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White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers back in the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:05 pm ET) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers is back in the starting lineup Tuesday after getting the day off Monday, the team announced. 

Flowers and backup Geovany Soto have rotated early on, with Flowers getting his eighth start Tuesday and Soto starting five. Flowers is hitting .333 with one home run and four RBI in 24 at-bats this season. The White Sox are currently the underdogs (+130) against the Indians Tuesday.


Dodgers RHP McCarthy gains unusual increase in velocity
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:53 pm ET) Nearly every major league pitcher experiences decreased velocity with age, leading to a greater need to keep hitters off-balance and develop pinpoint control.

Then there's Brandon McCarthy.

The Dodgers right-hander had generally been a soft-tosser. It's no wonder he's averaged about six strikeouts per nine innings in his career. But after signing a four-year contract worth $48 million in the offseason, he's become a comparative fireballer. McCarthy has 25 strikeouts in 18 innings this year. Granted, it's a small sample size, but the radar gun doesn't lie.

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is impressed.

"It's kind of like he learned how to pitch backwards, almost," Grandal told the Orange County Register. "When guys have velocity, they rely on the velocity early in their career. And then, once they lose it, they go back and start working on movement. It's actually really good for a guy not to throw that hard when he comes up and then all of a sudden starts pumping 95 and 96. Whenever he needs movement, he can throw for movement, and whenever he needs velocity, he can reach back and throw hard."

McCarthy's average fastball was clocked at 89.4 miles an hour in 2007, per Fangraphs.com. He has it at 93.6 this year. McCarthy has cited a more intense work regimen in the offseason for the increase.


Royals' Lorenzo Cain back in lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:45 pm ET) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Twins.

Cain was given his first game off Monday and will be back in the No. 3 spot to face Twins lefty Tommy Milone. He has hit .500/.583/.850 in 20 at-bats against left-handers this season.

Second baseman Omar Infante is out of the lineup Tuesday as expected. Christian Colon draws the start at second base and will bat ninth.

The Royals are favorites (-145) at home Tuesday.


Marlins callup pitcher Nick Masset, option Jose Urena
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:25 pm ET) The Marlins have called up pitcher Nick Masset from Triple-A and optioned pitcher Jose Urena back to the minors, the team announced Tuesday.

Urena was called up last week when David Phelps was placed on paternity leave. He worked three innings in two appearances, allowing three runs on four hits. Masset threw 45 innings in 2014 for the Rockies, posting a 5.80 ERA in 51 appearances.

The team has also designated Matt Tracy for assignment. Tracy made one appearance, allowing three runs on two hits for the Marlins.


Brewers' Mike Fiers facing Reds team batting .226 against RHPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:05 pm ET) Brewers starting pitcher Mike Fiers heads into his start Tuesday against the Reds with a 1-3 record and 3.09 ERA in four career starts against the NL Central foe. He also has 22 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.

Fiers will be facing a Reds team that has totaled 43 runs in 13 games, which ranks 22nd in the majors. The Reds are also batting .226 with a .358 slugging percentage and 74 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers. They have hit 11 home runs off righties.


Braves recall pitcher Ian Thomas
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:04 pm ET) The Braves have recalled pitcher Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced Tuesday. He takes the roster spot of Andrew McKirahan, who was suspended 80 games after testing positive for lpamorelin. Thomas was optioned to Triple-A early in March and has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Braves with three strikeouts and zero walks. 

Thomas posted a 1-2 record in 2014 with a 4.22 ERA in 16 appearances.


Mets SP Jonathon Niese has good track record at home vs. Braves
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:55 pm ET) Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese will be making his 20th career start against NL East foe Atlanta on Tuesday. He is 7-6 with a 3.36 ERA in his first 19 starts against the Braves.

His recent history against Atlanta has been pretty good. Niese hasn't allowed more than three runs in his last six starts against Atlanta. However, he has just one win in that span.

The left-hander is also pretty good against the Braves at home. He has allowed more than one run just once on his last five home starts against Atlanta. He has a 1.84 ERA in that span. Sadly, he also has just one win in that stretch.

The Braves enter play Tuesday with 54 runs, which is one more than the league average. The Braves are batting .242 with a .379 slugging percentage against lefties in 2015.


Yankees SP Nathan Eovaldi winless in last six road starts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:41 pm ET) Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi heads into Tuesday's start at Detroit with a 2-1 record and 2.96 ERA in eight career starts in March/April. However, he hasn't had a ton of success on the road recently.

Eovaldi is winless in his last six road starts, including Wednesday against the Orioles. He is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in that span. It is the longest road losing streak of his career. 

The Tigers enter play Tuesday with 70 runs, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the majors. They are also second in the majors with a .308 batting average against right-handed pitchers.


Yankees recall Chasen Shreve, option Branden Pinder
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) The Yankees recalled pitcher Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Tuesday, optioning pitcher Branden Pinder to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

Shreve has made two appearances for the Yankees this season, giving up one earned run in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four and issuing no walks. Pinder tossed two scoreless innings while with the team.


Brewers send C Lucroy to DL, promote Centeno
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) What was anticipated has become reality - the Brewers have placed catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the disabled list with a toe injury.

Lucroy sustained the injury by fouling a pitch off his foot Monday night.

He has been one of many Brewers struggling at the plate. Lucroy owns a slash line of .156/.235/.200 with no homers and two RBI.

His placement on the DL has forced the team to promote catcher Juan Centeno from the minors. The 25 year old earned 40 major league at-bats with the Mets in 2013 and 2014.


 
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