Mariners' Mark Trumbo slugs two homers in losing effort Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/31/2015) Mariners first baseman Mark Trumbo did his best to give his club a win on Monday, as he went 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs. It wasn't enough however, as the Mariners lost to the Astros by the score of 8-3.

Trumbo blasted a solo shot in the second inning to tie the game a 1-1. He then added a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Those were the only runs the Mariners would muster up however.

The pair of big flies give Trumbo a total of 19 on the season. It was just his second multi-homer game of the season, and his first since May 12 when he was with the Diamondbacks. 

Red Sox DH David Ortiz now five homers away from 500
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/31/2015) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz continued his march towards 500 on Monday, when he cranked out his 495th-career home run (and 29th of the season).

Ortiz's home run gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead over the Yankees, and they would go on to win 4-3. Ortiz has now homered in back-to-back games and in three of his last four. 

Yankees may use Alex Rodriguez at first base
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(8/30/2015) With Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira sidelined with a bone bruise in his leg, manager Joe Girardi said the team may turn to designated hitter Alex Rodriguez to fill in at first, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Rodriguez is hitting .255 with 26 home runs and 69 RBI in 420 at-bats this season.

Red Sox's David Ortiz returns to lineup Sunday; Hanley Ramirez out
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(8/30/2015) The Red Sox will start David Ortiz at first base for Sunday's game at the New York Mets, reports the Providence Journal. Ortiz will also bat fourth after not starting Saturday's game because of tightness in his left heel.

Meanwhile, outfielder Hanley Ramirez will not start for the third straight game because of fatigue in his right shoulder. Ramirez is hitting .249 with 19 home runs and 53 RBI in 401 at-bats.

Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion slugs three home runs, drives in nine
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) The red-hot Edwin Encarnacion got even hotter with a remarkable performance on Saturday. The Blue Jays' slugger went 3 for 5 with three home runs and nine RBI, which ties the franchise record. The Jays went on to clobber the Tigers in the 15-1 rout.

Encarnacion got the party started when he blasted a three-run shot in the first inning. He added a two-run bomb in the sixth inning before launching a grand slam in the seventh.

With the trio of homers, Encarnacion pushed his hitting streak up to 24 games, which is the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season--it's also the fifth-longest in team history, according to

Twins' Miguel Sano returns to the lineup on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) Twins rookie Miguel Sano has returned to the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros. Sano was held out of Friday's lineup with a mild hamstring strain, but the injury was never considered all that serious.

Sano will be the designated hitter and bat fourth on Saturday.

Red Sox DH David Ortiz has tight heel, likely to sit Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was lifted from Friday's game against the Mets in the bottom of the eighth inning due to tightness in his left heel. Ortiz left his mark before leaving the game, as he went 2 for 3 with his 27th home run of the season in the 6-4 victory.

Ortiz is unlikely to play on Saturday, and his status for the series-finale on Sunday is still in question.

Twins DH Miguel Sano sitting Friday with mild hamstring strain
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/28/2015) Twins rookie slugger Miguel Sano is not in the lineup Friday night against visiting Houston. He is sidelined with what Paul Molitor describes as a minor hamstring issue, per

Sano is on a four-game hitting streak with two home runs and six RBI.

Edwin Encarnacion gets hit streak up to 22 games in Jays' loss
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion moved his current hitting streak up to 22 games with an RBI double in the 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.

Encarnacion's double was the only source of runs for the Jays, but it was enough to add to his impressive hitting stretch. He has seven multi-hit games over the 22-game streak, and his season average has gone from .234 to .264.

White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche benched against lefty Thursday
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/27/2015) A matchup Thursday against Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias has White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche out of the lineup.

LaRoche has hit safely in five of his last six games, but has a mere 14 hits in 86 at-bats against southpaws this season. 

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