John Jaso
Rays' John Jaso still not participating in baseball activities
John Jaso, DH, TB
7:07 PM
News: Rays designated hitter John Jaso is still not ready to participate in baseball activities, general manager Matt Silverman said per the Tampa Bay Times.

"It's a slowly progressing healing process for John," Silverman said.

Jaso is currently on the 60-day DL with a wrist injury. He is yet to play in a game this season for Tampa Bay after hitting .264 with nine home runs in 2014.

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David Ortiz
David Ortiz mad autographed items given without his permission
David Ortiz, DH, BOS
5:14 PM
News: Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is mad. And he's on a seven-game hitting streak.

His anger has nothing to do with his play on the field. It has everything to do with a member of the Red Sox security staff giving Boston fan Mike Shuster several of his signed souvenirs in exchange for the ball Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez sent over the Green Monster on Friday night to tie Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list.

Ortiz assured that he didn't feel any anger toward Rodriguez. He simply wanted to give permission for any of his autographs to be handed out.

"That is not OK with me at all," he told the New York Daily News. "That's not the way it's supposed to work. They're supposed to ask me before any of my [items] get offered to anyone. ... It's not because they were doing this for A-Rod's ball. It's because they're supposed to ask me before any of my [expletive] get offered to anyone."

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Ryan Raburn
Indians center fielder Michael Bourn out of the lineup Tuesday
Ryan Raburn, DH, CLE
4:37 PM
News: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, with Michael Brantley shifting to center and Ryan Raburn moving taking over in left field, according to MLB.com. Manager Terry Francona indicated Bourn will be held out of the lineup for the forseeable future against left-handed pitchers.

"I talked to Bourny today a little bit about it," Francona said prior to Tuesday's game, per MLB.com. "And this is just in the near future, because we really want Bourny to be our center fielder, but it's been a struggle for him against lefties."

It will be Brantley's first start in center field this season after drawing 44 starts there in 2014. The Indians are currently the underdogs (+110) against Kansas City.

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Nick Swisher
Indians activate Nick Swisher from DL, option Tyler Holt to Triple-A
Nick Swisher, DH, CLE
4:28 PM
News: The Indians have activated Nick Swisher from the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury and is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game, according to MLB.com.

Swisher is yet to play in a game this season with the injury. He hit .208 with 42 RBI in 360 at-bats in 2014. With the roster move, Cleveland decided to option outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus. Holt went 0 for 3 with the Indians this season. 

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Jimmy Paredes
Orioles' Jimmy Paredes starting at second base Tuesday vs. Mets
Jimmy Paredes, DH, BAL
3:42 PM
News: Without the use of a designated hitter at his disposal, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has inserted Jimmy Paredes at second base for Tuesday's matchup against the Mets. Paredes is making his second start at second this year, but his bat is what is likely keeping him in the lineup.

In 51 at-bats this season, Paredes is batting a robust .353 with three homers and 10 RBI. He has been a revelation early on, and should continue to see regular playing time while his bat stays hot. 

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David DeJesus
Rays LF David DeJesus has success against Red Sox Porcello
David DeJesus, DH, TB
3:21 PM
News: David DeJesus will man left field and bat fifth for the second consecutive game for the Rays in Tuesday night's matchup with the Red Sox. DeJesus has a lifetime .364 batting average (8 for 22) against Boston's starter Rick Porcello, so Rays manager Kevin Cash will hope his left fielder can continue that success Tuesday.

On the season, DeJesus is batting .259 with a home run and 10 RBI. He snapped a five-game hitless streak by going 2 for 4 on Monday.

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C.J. Cron
Angels 1B/DH C.J. Cron continues to struggle in loss on Monday
C.J. Cron, DH, LAA
11:39 AM
News: After having the previous two games off, Angels slugger C.J. Cron was back in the lineup on Monday against the Mariners. He went 0 for 3 in the 3-2 loss as the team's first baseman. Cron, who broke out in 2014 with 11 home runs, has left the yard just once this season. 

Cron's struggles, which includes an underwhelming .229 batting average, has caused him to lose playing time. He has appeared in just 19 of the team's 26 games thus far, and with several other DH options at manager Mike Scioscia's disposal, Cron could be in danger of seeing even less time if he doesn't improve at the plate.

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Jesus Montero
Triple-A coach: Jesus Montero has 'new lease on life in baseball'
Jesus Montero, DH, SEA
10:07 AM
News: Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero is off to a pretty decent start this season for Triple-A Tacoma. The former top-10 prospect is batting .309 with three home runs, five doubles and 16 RBI through 23 games.

It's not only his offense that is impressing. The former catcher has also made great strides learning how to play first base.

“I mean, he’s a good first baseman now,’’ Tacoma hitting coach Cory Snyder said, per The Seattle Times. “He could play first base in the big leagues right now. It wouldn’t even bother me.”

Montero's success on the field is supported by a turnaround with his attitude. He showed up to camp this year down from 275 pounds to 230 pounds. He has also put behind him a 2013 suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and an incident last year when he threw ice cream at a scout.

“It’s kind of a new lease on life in baseball,’’ Snyder said. “He got everything in order he needed to off the field. With his life, with his family, with kind of everything."

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Billy Butler
Athletics' Billy Butler snaps hitless skid Monday vs. Twins
Billy Butler, DH, OAK
1:23 AM
News: Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler ended an 0-for-20 slump by hitting a single in the first inning Monday but couldn't find another hit across his final four at-bats in his team's 8-7 loss to the Twins.

"I got one, but I had other pitches to hit," Butler said after the game, per the Bay Area News Group. "It’s just not working out for me right now, you know? I got pitches from (Twins’ starter Phil) Hughes after that, pitches to hit from other guys, too."

Butler was unable to find success late against closer Glen Perkins, popping up with a man on base and his team down two.

"I got a pitch from Perkins," Butler said. "I was just swinging, and I’m not getting the results for reasons I can’t see right now."

Butler, who sported a .377 batting average and 1.023 OPS on April 22, is hitting .257/.318/.396 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 101 at-bats due to his recent struggles.

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Kendrys Morales
Royals DH Kendrys Morales has 10 RBI in last six games
Kendrys Morales, DH, KC
5/4/2015
News: Royals DH Kendrys Morales had an RBI single during Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Tigers. He also had one walk and one run.

Morales has at least one RBI in five of his last six games. He has 10 total in that span. 

The 31-year-old Morales has a hit in 22 of 25 games. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .293 with one home run, three doubles and 12 RBI in that span.

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