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Padres move Yangervis Solarte to leadoff spot for Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Padres first baseman Yangervis Solarte was switched to the leadoff spot for Friday’s game at the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports the team's play-by-play announcer.

It is the first time this season Solarte will bat in the leadoff spot. He will go against Zack Greinke, who he is 0 for 5 against in his career. Solarte is batting .250 with two RBI in his last six games.

The Padres are the underdogs (+180) against the Dodgers on Friday.


Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt back in lineup, bats third


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who was rested on Thursday, is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs. But, Goldschmidt is not batting in his typical clean-up spot.

Instead, he will bat third for the first time this year, while third baseman Yasmany Tomas hits fourth. Tomas got off to a slow start at the plate following his promotion on April 15. But he's been red-hot lately, going 14 for 32 with three doubles and a home run over his last nine games. 


Struggling Marlins first baseman Michael Morse sits again Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) For the second straight game, Marlins first baseman Michael Morse will be out of the starting lineup. Morse will be on the bench for Friday's game against the Orioles, while Justin Bour gets another start at first.

Morse's struggles this season have been well-documented, and they will earn him another night on the bench for the Marlins.


Nationals' Clint Robinson makes the start in left field Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Nationals left fielder Clint Robinson is making his first start since April 23. Robinson is in the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies, batting seventh.

With regular left fielder Jayson Werth on the disabled list, Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore have been splitting most of the time in the outfield. But they will be on the bench as Robinson will draw the start Friday. He's had just nine at-bats this month, with his only hit going for an RBI double which came in his last appearance as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday.


Rival executive: Cubs willing to deal prospects Baez, Vogelbach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Cubs appear willing to trade prospects Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach, a rival executive told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The executive suggests it is partly because both players were drafted by a previous regime.

However, Heyman writes the reality is there are issues with Baez and Vogelbach. Baez is working on cutting down his strikeouts and getting rid of the perception he "doesn't make contact," according to one rival's assessment. One scout said Vogelbach is a "30 fielder," using scout parlance for well-below average on the 20-80 scale.

Vogelbach was the Cubs' minor-league player of the month for April. The first baseman has a .328/.449/.515/.964 slash line through 39 games for Double-A Tennessee. He has a career .289/.382/.485/.867 slash line. He was a second-round pick in 2011.

Baez was sent to the minors after struggling in spring training. He missed some time due to a personal leave, but the former top-10 prospect has a .284/.369/.405/.774 slash line through 20 games for Triple-A Iowa. He has 22 strikeouts in 20 games.


Dodgers' Hector Olivera's contract has team option for seventh year


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) The six-year, $62.5 million contract for Dodgers Cuban-import Hector Olivera contains a club option for a seventh year, to protect themselves in case Olivera's elbow proves to be an issue, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

As Heyman notes, Olivera recently passed his physical and is in Arizona getting ready to join the team this summer. But the option year gives the team some insurance in case the elbow acts up. The amount of the option is not currently known. 


Giants 1B Brandon Belt says he's fine after being hit by pitch


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was hit by a pitch during Thursday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers, but Belt said he was fine after the game, reports CSN Bay Area.

Belt was hit around his wrist by Clayton Kershaw, but there was no damage to the wrist. Belt went 0 for 3 with one strike out during the contest.


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard belts ninth home run on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is going to miss Coors Field. Howard homered for the second straight game, going 1 for 4 with the solo bomb in Thursday's loss to the Rockies. Howard's fifth-inning home run was his ninth on the season.

"I mean all that stuff is cool," Howard said about moving up the home-run leaderboard, per MLB.com. "For me, it's just a matter of just getting back to playing ball and just playing my game. That's been my focus all year, is just playing ball. Everything that comes with it, you have good days, bad days, just try to stay even keel and just do what you do."

Howard's bat is really catching fire lately. He now has 13 hits in his last 31 at-bats over his last eight games. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda belts two home runs in victory on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda had a big afternoon in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Cardinals. Duda went 2 for 3 with two home runs and four RBI.

Duda hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth to pad the Mets' lead to 2-0. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, he belted a three-run shot to put the icing on the cake. The homers were his fourth and fifth of the year and he has 19 RBI on the year. 

Duda has been swinging a hot bat recently, as he is now 12 for his last 34. Although the two home runs were his first since May 11. 

Perhaps most significantly is both home runs coming off of left-handers. The lefty-swinging Duda has been exceptional against southpaws this season, with four of his five longballs coming against lefties. 


Rockies manager: Justin Morneau still at least a few days away


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau ,who is eligible to return from the seven-day disabled list on Friday, will need more than the minimum seven days to return from experiencing concussion symptoms. Manager Walt Weiss said Morneau is still at least a few more days away from a returning, according to the Denver Post.

"The concussion is always the biggest concern because of his history," Weiss said, per MLB.com. "It's a concern. It's still a mild concern. He's showing improvement, getting better, but it's all tied to his history."

Morneau has been on the disabled list since May 16 after he started experiencing dizziness when he dove for a ball. 


Giants 1B Brandon Belt moves to seventh in the order Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's matchup with the Dodgers. But with Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Los Angeles, Belt will hit in the seventh spot in the lineup. It's the first time he's batted lower than sixth all season.

Belt has just three hits in 32 career at-bats against Kershaw, which is likely the reason for the move down the batting order. 

Belt has been hot at the plate, batting .381 with three home runs and eight RBI over his last 10 games. 


Giants SS Brandon Crawford takes a seat Thursday vs. Dodgers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is being held out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers. Crawford has been red-hot at the plate, batting .432 over his last 10 games. But he has just one hit in 18 career at-bats against Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw. 

