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Start & Sit Hitters
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Have your hitters been letting you down? Scott White breaks down five of the best borderline starts (i.e. Josh Harrison, Denard Span) and sits for Week 8. Full Story
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Orioles 1B Chris Davis remains in funk
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:33 am ET) Orioles slugger Chris Davis has not been able to find the swing that made him of the AL's top power hitters, as he remains mired in a slump that has seen him go 4-for-39 over his last 11 games. 

Davis is hitting just .160 in May and he continues to rack up strikeouts, as he is tied for second in the league with 62 whiffs in 146 at-bats. Davis has eight homers and 22 RBIs on the season. 


Braves' Chris Johnson ready for Triple-A rehab assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:25 am ET) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday after experiencing no lingering pain in his injured hand following Sunday's batting practice session, MLB.com reports.

"It felt awesome," Johnson said Sunday. "It's fun to be back with the team, back on the big-league field taking BP."

Johnson fractured his hand on a headfirst slide into second base on April 30. He'll play three games with Gwinett before joining the Braves for a series in San Francisco on Thursday.

"I'm going to play [Monday] in Gwinnett and we'll go from there," Johnson said. "I've been missing the guys, missing the games. Staying in the hotel down in Orlando, it's hard because I only get the games on TV. ... It's going to be a lot of fun today to hang out and watch the game, and just be a part of the team."

Johnson has hit .279/.347/.372 with five RBI in 43 at-bats.


Astros RP Josh Fields returns to action
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:21 am ET) Reliever Josh Fields, who suffered a bruised right leg last week when he was struck by a line drive, returned to the Astros pen Sunday and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. 

Fields, who missed Friday's and Saturday's games, struck out two batters and allowed a hit to pick up his second hold of the season. 


Twins' Oswaldo Arcia to play four rehab games this week
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:03 am ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia has joined Triple-A Rochester and is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Arcia ha been sidelined since May 4 due to a right hip flexor strain. He's expected to play Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday before the team makes a decision on his return. Arcia has hit .276/.338/.379 with two home runs and eight RBI in 58 at-bats.


Rays pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser tosses one inning in Class A rehab
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:41 am ET) Rays pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser tossed one scoreless inning of action on Sunday for Class A Charlotte, his first appearance as a part of his rehab assignment.

Riefenhauser, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, walked two batters and struck out one, but did not allow a hit. Riefenhauser has made two appearances this season, allowing three runs in 1 1/3 innings of work, but has not pitched since April 23 when the injury occurred.


Rays infielder Ryan Brett begins Class A rehab assignment Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:37 am ET) Rays infielder Ryan Brett went 2 for 3 in his first Class A rehab game for Charlotte on Sunday. Brett had a double and two runs scored before getting taken out of the game.

Brett, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, has played in just three games for Tampa Bay this season and has been out of action since April 22.


Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday collects three RBI on Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:24 am ET) Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday went 1 for 3 at the plate in Detroit's 10-8 loss to the Astros on Sunday.

Holaday did his damage in the first inning when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Holaday ripped a doubled to left field off of Roberto Hernandez, scoring all three runs and doubling his RBI total for the season.

Holaday is now hitting .308 in 13 at-bats this season.


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera blasts 11th home run of the season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:22 am ET) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 5 at the plate in Detroit's 10-8 loss to the Astros on Sunday.

Cabrera did his damage in the ninth inning when he crushed the first pitch he saw from Luke Gregerson over the left center field wall for a solo home run, his 11th of the season.

Cabrera is now hitting .344 with 32 RBI in 163 at-bats this season.


Astros DH Evan Gattis blasts ninth home run of the season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:18 am ET) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis went 3 for 4 at the plate in Houston's 10-8 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Gattis got things going in the first inning when he ripped a triple to right field, scoring two runs, his second of the season. Then in the sixth, Gattis blasted a solo shot off of Anibal Sanchez to left center field, his ninth of the season. 

Gattis, who also drew one walk, is now hitting .201 with 28 RBI in 154 at-bats this season.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison on a tear at the plate of late
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison has turned things around at the plate. On May 10, general manager Neal Huntington suggested Harrison was pressing too much to prove his worth. Harrison is hitting .468 (22 for 47) in 11 games since those remarks and Huntington is estatic for him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It looks like a guy that's having fun playing the game again," Huntington said Sunday. "Just showing up with energy every day and trying to do everything in his power to help a club win versus trying to justify. It’s fun to watch him get back out there and be the guy he is."

Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 on Sunday and noted his contract may have factored into his early struggles.

"The contract could have played a little into it," he said. "It's no secret I knew I was a contract guy. But that doesn't make me approach the game any different. It's just a matter of, you know, I got off to a rough start."

Harrison is now hitting .261 with 14 RBI in 157 at-bats this season.


 
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