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Astros to sit Chris Carter, start Marwin Gonzalez at 1B on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(6:18 pm ET) With the recent struggles of Chris Carter, the Astros will start Marwin Gonzalez at first base and bat him seventh on Monday in Seattle. 

This is the third start of the year for Gonzalez, second at first base. 

In 10 at-bats this season, Gonzalez is 3 for 10 with a homer and a double.

Carter has begun the year 3 for 40 (.075 avg.) with no extra-base hits and has struck out 17 times.


Rockies' Corey Dickerson batting second Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:25 pm ET) Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson has been moved to the No. 2 slot in the lineup for the first time this season in Monday's matchup against the Padres.

Dickerson has batted sixth in most his starts, but he'll move up and slot between leadoff man Charlie Blackmon and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Monday. Normal No. 2 hitter Carlos Gonzalez is batting cleanup, with first baseman Justin Morneau moving from the fourth slot to the sixth slot.

The Rockies are favorites (-127) against the Padres in pitcher Jorge De La Rosa's season debut, per VegasInsider.com.


Indians' Nick Swisher, Zach Walters to start minor league rehab this week


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Indians first baseman Nick Swisher and left fielder Zach Walters are both expected to start minor league injury rehab assignments this week, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Swisher started the season on the 15-day disabled list after having surgery on both knees. Walters is on the 15-day DL for an oblique injury. 

Swisher and Walters will both play for Triple-A Columbus on injury rehab. Walters will begin his rehab assignment Wednesday


First strike yet to matter against Tigers' Miguel Cabrera


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:41 pm ET) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has ridden a hot start to a .426/.491/.660 line with two home runs and 10 RBI in 47 at-bats over his first two weeks.

Many pitchers focus on getting ahead of batters with a first-pitch strike, but doing so has failed to matter against the two-time MVP. Cabrera has hit a remarkable .500/.545/.833 in 30 at-bats after going 0-1 in the count, with both his home runs coming in such a scenario. He's also been a beast with runners in scoring position, hitting .500/.529/.750 with one home run and eight RBI in 16 at-bats. The slugger will open a four-game series against the Yankees Monday.


Reds' Joey Votto riding multihit games in hot start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:34 pm ET) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has quickly put a rocky 2014 season in the rearview mirror, hitting .364/.481/.727 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 44 at-bats.

Votto has built his hot start on the back of his multihit performances, as the first baseman has picked up multiple hits in seven of his first 12 games, including twice in the team's recent three-game series against the Cardinals. Unfortnately, the Reds were swept by their division rivals this weekend and have lost seven of their last eight games. Cincinnati will look to turn things around in a four-game series in Milwaukee that starts Monday.


Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion struggling during homestand


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:16 pm ET) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is just 3 for 26 with one double during his current homestand, batting .115/.200/.154 in his last six games.

Encarnacion racked up two home runs in his first three games of the season but has struggled since, and he endured an 0-for-14 stretch in four games last week before picking things up slightly this past weekend. The Blue Jays kick off a three-game home series against the Orioles Tuesday before hitting the road.

Encarnacion has hit .200/.250/.340 with two home runs and six RBI in 50 at-bats.


Royals' Eric Hosmer reaches base eight times in series vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer went 6 for 12 with two walks this weekend as his team took two out of three games against the A's.

Hosmer hasn't found many extra-base hits this season, delivering just one double and one home run, but he's managed to rack up singles in bunches en route to a .327/.382/.408 line in 49 at-bats. The lefty first baseman has performed better against right-handers in his career, but he's set to face four southpaws during the upcoming week.


White Sox's Adam LaRoche finding success against righties


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:06 pm ET) White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche has swung a hot bat against right-handers this season, going 6 for 23 with five walks, three home runs and seven RBI.

LaRoche teed off Saturday, going 3 for 5 with his third home run of the year and four RBI, and though the home run came off righty starter Anibal Sanchez, he did manage a double off lefty reliever Blaine Hardy as well. He has four straight matchups against righties on tap, starting with Monday's game against Trevor Bauer and the Indians.

LaRoche has hit .243/.364/.541 with three home runs and eight RBI in 37 at-bats.


Twins' Joe Mauer limited to one extra-base hit in first two weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:58 am ET) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer owns a .273 batting average after two weeks but has been limited to just one extra-base hit in his first 12 games.

Mauer had been limited to singles before going 2 for 4 with a double Saturday. He owns a .273/.353/.295 line in 44 at-bats. The first baseman managed just four home runs in 455 at-bats last season and could be in for another low-power season this year.


Astros' Chris Carter looking for first HR after dismal two weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:54 am ET) Astros first baseman Chris Carter has struggled heavily during the first two weeks of the season, going 3 for 40 with no extra-base hits and striking out 17 times.

Carter has drawn four walks and scored one run but has managed just a .075/.159/.075 line. The righty slugger, who is prone to hitless stretches, could be on the verge of turning things around offensively, as the Astros are scheduled to face three lefty starters in a four-game span starting Wednesday. He has hit much better against lefties in 2014, posting a .244/.350/.519 line with 10 home runs in 135 at-bats.

Carter has also delivered quality career numbers at Safeco Field, where he's opening a three-game series Monday. The first baseman has hit .284/.370/.547 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 95 at-bats against the Mariners on the road.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland likely on bench until Friday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland likely won't be in the team's starting lineup for most of this week. 

While Moreland has been bothered by loose bodies in his elbow, his benching isn't injury-related. The Rangers will be playing interleague games at Arizona, so the team won't be using a DH. Prince Fielder will be at first base for the games, per the Star Telegram


Rays' James Loney feeling well, on track to return this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) Rays first baseman James Loney said Sunday he's feeling well and that he remains on track to return to action later this week, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

"It's been hard, just sitting there and watching games," Loney said. "It goes by. It's just one of those things."

