Alcides Escobar hits third home run
by Chris Cwik |
(12:41 am ET) Royals infielder Alcides Escobar clubbed his third home run Wednesday against the White Sox. 

Escobar struck in the fourth inning. With the bases empty, he belted a 93 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. Escobar also singled during the game. He finished 2 for 4, with two runs scored and one RBI. 

Two Twins starters still sitting Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |
(9/17/2014) Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (back) and shortstop Eduardo Escobar (shoulder) remain out Wednesday against visiting Detroit.

Arcia, who sustained the injury Monday, is on a seven-game hitting streak. Escobar suffered his injury Tuesday.

Eduardo Escobar suffers shoulder injury Tuesday
by R.J. White |
(9/16/2014) Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar was removed from Tuesday's game after jamming his shoulder, the Star Tribune reports.

Escobar managed to record a single in his only at-bat. He owns a .273/.314/.402 line with five home runs and 29 RBI in 410 at-bats.

Nick Franklin to make team debut Tuesday
by Chris Towers |
(9/16/2014) Rays infielder Nick Franklin is in the starting lineup for Tuesday game against the Yankees, as he gets set to make his team debut.

Franklin was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and hit just .210 with two home runs in 27 games at Triple-A Durham. He hit just .128/.192/.170 in 17 games with the Mariners prior to the trade. 

Jose Pirela added for final weeks
by Chris Towers |
(9/16/2014) The Yankees called up infielder Jose Pirela from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barrie Tuesday to replace Martin Prado on the active roster.

Pirela hit .305/.351/.441 in 130 games at Triple-A this season. 

Xander Bogaerts credits rest for turnaround
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who homered again Sunday at Kansas City to give him four home runs along with a .359 (23 for 64) batting average in 16 games since returning from an eight-day absence for a concussion in late August, thinks that break may have contributed to this surge, according to the Boston Herald.

"When I went down for a few days helped me out a lot," he said. "So, I feel good."

Bogaerts suggested he also benefited from the All-Star break, and the numbers back it up. In the 11 games immediately after the break, he hit .317 (13 for 41) with two home runs compared to .103 (11 for 107) with one home run in the 29 games immediately before it.

Manager John Farrell chooses to focus on the mechanical difference he sees from Bogaerts when the rookie is, in his own mind, well rested.

"Since coming back from the concussion he's been more balanced, and what it's allowed him to do is see the ball a little more clearly," said Farrell. "He's not lunging as violently to his front side and he's staying behind some swings. He's been able to carry it now for quite a while."

Hitters to start in Week 25
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, Jed Lowrie, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

Rays to recall trio from Triple-A
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Tampa Tribune reports that the Rays will recall shortstop Nick Franklin, starting pitcher Alex Colome and reliever C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham on Monday.

Franklin has hit .210 with two home runs since coming over to the Rays' organization in a July 31 deadline deal. Colome posted a 7-6 record and 3.77 ERA in 15 starts, and Riefenhauser went 3-3 with a 1.40 ERA for Durham.

Derek Jeter held without a hit in doubleheader loss
by Igor Mello |
(9/13/2014) Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned to action for Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Orioles in Baltimore. He went 0 for 4 in a 5-0 defeat. He owns a .253/.301/.302 slash line with three homers and 40 RBI over 530 at-bats.

Derek Jeter plagued by sore elbow
by Marty Gitlin |
(9/12/2014) A sore elbow hindering Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the reason for his absence from the Game 1 lineup Friday in Baltimore.

Jeter is struggling late in his farewell season. He owns a .255/.303/.304 stat line on the year.

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