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First it was Kris Bryant. Now it's Addison Russell. Our Scott White looks at the latest Cubs' phenom plus less-heralded Alfredo Simon and Luis Valbuena. Full Story
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Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval, Daniel Nava back in the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays, the team announced. Sandoval was given the day off Monday and replaced by Brock Holt. He is hitting .289 with four RBI in 45 at-bats this season.

Also returning to the lineup is Daniel Nava, who will take first base, giving Mike Napoli the day off. Nava is hitting .238 with five RBI in 21 at-bats this season. The Red Sox are currently the underdogs (+116) against Tampa Bay.


Cubs prospect Addison Russell starts at 2B, bats ninth in debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) The Cubs promoted prospect Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Russell is considered a top-5 prospect by Baseball America (No. 3) and MLB.com (No. 5).

The Cubs wasted no time getting Russell into the lineup, starting him at second base and batting him ninth against the Pirates.

The 2012 first-round pick (11th overall) hit .318 (14 for 44) with one home run, four doubles and nine RBI in 11 games for Iowa. He has a .301/.377/.520/.897 slash line in 244 minor-league games.

Russell has primarily played shortstop in his pro career, but he recently began playing at second base for Iowa and is expected to see most of his playing time at second for the Cubs.


Pirates bench Polanco, Alvarez on Tuesday against Cubs lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez had missed one start between them heading into Tuesday. But both are absent from the lineup against Cubs southpaw Travis Wood.

Alvarez has been particularly unproductive against Wood. He is 1 for 18 against him lifetime. Polanco has just one hit agianst lefties this season.


Royals' Kelvin Herrera suspended five games, Ventura fined
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games after throwing behind Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie Sunday, while starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has been fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Lawrie with a pitch Saturday.

Lawrie has been surrounded by controversy after a hard slide into second base Friday injured the knee of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Both pitchers were ejected in their respective games.

Herrera, who has the option to appeal his suspension, has tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances. Ventura's avoidance of his suspension keeps him in line to face Chris Sale Thursday.


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.


 
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