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Mets CF Juan Lagres goes hitless Tuesday, makes superb catch
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:48 am ET) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 0 for 4 in Tuesday's victory over the Orioles. This was just the second time in the last 10 games that he failed to record a hit, as he's hitting over .400 with four RBI in that 10-game stretch.

But just because Lagares was quiet at the plate doesn't mean he didn't help his club. Lagares, who won a Gold Glove last season, made yet another brilliant catch in the outfield on Tuesday to rob Everth Cabrera of extra bases in the fifth inning. 

"He can flat out get the baseball," Mets right fielder Michael Cuddyer said, per MLB.com.


Nationals' Williams: Werth dealing with 'cranky' shoulder from time to time
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:47 am ET) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is dealing with post-surgery soreness in his shoulder, which has kept him out of the lineup in back-to-back games, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per the Washington Times. Williams added that the team wanted to take advantage with the upcoming off day on Thursday before inserting him back in the lineup Friday night against the Braves.

"It's part of the progression ... It's going to be cranky from time to time," Williams said.

Michael Taylor drew the start for the Nationals in Werth's absence.

Werth is hitting .231 (6 for 26) with three RBI over his last six games played. He is hitting .176/.247/.203 with seven RBI over his first 85 plate appearances this season.


Nationals' Casey Janssen no longer dealing with shoulder discomfort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:40 am ET) During a brief visit to the Nationals clubhouse, Casey Janssen told reporters the right shoulder discomfort he experienced during spring training is gone, but his velocity is still a tick off, according to the Washington Post. Janssen will leave the club and start a minor-league rehab assignment on Thursday.

Tigers C Alex Avila trying to find his groove at the plate
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:33 am ET) Tigers catcher Alex Avila may be starting to snap out of his recent funk at the plate. After going 2 for 4 with a solo home run on Tuesday, Avila now has hits in three of his last four games. He recently broke a five-game hitless streak, and has seen his batting average rise to .214, entering play on Wednesday.

"I feel good," Avila said Tuesday after the game, per MLB.com. "It's easy to look at averages, but the difference between hitting .200 and .250, .260 at this point is like two hits, like the line drive that I had caught today." 

Despite the positive outlook, Avila appears will be on the bench for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, with lefty Chris Sale scheduled to be the starter for Chicago. 

"The last few games he's looked good," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He looked good in batting practice the last couple games, but he still won't play tomorrow."


Pirates' McCutchen: 'I'm not doing what I should be doing for the money'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:25 am ET) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle acknowledged that Andrew McCutchen's sore left knee has impacted his approach on running to first base, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

McCutchen, who is making $10 million this season, voiced his frustration after he was held without a hit in four at-bats during Tuesday's loss to Cincinnati.

"I'm sick and tired of going 0-for-freaking-4. I know I'm better than that," McCutchen said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'm getting paid what I'm getting paid because of the way I should be playing. Right now I'm not doing what I should be doing for the money I'm making. ... It's under mediocre right now. It's bad."

McCutchen has been dealing with a sore knee since spring training, and at one point in early April revealed that he's only at "80 percent." He began the year hitting .238 (10 for 42) with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI over his first 12 games. However, over his last 13 games, the former MVP has hit only .140 (7 for 50) with a triple and three RBI.

After Tuesday's game, he reassured that injury is not the main factor for his issues at the plate.

"I feel good, I feel strong when I'm up there. I feel fine when I'm hitting," McCutchen said. "I can't sit here and say my knee is the reason. I don't believe so. I just believe I’m a little off. ... Once it's going, it ain't gonna stop. While I'm down, get me while I'm down."


A's SS Marcus Semien reaches base safely nine games in a row
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:24 am ET) Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien went 1-for-3 in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Twins. The individual performance is certainly nothing to write home about. But he has now reached base safely via a hit or a walk in nine consecutive games, including hits in four straight.

On the season, Semien is slashing .273/.322/.427 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He should continue to be the regular at shortstop for manager Bob Melvin for the foreseeable future. 


Nationals P Sammy Solis delivers three shutout innings Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:03 am ET) Nationals pitcher Sammy Solis had his best performance of the season on Tuesday against the Marlins. Granted, he's only made two appearances on the season after being recalled in late-April. But there's no denying how effective the young left-hander was on Tuesday.

After starter Stephen Strasburg was forced to leave the game due to a shoulder injury, Solis came in and fired three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and struck out a batter. 

"The good thing about Sammy is that he is a former starter and he understands how to pace himself," manager Matt Williams said after the game, per MLB.com. "He threw the ball really well. He kept us in the game and allowed us to have chances to win it."

Solis had been pitching well in Double-A before his promotion to the big club, throwing four innings and allowing one hit (a solo home run). 


Michael Morse still not starting for Marlins on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:50 am ET) Struggling first baseman Michael Morse was held out of the Marlins lineup for the second straight game on Wednesday. Morse hasn't recorded a hit since April 28, and will receive his fourth day off in the last five games.

Justin Bour, who has seven hits in 14 at-bats since being recalled on April 25, was the starting first baseman for the third straight day for manager Mike Redmond.


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar hits third on Wednesday vs. Marlins
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:42 am ET) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar hit from the No. 3 position in manager Matt Williams' lineup on Wednesday. It was the first time this season that Escobar hit third in the batting order, as Williams shuffled the order a bit for the matinee matchup against the Marlins.

Escobar continues to hit well in 2015, though he did go hitless in three at-bats on Tuesday.

Shortstop Ian Desmond was moved up to the second spot in the lineup, while Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman returned to their normal spots, batting fourth and fifth respectively on Wednesday. 


Jayson Werth sits again for Nationals on Wednesday vs. Marlins
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:33 am ET) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was not in the starting lineup once again on Wednesday against the Marlins. Werth, who missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game, though no injury is being reported.

Michael Taylor drew the start in left field on Wednesday, batting eighth in the lineup for manager Matt Williams. 


 
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