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Nationals SS Ian Desmond extends hitting streak to 12 games
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:20 am ET) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over the Cubs. The three-hit performance pushes his current hitting streak up to 12 games.

During the 12-game streak, Desmond is batting .347 (17 for 49) with six doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. After getting off to a rather slow start, the hitting streak has lifted his season batting average up from .225 to .257.


Royals DH Kendrys Morales keeps on hitting in 2015
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:11 am ET) Kendrys Morales has been a steady offensive presence for the Royals all season, and the designated hitter currently ranks among the top 10 in several offensive categories.

Entering play on Thursday, the 31-year-old Morales is third in the American League in RBI with 37. His 32 runs scored are fifth most in the league, and he's eighth in hits with 55.

He has hit safely in six of his last seven games, including three straight after a two-hit effort on Wednesday. 


Braves prospect Jose Peraza makes first appearance in outfield
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Braves infield prospect Jose Peraza played in the outfield for the first time in his career during Wednesday's game for Triple-A Gwinnett. He started in center field.

Peraza is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 38) and Baseball America (No. 54). He has primarily played at shortstop and second base in his minor-league career.

He is batting .296 with two doubles, two home runs, three triples, 16 RBI, 19 runs and 14 stolen bases in 40 games for Gwinnett this season. He has a career .305/.350/.390/.739 slash line.


Yoan Moncada over hamstring injury, back in lineup at Class A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:01 am ET) Red Sox infield prospect Yoan Moncada was back in the lineup for Class A Greenville on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday, per WEEI.com.

The 20-year-old prospect was the DH in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday. He went 0 for 3 with one RBI and one strikeout.

Moncada is batting .286 (6 for 21) with one triple, two RBI, two walks, four runs and seven strikeouts in six games since joining the Greenville roster.


Braves view Chris Withrow as potential future closer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:53 am ET) As Chris Withrow continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, the Braves can only think about the long-term potential he can bring to their bullpen after picking him up in a trade with the Dodgers on Wednmesday. 

"We feel like he has a chance to pitch real late in games," Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella said, per MLB.com. "He has the stuff where at some point he could close. It's a really good arm."

The 2007 first-round pick (20th) has been a pretty strong reliever in his MLB career. He is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 46 career appearances. He is striking out 11.4 batters per nine innings. Although, he also has some control issues, as he has walked 5.0 batters per nine innings.

Withrow's fastball ranges from 93-98 mph and he has a plus-plus slider.


White Sox's Garcia (knee) still out for first game of doubleheader
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:32 am ET) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia did not return to the starting lineup for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, missing a third straight start due to a knee injury.

Garcia has started just twice in the last seven games due to right knee inflammation.


Cubs' Maddon defends Starlin Castro following two-error game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:07 am ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro heard the boos from the home crowd during Wednesday's 3-0 loss against the Nationals as he committed two more errors, giving him 11 on the season.

Castro has had his defensive struggles throughout his career. However, first-year manager Joe Maddon came to Castro's defense following his two-error game.

"He’s done a lot of good things,” Maddon said, per CSNChicago.com. “I would say the problem mostly with him has been the routine play more than anything else. And I really believe that you can get a major-league caliber infielder to make the routine play. And he’s been doing that for awhile. He’s had a couple of mistakes -- I don’t disagree. But for the most part, I’ve been fine with him at shortstop."


White Sox add RP Daniel Webb to roster for doubleheader
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET) The White Sox recalled reliever Daniel Webb prior to Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles. Webb will serve as the 26th man on the roster and be optioned back to the minors after Thursday's doubleheader.

Webb went 6-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 57 relief appearances in 2014.


Braves SP Alex Wood confident he is past early-season struggles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood is confident his early-season struggles are behind him. Following Wednesday's win against the Dodgers, the lefty has won his last two starts and has a 2.88 ERA in four May starts.

"It's been a number of things," Wood said, per MLB.com. "The best comparison I can give is just putting the pieces of a puzzle together. You know it's going to click. It's a matter of when and putting those right parts in place. After tonight and [my recent side sessions], I feel like it's really starting to click.

Wood returned to the mound Wednesday after a 10-day layoff due to a stomach virus. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six in seven innings.

"I'll be honest. I was nervous after not throwing for 10 days and being as sick as I was," Wood said. "It was kind of one of those things where before the game you tell yourself, 'I wonder what is going to happen tonight?'"


Orioles recall Tyler Wilson to start first game of doubleheader
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:36 am ET) The Orioles recalled pitcher Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk to start the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Wilson is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two relief appearances for Baltimore this season.

Wilson is 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA in eight starts this season for Norfolk. He has 32 strikeouts and seven walks in 41 innings.


 
 
 
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