Reds 1B Joey Votto gets Sunday off
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) The Reds have given slugging first baseman Joey Votto the afternoon off Saturday against Pittsburgh. Ivan De Jesus is playing the position instead.

Votto, who has not missed a game since June 17, owns a fine slash line of .309/.432/.532. His on-base percentage ranks fourth in the majors. He has 12 walks in his last seven games.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt slugs two solo home runs in win Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/2/2015) Giants 1B Brandon Belt had a big night at the plate in the 9-7 win over the Rangers. The Texas-native went 2 for 4 with a pair of solo home runs in the extra-innings victory.

Belt bookended the Giants' scoring on Saturday. He got the Giants on the board with a solo home run in the third inning, cutting the Rangers' lead to one. Then, after the Giants took a 9-8 lead in the 11th, he delivered his second solo dinger of the night, giving him 12 homers on the year.

Both of Belt's home runs on Saturday came off of left-handers--he had not homered off of a southpaw this season prior to Saturday. 

After Saturday's performance, Belt is batting .306 with three home runs and nine home runs over his past 10 games.


Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo homers in fourth straight day Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) Has there been a hotter hitter over the last four days than Anthony Rizzo? The Cubs' star first baseman went 2 for 4 in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. He slugged a three-run home run, his fourth home run in four days.

Rizzo has been on fire in those four days, batting a ridiculous .533 with the four homers and nine RBI in that stretch. 


Rockies call up Kyle Parker, Scott Oberg from Triple-A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/1/2015) The Rockies added a pair of players to their 25-man roster on Saturday. Right-hander Scott Oberg and outfielder Kyler Parker have been called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oberg made 34 relief appearances with the Rockies between April 14 and July 9. He owns a 5.97 ERA through 31 2/3 innings.

Parker has one hit in one at-bat with the Rockies this season. With the Isoptopes, he is batting .280 with nine home runs and 58 RBI in 93 games.


Casey McGehee replaces Justin Bour at first for Marlins
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Marlins first baseman Justin Bour isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Bour has started 51 games this season. He'll be replaced by Casey McGehee, who has started just four times this year but three times in the last five games. 


Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt hits in 12th straight
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 4 in Friday's win over Houston.

Goldschmidt singled twice and walked once. He extended his hitting streak to 12 straight, the longest current streak in the National League. He's hitting .436 over the streak. 


Ryan Howard drives in four runs for Phillies
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard drove in four runs in Friday's loss to Atlanta. 

Howard went 2 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and two walks. He recorded four RBI for the first time since August 7 of last year. 

Howard hit in his sixth straight game. He's batting .409 during the streak. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda benched Friday against LHP Gonzalez
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) A matchup against tough Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has Mets first baseman Lucas Duda out of the lineup Friday night.

Duda, who is 3-for-17 lifetime against Gonzalez, is just two days removed from a three-homer game. He has also hit lefties well this year with 28 hits in 93 at-bats.


Dodgers send Michael Morse and cash to Pirates for Jose Tabata
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Dodgers have traded first baseman Michael Morse and cash considerations to the Pirates. In exchange, the Dodgers will receive outfielder Jose Tabata , CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. 

Morse was acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins in a three-team deal on Thursday and was subsequentley desginated for assignment. 

Tabata was currently playing with Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates. He did spend 27 games with the big club earlier this year, batting .289 in 38 at-bats. 

Neither team has officially announced the deal as of yet.


Anthony Rizzo gives Cubs the lead with three-run blast
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the second consecutive game on Thursday, as he went 3 for 4 with three RBI. 

Rizzo, who also doubled in the 5-2 win over the Brewers, launched his 18th home run--a go-ahead three-run shot--in the eighth inning, with the Cubs trailing 2-0. 


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