Curtis Granderson 'ready to take off'?
"The swing is getting there," Granderson said, per the New York Post. "No matter what, you’re going to run through tough at-bats. No matter what you do in extended spring training or in the minors, there’s nothing that can replicate what you find here. Physically, I’m ready."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi is confident Granderson is about to hit his stride.
"He’s starting to drive some balls," Girardi said. "I think he’s getting closer and about ready to take off."
Rafael Montero on radar for promotion
Montero, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas from Double-A Binghamton, is 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in nine starts. He also has struck out 59 batters and walked just seven in 53 1/3 innings.
Mets GM expects Travis d'Arnaud in majors this year
d'Arnaud is currently recovering from a fractured right foot and Alderson hopes he's playing in games again by July 1.
Three hits for Jedd Gyorko
Gyorko went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored. The Padres managed just seven hits against St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright and reliever Carlos Martinez, and Gyorko's double was the only extra-base hit. Gyorko is hitting a robust .278/.347/.430.
Mets GM expecting Zack Wheeler promotion shortly?
DJ Lemahieu records three hits
Lemahieu doubled twice and knocked in two runs. He's 6 for 13 to open 2013 for the Rockies and is proving to be a solid backup to primary second baseman Josh Rutledge.
Erick Aybar might play Wednesday
"His knee got a little tight up almost where his quad is," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "He should be available (Wednesday), but we didn't want to take any chances (Tuesday)."
Felix Doubront headed in 'the right direction'
After skipping one start to work on his mechanics and confidence, the results have been positive for
Doubront opened the season with a 5.67 ERA and .302 opponents' batting average in his first five starts.
"I think he’s onto something with the adjustments he’s made," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per The Boston Globe. "I thought (Tuesday against the White Sox) was another positive step for him."
Doubront is also pleased with the turnaround.
"Working every day. I’m seeing the results," Doubront said. "Everything is going in the right direction right now. Just looking forward to my next outing."
Red Sox consider dropping Jacoby Ellsbury in lineup
"We’re sticking with (Ellsbury) to hopefully give him the opportunity to come out of the situation that he’s in right now," Farrell said, per The Boston Herald. "But I can say this: Whether he’s hitting first or whether he’s hitting somewhere else in the lineup, there are still things that we need to address, that he needs to address, and those are ongoing."
Ellsbury hasn't had a multi-hit game in 15 starts and is batting .143 (9 for 63) in that span, dropping his average from .290 to .242.
"It’s inconsistent timing at the plate right now, whether it’s four ground balls to second base or whether it’s three line drives to third base," Farrell said. "This isn’t a matter of effort. It’s a matter of maybe being a little bit more free of mind and letting that natural ability take over."
Gregor Blanco fills up the box score
Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco notched three hits in Tuesday's win over Washington.