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Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval not sorry about slide that lead to beaning


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(1:33 am ET) Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected Friday for hitting Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval with a pitch as suspected payback for a hard slide by Sandoval earlier in the game, according to BostonHerald.com.

"It’s the game ... I do clean slides," Sandoval said. "I slide through the base. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

First baseman Mike Napoli added that Sandoval’s slide was in line with the way the Red Sox like to play.

Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe hits walk-off HR in 11th inning on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(12:03 am ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe broke a 3-all tie in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday with a walk-off home run to sink the Indians.

The game had been tied at 3 since the sixth inning.



Nationals' Yunel Escobar exits game vs. Phillies with leg injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar was forced to exit Friday's game against the Phillies with a leg injury

Escobar, who started the game at third base, hit a ground ball in the bottom of the fourth and appeared to tweak something while running to first base. When he was taken out, Danny Espinosa moved to third and Dan Uggla came in at second. 

Escobar's game ended 1 for 3 with a single. 

After the game, Escobar was diagnosed with a strained groin and he will be reevaluated Saturday, reports MASN.


David Peralta, Jake Lamb return to Diamondbacks lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Diamondbacks have decided to go with outfielder David Peralta and Jake Lamb in their lineup for Friday night's game against the Giants. 

Peralta is manning left field and batting cleanup and Lamb is playing third base and hitting fifth. Before jumping back in the starting lineup, Peralta hadn't started in the past two games but came off the bench. 

Lamb didn't start Thursday but came off the bench as well. 


Maddon: Don't overreact to dud of debut for Cubs 3B Bryant


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The much-anticipated major league debut of Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant fizzled out Friday when he struck out in each of his first three at-bats and finished 0-for-4 from the cleanup spot.

But the slugger, who tore up opposing pitchers in exhibition play and at Triple-A to start the year, did not have Chicago manager Joe Maddon complaining.

"Believe me, he's going to be fine, he'll be very productive here," Maddon told MLB.com. "That's just one game. He played really well in the infield, so that indicates he was not nervous."

Bryant struck out on three pitches in his first major league at-bat against tough San Diego ace James Shields. He grounded out in his final plate appearance.


Giants 3B McGehee back on the field Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Giants third baseman Casey McGehee is back in the lineup for the Friday night game against Arizona after missing five straight with a knee problem.

McGehee returns on a 1-for-9 slide after a quick start to the season.


Myers, Middlebrooks mash Cubs into submission


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) They have not earned the nickname "The M & M Boys" yet, but Padres hitters Wil Myers and Will Middlebrooks deserve some kudos for their performance Sunday against the Cubs.

The pair keyed a victory with home runs. Middlebrooks ripped a two-run shot in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2, then Myers blasted a three-run homer in the seventh for what proved to be the game-winner.

Myers is off to a particularly strong start this season. His three-hit day, which included two singles, improved his slash line to .333/.348/.511.

"I feel good at the plate. I thought the home run was big, but one thing I've really been working on is the bunting. It's never been a part of my game, ever," Myers said, per MLB.com. "I was able to put down a bunt and get a base hit. Obviously, the home run was great, but to be able to do that in that situation, get a hit right there and give what they take me was good."


Rendon working out at Nationals complex despite wet conditions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said that third baseman Anthony Rendon has continued his rehab work from an MCL sprain in Viera, Fla., at the Nationals complex, MASN Sports reports. 

"Wet field conditions today, so he didn't run today, but he did all the other things. He hit, he threw, he took grounders because we can cover the field. So all is well. He's progressing nicely."

Rendon, who finished fifth in NL MVP voting last season, started the year on the 15-day disabled list with the injury. The team has not given a timetable for Rendon's return. In the meantime, Washington will use Yunel Escobar at third base while Rendon remains sidelined.


Braves plan to use Markakis, Freeman at DH during weekend series


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Braves will utilize right fielder Nick Markakis as the designated hitter for Saturday's game at Toronto, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

First baseman Freddie Freeman will DH on Sunday with infielder Chris Johnson playing first base.


