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Blue Jays' Jose Bautista remains sidelined Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:38 pm ET) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

Bautista's absence was expected after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder this weekend. He's just 1 for 15 in his last five games but has hit .215/.364/.454 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 130 at-bats this season.

The Blue Jays are heavy favorites (-160) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


David Murphy slots in as DH for Indians on Monday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(12:56 pm ET) David Murphy will step into the DH role on Monday as the Indians face the Rangers, just the second time in nine games that Murphy will be in that role. 

Murphy will hit fifth in Cleveland's lineup against Texas starter Phil Klein. He has only faced Klein once, but has a hit in that lone at-bat. Murphy is hitting .529 with two doubles and two RBIs from the five-hole. 

Two other Indians starters, Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley, have also just faced Klein once, and both have hit solo home runs against the pitcher. 


Astros DH Evan Gattis blasts ninth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:18 am ET) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis went 3 for 4 at the plate in Houston's 10-8 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Gattis got things going in the first inning when he ripped a triple to right field, scoring two runs, his second of the season. Then in the sixth, Gattis blasted a solo shot off of Anibal Sanchez to left center field, his ninth of the season. 

Gattis, who also drew one walk, is now hitting .201 with 28 RBI in 154 at-bats this season.


Rangers DH Prince Fielder continues hot hitting with two RBI


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder went 3 for 5 at the plate in Texas' 5-2 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Fielder, who also singled twice, did his damage in the first when he doubled to deep center field, driving home a run. Fielder singkled to right in the seventh to collect his second RBI. Fielder is tearing the cover off the ball, hitting a blistering .358 with 32 RBI in 176 at-bats this season.


Rays' Steven Souza leaves game with wrist injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Rays outfielder Steven Souza left Sunday's game during a third inning at bat, after suffering a sprained left wrist on a foul tip. Souza is considered day to day after colliding with catcher Stephen Vogt at home in the first inning, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"On the collision, I kind of felt something and figured it would just go away," Souza said. "Took some swings on deck. It was lingering a little bit, but nothing too severe. But on the check-swing, I felt the pain. We’re just being precautious."

Souza will undergo an MRI on his wrist on Monday. He was replaced by Joey Butler


Jose Bautista out of Blue Jays' lineup after cortisone shot


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Blue Jays DH Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, per Toronto's 590 AM. Bautista is out of the lineup Sunday and will likely miss Monday as well. 

Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH from first base to replace Bautista, with Justin Smoak getting the start at first. 

Munenori Kawasaki also gets his second start of the year second base, replacing Steve Tolleson

Danny Valencia also gets a rest. Chris Colabello moves over from right field to left to replace him. Ezequiel Carrera replaces Colabello in right. 


Avisail Garcia returns to White Sox lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia will return to the lineup on Sunday. 

Garcia is batting fifth in the order and returns after two games with a sore knee. 

The White Sox also flipped positions of Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche for the game. Abreu will play DH for the sixth time this year, while LaRoche plays first for the seventh time.


Rays' David DeJesus goes 2 for 2 in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rays left fielder David DeJesus went 2 for 2 in Saturday's loss to Oakland. He walked once and continued his hot hitting. 

DeJesus has two multi-hit games in the last three and four in his last seven. He lifted his average to .330. 


Rangers DH Prince Fielder helps bury Yankees on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rangers slugger Prince Fielder was a royal pain to the Yankees on Saturday. But then, so were a lot of hitters in a 15-4 shellacking.

Fielder was the chief tormenter, however. He singled twice and scored a run in the third, walked and scored in the sixth and slammed a two-run homer in the seventh.

His big game comes as no surprise given the season he is having and his recent tear. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and is 5-for-9 with three home runs in the last two. He boasts a sensational slash line of .351/.404/.544.


Red Sox's John Farrell shuffles lineup before facing Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to shake things up against the Angels, he did just that prior to Saturday's game, per The Boston Herald.

Farrell slotted second baseman Dustin Pedroia into the leadoff spot, inserted his Triple-A call up Rusney Castillo to play centerfield and dropped David Ortiz to the cleanup spot.

Hanley Ramirez, who was nursing his left hand after being hit by a pitch on Friday, is also back in the lineup. Shane Victorino will hit second in the lineup after missing two games with a sore calf.

The Sox (19-23) are currently in fourth place in the American League East Division.


Athletics' Billy Butler has seven multihit games in last 17 outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler singled twice and had one RBI in four at-bats Friday against the Rays. He also struck out once.

