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Padres' Jedd Gyorko may be close to breaking out of slump
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3:20 pm ET) Despite his struggles at the plate this season, which includes an 0 for 5 on Saturday, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko's may be close to finding his swing, according to UTSanDiego.com.

Two of Gyorko's five outs on Saturday were drives to the warning track in center field with the wind blowing in at Wrigley Field.

"Obviously, you want the hits to start falling, but we’re not out chasing a hit," Gyorko said. "It’s a process that we started, and I think it’s starting to come out a little bit."

Coming into Sunday, Gyorko's batting average is .121 -- the lowest among the team's regulars.

"Any other given day, Jedd probably has two or three home runs here," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He seems to be laying off a little bit of the ball down and away, laying off the high fastball. Didn’t result in any hits [Saturday], but the quality of the at-bats seem to be better."


Padres want Wil Myers to stay aggressive in leadoff spot
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) Padres center fielder Wil Myers has yet to take a walk and has seen the fifth fewest pitches per plate appearance among leadoff hitters in the National League, but the Padres like what he brings to the table batting leadoff and want him to stay aggressive, MLB.com reports.

"Everyone has their own style of how they play, and Wil, being the prototypical leadoff hitter isn't who he is," manager Bud Black said. "[We want him to] be aggressive and do what he does. Ultimately, down the road, we'll see where he sets up in the batting order. But for now, and with this group, it makes sense for him to lead off."

Hitting coach Mark Kotsay indicated the team doesn't want Myers to change his approach in his new role as a leadoff hitter.

"I think in terms of growth and development, we've seen him swing early, we've seen him take pitches. He's done a good job adjusting to the role," Kotsay said. " … But by no means do we expect him to be a prototypical leadoff hitter who is strictly an on-base guy. We don't have the expectation for him to see a lot of pitches. The competitiveness of the at-bat and quality of the plate appearance, at this point, he's done a good job of it."

Myers has hit .300/.314/.460 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 50 at-bats.


Astros' Josh Fields to pitch longer outing on injury rehab
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:13 pm ET) Astros pitcher Josh Fields has made four appearances for Triple-A Fresno as he works through a minor league injury rehab assignment. 

Fields is on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. 

The Astros are ready to stretch out Fields. He will make his first multi-inning appearance for Fresno on Monday, per the Houston Chronicle


Rockies P John Axford moved to restricted list, now day to day
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3:04 pm ET) With Rockies pitcher John Axford's family medical emergency leave expiring on Sunday, the team has moved him to the restricted list, reports the Denver Post.

The move allows the Rockies to bring Axford back any day.

Axford has pitched in one inning so far this season.


Slow start doesn't have Rangers' Adrian Beltre worried
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Adrian Beltre endured a recent 0-for-14 slump and is hitting .140 on the season for the Rangers. 

The 36-year-old doesn't seem concerned, however. "I’ve been through this several times," he said, per the Star Telegram. "I’m confident. I’m confident in what I can do. I feel good. I’m healthy. It’s a six-month season, not a two-week season."

"I could get four hits today and three hits tomorrow, and then where am I?" he added. "All the worrying is just a waste of time."


Danny Santana still Twins' leadoff man, despite day off on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:57 pm ET) Twins shortstop Danny Santana was out of the starting lineup on Sunday, but manager Paul Molitor gave him a vote of confidence. 

"I still like Danny at the top for the most part," Molitor said, per TwinCities.com. "I don't think I'm going to be changing that too much in the short term when he's playing. We're going to play that out for a while. I like him leading off."


Melky Cabrera not worried about White Sox's slow start at plate
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:53 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera isn't worried about the team's slow start at the plate. He's still impressed with the Chicago offense. 

"This is a very good one, one of the best," he said, per MLB.com. "You have speed and you have power. You have everything and that's good for us. It makes you feel good, comfortable, when you are playing in a lineup like this."

"Our best way to handle the expectation is to keep the focus simple," he added. "To try hard every day and just think of what we can do and not what else the other teams can do. Just think of us and be confident in our talent."


Rangers GM won't interfere with Russell Wilson's plans
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:46 pm ET) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that despite Russell Wilson having the drive to play professional baseball, he will not interfere with Wilson's current career as quarterback for the Seahawks, reports the Star-Telegram.com.. 

Wilson recently told HBO's "Real Sports" that he does have the ambition to one day play both sports and that the Rangers, who own his rights, would give him a shot is he wants.


Micah Johnson hasn't been on base enough to show White Sox his speed
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:45 pm ET) White Sox rookie second baseman Micah Johnson is off to a slow start, hitting .190 and looking shaky in the field.  

Manager Robin Ventura plans to leave him on the field, though. "All of it becomes an evaluation mode, especially when a guy, it’s his first time," Ventura said, per the Sun Times. "But you also have to give him a little leeway. It’s his first time going through it, and he has to be able to adjust, and there’s probably a slight over-effort part for him right now of trying to prove things instead of just playing the game. I think he’s better off when he’s just playing the game and he’s not sitting there thinking he has to prove himself."

Johnson also hasn't had the chance to show off his speed, one of the factors that earned him a spot in the lineup to start the season. He had 84 steals in the minor leagues two years ago.

"The opportunities need to be there," Ventura said. "Micah hasn’t really been on as much as you like. You can only do so much with that. You have to have the right opportunities to be able to do it. Do you expect more of those? I would, of them getting on base and being able to steal."


White Sox David Robertson helping Zach Putnam learn cutter
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:39 pm ET) White Sox closer David Robertson learned the cutter from one of baseball's best practitioners of the pitch--Mariano Rivera. 

Robertson is now passing on that knowledge to Chicago bullpen-mate Zach Putnam

"I'm trying to have him impart some of that knowledge on to me as I develop that pitch as a third pitch," Putnam said, per MLB.com. "It was almost surreal listening to him talk yesterday. He was like, 'Mo holds his like this and does this with it,' and I'm like, 'I wish I had a camera to record all this so I have it for future reference.' But I'm trying to learn from him whenever I can."


 
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