Pirates' Francisco Cervelli not in lineup Sunday
Cervelli has started each of his team's last five games but will catch a break Sunday. Tony Sanchez will get the start behind the plate and bat eighth.
The Pirates are heavy favorites (-170) at home Sunday.
Mets' Collins: Jeurys Familia to close over Bobby Parnell initially
Familia has racked up saves in each of his last five appearances while allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk and striking out six batters in 4 2/3 innings. He's posted a 2.70 ERA in 6 2/3 innings over the entire season while striking out nine and walking one.
Stephen Vogt, Ike Davis, Eric Sogard out of Athletics' lineup on Sunday
Brewers' Ryan Braun batting third, Aramis Ramirez off Sunday
The Brewers stacked the lineup with righties against a left-handed starter Saturday, and Braun made his first career start as a leadoff hitter, going 2 for 3 with two singles, getting plunked once and scoring a run in his team's 6-2 loss. He's back in his normal position for Sunday's series finale.
The Brewers are underdogs (+155) in Pittsburgh Sunday.
Tigers' Joe Nathan needs game work before he returns
Ausmus did say that Nathan would need game work--either a simulated game or a rehab appearance--before he returned to the Tigers.
Carlos Beltran out of Yankees' lineup again on Sunday
Phillies' Chase Utley out of lineup Sunday vs. Nationals
It's the second day off this season for Utley, who has started six straight games but has hit just .119/.170/.262 in 42 at-bats this April and is 0 for 17 in his last four games.
The Phillies are massive underdogs (+200) against the Nationals Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.
Nationals' Yunel Escobar (groin) out of lineup Sunday
Escobar started each of the team's first 11 games at third base, filling in for the injured Anthony Rendon, before sitting out Saturday with the injury. He said before Sunday's game that he's feeling better and he'll practice on the field, per MLB.com. He also indicated that his MRI only showed groin inflammation, and that he hopes to be back in the lineup Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.
Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor
Span had to open the season on the disabled list after underdoing surgery on his core muscle in March. He was able to play in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday before taking Saturday off. He's atop the lineup for Nationals in Sunday's game against the Phillies.
Taylor performed well while filling in as the team's center fielder. He hit .271/.314/.500 with two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases in 48 at-bats. He'll return to Syracuse where he can play every day, but he'll likely be back with the Nationals the next time an outfielder is out for an extended period with an injury.
Red Sox taking advantage of Brock Holt's versatility
The constant change doesn't seem to be having a negative impact. Holt is hitting .579 in 19 at bats this season. He's played second, third, short and center, and he's batted first, eighth and ninth in the lineup.
"That’s his role,” manager John Farrell said. “We try to the best of our abilities (to get play him), and as frequently as possible. We also have a very deep roster, so he accepts his role, he excels at it, and the versatility he provides is a real good fit."
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