Jordan Pacheco back, Nick Evans out for Arizona
by Marty Gitlin |
(3:16 pm ET) The Diamondbacks have activated infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list and released utility man Nick Evans .

Pacheco has been used sparingly this season, but has been serviceable. He's batting .250 with eight RBI in 80 at-bats.

Miguel Cabrera struggling - comparatively speaking
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:34 pm ET) Brilliant numbers are not necessarily typical numbers for Tigers stud first baseman Miguel Cabrera. He's batting .309 with 16 home runs, 81 RBI and .895 OPS. But he is scuffling in comparison to the stats he compiled before being slowed by abdominal issues in the second half of last season that required surgery.

Brad Ausmus recognizes that. "He's scuffling a little bit right now," he told the Detroit News. "I think he's been a little frustrated all year. Post-surgery - everything's not in sync. I think surgery is the root cause of it. It can take time. I think there are side effects from all of that."

Cabrera is hitless in his last nine at-bats and has just 16 home runs this season after slugging 44 in each of his last two years. His .531 slugging percentage is more than 100 points off what he compiled in 2013.

Ryan Howard clubs 16th home run Sunday
by Chris Cwik |
(12:52 am ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard belted his 16th home run Sunday against the Diamondbacks. 

In his first at-bat, Howard homered on the first pitch he saw from Vidal Nuno. He crushed a 90 mph to left center for a two-run shot. He finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. 

Jon Singleton hits his seventh home run Sunday
by Chris Cwik |
(12:32 am ET) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton hit his seventh home run Sunday against the Marlins. 

Singleton waited until the ninth inning to strike. With the bases empty in the ninth inning, Singleton hit a 92 mph fastball out to left for a solo shot. He also walked twice earlier in the contest. Singleton finished 1 for 2, with one run scored and one RBI. 

Lucas Duda hits another home run Sunday
by Chris Cwik |
(7/27/2014) Mets outfielder Lucas Duda belted another home run Sunday against the Brewers.

Duda didn't strike until the sixth inning, but that was all his team needed. With a man on, Duda belted an 88 mph slider from Jimmy Nelson out to right for the two-run shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. It was Duda's 18th home run of the year. 

Brandon Belt still dealing with concussion-like symptoms
by Chris Cwik |
(7/27/2014) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still dealing with concussion-like symptoms, according to CSN.

Belt will be examined by a specialist Sunday afternoon. There's no timetable for his recovery at this time. Belt was hitting .242/.304/.455 over 165 at-bats prior to the injury.

Carlos Santana leaves the yard twice in win over Royals
by Igor Mello |
(7/27/2014) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana reached base four times and became the first player to homer five times in a series this season, leading his team to a 10-3 win over the Royals in Kansas City.

Santana launched a pair of two-run home runs -- one in the fifth and then again in the ninth. He added a single and finished 3 for 3 with two runs scored and four RBI. He owns a .232/.371/.456 slash line with 20 homers and 50 RBI in 340 at-bats. He also leads the American League with 72 walks.

Hitters to start in Week 18
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/27/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 18 (July 28-Aug. 3)? You won't find one much better than Austin Jackson. Of course, he's not the only "start" for the week. Stephen Vogt, Mike Napoli, Emilio Bonifacio, Chase Headley and Jed Lowrie also fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

Nate Freiman optioned as Alberto Callaspo comes off DL
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/27/2014) The Athletics announced prior to Sunday's game at Texas they activated infielder Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) off the 15-day disabled list. First baseman Nate Freiman was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to clear a roster spot.

Joe Mauer should be on rehab assignment next week
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/27/2014) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expects first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) to be on a rehab assignment by the time the team returns for a two-game homestand Aug. 5-6 against the Padres, according to the Pioneer Press.

"By the time we get back from this roadtrip, he'll be on a rehab (assignment)," Gardenhire said Sunday. "We need him desperately. He's a big cog in our lineup. We need to get him back on the field. He's important for our baseball team, not only for what he does on the field but for the whole package, him being around the guys, being a calming influence. That will be huge for us."

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