Tigers' Nick Castellanos goes 3 for 5 in 14-inning marathon
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:09 am ET) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 3 for 5 in Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh. 

Castellanos is 7 for the last 17 and has hit in five of the last six games. 


Orioles 3B Manny Machado goes yard in loss to Rangers
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hit his 16th home run of the season in Tuesday night's 8-6 loss against the Rangers. 

Machado finished the game 1 for 4 with one RBI as the homer was a solo shot. Machado now has two home runs and 10 RBI in his past 10 games. For the season, Machado has a slash line of .307/.363/.533.


Giovanny Urshela hits in ninth straight game for Indians
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Indians third baseman Giovanny Urshela went 1 for 4 in Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay. 

Urshela hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning. It was his second of the year and first since June 11, giving him seven RBI on the year. 

Urshela extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games. He's hitting .308 with .723 OPS over the streak. 


Rays' Evan Longoria sees seven-game hitting streak end
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 0 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.

Longoria struck out once and saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end. Longoria hit .370 with 1.008 OPS over the streak.


Rangers option Joey Gallo to Triple-A on Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) The Rangers announced they have optioned rookie Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. Gallo's demotion opens a roster spot for Josh Hamilton, who was activated from the disabled list.

“It was a great experience,” Gallo said, per The Dallas Morning News. “I faced some really good pitchers. That was one big benefit for me. I had some success and a lot of failure. It was important to see what the level of competition up here is like.”

Gallo showed flashes of promise in his first taste of the big leagues. The 21-year-old had five home runs and 13 RBI in 25 games. But he also posted a meager .218 batting average and struck out nearly 44 percent of his at-bats.

“I’ve got to find a two-strike approach,” Gallo said. “When I got there [to two strikes], I got a little excited. I wanted to do damage every time. I’ve just got to put the ball in play.”


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena goes 2 for 4 on Monday vs. Royals
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena had two more hits on Monday, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored in the 6-1 win over the Royals.

Despite his .199 season batting average, Valbuena has been rolling at the plate recently, batting .320 with two home runs over his last seven games. He has reached base safely via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in each of his last nine games.


Rangers' Joey Gallo wears golden sombrero on Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Rangers rookie Joey Gallo had a real feast-or-famine type game on Monday in the 8-1 win over the Orioles. Gallo went 1 for 5, but the one hit was a three-run triple, his first career three-bagger.

On the flip side, Gallo struck out in each of his other four plate appearances on Monday, giving him a whopping 43 punchouts over his first 25 big-league games. 

Gallo has certainly shown the power potential, as evidenced by his nine extra base hits so far. But his .218 batting average and .306 on-base percentage certainly leaves a lot to be desired from the 22-year-old.


Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe totals eight doubles in last 16 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe doubled and had an RBI single during an 11-7 loss to the Reds on Monday. He also had two runs.

Plouffe is up to 18 doubles, including eight in his last 16 games. He is batting .263 (15 for 57) with one home run, eight RBI, 10 runs, five walks, five strikeouts and one stolen base in his last 15 games.


Orioles' Manny Machado goes 2 for 4 Monday; streak at 11 games
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) The Orioles may have gotten beat up by the Rangers on Monday, but that didn't stop third baseman Manny Machado from staying hot at the plate. Machado went 2 for 4 on Monday with his 18th double of the season in the 8-1 loss.

The two-hit effort brings his current hitting streak up to 11 games. The streak has lifted his season batting average up from .289 to it's current .307 mark.


Rangers' Adrian Beltre has just four singles since coming off DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has not done much offensively since coming off the disabled list June 23.

Beltre, who was sidelined for a little more than three weeks due to a sprained left thumb, is batting just .167 (4 for 24) in six games since returning to the lineup. He has no extra-base hits, two RBI, one run and six strikeouts.


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