Red Sox to use Will Middlebrooks at third, Xander Bogaerts at shortstop
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Red Sox will recall Will Middlebrooks Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Friday's game against the Yankees. He is expected to serve as the everyday third baseman, shifting Xander Bogaerts to shortstop moving forward, MassLive.com reports.

Second back surgery ends Kevin Kouzmanoff's season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels provided an update on the status of Kevin Kouzmanoff's recovery from back surgery Thursday, and had only bad news to report, via the Dallas Morning News.  

Kouzmanoff, who was expected to miss 7-12 weeks while recovering from back surgery in early May, will now miss the remainder of the season after requiring a second surgery on his back, to stabilize the herniated disc he suffered earlier int he season. 

Kouzmanoff finishes the season with 17 hits in 47 at-bats. 


Marlins, Astros agree to six-player deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Marlins acquired pitcher Jarred Cosart, infielder Enrique Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates from the Astros prior to Thursday's trade deadline, in exchange for a package of prospects that includes third baseman Colin Moran, outfielder Jake Marisnick and pitcher Francis Martes.

The deal came through just before the deadline, and likely includes a compensation pick going Houston's way, according to MLB.com. 


Yankees trade for Diamondbacks infielder Martin Prado
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Yankees announced Thursday they acquired infielder Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks. Prado, who is under contract through the 2016 season, is batting .270 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 106 games.

Red Sox acquire Kelly Johnson from Yankees
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Yankees traded Kelly Johnson to the Red Sox Thursday in exchange for shortstop Stephen Drew. Johnson is currently on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin injury.

Nick Castellanos slugs seventh home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos went 2 for 4 with a home run and a career-high four RBI in his team's 7-2 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Castellanos put an exclamation point on a six-run first inning by swatting a three-run home run. He added a fourth RBI on a single in the seventh inning. Castellanos has hit .267/.312/.409 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 330 at-bats.


Brett Lawrie might begin rehab assignment this weekend
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said third baseman Brett Lawrie (finger) is making great progress and could be ready to start a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Nick Castellanos returns from finger issue
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, after sitting out Tuesday's game with a bruised right index finger. He is batting seventh and starting at third base for the game Wednesday. 

Manny Machado slugs walkoff home run vs. Angels
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went 2 for 6 with a walkoff home run in the 12th inning of Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Angels.

Machado drove in his first run of the game on a double in the second inning. He delivered his walkoff blast as the leadoff batter in the 12th. Machado has hit .268/.314/.430 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 272 at-bats.


Nick Castellanos scratched with bruised finger
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to a bruised right index finger, the team announced.

Castellanos, who is day-to-day with the injury, was replaced by J.D. Martinez in the lineup. Miguel Cabrera will move across the diamond and play third base for the eighth time this season.


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