Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford remains sidelined Friday
night against St. Louis with a left oblique strain. It's his third straight absence.
"It's not something you want to rush," Bruce Bochy told Associated Press.
Crawford was on a 2-for-19 skid before going down.
Mild hamstring issue has Astros SS Carlos Correa out Friday
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Astros rookie stud shortstop Carlos Correa
has received a second straight game off Friday, when his team plays in Minnesota. He has confirmed a bit of left hamstring soreness
, per MLB.com.
Correa had been in a bit of a mini-funk at the plate before slamming four hits and scoring three runs over his last three games. His slash line in the year remains an excellent .278/.347/.510.
Twins SS Eduardo Escobar smashes two home runs in win
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Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar
provided some surprising pop Wednesday, blasting two home runs in his team's victory over the Rays.
Escobar, who entered the game with five homers on the season, hit his first in the sixth inning, a 418-foot shot to right. He followed that up with another home run to right in the eighth to provide a key insurance run.
Mets 2B Wilmer Flores goes yard twice in runaway win
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Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores
did his best Monday to upstage teammate David Wright, who was returning after losing four months to a back injury.
Wright hit a homer in the shellacking of Philadelphia, but Flores slugged two. He slammed a two-run blast in the fourth and three-run job in the fifth. He also doubled and scored in the sixth.
His fine game sweetened his slash line on the year to .265/.298/.418.
Orioles activate 1B Steve Pearce, place SS J.J. Hardy on DL
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The Orioles have activated first baseman Steve Pearce
from the disabled list and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon
from Triple-A Norfolk.
To create room for those players, they have placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list with a groin injury and designated for assignment veteran outfielder Nolan Reimold.
Hardy has been plagued by the groin ailment for a while. He is batting .157 (11-for-70) in August.
Pirates SS Jordy Mercer back in starting lineup
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Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer
, who missed five weeks with a knee injury, returns to the starting lineup Monday as the team opens a series with the Marlins.
Mercer has been supplanted by the solid play of rookie Jung Ho Kang, and his time as a starter may be limited. Mercer is hitting .241 in 81 games this season for Pittsburgh.
Rockies SS Jose Reyes indicates desire to be traded
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Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes
has indicated not very subtly that he wants to be traded from the team that now owns the worst record in the majors.
"I'm at the point in my career what I want to win," he told the Denver Post. "I saw it over and over. I want to win. I don't want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That's not the kind of player I feel I am. ... We'll see what happens here. But in the next couple years, I don't want to waste my time like that."
Reyes, who is under contract through 2017, has not allowed his disenchantment to affect his hitting. He has been especially hot lately with nine hits in his last 22 at-bats.
Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria has 13-game hit streak snapped
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Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria
went 0 for 3 in Friday's loss to Philadelphia.
The hitless day snapped a 13-game hitting streak for Hechavarria, which had been the longest in the National League.
Hechavarria hit .380 with .867 OPS over the streak.
Pirates' Pedro Florimon designated for assignment; Josh Wall recalled
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Pirates infielder Pedro Florimon
knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks. As a reward, he was designated for assignment
Florimon went 2 for 19 in 2015, his first season with the Pirates. The move clears a space for reliever Josh Wall who was added to the roster on Wednesday. The Pirates were in need of a fresh bullpen arm following Tuesday's marathon affair.
Red Sox give SS Xander Bogaerts a rest on Wednesday
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Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts
is getting a rare day off on Wednesday, as he is being held out of the starting lineup
for the first time since June 20. Bogaerts has maintained a hot bat all year, and he is batting .327 with a home run, four doubles and eight RBI over his past 10 games.
Brock Holt will slide over to shortstop for Wednesday's matchup with the Indians.