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Tigers' Anthony Gose, Alex Avila back in the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:30 pm ET) Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose and cathcer Alex Avila are back in the starting lineup Tuesday, the team announced.

Gose and Avila sat out the last three games as Detroit faced three consecutive left-handed pitchers. Gose is hitting .393 in 28 at-bats so far this season while Avila is hitting .182 with one home run and three RBI in 22 at-bats.

The Tigers are currently the favorites (-115) over the Yankees Tuesday.


Rays OF Kiermaier absent from Tuesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is out of the lineup for the Tuesday game against Boston. He had been considered questionable with an illness, but it remains to be seen if the left-handed batter is merely sitting against Red Sox southpaw Wade Miley.

Kiermaier is 3 for 11 against lefties this season, however.


Cubs catcher Welington Castillo gets third start Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:25 pm ET) Cubs third-string catcher Welington Castillo drew his third start of the season Tuesday against the Pirates. His history against Francisco Liriano likely played a part in manager Joe Maddon's decision-making.

Castillo has a career .333 (4 for 12) average against the veteran lefty. He also has one home run, two RBI, three walks and five strikeouts.


Rays SS Cabrera set to sit Tuesday for first time in 2015
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:24 pm ET) After batting third every game this season, slumping Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is absent from the Tuesday lineup against visiting Boston.

Cabrera opened the year with eight hits in 25 at-bats, but is 2 for 27 over the last seven games and has no extra-base hits since April 11.

Tim Beckham is starting at short instead.


Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval, Daniel Nava back in the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays, the team announced. Sandoval was given the day off Monday and replaced by Brock Holt. He is hitting .289 with four RBI in 45 at-bats this season.

Also returning to the lineup is Daniel Nava, who will take first base, giving Mike Napoli the day off. Nava is hitting .238 with five RBI in 21 at-bats this season. The Red Sox are currently the underdogs (+116) against Tampa Bay.


Cubs prospect Addison Russell starts at 2B, bats ninth in debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) The Cubs promoted prospect Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Russell is considered a top-5 prospect by Baseball America (No. 3) and MLB.com (No. 5).

The Cubs wasted no time getting Russell into the lineup, starting him at second base and batting him ninth against the Pirates.

The 2012 first-round pick (11th overall) hit .318 (14 for 44) with one home run, four doubles and nine RBI in 11 games for Iowa. He has a .301/.377/.520/.897 slash line in 244 minor-league games.

Russell has primarily played shortstop in his pro career, but he recently began playing at second base for Iowa and is expected to see most of his playing time at second for the Cubs.


Pirates bench Polanco, Alvarez on Tuesday against Cubs lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco and first baseman Pedro Alvarez had missed one start between them heading into Tuesday. But both are absent from the lineup against Cubs southpaw Travis Wood.

Alvarez has been particularly unproductive against Wood. He is 1 for 18 against him lifetime. Polanco has just one hit agianst lefties this season.


Royals' Kelvin Herrera suspended five games, Ventura fined
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games after throwing behind Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie Sunday, while starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has been fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Lawrie with a pitch Saturday.

Lawrie has been surrounded by controversy after a hard slide into second base Friday injured the knee of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Both pitchers were ejected in their respective games.

Herrera, who has the option to appeal his suspension, has tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances. Ventura's avoidance of his suspension keeps him in line to face Chris Sale Thursday.


White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers back in the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:05 pm ET) White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers is back in the starting lineup Tuesday after getting the day off Monday, the team announced. 

Flowers and backup Geovany Soto have rotated early on, with Flowers getting his eighth start Tuesday and Soto starting five. Flowers is hitting .333 with one home run and four RBI in 24 at-bats this season. The White Sox are currently the underdogs (+130) against the Indians Tuesday.


Dodgers RHP McCarthy gains unusual increase in velocity
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:53 pm ET) Nearly every major league pitcher experiences decreased velocity with age, leading to a greater need to keep hitters off-balance and develop pinpoint control.

Then there's Brandon McCarthy.

The Dodgers right-hander had generally been a soft-tosser. It's no wonder he's averaged about six strikeouts per nine innings in his career. But after signing a four-year contract worth $48 million in the offseason, he's become a comparative fireballer. McCarthy has 25 strikeouts in 18 innings this year. Granted, it's a small sample size, but the radar gun doesn't lie.

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is impressed.

"It's kind of like he learned how to pitch backwards, almost," Grandal told the Orange County Register. "When guys have velocity, they rely on the velocity early in their career. And then, once they lose it, they go back and start working on movement. It's actually really good for a guy not to throw that hard when he comes up and then all of a sudden starts pumping 95 and 96. Whenever he needs movement, he can throw for movement, and whenever he needs velocity, he can reach back and throw hard."

McCarthy's average fastball was clocked at 89.4 miles an hour in 2007, per Fangraphs.com. He has it at 93.6 this year. McCarthy has cited a more intense work regimen in the offseason for the increase.


 
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