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Nationals 1B Zimmerman extends hit streak to seven on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:06 pm ET) Ryan Zimmerman's hit streak now sits at seven games, after he went 1 for 4 in the Nationals' 1-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday. He also hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, with seven RBI over that stretch.

Overall on the season, however, Zimmerman has had some struggles at the plate. He's batting just .222 with two home runs and a 19:6 K:BB ratio. He has adjusted nicely to first base, commiting just one error in 231 chances. 

There were some concerns over Zimmerman's health, as he has been dealing with a bout of plantar fascia in his foot that has been causing some significant pain. But the 30-year-old has been playing through it, as he has played in every inning of every game for the Nationals in 2015. 


Mets 1B Lucas Duda in 2-for-12 slump


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:05 pm ET) The month of May has not been kind to Mets first baseman Lucas Duda so far. Duda is 2 for 12 in three May games.

After raising his average to .351 on April 16, Duda has seen his batting average drop to .304. During the last 11 games, Duda is hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI. He has struck out nine times over his last 36 at-bats.


Athletics' Sam Fuld blames 'little angels' for errors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(12:02 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Sam Fuld made his second error of the season over the weekend. It was the ninth miscue by an A's outfielder.

Fuld had an explanation for the team's defensive struggles.

"Sometimes I think there are like little angels out there, but they’re not helping us," he said, per the Inside the A's blog.

Fuld said he was confident that the A's had a good defensive outfield. "I have no explanation for it other than to say 'it’s baseball.' We’re better than we’ve been playing, that’s for sure," he said. 


Rockies' Corey Dickerson in power slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:59 am ET) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson had five home runs with a week to go in April, but since then, his power seems to have temporarily left him. 

In the eight games since his last homer, Dickerson has one extra-base hit--a double. He hasn't had an RBI in his last five. 

After 12 strikeouts in his first 18 games of the season, Dickerson had fanned nine times in the last six. Since his last home run, Dickerson has lost 29 points on his average, 30 on his on-base percentage and 151 on his slugging percentage. 


Red Sox 2B extends hitting streak to seven games in loss Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:54 am ET) Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia extend his current hitting streak to seven games with a 1 for 5 effort in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. Pedroia is batting .407 with a double, a home run and two RBI during the streak.

Overall on the season, Pedroia has five home runs and a slash line of .286/.366/.480 in 98 at-bats. He'll look to continue the hit streak when the Red Sox host the Rays for a three-game set starting on Monday.


Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre hits safely in 10 of last 12 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre appears to be putting a slow start to the season behind him. After batting .140 through his first 12 games, he is batting .298 with a .365 on-base percentage in his last 12 games.

While Beltre has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, he is still not hitting for power. He has just one double, one home run and a .383 slugging percentage in that span. Beltre also has three RBI, five walks, six runs and one stolen base in his last 12 games.


Mariners' Robinson Cano heating up after snapping 0-for-18 slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is beginning to emerge from his early season slump. 

Cano snapped an 0-for-18 slump on Thursday and has hit in three of his four games since. 

Cano is hitting 5 for 16 (.313) over that span, lifting his season average 11 points, to .255. 


Nationals SS Ian Desmond has four hits in last two games


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has collected two hits in each of his last two games. Desmond is 4 for 7 during that time.

Before collecting multiple hits during Saturday and Sunday's games, Desmond had gone hitless in the previous seven games. He is now hitting .235 with five RBI and one home run in 102 at-bats this season.


Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen still trying to find his groove in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:48 am ET) Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen continued to struggle in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Cardinals. The former MVP went 1 for 7 on the afternoon, dropping his season batting average to a paltry .193. He has just seven hits over his last 38 at-bats.

The slow start through the first month of the season is rather uncharacteristic for McCutchen, who owns a lifetime .260 batting average in March/April. He has been bothered by a knee injury since spring training, though he has started all but two games for the Pirates this season.


Archie Bradley returns to bullpen mound for Diamondbacks


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley will pitch a bullpen session on Monday, as he continues to recover from a sinus fracture, suffered when he was hit with a line drive. 

"Seriously can't wait to get back on that mound," Bradley tweeted.


