Smoak went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in Tuesday's victory over the Orioles. The first baseman's third-inning RBI came on his 24th double of the year, matching his career high set as a Mariner in 2011. Smoak's 86 RBI this season rank second among AL first baseman, as does his .913 OPS. Tuesday's effort might be just what the 30-year-old needed to get back on track after a few down weeks.
Smoak is out of the lineup Monday against the Orioles, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Smoak, who's hitting .278/.358/.550 for the year, is in the midst of a rough stretch at the plate. Over the last 14 games, he's gone just 7-for-44 (.159) and posted an underwhelming .288 OBP. He'll get the night off while Kendrys Morales fills in at first base.
Smoak (calf) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox. Smoak was held out of the starting nine Tuesday due to lingering calf soreness, but he ended up logging five plate appearances off the bench in the 19-inning marathon. The 30-year-old is in the midst of a career year -- he has a great shot at 40 homers, and if he gets there, he will have doubled his previous career high.
Smoak, who is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game due to a bruised calf, is available off the bench, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Smoak is apparently dealing with some lingering soreness after fouling a ball off his calf Monday, but seeing as he's available off the bench, it doesn't seem like he will be out of the lineup for too long. Steve Pearce is starting at first base in his stead.
Smoak is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. Smoak will get the day off after starting the previous three contests following his return from a calf injury. The 30-year-old continues to mash this season, and he currently owns a .283/.362/.565 line with 37 homers in 135 games. Steve Pearce will slide over to first base in his stead, opening up a spot for Teoscar Hernandez to start in left field.
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