Alcides Escobar
Alcides Escobar hits third home run
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
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News: Royals infielder Alcides Escobar clubbed his third home run Wednesday against the White Sox. 

Escobar struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, he belted a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. Escobar also singled during the game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 


Eduardo Escobar
Two Twins starters still sitting Wednesday
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
News: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (back) and shortstop Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) remain out Wednesday against visiting Detroit.

Arcia, who sustained the injury Monday, is on a seven-game hitting streak. Escobar suffered his injury Tuesday.


Nick Franklin
Nick Franklin to make team debut Tuesday
Nick Franklin, SS, TB
News: Rays infielder Nick Franklin is in the starting lineup for Tuesday game against the Yankees, as he gets set to make his team debut.

Franklin was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and hit just .210 with two home runs in 27 games at Triple-A Durham. He hit just .128/.192/.170 in 17 games with the Mariners prior to the trade. 


Jose Pirela
Jose Pirela added for final weeks
Jose Pirela, SS, NYY
News: The Yankees called up infielder Jose Pirela from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barrie Tuesday to replace Martin Prado on the active roster.

Pirela hit .305/.351/.441 in 130 games at Triple-A this season. 


Xander Bogaerts
Xander Bogaerts credits rest for turnaround
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
News: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who homered again Sunday at Kansas City to give him four home runs along with a .359 (23 for 64) batting average in 16 games since returning from an eight-day absence for a concussion in late August, thinks that break may have contributed to this surge, according to the Boston Herald.

"When I went down for a few days helped me out a lot," he said. "So, I feel good."

Bogaerts suggested he also benefited from the All-Star break, and the numbers back it up. In the 11 games immediately after the break, he hit .317 (13 for 41) with two home runs compared to .103 (11 for 107) with one home run in the 29 games immediately before it.

Manager John Farrell chooses to focus on the mechanical difference he sees from Bogaerts when the rookie is, in his own mind, well rested.

"Since coming back from the concussion he's been more balanced, and what it's allowed him to do is see the ball a little more clearly," said Farrell. "He's not lunging as violently to his front side and he's staying behind some swings. He's been able to carry it now for quite a while."


Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter held without a hit in doubleheader loss
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
News: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned to action for Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Orioles in Baltimore. He went 0 for 4 in a 5-0 defeat. He owns a .253/.301/.302 slash line with three homers and 40 RBI over 530 at-bats.

J.J. Hardy
J.J. Hardy ready to roll Friday for Orioles
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
News: On the same day the Orioles lost first baseman Chris Davis to suspension, they welcomed shortstop J.J. Hardy back from a back injury. He is set to start in Game 1 of their Friday doubleheader against the Yankees.

Hardy had been out for a week. He returns with just nine home runs after slugging at least 22 in each of the last three years. But he does own a respectable .281/.320/.392 stat line.


Alexei Ramirez
Slumping Alexei Ramirez grabbing some pine Thursday
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CHW
News: Scuffling White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has been benched for the Thursday afternoon game against Oakland. Marcus Semien is starting in that spot.

Ramirez is 2 for 28 over his last eight games. His .274 average is at its lowest point of the season.


Carlos Rivero
Carlos Rivera cranks out first career homer Wednesday
Carlos Rivero, SS, BOS
News: Red Sox infielder Carlos Rivero slammed the first home run of his career Wednesday against Baltimore as he continued his hot start with the team.

Rivero blasted off for a three-run job in the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 10-6. He has three hits in six at-bats for Boston over the last two games.


Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias avoids surgery, cleared for full workouts
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET
News: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was cleared by doctors and the team to begin preparation for offseason conditioning, the Detroit News reports.

Iglesias will miss the entire 2014 season due to stress fractures in both shins, but Wednesday's exam was immensely positive news as he'll avoid surgery, which could have ended his career. Iglesias is expected to be fine for spring training, and he's set to open next season as the team's starting shortstop.


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