Ryan Goins rips four hits, four RBI in win over Boston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins enjoyed a productive night at the plate Monday night against the Red Sox.

Goins singled in the second, singled in two runs in the fourth, doubled in one more in the sixth and reached on an infield single in the eighth. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and four RBI in a comfortable 14-1 victory in Boston. He owns a .212/.247/.306 slash line with one home run and eight RBI in 85 at-bats.

Royals make several roster moves Monday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Royals have assigned newly acquired pitcher Liam Hendricks to Triple-A Omaha, FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Erik Kratz, who was also acquired in the Danny Valencia trade, will join the big-league team Tuesday. The Royals have also recalled shortstop Christian Colon and designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.

Jose Altuve hits fourth home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit his fourth home run Sunday against the Marlins.

In his first at-bat Altuve took a 91 mph fastball out to left for a left field for a solo shot. The play was reviewed, but the ruling was ultimately upheld. Altuve would also single twice later in the contest. Altuve finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Jason Kipnis blames oblique injury for poor power numbers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis admitted during a recent series in Minnesota the right oblique strain that put him on the disabled list in late April has limited his swing and robbed him of his power, according to The Plain Dealer.

Manager Terry Francona weighed in on the matter prior to Sunday's game at Kansas City. Kipnis has just two home runs and is slugging .326 in his last 59 games.

"I don't think he's in pain," Francona said. "I do think there are balls that he usually gets to, hitting wise, and he's fouled them off or swinging through them. I think he's frustrated, which I totally understand.

"But with good players, they play. I'm not sure you can always be 100 percent or we'd never have a team. From where I sit, you appreciate he's giving everything he has. That's why I'm quick to defend guys because more guys are banged up (than people realize)."


Ben Zobrist slugs eighth home run Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 3-0 win over the Red Sox Saturday.

Fresh off a 4-for-4 performance against the Red Sox Friday, Zobrist slugged his second home run of the month in the seventh inning of Saturday's win. He has hit .267/.354/.409 with eight home runs, 29 RBI and five stolen bases in 345 at-bats.


Jemile Weeks placed on Triple-A DL with groin issue
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Former brief Oakland standout second baseman Jemile Weeks has been placed on the 7-day Triple-A disabled list by the Orioles with a groin strain.

Weeks has been decent this season for Norfolk with a .279/.394/.397 stat line and 10 doubles in 55 games. He managed three hits in 11 at-bats during a short stint with Baltimore.


Report: Gregorio Petit set for return to the bigs
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Astros have promoted second baseman Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Oklahoma City, sources have told MLBDailyDish.com. That necessitates a roster move that has yet to be announced.

The 29-year-old Petit has 54 major league at-bats and has posted a .278 average, but has not played at that level since 2010 with Oakland.


Yankees hesitant to promote Robert Refsnyder
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Even after trading for third baseman Chase Headley, the Yankees remain interested in adding another bat to their lineup, according to MLB.com.

However, it doesn't appear one option will be to promote second base prospect Robert Refsnyder, who is batting .301 with a .401 on-base percentage, .497 slugging percentage and .898 OPS in 39 games since his promotion to Triple-A.

"He has a chance to be the second baseman of the future, maybe as early as next year," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, adding that if Refsnyder does see any big league time in 2014, it would likely be in the outfield. "If we can avoid it, I don't think we'd get the impact over the next two months that people would think. That jump from Triple-A to the big leagues is larger than it's ever been."


John Farrell: Dustin Pedroia fine 'as far as I know'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) John Farrell is claiming that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is healthy despite an 0-for-17 slump that has rival scouts concerned about his long-term stability, per WEEI.com.

"He's playing at 100 percent as far as I know," Farrell said. "I see him every day; every player has got maintenance work that they do in the training room, which he goes through. Is his style of play more taxing physically? It might be. But I know that seeing him when he gets to the ballpark ... the early work that he goes through ... has tapered off as we get deeper into the season."

Pedroia has not only slumped off, but has seemingly lost his power. His home run totals have slipped from 21 to 15 to nine to four over the last four seasons. His stat line of .269/.338/.364 is by far his worst since his rookie season of 2006.


Jose Ramirez only bright spot for Cleveland on Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Indians just-promoted shortstop Jose Ramirez was easily their premier offensive player Wednesday in Minnesota - but that's not saying much.

Ramirez doubled in a run in the third inning and finished with two of their five hits. In the process, he matched his hit total in 18 at-bats in a previous stint this year with Cleveland.


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