Everth Cabrera cranks out four hits
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera cranked out four hits in his team's win over the Braves Friday night.

Cabrera singled in the first, third, sixth and seventh innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 10-1 victory. He owns a .225/.266/.294 slash line over 333 at-bats.

Cubs make several moves Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Friday's game against the Dodgers, per MLB.com. The team added newly-acquired pitcher Felix Doubront to the actove roster and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain.

The team also recalled reliever Blake Parker and Chris Valaika from Triple-A Iowa. Valaika batted .278 with 10 homers, 21 doubles and 50 RBI at Iowa. 

Rays part ways with Jayson Nix
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Rays have released veteran third baseman Jayson Nix on Friday. Nix batted .275/.343/.413 at Triple-A Durham..

Matthew Duffy starting in major-league debut
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Giants infielder Matthew Duffy is in the starting lineup for his first game Friday against the Mets, just hours after he was recalled.

Duffy will bat second and start at second base in his major-league debut. He hit .332/.398/.444 in 97 games at Double-A Richmond prior to his callup.  

Asdrubal Cabrera activated and in lineup Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Nationals officially added newly acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the active roster Friday, the day after he was acquired via trade from the Indians.

Cabrera has struggled to a .246/.305/.386 line this season, but should be a regular starter in the middle infield for the Nationals down the stretch. He is, in fact, in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies, batting seventh and playing second base. 

Giants add Matthew Duffy, Jarrett Parker to active roster
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014)  The Giants called up infielder Matthew Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker from Double-A Richmond Friday, following the releases of Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin. Both players will be making their major-league debut when they get on the field for the first time.

Parker is hitting .275/.368/.463 in 99 games with Richmond, while Duffy was hitting .332/.398/.444 in 97 games. 

Asdrubal Cabrera not destined to help Nationals appreciably
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The two years that have passed since Asdrubal Cabrera was a premier offensive force as a middle infielder and the five years that have gone by since he played second base all but precludes him from making a major positive impact with the Nationals.

Cabrera slipped into mediocrity at the plate after earning his second All-Star Game appearance in 2012 and has stayed there. His plate discipline disappeared in a spate of overaggressiveness, causing his strikeouts to rise to alarming levels. He frustrated the Indians in recent years with his inability to hit in the clutch - he's batting .188 with runners in scoring position and is hitless in 13 at-bats with a runner on third and two outs this season.

More disturbing has been his defensive collapse. Cabrera wowed the Indians early in his career with acrobatic, dependable work at shortstop that overshadowed mediocre range. He is now among the worst middle infielders in the sport with 14 errors that was until recently the most at his position in the American League and arguably the worst range in the league. That problem will not be any less pronounced with a move to second base, where he is expected to spend most of his time in Washington.

Cabrera will be seeking to maximize his value in free agency in the offseason. He will command $10 million a year or more if he somehow reverts to the form that made him an all-star. Too much time has passed for that to be a realistic possibility.

Diamondbacks going with platoon at third base for now
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has announced that the deal that shipped Martin Prado to the Yankees has Jordan Pacheco and Cliff Pennington set to platoon at third base.

Pacheco will handle the duties until Pennington returns from a thumb injury. He owns a .259/.312/.376 stat line and has yet to go deep this season.

Short porch could fuel a rise for Stephen Drew
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Red Sox waited two months and paid a pretty hefty sum to get 131 at-bats and a .583 OPS out of Stephen Drew this season. They were able to get out from under his deal by shipping him off to the Yankees just before the deadline, and now Drew will try to re-establish himself as a contributor as the Yankees everyday second baseman.

Drew has been a major disappointment this season, though there are reasons to believe he might be able to turn things around following this trade. First and foremost, when looking at Drew, we have to acknowledge that he has been the victim of some absolutely rotten luck, overall. He is hitting just .176 overall, though that comes paired with an abysmal .216 BABIP; that number was .320 a year ago, and .304 for his career.

Even with that bad luck on his side, Drew has been much better recently, hitting .215 but with four home runs and 11 walks over his last 19 starts, a span of 28 games. And he has been doing that in a park that is less forgiving for left-handed batters than his new home stadium.

Drew is never going to provide much in the batting average category, but he is certainly better than the sub-Mendoza level he has managed so far. A change of scenery could be just what Drew needs to spark his bat, and he might be worth a look in deeper Fantasy leagues if you need middle-infield help.

Andrelton Simmons playing through shoulder issue
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons aggravated a right shoulder injury Wednesday, but is expected to play through the pain, MLB.com reports. He is hitting .254 with five homers and 36 RBI in 386 at-bats.

"It's not that bad, but it's definitely a nagging thing," Simmons said. "But it's not to where I can't play. If I need to put a little extra on my throws, I'll feel it a little bit."

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