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Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar cracks first home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1:07 am ET) Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar went 1 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 8-5 win over the Mariners Saturday.

Escobar did his only damage in the fourth inning when he ripped a 3-2 pitch off James Paxton over the left center field wall for a solo home run, his first of the season. Escobar, who also struck out twice, boosted his average to .171 in 35 at-bats this season.


Orioles' J.J. Hardy won't throw until Wednesday after cortisone shot


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder and will not be able to throw until Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said per CSN Baltimore.

Hardy, who rejoined the team Saturday, is still on the 15-day DL with the shoulder injury and has not yet played in a rehab game on his road to recovery.


Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy inching closer to return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Orioles shortstip J.J. Hardy rejoined his teammates Saturday in Baltimore and is reportedly feeling better, according to MLB.com.

Hardy, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain, has yet to play in a rehab game and is still working with the team to determine his next step.

"I think he still feels just a little bit [on his swing]," bench coach John Russell, filling in for manager Buck Showalter, said on Saturday. "I can't go into a lot of detail. I'll let Buck handle more of that. I do know he's making very good progress, so knock on wood that's a good sign."


Twins sit Danny Santana, Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The Twins will be without three regulars in the starting lineup on Saturday. 

Shortstop Danny Santana, left fielder Oswaldo Arcia and center fielder Jordan Schafer are all out of the lineup. 

Eduardo Escobar will start his third game of the year at shortstop, batting eighth in the lineup. 

Eduardo Nunez gets his second start of the year in left, batting sixth. Shane Robinson starts for the sixth time in center, batting ninth. 


Reynaldo Navarro to make second straight start at 2B for Orioles


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) After making his major league debut on Friday, Reynaldo Navarro is starting again for the Orioles, batting seventh and playing second base, on Saturday against the Red Sox.

Navarro went 1 for 3 with a double on Friday.

Navarro was called up after infielder Ryan Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Astros' Chris Carter replaces Evan Gattis at DH


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Astros DH Evan Gattis is not listed in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game at Oakland. After 11 straight starts at DH, Gattis heads to the bench, replaced at DH by first baseman Chris Carter

Marwin Gonzalez gets his third start of the year at first base, batting eighth in the lineup. 

The Astros are +105 money line underdogs at Oakland. 


Orioles INF Rey Navarro says first-ever call up 'A dream come true'


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) After 885 games in the minor leagues, infielder Reynaldo Navarro said his first-ever call up to the major leagues is "A dream come true. This is where they play the best baseball in the world," reports MASNsports.com.

Navarro was called up by the O's after infielder Ryan Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Navarro is a career .265 hitter in the minors.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) not ready to be cleared


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy needs to have two straight days without any pain in his shoulder before he is cleared to start playing in rehab games, reports SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Hardy has not played this season due to a shoulder strain and he has been working out with the team's Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk.


Royals recall Brandon Finnegan, send down Orlando Calixte


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Royals brought up pitcher Brandon Finnegan on Friday and sent down shortstop Orlando Calixte to its Triple-A affiliate, the team announced.

Finnegan started the season at Double-A, while Calixte was 0 for 2 in his lone appearance this season.

Manager Ned Yost said Finnegan will work out of the bullpen initially and he does not have a definitive role for him yet, reports The Kansas City Star.


Red Sox's Brock Holt starts for Xander Bogaerts


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox utility man Brock Holt gets a start at shortstop in place of Xander Bogaerts for Friday's game at Baltimore. 

Holt has started games at second, third, short and center. With Friday's game, Holt will have three starts at shortstop, more than any other position. It's the second time in four games he's gotten the start at short ahead of Bogaerts. 

Boston and Baltimore are even with -105 money lines for the game. 


Orioles put Ryan Flaherty on DL, recall Rey Navarro


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Orioles announced on Friday that they have placed infielder Ryan Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain. 

The move will be retroactive to April 23.

Flaherty is hitting .300/.400/.600 and has two home runs and four RBI in nine games. The Orioles are confident that Flaherty will be activated from the DL when he's eligible, according to MASN Sports.  

To replace Flaherty on the 25-man roster, the Orioles have recalled infielder Reynaldo Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk. Navarro has appeared in two games with Norfolk and has a home run and two RBI. He has a slash line of .429/.500/1.000. 

Assuming Navarro gets into a game during this stint with the Orioles, he will be making his major-league debut. 


Astros activate P Josh Fields, option IF Jonathan Villar


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The Astros announced that they have activated reliever Josh Fields from the disabled list. 

Fields has been on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. He's been with Triple-A Fresno and threw five times on a rehab assignment. Fields allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings pitched. He's struck out three batters. 

"Josh Fields is a real weapon in the 'pen anytime during the game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. "I told him, he'll be used primarily as a bridge in the middle part of the game. Get a couple outings under his belt, we can move him into a number of roles."

To make room for Fields, the Astros optioned infielder Jonathan Villar to Fresno. In seven games played, Villar has only recorded one hit in 13 at-bats. 


