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Reds SS Zack Cozart lowered to seventh in Saturday order


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:55 am ET) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has certainly played a role in his team's recent struggles at the plate. His role has changed for the Saturday game in Cleveland, where he will be bat seventh.

Cozart assumed that spot three times this year. He began the season batting eighth, but was moved up due to a strong start. His current 1-for-20 slide has his average down to .278, its lowest point in six weeks.


Nick Ahmed played hero role in extra-inning win versus Cubs


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:10 am ET) Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed was the unlikely hero on Friday night. But unlikely or not, Ahmed's single in the 13th inning gave the Diamondbacks a 5-4 win over the Cubs.

Ahmed, who entered the game batting .194, went 3 for 6 with a home run and two RBI.

''I made some improvements, made some adjustments,'' Ahmed said. ''I'm starting to put the bat on the ball, starting to see it a lot better. The coaches here have been awesome - (hitting coach) Turner Ward and (assistant hitting coach) Mark Grace, and even my teammates here, they just stick with me, stay behind me, keep instilling confidence in me even though I'm struggling. That helped a lot.''

Ahmed is hitting .212/.281/.260 with a home run and eight RBI in 104 at-bats this season.


Starlin Castro knocks two hits against Diamondbacks


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:55 am ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro recorded two hits in his team's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Castro went 2 for 6 with a double and an RBI. He is hitting .274/.305/.351 for the season with three home runs and 24 RBI in 168 at-bats.


Phillies SS Freddy Galvis: Cold weather made me cold at plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has blamed the cold weather in Colorado for turning him cold at the plate.

All four games against the host Rockies were played in low 50-degree temperatures, leaving Galvis to tell the Philadelphia Inquirer that his poor series was due to it being "really cold."

Galvis was 3-for-20 in the series and is now 3-for-23 in his last five games. He is still leading all National League shortstops with a .319 batting average, but it was at .353 a week ago.

Ryne Sandberg said he expected Galvis to maintain a shorter swing and "pepper the ball" this weekend against Washington.


Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins returns to lineup for Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) After getting Thursday's game off to rest, Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, reports TrueBlueLA.com. 

Rollins is batting .313 with three RBI in his last nine games. Rollins will bat second and face Andrew Cashner on Friday, who he is 0 for 12 against in his career.

The Dodgers are the favorites (-190) over the Padres on Friday.


Reds move Brandon Phillips to top of order over Zack Cozart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Red manager Bryan Price inserted second baseman Brandon Phillips into the leadoff spot for Friday's contest against the Indians. It's the first time since Sept. 25, 2014, he's at the top of the order.

Phillips bumped Zack Cozart to the No. 2 hole against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Phillips is hitting .357 (25 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and six walks over his last 19 games played. Cozart has just one hit over his last 16 at-bats.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+155) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Mets are in no hurry to trade young pitching for a shortstop


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) The Mets are seeming less and less likely to deal from their surplus of young pitching, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. There have been numerous on-going talks about the team possibly looking to deal one of their young arms for a shortstop. 

But as Heyman reports, the Mets are not necessarily rushing to go out and get a shortstop. The club is apparently willing to give Wilmer Flores more time to prove himself. They also have a stock of young shortstops in the minor leagues, including Matt Reynolds, Gavin Cecchini and 19-year-old Amed Rosario.


Rival teams looking to struggling Brewers for possible deals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Brewers looking more and more like eventual sellers, rival teams are saying pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse have limited trade value, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Early on, teams seem to be preferring Lohse due to his pending free agency at the end of the season, and his excellent clubhouse presence. Both pitchers have struggled this season, each with an ERA over 5.00 in nine starts. 

Heyman also notes that teams are unsure if the Brewers would consider trading young shortstop Jean Segura, who is currently on the disabled list with a broken finger. There seems to also be uncertainty whether catcher Jonathan Lucroy or outfielder Carlos Gomez would be available, though Gomez would probably be the most likely to go since his contract is up after the 2016 season. 


Dodgers INF Erisbel Arruebarrena suspended indefinitely


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended indefinitely by the Dodgers. Arruebarrena, who was signed five year, $25 million contract prior to the 2014 season, has yet to play at any level this season. He did have 41 at-bats with the Dodgers last season, collecting eight hits in the process. 

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman confirmed that Arruebarrena was placed on the suspended list, and the team released a statement indicating that Arruebarrena repeatedly failed to comply with his contract as the reason for the suspension, according to TrueBlueLA.com.

In January, the Dodgers designated Arruebarrena for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster. He cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A, though he has not played a game yet.


Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria up to 20 RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria had a single in three at-bats during a 7-6 loss Thursday vs. Arizona. He also had a sac fly, which raised his RBI total to 20.

Hechavarria entered play Thursday mired in a 1-for-14 slump over his previous four games. For May, he is batting .270 (20 for 74) with three doubles and four RBI in 20 games.


Diamondbacks' Cliff Pennington snaps 0-for-16 slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Diamondbacks infielder Cliff Pennington ended a 0-for-16 slump during Thursday's 7-6 win at Miami. Pennington went 1 for 2 with one RBI, one walk and two runs.

Pennington had an RBI double in the sixth inning, which chased Marlins starting pitcher Mat Latos from the game. It was second RBI of the season.


Pirates looking at mental approach to alleviate Jordy Mercer's slump


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) For the second-consecutive season, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has started the season in a slump and manager Clint Hurdle said Mercer's struggles may be mental, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"That's what we worked last year, the mental part of it first, and then we got into the physical glitch or the mechanical glitch," Hurdle said. "It's similar in some areas, very similar in some areas. We've got to get his hands to work better."

