Josh Donaldson a no-go Wednesday against Mets
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:28 pm ET) Slumping Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Mets.

Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.

Will Middlebrooks day to day with hamstring tightness
by R.J. White |
(2:09 am ET) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is day to day with a tight hamstring after being removed from Tuesday's game as a precaution, reports.

Will Middlebrooks leaves game after beating out single
by Chris Cwik |
(8/19/2014) Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game after beating out a single.

Middlebrooks pulled up lame after running out the hit. He went 1 for 2 during the game, and was pulled in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Trevor Plouffe's late homer not enough
by Chris Towers |
(8/19/2014) Twins infielder Trevor Plouffe came up with a big hit late in Monday's game against the Royals, but it was not enough to stave off a 6-4 loss.

Plouffe had just one hit, but it was a big one, as he brought the Twins back into the game with his three-run home run in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the rally would end there, with Plouffe finishing the game 1 for 4 with three RBI and a strikeout.

Plouffe has nine home runs and 58 RBI in 402 at-bats on the season, while hitting .244/.313/.400.

Miguel Sano on a throwing program
by Chris Cwik |
(8/18/2014) Twins infielder Miguel Sano has been able to swing a bat and take part in a throwing program, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Sano has misssed nearly the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. He's considered one of the team's best prospects. 

Three Rangers clear waivers
by Chris Cwik |
(8/18/2014) Three Rangers have cleared waivers, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo are now all eligible to be traded in the coming days. That doesn't seem likely, considering their big contracts and importance to the Rangers franchise. Neal Cotts was also placed on waivers, which are expected to expire tomorrow. There's a higher chance he gets dealt. 

Brock Holt the king of versatility
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) It kind of flew under the radar in Fantasy, but when Brock Holt started at shortstop Thursday against the Astros, he did more than just give rookie Xander Bogaerts a day off. He also became eligible at the position in standard leagues, pulling off the rare feat of quintuple eligibility.

You're now able to use him at -- count them with me -- first base, second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield, though if you start him anywhere but shortstop, you're a real sucker -- a sucker, I tell you!

OK, not really. You probably just have a ton of infield depth. But no doubt, shortstop is where he's most valuable. It's by far the weakest position in Fantasy, and at the position, he stacks up with just about anybody.

No, really. He's been an everyday player, more or less, since May 17, and during that time, he ranks seventh among shortstops in Head-to-Head points leagues and ninth in Rotisserie. That's compared to 12th and 13th among third basemen.

Granted, much of that production is front-loaded, but he's still scoring a bunch of runs batting leadoff for the Red Sox. And if you have a weakness anywhere on the infield, he's now capable of filling it. That should apply to just about all Fantasy owners.

Conor Gillaspie connects for first career grand slam
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/18/2014) White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie hit his first career grand slam during a 7-5 win Sunday against the Blue Jays. He finished 1 for 3 with one walk and two runs.

Gillaspie gave Chicago a 4-1 lead when he homered off Drew Hutchison in the bottom of the first inning. It was his fifth home run and first homer in 31 games. He is batting .286 with 11 RBI in his last 31 games.

Hitters to sit in Week 21
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Thinking about starting Stephen Vogt, Lucas Duda, Aaron Hill, Nick Castellanos, J.J. Hardy or Desmond Jennings in Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

Matt Dominguez gets first day off since April
by Chris Towers |
(8/16/2014) The Astros are finally giving third baseman Matt Dominguez a day off Saturday, his first since late April, a span of nearly four months straight in the lineup.

Dominguez has appeared in all but one of the Astros games this season, but has been in a prolonged slump and probably needed the day off. He is hitting just .214/.237/.304 in 56 at-bats during August. 

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