Jason Kipnis remains out Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was not in the starting lineup Friday.

Kipnis left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, and will not return Friday. He's hitting .242/.314/.332 over 488 at-bats. 

Royals place Christian Colon on DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Royals second baseman Christian Colon has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sept. 7, with a fractured middle finger.

He performed encouragingly during several stints with the big league team this season. Colon boasts a stat line of .302/.348/.442 in 20 games.

Jason Kipnis departs with hamstring tightness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was forced out of Thursday's game against the Astros due to hamstring tightness. Kipnis left the game in the eighth inning with the injury.

He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He is hitting .242/.314/.332 with six homers and 41 RBI over 488 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against Minnesota.

Angels issue skeleton lineup for Thursday game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Angels top hitters Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Howie Kendrick are three of many starters sitting Thursday against Seattle after the team clinched the division title.

Howie Kendrick finally slows down after torrid stretch
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) It took two weeks, but Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has finally cooled off at the plate.

Kendrick is 2 for 12 in his last four games, which might not qualify as struggling until one considers he was 22 for 44 for a .500 average with 11 runs scored and 13 RBI in his previous 10 games. Despite his recent mini-slide, he still owns a stat line of .291/.345/.394.

The veteran has scored 84 runs on the season, two off his career-high, giving him an outside shot at 100.

Jose Altuve the only bright spot for Houston
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Astros infielder Jose Altuve was the lone bright spot for the club Wednesday.

Altuve accounted for the team's only two hits of the night. He went 2 for 4, with two singles. The Astros were shut out, so Altuve did not register any runs or RBIs. 

Jason Kipnis benched against Astros southpaw
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Scuffling Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is out of the Wednesday lineup against Houston left-hander Brett Oberholtzer. Mike Aviles is set to start instead.

Kipnis, whose .334 slugging percentage is 118 points lower than what he achieved last year, is 5 for 29 in his last eight games.

Steve Tolleson returns to action late Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson went 0 for 1 and played third base in his team's 8-2 loss to the Orioles Tuesday.

Tolleson was not in the starting lineup Tuesday after suffering a wrist injury Monday, but he came in as a pinch hitter, struck out and stayed in to play third base. He has hit .239/.299/.358 with three home runs, 14 RBI and three stolen bases in 159 at-bats.

Jose Altuve becomes new franchise single-season hit king
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 2 for 5 Tuesday to become the franchise's new single-season hit king in his team's 4-2 loss to the Indians.

Altuve tied Craig Biggio's franchise record of 210 hits with a double in the fifth inning Tuesday, and No. 211 came on a seventh-inning single. The major-league leader in batting average, Altuve has hit .343/.379/.456 with seven home runs, 54 RBI and 52 stolen bases in 616 at-bats. He has 11 more games to add to his new record.

Steve Tolleson unable to return Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, as a result of a wrist injury suffered Monday. He is day to day moving forward. 

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