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Andrew McCutchen finally slugs first homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:26 am ET) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen brought his season-opening power outage to an end Thursday, in an 11-2 win over the Brewers.

McCutchen's  homerless drought reached 15 games with the end of his last appearance, and he wasn't interested in letting it leak into a 16th game, as he took Yovani Gallardo deep in the bottom of the first for a 422-foot slam to center field. McCutchen drove in two runs on that swing, and added one more RBI on a fielder's choice later in the game, finishing 1 for 5 and extending his hitting streak to six games.

McCutchen has set the bar pretty high with his play in recent seasons, so his .262/.378/.410 line through 16 games is a disappointment so far. He has still driven in eight runs and score seven, with six extra-base hits in 61 at-bats. 


Denard Span gets through rehab game without issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span played in his first rehab game Friday at Class A Hagerstown, as part of his recovery from a concussion.

Span played in the field and batted four times, and seemed to have no trouble, scoring three times. He went 1 for 2 with two walks, while adding an RBI.

Span is likely to play in one more rehab game before making a possible return this weekend. 


Micheal Cuddyer leaves with hamstring


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Padres in the seventh inning due to cramping in his left hamstring. The team is officially listing him as day to day moving forward, according to MLB.com.

Cuddyer went 0 for 3 in the game, dropping his batting average to .317,  the lowest it has been all season. 


Angel Pagan pinch-hits, expected back Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Giants outfielder Angel Pagan's sore knee was not such a serious issue that he could not appear in Thursday's game against the Dodgers. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com he expected Pagan to be in the lineup Friday for the series opener against the Padres. 

Eric Young on extended tear for Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Mets leadoff hitter Eric Young has broken free from an early-season slump in style and with consistency. He opened the year 0 for 15 but is since batting .350 with 14 hits in 40 at-bats. He also has six hits in his last three games.

The result has been many trips down the third-base line to home plate. Young has scored 12 runs in the last eight games. He is tied for the National League lead in that department.


Ryan Braun returns to lineup Thursday after day off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun received one game off Wednesday to rest his ailing thumb, but is back in the lineup Thursday as his team plays in Pittsburgh.

Braun has struggled with the thumb, which in turn has limited his power this season. Aside from a three-homer, seven-RBI game in Philadelphia on April 8, he is batting .243 with no home runs and just three RBI.


Ben Revere slams three hits, including game-winner


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere began the game Thursday against visiting Atlanta on a hitless streak that had extended to 12 at-bats. He ended it as the hero.

Revere went 3 for 4 and broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning. He had already singled in the first and sixth. He raised his batting average for .204 to .250 with the fine performance.


Jose Tabata not in Thursday lineup, but physically fine


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata is a healthy scratch for the game Thursday against Milwaukee. He was deemed questionable with concussion-like symptoms after slamming against the left field wall Wednesday.

Tabata is available off the bench.


Knee ailment, caution, keeping Angel Pagan out Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) The absence of Giants center fielder Angel Pagan from the Thursday lineup against the Dodgers is due to mild knee soreness.

Bruce Bochy told CSNBayArea.com that he was merely being cautious in keeping Pagan out. He is expected to return in time for the weekend series in San Diego.


Confirmed: Bryce Harper back Thursday for Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) As expected, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has returned to the lineup for the Thursday game against St. Louis after missing one game with a quad ailment.

Rare slump has Carlos Gonzalez sitting against Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rockies slumping left fielder Carlos Gonzalez has been given the night off Thursday in San Diego.

Gonzalez was torrid to start the season before a 2-for-20 stretch in the last five games. He has hit safely, however, in the last two. He is still tied for fourth in the National League with 13 RBI.


Angel Pagan getting break Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Giants center field Angel Pagan has been given the day off for the Thursday game against the Dodgers.

He will try upon his return to keep the absence from killing the momentum he has gathered throughout the beginning of the season. He has hit safely in 13 of 14 games and owns a stat line of .383/.431/.500. Particularly impressive is that Pagan has 10 RBI from the leadoff position.


Dodgers shuffles outfield for game against Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Scott Van Slyke will get a rare start in a crowded Dodgers outfield Thursday against San Francisco. Neither Andre Ethier nor Carl Crawford is in the lineup. The Dodgers will have three right-handed hitters in the outfield against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

Van Slyke has been productive in 13 at-bats with four hits, including a home run in the opening game in Australia.


