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White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham finding his way
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:35 am ET) White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham may have needed to leave and return like the Prodigal Son to Chicago before he found success, according to the Daily Herald.

Beckham, in his second stint with Chicago, is hitting .350 with four RBI in 20 at-bats. Manager Robin Ventura is liking what he's seen from Beckham so far this season. 

"It can happen, it can jump on guys when there are expectations and the pressure gets there," manager Robin Ventura said. "For him, it might have been helpful to get traded away and go away for a while and come back with more of a clear conscience of who he is, where he's at. You get some information from somewhere else that maybe sticks in your skull differently than it did here.

"He's in a good frame of mind and that's the other big thing. All the stuff that has been said about him, but he can play baseball. We know that. He's a good player."


Mariners pitcher Danny Hultzen throws 3 1/3 innings in Double-A
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Mariners pitcher Danny Hultzen was able to throw 3 1/3 innings Friday for Double-A Jackson, allowing one unearned run. 

"It was awesome," Hultzen said per MLB.com. "I've been looking forward to that day for a really long time. I did my best just to calm down and have fun and enjoy it. Sitting out for so long, you get the itch really easily. You miss being out there."

Hultzen, the second overall-pick in 2011, is working his way back from shoulder surgery in October 2013. His biggest priority for the rest of his rehab assignment will be to stay healthy.

"I've never been too much on velocity," he said. "That's been a little down, but I'm just real happy to be pitching again. If I'm throwing 85 [mph], I'm going to figure out how to get people out. I'm not too concerned about it. I'm happy that I'm out there playing again."


Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig tests hamstring Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:26 am ET) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was able to do some light testing on his injured hamstring Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Puig, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, is likely to begin his rehab assignment next week in the hopes of a quick return from the disabled list. Puig is hitting .279 with two home runs and four RBI in 43 at-bats this season.


Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill cranks first home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Diamondbacks third baseman Aaron Hill went 1 for 4 at the plate in Arizona's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Hill did his damage in the fourth inning, smacking a 1-1 pitch from Scott Baker over the left center field wall, his first of the season. Hill is hitting .185 with four RBI in 54 at-bats this season.


Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt cracks sixth home run Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:54 am ET) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 1 for 4 at the plate in Arizona's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Goldschmidt did his damage in the first inning, ripping a two-run homer over the center field wall, his sixth of the season. Goldschmidt is now hitting .341 with 22 RBI in 85 at-bats.


Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner rips third home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner went 2 for 3 at the plate in Los Angeles' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Turner got things going early when he ripped a solo home run in the first inning off of Jeremy Hellickson, his third of the season. Turner also doubled and scored three runs in the contest.

Turner is now hitting .300 with six RBI in 40 at-bats this season.


Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson hits fourth home run of 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:49 am ET) Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson went 1 for 5 at the plate in Los Angeles' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. 

Pederson got things going in the seventh when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Evan Marshall over the center field wall, his fourth consecutive game with an at-bat he's hit a home run.

Pederson is now hitting .292 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 65 at-bats.


Orioles C Caleb Jones continues impressive run Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:43 am ET) The surprising season of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph continued Saturday as the team awaits the return of starter Matt Wieters.

Joseph slammed his second home run of the season, a 408-foot solo job to left-center to cap the scoring in a 4-0 victory. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and owns a slash line of .327/.409/.509.


Dodgers pitcher Chris Hatcher picks up second save of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:42 am ET) Dodgers relief pitcher Chris Hatcher allowed two hits in the ninth inning, but kept Arizona off the scoreboard in Los Angeles' 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday, earning his second save of the season.

Hatcher lowered his ERA to 6.75 in 9 1/3 innings of work.


Athletics RF Josh Reddick extends hitting streak to 10
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:35 am ET) Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick didn't merely extend his hitting streak to 10 games Saturday night. He did it in style.

Reddick, who began the streak with a three-hit performance, achieved another one against the Rangers. He singled twice and capped a six-run seventh inning with a three-run homer to right. He is batting .500 (17-for-34) during his tear.

He now owns an impressive slash line of .385/.444/.615.


 
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