team ahead for the last time in the bottom of the fifth before the Royals scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings. He's 9 for 16 with three walks and two home runs in his last four games. Arenado owns a .298/.340/.500 line with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 342 at-bats.

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Todd Frazier
Todd Frazier swats 21st home run Tuesday vs. Cardinals
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN
8/20/2014
News: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 2 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Frazier missed time this past weekend with a back issue, but he's managed to go 4 for 7 with a home run and two walks since returning. His line is up to .284/.344/.465, and he has 21 home runs, 66 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 469 at-bats.

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Pedro Alvarez
Pedro Alvarez unlikely to return to third base this season
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
8/19/2014
News: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is unlikely to play third base again this season in anything but an emergency situation, MLB.com reports.

"Right now, I think we have a better option in Josh Harrison," manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday. "This season, right now -- to put the best team that I can on the field every night, we have better options. We have to find [Alvarez] some at-bats. Is third base the optimum place to get them? No, it is not."

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Aramis Ramirez
Aramis Ramirez back after day off
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
8/19/2014
News: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, after leaving Sunday's game with tightness in his hamstring. He is in his usual spot, batting fourth and starting at third base for his return to action. 
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