The veteran has heated up over his past four games going 7-for-16 with a homer, three RBI and three runs. Beltre has missed a lot of time this season, but amazingly, his .929 OPS would stand as his highest mark since his monster 2004 campaign.
The 23-year-old third baseman collected a third of the team's hits and the only RBI in a forgettable game. While the Tigers have been miserable lately, Candelario has been producing, as he's now got a .294/.385/.471 slash line. He should be the opening day starter at third in 2018, and he's definitely a young player worth watching.
Machado's two-run shot in the first inning made it 2-0 before Rays starter Matt Andriese could record a single out. The star slugger was almost kept out of the lineup due to an illness, but manager Buck Showalter's decision to dress Machado paid off big time in what ended as a two-run victory. While a slow start had the infielder slashing just .238/.306/.426 back on July 29, Machado's season line is up to .264/.318/.487 now.
Sano just hasn't been able to make many strides during his recovery up to this point, and Molitor has come to the realization that it's becoming even more and more unlikely that he'll be able to rejoin the club this month. Molitor also stated that there isn't any sort of deadline date in which Sano has to return or else he's shut down, which likely has everything to do with the fact that the Twins are fighting for the second wild-card berth in the American League. Needless to say, there remains no timetable for his recovery at this moment.
Although Machado was initially plugged into Baltimore's lineup, it appears as though it's up in the air as to whether he will actually stay there. The third baseman missed Wednesday's game due to an illness, but is hitting second at his normal position for Thursday's contest. There will likely be an update regarding his status within the next hour.
Machado is back in the starting nine after missing Wednesday's game due to an illness. The third baseman will return to his typical position and bat second in the order for the series opener.
Although Escobar will get a more intensive work out in next week, the club has withheld any sort of timetable for the infielder at this point in time. If Escobar is going to return before the end of the regular season, he will have to impress the organization while he's with the instructional league team, especially after suffering a setback for the second time since landing on the DL in early August. In his place, Luis Valbuena continues to earn the bulk of the action at the hot corner.
Diaz will spend a second consecutive day on the bench following 16 straight starts while Giovanny Urshela draws another start at the hot corner. During 43 games with the big-league club this season, Diaz is hitting .266/.361/.322 with 12 RBI.
Ramirez will head to the bench following two straight starts, which came on the heels of a minor hamstring injury that forced the 25-year-old to miss a pair of games. The infielder is likely going to receive a few games off here and there leading up to the playoffs over the next couple weeks. In his place, Erik Gonzalez will man the keystone while batting ninth for the series finale.
Since being recalled back on Sept. 3, Marrero had seen a slender total of seven at-bats before getting into Wednesday's lineup. As a reserve infielder with an unimpressive track record in the minors, Marrero holds nearly zero fantasy value.