Alex Rios strikes out in only at-bat Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(2:05 am ET) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios struck out in his only at-bat Tuesday after being scratched from the lineup with a thumb injury before the game.

Rios took the field as part of a double-switch in the bottom of the ninth and struck out in the top of the 10th. The Marlins broke through for a win in the next half-inning. Rios has hit .284/.313/.399 with four home runs, 49 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 444 at-bats.

Josh Reddick slugs ninth home run Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(1:10 am ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick went 1 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 6-2 win over the Mets Tuesday.

Reddick hadn't homered since slugging two of them on Aug. 3, and he's mixed a few multihit games in with several hitless performances over the last two weeks. Reddick has hit .255/.310/.432 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 271 at-bats.

J.D. Martinez hits 17th home run Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |
(12:36 am ET) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez clubbed his 17th home run Tuesday against the Rays.

Martinez waited until the eighth inning to strike. He led off the inning by taking a 75 mph curveball out to center field for the solo shot. Martinez would also single during the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 

Oswaldo Arcia continues home run binge
by Chris Cwik |
(12:18 am ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia continued his ridiculous home run binge Tuesday against the Indians.

Arcia struck immediately. With two men on in the first inning, Arcia took an 84 mph changeup out to right for the three-run shot. It was his only hit of the game. Arcia would finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI.

Steve Pearce showing signs of life
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/19/2014) Back in June, Steve Pearce was one of the hottest pickups off the waiver wire, seemingly joining J.D. Martinez in shedding the Quadruple-A label with a .361 batting average, five home runs and 1.099 OPS for the month. In May and June combined, he hit .336 (47 for 140) with nine home runs and a 1.033 OPS.

His season took a sharp turn thereafter, his ownership rate plummeting from 77 to 23 percent as he hit just .173 (14 for 81) from July 5 to Aug. 16. The Orioles lost faith, routinely sitting him for David Lough and Delmon Young, and all hope seemed lost for the 31-year-old journeyman.

But I ended that stretch at Aug. 16 for a reason. In two games since, he's 5 for 10 with three doubles and a homer. It's a laughably small sample size, but given what he provided in the weeks leading up to it, it stands out. And particularly if you play in a standard Rotisserie league, where each team starts five outfielders and a third corner infielder, you may want to make a move for him depending how his next couple games go.

Given his minor-league track record, which includes a career .294 batting average and .893 OPS as well as a 31-homer season in 2007, I think he could go the way of Brandon Moss, another minor-league slugger presumed to be a Quadruple-A player until a team finally gave him an extended look. Of course, the Orioles will have to stick with Pearce for him to have that chance, but I wouldn't dismiss him just yet.

Alex Rios scratched with thumb issue
by Chris Cwik |
(8/19/2014) Rangers outfielder Alex Rios was scratched with a thumb injury Tuesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rios has been dealing with the issue for a while, but has been able to play through it. He was unable to hit prior to the game Tuesday, which is why he was scratched. Rios is hitting .284/.313/.400 over 443 at-bats. 

George Springer takes batting practice
by Chris Cwik |
(8/19/2014) Astros outfielder George Springer took batting practice Tuesday.

Springer has been attempting to come back from a knee issue. He was able to take batting practice and stretch on the field prior to Tuesday's game. It's unclear when the club expects him to return to action. He's been out since July 19 due to the injury.

Tyler Holt called up Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/19/2014) Indians outfielder Tyler Holt has been called up for Tuesday's game.

Holt will take Ryan Raburn's spot on the roster. Holt is hitting .305/.416/.382 at Triple-A. He's been up in the majors this season, and has hit .385 over 13 at-bats.

Allen Craig to play the field Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |
(8/19/2014) Red Sox infielder Allen Craig will play the field Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe

Craig is at Fenway Park Tuesday to be evaluated and take batting practice. If that goes well, he'll play the outfield in a rehab game Wednesday. Craig is attempting to return from a foot injury. 

Jake Marisnick returns from back injury Tuesday
by Chris Towers |
(8/19/2014) Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick ended up missing just one game due to soreness in his lower back, as he is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

Marisnick was not in Sunday's lineup, but was back starting at left field Tuesday. Marisnick is hitting .293/.311/.397 in 16 games since the Astros acquired him from the Marlins. 

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