Astros' Luis Valbuena slugs 20th home run in loss on Monday
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Astros infielder Luis Valbuena
has recorded his first career 20-home run season, as he went 2 for 3 with a solo shot in Monday's 12-9 loss to the Rangers.
Valbuena's blast was his 20th of the year, but it also broke a 23-game homerless drought. Even with the two-hit effort, Valbuena is still batting a low .206 on the year.
Mariners 3B Kyle Seager homers in Monday's win
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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager
smacked his 16th home run of the season during Monday's 8-7 win over the Rockies.
Seager hit the solo shot off Eddie Butler in the second. He finished the game 3 for 4 with one RBI and three runs scored.
Prior to his three-hit game Monday, Seager was hitting .259 with one home and five RBI in his last 13 games.
Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall suffers whiplash in Monday's game
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Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall
had to leave Monday's game against the Angels after he suffered a strained neck/whiplash
, the team announced.
Chisenhall was 0 for 2 before being replaced by Tyler Holt. He will be reevaluated Tuesday.
Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle on Monday
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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre
made history in Monday's 12-9 win over the Astros. Beltre successfully hit for the cycle, becoming the fourth man in the history of the game to acheive the feat three times in a career.
Beltre started his night by belting a two-run triple in the first inning. He hit his double in the next inning and singled in the third before hitting a solo home run--his ninth of the year--in the fifth inning.
Overall on the night, Beltre went 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored in the big win. He joins Babe Herman and Bob Meusel as the only players to record three cycles in a career since 1900.
Diamondbacks 3B Jake Lamb adds insurance with solo HR in win
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb
went 2 for 4 and added some insult to injury in the 6-4 win over the Nationals on Monday. With his team up 5-0, Lamb came up and hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to extend the lead to six.
The home run was Lamb's fourth of the year, and the second in his last four games.
Cubs' Kris Bryant to avoid head-first slides following Sunday's scare
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After a scary play at second base almost left him with a head injury on Sunday, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant
says he will give up head-first sliding
. Bryant slid into second base in the fifth inning of Sunday's win over the Brewers, and was immediately taken out of the game with diziness after crashing into shortstop Jean Segura.
He was able to return to the lineup on Monday, but he said he will no long employ the use of a head-first slide.
"I have only one head, only one life," Bryant said per the Chicago Tribune. "There's nothing really to joke about with that. So we're taking this very seriously.
"It's instinct. I think that was the hardest I've run. I run very hard every time and looking back, I think I'll be sliding feet first."
Josh Donaldson propels Blue Jays to win with two-run HR
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Third baseman Josh Donaldson
's 27th home run propelled the Blue Jays to a 5-1 win against the Twins on Monday. Donaldson broke open a 1-all tie in the fifth inning with an opposite-field, two-run homer off Ervin Santana.
Donaldson, who also had his 29th double in the game, has homered nine times since July 1. He is also batting .283 (30 for 106) with 10 doubles and 28 RBI in his last 27 games.
Tomas Telis, Brian Ellington join Marlins, Donovan Solano sent down
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The Marlins recalled catcher Tomas Telis
from Triple-A New Orleans and selected the contract of RHP Brian Ellington
from New Orleans, the team announced
The players will replace Carter Capps, who went to the DL, and infielder Donovan Solano, who was optioned to Triple-A.
Telis was acquired from Texas in a trade-deadline deal. He played in one game at New Orleans. He's hitting .292 this season at Triple-A.
Ellington was 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA at Double-A Jacksonville. He had one scoreless relief appearance at Triple-A.
Solano hit .156 in 46 games with the Marlins.
Rays officially promote Richie Shaffer, demote Matt Moore
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The Rays officially demoted
starting pitcher Matt Moore
to Triple-A Durham on Monday. To take his spot on the roster, corner-infield prospect Richie Shaffer
was promoted from Durham.
Moore, who missed the start of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, went 1-3 with an 8.78 ERA in six starts.
Shaffer, who was a 2012 first-round pick (25th), posted a .263/.361/.539/.900 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He also had 21 doubles, 23 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games.
Rangers OF Joey Gallo destined to stay in minors into September
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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has declared on MLB Network Radio that premier outfielder prospect Joey Gallo
will not be promoted
until at least September unless an injury forces the move.
Gallo got off to a blistering start in his June stint with Texas, but cooled considerably and was sent back down on a 6-for-39 slide and with a slash line of .218/.306/.448. He fanned 25 times in his last 12 games.