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Have your hitters been letting you down? Scott White breaks down five of the best borderline starts (i.e. Josh Harrison, Denard Span) and sits for Week 8. Full Story
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Pirates 3B Josh Harrison on a tear at the plate of late
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison has turned things around at the plate. On May 10, general manager Neal Huntington suggested Harrison was pressing too much to prove his worth. Harrison is hitting .468 (22 for 47) in 11 games since those remarks and Huntington is estatic for him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It looks like a guy that's having fun playing the game again," Huntington said Sunday. "Just showing up with energy every day and trying to do everything in his power to help a club win versus trying to justify. It’s fun to watch him get back out there and be the guy he is."

Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 on Sunday and noted his contract may have factored into his early struggles.

"The contract could have played a little into it," he said. "It's no secret I knew I was a contract guy. But that doesn't make me approach the game any different. It's just a matter of, you know, I got off to a rough start."

Harrison is now hitting .261 with 14 RBI in 157 at-bats this season.


Mets pitcher Dillon Gee unclear of role when activated from DL
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:14 am ET) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee was baffled on Sunday for multiple reasons. After losing his luggage, Gee was told he will head back to make a third rehab start this week. He is also unclear of what his role will be in the starting rotation when he is able to return, according to the New York Daily News.

"I don't know what to think about it," Gee said. "I kind of raised that, I felt like I am just wasting bullets trying to get over 100 pitches in a minor league rehab game. I am doing what they want me to do.

"Obviously you wondered what the roles will be, because all the roles are all filled," Gee said. "He's (Syndergaard) pitched really well, so he deserves to be here as well. I wonder the same thing as most of you... what’s going to happen."

Gee is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 1/3 innings of work this season.


Giants pitcher Jean Machi preserves bullpen on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:08 am ET) Giants pitcher Jean Machi allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of work in San Francisco's 11-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

Machi was called on early when starter Tim Hudson struggled to find the zone and was knocked around. He helped to keep San Francisco was digging deeper into the bullpen, manager Bruce Bochy said per CSN Bay Area.

"Machi saved us," Bochy said. "I thought he had some of his best stuff, too. He should feel good about that and the fact that he did give us those innings."

Machi now has a 4.63 ERA in 23 1/3 innings of work this season.


Rangers DH Prince Fielder continues hot hitting with two RBI
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder went 3 for 5 at the plate in Texas' 5-2 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Fielder, who also singled twice, did his damage in the first when he doubled to deep center field, driving home a run. Fielder singkled to right in the seventh to collect his second RBI. Fielder is tearing the cover off the ball, hitting a blistering .358 with 32 RBI in 176 at-bats this season.


Yankees catcher Brian McCann leaves with foot injury on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Yankees catcher Brian McCann was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Rangers with a cramp in his foot/calf, according to MLB.com. 

Manager Joe Girardi said he was a little concerned with the injury, but won't know more about it until Monday. McCann went 1 for 4 with two RBI in Sunday's game before exiting. He said after the game he is planning on playing in Monday's game against the Royals.


Rockies 1B Justin Morneau remains out, unlikely to travel with team
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau remains on the disabled list while dealing with concussion-like symptoms and is unlikely to travel with the team for their upcoming six-gane road trip this week, according to the Denver Post.

Morneau has been out since May 14 with the injury and is hitting .290 with nine RBI in 100 at-bats this season. 


RP Shawn Tolleson picks up third save for Rangers
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Shawn Tolleson continued to perform well in his new role as Rangers closer, striking out the side in the ninth inning to preserve Texas' 5-2 triumph over the Yankees on Sunday. 

Tolleson only needed 13 pitches to power through the Yankees lineup and pick up his third save since being installed as co-closer with Ross Ohlendorf since Neftali Perez was removed from the position. 


2B Adam Rosales' homer powers Rangers to sweep
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Second baseman Adam Rosales may be the Rangers' No. 9 hitter, but Sunday he provided the big hit in Texas' 5-2 victory over the Yankees with his third home run of the season. 

Rosales connected off Yankees starter Chris Capuano with two outs in the second inning to give Texas a 3-2 advantage, a lead that would stand up the rest of the way. Rosales finished 2-for-3 to lift his average to .214. 

Rosales now has five hits and three RBIs in his last three games.


SP Yovani Gallardo gets back on track for Rangers
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) One start after allowing a season-high 10 hits, Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo found his stride and picked up his fourth victory of the year as Texas defeated the Yankees 5-2 on Sunday. 

Gallardo went six innings, allowing just four hits and two earned runs. More importantly, he walked just one batter while striking out six to pick up his second win in his last seven shots. 

Gallardo was able to induce nine ground ball outs and keep the Yankees offense in check to lower his ERA to 4.13. 


Yankees pitcher Chris Capuano roughed up in start on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Yankees pitcher Chris Capuano allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hitsin 4 1/3 innings on Sunday. Capuano struck out four and did not allow a walk, but New York fell to the Rangers 5-2.

Capuano had issues in the first two innings when after allowing a single, he surrendered an RBI double to Prince Fielder in the first. Then in the second, Capuano gave up a two-run blast to Adam Rosales. He was pulled in the fifth after allowing back-to-back singles. 

Capuano, now 0-2, has struggled in his first two starts of the year, allowing seven runs in 7 1/3 innings. He will look to get back on track Friday against the Athletics. 


 
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