Brad Miller 2B/SS SEA 17 Mins
Miller is out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Miller has started two of the last three games for the M's, going 0-for-4 with three walks to fall back below the Mendoza Line. Chris Taylor will return to short Saturday and it seems likely he'll see most of the time there over the final five weeks of the season.
Oswaldo Arcia LF/RF MIN 31 Mins
Arcia is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit, but is expected to play in the second game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Arcia was at the hospital late last night with as his kid was sick, according to the report. He's been on fire in August by hitting .281 with seven home runs and 20 RBI.
Tyler Flowers C CWS 36 Mins
Flowers is out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.
Flowers, who is just 2-for-25 over his last eight games, will once again yield catching duties to Adrian Nieto. While Flowers still seems like the slight favorite for playing time, the team may have seen enough to rule out bringing him back next season, and if so they may be inclined to give the 24-year-old Nieto a larger share of the starts.
Tony Sanchez C PIT 41 Mins
Sanchez went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in his debut as a first baseman Friday night for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Sanchez has thrown out only seven of 62 baserunners from behind the plate and is no longer seen as the Pirates' preferred option at catcher when and if Russell Martin departs for free agency after the 2014 season. Sanchez has also struggled offensively in the minors -- he's hitting .226/.336/.421 with 10 homers and 40 RBI in 235 at-bats, but has swung the batter better with Pittsburgh (.278/.316./.375) in 72 at-bats. It's becoming a longshot the 2009 first-round pick catches regularly in the majors, but his bat could still play in the majors at another position.
Caleb Joseph C BAL 43 Mins
Joseph is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cubs, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Joseph will sit in favor of Nick Hundley for the third time in four games, as it seems manager Buck Showalter has settled on a relatively even timeshare behind the plate. Joseph is batting a robust .300/.349/.750 with five homers this month, but he's a rather modest 4-for-19 over his last six games.
Rajai Davis OF DET 49 Mins
Davis is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
With Davis just getting over a thumb injury, manager Brad Ausmus will limit the 33-year-old's workload in Saturday's twin bill. Ezequiel Carrera will man center and bat second in the matinee, but look for Davis to be available off the bench and in the lineup for Game 2.
Torii Hunter RF/DH DET 1 Hr
Hunter is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Manager Brad Ausmus is presumably just holding the 39-year-old Hunter out for the nightcap. Don Kelly will man right field and bat seventh against right-hander Yohan Pino in Game 1.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 1 Hr
Francisco is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays.
Saturday's absence will mark Francisco's third in a row, with two of coming against opposing right-handed pitchers. There has been no word of an injury, so it seems manager John Gibbons has just opted for an extended mental break for Francisco, who is 3-for-39 (.077 average) so far in August.
Mike Zunino C SEA 1 Hr
Zunino is out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Jesus Sucre will step in behind the plate to catch starter Chris Young, pushing Zunino to the bench for the third time in six games. Zunino has struggled at the dish over the past two month, with just 20 hits in his last 116 at-bats, but he figures to continue serving as the primary option behind the plate for Seattle the rest of the way.
Xander Bogaerts SS/3B BOS 2 Hrs
Bogaerts (head) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Mariners, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
The results of Bogaerts' concussion test have not been made public, but the 21-year-old will sit out at least one game after being hit in the head by a Felix Hernandez changeup Friday night. Super utilityman Brock Holt will take over at shortstop in his absence. Bogaerts has recorded just one hit in his last eight games (23 at-bats), but he should continue to see near-everyday time so long as he manages to avoid the DL.