by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, who had a multi-hit game Saturday, kept swinging a hot bat as he launched his sixth home run of the season Sunday afternoon against the Nationals.
Alonso took Drew Storen deep in the eighth inning for a solo home run. He added a single and a double as he finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBI in a 13-4 victory.
He is hitting .379 (11 for 29) with two home runs and four RBI in his last eight games played.
Yonder Alonso has May batting average rising
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso homered and finished 2 for 3 Saturday against the Nationals. Alonso has hit safely in six of his last seven games, batting .320 (8 for 25) with a home run, two runs and two RBI.
Alonso began May by batting .185 (5 for 27) with a home run and six RBI in nine games.
Yonder Alonso losing power grip
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso was the team's only hitter with multiple hits, finishing 2 for 4 during a 4-2 interleague loss at Tampa Bay Sunday. He had two singles, including an RBI hit in the fourth inning to tie the game. He is hitting .275.
Over his past eight games, Alonso has five hits without an extra-base hit. His slugging percentage is .290 during this month.
Hot streak not helping Yonder Alonso enough
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (5/6/2013) Currently the most-added first baseman in CBSSports.com leagues, Yonder Alonso parlayed a recent hot streak into increased Fantasy popularity. Even though he has cooled off over the last couple of games, Alonso still has driven in 12 runs over his last 12 games, while batting .310 over that period.
Even though the Padres don't boast the most potent of lineups, Alonso was bound to improve his run production, as he hit just .239 with runners in scoring position a year ago. He has improved that mark to .300 so far this season, though that covers just 40 at-bats. Otherwise, Alonso has displayed mediocre power for a first baseman, and with a .344 on-base percentage, he has not made the strides in his contact and walk rates that would make him a major threat to reach base frequently.
Despite the improved run production, Alonso still ranks just 16th among first basemen in standard points leagues. This may be about as good as it gets for Alonso this year, so his new owners shouldn't get too comfortable leaving him in their lineups.
Yonder Alonso boosting RBI total
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso homered for the second time in the past four games during San Diego's 7-6 victory over Arizona Friday night. He hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Wade Miley in the fifth inning for his fourth home run of the season.
Alonso, who has increased his batting average more than 30 points over his past 10 games, has also had 11 RBI during that stretch.
"(Miley was) locating pretty well early in the game," said Alonso, who is hitting .292. "I got a good fastball elevated middle in. He got me to foul some pitches inside. I wasn't catching up to it, but then I made a little adjustment."
Yonder Alonso turning it around
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) It took Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso some time to get going this season, but the results are starting to come. His power is still subpar for a first baseman, but he has a .292 batting average and 15 RBI over the last 20 games. His resurgence has our Scott White taking a second look at him in his Week 6 (May 6-12) Hit Parade column.
White likes Alonso's pitching matchups this week especially, with the Marlins and Rays on the schedule. The six pitchers on the schedule this week for the Padres have allowed a combined 29 home runs in their 34 starts, meaning Alonso could run into one or two and end up being a solid starting option for the week. He is worth a flier in the corner infield or utility spots this week.
Yonder Alonso sparks four-run rally
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso made a pinch-hit appearance in Thursday's contest against the Cubs.
Down 2-0, Alonso slapped an RBI single that sparked a four-run rally in the eighth. He finished 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI in a 4-2 victory.
Alonso is hitting .284/.345/.431 with three homers and 17 RBI. He should be back in the starting lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Yonder Alonso gets a day off Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso is not in the team's lineup Thursday.
Alonso has been hitting well lately, and has brought his slash line up to .278/.348/.411 in 100 at-bats. Jesus Guzman will play first and bat fifth against the Cubs Thursday. Alonso should return to the team's lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Yonder Alonso heating back up
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Padres first basemen Yonder Alonso had another three-hit performance Tuesday against the Cubs. Alonso singled in the second inning then had a two-run homer off starter Edwin Jackson in the fifth.
He added a single in the sixth and finished 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored in the 13-7 win.
Alonso has hit safely in seven of the last eight games and is batting .355 (11 for 31) with a home run, four doubles and eight RBI over that span.
Yonder Alonso cools off quickly after hot streak
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has seen his batting average take a quick decline since having an eight-game hitting streak end April 16. Alonso bumped his average to .327 April 16 thanks to a season-high three hits, but it has since plummeted to .261 thanks to a 1-for-17 slump in his last five games.
Alonso has one single, two walks and eight strikeouts during his five-game slide. For the season, Alonso has two home runs, three doubles and eight RBI in 19 games.
Yonder Alonso posts three hits, two RBI
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso put together his best night of the young season Tuesday against the Dodgers, as he went 3 for 4 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI.
Alonso now owns an eight-game hitting streak, with Tuesday marking both the fourth multi-hit game and fourth extra-base hit of the streak. As a result, Alonso is hitting a solid .327/.368/.500. He hit just .273/.348/.393 last season over 619 plate appearances.
Yonder Alonso puts together nice hitting streak
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso extended his hitting streak to seven games Monday against the Dodgers. He's batting .370 (10 for 27) with one home run, two doubles, three runs, three walks and five RBI during the streak.
Alonso hit just .190 (4 for 21) with one home run, one RBI and one run in his first six games.
Yonder Alonso forced to play 2B, 3B
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) If you take a look at the box score from Wednesday's game between the Dodgers and Padres, you might notice San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso played at second and third base. Don't do a double-take -- that's not a typo.
Padres manager Bud Black had Mark Kotsay pinch-hit for second baseman Alexi Amarista in the eighth inning. Kotsay remained in the game at first base, forcing Black to move Alonso to second base in the top of the ninth inning. After Adrian Gonzalez singled to right past the diving Alonso, he and third baseman Jedd Gyorko swapped positions. They switched back after Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Yonder Alonso singles in return to lineup
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) After being limited to pinch-hitting the night before due to a shoulder injury, Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso collected a hit in his return to the lineup Saturday against the Rockies. He singled in the fourth inning and finished 1 for 4 in a 6-3 loss.
