J.J. Hardy has been hitting lead off for the Orioles, and has been having a great year. He homered twice yesterday, and is now hitting .280 on the year. I don't know if I would put him in my top 5 for the shortstop position, but he's right outside of it, and the Orioles did well to get him signed to an extension.
Carlos Beltran made his debut with the Giants, going 0-4 and playing in right field. He should be just fine in SF, and hopefully the Giants will figure out to try and play Brandon Belt on a consistent basis as well.
Mark Trumbo hit his 19th home run and drove in 5 in the Angels' victory yesterday. He seems like he should be getting more buzz about being a Rookie of the Year candidate. It's going to be an interesting problem next season should Kendrys Morales come back healthy.
Joel Hanrahan recorded his 30th save of the season, and lowered his ERA to 1.15. I'm (along with a lot of people I imagine) are not sure how it was that he was not used in either of the extra innings games the previous two nights, but it is good to see that manager Clint Hurdle thinks he still exists.
Desmond Jennings went 3 for 4 with a home run, 4 runs batted in, and a stolen base in the victory over the Athletics yesterday. If he gets consistent playing time the rest of the season, I could see him getting another 5 home runs and another 10-15 stolen bases.
Rickie Weeks was placed on the disabled list yesterday, and if you've seen the video of his ankle, I'm amazed he honestly isn't going to be out for the rest of the season. The team played Craig Counsell there yesterday, and also acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays. If you're looking for a replacement, his brother Jemile Weeks may still be available. Jemile could provide a solid batting average and some speed for the rest of the season as well.
Mike Moustakas went 1 for 3 last night to raise his batting average to .201 on the season, and I'm wondering if they might send him back down to AAA if he continues to struggle. The Royals would probably be better served keeping him up, but that doesn't always mean that is what will happen.