MLB Player News

  • Luis Valbuena 1B | LAA

    Angels' Luis Valbuena: Hits go-ahead homer while playing third base

    Valbuena went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Red Sox.

    Valbuena broke a 2-2 tie with his seventh-inning blast off starter Rick Porcello. Four of Valbuena's nine home runs have come since July 3, but his playing time at first base has been usurped of late by the surging C.J. Cron. While the veteran corner infielder still managed to work his way into the lineup by playing third base in this one, don't expect that to be an everyday occurrence unless he significantly improves his .184/.263/.353 line.

  • Jose Abreu 1B | CHW

    White Sox's Jose Abreu: Hits 26th double in Sunday's loss

    Abreu went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Kansas City.

    Abreu drove in the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning double, but a late-inning Royals rally erased that advantage. The Cuban-born slugger is on pace to top his old career high of 35 doubles with 26 in 94 games. He still has a shot at a fourth consecutive season with at least 25 home runs and 100 RBI after accruing 16 and 60, respectively, to date.

  • Eric Hosmer 1B | KC

    Royals' Eric Hosmer: Goes deep Sunday

    Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Sunday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

    Hosmer's home run was the third in a three-batter span against starter Derek Holland. The 27-year-old first baseman is setting himself up to get paid in free agency this offseason, slashing career highs across the board with a .315/.374/.497 line.

  • Ryan McBroom 1B | TOR

    Yankees' Ryan McBroom: Acquired by Yankees

    The Yankees acquired McBroom from the Blue Jays on Sunday in exchange for utility man Rob Refsnyder.

    It's expected that McBroom will report to Double-A Trenton, allowing him to remain in the Eastern League, where he had been playing for New Hampshire. The 25-year-old first baseman is hitting .243/.321/.402 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 392 plate appearances at Double-A, but his lack of special power and positional flexibility and advanced age relative to level don't make him an especially intriguing prospect.

  • C.J. Cron 1B | LAA

    Angels' C.J. Cron: Picks up fourth straight start

    Cron will start at first base and bat fifth Sunday against the Red Sox.

    Cron will draw his fourth consecutive start Sunday, and though he's performed respectably with four hits in 12 at-bats over the previous three contests, the run of regular playing time should soon come to an end. The Angels had a spot open in the lineup for Cron the last three games with the Red Sox having deployed a left-handed starting pitcher in each of those contests, resulting in platoon mate Luis Valbuena hitting the bench. Valbuena is back in the lineup Sunday, but he'll play third while Cron covers first base due to Albert Pujols receiving a routine day off for rest.

  • Joe Mauer 1B | MIN

    Twins' Joe Mauer: Takes seat Sunday

    Mauer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    With southpaw Matt Boyd on the mound for the Tigers, Mauer and fellow left-handed hitter Jason Castro will hit the bench, clearing spots for Miguel Sano and Chris Gimenez at first base and catcher, respectively. Mauer is hitting .234/.300/.266 against left-handed pitching this season, so the Twins are expected to deploy him on the larger side of a platoon at first base or designated hitter the rest of the way.

  • Miguel Cabrera 1B | DET

    Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Back in the lineup Sunday

    Cabrera (collarbone) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Twins, playing first base and batting fourth, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    Cabrera was hit in the chest by a hard grounder in Friday's game, so the Tigers gave him Saturday off. It appears the injury was a minor one, and the former MVP should be good to go heading into the upcoming week. He'll face off against Twins left-hander Adalberto Mejia on Sunday for the first time in his career.

  • Mitch Moreland 1B | BOS

    Red Sox's Mitch Moreland: Dropped to seventh in order

    Moreland batted seventh in order Saturday for the first time this season. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and strikeout in a 7-3 loss to the Angels.

    Moreland has been a rock for the Red Sox this season, but has slumped since breaking his toe June 13 when he was hit by a pitch. Playing through the injury, Moreland is hitting just .163 with a .492 OPS since. Manager John Farrell told Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald that Moreland has been working with hitting coach Chili Davis and wanted to give him a different look by sliding him down the order.

  • Carlos Santana 1B | CLE

    Indians' Carlos Santana: Returns to leadoff role Sunday

    Santana will start at first base and lead off for the Indians in Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Santana manned the leadoff spot for the Indians' first 35 games, but after slashing just .227/.331/.383 during that time, manager Terry Francona moved him down in the order. With rookie Bradley Zimmer getting the day off Sunday, Santana will slot back in atop the lineup for the first time since May 13, but it remains likely that he'll bat sixth or seventh more often than not for games in which Zimmer is in the lineup.

  • Tyler White 1B | HOU

    Astros' Tyler White: Called up from Triple-A

    White was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    White will assume the active roster spot of Colin Moran, who is expected to land on the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move after being struck in the face by a foul tip Saturday night. Though he's served as a corner infielder for most of his professional career, White has appeared in 20 games at shortstop and 20 games at second base this season for Fresno, perhaps allowing him to serve as the Astros' top utility option off the bench now that Marwin Gonzalez is locked into a full-time role. White was slashing .299/.371/.517 over 408 plate appearances at Triple-A this season.