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Reds RF Jay Bruce continues dynamite double run Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:32 am ET) Reds slugger Jay Bruce is going double-crazy in June - and it continued Monday night against Minnesota.

Bruce slammed a pair of two-baggers in a shootout win after hitting a sacrifice fly in the first inning. His second double drove in a run and concluded the scoring.

He has eight doubles this month, including six since June 17. He has 12 over the last five weeks after hitting just one through May 22.

His average has not been higher than its current .241 since April 10.


Rangers' Carlos Corporan homers for second time in nine games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:24 am ET) Rangers catcher Carlos Corporan hit a one-out solo home run off Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris in the third inning Monday, giving Texas a 2-0 lead. The Rangers would win 8-1.

Corporan, who also had a walk, has homered twice in the last nine games. He has three home runs in 30 games this season.

He is batting .189 (10 for 53) with two home runs, 10 RBI, four runs, one walk and 22 strikeouts in his last 15 games.


Reds SS Eugenio Suarez has fifth multi-hit game in last six
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:16 am ET) Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez never batted over .288 in the minors. He hit just .242 as a rookie in 2014. But the numbers don't lie - he is now at .316.

Of course, 57 at-bats is a small sample size. But Suarez has been hot for a while. He slammed three more hits Monday night against Minnesota to push his average to .406 (15-of-37) over his last nine starts and give him five multi-hit games in the last six.

Suarez, who hit his third double during that stretch Monday, also managed his first three-RBI game of the year.


Cubs OF Jorge Soler hitless in first rehab game Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:15 am ET) Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Monday. He was hitless in three at-bats and struck out once, but he also drove in a run.

Soler has been sidelined since early June due to a sprained ankle.


Twins SP prospect Jose Berrios earns promotion to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) The Twins promoted starting pitcher prospect Jose Berrios to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, according to Fox Sports North. 

Berrios, who is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 32) and Baseball America (No. 36), went 8-3 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 15 starts for Double-A Chattanooga. He struck out 92 batters and issued 24 walks in 90 2/3 innings.


Athletics RF Josh Reddick hits first homer Monday since June 12
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) That trot around the bases must have felt good Monday night for Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick. It had been a while since he gave himself a chance to enjoy one.

Reddick had not homered since June 12. But he has been contributing consistently by hitting safely in 17 of his last 20 starts. He has six RBI in the last five games and has maintained a strong slash line that now sits at .287/.347/.474.

He scored twice and drove in two runs in the Monday defeat of Colorado.


Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart totals career-best four hits
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart totaled a career-high four hits and drove in two runs during an 11-7 win Monday against the Twins. He also had one run.

Barnhart had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and an RBI single in the third inning. He doubled in the sixth and singled again in the eighth.

Barnhart has been on a nice run offensively, hitting safely in five straight games. He has totaled multiple hits four times in that span. However, Monday was the first time in 10 June games that he drove in a run.

He is batting .600 (12 for 20) with four doubles and one walk in his last five games.


Result of hip surgery for Reds C Devin Mesoraco thrills Price
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:55 am ET) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a left hip impingement, MLB.com has reported.

Bryan Price expressed joy at the result after hearing from Mesoraco.

"Thumbs up, big thumbs up," Price said. "I've been back and forth with the texts to him. He's very happy."

Mesoraco is expected to miss the rest of the season.


Average falls for Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt on hit streak
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) It seems that Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt states his case for being the finest hitter in the sport every time he swings the bat.

Goldschmidt simply continues to rake. His latest show of force is a 10-game hitting streak in which his batting average has actually fallen from .357 to .352. He has one home run and 10 RBI during that stretch.

He ranks second in the National League in average, fifth in home runs (20) and third in RBI (64).


Hand injuries should not force Reds 2B Brandon Phillips onto DL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) The hand injuries sustained by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips on Sunday are not expected to land him on the disabled list, according to MLB.com.

They did, however, keep him sidelined Monday. It remains to be seen how much time he will miss, but he has grown accustomed to dealing with physical issues.

"He has had to handle the hand and wrist injuries, this is his third year of really getting banged up," Bryan Price said. "He's still found a way to give us very competitive at-bats. I think he would have continued to compete if he had some tenderness with that left hand, but the issue with the right was really the one that got him out of the ballgame (Sunday)."

The loss of Phillips is certainly untimely. He is on a six-game hitting streak in which he has nine hits in 29 at-bats with two home runs.


 
 
 
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