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Catcher Derek Norris slams homer in Padres' victory on Sunday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:09 pm ET) Catcher Derek Norris produced a two-run home run in the fourth inning Sunday in the Padres' victory over the Rockies.

Norris is hitting .375 (12 for 32) with eight RBI over his last nine games.

The homer was his second of the season.


Rockies' Charlie Blackmon hits two HRs Sunday, has three in two games
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:58 pm ET) Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon delivered two solo home runs on Sunday in a loss to the Padres.

The outfielder also homered on Saturday and now has five for the season.

His 3 for 5 day raised his average to .316.


Catcher Evan Gattis: Astros have 'something special'
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:54 pm ET) Evan Gattis early season struggles are suddenly in the rear view mirror and the Astros are rolling. After his two home runs helped seal Houston's 10th straight victory, the catcher said the team is coming together, per the Houston Chronicle

"I've never had this much fun on any team," Gattis said. "We have reason to be excited. I don't know what it is, if it's chemistry or what. Whatever it is, we have it."

Gattis has crushed four homers over the course of three straight days, a far cry from the start of the season, when he went 0 for his first 23 at-bats. 

"We're having fun," he said. "It's been also the most fun personally I've ever had on a team. I think we might have something special."


Mets pitcher Alex Torres works out of jam Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:50 pm ET) Mets relief pitcher Alex Torres worked a perfect two innings out of the bullpen in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Nationals.

Torres picked up three strikeouts in the sixth after Dillon Gee loaded the bases with no outs.

"I owe him way more than a steak dinner for that," said Gee to MLB.com. "I feel terrible that I left him in that spot. He was unbelievable. He came in and just dominated."

Torres has thrown 9 2/3 innings this season with a 2.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

"I'm just trying to get comfortable myself," Torres said. "Just try to make a pitch, hit a spot, throw the ball down and just make quality pitches."


Report: Dodgers set to DFA pitcher Scott Baker
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:36 pm ET) The Dodgers will reportedly designate pitcher Scott Baker for assignment, according to the Orange County Register.

Baker has an 0-1 record in two starts this season with a 5.73 ERA and eight strikeouts in 11 innings of work. The move is expected to push pitcher Carlos Frias back into the rotation.


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard finding success at the plate
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:32 pm ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 at the plate in Philadelphia's 6-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday. Howard cracked his first triple of the season in the sixth inning when he took a Jarred Cosart pitch to deep center field, driving in Darin Ruf.

Howard credits his recent success at the plate to hitting coach Steve Harrison, according to Philly.com.

"It was a tough series. I had problems kind of getting my rhythm, getting comfortable in the box. It's a strange game, man. It's like one minute it's there, one minute it's not. But that third [at-bat], I found something."

Howard had three triples in the last two years coming into the contest and boosted his average to .193 on 83 at-bats.

"Those were good swings, real good swings," Sandberg said. "He took his aggression out on the baseball."


Dodgers' Kenley Jansen throws one inning on rehab assignment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:24 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen was able to throw one scoreless inning Sunday as a part of his rehab assignment. Jansen threw 16 pitches with a strikeout and two hits allowed in the inning of work.

"Feels great," Jansen said to TrueBlueLA.com. "My fastball is in the zone, I am happy with my slider. I treat this game just like a major league game, trying to get ready for the ninth [inning].

"I probably got four more outings out here. The next step is back to back [games], then an inning and a third, then another inning."

Jansen is currently on the 15-day DL with a foot injury.


D-Backs to use struggling reliever Evan Marshall in less crucial roles
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:10 pm ET) Although the Diamondbacks have not lost faith in reliever Evan Marshall, they will be using him in less crucial situations while he works on his pitching issues, reports MLB.com.

Marshall gave up a walk-off home run to Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal on Sunday and allowed two earned runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning Saturday.

"It's a guy that we need to get right," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "It's important to our bullpen. We're going to probably bring him back, pitch him a little earlier in the game and try to make sure that he can be consistent."

Marshall had a strong rookie campaign in 2014 but is currently carrying a 7.59 ERA.

Athletics OF Josh Reddick remains red hot
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:03 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick extended his hitting streak to 11 games Sunday, once again delivering a hit late in the game to keep it alive. 

Reddick's seventh-inning single keeps alive his hot hitting in late-game situations. According to the Contra Costa Times, Reddick is hitting 15-for-22 from the sixth inning on during the 11-game run. During the streak, he has raised his overall average from .258 to .391. 

"...If you look at what I've been doing, if I'm 0-for-2 or 0-for-3, I'm not going up there with any lack of confidence," Reddick said. 


Jedd Gyorko crushes pinch-hit homer in Padres' victory
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(8:57 pm ET) Jedd Gyorko crushed a pinch-hit home run Sunday in the Padres' victory over the Rockies.

The homer traveled an estimated 438 feet to straightaway center field.

"I don't know if I've ever hit one that far," Gyorko said. "It felt good to put a good swing on it. I feel like my swing has been where it's needed to be in the last week or so. It's always good to get results."


 
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