Rays' Evan Longoria to DH Friday night against Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Evan Longoria is in the Rays' lineup against the Yankees as a designated hitter, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune

Longoria was hit by a pitch in Thursday night's 4-2 win against the Blue Jays. He was forced to leave the game after a pitch from Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada plunked him in the left hip. Following the game, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Longoria would be day-to-day. 

Longoria said he feels fine and could return to third base on Saturday

Logan Forsythe will fill in defensively for Longoria at third base. 


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval (foot) back in lineup Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval returned to the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles after missing one start with a foot injury.

Sandoval returns in time to face Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Sandoval is batting .324 (11 for 34) with one triple, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in his career against the right-hander. He also has one walk and 10 strikeouts.

The Red Sox are favored (-125) in Friday's game.


Braves hitting better, but don't credit top of the lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Braves have launched the 2015 season better offensively than they did last year. But don't credit the top of the lineup.

The team has yet to score two or fewer runs in a game. They did so four times and were blanked twice in their first seven games of 2014. Yet the first two hitters in the lineup are struggling mightily.

Braves leadoff hitters are 8-for-37 (.216) with a .275 on-base percentage. But they've been raking compared to those hitting behind them. The second spot, which has been manned by Jace Peterson, Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin and Andrelton Simmons, has produced a .114 average with no extra-base hits, .162 OBP and .114 slugging percentage.


Cubs place 3B Mike Olt on 15-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Cubs placed third baseman Mike Olt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his right wrist, per the team's official website. Olt will have a cast on his wrist for three weeks before he resumes his rehab.

Third base prospect Kris Bryant was promoted to take his place at third base. Olt batted .154 on 13 at-bats before landing on the DL.


Cubs' Kris Bryant officially promoted, will bat cleanup in MLB debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) After spending seven games at Triple-A Iowa to start the season, the Cubs officially promoted third base prospect Kris Bryant prior to Friday's matinee game against the Padres, per the team's official website. Bryant will bat cleaup in his first big-league game, becoming the youngest player (23 years, 103 days) to start and bat cleanup in his debut since Justin Morneau (22, 26) in 2003.

"I really can't put into words how good of a feeling this is," Bryant said, per ESPN. "The journey is just starting. This isn't where I want to end. I want to win a lot of games and win for the Cubs. This is a good starting point."

Bryant was taken with the No. 2 overall pick by the Cubs in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft, and is considered the club's top prospect. He thrived at the plate during spring training, going 17 for 40 and smacking an MLB-best nine home runs while driving in 15 runners. Chicago had the 23-year-old prospect start the season in the minors, which suggests the Cubs wanted to accrue an additional year of control of Bryant before he reaches free agency, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Now, Bryant won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season.

"There is no service-time issue. He's ready to be a Cub for a long time," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

He ended his stint with the Iowa Cubs with a three-run home run on his final at-bat Thursday night. He batted .321/.364/.679 with three homers and 10 RBI in 28 at-bats this season in the minors.

"Physically and talent-wise he is ready to be a Major League baseball player," manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com.


Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval struggling with righty swing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is just 0 for 12 with five strikeouts from the right side of the plate this season, and manager John Farrell called his right-handed swing "a work in progress," the Boston Herald reports.

"Granted, he’s an aggressive hitter in general," Farrell said after calling him "a little overaggressive" from his weaker side, "but against a left-hander, you can see the body movement a little bit more forward toward the pitcher when compared to a right-hander. So, he’s probably trying to go out and get some pitches rather than letting the ball travel deeper in the zone."

The struggles from the right side are nothing new for Sandoval, who hit .199/.244/.319 against left-handed pitchers last season while batting as a right-hander. The switch-hitter is 11 for 24 against righties this season but has yet to pick up an extra-base hit.


Marlins' Martin Prado hits first home run Thursday vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Marlins third baseman Martin Prado went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Mets Thursday.

Prado had managed just six singles and a double in 31 at-bats coming into Thursday's game, but he was able to slug his first home run of the season in the fourth inning off Mets starter Dillon Gee. He has hit .257/.289/.371 with two RBI and three runs scored in 10 games.


Cubs 3B Mike Olt has hairline fracture of wrist


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is heading to the disabled list after an MRI revealed that he has a hairline fracture of his ulna, according to the Daily Herald

Olt will have his wrist in a cast for three weeks. With Olt down, the Cubs are calling up third-base prospect Kris Bryant on Friday. 