Rangers' Magadan: Josh Hamilton looks free and easy with his swing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:32 am ET) Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan spent about 25 minutes with outfielder Josh Hamilton after he was reacquired in a trade with the Angels. Thus far, Magadan likes what he is seeing from the veteran slugger, who has not played this season due to a shoulder injury.

"I've seen video of him taking live BP a couple of days ago," Magadan said by phone, per WEEI.com. "He looked really good. He looked like he was a little more in sync with what his lower half was doing. I think that's basically what he wants to get back to.

"Physically, he looks unbelievable. Just chiseled. He said he's healthy. He looks good. He looks free and easy with his swing. He looks comfortable at the plate, which is the first thing you look for with a guy who has been out of it as long as he has. We'll see."


Twins' Joe Mauer has aggressive approach, pulling the ball more


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:31 am ET) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has adopted a more aggressive approach at the plate this year. As a result, he's using more of the field, something Mauer has been working on since spring training. 

Mauer has pulled more than a third of his hits to right field this season, compared to 22 percent in his career leading up to this year. 

"We talked about this in spring training. It's more of a physical thing than anything, just being able to move and being able to get to those pitches," Mauer said, per Fox Sports. "I've always had that approach of trying to spray the field. It's no different this year."

Mauer is swinging earlier in the count this year, which is helping to put pitchers on the defensive. 

"For a long time, pitchers just threw strike one to Joe without fear of repercussion," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's causing pause in that regard for opposing pitchers."

Mauer is hitting .302 this year with 13 RBI. 


Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey relaxed and re-focused in Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:26 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey , who was optioned to Triple-A on Friday, went 0 for 3 on Sunday, his first game with Buffalo since his demotion. But Pompey is not solely concerned on the results.

"I felt good. I felt relaxed probably for the first time in a long time," Pompey said, per The Buffalo News. "I was just able to go out and play. I didn’t feel any pressure. It felt good. It was good to get out with the guys and pull out that victory. It was fun. It was fun to be a part of."

Pompey, who was born in Ontario, was the Opening Day center fielder for Toronto in 2015, but he struggled offensively. He had just two hits in his previous 28 at-bats before being sent down, and hit just .193 overall. 

"I’m not going to lie. There was a little bit of pressure on myself as well as from outside sources, whether it’s friends, family, media, whatever," Pompey said. "I feel like that just comes with it but for me, personally, being from there, it was a lot. I can come here and refocus, get my mind right and hopefully do good things and get back up there and help the team win."


Report: D-Backs wanted Blue Jays' Norris in trade for Wade Miley


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:08 am ET) Before the Red Sox ended up acquiring starting pitcher Wade Miley in the offseason, one other team thought the left-hander might be a good fit for the AL East, according to WEEI.com. The Blue Jays also had siginificant interest in trading for Miley, a major-league source said.

However, the Blue Jays opted not to make the deal when the Diamondbacks asked for starting pitcher Daniel Norris -- who is considered the team's top prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com -- in return.

The Diamondbacks traded Miley to the Red Sox on Dec. 12 for Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Raymel Flores. Miley is 1-3 with a 7.15 ERA in his first five starts with Boston.


White Sox RF Avisail Garcia extends hit streak to nine on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:02 am ET) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia extended his hitting streak to nine games in Sunday's loss to the Twins. Garcia went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, as his season batting average now sits at a comfortable .342.

During the nine-game streak, Garcia is batting a robust .417 with a double and three RBI. Unfortunately for the Sox, they are getting little-to-no contribution from anyone else, as the team has lost five in a row following Sunday's blowout defeat. 


Padres' Joaquin Benoit pitches scoreless inning in return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) After not appearing in a game since last Monday, Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit returned and threw a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

Benoit had been dealing with a dead arm, but he did not surrender a hit or walk in his first appearance since sustaining the arm issue. He is now 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA.


Royals DH Kendrys Morales has 10 RBI in last six games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:56 am ET) Royals DH Kendrys Morales had an RBI single during Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Tigers. He also had one walk and one run.

Morales has at least one RBI in five of his last six games. He has 10 total in that span. 

