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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.


Mariners make wholesale changes to spark lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) The slumping Mariners juggled their lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, hoping to find a spark for a team that hasn't lived up to expectations. 

Willie Bloomquist returns to the starting lineup for the first time in 11 games, hitting second and playing left field, while Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks also draw rare starts in center and DH, respectively. 

Those moves bump Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller out of the lineup. Ackley has seen his average plummet to .186 this season. Miller has been one of the hottest Seattle hitters, but went 0-for-4 Tuesday to snap a six-game hitting streak. 


Rangers 1B Prince Fielder has hit safely in 17 of 18 May games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder had two hits, including his ninth double, in four at-bats during a 4-3 loss Tuesday at Boston. 

Fielder extended his hitting streak to eight games. He is batting .406 (13 for 32) with one double, three home runs, four runs and nine RBI in that span.

Fielder has hit safely in 17 of 18 games in May. He has a .366/.425/.592/1.017 slash line in May after producing a .333/.385/.429/.813 slash line in April.


Red Sox DH David Ortiz homers in his second straight game


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Designated hitter David Ortiz hit his second home run in as many games Tuesday to help the Red Sox get past the Rangers.

Ortiz hadn't hit a homer since April 24 before connecting for one in each of his last two games.

Orioles DH Jimmy Paredes blasts sixth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Orioles designated hitter Jimmy Paredes went 2 for 5 at the plate in Baltimore's 9-4 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Paredes did his damage in the sixth when he belted a two-run home run off of Danny Farquhar, his sixth of the season. He also added an RBI single in the game, totaling four RBI.

"Jimmy's such a sincere guy," manager Buck Showalter said to MASN Sports. "Those guys give themselves such a chance to be successful because he never gives in in the effort department. I was watching him during the last out. He's in every pitch.

"I know down deep he'd like to be playing a position right now, but it fits well for us what he's doing. I don't want to mess with him too much. That was a big hit. He had seven or eight changeups thrown there. Jimmy finally got one up and over, it was actually a ball, and he poked it into left field.

Paredes is now hitting .346 with 25 RBI in 104 at-bats this season.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

The Yankees are without the benefit of a DH on Tuesday, as they are on the road and facing the Nationals in a National League park. Rodriguez has a five-game hitting streak and will likely be on pinch-hit duty on Tuesday.

The Yankees are underdogs (+130) on the road, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers place Victor Martinez (knee) on disabled list


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) The Tigers have placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the disabled list with left knee inflammation, the team announced on Tuesday.

Martinez aggrevated his knee while trying to beat out a ball at first on Monday and the pain was enough that he will need some time to recover. Martinez is hitting .216 with 15 RBI in 111 at-bats this season. The team will recall Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo to fill in the roster spot.


Tigers' Victor Martinez won't abandon switch-hitting


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is just 12 for 85 against right-handed pitchers while batting lefty, but giving up switch-hitting isn't a consideration for him or the team, MLB.com reports.

"Something that I'm never going to do and I have never done is just going out there and go righty on righty," Martinez said.

Martinez is 7 for 19 with four walks in his career while batting righty against a right-handed pitcher, but all of those at-bats came against knuckleball pitchers. Tracking a right-handed power pitcher from the right side would be a big change for the designated hitter.

"Honestly, I don't know how I'm going to react when the pitcher throws the ball," Martinez said. "I might get out of the way. I've never done it before."

While the idea may have come up among the coaching staff, manager Brad Ausmus isn't willing to force Martinez out of his comfort zone.

"We thought about it, we talked about it and he's not comfortable with it," Ausmus said. "If he's not comfortable with it, obviously we aren't going to be comfortable with it."

Martinez suffered a knee injury on Monday, and his availability for Tuesday's game has yet to be determined.


 
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