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Derek Norris out of Padres lineup on Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:24 am ET) Padres catcher Derek Norris is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game at the Cubs. 

Norris is replaced in the lineup by Wil Nieves, who will catch and bat eighth in his second game of the 2015 season. 


Trevor Plouffe gets the afternoon off after Friday's walkoff HR
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) The Twins gave Trevor Plouffe the afternoon off after his heroic performance the previous night, per MLB.com. Plouffe belted a walkoff home run in the 11th inning to take down the Indians, 3-2. Utility man Eduardo Nunez will get the start and hit eighth for Minnesota against Danny Salazar.

Friday's home run was Plouffe's fifth hit of the season. He is hitting .143/.231/.343 with two homers and two RBI over 39 plate appearances.


Pete Kozma starts for Kolten Wong in Cardinals' lineup on Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds. 

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth. 


Giancarlo Stanton questions Marlins' heart
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is frustrated with the team's slow start to the season. The Marlins have won three of 11 games to start the season. 

"We're not giving ourselves a chance, it feels like," Stanton said, per the Miami Herald.  "We've got a positive vibe, but it is just not there. The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to leave it. But you're out there, and it's game time, it's just nothing there -- it seems like."

"The game is nine innings," Stanton continued. "It's not two, three. ... We're not playing nine. There is no campfire to sit around and reminisce on things. We've got to play every night. We've got to go. The work is there. The process, we need to pick up. ... We've got to get it done. There is no, 'Hey, this is going to make us click now. This is going to do it for us now.' We've got to go. There is no time for that."


Twins SS Eduardo Escobar (toe) takes a seat Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar was not included in Saturday's lineup against the Indians. per MLB.com.

Escobar took a Corey Kluber pitch off his left big toe in the eighth inning of Friday's 3-2 over Cleveland. Although he was spotted limping at the clubhouse on Saturday, he told reporters he's healthy enough to play, per the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

"I'm fine. I can play," Escobar said.


Twins officially recall Danny Salazar for Saturday's start
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:03 am ET) The Indians recalled Saturday's starter Danny Salazar from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Austin Adams to Columbus, per the team's official website.

Salazar had a promising MLB debut in 2013, then struggled with consistency last year. He was sent down after posting an 8.18 ERA in spring training this year. He registered a 4.25 ERA over 110 innings for the Indians in 2014.


Reds activate Homer Bailey from DL, starting Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) The Reds activated pitcher Homer Bailey from the disabled list, and he will make his season debut Saturday against the Cardinals. 

Bailey has been recovering from a torn flexor tendon in his finger last September. 

"It's great. It solidifies our rotation. We need him," manager Bryan Price said, per Fox Sports. "We need him to be a performer for us. We need him to give us an opportunity to be a better team in this division."

RHP Pedro Villarreal was optioned to Louisville to make room for Bailey on the roster.


Devin Mesoraco out of Reds lineup on Saturday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:53 am ET) Catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the Reds' lineup for Saturday's game at St. Louis. 

Mesoraco was questionable with a hip injury. Brayan Pena will start in his place, batting seventh and catching. 


Rays SP Alex Cobb still not cleared for bullpen session
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:49 am ET) Rays starter Alex Cobb told reporters he is throwing pain-free, but is still unsure when he'll be cleared to throw a bullpen session. He is scheduled to play catch at a distance of 90 feet on Saturday, per the Tampa Tribune.

"We're on track for what we thought," Cobb said. "There's been no setbacks. It's just a lengthy process before it gets fully healed and then we're good to go.

"I've been shut down for a while," Cobb said, "so we got to build back up."


Yunel Escobar, Wilson Ramos, Tyler Moore out of Nationals' lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:49 am ET) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies. Escobar was questionable with a groin injury. He's been replaced by Danny Espinosa, who is batting seventh in the lineup.

Infielder Emmanuel Burriss is not in the starting lineup for Washington's Triple-A affiliate, Syracuse, leaving open the possibility that Escobar may be placed on the disabled list later today. 

Two other Nationals regulars are out of Saturday's lineup: Catcher Wilson Ramos and left fielder Tyler Moore. Jose Lobaton gets the start at catcher, batting eighth. Clint Robinson is in left, batting fifth. 


 
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