Cubs 2B Addison Russell hits fourth home run of the season
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Cubs second baseman Addison Russell
launched his fourth home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Royals. Russell also doubled in the game and scored twice, and now has 11 hits in his last 37 at-bats, including two home runs.
Steve Tolleson available for Blue Jays on Friday
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Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson
is available for Friday's game, if the team needs a pinch hitter or defensive sub, per TSN
Tolleson hasn't played since May 26, as he's battled a groin injury.
Reds 2B Brandon Phillips out a third straight game Friday
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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips
was sidelined a third straight game
Friday against the Nationals due to a toe injury. Skip Schumaker started in his place Friday.
Phillips is 0 for 10 in his last three games. However, he has a .320/.378/.387/.765 slash line in 21 May games.
Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis starting rehab Friday in Triple-A
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What was expected is now official - Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis
will begin a rehab assignment Friday
for Triple-A Buffalo, per Sportsnet. He is set to lead off and serve as the designated hitter.
Travis has been out with a shoulder injury since May 16. It is anticipated that he will return to the Jays when eligible, which would make his stint in the minors quite short. When he returns, he will be on a four-game hitting streak.
Indians 2B Jason Kipnis up to 48 hits in May
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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis
collected two more hits Thursday against the Mariners, giving him 15 multihit games and 48 total hits in May. The 48 hits are the most in May by a Cleveland player since at least 1914, surpassing Bobby Avila's 1954 record of 47, per MLB.com.
Kipnis is the first Indians player to have 48 hits, 28 runs and 20 extra-base hits in a month since July 1936.
Kipnis has a .449/.532/.738/1.270 slash line in 26 May games. He also has three triples, four home runs, 13 doubles, 16 RBI, 14 walks, 28 runs and three stolen bases.
"All winter, I think I kept telling you that he was going to come out with a vengeance," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "And that's exactly what it looks like. He's attacking every game. He's in the middle of everything."
Giants 2B Joe Panik collects two RBI in Thursday's win
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With the Giants clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Giants second baseman Joe Panik
hit a double to drive in two runs to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. They would win the game 7-0.
The double off pitcher Brandon Cunniff was Panik's lone hit in four at-bats during the game. He also scored a run and is now hitting .296 on the season.
Prior to Thursday's game, Panik was hitting .350 with one home run and seven RBI in his last 10 games.
Mariners' Robinson Cano dealing with flu-like symptoms
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Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano
is missing his first start this season on Thursday due to flu-like symptoms
, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Manager Lloyd McClendon said that Cano's symptoms popped up overnight after the team returned home from a road trip. He added that the second baseman had lost a couple pounds due to dehydration and was receiving fluids.
Cano, who went 9 for 37 on the road trip, has hit .253/.296/.333 with one home run and 13 RBI in 186 at-bats.
Braves prospect Jose Peraza makes first appearance in outfield
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Braves infield prospect Jose Peraza
played in the outfield for the first time in his career
during Wednesday's game for Triple-A Gwinnett. He started in center field.
Peraza is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 38) and Baseball America (No. 54). He has primarily played at shortstop and second base in his minor-league career.
He is batting .296 with two doubles, two home runs, three triples, 16 RBI, 19 runs and 14 stolen bases in 40 games for Gwinnett this season. He has a career .305/.350/.390/.739 slash line.
Yoan Moncada over hamstring injury, back in lineup at Class A
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Red Sox infield prospect Yoan Moncada
was back in the lineup for Class A Greenville
on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday, per WEEI.com.
The 20-year-old prospect was the DH in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday. He went 0 for 3 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Moncada is batting .286 (6 for 21) with one triple, two RBI, two walks, four runs and seven strikeouts in six games since joining the Greenville roster.
Rays activate Ryan Brett off DL, option him to Triple-A
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Rays infielder Ryan Brett
was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday
and optioned to Triple-A Durham, where he was on a rehab assignment. Brett had been sidelined since late April due to a left shoulder subluxation.