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Victorino (ribs) scratched by Red Sox Saturday, Nava starts in RF
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3:10 pm ET) The Red Sox have scratched right fielder Shane Victorino from Saturday's lineup against the Orioles due to sore ribs and will instead play Daniel Nava, according to NESN.

Victorino injured the ribs Friday crashing into the outfield wall going after a fly ball.

He was originally hitting seventh in the order on Saturday.


Matt Holliday leaves Cardinals' game with back problem
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:51 pm ET) Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday left the Cardinals game in the top of the second inning on Saturday with tightness in his middle back, the team announced

The move was a precautionary measure, the team said.


Twins GM not overly concerned with Alex Meyer's slow start
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:46 pm ET) Despites the recent struggles of Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer , general manager Terry Ryan is not overly concerned, reports TwinCities.com.

"He’s just not throwing it over the plate," Ryan said. "It’s a little bit of what was going on in spring training. We’ve got to clean that up. We’ve got to get him to throw it over and trust his stuff is all."

Through two starts and 8 2/3 innings, Meyer has walked 11 and posted an 8.31 earned run average for Triple-A Rochester.

Meyer lost a battle in spring training for the Twins' final rotation spot.

Marlins' Steve Cishek still waiting for first save
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:44 pm ET) Marlins closer Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday, but he's still looking for his first save of the year.

The Marlins have won just three games, and two have been by leads too big to give Cishek a save situation. The third was a tenth-inning walk-off win.

Cishek blew a save in his only opportunity. His ERA is currently 19.29, down from 108.00 after his first appearance and 33.75 after his second.   


Pirates OF Jaff Decker off DL, optioned to Triple-A
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:23 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Jaff Decker (calf) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Decker began the season on the DL with a strained calf injury. 

He had five at-bats for the Pirates last season and did not have a hit.


Twins general manager expects pitcher Mike Pelfrey to be better
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:12 pm ET) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey is off to a slow start in 2015 and general manager Terry Ryan said he expects better from his right hander, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"He can do better. We expect him to do better," Ryan said. "I wasn't worried about his pace. I was worried about him putting away hitters."

In two starts this season, Pelrey has allowed five earned runs in 10 innings (4.50 ERA) with four strike outs and five walks.

Report: Marlins claim LHP Matt Tracy from Yankees
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:10 pm ET) The Marlins claimed left-hander Matt Tracy off waivers from the Yankees on Saturday, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Tracy, 26, pitched two innings for the Yankees this season before he was designated for assignment on Sunday.

Phillies' Ben Revere hitting ball hard, still struggling
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:09 pm ET) Over his career, Phillies outfielder Ben Revere has hit nearly 70 points lower in April than from May onward. This season, Revere is off to an even slower start, with a .135 average. He's 1 for 13 on the current road trip and was not in Saturday's starting lineup. 

"I can't find nothing right now," Revere said of his struggles, per MLB.com. "But you have to keep your head up. It's a long season. Hopefully I've got a lot more at-bats and a lot more games to play. If I can do that, I'll be alright. I've started slow before. As soon as the ball starts falling, the sky's the limit."

Interestingly, Revere thinks he's swinging the bat better than usual, even though the hits aren't falling. "I think this is the first time in April that I've hit the ball as hard as I have," he said. "I don't know how many times I've lined out to guys, but that's the game of baseball."


John Farrell: Daniel Nava still exclusively hitting from left-hand side
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that Daniel Nava batted right-handed against a left-hander to get a bunt down.

Nava revealed this offseason that he would stop switch-hitting and go exclusively from the left-handed side. Farrell reiterated that he is still working only as a lefty, per the Providence Journal.

Nava entered the Friday's game in the sixth inning for Shane Victorino. He flied out in the sixth off right-hander Kevin Gausan, and sacrificed to first in the bottom of the ninth against southpaw Brian Matusz.

Nava is hitting .313 (5 for 16) with a .389 on-base percentage and five RBI in eight games this season.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: I'm still working to build arm strength
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:48 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming off a partially torn ligament in his elbow last season, told reporters he's still trying to build arm strength, per the New York Daily News.

"I'm trying to get there," Tanaka said through his translator. "Still working on it. Just trying to build that strength and get to where I want to be."

Tanaka's four-seam fastball mph average has dipped from 93.45 last April to 91.32 this month, while his sinker plummeted from 91.95 to 90.83, according to Brooks Baseball.

"We really haven't seen a start where he's had everything like we saw last year," manager Joe Girardi said, per the Journal News. "I think when you see him have his fastball, slider, split, I think you'll have a better idea exactly where he's at."

Tanaka is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA over his first two starts (nine innings). No Yankee starter has allowed more runs (seven runs) this season. He will make his third start of the season Saturday against the Rays.

"It's not necessarily hard on me," Tanaka said. "But you always have the ups and downs when you go through a season. What matters the most is how you go about your business when things are not going your way. Right now might not be the best time for me, but I’m trying to make that better."


 
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