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Blue Jays still creating a plan to keep Bautista, Encarnacion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:19 am ET) The Blue Jays want to lock up designated hitter Jose Bautista and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to long-term extensions, but have yet to come up with a plan, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Both Bautista and Encarnacion are under contract through at least 2015.

Astros' Jon Singleton has 27 RBI in last 10 games at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:30 am ET) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton homered again Thursday for Triple-A Fresno, giving him six in his last 10 games and a minor-league leading 13 on the season. Singleton also has 44 RBI in 39 games, with 27 coming in his last 10 games.

"He's locked in right now. He's been having great at-bats, swinging at good pitches," Fresno teammate Carlos Correa said, per MiLB.com. "He's doing the work he needs to do to be successful on the field, and he can be proud of what he's bringing to the table. He's going to bring a lot to the Houston Astros eventually."

Singleton is batting .295 with a .406 on-base percentage, .651 slugging percentage and 1.056 OPS this season.


Rangers 1B Mitch Moreland hits 3rd HR of year


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a solo home run in the fourth inning of Thursday night's 3-1 win over the Red Sox. 

For Moreland, this is the third home run he's hit this season. He finished the game 3 for 4 and also hit an RBI single. He now has drove in 14 runs this year. Moreland has now recorded a hit in five consecutive games and has hit a home run in two of his past four. 

Moreland holds a slash line of .312/.382/.506. 


Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion, Danny Valencia both homer


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The Blue Jays got a home run each from Edwin Encarnacion and Danny Valencia in their 8-4 win over the Angels on Thursday. 

For Encarnacion, that's his 10th home run of the season. Encarnacion's shot was of the three-run variety and occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning. The homer also scored Steve Tolleson and Jose Bautista. 

This snapped a two-game hitless streak for Encarnacion. He finished the game 1 for 4 but struck out twice. He now holds a slash line of .231/.315/.455. 

Valencia hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, which happened in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4 and is now hitting .339/.350/.508. Valencia has now recorded a hit in four consecutive games. 


Angels OF Marc Krauss hits first homer of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels outfielder Marc Krauss hit his first home run of the season in Thursday night's 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays. 

Krauss went yard in the first inning, taking a 0-1 pitch from R.A. Dickey deep to right field for a solo shot. Krauss finished the game 1 for 4. This was only Krauss' seventh game of the season as he entered with only two hits. 

He's now 3 for 20 of the year and has a slash line of .150/.190/.350. 


Orioles' Steve Pearce hits grand slam in win over Mariners


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Orioles infielder Steve Pearce hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning of Thursday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Mariners. 

Pearce took the first pitch he saw from J.A. Happ deep to left center field at Camden Yards. The grand slam scored Jimmy Paredes, Delmon Young and Chris Davis.

Pearce has struggled from the plate this year as even with the grand slam he's batting just .198/.275/.341. 

Pearce finished the game 1 for 3 and also drew a walk. 


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera collects 1,400th career RBI Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI in Thursday's walk-off win against the Astros. The RBI was his 31st and the 1400th of his career. His run-scoring single in the fifth gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead at the time.

Cabrera is the fifth-youngest player ever to reach 1400 RBIs. He joins Andres Galarraga as the only Venezuelan-born players to reach that plateau. 

He also extended his current hitting streak to nine games on Thursday. He has 14 hits in 35 at-bats during the streak to go along with four home runs and 10 RBI.

His 31 RBIs this season rank third in the American League. 


Angels 1B Albert Pujols (hand) plans on playing Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols doesn't appear destined to miss much time after taking a pitch to the hand Wednesday night and sitting Thursday. He has claimed that he will likely play Friday night in Boston, per the Los Angeles Times.

Pujols is feeling better Thursday despite some soreness and swelling, but he added that it's probably best that he took the day off. He is having trouble gripping the bat.


Indians 1B Carlos Santana returns to starting lineup Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana returned to the starting lineup and will bat second Thursday night against the White Sox.

Santana has been sidelined since Sunday with back spasms. He has been held without a hit over his last 14 at-bats. He is hitting .220/.365/.341 with four homers and 20 RBI in 35 games plated.

Santana is a .200 (6 for 30) lifetime hitter, with three homers and four RBI against Thursday starter John Danks.

Cleveland is favored (-130) at Chicago, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels 1B Albert Pujols a no-go Thursday after HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is out of the lineup Thursday in Toronto after taking a pitch off his hand Wednesday night. Pujols had been considered day-to-day, though a further report on his condition is expected later Thursday. An initial exam revealed no fracture.

Marc Krauss will play his position and bat second.

Though it remains early in the season, the 35-year-old Pujols is putting up the least impressive statistics of his career. His slash line of .231/.288/.413 represents numbers far below his norm.


White Sox 1B Jose Abreu pushes hit streak to AL-best 15 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu pushed his hitting streak to 15 games with a 1-for-4 performance Wednesday against the Indians. It is now the longest hitting streak in the AL this season, besting Shin-Soo Choo by one game.

Abreu is batting .328 (19 for 58) with one home run, two doubles, seven RBI, 12 runs, six walks and 13 strikeouts during his hitting streak.

