Ryan Howard, Chase Utley set to sit Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) A matchup against San Diego left-hander Robbie Erlin has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley out of the lineup Thursday.

The game off could hurt Howard's quest for his first 100-RBI season since 2011. He has 92 with 10 games remaining. Utley is in the mdist of a 2-for-17 slide.

Marlins sit corner infielders Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Marlins are set to sit corner infielders Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee in their Thursday night clash against visiting Washington. Jeff Baker has been pegged to start at first with Enrique Hernandez at third.

McGehee is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.

Struggling Adam LaRoche gets second straight night off
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Scuffling Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been given the night off Thursday in Miami. Kevin Frandsen is set to start instead. LaRoche is hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

LaRoche also sat Wednesday, as did all the Washington starters after the clinching of the division title.

Adam LaRoche in midst of deep slump for Nationals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has fallen into a slump from which he hopes he can emerge in time for the NLDS.

LaRoche is hitless in his last 17 at-bats covering four games. That dry spell followed a tear in which he slugged 12 hits, including five home runs, in nine games. His .257 average is at its lowest point since April 4.

Justin Morneau homers, drives in six runs in blowout win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau went 3 for 4 with a home run and six RBI in his team's 16-2 shellacking of the Dodgers Wednesday.

Morneau kicked off the run parade with a three-run home run in the first inning, and he would drive two more runs in on a single later in the same inning. His sixth RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Morneau is finishing an excellent rebound season in strong fashion, hitting .320/.363/.497 with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 475 at-bats.

Yonder Alonso seeking return to Padres next year
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Padres shelved first baseman Yonder Alonso is hoping he will be asked back in 2015 after losing the last seven weeks of this season to a wrist injury that required surgery.

"I don't deal with the business side of it, but I think we have really good people here, really good guys that make really good decisions (as far as) the guys that came in," Alonso told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "They know the game, they know baseball and they know what I can bring."

What Alonso brought this year was a stat line of .240/.285/.397 and seven home runs in 267 at-bats. He finished with a flourish with 11 hits in his last 17 at-bats, including two taters.

Alonso could be non-tendered next season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Joey Votto to take batting practice Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto will take batting practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a strained left quad in early July, manager Bryan Price told reporters.

Votto swung at soft toss in the batting cage Monday, and appears to be making steady progress in his recovery. He still hopes to return to action before the end of the season. 

Matt Adams returns to lineup Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, after missing one game with an oblique injury. This has been an ongoing issue for Adams, who is hitting just .189 in 11 September games. 

Anthony Rizzo gets planned off-day
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, but not due to a setback with his back. Rizzo is getting a planned day off after making his return to the lineup following a three-week absence Monday.

He is expected back in the lineup as early as Wednesday's series finale.

Brandon Belt activated from 7-day DL
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was activated from the 7-day disabled list on Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Belt has been sidelined since Aug. 6 after taking a ball to the face during warmups. He batted .237 with 11 homers and 24 RBI over 186 at-bats.

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