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Cardinals' 1B Matt Adams returns to starting lineup Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:10 pm ET) Matt Adams was back in the Cardinals' starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Cubs. With lefty Travis Wood on the mound Monday, manager Mike Matheny opted to rest the slugging first baseman.

Now, with the Cardinals facing right-hander Kyle Kendricks on Tuesday, Adams returned to the cleanup spot in the lineup, playing first base. Adams has been heating up lately, going 12 for his last 25 with a home run and seven RBI in that stretch.


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard set to face personal punching bag Shelby Miller


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:37 pm ET) If the sight of Braves right-hander Shelby Miller on the mound doesn't snap Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard out of his 7-for-40 slump, perhaps nothing will.

Howard only has seven career at-bats against Miller, but he has certainly done plenty of damage. He has four hits, including three home runs and six RBI. He has also walked twice.


Shocker: Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo steals career-high seventh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:23 pm ET) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo slugged his fourth home run Monday night. No big deal there. He hit 32 last season.

But Rizzo also stole his seventh base in the loss to St. Louis. Big deal. That's a career-high and we're barely into May.

What is most intriguing is that Rizzo, who has never been considered a speed demon by any stretch, has all seven stolen bases in his last 15 games.


Phillies 1B Darin Ruf collects three hits vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:39 pm ET) Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf made just his second start in the cleanup slot Monday and rewarded manager Ryne Sandberg's decision by going 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored in his team's 5-2 win over the Braves.

Ruf, who's other start as a cleanup hitter came in the first week of the season, saw himself bumped to the No. 3 spot over the weekend, and after going 3 for 7 with a walk and a home run in two games in that role, he was in the No. 4 slot Monday.

Ruf had just a .139 batting average and .506 OPS heading into the weekend but is now hitting .229/.296/.438 with two home runs and five RBI in 48 at-bats.


Cardinals 1B Mark Reynolds hits grand slam in win over Cubs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds doubled his RBI total for the season during Monday's 10-9 win over the Cubs. 

Reynolds totaled four RBI, which is the amount he had entering the game. He did so by taking an 0-1 pitch for a grand slam, which also scored Jon Jay, Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta. The grand slam was Reynolds' second homer of the season. 

Reynolds finished the game 2 for 3 and also drew a walk. He entered the game with only six hits in 34 at-bats. Going 2 for 3 with a grand slam raised his slash line to .216/.341/.459. 


Giants' Travis Ishikawa goes 1 for 3 in rehab start


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:10 am ET) Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa went 1 for 3 in Monday night's rehab start with Class A San Jose, according to the minor-league affiliate's play-by-play announcer Joe Ritzo. 

Ishikawa restarted his rehab assignment after enduring tightness in his back during his previous one. On Monday, he lined a hit to center for a double and was also hit by a pitch. 


Marlins 1B Justin Bour crushes first home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Marlins first baseman Justin Bour went 1 for 3 at the plate in Miami's 6-4 loss to the Nationals on Monday. Bour did his damage in the seventh inning when he ripped a Jordan Zimmermann pitch over the left field wall for a solo shot, his first of the season.

Bour is now hitting .583 on the year in 12 at-bats.


Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa starting rehab assignment again


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa is restarting his rehab assignment Monday night with Class A San Jose, according to the San Jose Mercury News

Ishikawa endured a setback after his back injury began experiencing tightness during an earlier rehab assignment in Triple-A. He took some time off to recover, which is why he's starting from scratch in trying to return to the Giants. 


Padres' Yonder Alonso, Alexi Amarista get second day off in last three


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) For the second time in three games, the Padres are keeping both first baseman Yonder Alonso and shortstop Alexi Amarista out of the starting lineup. 

Just as in Saturday's contest, Yangervis Solarte gets the start at first and Clint Barmes will start at shortstop.

It's Solarte's fifth start of the year at first, and Barmes eighth at short. They're hitting fifth and eighth in the lineup respectively. 


Marlins first baseman Michael Morse out of the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Marlins first baseman Michael Morse is out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals, with Justin Bour drawing the start, according to the Miami Herald.

Morse will get his second day off in the last three after struggling at the plate early on in the year. Morse is hitting just .193 with two home runs and eight RBI in 88 at-bats. Bour is 6 for 9 with a double so far this season.

The Marlins are currently the underdogs (+170) against Washington Monday.


Brewers' Rogers starts for Lind on Monday with tough lefty on hill


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Craig Counsell rolled out his first lineup as manager of the Brewers on Monday against the Dodgers. However, starting first baseman Adam Lind was not in the starting lineup, as he was replaced by Jason Rogers.

Lind's absence likely had more to do with left-hander Clayton Kershaw on the hill rather than his 1-for-7 start to May. Lind does not have a strong track record against lefties, batting .214 against them in his career.

Rogers earned his second start in four games at first base. The right-handed hitter is batting .412 (7 for 17) in 10 games this season.


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard not in Monday's lineup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was held out of Monday's lineup at Atlanta, reports The News Journal.

