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Giants OF Hunter Pence (arm) takes on-field batting practice Sunday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4:56 pm ET) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence took his first pregame on-field batting practice since breaking his left arm in spring training on Sunday and smacked three home runs, reports MLB.com. 

Pence spent Saturday shagging flies and performing other outfield drills. 

"I'm working every day to get better," Pence said. 

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Pence will take batting practice and other baseball activities this week. 

"The progress he's made the last few days, he's pretty much gotten over the hump, turned the corner," Bochy said. "He's letting it go now." 

Pence is targeted to return to the Giants in late May.


Tigers' Anibal Sanchez allows three runs in win vs. Royals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:56 pm ET) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez picked up a win Sunday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 victory over the Royals.

Sanchez (2-3) was perfect through five innings and held the Royals scoreless through six but was unable to deliver a strong finish, giving up a pair of runs in the seventh inning and being charged with one of the Royals' two runs in the eighth.

Sanchez owns a 5.11 ERA and 35:9 K:BB ratio in 37 innings. He'll square off with the Royals again Saturday, this time at home.


Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison looking to fix mechanics to find slider
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:56 pm ET) Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison has struggled this season, and the problem seems to be that his slider has abandoned him. 

"When you look at the shape of the slider right now, there have been a couple of games where he has a little more of the vertical drop and the downward action," pitching coach Pete Walker said, per MLB.com. "For him, it is about staying on top of the baseball and it's about keeping that good depth on his slider … We definitely have to get back to that feel. He definitely had it at the end of last year and we're trying to get back to that right now." 

Walker thinks a tweak to Hutchison's mechanics should help him regain his slider. "His release point right now, we're trying to stay consistent with this slot and get it back to where it was last year," Walker said. "I think there have been times where he's been a little lower. His front hip opens up a little too soon at times and he tends to get around the baseball."


Brewers SS Jean Segura leaves game Sunday after getting HBP in head
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4:49 pm ET) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was hit in the head with a pitch during Sunday's game in Chicago against the Cubs and has left the game, the team has announced.

Segura initially took his base at first but then called timeout and exited.

Hector Gomez replaced him as a pinch runner.

Segura was 0 for 3 with a strikeout before leaving.

Oswaldo Arcia leaves Twins' game with hip problem
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arcia left Sunday's game with right hip irritation, per Fox Sports North

Arcia left for a pinch runner after singling in the fourth inning. 


Athletics' Eric O'Flaherty to get MRI on shoulder
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) Athletics LHP Eric O'Flaherty will get an MRI on his shoulder on Sunday, per the Bay Area News Group. The team placed O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness the day before. 

Results of the MRI should be available on Monday. 


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter exits game with 'light headness'
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4:43 pm ET) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter left Sunday's game against the Pirates with light headness, the team has announced.

Carpenter was 1 for 3 with a home run before exiting.

Kolten Wong subsequently entered the game at second base and Peter Kozma, who started at second, moved over to third.

Indians' Corey Kluber, Roberto Perez still learning to work together
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:38 pm ET) Indians starter Corey Kluber hasn't looked like the pitcher that won last season's Cy Young Award. Part of the reason may be the other half of the battery.

Catcher Yan Gomes has been on the disabled list with a knee injury, and Kluber is still adjusting to work with Roberto Perez

"There's obviously a difference," Kluber said, per MLB.com. "Whether it be myself with Yan, or somebody that gets traded, for example, there's always a period where you've got to work to know what each other wants to do. I think that's normal for any player to go through. It's not just Roberto and myself."

"There's no secret how comfortable Klubes and Gomer were," manager Terry Francona said. "That was a pretty special relationship that you want. ... When a guy like Gomes goes down, you don't have a Gomes sitting on the bench. I think we're pretty fortunate where we are, but they're not going to have that same sync. It's impossible." 


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen posts quality start vs. Rays
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:35 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 4-2 win over the Rays.

Chen has delivered quality starts in two straight outings and three of his last four starts, but he's still looking for his first win of the season. He surrendered a solo home run in the second inning, and the Rays were able to plate one more on a fifth-inning single.

Chen owns a 2.83 ERA and 20:11 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. His next chance to earn his first win comes Saturday against the Yankees in New York.


Rays' Nathan Karns tosses five scoreless innings vs. Orioles
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:34 pm ET) Rays pitcher Nathan Karns allowed just two hits and one walk in five scoreless innings while striking out four but was pulled after just 66 pitches in his team's 4-2 loss to the Orioles Sunday.

Karns, who didn't factor into the decision Sunday, appeared to have no issues in the team's final away game at home, but he threw fewer than 85 pitches for the first time this season before giving way to the bullpen for the sixth inning. It's also the first time this season Karns has not issued multiple walks in a start.

Karns owns a 4.05 ERA and 29:17 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rangers at home Saturday.


 
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