Howie Kendrick making a lot of contact
Kendrick has five multi-hit games during his hitting streak. He's batting .500 (12 for 24) in that span, raising his season average from .275 to .306. Kendrick has a home run, three doubles and six RBI during his streak.
Justin Morneau producing despite lack of HRs
Morneau has six doubles, nine runs and 18 RBI this month, but he has no home runs. His home-run drought has lasted 19 games and he has two in 39 games.
Ian Stewart dealing with demotion
Stewart accepted a demotion to the minors but hasn't been playing. The team is making sure Josh Vitters gets ample playing time, which has relegated Stewart to backup duties in the minors. Stewart said, "I'm over the not being in the big leagues part, now I'm just trying to put some good games together."
Stewart is no longer on the team's 40-man roster and doesn't figure into their future plans. He says he's thought about life after baseball and has begun taking on a mentoring role for the team's minor leaguers.
Colby Lewis starts rehab assignment
He threw 33 of 47 pitches for strikes, according to FOX Sports Southwest.
Kyle Gibson racking up complete-game shutouts
"I was forcing the action and making them swing the bat early," Gibson told MLB.com. "I felt pretty good there toward the end."
Gibson improved to 3-5 with a 3.25 ERA and .240 opponents' batting average in nine starts. He has 46 strikeouts, with 14 walks and two home runs allowed.
"He was really attacking hitters and mixing his speed," catcher Eric Fryer said. "All the hitters he faced, he only fell behind a couple times. His sinker today was probably the pitch that was the key to the game. They were really beating that into the ground. He doesn't have to work too hard when it's working like that."
Poor RISP production hurting Mariners
In losses against the Indians Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the
In 20 wins, Seattle is batting .297 with runners in scoring position. In 24 losses, they are batting .119 in those situations.
"That's one thing we know we've got to continue to get better with," manager Eric Wedge told MLB.com before Monday's series finale. "We're playing probably the hottest team in baseball right now. They're a pretty good club to begin with and they're hot right now, too. You catch them at a tough time. We need to snatch this one today and then get on a plane."
Travis d'Arnaud unlikely to be up before All-Star break
d'Arnaud will have to rehab before joining Triple-A Las Vegas. There's been talk about people within the organization that d'Arnaud won't be up until after the All-Star break, even if he's ready, according to MetsBlog.com.
With d'Arnaud expected out,
Aaron Harang expected to pitch Tuesday
"It felt good (Sunday)," Harang said Monday to MLB.com. "Now I've just got to go run and test it again."
Manager Eric Wedge said Harang is making positive progress.
"He's still lined up for Tuesday," Wedge said. "We anticipate everything being fine and he'll be good to go."
Jose Molina could be back Tuesday
Although he didn't start a second-straight game Monday against the Blue Jays,
Mark Teixeira takes hacks in extended spring game
"Felt good to get my first AB's since March," Teixeira wrote. "1-2 with a double and a walk, I'll take it. #Yankees in first place, I'll take that too!"