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Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon out of Royals' Sunday lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:47 am ET) Royals catcher Salvador Perez and left fielder Alex Gordon are both out of the team's starting lineup for Sunday. 

Both players are being rested. Erik Kratz will catch, in just his second game appearance of the year. Kratz is batting seventh in the lineup. 

Jarrod Dyson will play left and bat ninth.


Alcides Escobar out of Royals' Sunday lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:45 am ET) Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is not in the team's lineup for Sunday's game. Escobar was questionable with a sore knee.

He'll be replaced in the lineup by Christian Colon, who will bat eighth. 


Pirates' Starling Marte coming out of funk vs. Brewers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:44 am ET) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte carried a .103/.156/.241 line into this weekend's series against the Brewers but has found his swing, going 4 for 10 with two home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases in his last two games.

"Look where he was four days ago, and look where he is now," manager Clint Hurdle said after Saturday's win.

Marte struck out 14 times in 26 at-bats over his first seven games, and while he still didn't manage a hit Wednesday, he was able to avoid striking out for just the second time this season at that point. He's yet to strike out in his team's current series against the Brewers.

"Sometimes, it's extra work (on an off night). Sometimes it's us talking," Hurdle said. "It's always important for players to know the expectations of the manager. And it's never an average, a home run or RBIs; it's intangibles. They need to hear that you believe in them when things might not look very good. And he responded very well."

With his recent upturn, Marte has hit .189/.225/.459 with three home runs and nine RBI in 37 at-bats. He's batting fifth in Sunday's series finale against the Brewers.


Jake Marisnick out of Astros' lineup on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick is out of the team's starting lineup on Sunday. 

Colby Rasmus moves over from left field to play center, and Robbie Grossman fills in at left field, batting ninth. 


Michael Brantley, David Murphy in Indians lineup on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:36 am ET) Michael Brantley starts his second straight game in left field for the Indians, on Sunday. Brantley, who battled injury earlier in the month, is hitting third in the Indians' lineup. 

David Murphy gets his third straight start at three different positions. After playing left and right field the last two days, Murphy gets the start at DH, batting sixth.


Delmon Young gets start in left for Orioles
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:32 am ET) Delmon Young is in the Orioles starting lineup for the first time since April 14. 

Young starts in left field for the first time this season on Sunday. Alejandro De Aza is out of the lineup.

Chris Davis starts at first base for the second straight game, with Jimmy Paredes at DH.  


Mets' Travis d'Arnaud swinging hot bat from No. 2 spot
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:30 am ET) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has batted second in three of the four games since David Wright hit the disabled list, and he's 3 for 12 with two home runs and one walk in those games while batting second.

"This is what I want from him. That's why he's hitting second," manager Terry Collins said Saturday, per MLB.com. "He showed us last year he could swing the bat."

d'Arnaud stuggled initially last season and was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas in June, but he was able to make adjustments and deliver a fine offense performance after being recalled. He's continued to shine early in 2015, hitting .289/.317/.526 with two home runs and nine RBI in 38 at-bats.

"I just believe in myself," d'Arnaud said. "I'm able to make adjustments quicker and believe in my thought process at the plate and know it works."

d'Arnaud is back in the No. 2 spot in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Marlins.


Dodgers' Mattingly concerned with Yasiel Puig's limp
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and an RBI in his return to action Saturday, and while he was able to play all nine innings after missing three games with a tight hamstring, he was limping enough for manager Don Mattingly to notice, MLB.com reports.

"It looked like he limped a little that one inning, but he told the trainer he was fine," manager Don Mattingly said. "He swung the bat good, made a nice play in the late innings. He looked good."

It was Puig's first action since Monday due to hamstring issues, but he was able to reach base multiple times and knock in a run for the third straight game. He has hit .267/.353/.533 with two home runs and four RBI in 30 at-bats.


Phillies' Maikel Franco working on plate patience
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) Phillies third-base prospect Maikel Franco is working to contain his energy at the plate and become a more patient hitter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"You have to be aggressive. But you have to take your pitches and get that one, good pitch to hit," Franco said. "And that's what I do. When I go out there, I try to relax and everything will happen."

Director of player development Joe Jordan said after watching the prospect this week that Franco has to become more patient at the plate.

"He's still a 22-year-old hitter," Jordan said. "At times, he gets excited still. But that's all stuff that's going to change with experience and maturity."

While Franco struggled to put up stats early last season, his aggressiveness has paid off this April. He has hit .385/.442/.667 with one home run, seven RBI and four walks in 39 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Hanigan out of Red Sox's lineup on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and catcher Ryan Hanigan are out of the Red Sox's starting lineup for Sunday's game against Baltimore. 

Pedroia is hitless in his last two games with three strikeouts. He's getting a rest on Sunday. Brock Holt replaces him at second base, leading off. 

Hanigan also gets a day off. Sandy Leon replaces him behind the plate, batting ninth.


 
 
 
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