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Eric Hosmer benched Wednesday against Chris Sale
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Royals first baeman Eric Hosmer is sitting Wednesday against White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale as Billy Butler is taking his place.

Hosmer is 6 for 28 against Sale in his career and has just eight homers in 462 at-bats on the season.

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Josh Willingham back in action Wednesday for Royals
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Royals designated hitter Josh Willingham is set to start Wednesday against the White Sox after being benched for six starts with a groin injury. He has had just one at-bat since Sept. 11.

Willingham returns with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 287 at-bats this season. But he has 96 strikeouts.

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Arismendy Alcantara absent from Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A wrist ailment has Cubs outfelder Arismendy Alcantara out again Wednesday against visiting Cincinnati.

Alcantara, who missed the Tuesday game as well, has just eight hits in his last 45 at-bats, but is 5 for 16 in his last four games.

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Evan Gattis again a no-go Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Braves catcher Evan Gattis remains sidelined Wednesday against Washington with strep throat. He has been out since Sept. 7.

Gattis, who has only played in 102 games this season, owns a stat line of .270/.325/.507.

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Juan Uribe torrid at the plate for Dodgers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is saving his best for last in 2014 with a tear in September.

Uribe owns a nine-game hitting streak with five multi-hit games. He is 15 for 34 during with two home runs during that stretch to sweeten his stat line to .308/.334/.443.

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Angel Pagan scheduled for MRI on back
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A bulging disk has forced Giants center fielder Angel Pagan to undergo an MRI on Wednesday, per CSNBayArea. He has been out of the lineup in each of the last three games, including Wednesday in Arizona.

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David Freese finally on roll for Angels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Angels third baseman David Freese has struggled much of the season, but has saved his best stretch for the stretch run.

Freese has raised his average to a season-high .261. He has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games with 17 hits in 45 at-bats and has slugged three home runs in the last nine games, during which time he has 10 RBI.

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Alejandro De Aza on fire since joining Orioles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Orioles outfelder Alejandro De Aza has sizzled since arriving from the White Sox and has started every game since Sept. 7.

De Aza has hit safely in 11 of 12 games and is 16 of 49 during that stretch with two home runs and nine RBI. He has fanned just seven times.

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Red Sox promote slew of players from Pawtucket
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Ballyhooed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is far from the only promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket made by the Red Sox on Wednesday. But he is certainly the most significant.

The team has also brought up left-hander Edwin Escobar, right-hander Heath Hembree, third baseman Garin Cecchini, outfielder Bryce Brentz and catcher Ryan Lavarnway.

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Hanley Ramirez targeting weekend return
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Don Mattingly has claimed that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is feeling better Wednesday and could rejoin the lineup this weekend against the host Cubs.

Ramirez pinch-hit Tuesday and is not starting Wednesday in Colorado. He has been dealing with an elbow strain.

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