Butler has produced seven multihit games in his last 17 appearances. He has a .286/.311/.371/.682 slash line in that span. He also has one home run, three doubles, six runs and 10 RBI in his last 17 games.


Royals' Kendrys Morales drives in five runs during Friday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales provided all the offense that the Royals needed to defeat the Cardinals on Friday.

Morales drove in all five the team's runs Friday. He did it by hitting two home runs off Lance Lynn. Morales went 3 for 5 in the game to raise his average to .305.

Prior to his three-hit game Friday, Morales had been hitting .154 with no home runs over his last four games.


Rangers' Prince Fielder goes yard twice in win over Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder hit two home runs during Friday night's 10-9 win over the Yankees. 

Fielder had a huge game, going 2 for 5 from the plate with four RBI and two runs scored. His first home run came in the third inning and also scored Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo. He then came back in the seventh to hit a solo homer. 

This gives Fielder seven home runs for the season. This is the third time in his past five games that Fielder has recorded a multi-hit game. 

Fielder is now slashing .341/.397/.521 this season. 


Angels' deciding if C.J. Cron should sit bench or play in minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Angels DH C.J. Cron is mired in a slump to start the season. Cron is hitting .200 with a .496 OPS. 

As a result, Cron has seen his playing time dwindle, starting just twice in the last 10 games.

Of course, with limited at bats, it will be tough for Cron to find his swing. The question the Angels must answer is whether Cron should stay on the Major League bench or go down to Triple-A to get regular playing time. 

"If you are getting at bats at the major league level you don’t have to get them seven days a week, but if you are getting them one day a week then there’s a discussion of what’s best for the team and what’s best for the player," manager Mike Scioscia said, per the Orange County Register. "C.J. has gotten enough at-bats where if he’s swinging like he can, he’d be contributing, but he hasn’t found that swing yet."


Ausmus: Tigers DH Victor Martinez began rehab Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Brad Ausmus has announced that Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez began his rehab Friday in Orlando, per the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez was placed in the disabled list with a lingering knee ailment that prevented him from hitting against right-handers to his usual standards.

Ausmus has stated that he has no clear idea as to when Martinez will return to the team.


Hot-hitting Jimmy Paredes starts at second base for Orioles


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Without the luxury of the designated hitter position while in a National League park, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is keeping the hot bat of Jimmy Paredes in the lineup on Friday against the Marlins. Paredes will play second base in favor of Steve Pearce, who is on the bench.

Paredes has been a tough out this season, reaching base via a hit or a walk in all but two of the 27 games he's played. 


Rays OF's Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus sit against lefty Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Rays facing a left-hander on Friday, manager Kevin Cash has loaded his lineup with right-handed swingers.

Outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus are being held out of the lineup against the A's. Kiermaier had started nine straight games for the Rays, but will take a seat on Friday, despite the fact he actually has a higher batting average against lefties (.267) than righties (.232).

DeJesus meanwhile has been on a tear lately. He's batting an even .400 (10 for 25) over his current seven-game hitting streak. But he's been heavily shielded against southpaws this season, having just three at-bats against left-handed pitching. 

Joey Butler will enter the lineup and bat fifth while playing left field. Brandon Guyer moves up to the leadoff spot and will play center field on Friday. 


Blue Jays still creating a plan to keep Bautista, Encarnacion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) 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.

Indians' Nick Swisher slugs first homer Thursday vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday.

Swisher's first home run of the season came in the first inning and was part of a four-run frame for the Indians, which ended up being more than enough to cruise to a win behind the pitching of Danny Salazar. Swisher has hit .250/.328/.365 with four RBI in 52 at-bats.


Rays DH David DeJesus hits HR, double in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Rays designated hitter David DeJesus hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of Thursday night's 3-0 win over the Athletics. 

DeJesus went yard off of Jesse Chavez on the first pitch of the at-bat. For DeJesus, it's his fourth home run of the season. He finished the game 2 for 4 and also hit an RBI double.

"I'm feeling good," DeJesus said on his approach after the game, per MLB.com. "I'm just getting pitches and not trying to do too much with it."

DeJesus has now recorded a hit in seven consecutive games and has recorded 18 RBI for the year. 

He now holds a slash line of .324/.367/.500. 


Tigers SP David Price takes no-decision on Thursday vs. Astros


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Tigers starter David Price was solid in a no-decision on Thursday against the Astros. Price went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high 12 batters, as the Tigers won 6-5 in 11 innings.

Pitching with a 5-0 lead, Price was throwing shutout ball until the top of the seventh. He allowed an RBI triple to Evan Gattis, followed by a couple of run-scoring singles before being lifted for a reliever. 

