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Mariners OF Austin Jackson to return this week
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:47 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson is continuing to work his way back from an ankle injury and is expected to rejoin the team this week, manager Lloyd McClendon said per MLB.com. Jackson went 0 for 5 at the plate in his ninth rehab game for Triple-A Tacoma on Monday and is now hitting .263 on assignment.

"I don't think that's really a factor," McClendon said. "At this point it's more his health than anything. He seems to be progressing real well. I would say we'll probably make a decision real soon."

Jackson has been out since May 3 with the injury and is hitting .242 so far this season.


Slumping Indians C Roberto Perez hits homer against Rangers
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:44 pm ET) Indians catcher Roberto Perez hit a three-run home run in the second inning of Monday afternoon's 10-8 loss to the Rangers. 

For Perez, it was his fourth home run of the season. He's now slashing .183/.343/.378.

Perez finished the game 1 for 3 and also drew a walk. Even with the homer, he's been in quite the slump, hitting just .143 since April 30.  


Indians' Carlos Santana hits fifth HR of season
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:40 pm ET) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning of Monday afternoon's 10-8 loss to the Rangers. 

Santana took a 1-1 pitch out of the ballpark to put the Indians on the board after the Rangers took an early 3-0 lead. He finished the game 1 for 3, drew two walks and scored two runs. He's now slashing .224/.367/.371. 


Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin undergoes hand surgery
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:36 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin underwent carpal tunnel surgery on Monday and may return to pitching within a month, according to MLB.com. 

Gaudin stayed in Arizona when the team broke camp for the beginning of the regular season. At that time, Gaudin was dealing with a biceps injury. He has not thrown since then and has not appeared in a major league game since 2013. He posted a 5-2 record with a 3.06 ERA in 97 innings in 2013.


Rangers SS Elvis Andrus hits second home run of season
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:30 pm ET) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus hit his second home run of the season in Monday afternoon's 10-8 victory over the Indians. 

This is the first homer for Andrus since an April 14 game against the Angels. It was a three-run shot that also scored Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland. Andrus finished the game 2 for 4 and also hit a double. 

Andrus is now hitting .236/.293/.309. 


Dodgers' Justin Turner becoming primary option at third base
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:26 pm ET) Dodgers infielder Justin Turner hasn't been given the title just yet, but it's becoming apparent he is the team's primary third baseman over Alex Guerrero and Juan Uribe, according to the L.A. Times

Turner has started 13 of 20 games this month for Los Angeles, but has not started more than three consecutive games all year.

"We try to be three [games] on, one off and two on and one off," manager Don Mattingly said. "Trying basically to not let him go too far at one time."

Mattingly is trying to juggle the three players in his infield as much as possible, keeping them all around equal playing time. 

"It's tough with Alex and Justin right now," Mattingly said. "We're trying to put the best lineup out there. I do think as this continues on, there's going to be a point where Juan's going to be a valuable part. But right now, those two guys have been swinging the bat real well and playing solid defense."


Rangers' Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:26 pm ET) Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder and third baseman Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning of Monday afternoon's 10-8 win over the Indians.

Fielder was the first to go yard in the game's third at-bat of the day. His homer also scored Shin-Soo Choo as a result. Beltre came up to bat next and hit a solo shot, his sixth of the season. 

Fielder finished the game 3 for 5, marking the third game in a row he has recorded three hits in an outing. Over his past five games, Fielder is hitting .478. For the season, Fielder is now slashing .365/.417/.575. 

Beltre is now hitting .261/.298/.418. 


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia battling right knee inflammation
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:12 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is out of the lineup again on Monday while battling right knee inflammation, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Garcia returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing two games, but was held out again on Monday and is considered day to day with the injury. Garcia is hitting .322 with 18 RBI in 146 at-bats this season.


Indians P Shaun Marcum allows 7 earned runs in no-decision
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:08 pm ET) Indians pitcher Shaun Marcum struggled with his time on the mound during Monday's 10-8 loss to the Rangers. 

Marcum only lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up seven earned runs. He did strike out six batters but walked three and gave up four hits. Two of those went for home runs. Both of the homers occurred in the first inning. 

Marcum recorded three consecutive outs in the second but was rocked by the Rangers in the third. He now has an ERA of 6.28. He received a no-decision for his appearance in this game. 

This was Marcum's second start of the season. 

His next start is projected for Saturday against the Mariners. 


Rangers P Shawn Tolleson records another save
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson picked up his fourth save of the season in Monday afternoon's 10-8 victory over the Indians. 

Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth inning that included a strikeout. All four saves for Tolleson have come in his last four opportunities. He now has an ERA of 2.95 for the season. 


 
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