Cubs' Joe Maddon not concerned with Addison Russell's slow start
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows rookie Addison Russell
is still trying to find his way
at the plate in the big leagues. Which is why the skipper is not too worried about Russell's 2 for 18 start with 10 strikeouts, according to the Chicago Tribune
"It's not just about hits, folks," said Maddon. "If anybody wants to make it just about hits, fine. But if you want to play that game, you're going to lose a lot. You've got to catch it. He's a very good baserunner and runs well. He does a lot of things to help us win games."
Padres' Yangervis Solarte back in the starting lineup Saturday
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Padres second baseman Yangervis Solarte
is back in the starting lineup
for Saturday's game against the Dodgers, according to TrueBlueLA.com.
It will be Solarte's first start at second in the last three games after getting the day off Friday in favor of Cory Spangenberg. Solarte is hitting .308 with two home runs and nine RBI in 39 at-bats this season. He is 2 for 3 with two doubles in his career against Dodgers' starter Brandon McCarthy.
The Padres are currently the underdogs (+105) against Los Angeles.
O's Ryan Flaherty (groin) could see action in Double-A before return
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Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty
(groin) said his injury is improving and that the recovery timetable
of five to seven days is on track, reports the Baltimore Sun
Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right groin strain.
He is expected to play in some games at Double-A Bowie before he comes off the DL.
Jake Elmore gets first start of season for Rays
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Rays second baseman Jake Elmore
is in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Elmore will bat eighth in the lineup.
Regular second baseman Logan Forsythe moves to first base. It's his fourth start of the season at the position.
The Rays are +102 money line underdogs to visiting Toronto.
Marlins 2B Dee Gordon goes 3 for 4 on Friday, now hitting .370
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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).
Blue Jays activate Michael Saunders from DL, DFA Steve Tolleson
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The Blue Jays activated outfielder Michael Saunders
off the disabled list following Friday's game at Tampa Bay. Saunders had been sidelined since injuring his knee early in spring training.
To clear a roster spot, infielder Steve Tolleson was desginated for assignment. Tolleson entered play Friday batting .273 with no home runs and two RBI in six games.
Cory Spangenberg starts second straight for Padres
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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.
2B Omar Infante back in action Friday night for Royals
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Second baseman Omar Infante
is back in the lineup
Friday night for the Royals against the host White Sox. He has been absent for six games with a groin ailment.
Infante, who is in his custumary ninth spot, returns on a nine-game hitting streak, though he managed just one hit in eight of those games. He boasts a slash line of .250/.244/.350.
White Sox start Gordon Beckham in place of Conor Gillaspie
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White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie
wasn't in the team's starting lineup for Friday's game.
Gillaspie has started six straight games at third. He'll be spelled by Gordon Beckham, who gets his fourth start of the season.
The White Sox are -108 money line favorites over visiting Kansas City.
Howard, Utley, Galvis, Ruiz reinserted into Phillies lineup on Friday
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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.