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Brock Holt is 'the next candidate' to hit leadoff for Boston


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:17 am ET) The Red Sox used their fifth different leadoff hitter in 20 games when infielder Brock Holt got the nod Monday against the Orioles.

The Red Sox are hopeful Holt, who is batting .400 (4 for 10) since his recall from the minors, will provide a spark atop the lineup since Boston players are batting just .175 (14 for 80) with eight walks out of the leadoff spot.

"He’s had very good at-bats, both lefties and righties," manager John Farrell said, per ESPN. "Throughout his minor-league career he’s been a top-of-the-order hitter, so there’s no hesitancy putting him in that spot. In the short time that he’s been there he’s seen some pitches, he’s had some long at-bats.

"While we’re still searching for that one true guy in that spot, this is the next candidate."


Bryan Mitchell optioned back to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:36 am ET) The Yankees announced Monday they optioned pitcher Bryan Mitchell to Double-A Trenton following Sunday's game against the Rays. Mitchell was called up Sunday.

Chris Davis feels he's starting to get timing back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:32 am ET) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis enters Monday's game at Boston having reached base safely in 16 straight games. However, he is batting just .241 and has one home run after belting a career-high 53 in 2013.

"Yeah, guys have been pitching me differently," he said, per MASNsports.com. "Who should be thanking me are the guys around me because they're raking. In front of me, behind me, it doesn't matter, which is good because they've been picking me up.

"Just kind of been trying to take what they give me early on. It's kind of good and bad at the same time. Last year, I got off to the best start of my career, was locked in from Day 1 and just kind of rode it out for the whole season. This year, obviously not quite as hot as I was last year. But getting a chance to see a lot of pitches, being patient, which is not something that I'm used to."

Davis, who leads Baltimore with 10 walks, is feeling comfortable at the plate despite the lack of hits and home runs.

"I feel like, really, the last couple of games, my swing has started to come around a little bit, my timing's starting to get there," he said. "And hopefully, I can start hitting some more homers again."


Jonny Gomes connects for three-run homer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:14 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes played an integral part during Boston's comeback win Sunday vs. Baltimore. 

With Boston trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Gomes cut the deficit to two with a three-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez. It came after Gomes hit a double in his previous at-bat in the fourth inning. The Red Sox would go on to win 6-5.

Gomes is batting .294 (5 for 17) with one double, two home runs and five RBI in his last six games (four starts).


Dayan Viciedo contributes during 16-2 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:01 am ET) White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo did his part during Sunday's 16-2 rout of the Rangers. Viciedo doubled in the top of the sixth, hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh and finished off his day with an RBI single in the top of the ninth.

It was the second straight day Viciedo produced two RBI and multiple hits. He also scored three runs Sunday. Sunday was also the first time he homered all year.

Viciedo is batting .370 (10 for 27) with a .593 slugging percentage and .985 OPS in his last seven games. He has one home run, three doubles and five RBI in that span.


Mike Napoli OK to play despite getting hit by pitch Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli made it into the lineup Monday against the Orioles after getting hit on the knee by a pitch in the ninth inning of Sunday night's game. Napoli stayed at the ballpark overnight to get treatment so he could be ready for Monday morning's game.

"While there's some soreness, he's ready to go," manager John Farrell told reporters. "The way he went down, it didn't look promising. We were somewhat anxious to see how he would respond."


J.J. Hardy absent from Monday's lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:33 am ET) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy did not make it into the starting lineup Monday at Boston after leaving Sunday's game with a strained right hamstring. Ryan Flaherty started in his absence Monday.

Hardy is batting .316 (6 for 19) with two doubles and four RBI in his last five games.


Nick Maronde expected to get the call


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:12 am ET) The Angels are expected to recall pitcher Nick Maronde from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, the Orange County Register reports. The 24-year-old was sent down to the minors earlier in April after posting a 3.00 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP along with 5:1 K:BB ratio in three innings pitched.

Shane Victorino could rejoin team Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:07 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino could return from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday, depending on how he feels after his third rehab game, MLB.com reports Victorino started his rehab assignment on Saturday and took the day off on Sunday. He will continue his rehab work Monday with the team's Triple-A affiliate.

Jose Abreu breaks out of slump with three RBI


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu broke out of his recent struggles on Sunday. launching his fifth home run of the season in a 16-2 win over the Rangers.

Abreu launched a two-run home run in the fifth and doubled in a run in the ninth. He added another double and finished 3 for 6 with two runs scored and three RBI. In his last two games, he has five hits over nine at-bats. He is hitting .243 with five homers and 17 RBI in 74 at-bats. 


Adam Jones notches four hits in loss to Boston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Orioles outfielder Adam Jones had five total bases despite notching four hits in his team's 6-5 loss to Boston Sunday night.

Jones had singles in the first, third and sixth innings, respectively, before ripping a double in the ninth inning. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .313 with one home run and eight RBI in 67 at-bats.


