Carlos Santana belts two home runs Friday
by Chris Cwik |
(12:26 am ET) Indians third baseman Carlos Santana hit two home runs Friday against the Royals. 

Santana struck twice against Yordano Ventura. In the fourth inning, Santana crushed a 97 mph fastball out to right center for a solo shot. He did one better in his next at-bat, belting a 100 mph fastball out to right for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and three RBI. 

Jose Abreu hits number 30
by Chris Cwik |
(12:17 am ET) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit his 30th home run Friday against the Twins.

Abreu got to work immediately, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. With two men on, Abreu crushed a hanging curveball out to center for a three-run shot. Abreu also singled and was hit by a pitch during the game. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. 

Joe Mauer able to take soft toss Friday
by Chris Cwik |
(7/25/2014) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was able to take some soft toss swings Friday, according to

Mauer has been working his back from an oblique injury. He's been able to do some hitting drills lately, which is a good sign. Mauer has been sidelined since July 1 with the injury. There's no timetable for his return yet. 

Jon Singleton taking a seat Friday against left-hander
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/25/2014) The Friday lineup for the Astros against Miami is sans first baseman Jon Singleton, who is set to sit against fellow lefty Brad Hand. Jesus Guzman is starting instead.

Singleton has just three hits in his last 35 at-bats, but is batting .295 against southpaws, which is far superior to his .179 mark overall this season.

Mark Teixeira hopeful of avoiding DL stint
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/25/2014) Sidelined Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has expressed encouragement about his health and is hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

"I hope to be back soon," he told the YES Network.

Teixeira, who is set to miss his fifth straight game in a series opener against Toronto, added that he could swing the bat as early as Friday.

Mark Teixeira out again with lat strain
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/25/2014) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is set to sit for the fifth straight game Friday night against Toronto. A nagging lat strain could wind up sending him to the disabled list.

Brian McCann is manning the position instead.

Hand issue still keeping Eric Hosmer sidelined
by Chris Towers |
(7/25/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Friday against the Indians, as he continues to deal with a hand injury.

Hosmer has been out since leaving Wednesday's game due to ongoing issues with his hand, which have led to decreased grip strength. He remains day to day as a result of this issue. 

James Loney average production more pronounced lately
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/25/2014) Rays first baseman James Loney has gained a reputation for a lack of power production despite a strong average. He has done nothing to dispel that perception in recent weeks.

Loney has improved his average from .273 to .284 with 17 hits in his last 47 at-bats and four multi-hit games in the last five. But he has just two extra-base hits with no home runs since July 1 and four RBI since July 2.

He has, however, been more than serviceable this season with 47 RBI and 41 runs scored in 99 games.

Joe Mauer gets some work in the cage
by Igor Mello |
(7/24/2014) Twins catcher Joe Mauer was able to hit in the cage prior to Thursday's game against the White Sox, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Mauer's next step in his recovery from a strained oblique would live batting practice. The Twins have not established a date for that, at this moment.

Mauer has been sidelined since July 1 with the injury. He batted .271/.342/.353 with two home runs and 28 RBI in 303 at-bats before the injury.

Brandon Moss blasts grand slam Thursday
by Chris Cwik |
(7/24/2014) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss belted a grand slam Thursday against the Astros.

Moss stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Moss hit a grand slam on a 96 mph fastball. It was Moss' 23rd home run of the season. Moss finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and four RBI. 

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