Andy Marte makes splash in first major league AB in four years
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Andy Marte made his first major league game since 2010 something special Thursday night. The Diamondbacks third baseman slugged a pinch-hit, two-run homer to help his team beat the Pirates.

Marte, who was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day and arrived to the park in the second inning, became the eighth player in franchise history to blast off in his first at-bat with the team. His resurgence was fueled by a fine year with the Aces in which he compiled a stat line of .330/.384/.513 with 13 home runs, 62 RBI and 59 runs scored.

"It feels great to be back," Marte told azcentral.com. "I went there to Triple-A and worked hard to prove I can still play here (in the majors)."


Andy Marte, Roger Kieschnick get the call Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Diamondbacks have purchased the contract of third baseman Andy Marte and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno prior to Thursday's game against the Pirates, the team announced.

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. 


Luis Valbuena homers in three-hit performance vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 6-4 loss to the Rockies Wednesday.

Valbuena drove in a run with an infield single in the sixth inning. He then tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run blast in the eighth, but the Rockies were able to pull out a win in extra innings. Valbuena has hit .252/.335/.433 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 298 at-bats.


Clint Hurdle explains benching of Pedro Alvarez
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Clint Hurdle has compared Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to Travis Snider and Josh Harrison in justifying his move to bench the former again Wednesday.

"He's not outplaying Harrison," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Snider's a hot bat that's in the lineup."

Alvarez is leading the major leagues in errors, including 21 on bad throws, and owns a stat line of .238/.309/.437.


Pedro Alvarez out of lineup vs. RHP Wednesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is out of the lineup for the second game in a row Wednesday against the Giants, despite the team facing a right-handed pitcher yet again. He has started just one of the team's last six games, though it is not yet clear if the knee injury that bothered him last week is still an issue.

Yangervis Solarte stays hot with homer against Cardinals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Third baseman Yangervis Solarte continued to rake since joining the Padres with another big game Tuesday in a victory over St. Louis.

Solarte homered in the seventh inning and scored two runs. He has eight hits, including two taters, in 28 at-bats since the trade that brought him to San Diego from the Yankees.


'The Thing' could push Pedro Alvarez to the bench
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) "The Thing" has a hold on Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez - and it could cost him his starting job.

"The Thing" in baseball parlance is an inexplicable inability to throw accurately to the point it becomes a mental block. Alvarez has 23 errors this season, more than any player in any position in the major leagues, and 21 have come on throws. He has hidden when the media has come around to ask him about it, according to the Beaver County Times.

Alvarez has apparently allowed the problem to affect his hitting. He has not had a multi-hit game since July 10 and has just five hits in his last 25 at-bats. He has not scored or driven in a run in the last six games as his stat line has been weakened to .238/.326/.407. Despite cutting down a bit on his strikeouts this season, his production has suffered, though he has still managed 15 home runs and 47 RBI.


Yangervis Solarte moves across infield to third base
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The return of Jedd Gyorko to the lineup has forced Yangervis Solarte to move from second to third base for the first time for the Padres. Solarte is playing that corner position Monday in Atlanta.

Solarte has been tearing it up at the plate since the trade that brought him from the Yankees. He has seven hits in 21 at-bats with five runs scored, one home run and one RBI in each of the five games he's played.


Nolan Arenado hits number nine
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit his ninth home run Sunday against the Pirates.

Arenado struck on the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning. While facing Tony Watson, Arenado took a 93 mph fastball out to center for the solo shot. He also walked during the game. Arenado finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


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