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Cubs' Castro says he's out to prove he is 'no joke' defensively
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:37 am ET) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has faced his fair share of criticism through the years for his defense. Well, the three-time All-Star is looking to put an end to that this season.

"I have good talent to be a good shortstop," Castro said, per MLB.com. "I don't want to be no joke anymore. I'm going to try to make every play aggressive. If it happens, it happens.

"[Manager Joe Maddon] says the most impressive thing for him is, 'Next year in front of home plate, they give you a Gold Glove [Award]. It's really important to me, too."

Thus far, the results have been positive for Castro. He has committed just one error in 12 games, resulting in a .983 fielding percentage. He has 21 putouts, 36 assists and has turned three double plays.

Castro's teammates and coaches are taking notice.

"I saw something out of him [Monday] that I hadn't seen in a while," starting pitcher Jake Arrieta said. "He seemed to have more of an aggressive nature about him. He was fluid. He was just tremendous at short. He stood out to me on the defensive side."

"I don't know if you've seen him play better shortstop," Maddon said.


Plawecki promoted, d'Arnaud to DL among Mets moves Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:30 am ET) As expected, the Mets promoted catcher prospect Kevin Plawecki and reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. 

The Mets also added catcher Travis d'Arnaud (finger) and reliever Jerry Blevins (arm) to the 15-day disabled list, while moving Zack Wheeler (elbow) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.


Indians' Brett Hayes slugs first home run Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:29 am ET) Indians catcher Brett Hayes made his first start of the season Monday, going 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3 loss to the White Sox.

"We had that group of catchers in [spring training] and I thought he kind of separated himself from the group where if we needed a catcher, we all thought it would be him," manager Terry Francona said after the game, per MLB.com. "He actually swung the bat pretty good. That's not the end-all be-all -- if a guy hits a couple of home runs in the spring, I'm not sure that's why you would call a guy up to be the backup catcher. But when he caught, we liked the way he ran the game."

Hayes, who struck out in his only at-bat in his season debut Sunday after coming in as a defensive replacement, also struck out twice Monday.


Orioles' Kevin Gausman working more from stretch
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:18 am ET) Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman has pitched out of the stretch upon entering his last two appearances despite not having runners on base, and it's a change he made after talking with bullpen coach Dom Chiti, masnsports.com reports.

"I've just been doing it because I talked to Dom about whatever you warm up doing, that's what you continue to do," Gausman said. "I've been coming in with guys on base, so I've been going out of the stretch. Throwing from the windup, my only time doing it before in the game was my warmups, so that's why I did it. Probably my last outing was the first time I did it. It's pretty comfortable, but I definitely need to keep doing it out of the windup just to be ready if I do start one day or if they need a spot starter. Just one of those things you can't just stop doing."

Gausman went two scoreless innings in his most recent appearance without giving up a run, making it his first scoreless appearance of the season.

"It was good," he said. "Obviously, I've given up some home runs in some bad situations, but other than that I feel like I've been pitching well, so to finally have the results to go with it was definitely nice."

Gausman indicated he's stretched out enough to transition to starter when needed.

"I think I still probably could," he said. "I would probably need one or two bullpens, and then maybe one extended start. But physically it's really not that big of a difference just because I started the whole spring and I've done it most of my career."

Gausman has posted a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in eight innings out of the bullpen.


Rockies' David Hale tosses 2 1/3 innings in rehab debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:12 am ET) Rockies pitcher David Hale gave up two unearned runs on two hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings while striking out three in his rehab debut with high Class A Modesto Monday.

Hale opened this season on the disabled list due to an oblique injury. He was slated to pitch three innings or throw 45 pitches Monday. Hale was in the mix for a rotation spot before being shut down this spring and could become a starting candidate when healthy.


Astros RP Luke Gregerson earns save Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:53 am ET) Astros pitcher Luke Gregerson picked up his third save of the season during Monday's 7-5 win over the Mariners.

Gregerson entered in the ninth inning with a two-run lead and only allowed one base runner before recording the save. In addition to walking one batter, Gregerson also struck out a batter.

Gregerson has yet to surrender a run in seven innings of work this season and is a perfect 3 for 3 in save opportunities.


Astros 3B Luis Valbuena hits two home runs Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:48 am ET) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena connected on two home runs to help lead the Astros to a 7-5 win over the Mariners on Monday.

Valbuena hit his fourth home run of the season when he connected on a solo home run off Hisashi Iwakuma during the first inning. During the eighth inning, Valbuena hit another solo shot off Danny Farquhar for his fifth homer of the season. He is now batting .244 on the season.


Mariners OF Nelson Cruz collects two hits Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:47 am ET) Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz continued his hot start when he drove in two runs during Monday's 7-5 loss to the Astros.

Cruz was 2 of 5 during the game, including a double in the fifth inning, which drove in Robinson Cano. He also struck out once. Cruz is not batting .358 on the season.


Astros SP Asher Wojciechowski fails to go five innings Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Astros pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was only able to pitch four innings during Monday's win over the Mariners.

Wojciechowski surrendered four runs on eight hits over four innings of work Monday. He also struck out six batters, while walking two in his second start of the season. Wojciechowski also failed to go past the fourth inning in his first start of the season. His ERA now stands at 6.00.

His next start is expected to be Saturday at Oakland.


Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma gives up four runs Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1:44 am ET) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma failed to get past the fifth inning of Monday's loss to the Astros and received a no-decision as a result.

Iwakuma surrendered four runs on five hits over 5 1/2 innings. He struck out three and walked three on 71 pitches. He has given up four runs in each of his three starts this season.

Iwakuma's troubles began in the first inning when he gave up a solo home run to Luis Valbuena. He also surrendered a solo shot to Colby Rasmus in the fifth inning and his ERA is now 6.61. Felix Hernandez remains the only Mariners starter with a win this season.

Iwakuma's next expected start will be Sunday against the Twins.


 
 
 
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