Olt is hitting .154 on 13 at-bats to start the season. 


Cubs to promote 3B Kris Bryant Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The Cubs are set to call up third base prospect Kris Bryant Friday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms.

Bryant enjoyed massive success this spring, going 17 for 40 and smacking nine home runs while driving in 15 runners. However, the team decided not to activate his service clock at the beginning of the season, sending him down to Triple-A Iowa, where he's 9 of 28 with three home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases.

Bryant, who was named the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America before the season, will serve as the team's regular third baseman in Chicago. ESPN Chicago initially broke the news of the impending promotion.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar hits leadoff home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar went 1 for 4 Thursday, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Phillies.

The home run, which was Escobar's first of the season, came off Phillies lefty Cole Hamels. He hit just one of his seven home runs off a southpaw last season. Escobar saw a seven-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday but was able to immediately turn things around one night later. He's 11 of 39 with five walks over 10 games.

"[Thursday], I felt like I played with the Nationals that I thought all along I'd play with," Escobar said in Spanish after the game, per the Washington Post. "I felt good. I was happy with the team. We were ahead, they tied the game and we didn't lower our heads and kept going. That was essential. That showed that we keep fighting and we've still got confidence, especially against a pitcher like Cole Hamels."


Rays' Evan Longoria hit by pitch, listed as day-to-day


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning by Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada and was forced to leave the game.

Longoria was hit in the left hip. Following the game, manager Kevin Cash said Longoria was day-to-day with the injury, according to the Tampa Bay Times

The Rays were leading 4-0 when the hit by pitch occurred. Longoria went 1 for 3 with a double and scored a run in the game. 


Mets' David Wright hopes to be cleared for light activities Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright (hamstring) hopes that he'll be cleared to resume light physical activities by Friday morning or Saturday at the latest, MLB.com reports.

Wright received a cortisone shot in his leg that left him unable to jog, lift weights or do any exercises in his normal routine Thursday, so he spend the day preparing mentally as if he were starting Thursday night, studying video of Marlins starter Jarred Cosart and attending the hitters' meeting.

"I still try to go through my day with something productive and at least have some sort of routine," Wright said. "I try to stay somewhat involved, at least mentally." He laughed. "But I'm still bored out of my mind."

The Mets expect Wright to miss two-to-three weeks with the injury.


Giants' Casey McGehee (knee) remains sidelined Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Giants third baseman Casey McGehee (knee) is not in the starting lineup Thursday for the fifth straight game.

McGehee hasn't seen any action since coming out of Saturday's game after just one at-bat due to a strained left knee.

"He came out and he ran. He's not quite ready," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Thursday's game, per MLB.com.

Bochy added that head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner estimated that McGehee needs at least one more day of rest. With the third baseman out of the lineup again, Matt Duffy, who has made four straight starts at third base and hit his first home run of the season Wednesday, will start and bat sixth.

The Giants are heavy favorites (-175) against the Diamondbacks Thursday.


Nationals' Williams: Anthony Rendon still without timetable


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday that while third baseman Anthony Rendon has continued with his fielding work and hitting in the batting cage, he remains without a timetable to begin playing in games, masnsports.com reports.

Rendon is on the disabled list due to an MCL sprain, and while it initially sounded as if he could be back within three weeks of the beginning of the season, he's running out of time to hit that target as he has yet to see any action in game situations. The Nationals will continue to use Yunel Escobar at the hot corner until Rendon is ready.


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter has another multihit game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter collected his fourth straight two-hit game and sixth this season during a 4-0 win Thursday against the Brewers. He had two doubles, one run and one RBI.

Carpenter is batting .364 (12 for 33) with one home run, four doubles and six RBI in eight games. He also has seven runs, four walks and four strikeouts.


Orioles' Jimmy Paredes (back) to begin rehab stint this weekend


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes will begin his rehab stint this Friday, according to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly. 

Paredes will play with Double-A Bowie on Friday and with Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Paredes was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. He took batting practice on Thursday. 

A year ago, Paredes hit .286 with two home runs and eight RBI in 63 at-bats.


 
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