Edward Mujica strikes out only batter faced in win over O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica struck out the only batter he faced on Sunday, but managed to get the win in his team's 6-5 victory over the Orioles. Mujica owns a 9.53 ERA, a 1.94 WHIP along with 5:2 K:BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Jake Peavy escapes rough outing with no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Red Sox starter Jake Peavy was hit hard on Sunday, but managed to escape with a no-decision in his team's 6-5 win over the Orioles. The right-hander surrendered five runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out five over 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Peavy has allowed a home run in each of his first four starts. He owns a 3.33 ERA, a 148 WHIP along with 25:14 K:BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings pitched. He'll look to bounce back in his next start Friday night at Toronto.


Brian Matusz coughs up late lead


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Orioles reliever Brian Matusz suffered his first loss of the season Sunday night against Boston.

Matusz was unable to hang on in the ninth inning, and was charged with one run on one hit and one walk while striking out one in just one-third of an inning. He owns a 6.75 ERA over 6 2/3 innings pitched this season.


Ubaldo Jimenez settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez fell two outs shy of a quality start Sunday night, escaping with a no-decision in a 6-5 defeat.

Jimenez got off to a fast start, but slowed down late in his outing. He tossed five shutout frames before serving up a three-run home run to Jonny Gomes in the sixth inning. He was charged with three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings pitched.

Jimenez has allowed at least three runs in all four of his starts. He owns a 6.75 ERA, a 1.88 WHIP and 18:13 K:BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings. He'll make his next start Friday against Kansas City.


J.J. Hardy exits game with hamstring strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was removed from Sunday's contest against the Red Sox in Boston with a strained right hamstring. 

Hardy left the game in the top of the seventh inning due to the injury and was replaced by Stephen Lombardozzi. He hit a sacrifice fly in the opening frame and finished 1 for 2 with an RBI before the injury. He is hitting .256 with four RBI i 43 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Monday's series finale against Boston.


Luke Gregerson collects third save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Athletics pitcher Luke Gregerson entered Sunday's game against the Astros in the ninth inning with a three-run advantage. He struck out one and needed just eight pitches, securing his third save of the season in a 4-1 victory.

Gregerson is 3 for 4 in save chances with a 1.69 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP over 5 2/3 innings pitched since earning a role in Oakland's closer-by-committee approach.

Jesse Chavez delivers another stellar outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez continued his strong start to the season with another dominant outing on Sunday, earning his first win of the season in his team's 4-1 victory over the Astros. The right-hander permitted one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings of work.

Chavez has allowed just one earned run in each of his first four starts. He owns a 1.38 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP with 28:5 K:BB ratio over 26 innings pitched. He will start again against the Astros, this time in Houston on Friday.

Brad Peacock lasts only five frames in loss to A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Astros pitcher Brad Peacock lasted only five innings and was hit with his second loss of the season Sunday afternoon against the A's in Oakland. The right-hander surrendered two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings in a 4-1 defeat.

Peacock owns a 6.14 ERA, a 1.91 WHIP along with 15:11 K:BB ratio over 14 2//3 innings pitched. He will get another crack at the Athletics at home on Friday.

Juan Carlos Oviedo activated from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) The Rays activated pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo from the disabled list following Sunday's loss to the Yankees, the team announced. Oviedo, returning from Tommy John surgery, last appeared in the majors in 2011.

C.J. Riefenhauser sent down after rough outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) The Rays optioned pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser down to Triple-A Durham following Sunday's loss to the Yankees.  Riefenhauser, who was called up on Saturday, allowed three runs over two-thirds of an inning on Sunday against New York. He logged just two innings of work over the last two days.

Jordan Danks launches first home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks launched his first home run of the season Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.

Danks took Robbie Ross deep for a two-run home run in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4 with one walk, two runs scored and two RBI in a 16-2 win. He has just two hits in his first 15 at-bats to start the season.

Marcus Semien cracks out four hits, four RBI in win over Texas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien came up big at the plate Sunday afternoon, cranking out four hits, including a bases-loaded triple in his team's 16-2 victory over the Rangers.

Semien also singled in the third, eighth and ninth innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 6 with two runs and four RBI. He is hitting .222 with just two homers and nine RBI in 81 at-bats.

Robbie Ross gets hammered by White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Robbie Ross took a step back on Sunday, suffering his first loss of the season in a 16-2 defeat to the White Sox.

Ross served up two-run homers to Jordan Danks and Jose Abreu. He was charged with seven runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings. He tossed 86 pitches, 65 of which were strikes.

Ross owns a 2.31 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 21:8 K:BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings pitched. He will return to the mound Saturday at Seattle.

Erik Johnson collects win No. 1 on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson turned in a decent outing and received more than enough run support on Sunday, collecting his first win of the season in his team's 16-2 victory over the Rangers. The right-hander surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and five walks while striking out two over five innings.

Johnson owns a 5.32 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over his first 22 innings pitched. He will make his next start Friday at home against Tampa Bay.

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