Alonso is 4 for 17 (.235) with a solo homer through five games.
Yonder Alonso back in starting lineup
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso returned to the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Rockies after coming off the bench the night before.
Alonso sustained a shoulder injury on Thursday but it does not appear to be serious. He has gone 3 for 13 (.231) with a solo homer thus far.
Yonder Alonso out of Padres' Friday lineup
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013)Yonder Alonso is out of San Diego's lineup for Friday's game at Colorado, MLB.com reports.
Alonso collided with Mets outfielder Colin Cowgill during a pickoff play Thursday and there were fears of a major shoulder injury, but the Padres don't believe the injury is serious -- likely a hyperextension. Alonso's absence from the lineup is expected to be brief. Jesus Guzman replaces him at first base.
Yonder Alonso shakes off injury scare
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso escaped an injury scare Wednesday after a minor collision with the Mets' Colin Cowgill while attempting a swipe tag.
"You see that and think the worst-case scenario,” manager Bud Black said, per U-T San Diego. "It looked to me like it was gonna be a shoulder situation, just the way he (hung the arm). Then you get out there and he says it's an elbow situation. But anytime something happens -- a collision, a hit-by-pitch -- I tend to think the worst and be happy when it’s not. Which, in Yonder’s case, I am."
Alonso, who was 1 for 8 (.125) with a solo home run through the team's first two games, was in the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Mets.
"I knew it was gonna be OK," said Alonso, whose elbow turned out to be slightly hyperextended. "I didn’t have to ice it or anything. I put some heat on it and it felt good. Feel normal. Nothing to worry about."
Yonder Alonso hits home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso was one of the team's only bright spots Monday, hitting a home run.
The Padres only had four hits in the game, one of which came from Alonso. It was his only hit of the game. The 25-year-old only hit nine home runs in 619 plate appearances last season, so it was nice to see him demonstrate his power early.
Yonder Alonso's homer builds case for breakout
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/1/2013)Yonder Alonso's sixth-inning home run against the Mets on opening day went to deep right field -- where six of his nine 2012 home runs landed.
Why is this a big deal? Because Alonso, who will turn 26 next week, now has a tasty target in San Diego, with the Padres moving the right field fences in almost 20 feet. Granted, this home run was hit in Queens, but it may just signal an overall philosophical shift for 2013 -- hit the home runs to right, without the fear of those fences at PETCO forcing adjustments back in San Diego. Additionally, Alonso may have been due to turn some of his 39 doubles last year into some home runs, just through a natural progression of his career.
A former top prospect who showed decent power potential in the minors, Alonso is owned in just 65 percent of leagues. I could see that going to about 75 percent by the end of the week.
Yonder Alonso gearing up for season
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso returned to the starting lineup Thursday and went 1 for 2 with a strikeout during San Diego's 6-4 Cactus League win over Cleveland. Alonso was back in the cleanup spot after being hit by a pitch during a game Tuesday, as he was not expected to encounter an extended absence. He is hitting .222 with five homers, including two shots over the past five games, during the spring.
Will Yonder Alonso go the way of Chase Headley?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/27/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso got off to a slow start this spring, but to me, it only validated the reports that, like Chase Headley last offseason, he worked to tweak his stance with hitting coach Phil Plantier this offseason, hoping to generate more power.
If you'll remember, Headley wasn't quite himself at the start of last season, hitting .267 with a .780 OPS in the first half, but once he got comfortable with the changes, he was a monster. If Alonso's quick turnaround this spring is any indication, he's already gotten comfortable, homering five times in his last 11 games.
I'm making sure he doesn't go unowned in my leagues. Definite sleeper potential.
Yonder Alonso could see jump in home runs
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/27/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso hit six of his nine home runs last year to right field -- essentially the exact spot where the fences have been moved in about 20 feet. Alonso finished 16th in MLB in doubles last year (39) and probably would have turned some of those into home runs, regardless of the shorter homer target. With an ADP of 199 in H2H formats, Alonso could be a nice value at CI in 2013.
Yonder Alonso doesn't anticipate any issues
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso said he feels better Wednesday after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch Tuesday, acording to MLB.com. Alonso, who was scheduled to get Wednesday off prior to getting hurt, said he is not anticipating any major issues. Alonso is batting .213 (13 for 61) with three doubles, five homers and 11 RBI in 20 spring games.
Yonder Alonso finding his hitting stroke
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has batted just .190 (8 for 42) through 14 Cactus League games but told MLB.com on Monday that he has been encouraged by his recent progress.
"I think the past week or so, you're seeing more regular at-bats instead of playing one day and sitting a game out and then playing again," Alonso said. "Now, I'm getting consistent at-bats and having better at-bats."
San Diego manager Bud Black has also noticed Alonso's improvement.
"You're seeing the better swings are starting to show up," Black said.
Alonso aims to increase power
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/13/2013)U-T San Diego reports Padres hitting coach Phil Plantier believes first baseman Yonder Alonso is headed for a more productive season in 2013, which will be his second full year in the majors. Yonder had a very productive off-season, Plantier said. Hes set himself up for success. Alonso said he made changes to his batting stance, which include balancing his body and putting more of his legs and torso into his swing. To me, the changes are dramatic, he said. When Plantier and I started working, I opened myself up to any ideas. I want to add some power to my swing. What he did was make me more balanced at the plate so I could move quicker to the ball. We changed my swing a lot and worked on my lower body. I never talked about this, but I had knee surgery before the start of last season and it affected the way I used my lower body.