So, after starting each of the last eight games, Crawford will take a seat in favor of Joaquin Arias on Thursday. Crawford should be back in the lineup on Friday. 


Phillies OF Ben Revere gets a breather on Thursday vs. Rockies


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere is getting just his second day off this month, as he is being held out of the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Rockies. Revere has been hitting fairly well lately, batting .268 with three RBI and three stolen bases over his last 10 games.

Darin Ruf will handle left field and bat third, while shortstop Freddy Galvis will hit lead-off for the first time this year. 


Rockies 1B Wilin Rosario keeps on hitting since return from minors


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario has remained hot at the plate after returning from a rather surprising Triple-A stint. On Wednesday, Rosario went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored as the Rockies fell to the Phillies 4-2. 

In the 10 games since Rosario returned from Triple-A on May 10, Rosario is hitting .293 (12 for 41) with a double, a triple and a home run. He has hits in all but three of those 10 games. He has been playing regularly at first base with Justin Morneau out of action. 


Marlins 1B Michael Morse will not start against Diamondbacks


(5/21/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse, who has struggled in the month of May, will not start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

In his last eight games, Morse has hit .167/.200/.167. He will be replaced by Justin Bour in the lineup for the second time in four games.


D-Backs' Paul Goldschmidt gets day off for the first time in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was not penciled into the starting lineup for the first time all season for Thursday's afternoon game against the Marlins. Mark Trumbo, who usually starts in right field, started at first base in Goldschmidt's absence.

Goldschmidt, who had started the first 39 games, has been mired in a bit of a hitting slump for a couple of weeks. Since May 10, he is batting just .200 (7 for 35) in his last 10 games. He has one triple, one home run, two doubles, five RBI, six runs, five walks and seven strikeouts in that span.

"This is more of a mental day off," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said, per the Associated Press. "To ask a guy to play 162 games today is tough to do."


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard goes yard in win over Rockies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit his eighth home run of the season in Wednesday night's 4-2 win over the Rockies. 

Four of Howard's home runs have now come in the past 15 games. Howard's homer came on a 1-1 pitch to center field in the third inning. He finished the game 3 for 5 and also hit a double and single. 

"He's having good swings," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, per MLB.com. "He crushed that ball to center tonight. There was no help at all on that."

Howard is now hitting .257/.308/.507. 


Cardinals 1B Matt Adams breaks out of slump with home run


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's 9-0 win against the Mets. 

Adams took a 3-1 pitch deep to right field for his fourth home run of the season. It's his first homer since April 30. Before this game, he'd been in a slump. After going 2 for 5 with three RBI, Adams is nw hitting .250/.277/.379. 

Since May 1, however, Adams has a batting average of just .182. 


Nationals OF Tyler Moore crushes third home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals outfielder Tyler Moore went 1 for 3 at the plate in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Moore did his damage in the fourth inning when he belted a solo home run off of Adam Warren, his third of the season. Moore is now hitting .220 with eight RBI in 41 at-bats this season.


Giants 1B Brandon Belt sitting against lefty Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) A matchup against Dodgers southpaw Brett Anderson on Wednesday has Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set to sit.

Belt has been on a roll, but is just 3-for-20 against lefties this season. He had three hits in three consecutive games until going 0-for-3 on Tuesday.


Rockies LF Ben Paulsen draws first start of the year on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockies outfielder Ben Paulsen is in the starting lineup for the first time this season on Wednesday against the Phillies, replacing Rafael Ynoa, the team announced.

Ynoa and Paulsen will likely split time while Corey Dickerson is on the 15-day DL with a foot injury. Ynoa is hitting .243 with three doubles in 37 at-bats this season.

Paulsen hit .256 with 15 RBI in 125 at-bats for Triple-A Albuquerque this season.


Kolten Wong back in leadoff spot, Matt Adams at cleanup for Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) With Peter Bourjos resting after facing left-hander Jonathon Niese, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny inserted second baseman Kolten Wong back in the leadoff spot Wednesday night against the Mets.

With Wong back in the leadoff spot, Matheny moved Randal Grichuk to the eighth spot. Matt Adams also returned to the lineup and is batting cleanup against Bartolo Colon and the Mets.

Wong is hitting .339 (21 for 62) with four homers and 13 RBI over his last 16 games. Adams is hitting .105 (4 for 38) with nine strikeouts over his last 13 games played.


Rockies' Weiss: Morneau's DL stint shouldn't take much longer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's hopeful to have injured first baseman Justin Morneau back from the disabled list when eligible.

Morneau was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms, after experiencing some dizziness after diving for a ball last week. He batted .290 (29 for 100) with three homers and nine RBI at the time of the injury.

"There is some concern because of his history, we're hopeful that it won't be too much longer, but there's concern," Weiss said.


Mark Reynolds hits solo homer in Cardinals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Mets. 

Reynolds went 3 for 5, scoring twice and raising his average to .267. 

Reynolds hit his third home run and drove in his twelfth run. 


Ryan Zimmerman cranks out walk-off homer for Nationals Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman came through with a two-out, 10th-inning home run Tuesday to hand the Nationals a walk-off victory over the Yankees.

It was Zimmerman’s 10th walk-off homer of his career.

"He's not a real emotional guy. He just doesn't get caught up in the moment and try to do too much," Nationals reliever Drew Storen said about Zimmerman. "Obviously, more times than not, it works out pretty well for him."

The long ball came off of Yankees closer Andrew Miller, becoming the first runs the left hander has allowed all season.


 
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