Brent Morel
Pirates recall Brent Morel from Triple-A
Brent Morel, 3B, PIT
7:09 PM
News: The Pirates recalled outfielder Brent Morel from Triple-A indianapolis Wednesday.

Morel takes the roster spot of Starling Marte, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list Wednesday. Morel has hit .246/.318/.342 with three home runs and 37 RBI in 260 at-bats with Indianapolis.

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Manny Machado
Manny Machado sits out again Wednesday
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL
6:30 PM
News: Orioles infielder Manny Machado was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

Machado is dealing with a back issue, and was also held out of Tuesday's game. Over 258 at-bats, he's hitting .267/.317/.422.

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Brock Holt
Brock Holt receives rare night off
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS
3:59 PM
News: Red Sox all-purpose standout Brock Holt is out of the lineup Wednesday in Toronto for the first time in two months. He is coming off an 0-for-4 effort that ended a seven-game hitting streak.

Holt has been lights-out this season with a stat line of .321/.366/.450 and 40 runs scored.

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Juan Francisco
Scuffling Juan Francisco not in Wednesday lineup
Juan Francisco, 3B, TOR
3:53 PM
News: Third baseman Juan Francisco will be riding the bench when the Blue Jays host Boston on Wednesday night. Munenori Kawasaki is set to start at that spot instead.

Francisco is hitless in four games since July 13, going 0 for 11 during that stretch.

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Pedro Alvarez
Pedro Alvarez sits out Wednesday due to knee injury
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
2:48 PM
News: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday vs. L.A. Dodgers after leaving Tuesday's game due to knee discomfort. Josh Harrison started in Alvarez's absence.
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Aramis Ramirez
Aramis Ramirez to continue career past 2014 season
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL
1:49 PM
News: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who appeared in his 2,000th MLB game Wednesday, said he has decided to continue his career past the 2014 season, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I'm going to go for 2,500 (games) so let's see what happens," Ramirez said. "I'm only 36; I'll be OK. I'm playing past this year, for sure. I don't know how much longer but definitely more years. I'll see where I'm at after the season but I feel good right now. Health is the main thing. My body is telling me I can still play."

Ramirez has a mutual option for $14 million for next season. If Ramirez exercises the option and the Brewers decline, he gets a $4 million buyout.

"That, I don't think about," he said. "I don't really like to talk about contracts during the season. They haven't approached me about anything, either, so we'll see what happens.

"I like it here. It's the reason I came here. I have no regrets. I've had a great three years here. I've liked it. It's a good place to play baseball. A great stadium; we have a roof (so) I don't have to worry about the conditions. A good team. We just missed the playoffs my first year here. This year, we're in the pennant race. So, we have a good team and it was the right choice."

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Kelly Johnson
Groin issue lands Kelly Johnson on DL
Kelly Johnson, 3B, NYY
1:44 PM
News: The Yankees have placed third baseman Kelly Johnson on the disabled list with a groin injury that forced him out of the Tuesday night game.

Johnson has proven mediocre this season, mostly in a platoon role against right-handers. He owns a stat line of .219/.304/.373.

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Kris Bryant
Cubs considering moving Kris Bryant to right field
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
12:50 PM
News: The Cubs have had internal discussions about transitioning prospect Kris Bryant from third base to right field, according to CSN Chicago. However, the talks have not progressed to making that move just yet.

"He can do it," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "He played center in college, and he’s played right. He feels good out there. The biggest focus for him right now is he’s working on his defense. He is almost 6-6, and with that the fundamentals of playing third base are more challenging.

"In the future, I would never say never that we wouldn’t put him out there. But right now, our focus is third."

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Mike Moustakas
Mike Moustakas homers twice on Greek Heritage Night
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
11:25 AM
News: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas finally had a night to talk about Tuesday against the White Sox, homering twice in a 7-1 win. Coincidentally, it came on the same night the White Sox were hosting Greek Heritage Night at the ballpark.

"Oh, I knew," Moustakas said of the promotion. "I was telling everybody that today was my day. It just ended up working out that way."

Moustakas finished 3 for 5 with three RBI. He hit a solo home run off Scott Carroll leading off the second inning and a two-run homer off Eric Surkamp in the eighth inning. 

He is batting .286 (14 for 49) with four home runs and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.

"He's starting to swing the bat pretty good," manager Ned Yost said of Moustakas. "We've seen him in spurts, it doesn't matter who's pitching. When he's right, he's putting good swings on the ball.

"Tonight he was really seeing the ball good, he was in a good position to hit and he was really driving the ball."

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Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado blasts off for first time since May 5
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL
10:32 AM
News: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has been struggling to hit for power since returning from a thumb injury, but he didn't struggle in the third inning of a Tuesday night loss to Washington.

Arenado slammed his first homer since May 5, a two-run job against Jordan Zimmermann. Despite the power outage, Arenado does have nine hits in his last eight games.

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