Gerardo Parra among those struggling for Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra has been hitting a bit like many of his teammates recently - and that's not good.

Parra has just 12 hits in his last 58 at-bats and has been inconsistent as well. He has been held hitless in six of the last 13 games and is 1 for 11 in his last three.

He does, however, rank second on the team with 11 runs on the season.


Bryce Harper expected back in lineup Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) The quad muscle that prevented Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper from playing Wednesday should not keep him out Thursday against St. Louis, according to the Washington Post.

Harper has been dealing with tightness since Friday, but remained in the lineup. "He's been running a lot," Matt Williams said. "He's been doing a lot of things. Give him a day to calm it down a little bit."

Harper certainly hasn't been negatively affected at the plate. He owns an eight-game hitting streak during which he has 14 hits in 29 at-bats with five RBI. His power numbers have been slow to come around, however. He has just one home run in 50 at-bats this season.


Jayson Werth sinks the Marlins again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth had another big game against the Marlins Wednesday, as he hit his third home run of the season against them in a 6-3 win.

Werth's lone hit in four trips to the plate brought in three runs, as he took Marlins' starter Jose Fernandez deep to right. He has yet to hit a home run against a non-Miami team this season.

The bulk of Werth's production has come against the Marlins this season, with 10 of his 11 RBI and all three of his home runs coming against Miami. He is hitting .308/.410/.538 overall.  


Scott Hairston still not swinging as part of recovery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston is making progress in his recovery from a strained left oblique, but has yet to pick up a bat. Manager Matt Williams told MLB.com Hairston is progressing, but still does not have a timeline as the team tries to make sure he does not suffer any setbacks.

"He's progressing into rigorous activity," Williams said. "Those things are tough. You've got to make sure you're really careful because if you have an additional setback it takes a long time."


MRI reveals minor hamstring injury for Juan Lagares


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Mets outfielder Juan Lagares will need one-to-two weeks to recover from a minor hamstring pull, the Star-Ledger reports.

"It's not that bad," Lagares said.

An MRI on the injured hamstring revealed that his injury is relatively minor, and Lagares is set to begin undergoing treatment. He was placed on the disabled list Tuesday.


Carlos Quentin still not ready for rehab to begin


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin continues to work his way back from a bone bruise on his knee, but his progress has apparently been slower than expected. MLB.com reports Wednesday Quentin is still likely at least a week away from beginning a minor-league rehab assignment, and there is "no chance" he will be ready by this weekend, as hoped. 

Curtis Granderson pinch hits Wednesday, will likely play Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson went 0 for 1 as a pinch hitter in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Granderson is dealing with multiple injuries after crashing into the outfield wall earlier this week. However, he is expected to rejoin the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against the Braves, MLB.com reports.


Juan Perez shipped to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Giants outfielder Juan Perez was optioned to Triple-A Fresno Wednesday to make room for the activation of Jeremy Affeldt from the disable list. 

Perez appeared in seven games for the Giants, going hitless in eight at-bats. 


Bryce Harper scratched with quad tightness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup, due to tightness in his left quad. This is an injury he has been fighting through over the last few days, and will likely just get some time off to let it heal. He is day to day moving forward.  

Denard Span to play rehab games Thursday and Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nationals outfielder Denard Span is expected to get three at-bats in a rehab game Thursday and four at-bats in another rehab game Friday, the team announced.

Span was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday after a baserunning collision the previous day, but he was showing improvement Tuesday and looks on track to return this weekend. He has hit .222/.300/.361 in 36 at-bats.


Darin Ruf, Ethan Martin close to starting rehab assignments


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Wednesday outfielder Darin Ruf (oblique) has begun baseball activities and pitcher Ethan Martin (shoulder) is throwing bullpens. Both could begin rehab assignments soon.

Manager says Starling Marte's swing 'doesn't look right'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte began Wednesday's game at Cincinnati on the bench before he had to replace Jose Tabata, who left the game after crashing into the outfield wall.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wanted to give Marte a break after his second straight three-strikeout performance.

"I don't know if he's trying too hard, or if the swing is disconnected," Hurdle said of Marte, per MLB.com. "But the swing doesn't look right to me. I just think he needs a day off to rest himself mentally. So we'll back him away from the flame. We've been too soft at the top of the order."


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