Will Middlebrooks
Red Sox to use Will Middlebrooks at third, Xander Bogaerts at shortstop
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
6:47 PM
News: The Red Sox will recall Will Middlebrooks Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Friday's game against the Yankees. He is expected to serve as the everyday third baseman, shifting Xander Bogaerts to shortstop moving forward, MassLive.com reports.
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Kevin Kouzmanoff
Second back surgery ends Kevin Kouzmanoff's season
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEX
5:29 PM
News: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels provided an update on the status of Kevin Kouzmanoff's recovery from back surgery Thursday, and had only bad news to report, via the Dallas Morning News.  

Kouzmanoff, who was expected to miss 7-12 weeks while recovering from back surgery in early May, will now miss the remainder of the season after requiring a second surgery on his back, to stabilize the herniated disc he suffered earlier int he season. 

Kouzmanoff finishes the season with 17 hits in 47 at-bats. 

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Martin Prado
Yankees trade for Diamondbacks infielder Martin Prado
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI
4:17 PM
News: The Yankees announced Thursday they acquired infielder Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks. Prado, who is under contract through the 2016 season, is batting .270 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 106 games.
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Kelly Johnson
Red Sox acquire Kelly Johnson from Yankees
Kelly Johnson, 3B, NYY
3:52 PM
News: The Yankees traded Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox Thursday in exchange for shortstop Stephen Drew. Johnson is currently on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin injury.
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Scott Sizemore
Yankees release Scott Sizemore
Scott Sizemore, 3B, NYY
3:32 PM
News: The Yankees announced Thursday they released infielder Scott Sizemore. Sizemore was on the roster at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Rockies
Luis Valbuena, 3B, CHC
7/30/2014
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.

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Nick Castellanos
Nick Castellanos slugs seventh home run Wednesday
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
7/30/2014
News: Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2 for 4 with a home run and a career-high four RBI in his team's 7-2 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Castellanos put an exclamation point on a six-run first inning by swatting a three-run home run. He added a fourth RBI on a single in the seventh inning. Castellanos has hit .267/.312/.409 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 330 at-bats.

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Brett Lawrie
Brett Lawrie might begin rehab assignment this weekend
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR
7/30/2014
News: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said third baseman Brett Lawrie (finger) is making great progress and could be ready to start a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Sportsnet.ca.
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Eric Chavez
Eric Chavez announce retirement from baseball
Eric Chavez, 3B, ARI
7/30/2014
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.  

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Pedro Alvarez
Clint Hurdle explains benching of Pedro Alvarez
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT
7/30/2014
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.

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