Luis Valbuena
Astros' Luis Valbuena slugs 20th home run in loss on Monday
Luis Valbuena, 3B, HOU
1:23 AM
News: 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.


Kyle Seager
Mariners 3B Kyle Seager homers in Monday's win
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA
12:48 AM
News: 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.


Lonnie Chisenhall
Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall suffers whiplash in Monday's game
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE
12:30 AM
News: 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.


Adrian Beltre
Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle on Monday
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
12:17 AM
News: 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.


Jake Lamb
Diamondbacks 3B Jake Lamb adds insurance with solo HR in win
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI
News: 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. 


Kris Bryant
Cubs' Kris Bryant to avoid head-first slides following Sunday's scare
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC
News: 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
Josh Donaldson propels Blue Jays to win with two-run HR
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
News: 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.


Donovan Solano
Tomas Telis, Brian Ellington join Marlins, Donovan Solano sent down
Donovan Solano, 3B, MIA
News: 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 on Monday. 

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.


Richie Shaffer
Rays officially promote Richie Shaffer, demote Matt Moore
Richie Shaffer, 3B, TB
News: 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.


Joey Gallo
Rangers OF Joey Gallo destined to stay in minors into September
Joey Gallo, 3B, TEX
News: 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.


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