Loney is dealing with an oblique injury that has caused him to spend a stint on the disabled list for the first time in his career. He's first eligible to return Wednesday but will likely play a rehab game or two with Class A Charlotte.


Steve Pearce held out of Orioles lineup for a second straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:04 am ET) Struggling Orioles slugger Steve Pearce was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Monday against the Red Sox. It was also the third time in five games he wasn't in the starting lineup.

Pearce is batting .175 (7 for 40) with two home runs, three RBI and 11 strikeouts through 10 games.


Current Red Sox have hit Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen hard


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:54 am ET) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has surrendered a .323 batting average to current Red Sox hitters, masnsports.com reports.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected more hits against Chen than anyone in the lefty pitcher's career, going 14 for 27 with a .519/.567/.778 line. Designated hitter David Ortiz is 8 for 21 with a home run, right fielder Shane Victorino is 4 for 10 with a home run and shortstop Xander Bogaerts is 3 for 10 with a home run against Chen. All four are in the starting lineup Monday, as are first baseman Mike Napoli, who's just 3 for 17 against Chen but with two home runs, and catcher Ryan Hanigan, who's 1 for 9 with a home run against the pitcher.

The Orioles are underdogs (+110) against the Red Sox in Boston Monday.


Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt connects for fifth homer of season


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt connected for his fifth home run of the season on Sunday, pulling even with the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez for the lead in the National League.

Goldschmidt went 1 for 3 with two runs scored in the D-Backs' win.


Angels slugger Albert Pujols continues to torment Astros


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols blasted his third home run of the season in the eighth inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss at Houston. 

Pujols, who finished 2-for-4 on the day to raise his average to .186, continues a career-long assault on Astros pitching, per MLB.com. 

Pujols' homer was his 46th against the Astros, tying Hank Aaron for most homers against Houston. It was his first home run at Minute Maid Park as a member of the Angels.


Rangers' Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland to split DH duties this year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder and designated hitter Mitch Moreland will be used interchangeably on defense this season, reports MLB.com. Fielder was slated as the designated hitter Sunday for the sixth time, one less than he's started at first.

"Prince Fielder is our first baseman and Mitch Moreland plays first base," manager Jeff Banister said. "I will use both as needed. I see both players playing. I haven't seen enough of Mitch to evaluate his defense but I'm going to continue to play both at first base and both will get time at DH."

Banister wants to avoid Fielder becoming exclusively a DH.

"His energy level and who he is, we want to keep him engaged," Banister said. "DH is a challenging spot to perform in anyway if you're used to being in the field. The ability to play defense and stay engaged creates an energy. I don't want any of these guys [being a full-time DH] unless we find a David Ortiz-type of guy."


Garrett Jones gets three hits in Yankees' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Garrett Jones made the most of the chance to start in right field for the Yankees. Filling in for Carlos Beltran, who was suffering from an illness, Jones went 3 for 4 in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. 

Jones hit his first triple of the year and scored a run. He improved his average to .278.


Indians' Carlos Santana slugs second home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-2 loss to the Twins Sunday.

Santana's home run came in the top of the ninth inning, so it had no impact on the outcome of the game. It was his first extra-base hit in more than a week.

"They changed their approach," said Santana to Cleveland.com. "But we face them a lot this year so I'll have to change my approach to them. This is what happens in this league."

Santana has hit .244/.354/.415 with two home runs and seven RBI in 41 at-bats in 11 games.


Jose Abreu hits RBI triple for White Sox in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Jose Abreu drove in the White Sox's only run of Sunday's loss to Detroit with an RBI triple in the sixth inning. 

Abreu went 1 for 3, raising his average to .256. He hit his first triple of the year and drove in his seventh run. 


Pirates' Pedro Alvarez slugs fourth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Brewers Sunday.

Alvarez knocked his fourth home run of the season in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie and put his team up for good. He has hit .256/.310/.590 with four home runs and seven RBI in 39 at-bats over 12 games.


Mitch Moreland out of Rangers lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland was not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game. Moreland has a sore elbow and hasn't played since April 15. 

Prince Fielder will be the Rangers' designated hitter on Sunday, moving from first base. Adam Rosales got the start at first, batting sixth in the lineup. 


Giants' Brandon Belt starting in left field Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is starting in left field in Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Belt has spent all but one inning at first base since the start of the 2013 season, with his only non-1B appearance coming last year, when he played one inning in right field in a game. The position isn't completely foreign to the infielder, as he made 30 starts in 2011 and four starts in 2012 in left field.

The alignment allows manager Bruce Bochy to start Buster Posey and first base and insert Andrew Susac at catcher. With Belt in the outfield, Gregor Blanco is not in the starting lineup.

The Giants are favorites (-135) against the Diamondbacks Sunday.


Delmon Young gets start in left for Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Delmon Young is in the Orioles starting lineup for the first time since April 14. 

Young starts in left field for the first time this season on Sunday. Alejandro De Aza is out of the lineup.

Chris Davis starts at first base for the second straight game, with Jimmy Paredes at DH.  


Stephen Vogt, Ike Davis, Eric Sogard out of Athletics' lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) The Athletics gave several regulars a rest for Sunday's day game. 

Catcher Stephen Vogt, first baseman Ike Davis, center fielder Sam Fuld and second baseman Eric Sogard were all out of Sunday's starting lineup. 

Josh Phegley gets the start at catcher, batting sixth in the order. Ben Zobrist will play second base, batting third. 

Mark Canha moves from left field to first base, replacing Davis. Cody Ross gets the start in left, batting fifth. 

Craig Gentry gets the call in center, batting leadoff. 


 
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