The 31-year-old Morales has a hit in 22 of 25 games. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .293 with one home run, three doubles and 12 RBI in that span.


Rangers SS Andrus continues offensive, defensive woes Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:47 am ET) Like much of the Rangers offense, the struggles for shortstop Elvis Andrus continued in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the A's. Despite drawing a couple of walks on the afternoon, Andrus went hitless and has seen his season batting average drop to .224.

Andrus' defense is suffering just as much as his offense is, as he committed his seventh error of the season on Sunday, which is the second-most in the American League. He has been at shortstop for every inning of every game for the Rangers so far. One might wonder if manager Jeff Bannister would consider giving the former two-time All-Star a rest in the coming days.


Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal hopes he's over recent slump


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) After hitting a walk-off home run to defeat the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said he hopes recent changes to his approach are starting to pay off, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I've been trying to be more aggressively lately," he said.

Along with a shoulder issue, Grandal said his approach at the plate also led to his batting average dropping to .179 before raising it to .230.

"You have to look behind and who's hitting behind you," he said. "If you just get on first and you let the guy do his job, we're going to be good."


Indians 1B Carlos Santana goes 2 for 2, walks three times Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:28 am ET) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana enjoyed a productive day at the plate during Sunday's victory over the Blue Jays. Santana, who has played every inning of every game for the Tribe in 2015, reached base in all five plate appearances Sunday. He went 2 for 2 with and RBI, a run scored and three walks. 

Santana is hitting .265 (9 for 34) with five RBI over his last 10 games. He's also drawn 14 walks with just three strikeouts over that strech. He currently leads the American League with 22 base-on-balls.


Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar batting .314 in last 13 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar saw his hitting streak end at six games Sunday against the Indians following a 0-for-4 performance. He did get on base after getting hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and finished with one run.

Since April 21, Pillar is batting .314 (16 for 51) with one triple, six doubles, seven runs and 10 RBI. He also has two walks, eight strikeouts and three stolen bases in his last 13 games.


Indians OF Michael Brantley batting .381 since return from injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley had a two-RBI single and double during a 10-7 win Sunday vs. Toronto. He also had two runs and two walks.

Brantley has hit safely in four straight games and has at least one RBI in four straight games as well.

Since returning from a back injury April 17 -- which kept him out six of seven games from April 8-15 -- Brantley is batting .381 (24 for 63) with one home run, seven doubles, nine runs, 11 RBI, seven walks and three stolen bases in 16 games.


Royals 3B Mike Moustakas struggles in series against Tigers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:59 am ET) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has had a terrific start to the 2015 season. But, he did struggle in the recent three-game series against the Tigers. 

"Moose" had just one hit in 12 at-bats, none for extra bases. He neither scored nor drove in a run for the Royals, as they lost two of the three games against their division rivals. On a positive note, Moustakas struck out only once in the series.

Despite the rough three games, Moustakas is still sporting a nifty .349/.378/.419 slash line over his last 10 games as he continues to rebound from a disappointing 2014 campaign.


Report: Nationals LF Reed Johnson underwent foot surgery


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:49 am ET) Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson underwent minor surgery over the weekend to correct a damaged tendon in his left foot, a source told The Washington Post.

Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing pain in his foot during Tuesday's game. It is not known how long the injury will keep him sidelined.

Johnson is batting .222 in 18 at-bats this season.


Red Sox pitcher Hinojosa makes MLB debut Sunday vs. Yankees


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:45 am ET) Red Sox pitcher Dalier Hinojosa made his Major League debut in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. The Cuban right-hander came out of the bullpen and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and didn't allow a hit. He walked three and struck out two.

Hinojosa came into an eighth-inning jam, with two runners on and Alex Rodriguez at the plate and only one out. He managed to get A-Rod to chase a 1-2 pitch to record his first big-league strikeout. After a walk, he got Brian McCann to fly out with the bases loaded to end the threat.

"Definitely a unique sensation, especially my big league debut being in that situation, especially if it's Alex Rodriguez," Hinojosa said through an interpreter, per MLB.com.  

Hinojosa, who was signed out of Cuba in 2014, was called up from Triple A on Wednesday.