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C Drew Butera gets nod behind the plate for Royals
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:18 am ET) Catcher Drew Butera will make his third start for the Royals on Monday since being acquired from the Angels, starting against the Yankees and hitting ninth. 

Butera's last start came on May 14 and he's seen just two plate appearances since then. He has two hits in eight at-bats with the Royals. 

Second baseman Omar Infante is the only Royals starter with experience against Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, with two hits in three at-bats. 


Rockies' Charlie Blackmon, Troy Tulowitzki out of lineup Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:18 am ET) Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.

Blackmon will get a break after starting 12 straight games, and Brandon Barnes will man both center field and the leadoff spot in the lineup. Tulowitzki is sitting for the second time in three games and will be replaced by Daniel Descalso, who's batting eighth.

The Rockies are underdogs (+132) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds move Votto, Frazier, Bruce up in order Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:14 am ET) The Reds have shifted the heart of their order up, with first baseman Joey Votto batting second, third baseman Todd Frazier batting third and right fielder Jay Bruce batting fourth on Monday against the Rockies.

The Reds have tried a multitude of options in the No. 2 spot after moving Votto out of it on April 26, but they'll go with Votto, Frazier and Bruce in the second, third and fourth positions for just the second time this season, with former cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips batting leadoff.

The Reds are favorites (-140) against the Rockies on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Royals SP Danny Duffy (biceps) headed to 15-day DL
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:11 am ET) The Royals announced Monday that they have placed starter Danny Duffy on the 15-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis and recalled Brandon Finnegan to take his spot on the roster. 

Duffy's move was retroactive to May 17, meaning he can come off the disabled list on June 1. Duffy complained of shoulder stiffness on Friday and he was scratched from his Saturday start and pushed to Tuesday. 

With Duffy headed to the DL, Jason Vargas will start Tuesday's game against the Yankees. 


Reds' Billy Hamilton back in lineup Monday vs. Rockies
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:10 am ET) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the starting lineup and batting ninth in Monday's matchup with the Rockies.

Hamilton suffered shoulder and wrist injuries on a slide on Saturday and was held out of Sunday's game, but it appears the issue was minor. He has hit .211/.256/.322 with three home runs, nine RBI and a league-high 17 stolen bases in 152 at-bats.

It's the first time this season manager Bryan Price has batted the pitcher eighth. The Reds are favorites (-140) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


2B Jose Altuve returns to Astros lineup
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:03 am ET) After missing his first game of the season and his first in 88 starts, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is back in the lineup for Monday's matinee against the Orioles, hitting second. 

Altuve has had some success against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen, going 4-for-10 with two RBIs against the pitcher. 

Altuve is hitting second behind leadoff man George Springer, who will get his second consective start at the top of the lineup, the first two times all year the right fielder has hit leadoff. 


Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe raising average
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:54 am ET) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe responded to a minor skid with a solid week that saw him raise his batting average by 11 points, as he picked up at least one hit in five of his last six contests. 

Plouffe is now hitting .265 on the year with six homers and 22 RBIs, and he's done much of his damage at pitcher-friendly Target Field, where he's registered five of his longballs and 17 of his RBIs. 


Orioles 1B Chris Davis remains in funk
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:33 am ET) Orioles slugger Chris Davis has not been able to find the swing that made him of the AL's top power hitters, as he remains mired in a slump that has seen him go 4-for-39 over his last 11 games. 

Davis is hitting just .160 in May and he continues to rack up strikeouts, as he is tied for second in the league with 62 whiffs in 146 at-bats. Davis has eight homers and 22 RBIs on the season. 


Braves' Chris Johnson ready for Triple-A rehab assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:25 am ET) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday after experiencing no lingering pain in his injured hand following Sunday's batting practice session, MLB.com reports.

"It felt awesome," Johnson said Sunday. "It's fun to be back with the team, back on the big-league field taking BP."

Johnson fractured his hand on a headfirst slide into second base on April 30. He'll play three games with Gwinett before joining the Braves for a series in San Francisco on Thursday.

"I'm going to play [Monday] in Gwinnett and we'll go from there," Johnson said. "I've been missing the guys, missing the games. Staying in the hotel down in Orlando, it's hard because I only get the games on TV. ... It's going to be a lot of fun today to hang out and watch the game, and just be a part of the team."

Johnson has hit .279/.347/.372 with five RBI in 43 at-bats.


Astros RP Josh Fields returns to action
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:21 am ET) Reliever Josh Fields, who suffered a bruised right leg last week when he was struck by a line drive, returned to the Astros pen Sunday and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. 

Fields, who missed Friday's and Saturday's games, struck out two batters and allowed a hit to pick up his second hold of the season. 


 
 
 
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