"I kind of made some adjustments throughout the week, and that's the best I've felt on the mound regardless of results," said Price, per MLive.com

"I don't care about the strikeouts. I don't care about the runs there in the seventh inning. That's the best I've felt, that's the best I've thrown the baseball this year."

That makes back-to-back quality outings for Price, who lowered his ERA to 3.32. He's scheduled to toe the rubber next on Tuesday in Oakland. 

"He did an excellent job, really," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He commanded the fastball to both sides of he plate, used his curveballs, change up, cutter very effectively. I just think it was a case where they strung some hits together and scored a few runs. It was still an excellent outing for him."


Former hitting coach: David Ortiz can improve against LHP


(5/21/2015) David Ortiz has been here before. Not too long ago, during the 2009 and '10 seasons, the Red Sox slugger endured huge struggles against left-handed pitchers.

Ortiz, who is currently hitting .136 against left-handed pitchers in 44 at-bats, rectified those issues a couple of years ago and his former hitting coach Dave Magadan believes he can do it again.

"If you remember, there was a clamoring of should we release him, is he done," the current Rangers hitting coach said. "There was a lot of talk about that. They were talking about his bat speed and all that. But I remember distinctly telling him, 'David, you take BP with guys throwing 50 mph. If you didn't have bat speed you couldn't hit balls where you do in BP and we're going to look back at this moment and we're going to laugh. We're going to use it to make you better down the line because this is going to make you a better hitter, a better player. As tough as you are, it’s going to make you tougher.' He ended up proving all the doubters wrong."

Ortiz will have to find a remedy against lefties much like he did five years ago.

"It was showing old video. Showing him what he did against left-handers, how he used the field,” Magadan said. "A lot of his troubles back then was that he was using half the field. And it was more trouble with the relievers than it was the starters. Lefty starters he was still getting his hits, but it was the guys coming out of the pen who are paid to get lefties out he had a little too much of a pull approach. Then it was when he started opening up the left side of the field is when he got going."

For the season, Ortiz is hitting .241/.340/.421 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 133 total at-bats.


Yankees will pay A-Rod for 660th HR, if they lose in arbitration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) If Major League Baseball arbitrator Fredric Horowitz decides that the Yankees must pay Alex Rodriguez for his historic 660th home run, then team owner Hal Steinbrenner won't dispute it, he told reporters on Wednesday, per NJ.com.

"I will say that, as with every other contract, if there's any contractual obligations on our end, we're going to meet them," Steinbrenner said to reporters. "It's no different than any other contract."

Rodriguez signed a signed a 10 year, $275 million contract with the Yankees in 2007 that contained marketing bonuses for reaching home run milestones. He's due to make $6 million each for reaching 660, 714, 755 and tying/breaking the all-time home run record at 762. 

The embattled slugger tied Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays for fourth all-time in home runs, triggering his bonus on May 1. However, the Yankees believe they're not obligated to pay him because his home run chase is no longer commercially marketable due to his his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, which led to his season-long suspension in 2014.

He is hitting .246/.346/.554 with 10 homers, 22 RBI, 19 walks and 36 strikeouts in 38 games played this season. He is 50 homers away from matching another Yankee, Babe Ruth, on the all-time list for third.


Ausmus won't guess on return of Tigers DH Victor Martinez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nobody knows for sure when aging designated hitter Victor Martinez will be back in the lineup for the Tigers.

And that includes Brad Ausmus.

Martinez has been placed on the disabled list with a knee problem that has plagued him all season and forced him to struggle against right-handers, against whom he is batting .141 (12-for-85).

"We've got to make sure he's healthy," Ausmus told MLive.com. "I don't know if that'll be two weeks. I don't know if it'll be four weeks - I'd just be throwing darts blindfolded."


Astros DH Evan Gattis launches two-run home run on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis belted his eighth home run of the season in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the A's. His two-run bomb off Jesse Hahn in the bottom of the sixth broke a 1-1 tie. It was his only hit of the afternoon.

"It's good to be hitting the ball again, and it's good that actions speak louder than anything that anybody said that's running me out there," Gattis said of the Astros' faith in him, per MLB.com. "I'm grateful for that."

Home runs aside, Gattis has really struggled at the plate this season. He's now hitting a dismal .196 and carries a poor .213 on-base percentage.

"I think our offense is competent enough to know if we can hang in there long enough, somebody is going to do something, and then once somebody does that one thing, it seems to propel everybody else to have good at-bats and continue some innings," manager A.J. Hinch said.


 
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