With Logan Morrison (forearm) returning to the lineup and the game taking place in a National League park (no DH), Pearce was left out of Wednesday's lineup. He will be back in the mix this weekend when the Rays host the Yankees, although he could also be on the move at the trade deadline, as his .389/.484/.741 slash line against lefties ought to intrigue some contending teams.
He was expected to return Wednesday, and that has come to fruition. Morrison made a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday after missing six games with forearm tendinitis. A former top prospect in the Marlins' system back in 2010, Morrison appears to be on the verge of washing out of MLB, as he has performed below replacement level (-0.1 fWAR) for the second year in a row.
Ramirez went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's game, so manager John Farrell decided it was time to give Ramirez his first day off since the All-Star break. Travis Shaw will slide across the diamond and serve as the Red Sox's first baseman in Ramirez's place.
Recently, Hosmer has been in a complete funk since the All-Star game hitting .195 with just one extra-base hit. Nothing points to an injury, but I could see benching him in shallow leagues until shows some sign of turning around this cold streak.
Davis has 11 strikeouts over the same stretch. He was slowed last week by the flu and that might have come into play when he returned in time for the weekend. While Davis has had a hard time with contact this season, he is walking 13.5 percent of the time, the highest of his career.
Cabrera is on a roll, with four multi-hit games in his last seven, now including two homers, two doubles and six walks in that span. The home run was his 20th, giving him 12 seasons with at least 20 homers in his illustrious career. Still, his power output hasn't quite been up to his career standards -- his .512 slugging percentage would be his worst since his first full season back in 2004 with the Marlins at age 21.
Gonzalez's ninth blast of the season gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the game they'd go on to lose. He's now hit safely in nine straight games, and he's slashing .257/.296/.428 on the year.
Morrison has been suffering from a right forearm tendinitis injury that has caused him to miss the past seven games. He is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game, but said that he could be available to pinch hit. The forearm/wrist injury wasn't severe enough to put Morrison on the disabled list, and the 28-year-old should be good to go for Wednesday's contest.
This will mark the seventh consecutive game that Morrison has missed while dealing with a right wrist injury. The team stated that Morrison was unlikely to land on the disabled list July 21, and there have been no other talks on the matter. For Tuesday's game, Steve Pearce will man first base.
Refsnyder saw a spot start in place of Brett Gardner on Tuesday but will head back to the bench for Game-2 of the series. Refsnyder collected six hits in 22 at-bats (.273) during a six-game stretch entering the All-Star break but since then he's cooled off, managing just a single hit in his last 14 at-bats.