Astros SS Lowrie returns to lineup after one-day hiatus


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie has returned to the lineup for the Wednesday game in Seattle after sitting Tuesday, though he did enter late to walk and score.

Lowrie is off to a strong start, particularly as a run-producer. He owns a decent .233/.340/.465 slash line, but also has three homers and seven RBI in 13 games.


Rays SS Cabrera back in lineup after one-game absence


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is back in the lineup in his familiar third spot Wednesday against the Red Sox. He was benched Tuesday in the midst of a slump.

Cabrera has just two hits in his last eight games to weaken his slash line to .189/.218/.245.


Yankees INF Brendan Ryan taking BP, fielding grounders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan (calf) fielded grounders and took batting practice Tuesday, per the New York Daily News. Ryan has not appeared in a game this season.

Yankees' Pirela to play seven innings in extended spring game Wed.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela (concussion) went 1 for 3 and was hit by a pitch on the elbow during an extended spring game Tuesday, per the New York Daily News. He is scheduled to play seven innings Wednesday.

Astros SS Jed Lowrie set to sit Tuesday against Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie is catching a break Tuesday night in Seattle. Marwin Gonzalez is set to start instead.

Lowrie is certainly not being benched for a lack of production. He has three home runs and seven RBI despite a .233 batting average. He drove in a pair with two hits Monday, breaking an 0-for-11 skid in the process.


Yankees' Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorious not in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran and shortstop Didi Gregorius are not in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with lefty starter Kyle Lobstein and the Tigers.

Beltran missed two games due to illness before returning to the lineup Monday. He had been batting third but was slotted fifth in his return Monday. Designated hitter Alex Rodriguez will make his fourth straight start in the No. 3 spot in the lineup Tuesday.

Gregorius has started 11 of the team's 13 games this year at shortstop. Backup infielder Gregorio Petit will play shortstop and bat ninth.

The Yankees are underdogs (+105) in Detroit Tuesday.


Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays, the team announced. Bogaerts started the last four games for Boston, but will get the day off Tuesday, giving Brock Holt the start at short.

Holt is hitting .462 with five RBI in 26 at-bats this season.


Blue Jays' Jose Reyes leading off Tuesday, Devon Travis out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is batting leadoff in Tuesday's matchup against the Orioles, while second baseman Devon Travis is out of the lineup.

Reyes was diagnosed with a small rib fracture last week after feeling a jolt of pain during an at-bat Thursday. He was ruled out through the weekend but is able to return to action Tuesday; however, he'll be limited to batting from the right side against righty Bud Norris.

Travis left Sunday's game after getting hit with a pitch. He escaped serious injury after the team announced he was not dealing with a rib fracture, but he'll take a seat Tuesday. He said that the rib is bruised and sore, but he's not dealing with a pulled muscle or anything more serious, the Toronto Star reports. Ryan Goins will draw the start at second base.

The Blue Jays are favorites (-121) against the Orioles Tuesday.


Rays SS Cabrera set to sit Tuesday for first time in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) After batting third every game this season, slumping Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is absent from the Tuesday lineup against visiting Boston.

Cabrera opened the year with eight hits in 25 at-bats, but is 2 for 27 over the last seven games and has no extra-base hits since April 11.

Tim Beckham is starting at short instead.


Orioles' J.J. Hardy working out with Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will work out with Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, masnsports.com reports.

Hardy isn't expected to begin his rehab assignment Tuesday, so he will likely be limited to pregame workouts. He could begin his rehab assignment later this week. Hardy opened the season on the disabled list due to a shoulder strain.


Athletics' Marcus Semien slugs second home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 6-3 win over the Angels Monday.

Semien has been better against lefties than righties but was able to take righty starter Matt Shoemaker over the fence in the fourth inning Monday. He's hit .250/.304/.423 with two home runs, nine RBI and one stolen base in 52 at-bats.

Semien will get to face three lefty starters in a four-game span starting Tuesday against Angels pitcher Hector Santiago.


White Sox's Alexei Ramirez drives in two runs in comeback win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 1 for 4 with two RBI in his team's 4-3 win over the Indians Monday.

The White Sox entered the bottom of the ninth inning stuck in a 3-0 deficit, but the offense was able to engineer a win by racking up six hits and a walk with one out in the inning. Ramirez drove in the first two runs of the inning with his double with men on second and third base.

The double was the third of the year for Ramirez, who has hit .184/.250/.263 with no home runs and eight RBI in 38 at-bats.


Royals' Alcides Escobar on leg injury: I thought my leg was broken


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) After missing two games because of a knee injury, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said he was glad to be back in Monday's lineup, reports MLB.com.

"It's good right now and I'm happy to be back in the lineup," Escobar said.

Escobar injured the knee during Friday's game against the Athletics when third baseman Brett Lawrie clipped Escobar's leg as he slid into second base. When the injury occurred, Escobar initially feared the worst.

"I thought I broke my leg or my ankle," Escobar said. "When I see the replay, I say 'Wow. That's hard.'"

Escobar added that he is not concerned about the play moving forward.

"Right now, I'm thinking that it's in the past," he said.


 
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