Donnie Murphy placed on release waivers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Rangers infielder Donnie Murphy has been placed on release waivers.

Murphy was designated for assignment recently, but rejected the move. He was hitting .196 over 112 at-bats. 


Mike Moustakas out with illness
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:05 pm ET) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, due to a stomach virus that has been going around the team.

Teammate Jason Vargas had to be taken to a hospital Wednesday, but there is no indication Moustakas' issue is that severe. He is currently day to day. 


Martin Prado, Aaron Hill linked to trade rumors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) Diamondbacks infielders Aaron Hill and Martin Prado continue to be mentioned in trade rumors, according to The Arizona Republic.

Hill has even been linked to a trade with the Blue Jays. He played for Toronto from 2005-11 before he was traded to Arizona in Aug. 2011.


Pedro Alvarez hits homer No. 14
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:28 am ET) Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went deep for the first time in eight games Tuesday, in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Alvarez had just one hit as he went 1 for 4 in the game, but he made it count. Alvarez clubbed a two-run home run in the fourth inning to open the scoring for Pittsburgh, though it was his only contribution in the loss.

Alvarez is hitting .240/.326/.412 with 14 home runs in 88 games. 


Conor Gillaspie misses out on a cycle Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie missed out on a cycle Tuesday against the Red Sox. 

Gillaspie was locked in to begin the game. He singled in his first at-bat, and then followed that up with a double his second time up. In his third at-bat, Gillaspie unleashed a two run homer to right field. Gillaspie had one chance at a triple, but wound up striking out his last time up. 

He's hitting .317/.367/.449 over 243 at-bats.


Todd Frazier agrees to participate in Home Run Derby
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has agreed to participate in the 2014 Home Run Derby.

Frazier will join Troy Tulowitzki, Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton in the contest. The National League will announce a fifth participant Thursday. Frazier is in the midst of a breakout season with Cincinnati. He's hitting .293/.356/.499 over 335 at-bats. He's hit 17 home runs.


Manny Machado rounding into form
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) With another home run Monday, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado now has four in his last seven games. He's batting .404 (19 for 47) in his last 11 and beginning to show the potential that had everyone so excited before his knee surgery late last season and ugly encounter with the Athletics a few weeks ago.

At age 22, he's only begun to scratch the surface of his potential -- potential so great that it earned him comparisons to Alex Rodriguez when he was drafted back in 2010.

Obviously, he doesn't deserve as much trust as Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre or even Todd Frazier, but if you're stuck at 5-9 and need to make some magic happen to move up in the standings, trading one of those more established types for, say, Brandon Moss or Alex Gordon along with Machado, knowing his big breakout could potentially come this year, might be worth the gamble.

Again, I'm not saying Machado is as valuable as Donaldson, Beltre or Frazier yet, but he has a chance to get there. And depending on your specific circumstances, it could be a game-changer for you.


Chase Headley a player to monitor
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) You may have seen that Padres third baseman Chase Headley collected four hits in Monday's game at Colorado and thought, "That's odd." It was. But what's even odder is it came just three games after another four-hit performance. He went the first three months without even a three-hit game.

So basically, in four July games, he's 12 for 26 (.462). Again, odd, but not entirely without explanation. Headley says he changed his grip a week ago, or about the time of this turnaround (if you could even call it that) began.

"I feel like it lets me be a little shorter to the ball, gives me a little more leverage," Headley said.

Now obviously, it's a small sample, and as Al Melchior pointed out on Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today, Headley is still contending with a back issue that may have a greater say in his performance than any sort of mechanical change. But the Headley we saw in the first three months, the one we presumed was ruined by the back issue, didn't seem capable of a four-hit game, much less two in one week.

I'm not rushing to pick him up or anything, but I think it's worth monitoring.


Pablo Sandoval returns to action Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval has returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Athletics. 

Sandoval has missed a few games due to an elbow injury. Over 310 at-bats, Sandoval is hitting .261/.315/.416. He's set to hit fifth and play third. 


David Freese cooling his heels against Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Angels third baseman David Freese, who has been dealing with a shin problem, is not in the Tuesday night lineup against visiting Toronto. John McDonald is manning the position instead.

Freese had been hot when healthy enough to play. He had 11 hits in 23 at-bats before taking an 0 for 3 on Monday.


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