Chris Johnson no longer struggling vs. lefties
After hitting .245 against left-handed pitchers in 2012, the
"There's a couple things I've had trouble against lefties with, and I've just been trying to eliminate that and not even worry about that," Johnson said to MLB.com. "It's been working. I've just got to continue focusing on going up the middle and going the other way."
Johnson entered the season with a career .283 average against right-handed pitchers and a .255 average against left-handers. He's now batting .277 in his career against lefties.
"I think I used to just feel more comfortable with lefties out there, rather than having to face a tough righty," Johnson said. "I'd be like, 'Oh, I feel so good, I'm going to homer off this guy.' Then the next thing you know, I'm 0 for 4."
Kris Medlen not back to 2012 form yet
"That adds more pitches to my pitch count," Medlen told MLB.com. "I could have gone eight [innings] and handed the ball off to Craig [Kimbrel]. It's just frustrating. But the good news is I don't feel as good as I should. I felt good last night, but my delivery didn't feel as consistent as I want it to."
Medlen has issued 22 walks through 56 2/3 innings, which is one fewer than he allowed in 138 innings last year. Medlen has started to improve in May behind a 2.73 ERA in his last four starts and having gone at least seven innings in three of those outings. But he said he still needs to "clean it up a little bit."
"I think I set the bar pretty high for others," Medlen said of his performance last year. "But I also feel like I set the bar pretty high for myself. I want to be what I was last year every single time out. I'm not necessarily there yet. But I hope everything starts clicking and I can get back to just being more consistent with walks. I'd rather give up a line drive off the wall rather than walk guys."
Bill Hall released by Angels again
Ian Kinsler decision coming shortly
Kinsler is missing time and the Rangers summoned top prospect Jurickson Profar in case the infielder is needed to fill in for the veteran Kinsler. Profar will officially be recalled if Kinsler lands on the disabled list.
'Inexperience' hurting Robert Carson
"It's just inexperience," Collins said. "He probably doesn't pitch as much here as he does in the minor leagues. You're more on a schedule there, and as you go a couple of days, you're going to get in a game. And he hasn't been doing that. The thing I like is that his velocity is up, but he's throwing balls right down the plate. He gets behind, and he'll throw a fastball right down the middle and get hurt."
Matt Joyce stays true to himself
"The shift is tough," Joyce said. "After the first at-bat, I came in and told Joe [Maddon] I'm probably going to try and hit the ball to left field. And he said, 'No, just be you. Stay who you are. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll find the holes.'"
Joyce doubled twice by the end of Saturday's game. He also homered and drove in five RBI.
"That's what I talk about all the time. I just want him to be himself," Maddon said. "That's what we try to do to other teams. Don't let them do that to us. I always talk to our guys about dictating to the other side. I don't want them to dictate to us. So just be yourself. Go up there and swing the bat like you can, and it's all going to come back to you."
Sergio Santos moved to 60-day DL
Santos had minor surgery to clear bone spurs and chips from the joint in his right elbow. He's expected to be out until at least late June.
Cameron Maybin might start rehab assignment Friday
Thad Weber claimed by Toronto
Weber appeared in three games earlier in the season, before being sent to Triple-A Tucson. He had a 4.15 ERA in 13 major-league innings over parts of two seasons.
Padres creating home-field advantage