Indians optimistic about Nick Swisher bouncing back in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Indians general manager Chris Antonetti talked Monday about how the team expects first baseman Nick Swisher, who finished the season on the disabled list due to problems with his knees, to bounce back next season.

"It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year," Antonetti said, per MLB.com. "Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to spring training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing."


Justin Smoak steps away to attend the birth of his child
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak was away from the team Friday and again on Saturday to attend the birth of his child, according to MLB.com on Saturday.

Smoak has just one at-bat over his last seven days. He is hitting .202 with seven homers and 30 RBI over 248 at-bats. It remains to be seen if he'll return in time for the season finale against the Angels on Sunday.


Miguel Cabrera slugs 25th home run Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 11-4 loss to the Twins Friday.

Cabrera collected an RBI single in the fifth inning to put his team within three runs of the lead, but by the time he tacked on a solo home run in seventh, the Tigers were behind six runs with little hope of pulling out the win. The Royals are now one back of the Tigers for the division lead with two games left to play.

Cabrera has put an exclamation point on another fantastic season by homering in back-to-back games. He has hit .315/.373/.528 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI in 604 at-bats. Cabrera has been even better in September, hitting .396/.427/.750 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 96 at-bats this month.


Jon Singleton to sit during the weekend
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton will be limited to pinch hitting duties this weekend, according to the Houston Chronicle

Singleton is mired in a slump, and hasn't picked up a hit since September 9. Singleton said the season has been "very hard, very difficult." He added, "when you fail it’s really hard to be positive, but you have to continue to motivate yourself and get up and go do it." Singleton is hitting .168/.287/.336 over 304 at-bats. 


Logan Morrison homers twice in win over Blue Jays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison came up big at the dish in Toronto on Thursday, swatting a pair of home runs and leading his team to a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays.

Morrison launched a three-run home run in the fourth off reliever Todd Redmond. Two innings later, her struck again -- this time a solo shot off reliever Aaron Loup to lead off the sixth inning. Morrison finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .256 with 11 homers and 37 RBI over 324 at-bats this season.


Joe Mauer able to return Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the lineup Thursday.

Mauer is dealing with an elbow issue. He's set to hit third and play first base during the game. Mauer is hitting .276/.362/.370 over 438 at-bats. 


Mike Napoli may not play again
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli may not play again this season, according to CSNNE.com.

Napoli is dealing with toe, back and finger injuries. Napoli has not played since September 17. He's hitting .248/.370/.419 over 415 at-bats. 


Brandon Moss returns Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has returned to action Thursday against the Rangers.

Moss admitted he's been dealing with a hip injury lately, and will likely have offseason surgery. Despite that, he's still going to play through the issue down the stretch. Moss is hitting .237/.336/.444 over 489 at-bats.


Steve Pearce starting again Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) As expected, Orioles hot-hitting first baseman Steve Pearce has returned to the lineup for their Thursday night game against the host Yankees.

Pearce, who played in the field Wednesday and had one at-bat, had been out since Friday with a wrist ailment. He lost a seven-game hitting streak with his hitless plate appearance Wednesday.


Red Sox pair set to sit again Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Red Sox sluggers David Ortiz (soreness) and Mike Napoli (back, toe, finger) are both absent from the Thursday lineup against visiting Tampa Bay.

Ortiz has played just once since Thursday. Napoli has been out since Sept. 17 and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.


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