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Red Sox's Farrell tells Buchholz he needs to do a better job mixing pitches
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell had a chat Saturday with struggling starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who heads into his start Monday against the Rays with a 0-3 record and 8.00 ERA in his last four starts.

“He called me in there (Saturday) just to talk about where I’m at,” Buchholz said Sunday, per The Boston Herald. “We’ve had more conversations over the last two years than I did in 2013 because everything was going good for me, so there wasn’t a whole lot of guidance I needed.

“Obviously, he’s a good pitching guy, he knows a lot about pitching, but as a manager you can’t have your hand on just one part of the game. Still, whenever I need to talk to him or he needs to talk to me, he’s easy to talk to.”

Farrell told Buchholz to do a better job of mixing his pitches. 

"'If you’re going to do bad, go out there and minimize the damage as well as you can,'" Buchholz said Farrell told him. "'You’re going to have your bad starts, but hopefully the good ones outweigh the bad ones by a big margin.'"

A matchup with Rays could be what Buchholz's needs to get back on track. He is 8-6 with a 2.40 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 19 career starts against the AL East foe. The Rays are batting just .222 with a .341 slugging percentage against right-handers in 2015.


Nationals 1B Zimmerman extends hit streak to seven on Sunday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:06 pm ET) Ryan Zimmerman's hit streak now sits at seven games, after he went 1 for 4 in the Nationals' 1-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday. He also hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, with seven RBI over that stretch.

Overall on the season, however, Zimmerman has had some struggles at the plate. He's batting just .222 with two home runs and a 19:6 K:BB ratio. He has adjusted nicely to first base, commiting just one error in 231 chances. 

There were some concerns over Zimmerman's health, as he has been dealing with a bout of plantar fascia in his foot that has been causing some significant pain. But the 30-year-old has been playing through it, as he has played in every inning of every game for the Nationals in 2015. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda in 2-for-12 slump
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:05 pm ET) The month of May has not been kind to Mets first baseman Lucas Duda so far. Duda is 2 for 12 in three May games.

After raising his average to .351 on April 16, Duda has seen his batting average drop to .304. During the last 11 games, Duda is hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI. He has struck out nine times over his last 36 at-bats.


Athletics' Sam Fuld blames 'little angels' for errors
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:02 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld made his second error of the season over the weekend. It was the ninth miscue by an A's outfielder.

Fuld had an explanation for the team's defensive struggles.

"Sometimes I think there are like little angels out there, but they’re not helping us," he said, per the Inside the A's blog.

Fuld said he was confident that the A's had a good defensive outfield. "I have no explanation for it other than to say 'it’s baseball.' We’re better than we’ve been playing, that’s for sure," he said. 


Rockies' Corey Dickerson in power slump
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:59 am ET) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson had five home runs with a week to go in April, but since then, his power seems to have temporarily left him. 

In the eight games since his last homer, Dickerson has one extra-base hit--a double. He hasn't had an RBI in his last five. 

After 12 strikeouts in his first 18 games of the season, Dickerson had fanned nine times in the last six. Since his last home run, Dickerson has lost 29 points on his average, 30 on his on-base percentage and 151 on his slugging percentage. 


Red Sox 2B extends hitting streak to seven games in loss Sunday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:54 am ET) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia extend his current hitting streak to seven games with a 1 for 5 effort in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. Pedroia is batting .407 with a double, a home run and two RBI during the streak.

Overall on the season, Pedroia has five home runs and a slash line of .286/.366/.480 in 98 at-bats. He'll look to continue the hit streak when the Red Sox host the Rays for a three-game set starting on Monday.


Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hits safely in 10 of last 12 games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre appears to be putting a slow start to the season behind him. After batting .140 through his first 12 games, he is batting .298 with a .365 on-base percentage in his last 12 games.

While Beltre has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, he is still not hitting for power. He has just one double, one home run and a .383 slugging percentage in that span. Beltre also has three RBI, five walks, six runs and one stolen base in his last 12 games.


Mariners' Robinson Cano heating up after snapping 0-for-18 slump
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is beginning to emerge from his early season slump. 

Cano snapped an 0-for-18 slump on Thursday and has hit in three of his four games since. 

Cano is hitting 5 for 16 (.313) over that span, lifting his season average 11 points, to .255. 


Nationals SS Ian Desmond has four hits in last two games
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has collected two hits in each of his last two games. Desmond is 4 for 7 during that time.

Before collecting multiple hits during Saturday and Sunday's games, Desmond had gone hitless in the previous seven games. He is now hitting .235 with five RBI and one home run in 102 at-bats this season.


Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen still trying to find his groove in 2015
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:48 am ET) Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen continued to struggle in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Cardinals. The former MVP went 1 for 7 on the afternoon, dropping his season batting average to a paltry .193. He has just seven hits over his last 38 at-bats.

The slow start through the first month of the season is rather uncharacteristic for McCutchen, who owns a lifetime .260 batting average in March/April. He has been bothered by a knee injury since spring training, though he has started all but two games for the Pirates this season.


 
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