Royals announce DH plans for coming days
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that Billy Butler will lose some time as a designated hitter moving forward, the Kansas City Star reports Thursday. Yost is expected to give Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez some reps at DH in the near future.

Manny Machado sits out third straight game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was held out of the starting lineup Thursday night against the Mariners, as he continues to work his way back from a back issue. Machado has now missed three straight games with the injury and is targeting a return at some point before the end of the week, according to the Baltimore Sun. He is hitting .267 with 10 homers and 23 RBI in 258 at-bats.

Juan Francisco drives in four, just misses cycle
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Juan Francisco narrowly missed hitting for the cycle in Thursday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox. He hit a two-run homer, a two-run single and a triple, finishing with four RBI and two runs scored.

Francisco only needed a double to complete the cycle. He's batting .242 with 15 homers and 39 RBI in 215 at-bats.


Red Sox need to free up PT before Will Middlebrooks returns
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) is heating up offensively during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting safely in five straight games. He's had mutliple hits three times and homered twice in that span.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Middlebrooks continues to improve, but he has no timetable for his return to the majors, per MLB.com. With Stephen Drew, Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt rotating on the left side of the infield, the Red Sox are going to have to clear up some playing time for Middlebrooks before he's activated off the disabled list.

"We've communicated this clearly to Will," Farrell said. "He's very well aware of the need to get regular at-bats. We've got to do some things to maybe adjust the roster to accommodate that. Whether that happens naturally this upcoming week, that remains to be seen -- with roster adjustments or any potential trades.

"Before even saying anything about that, I'd be getting way too far ahead of myself. But more importantly, Will is healthy, swinging the bat well and playing daily."


Red Sox praise Brock Holt for versatility
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt made his first start at second base Thursday at Toronto, becoming the first player in franchise history to start at every position besides pitcher and catcher.

Though, manager John Farrell said he has no plans to give Holt a start behind the plate any time soon.

"He's done a great job, there's no doubt," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "We like to think that because of injuries, it's opened up and created some opportunities for him. If we had our choice, we would've liked to avoid all that. ... But in light of what's taken place this year, it's one of the better stories. [He's] a guy we can plan around in a number of ways as we go forward."


Orioles acquire Jimmy Paredes from Royals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Orioles acquired infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following the trade.

Manny Machado sits out again Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Orioles infielder Manny Machado was not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

Machado is dealing with a back issue, and was also held out of Tuesday's game. Over 258 at-bats, he's hitting .267/.317/.422.


Brock Holt receives rare night off
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Red Sox all-purpose standout Brock Holt is out of the lineup Wednesday in Toronto for the first time in two months. He is coming off an 0-for-4 effort that ended a seven-game hitting streak.

Holt has been lights-out this season with a stat line of .321/.366/.450 and 40 runs scored.


Scuffling Juan Francisco not in Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Third baseman Juan Francisco will be riding the bench when the Blue Jays host Boston on Wednesday night. Munenori Kawasaki is set to start at that spot instead.

Francisco is hitless in four games since July 13, going 0 for 11 during that stretch.


Groin issue lands Kelly Johnson on DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Yankees have placed third baseman Kelly Johnson on the disabled list with a groin injury that forced him out of the Tuesday night game.

Johnson has proven mediocre this season, mostly in a platoon role against right-handers. He owns a stat line of .219/.304/.373.


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