Jose Abreu
White Sox Jose Abreu defends manager Robin Ventura
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
1:52 PM
News: The White Sox are off to an 8-13 start to the season, but Jose Abreu came to the defense of manager Robin Ventura. 

"If the people want someone to blame, it's the players. Not Robin," Abreu said, per the Chicago Sun Times


Joe Mauer
Joe Mauer, Kennys Vargas switch positions for Twins
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN
11:28 AM
News: For the fourth time this season, Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas will switch positions to give Mauer a day off from the field. 

Mauer will play designated hitter for the Twins in Sunday's game, while Vargas will play first base. It's the second time in five games and third in the last nine that the two players have flip-flopped positions. 


Ryan Howard
Phillies' Ryan Howard earns no-trade rights Saturday
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI
11:05 AM
News: Phillies' first baseman Ryan Howard earned 10-and-5 no-trade rights Saturday, reaching 10 years of service time (and at least five with the same team).

Despite Howard's newfound no-trade rights, it's not believed that his status would affect a potential trade, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. His contract had already allowed him to block trades to all but nine teams.

"I don't think it's a big deal," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the effect of Howard's new rights on a potential trade. "It's a big deal for him, for two reasons: I think he should be recognized for [having] the most games played at first base in our franchise. That's a pretty awesome feat, No. 1. And No. 2, obviously he's been a long-standing member of this club and has had a great deal to do with the success."

Howard, a former Rookie of the Year and MVP, has hit just .177/.235/.380 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 79 at-bats.


Paul Goldschmidt
Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt cracks sixth home run Saturday
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
12:54 AM
News: Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 1 for 4 at the plate in Arizona's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

Goldschmidt did his damage in the first inning, ripping a two-run homer over the center field wall, his sixth of the season. Goldschmidt is now hitting .341 with 22 RBI in 85 at-bats.


Kyle Blanks
Padres newcomer Kyle Blanks slams four hits in victory
Kyle Blanks, 1B, TEX
12:24 AM
News: Kyle Blanks has pretty much shot blanks when given the chance to play at the big-league level. But he has certainly taken advantage of his limited opportunity so far with the Rangers.

Blanks fell a triple short of the cycle as part of a wrecking crew Saturday night that buried Oakland. Batting fifth in the lineup, he doubled in a run in the first, singled in the third, led off the sixth with a home run and put the cherry on top with an RBI single in the seventh.

The former top prospect and disappointment in San Diego has blasted off in consecutive games and owns a 1.000 slugging percentage.


Logan Morrison
Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison crushes third homer
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA
News: Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison went 1 for 4 at the plate in Seattle's 11-4 loss to the Astros Saturday.

Morrison got things going early when he took a Collin McHugh offering in the second inning over the right field wall for a solo shot, his third of the season.

Morrison is now hitting .214 with six RBI in 84 at-bats this season. 


Travis Ishikawa
Giants' Travis Ishikawa plays in extended spring for second straight day
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, SF
News: Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa has played back-to-back days in extended spring training, CSN Bay Area reported.

Ishikawa is on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, and his Triple-A injury rehab assignment was interrupted by back tightness. 

Ishikawa played three innings on Friday and five on Saturday. 


Mike Napoli
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli struggling at the plate this season
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS
News: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli still hasn't quite figured it out at the plate this season. The veteran is still looking to find a rhythm and break out of an early slump, reports

"You have to let it out sometimes. You can't always hold it in," Napoli said. "I'm working hard every day to get results. I'm confident. I'm not panicking. I'm trying to fight through it."

He went 0 for 4 in Saturday's game, lowering his average to just .160 in 75 at-bats this season.

"There's been times where he's expanded the strike zone a little bit more than we've seen in the past," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "A couple of opportunities in the middle innings today that unfortunately he was unable to cash in on. When he's going right, or as he's capable, it makes our lineup completely different, and he's important to us."


Albert Pujols
Angels 1B Albert Pujols runs hit streak to five Saturday
Albert Pujols, 1B, LAA
News: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols made an impact Saturday in his first game since sustaining a hamstring injury Wednesday.

It was just one loud impact - a solo home run to left field in the seventh. But it flew 427 feet from home plate.

"I felt pretty good," he said to the Orange County Register. "No problem at all. When you are one of the main guys on the team, your job is to be out there as much as you can. It stinks the last couple of games to sit on the bench, but you have to be smart. It's early in the season. You don’t want to do something stupid. I felt I was ready to play today and hopefully tomorrow it's better I'll be back out again."

His fourth blast and first since April 19 gave him 10 RBI on the year and a five-game hitting streak.


Anthony Rizzo
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell survive collision
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC
News: Cubs second baseman Addison Russell and first baseman Anthony Rizzo collided in the second inning of Saturday's game.

The two infielders were chasing a bloop single to short left field and crashed into each other.

"That was full speed," Rizzo said. "Luckily, it was more bodies colliding than heads." 

Both players stayed in the game and contributed to the Cubs' offense in a loss to Milwaukee.

Rizzo went 1 for 3 with a solo home run, his third of the year, to produce the only run of the day for Chicago. Russell singled and went 1 for 3.  


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