Jorge Polanco
Twins' Jorge Polanco: Heads to bench for Game 2
Jorge Polanco, SS, MIN
8/17/2017
News: Polanco is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Polanco will head to the bench for a breather after going 2-for-4 with an RBI in Game 1. Ehire Adrianza will take over for him at shortstop, batting ninth.

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Jean Segura
Mariners' Jean Segura: Rakes out of leadoff spot Wednesday
Jean Segura, SS, SEA
8/17/2017
News: Segura went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Orioles.

The red-hot leadoff man has taken it up a notch in August, posting five multi-hit efforts in the last seven games and posting a .309/.397/.436 line overall during the month. Segura has offered relatively modest power numbers, but he's made up for it with a .320/.372/.438 season line that includes 18 stolen bases.

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Ryan Flaherty
Orioles' Ryan Flaherty: Activated from DL
Ryan Flaherty, SS, BAL
8/17/2017
News: Flaherty (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday.

Flaherty has been sidelined since May with a right shoulder strain, but he's finally ready to rejoin the big club after a 16-game rehab stint dating back to July 27. The 31-year-old compiled a .233/.324/.267 slash line in 12 games with the Orioles before landing on the DL earlier in the season. Now that he's active, Flaherty will return to serving as a utility infielder for the Orioles.

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Ryan Goins
Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: In lineup Thursday
Ryan Goins, SS, TOR
8/17/2017
News: Goins (forearm) will not miss any time after exiting Wednesday's contest, remaining in the lineup for the series finale against Tampa Bay on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth just a day after getting spiked in his left forearm while attempting to steal a base during the sixth inning of Wednesday's game. His X-rays didn't reveal any structural damage, and manager John Gibbons elects to keep Goins in the lineup for the divisional contest.

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Ignites ninth-inning rally
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
8/17/2017
News: Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning in Boston's 5-4 walk-off win over St. Louis.

The homer was a long time coming for Bogaerts, who last went yard July 5, the day before he was plunked on the hand. The hand injury lingered and played a role in an extended slump that saw Bogaerts hit just .181 with two RBI over 27 games. It appears he's overcome that injury of late. He collected three hits, including a couple of squared-up balls, Tuesday night before taking Trevor Rosenthal over the Green Monster seats Wednesday. He's had extremely productive stretches during his career and could be set to embark on another as we close out the final six weeks of the season.

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Elvis Andrus
Rangers' Elvis Andrus: Records RBI in three consecutive innings
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
8/17/2017
News: Andrus went 3-for-5 with a home run, a walk, three runs scored, four RBI and a steal in Wednesday's 12-6 win over the Tigers.

Andrus broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with his 16th home run of the season and drove in two more runs with a single one inning later before adding another RBI single in the seventh. The veteran shortstop has made great advancements in the power department, already doubling last season's previous best of eight long balls in 32 fewer games while blowing his career .368 slugging percentage out of the water with a .483 mark. That extra pop hasn't come at the cost of his trademark speed, as Andrus' steal was his 23rd.

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Tim Beckham
Orioles' Tim Beckham: Keeps raking Wednesday
Tim Beckham, SS, BAL
8/16/2017
News: Beckham went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Mariners.

He's now hit safely in 16 of 17 games in August with 11 multi-hit efforts, giving Beckham a .485 (32-for-66) batting average on the month with five homers, 12 RBI and 17 runs. J.J. Hardy is inching closer to a return, but it's hard to imagine the Orioles removing Beckham's white-hot bat from their lineup while they remain in the traffic jam that is the AL wild-card race.

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Adeiny Hechavarria
Rays' Adeiny Hechavarria: Sitting again Wednesday
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, TB
8/16/2017
News: Hechavarria is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hechavarria will sit for the second time in three days, despite his 1-for-4 showing at the plate Tuesday actually improving his slash line to .215/.236/.267 since he was acquired from the Marlins in late June. The Rays traded for Hechavarria for his solid glove at shortstop first and foremost, but they surely didn't expect him to be as easy of an out as he has been. His uninspiring offense has prompted manager Kevin Cash to lean more frequently on Daniel Robertson, who will draw a third consecutive start in the middle infield Wednesday.

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J.J. Hardy
Orioles' J.J. Hardy: To take BP on Friday
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
8/16/2017
News: Hardy (wrist) will take batting practice on the field Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

This is a big step in Hardy's recovery, and it suggests a rehab assignment could be imminent. He is believed to be on track for a September return, but it is unclear if he will see much playing time given how well Tim Beckham has played since coming over to Baltimore at the trade deadline.

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Willy Adames
Rays' Willy Adames: September promotion looming?
Willy Adames, SS, TB
8/16/2017
News: Adames, 21, is batting .316 with one home run, three RBI and one steal over his last 10 games for Triple-A Durham.

On the year, Adames is slashing .267/.360/.406 with eight home runs, 47 RBI and nine stolen bases. The Rays are notoriously conservative with their prospects, but as they sit just 1.5 games out of the last Wild Card spot, they could choose to bring up Adames to boost their middle infield depth down the stretch.

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