Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed absent from lineup on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:55 pm ET) Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed is getting a break on Friday, as he is being held out of the starting lineup against the Rockies. Ahmed had started each of the last 11 games for Arizona, hitting at a .262 clip with three homers and six RBI over that stretch.

He'll cede the shortstop duties to Cliff Pennington, who is hitting eighth on Friday.


Royals bring up INF Dusty Coleman, demote SS Christian Colon
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:41 pm ET) The Royals have sent shortstop Christian Colon to Triple-A Omaha and promoted fellow infielder Dusty Coleman from the same team, MLB.com has reported.

Colon played sparingly after a stint as a starter in the wake of an injury to Alcides Escobar. A 3-for-22 slide has lowered his average from .286 to .244.

The 28-year-old Coleman should finally receive an opportunity to make his big-league debut, but his promotion might be mistimed. He is in a 2-for-17 slump, though his slash line still stands at a fine .303/.383/.469.


Baseball execs see Rockies hanging on to SS Troy Tulowitzki
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:09 pm ET) Most team executives believe that the Rockies will hold on to star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Tulowitzki has embarked on a 15-game hitting streak and stretch of 30 games in which he has reached base at least once. But his slugging percentage of .479 is down 124 points over last year, hip surgery has sapped much of his power, and he is earning $20 million, which could make him tough to move for the talent Colorado might require in return.


Tigers SS Jose Iglesias produces 17th multihit game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:54 am ET) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias totaled two hits, including his seventh double, in three at-bats Thursday against the Pirates. He had one run, one walk and one strikeout in the 8-4 loss.

Iglesias has totaled 17 multihit games in 67 appearances. He is batting .325 with two doubles, four RBI, six walks, five runs, 10 strikeouts and two stolen bases in his last 22 games.


Taylor's recall won't change Miller's status as M's starting shortstop
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:37 am ET) Although Chris Taylor started at shortstop Thursday immediately following his recall from the minors, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Brad Miller will remain the starting shortstop, per MLB.com.

"Brad is in a pretty good groove right now," McClendon said. "There's still a lot of room for improvement, but he is improving every day. He has his moments [defensively], but most of the time it's just a mechanical thing where he doesn't move through the ball or he stands straight up. I would say the last 12-15 days, he's been a lot better at that."

Taylor will serve as a backup middle infielder and could get some playing time at other positions as well.

"It's still a progression, but I'm feeling a lot more comfortable and a lot better [at the plate]," Taylor said. "It was good to go down there and take some of the pressure off. I was able to stop pressing and just worry about going out there and having some fun again. I'm feeling a lot better now and I'm ready to go."


Cubs SS Starlin Castro catching break Friday against Marlins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:34 am ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has had successive multi-hit games for the first time in two weeks, but a third one is quite unlikely. He is on the bench for the Friday afternoon game against visiting Miami.

Castro has started all but two games at shortstop this season, but he has been fairly unproductive after a bounce-back season in 2014. He owns a slash line of .263/.298/.341 with just 26 runs scored as midseason approaches.


Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts totals third four-hit game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts tied a season high with four hits during a 12-6 win Thursday at Toronto. He has totaled four hits three times this season.

Bogaerts opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. He added another single in the fourth and sixth innings before recording his second RBI on his fourth single of the game in the top of the seventh. He had one run in the game.

Bogaerts has been on a steady offensive run since May 31. He has a .341/.463/.821 slash line in his last 30 games. He has one home run, 12 doubles, 19 RBI, 15 runs, three walks, 19 strikeouts and two stolen bases in that span.


Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki extends hit streak to 15 games
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:00 am ET) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games with a ninth-inning single on Thursday.

The former All-Star is batting .373 with a homer and nine RBI over the 15-game streak. He has now reached base safely in 30 straight games, which also a career-best.


Athletics SS Marcus Semien slams seventh home run of year
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:41 am ET) Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien hit his seventh home run of the season against the Mariners on Thursday.

Semien hit a solo blast off Mariners starter Roenis Elias in the fifth inning to put his team up 3-0. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a RBI.

The home run was Semien's first in 158 at-bats.


Phillies SS Freddy Galvis knocks three hits against Brewers
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis went 3 for 4 with a walk and a RBI on Thursday agaisnt the Brewers.

Galvis is hitting .467 with seven hits and two RBI over his last four games.


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