David Ortiz
Red Sox missing punch in middle of lineup Thursday
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
News: The Red Sox will be without designated hitter David Ortiz (soreness), third baseman Will Middlebrooks (hamstring) and first baseman Mike Napoli (back) for Thursday's game against the Angels, as all three are out of the starting lineup. They remain day to day collectively moving forward. 

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran sidelined again Thursday
Carlos Beltran, DH, NYY
News: Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran is out of the lineup for the second day in a row Thursday against the Astros, as he continues to deal with an elbow injury.

Beltran was examined Wednesday, but the results of that are not yet known. He had a cortison injection in the elbow, his third of the season, and manager Joe Girardi told reporters Thursday he expects to know if Beltran will be available moving forward by Saturday. 

The elbow began bothering him again in recent days, possibly as a result of his return to the outfield last week. He has just one hit in his last 28 at-bats.  


Victor Martinez
Victor Martinez belts grand slam
Victor Martinez, DH, DET
News: Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez blasted a grand slam Wednesday against the Rays.

Martinez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat, homering on a 92 mph fastball. Martinez also doubled in a run during the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and five RBI. 


Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz reclaims home run lead
Nelson Cruz, DH, BAL
News: Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz reclaimed the home run lead Wednesday against the White Sox.

Cruz went yard in the top of the fourth inning. With one man on base, Cruz belted a 93 mph fastball from Hector Noesi out to left for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


David DeJesus
David DeJesus goes 1 for 4 in rehab start
David DeJesus, DH, TB
News: Rays outfielder David DeJesus went 1 for 4 during a rehab start Wednesday.

DeJesus served as the designated hitter for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. He struck out once during the game. DeJesus has been out since June 18 with a hand injury.


C.J. Cron
C.J. Cron likely to be called up soon
C.J. Cron, DH, LAA
News: Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron is likely to be called up soon, according to the Orange County Register

Cron has performed well in a nine-game stint in the minors, and could be on his way back up with the team facing two lefties during the weekend series. Cron has hit .266/.295/.462 over 199 at-bats this season.


Kendrys Morales
Kendrys Morales blasts off again in loss to Phillies
Kendrys Morales, DH, SEA
News: The first power surge of the season for Mariners first baseman Kendrys Morales continued Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Morales clobbered his third home run in the last seven games to open the scoring in the second inning and added a single to give him nine hits in his last 25 at-bats. He added a walk and now owns a .342 slugging percentage that is at its highest point since June 27.


Chris Carter
Chris Carter's 30th homer a big one
Chris Carter, DH, HOU
News: Astros designated hitter Chris Carter continued his hot-hitting ways Tuesday, as he slugged the team to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.

Carter was hitless with four strikeouts heading into the ninth inning, but made up for that with one swing. With the score tied at 4-4, Carter unleashed a three-run blast to put the Astros up for good.

Carter has established a new career-high with his 30th home run of the season, and he has 72 RBI to go with that, just 10 off his best total. He is hitting .233/.301/.519 in 110 games overall. 


Ryan Raburn
Ryan Raburn placed on the disabled list Tuesday
Ryan Raburn, DH, CLE
News: Indians infielder Ryan Raburn has been placed on the disabled list Tuesday, according to WTAM. 

Raburn is dealing with a sore wrist. In 188 at-bats, Raburn is hitting .191/.240/.277. Tyler Holt was called up from Triple-A to take Raburn's spot on the roster.


Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn might retire in the offseason
Adam Dunn, DH, CHW
News: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said veteran slugger Adam Dunn, who will be a free agent after the season, will have a tough decision to face in the offseason. Dunn told MLB.com Saturday he has strongly considered the 2014 season being his last in the majors.

"That’s always a tough decision for guys," Ventura said, per CSN Chicago. "When they get where he’s at and Paul (Konerko) and all those guys that are of age, you get close and you might see the end. You don’t know. It’s a tough decision. This is something he’s done most of his adult life. It’s important. It’s still fun. You just never know. I’ve also heard guys talk that way and end up playing five more years."


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