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