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P Tyler Lyons looking to keep Cardinals' win streak alive Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:13 am ET) Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons has been tabbed to make the start Tuesday agains the Cubs. Lyons is taking the place of one Adam Wainwright, who is likely out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles. 

Lyons, 27, will be making his first appearance of 2015. He has spent beginning of the season pitching in Triple-A, where has a 2.91 ERA over four starts for the Memphis Redbirds. The left-hander does have big-league action under his belt, however. He has appeared in 23 Major League games between 2013-2014, including a dozen starts. 

But, he's never pitched more than six innings in any start with the Cardinals, and has not earned a victory since 2013, going 0-4 last year. But Lyons is confident that he is ready to be a key contributor for the Cardinals this season.

"Being my third season up here, hopefully I've picked up enough along the way and kind of know what to expect", per FoxSports.com.

Lyons owns a lofty 7.84 lifetime ERA in four appearances against the Cubs. 


Report: Padres purchase rights to C Yenier Bello
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) The Padres have purchased the rights to 30-year-old catcher Yenier Bello, per the Joplin Globe. Bello has been playing for the independent Joplin Blasters.

Bello has been impressive in short stints in rookie and Class-A Advanced ball with a .308 average and two home runs in 52 at-bats.


Indians OF Jerry Sands accepts Triple-A assignment
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) The Indians have reported that outfielder Jerry Sands has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Columbus. He is set to join that team Tuesday.

Sands briefly played hero for the Indians with a four-RBI performance against Detroit during the team's first home series. But he received little playing time thereafter and was demoted Sunday.


Seizing the opportunity, Mets P Jeurys Familia is thriving as closer
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:51 am ET) Among all of the early surprises in baseball this season, Jeurys Familia is certainly near the top of the list. Familia has become the closer for the Mets, due in-large to a bulk of injuries, and a suspension to Jenrry Mejia. But these circumstances have allowed Familia to shine, and shine he has.

“Every bullpen pitcher has that kind of moment where you have step up and learn from the bad moments you had, the bad games you had,” said Familia, per the Wall Street Journal. “That’s what I did.”

Through his first 13 appearances in 2015, the 25-year-old right-hander has a 1.35 ERA and has recorded 10 saves, which is currently the most in the National League. He has also struck out an impressive 10.8 batters per nine innings. So, what's the secret behind this new-found success? That would be his improved slider, according to Mets backup catcher Anthony Recker.

“When we tried to use it as a strike [last season], it was hit or miss,” Recker said, whereas this season, “It’s been devastating.”


Report: Brewers are not willing to trade catcher Jonathan Lucroy
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:38 am ET) The Brewers have gotten off to a dreadful 8-18 start this season, which has already spurred a change in manager. Now, talks have started to swirl regarding when the team will start trading away some of its key players, and who those players are expected to be.

It seems as if All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will not be among the players dealt away this summer, as an executive told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman last week that Lucroy is likely "untouchable".

This was reportedly confirmed on Tuesday, with the Brewers telling other teams looking for a deal that they will not be trading their starting catcher, according to ESPN.com. 

Lucroy had gotten off to a slow start this season with just six hits in his first 45 at-bats, though he did finish fourth in the NL MVP voting last year. He has been on the disabled list since April 21 due to a toe injury. 


Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez on Monday's start: 'I was anxious'
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:18 am ET) Monday's game against the Cubs was no certainly picnic for Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. The young right-hander, making his fifth start of the season, surrendered seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. After the game, Martinez admitted to not being at his best from the start of the evening.

"In the beginning, I was anxious," Martinez said, speaking through a translator, per MLB.com. "Then the second, third inning, I tried to slow down a little bit and felt better. I need to be better the next time I pitch."

As it would turn out, Martinez gave up five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked to be comfortable on the mound.

"He was a little too amped up for the game," catcher Tony Cruz said. "He didn't get a couple calls [from home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck] that he thought [he should have]. But it happens. He's a young guy. He really wanted to go out there and show what he has."

Martinez will look to rebound in his next scheduled start, Saturday against the Pirates. 


Triple-A coach: Jesus Montero has 'new lease on life in baseball'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:07 am ET) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero is off to a pretty decent start this season for Triple-A Tacoma. The former top-10 prospect is batting .309 with three home runs, five doubles and 16 RBI through 23 games.

It's not only his offense that is impressing. The former catcher has also made great strides learning how to play first base.

“I mean, he’s a good first baseman now,’’ Tacoma hitting coach Cory Snyder said, per The Seattle Times. “He could play first base in the big leagues right now. It wouldn’t even bother me.”

Montero's success on the field is supported by a turnaround with his attitude. He showed up to camp this year down from 275 pounds to 230 pounds. He has also put behind him a 2013 suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and an incident last year when he threw ice cream at a scout.

“It’s kind of a new lease on life in baseball,’’ Snyder said. “He got everything in order he needed to off the field. With his life, with his family, with kind of everything."


Mariners' Morrison goes on hot streak using one of Nelson Cruz's bats
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:58 am ET) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison extended his hit streak to six games Monday against the Angels with his third home run in four games.

Morrison credits his latest surge to using one of teammate Nelson Cruz's bats. Cruz leads the majors with 14 home runs.

"I've got a boomstick," Morrison said, per MLB.com. "I started using that when I had a four-hit game in Texas [last week]. So I thought, well, I guess I'm going to be using this bat for the rest of the year."


Report: Nats to promote pitching prospect Lopez to Class A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:54 am ET) Nationals pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez is expected to join Class A Potomac this week, a highly-ranking club official told MASNSports.com. Lopez is currently ranked the No. 49 prosepct in baseball, according to Baseball America

In 2014, Lopez tossed 83 1/3 innings between short-season Class A Auburn and low Class A Hagerstown. He went a combined 7-3 with a 1.08 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 16 starts. He is likely to make a start for Potamac sometime this week.


Report: Indians veterans Bruce Chen, Shaun Marcum up for Saturday start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:49 am ET) Lefty Bruce Chen and righty Shaun Marcum are the two primary candidates to be promoted by the Indians from Triple-A Columbus to replace shelved T.J. House in the rotation, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The veteran that is chosen would start Saturday against the visiting Twins. Both have an ERA of 2.00 or under at their current levels.

Chen and Marcum performed well in spring training before their placement in the minors. Marcum was brought up briefly and yielded one run in five innings to Detroit in relief on April 12.

The fifth spot is wide open. House performed terribly in that role before going down. If Chen or Marcum pitch well, the spot could be nailed down long-term.


 
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