Leury Garcia
Leury Garcia takes loss in first career pitching appearance
Leury Garcia, 2B, CHW
1:30 AM
News: White Sox infielder Leury Garcia was called upon to make his first career pitching appearance in the 14th inning Wednesday, and he gave up two earned runs and took the loss as the Red Sox pulled out a 6-4 win.

Garcia (0-1) got the first two batters he faced out before walking the next two. Jackie Bradley then came up and hit a two-run double down the right field line that was just fair. Garcia's mound appearance will likely be his last for a long while.

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Derek Dietrich
Derek Dietrich hits third homer
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
4/16/2014
News: Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich continued his hot start to the season Wednesday, clubbing his third home run of the season in a 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

Dietrich accounted for all of the team's offense in the losing effort with one swing of the bat, as he clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to establish an early lead.  He finished the game 1 for 4, with a pair of strikeouts.

Dietrich has impressed early in the season, though he hasn't quite been a full-time player yet. He is hitting .286/.429/.643 in 28 at-bats, with eight RBI and eight runs scored in nine games. 

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Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill smacks first home run Wednesday
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
4/16/2014
News: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill connected on his first home run of the season in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Mets.

It was the only hit of the game for Hill, who has struggled at the plate thus far. He owns a .222/.273/.375 line with 18 strikeouts in 72 at-bats.

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Dustin Pedroia
Struggling Dustin Pedroia back Wednesday for Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
4/16/2014
News: John Farrell has told WEEI that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has overcome a left wrist injury enough to return to the Wednesday lineup. Pedroia will bat leadoff against the White Sox after missing the last two games.

Pedroia has struggled throughout the season. He has not achieved a multi-hit game since April 3, after which he has just seven hits in 45 at-bats. He has no home runs and just one RBI on the season. Pedroia has also yet to draw a walk.

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Rickie Weeks
Rickie Weeks off to slow start in second-base platoon
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL
4/16/2014
News: After a promising spring, Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has gotten off to a slow start offensively, as he platoons with Scooter Gennett at second base. Though, Weeks is in the lineup when a left-handed starter is on the hill and has made just four starts through 14 games.

"I see him in [batting practice], he still looks good," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "But somewhere along the line, you need to have that feeling and get some hits and feel confident, and then hopefully that carries you for a long spell. There’s a lot of platoon systems that work really well. The guy who’s the right-handed hitter, he’s the one who’s got the games where you might not play for two weeks."

The challenge for Roenicke remains figuring out how to get Weeks going offensively.

"It may be difficult," Roenicke said. "We’re trying to win as many games as we can win, and I have to figure out who are the best guys to put out there that day. It’s difficult on some of them. It’s no different than a guy who is playing every single day [in the minor leagues], he comes to the big leagues and now he’s a bench player. It’s the same thing."

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Nick Franklin
Report: Nick Franklin en route to join Mariners
Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA
4/16/2014
News: Promising middle infielder Nick Franklin was en route to Arlington to join the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon, a baseball source told MLB.com.

The team had yet to confirm the promotion of Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma, but he even indicated it in a tweet.

Franklin will likely receive playing time in the outfield with shortstop Brad Miller and second baseman Robinson Cano set at his familiar spots.

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Brian Roberts
Manager: Brian Roberts dealing only with back spasms
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY
4/16/2014
News: Joe Girardi spoke optimistically Wednesday in regard to Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts. He told Newsday that Roberts is merely experiencing back spasms and should be fine going forward.

Roberts has not played since Saturday.

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Omar Infante
Omar Infante hits first home run
Omar Infante, 2B, KC
4/16/2014
News: Royals infield Omar Infante provided some rare pop in a 4-2 win over the Astros, as he recorded his first extra-base hit of the season.

Infante opened the game with a solo home run in the first inning, and then added another RBI in the third inning on a fielder's choice to give the Royals a lead. He finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while walking once.

Infante has hit for almost no power this season, but he has found ways to be productive nonetheless. He is hitting .297/.381/.378 through his first 10 games with the Royals. 

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Maicer Izturis
Maicer Izturis likely out for the season
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR
4/15/2014
News: Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis will ultimately require surgery to repair a completely torn LCL, the team announced Tuesday. The surgery will keep Izturis out at least four months, though he could require up to six months to recover, and is likely out for the remainder of the season according to MLB.com.

Izturis is still set to seek a second opinion before undergoing surgery, but it appears inevitable at this point. The 33-year-old was hitting .286/.324/.314 through the first 11 games of the season before suffering the injury Sunday.  

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Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro still not close to returning
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
4/15/2014
News: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is still not close to a return, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Last week, manager Bruce Bochy hoped to have a timetable for the second baseman by the end of the team's homestand, which comes this Thursday. It looks like the Giants will continue remain in a holding pattern with Scutaro, who hasn't been able to get over a back injury.

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