Dee Gordon
Marlins 2B Dee Gordon goes 3 for 4 on Friday, now hitting .370
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA
4/24/2015
News: Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon collected three hits in four at-bats in Friday's victory against the Marlins to improve his batting average to .370 on the season.

Gordon entered Friday's game tied for first in the National League with 24 hits (Adrian Gonzalez).
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Jedd Gyorko
Cory Spangenberg starts second straight for Padres
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SD
4/24/2015
News: Cory Spangenberg starts his second straight game at second base for the Padres on Friday night. 

Jedd Gyorko, who opened the season hitting .163, is out of the lineup for the third straight game. 

The Padres are +107 money line underdogs at home against the Dodgers.

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Chase Utley
Howard, Utley, Galvis, Ruiz reinserted into Phillies lineup on Friday
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
4/24/2015
News: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Freddy Galvis and catcher Carlos Ruiz were all held out of the starting lineup on Thursday. All four starters returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the Braves.

Howard moved back to the No. 5 spot in the order for just the second time this season. Utley returned to his regular No. 3 spot, while Ruiz batted seventh, followed by Galviz eighth.

Philadelphia is considered a slight underdog (+105) at home against Atlanta, per VegasInsider.com.

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Howie Kendrick
Dodgers may eventually give Howie Kendrick a long-term extension
Howie Kendrick, 2B, LAD
4/24/2015
News: Although the Angels never locked up second baseman Howie Kendrick to a long-term extension, the cross-town Dodgers may give it a try, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Kendrick was acquired in a trade that sent him from the Angels to the Dodgers in exchange for Andrew Heaney. Though it's been only 15 games, the Dodgers already love him and see him as a great cubhouse fit. Kendrick is batting .321 (18 for 56) with six doubles, one triple, two homers and 10 RBI this season.

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Cory Spangenberg
Padres' Cory Spangenberg productive in bench role
Cory Spangenberg, 2B, SD
4/23/2015
News: Padres infielder Cory Spangenberg delivered key doubles in back-to-back games as a pinch hitter Tuesday and Wednesday, and he drew the start at second base and hit second in Thursday's series finale in Colorado.

"We think a lot of Spangy with the bat," manager Bud Black said before Thursday's game, per MLB.com. "He's hit wherever he's been, so that doesn't surprise us when he gets his hits, even though his average is down."

Spangenberg knocked a ground-rule double to lead off the seventh inning Tuesday, eventually coming around to score a key run. He then drove in the go-ahead run with a double Wednesday, but the Padres were unable to hang on for the win.

"He threw a backdoor cutter, sort of gave up on it. It was a good pitch," Spangenberg said of Wednesday's go-ahead at-bat. "And then he went to a two-seamer changeup, and I didn't try to do too much with it. I just took what he gave me."

The two doubles have Spangenberg's line up to .250/.250/.417 in 12 at-bats.

"We think eventually he's going to be a guy in the major leagues who's going to be an offensive producer with average and maybe some stolen bases," Black said. "There's some extra-base hits in there too. We like Cory, and we think there's a bat in there. There's some hits in there. "

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Daniel Murphy
Mets 2B Daniel Murphy breaks out of slump with four-RBI game
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
4/23/2015
News: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy provided most of the offense Thursday, as he drove in four runs during a 6-3 win against the Braves, running New York's win streak to 11 games. 

Murphy had a bases-clearing double off Braves ace Julio Teheran in the first inning. He added an RBI single off Luis Avilan in the seventh inning.

Thursday was the 10th time in Murphy's career he had at least four RBI in a game. He has had a career-high five RBI three times.

Thursday also marked the first time this season he had a multihit and multi-RBI game. He entered play batting just .140 through 15 games.

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Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla adjusting to bench role with Nationals
Dan Uggla, 2B, WAS
4/23/2015
News: After starting the first four games of the season, Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla has started just four times over the last 11 games. Manager Matt Williams said Uggla is adjusting to his role as a bench player.

"It's never easy. Being an everyday player his whole career, it's not easy to learn how to do it," Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "The objective when he walks up there is to be him and not try to be something that he is not. His thought process when he goes up there is (to) get a good one to hit and whack it like he always does.

"He'll be aggressive from the first pitch, like he always hit. It's been the last three games, but it doesn't mean it'll be all the time either. He'll get some starts as well. Last night, we needed to get T-Mo (Tyler Moore) an at-bat, so we got him in there."

Uggla is batting .129 (4 for 31) with one RBI, two doubles, three walks and seven strikeouts.

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Javier Baez
Report: Cubs 2B prospect Baez expected back Thursday
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC
4/23/2015
News: Cubs premier second base prospect Javier Baez is expected to return to extended spring training Thursday after a bereavement period following the death of his sister, per ESPN.

Baez had opened the season with Triple-A Iowa, managing just nine hits in 52 at-bats with 20 strikeouts. He has not played since April 9. He struggled in the big leagues a year ago, compiling a .169/.227/.324 slash line in 213 at-bats with the Cubs.

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Addison Russell
Cubs rookie Addison Russell singles for first hit in majors
Addison Russell, 2B, CHC
4/23/2015
News: Cubs rookie infielder Addison Russell connected for his first major-league hit Wednesday against the Pirates. He singled to center with one out in the third inning.

"Today, I was a little bit more relaxed and I just stayed with my approach and it worked out for me that first at-bat," Russell said, per MLB.com. "It feels really good to get that first one out of the way. We'll just have to see where we go from here."

Russell is only 1 for 9 with four strikeouts in his first two games. Fellow rookie Kris Bryant went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in his MLB debut last week, but he has since hit safely in five straight games and is batting .409. Russell is hoping to follow a similar path.

"I think it's a good stepping stone for the future," Russell said. "I can build off this and see where it takes me."

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Chris Owings
Diamondbacks' Chris Owings triples, homers in win Wednesday
Chris Owings, 2B, ARI
4/23/2015
News: Diamondbacks second baseman Chris Owings went 2 for 3 with a solo home run and an RBI triple in his team's 8-5 win over the Rangers Wednesday.

The triple and the home run were the first of the season for each for Owings, who helped his team build up an 8-1 lead by the eighth inning and held on for a win despite a ninth-inning charge from the Rangers. Owings had managed just two extra-base hits coming into Wednesday's game but is now hitting .220/.250/.360 with six RBI in 50 at-bats while striking out 18 times.

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