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Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hoping to break out of slump
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:15 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is in the midst of a 0-15 slump in the past five games he's played in. McCutchen's batting average is down to .175 while striking out five times in this span. 

"That's baseball … it's a game of adjustments," McCutchen said, via MLB.com. "I'll get there, it's a matter of time," McCutchen said. "I'm not focused on the outcome, just on the feeling. And I'm feeling good, so the outcome will be there. Long as I feel good, I'll get good results."

McCutchen and the Pirates take on the Diamondbacks Sunday at 4:10 p.m.


Athletics call up Ryan Cook, send down Kendall Graveman
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:08 pm ET) The Athletics made two roster moves on Sunday.

The A's recalled RHP Ryan Cook from Triple-A Nashville. Cook was 2-0 with a save in five scoreless appearances in Nashville.

Cook replaces Kendall Graveman, who was optioned to Nashville. Graveman was 1-2 with an 8.27 ERA in four starts for the A's. 


Brewers' Scooter Gennett (hand) taking swings Sunday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:08 pm ET) Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett will take some swings with a bat on Sunday, according to FOX Sports Wisconsin. 

Gennett suffered a left hand laceration in an accident while showering. The injury required stitches. He's expected to have his stitches removed this week. On the 15-day disabled list, Gennett is expected to return to the team the moment he's eligible to. 


Yankees send Jose Pirela to Class A for injury rehab
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela will begin a minor league injury rehab at Class A Tampa on Sunday. 

Pirela was in the Tampa lineup on Sunday, at designated hitter. 

Pirela is on the disabled list with a concussion. 


White Sox call up Scott Carroll, Daniel Webb, DFA Eric Surkamp
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) With a suspended game, followed by a regularly-scheduled game on Sunday, the White Sox made several roster moves. 

Reliever Scott Carroll was called up from Triple-A Charlotte. He'll take the place of Matt Albers, who was placed on the disabled list. 

To make room for Carroll on the 40-man roster, the Sox designated LHP Eric Surkamp for assignment. 

In addition, since the White Sox will be playing two games on Sunday, the team took advantage of the 26th man rule to call up pitcher Daniel Webb for the second game. 


Royals call up Aaron Brooks for game two on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:30 pm ET) The Royals will call up LHP Aaron Brooks after the completion of the suspended game on Sunday, and prior to the start of the regularly scheduled second game. The Royals will take advantage of the rule allowing an extra man for double headers. 

Brooks was 0-2, 4.70 at Triple-A Omaha this season. 


Cubs announce rotation plans for series vs. Pirates
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel will remain the scheduled starter for Monday's series-opening game agains the Pirates, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Inclement weather caused Saturday's scheduled game to be postponed, with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta being pushed to Sunday. Travis Wood, who was initially scheduled to start Sunday, will now make his start Tuesday against the Pirates, with Kyle Hendricks following him for the series finale Wednesday.


Red Sox call up Heath Hembree, send down Matt Barnes
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:17 pm ET) The Red Sox called up RHP Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. 

Hembree had not allowed a run in six appearances for Pawtucket, earning two saves and fanning 10 in eight innings. 

He takes the place of Matt Barnes, who was sent down. Barnes appeared in one game, allowing two hits in two innings, while striking out one. 


Pirates' Tony Watson earns win Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Pirates pitcher Tony Watson was able to pitch out of a jam Saturday to deliver a scoreless eighth inning and eventually earn the win in his team's 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Watson (1-1) gave up two hits in the outing and had men on second and third with one out, but was able to record a pop out and strikeout to escape the inning.

"There is nobody he doesn't challenge," manager Clint Hurdle said after the game, per MLB.com. "He's been pitching this way for two-plus years. He's cool. He's got a slow heartbeat. He's not going to get rattled."

Pitching coach Ray Searage visited Watson with two men in scoring position and one out, but there was no talk of issuing an intentional walk to the next batter.

"No. Right away, we got with Ray and said we got a plan to get him out," Hurdle said. "We felt we were in an advantage situation with our guy on the mound. We bet on our guy."

Watson gave up three earned runs in his season debut but has been excellent since. Saturday's outing gives him a 3.00 ERA and 11:0 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.


Brewers' Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez out of lineup Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez are out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Braun had started 15 straight games in right field coming into Sunday's action, but he'll get his first break from starting since April 8. Ramirez has started 16 of the team's 18 games at third base but will take a seat after making four straight starts.

With Braun out of the lineup, Logan Schafer will play center field and bat second, while Gerardo Parra while shift to right field and bat third. Hector Gomez draws the start for Ramirez and will bat seventh.

The Brewers are home underdogs (+135) against the Cardinals Sunday.


 
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