Mercer is hitting .171 in 111 at-bats this season and Hurdle hopes giving Mercer a few games off will help him correct his swing.

"If we've got a mechanical situation where our hands aren't going where we want them to go, why?" Hurdle said. "What are you trying to do? What are you trying to generate? Are you trying to generate power, are you trying to generate lift?"


Giants SS Brandon Crawford takes a seat Thursday vs. Dodgers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is being held out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers. Crawford has been red-hot at the plate, batting .432 over his last 10 games. But he has just one hit in 18 career at-bats against Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw. 

So, after starting each of the last eight games, Crawford will take a seat in favor of Joaquin Arias on Thursday. Crawford should be back in the lineup on Friday. 


Giants SS Brandon Crawford: 'I'm feeling good'


(5/21/2015) Brandon Crawford has become a weapon within the Giants' offense, no matter who the opposing pitchers are.

Crawford, who has historically been better against left-handed pitchers, is hitting .265 against right-handed pitchers. He is still dominating lefties, hitting .414 with 2 home runs and seven RBI in 29 at-bats.

"I'm feeling good against lefties and righties right now," Crawford said. "That, along with being aggressive with pitches I like in the zone, that's been working for me. I feel good, but I'm not really focusing on what I've done the past week or tonight. Tomorrow is a new day."

The shortstop is on a five-game hitting streak, hitting .524/.545/.762 with a home run and nine RBI in 21 at-bats. 


Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins gets a breather on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins is being held out of the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Giants. Rollins had started each of the last six games and 10 of the last 11.

Rollins is just 6 for 28 lifetime against Thursday's starter Madison Bumgarner, so manager Don Mattingly felt this was a good time to give the veteran shortstop a day off. He is 10 for 38 over his last 10 games with a home run and two RBI.

Enrique Hernandez will fill in for Rollins at short while batting second in the order. 


Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado gets day off against Phillies


(5/21/2015) Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who has started all but two games, will not be in the starting lineup against the Phillies on Thursday.

Arenado is 1 for 15 in his last four games, dropping his season line to .265/.308/.500.

Daniel Descalso, who has started everywhere on the infield this season except third base, will replace Arenado on Thursday.


Padres SS prospect Trea Turner thriving at Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner homered for the second time in four games for Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday. He finished 3 for 4 with one double and one RBI.

Turner, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 65) and MLB.com (No. 62), is batting .336 with a .413 on-base percentage, .529 slugging percentage and .941 OPS in 37 games.

He also has one triple, five home runs, 10 doubles, 21 RBI, 22 runs, eight stolen bases, 19 walks and 32 strikeouts.


Phillies OF Ben Revere gets a breather on Thursday vs. Rockies


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Phillies outfielder Ben Revere is getting just his second day off this month, as he is being held out of the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Rockies. Revere has been hitting fairly well lately, batting .268 with three RBI and three stolen bases over his last 10 games.

Darin Ruf will handle left field and bat third, while shortstop Freddy Galvis will hit lead-off for the first time this year. 


Mets alter lineup with Curtis Granderson getting day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Cardinals for the first time in 10 games. With Granderson out of the starting lineup, center fielder Juan Lagares moved into the leadoff spot for the third time this season.

That wasn't the only change to the lineup manager Terry Collins made. He moved shortstop Wilmer Flores into the second spot in the batting order. Flores has started to improve offensively, batting .262 with a .524 slugging percentage, two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in his last 11 games.

Third baseman Eric Campbell, who hit second the last four games, was moved to seventh in the lineup.


Nationals' Ian Desmond belts fourth home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1 for 4 at the plate in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Desmond did his damage in the first inning when he blasted a solo home run off of Adam Warren to center field, his fourth of the season. Desmond, who also struck out twice, is now hitting .244 with 12 RBI in 164 at-bats this season.


Rockies owner Dick Monfort: 'We're not trying to trade Troy Tulowitzki'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockies owner Dick Monfort reiterated Wednesday that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has informed the club he wants to stay in Colorado, per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Tulowitzki's name has been mentioned in variety of trade rumors, with the club already eight games under .500, but according to Monfort, he hasnt' requested a trade. The Mets were one of the teams linked to Tulowitzki over the offseason.

"We're not trying to trade him," Monfort said. "There's no story there."

Tulowitzki has struggled a bit in May, hitting .244 (11 for 45) with three RBI over his last 13 games played (12 starts). He is hitting .285/.297/.447 with two homers and 13 RBI in 128 at-bats this season


Pirates insert Josh Harrison in RF for Gregory Polanco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was not included in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.

Polanco will take a seat after an 0-for-5 performance the previous night. He also stranded five baserunners in that game. Polanco is hitting .177 (11 for 62) with four RBI over his last 17 games. Manager Clint Hurdle moved Josh Harrison to right field with Jung Ho Kang at third on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh is favored (-150) at home against Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Jhonny Peralta, Peter Bourjos get two hits for Cardinals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta and center fielder Peter Bourjos each had two hits in Tuesday's win over the Mets. 

Peralta went 2 for 4, scored once and drove in his 20th run of the year.

Bourjos went 2 for 5, scored twice and drove in his sixth run. 


Nick Ahmed gets two hits, RBI in Diamondbacks' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed went 2 for 3 in Tuesday's win over Miami. 

Ahmed increased his average to .181 and drove in a run, his fifth of the season. 


Nationals SS Ian Desmond knocks first-inning homer in Tuesday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Shortstop Ian Desmond delivered a first-inning home run Tuesday to help get the Nationals past the Yankees.

Desmond also added an RBI single in the fifth inning.

 
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