Howard is coming off a two hit, two RBI game in Sunday's win over the Marlins. The Phillies are facing left-handed pitcher Alex Wood in Monday's game. Howard is 0 for 4 in his career against Wood. Darin Ruf will start and bat fourth in place of Howard.

The Phillies are the underdogs (+150) at Atlanta on Monday.


Solid first week in minors for Rockies' Wilin Rosario


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Since being sent to Triple-A Albuquerque in the last week of April, Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario has made a strong case to get a second look in Colorado at some point in the near future. 

In seven games in the minors, Rosario is hitting .333 with three doubles, three runs scored and three RBI.


Report: Cardinals signing Dan Johnson to minor league contract


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The Cardinals are signing first baseman Dan Johnson to a minor league contract, according to a report by Sportsnet.ca.

Johnson was released by the Cincinnati organization after starting the season 3 for 40 (.069) at Triple-A Louisville. 


Nationals 1B Zimmerman extends hit streak to seven on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) 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
(5/4/2015) 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.


Phillies 1B Ryan Howard finding success at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 at the plate in Philadelphia's 6-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday. Howard cracked his first triple of the season in the sixth inning when he took a Jarred Cosart pitch to deep center field, driving in Darin Ruf.

Howard credits his recent success at the plate to hitting coach Steve Harrison, according to Philly.com.

"It was a tough series. I had problems kind of getting my rhythm, getting comfortable in the box. It's a strange game, man. It's like one minute it's there, one minute it's not. But that third [at-bat], I found something."

Howard had three triples in the last two years coming into the contest and boosted his average to .193 on 83 at-bats.

"Those were good swings, real good swings," Sandberg said. "He took his aggression out on the baseball."


Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez blasts fifth home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 2 at the plate with four walks in Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in 14 innings on Sunday.

Alvarez did his damage in the 12th inning when he took a Samuel Tuivailala pitch over the right field wall for a solo shot, his fifth of the season. Alvarez is now hitting .227 with 12 RBI in 75 at-bats this year.


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits first triple of season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth inning during Sunday afternoon's 5-3 loss to the Brewers. 

This was Rizzo's first triple of the season. A year ago, Rizzo only recorded one triple for the entire year. 

Rizzo's triple to center field came on a first pitch from Jimmy Nelson and scored Dexter Fowler. Rizzo finished the game 1 for 4, which included striking out once. He now as a slash line of .321/.471/.513. 


Phillies' Ryan Howard earns no-trade rights Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Phillies' first baseman Ryan Howard earned 10-and-5 no-trade rights Saturday, reaching 10 years of service time (and at least five with the same team).

Despite Howard's newfound no-trade rights, it's not believed that his status would affect a potential trade, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. His contract had already allowed him to block trades to all but nine teams.

"I don't think it's a big deal," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the effect of Howard's new rights on a potential trade. "It's a big deal for him, for two reasons: I think he should be recognized for [having] the most games played at first base in our franchise. That's a pretty awesome feat, No. 1. And No. 2, obviously he's been a long-standing member of this club and has had a great deal to do with the success."

Howard, a former Rookie of the Year and MVP, has hit just .177/.235/.380 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 79 at-bats.


Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt cracks sixth home run Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 1 for 4 at the plate in Arizona's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Goldschmidt did his damage in the first inning, ripping a two-run homer over the center field wall, his sixth of the season. Goldschmidt is now hitting .341 with 22 RBI in 85 at-bats.


Giants' Travis Ishikawa plays in extended spring for second straight day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa has played back-to-back days in extended spring training, CSN Bay Area reported.

Ishikawa is on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, and his Triple-A injury rehab assignment was interrupted by back tightness. 

Ishikawa played three innings on Friday and five on Saturday. 


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell survive collision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell and first baseman Anthony Rizzo collided in the second inning of Saturday's game.

The two infielders were chasing a bloop single to short left field and crashed into each other.

"That was full speed," Rizzo said. "Luckily, it was more bodies colliding than heads." 

Both players stayed in the game and contributed to the Cubs' offense in a loss to Milwaukee.

Rizzo went 1 for 3 with a solo home run, his third of the year, to produce the only run of the day for Chicago. Russell singled and went 1 for 3.  


Yonder Alonso, Alexi Amarista out of Padres' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) First baseman Yonder Alonso and shortstop Alexi Amarista were held out of the Padres' starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Yangervis Solarte starts in place of Alonso at first for the fourth time this season but second time in three games. He'll bat fifth in the lineup. 

Clint Barmes also makes his second start in three games for the Padres. He's in the lineup at short for the seventh time this year and will bat eighth.


Giants' Brandon Belt, Joe Panik return to lineup Saturday vs. LAA


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) The Giants returned second baseman Joe Panik and first baseman Brandon Belt to the starting lineup on Saturday against the Angels. Both players received a day off on Friday.

Panik, who was the walk-off hero in the Giants' win Friday night, was back playing second base and batting second. Panik has been alternating starts with Matt Duffy over the past week.

Belt returned to first base and was batting sixth for manager Bruce Bochy on Saturday. Belt has been hitting well lately, batting .385 over his last 10 games. Although, the team is hoping he finds his power swing, as he has yet to hit a home run this year and has just five RBI.


 
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