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Tigers' Joba Chamberlain gets out of jam in win Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:52 am ET) Tigers pitcher Joba Chamberlain was called upon in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Yankees with one out and runners on the corners, and he induced a Jacoby Ellsbury groundball that turned into a double play to get his team out of the inning in the eventual 2-1 win.

"I live for this stuff and these situations," Chamberlain said about the eighth-inning role, per MLive.com. "You get to face one of the best players in the league and get a chance to go do your thing."

Chamberlain threw just two pitches to rack up his two big outs Monday.

"He's had experience pitching in the eighth inning for us last year," manager Brad Ausmus said Monday. "And for the vast majority of the year he did it very well. I knew he could handle the pressure."

Chamberlain endured a rough spring but has posted 2 1/3 scoreless innings in his three appearances this season.


Mets' Alderson: David Wright is 'on schedule' in return from injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:52 am ET) Mets starting third baseman David Wright, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a hamstring strain, could be ready to return when eligible April 30 against the Nationals, general manager Sandy Alderson said.

“He’s on schedule,” Alderson said Monday during a signing of his biography, “Baseball Maverick,” per the New York Post. “I wouldn’t say he’s ahead of schedule, but he’s not behind schedule.”


Yankees rob Tigers' Victor Martinez of two hits Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:45 am ET) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in Monday's 2-1 win over the Yankees, but both outs he made were due to excellent defensive plays by Yankees outfielders, MLB.com reports.

"What can you do? You do what you can control, which is putting a good swing on the ball," Martinez said. "They had pretty good defense in the outfield, might be one of the best in the game, especially with (Brett) Gardner and (Jacoby) Ellsbury. Nothing surprises me about that."

Martinez, who underwent an MRI on his knee last week, said he came out of Monday's game fine and that he wants to play again Tuesday.


Cubs' Castro says he's out to prove he is 'no joke' defensively
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:37 am ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has faced his fair share of criticism through the years for his defense. Well, the three-time All-Star is looking to put an end to that this season.

"I have good talent to be a good shortstop," Castro said, per MLB.com. "I don't want to be no joke anymore. I'm going to try to make every play aggressive. If it happens, it happens.

"[Manager Joe Maddon] says the most impressive thing for him is, 'Next year in front of home plate, they give you a Gold Glove [Award]. It's really important to me, too."

Thus far, the results have been positive for Castro. He has committed just one error in 12 games, resulting in a .983 fielding percentage. He has 21 putouts, 36 assists and has turned three double plays.

Castro's teammates and coaches are taking notice.

"I saw something out of him [Monday] that I hadn't seen in a while," starting pitcher Jake Arrieta said. "He seemed to have more of an aggressive nature about him. He was fluid. He was just tremendous at short. He stood out to me on the defensive side."

"I don't know if you've seen him play better shortstop," Maddon said.


Plawecki promoted, d'Arnaud to DL among Mets moves Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:30 am ET) As expected, the Mets promoted catcher prospect Kevin Plawecki and reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. 

The Mets also added catcher Travis d'Arnaud (finger) and reliever Jerry Blevins (arm) to the 15-day disabled list, while moving Zack Wheeler (elbow) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.


Indians' Brett Hayes slugs first home run Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:29 am ET) Indians catcher Brett Hayes made his first start of the season Monday, going 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3 loss to the White Sox.

"We had that group of catchers in [spring training] and I thought he kind of separated himself from the group where if we needed a catcher, we all thought it would be him," manager Terry Francona said after the game, per MLB.com. "He actually swung the bat pretty good. That's not the end-all be-all -- if a guy hits a couple of home runs in the spring, I'm not sure that's why you would call a guy up to be the backup catcher. But when he caught, we liked the way he ran the game."

Hayes, who struck out in his only at-bat in his season debut Sunday after coming in as a defensive replacement, also struck out twice Monday.


Orioles' Kevin Gausman working more from stretch
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:18 am ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman has pitched out of the stretch upon entering his last two appearances despite not having runners on base, and it's a change he made after talking with bullpen coach Dom Chiti, masnsports.com reports.

"I've just been doing it because I talked to Dom about whatever you warm up doing, that's what you continue to do," Gausman said. "I've been coming in with guys on base, so I've been going out of the stretch. Throwing from the windup, my only time doing it before in the game was my warmups, so that's why I did it. Probably my last outing was the first time I did it. It's pretty comfortable, but I definitely need to keep doing it out of the windup just to be ready if I do start one day or if they need a spot starter. Just one of those things you can't just stop doing."

Gausman went two scoreless innings in his most recent appearance without giving up a run, making it his first scoreless appearance of the season.

"It was good," he said. "Obviously, I've given up some home runs in some bad situations, but other than that I feel like I've been pitching well, so to finally have the results to go with it was definitely nice."

Gausman indicated he's stretched out enough to transition to starter when needed.

"I think I still probably could," he said. "I would probably need one or two bullpens, and then maybe one extended start. But physically it's really not that big of a difference just because I started the whole spring and I've done it most of my career."

Gausman has posted a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in eight innings out of the bullpen.


Rockies' David Hale tosses 2 1/3 innings in rehab debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:12 am ET) Rockies pitcher David Hale gave up two unearned runs on two hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings while striking out three in his rehab debut with high Class A Modesto Monday.

Hale opened this season on the disabled list due to an oblique injury. He was slated to pitch three innings or throw 45 pitches Monday. Hale was in the mix for a rotation spot before being shut down this spring and could become a starting candidate when healthy.


Astros RP Luke Gregerson earns save Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:53 am ET) Astros pitcher Luke Gregerson picked up his third save of the season during Monday's 7-5 win over the Mariners.

Gregerson entered in the ninth inning with a two-run lead and only allowed one base runner before recording the save. In addition to walking one batter, Gregerson also struck out a batter.

Gregerson has yet to surrender a run in seven innings of work this season and is a perfect 3 for 3 in save opportunities.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits two home runs Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:48 am ET) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena connected on two home runs to help lead the Astros to a 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.

Valbuena hit his fourth home run of the season when he connected on a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma during the first inning. During the eighth inning, Valbuena hit another solo shot off Danny Farquhar for his fifth homer of the season. He is now batting .244 on the season.


 
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