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Royals 3B Mike Moustakas struggles in series against Tigers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:59 am ET) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has had a terrific start to the 2015 season. But, he did struggle in the recent three-game series against the Tigers. 

"Moose" had just one hit in 12 at-bats, none for extra bases. He neither scored nor drove in a run for the Royals, as they lost two of the three games against their division rivals. On a positive note, Moustakas struck out only once in the series.

Despite the rough three games, Moustakas is still sporting a nifty .349/.378/.419 slash line over his last 10 games as he continues to rebound from a disappointing 2014 campaign.


Report: Nationals LF Reed Johnson underwent foot surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:49 am ET) Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson underwent minor surgery over the weekend to correct a damaged tendon in his left foot, a source told The Washington Post.

Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing pain in his foot during Tuesday's game. It is not known how long the injury will keep him sidelined.

Johnson is batting .222 in 18 at-bats this season.


Red Sox pitcher Hinojosa makes MLB debut Sunday vs. Yankees
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:45 am ET) Red Sox pitcher Dalier Hinojosa made his Major League debut in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. The Cuban right-hander came out of the bullpen and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and didn't allow a hit. He walked three and struck out two.

Hinojosa came into an eighth-inning jam, with two runners on and Alex Rodriguez at the plate and only one out. He managed to get A-Rod to chase a 1-2 pitch to record his first big-league strikeout. After a walk, he got Brian McCann to fly out with the bases loaded to end the threat.

"Definitely a unique sensation, especially my big league debut being in that situation, especially if it's Alex Rodriguez," Hinojosa said through an interpreter, per MLB.com.  

Hinojosa, who was signed out of Cuba in 2014, was called up from Triple A on Wednesday. 


Report: Signs point to Mariners promoting Taylor, Beimel
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:44 am ET) Signs are pointing to the Mariners promoting shortstop Chris Taylor and reliever Joe Beimel from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, according to The News Tribune. The Mariners have two open roster spots after demoting relievers Yoervis Medina and Tyler Olson to the minors on Sunday.

Taylor was competing for the starting shortstop job this spring before suffering a broken wrist March 13. He is batting .313 with one triple, two home runs, five doubles and six RBI in 21 games.

Beimel signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners in early April. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three outings. He has five strikeouts and no walks in 3 2/3 innings.


Rays' Alex Cobb to work on offspeed pitches in next throwing session
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:36 am ET) Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (forearm) will throw offspeed pitches during his next throwing session, which will be off flat ground, manager Kevin Cash said Sunday, per The Tampa Tribune.

Cobb has been on the disabled list all season. He continues to rehab without a timetable for his return.


Orioles DH Jimmy Paredes hits game-tying double in win Sunday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:31 am ET) Jimmy Paredes just keeps on clicking for the Orioles. Making his 10th consecutive start for manager Buck Showalter, Paredes went 1 for 4 with a key RBI double in Sunday's win over the Rays. The seventh-inning double, which tied the game at two runs apiece, gives Paredes a three-game hit streak, and hits in six of his last seven games.

"He doesn't waste one at-bat, one opportunity, one infield session, one BP time. He's not going to waste anything," Showalter said, per MASNSports.com. "I think once you've kind of been through the yo-yoing around to different organizations. ... And I'd like to think he likes it here. There's nothing that produces confidence in players more than knowing somebody has confidence in them and likes them. He knows we like what he brings and he works very hard on any weaknesses that he might have.

Paredes is hitting .286 with two doubles and a triple over his last five games.


Nationals' Rendon iffy to return this week after latest setback
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:26 am ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams was hoping infielder Anthony Rendon could return to the lineup by the end of the week, but those plans appear to be on hold after he was scratched again from the Double-A Harrisburg lineup on Saturday, per MLB.com.

Rendon, who returned to the lineup Friday after missing a few games due to tightness in his side, was unable to get loose Saturday, according to a team spokesman.

“Anthony is day to day,” Williams said after Saturday’s game, per The Washington Post. “It’s going to be that way as he goes. [Saturday], he couldn’t get [his side] as loose as he wanted to.”

Rendon originally went on the disabled list to begin the season because of a sprained left MCL. However, in a bit of good news, Williams said Rendon's knee is OK.


Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury posts perfect day at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:39 am ET) Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate in New York's 8-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday. 

Ellsbury was able to reach base safely on each of his plate appearances, four singles and a walk, and scored two runs in the game. Ellsbury now has a .351/.432/.402 slash line in 97 at-bats this season.


Yankees pitcher Adam Warren picks up win Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Yankees pitcher Adam Warren allowed four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in New York's 8-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Warren did not find any issues until the sixth inning when he allowed four straight hitters to reach base safely after getting two outs. Warren allowed an RBI double to David Ortiz and then an RBI single to Pablo Sandoval before getting the hook.

Warren, now 2-1, moved his ERA to 4.78 with 14 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Orioles.


Mike Napoli goes yard for Red Sox in loss
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:03 am ET) First baseman Mike Napoli has been in a terrible funk for the first month of the season, but finally put a good swing on the ball in Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the Yankees, blasting a three-run homer.

Napoli entered Saturday stuck in a 6-for-33 rut, but in the sixth inning, with Boston deep in an 8-2 hole, he connected for a three-run home run, just his second of the season, off Adam Warren to help the Red Sox close the gap. 

Even with the homer and a walk, Napoli is hitting just .167 on the season. 


 
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