Abreu's batting average has climbed from .268 to .293 during his hitting streak. However, his slugging percentage has actually declined from .537 to .486.


Twins' Joe Mauer slugs first home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer went 2 for 6 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3, 13-inning win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

Mauer's 13th-inning home run put his team ahead before closer Glen Perkins slammed the door in the bottom half of the inning. It was the first home run of the season for Mauer, who has put together a five-game hit streak and has collected five RBI in his last three games.

"I was just waiting until we played the 13th to do it," Mauer said, per MLB.com. "I knew I hit it well. I was just hoping it was high enough with that high wall out there. I'm glad it came in a big spot."

Mauer's hitting .284/.341/.381 with 24 RBI in 155 at-bats.


Angels' Dipoto: Albert Pujols avoids fractures, remains day-to-day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said that first baseman Albert Pujols did not fracture his hand after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.

Pujols was able to stay in the game to run the bases after being hit and even played an inning at first base, but he was removed for a pinch-hitter the next time his spot came up. It appears he has avoided a major injury, and he could return to the lineup within days.

Pujols has hit .231/.288/.413 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 143 at-bats.


Angels await test results on Albert Pujols' wrist


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) The Angels are awaiting test results on the injured wrist of first baseman Albert Pujols after he had to come out of Wednesday's game after getting hit by a pitch, the Orange County Register reports.

"We’re naturally concerned," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We hope it’s just a bruise and we’ll see how it lines up."

Pujols was hit on the wrist in the fourth inning, but stayed in the game to run the bases and play defense initially. However, he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. The team initially announced the injury as a bruised wrist, but the first baseman went for tests after the game.

Pujols has hit .231/.288/.413 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 143 at-bats.


Angels' Albert Pujols leaves Wednesday's game with hand injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was forced to leave Wednesday's game at Toronto after sustaining a contusion to his left hand, the team announced.

Pujols suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on the left hand in the fourth inning. Pujols initially stayed in the game, but was later lifted. He was 0 for 1 before leaving the game. 


Report: Indians 1B Carlos Santana should be back Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (back spasms) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the host White Sox, but should return Thursday, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Santana has been sidelined since Sunday.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin in starting lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. He will bat seventh in the order.

Martin was held out of Tuesday's contest with a left-hander on the mound, but socked a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.

With Martin back in the lineup, Delino DeShields slides over to left and Kyle Blanks will be on the bench. 


A's 1B Max Muncy crushes solo home run in loss on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Making his third consecutive start at first base for the Athletics, Max Muncy launched a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Astros. The sixth-inning bomb was his second of the season and in the last three games.

Over the three game stretch, Muncy has brought his season average up from .227 to its current .286 clip. He will likely continue to get regular playing time for now with Ike Davis on the disabled list.


Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira connects for 12th home run Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira homered in Tuesday's loss against the Nationals, his 12th of the season. 

Teixeira remains second, behind Nelson Cruz, in the American League in home runs.


1B Chris Carter crushed two-run homer in Astros' victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) First baseman Chris Carter crushed a two-run homer off the stadium facade Tuesday in the Astros' win over the A's.

"To get the lead on him with [Carter's] home run was huge then keeping it on him."

Joe Mauer drives in three runs for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer drove in three runs in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh. 

Mauer went 1 for 4 and scored once. He moved to 23 RBI on the season. 


Mike Napoli contributes solo homer in Red Sox's win Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Mike Napoli connected for a solo homer Tuesday in the Red Sox's victory over the Rangers.

Napoli went 2 for 4 with two RBI in the win.

"He's been able to identify something in his timing that seemed to play out tonight," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The home run to the pull side on the breaking ball, that's a pitch he's been missing."

The homer was Napoli's fourth of the season.


Indians' Carlos Santana out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the White Sox.

Santana was scratched from Monday's lineup with back spasms and finds himself on the bench for a second straight day on Tuesday. He has hit .220/.365/.341 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 123 at-bats.

Santana said his back has improved, but he is still a couple days away from returning, reports Ohio.com.

"They're working on him a bunch and he's doing better," manager Terry Francona said. "We've got to get him to the point where he feels he won't set himself back."

The Indians are underdogs (+120) in Chicago, per VegasInsider.com.


Yankees' Mark Teixeira in lineup Tuesday vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

Teixeira underwent X-rays on his big toe after taking a pitch off his foot on Sunday, but the tests came back negative. He didn't have to miss time with the issue, as the team was off Monday. Teixeira has hit .248/.366/.576 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI in 125 at-bats.

The Yankees, who are playing without a designated hitter in a National League park, are underdogs (+130) on Tuesday, per VegasInsider.


Mariners' Logan Morrison picking things up in May


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison has hit his stride offensively in May, hitting .288/.403/.654 with five home runs and seven RBI in 52 at-bats this month after posting a .488 OPS in April.

Morrison has delivered his best numbers on the road and against right-handers this season. He's hitting just .187/.282/.307 at Safeco Field but has managed a .302/.351/.566 in 53 at-bats on the road. He's also posted a .793 OPS against righties while displaying virtually all his power in that matchup, as he's hit just .219/.265/.250 against southpaws.


 
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