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Jason Castro slugs fourth homer in defeat of Mariners
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:13 am ET) Catcher Jason Castro brought some spark Tuesday night to an Astros lineup filled with players hanging around the Mendoza Line.

Castro helped Houston to its second straight win in Seattle with a two-run homer in the first inning and added a single and run scored in the eighth. He now has four home runs and nine RBI on the year, but has fanned 17 times in just 61 at-bats.


David Murphy rebounding in style from awful 2013
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) The hope of the Indians that right fielder David Murphy would rebound from an uncharacteristically terrible season in 2013 with Texas is turning into reality. The usually consistent Murphy has been the second-best hitter behind Michael Brantley in a struggling lineup.

Murphy owns a six-game hitting streak and a stat line of .288/.348/.492. He is batting .333 in his last 45 at-bats and is already one-third of the way to his 45 RBI of a year ago.


Andrew McCutchen gets back to MVP-type production
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen homered for the second straight game during a 4-1 loss Tuesday against the Reds. After not homering in his first 15 games, McCutchen has connected for three home runs in his last six games.

McCutchen has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. He is batting .364 (16 for 44) in that stretch, raising his season average from .194 to .288.

McCutchen also has a .442 on-base percentage, .682 slugging percentage, 1.124 OPS, five doubles, nine RBI, seven runs, seven walks and one stolen base in his last 11 games.


Lineup slide sparks slump-busting game for David DeJesus
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:51 am ET) Rays outfielder David DeJesus responded well Tuesday to a drop to the seventh spot in the batting order.

The move was made to snap him out of a hitless streak that had reached 24 at-bats. Considered him snapped. He had three hits and three RBI in the defeat of Baltimore to raise his batting average to .174.


Adam Wainwright expects to make next start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said starting pitcher Adam Wainwright passed strength and mobility tests after leaving Tuesday's start against the Mets with a hyperextended right knee, per FOX Sports Midwest.

"He may be sore for a day or two but we'll find out more (Wednesday)," Matheny said.

Wainwright said he expects to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Pirates.

"At first you get a little scared, but as I started walking off the field I knew I hadn't done anything wrong," Wainwright told reporters. "All is good."


Jose Bautista not getting many pitches to hit
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:29 am ET) Given how pitchers are pitching around Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, it's amazing he has six home runs and 13 RBI 20 games into the season.

Bautista leads the major leagues in percentage of balls thrown to him at 47 percent, Sportsnet has reported. The early-season slump by cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion has contributed to a willingness to pitch around him. Bautista already has 25 walks, which puts him on pace for 200 for the season.

"His discipline has been off the charts because even the strikes he's taken have been marginal pitches, pitchers' pitches," said hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. "He's got to stay right there, take his walks and trust the guys behind him because if he starts expanding just to put balls in play, then he's going to struggle."

Bautista owns a .262/.467/.569 stat line.


Mike Olt to see more playing time at third base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:24 am ET) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday it's time to start playing Mike Olt at third base more often, per The Chicago Sun-Times.

"We’ve talked about gradually getting him into that role," Renteria said. "Do I plan on playing him [Wednesday]? Yes.

"Everything’s very calculated. So I’m going to throw him out there and let him run with it a little bit. We’re still measuring everything; we’re still trying to be kind of guarded, but he’ll be in there (Wednesday) again."

Olt is welcoming the opportunity for more playing time at third base.

"That’d be great," Olt said of getting regular playing time. "I definitely did a lot of work to get myself ready. I definitely feel I’m ready for the task and can build off the last couple games and go from there."


Will Middlebrooks could be back with Sox this weekend
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks could return from his rehab assignment as early as this weekend against Toronto, per the Boston Herald.

Middlebrooks, who has been dealing with a calf injury, will play for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. A determination will then be made as to when he is ready to come back.


Jacoby Ellsbury calls calf wrap 'maintenance'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:10 am ET) Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had his calf wrapped Tuesday night, which brought to mind his absence for two weeks from spring training with a tight right calf.

Ellsbury, however, told the Newark Star-Ledger that the calf wrap merely served as "maintenance."


David Hale will start Saturday against Reds
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:59 am ET) The Braves announced starting pitcher David Hale will get another start Saturday against the Reds, according to MLB.com. Mike Minor (shoulder) was expected to start Saturday, but the Braves decided he will make one more rehab start before rejoining the rotation.

 
 
 
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