"On the collision, I kind of felt something and figured it would just go away," Souza said. "Took some swings on deck. It was lingering a little bit, but nothing too severe. But on the check-swing, I felt the pain. We’re just being precautious."
He was replaced by Joey Butler.Analysis:
Garcia is batting fifth in the order and returns after two games with a sore knee.
DeJesus has two multi-hit games in the last three and four in his last seven. He lifted his average to .330.Analysis:
Fielder was the chief tormenter, however. He singled twice and scored a run in the third, walked and scored in the sixth and slammed a two-run homer in the seventh.
His big game comes as no surprise given the season he is having and his recent tear. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and is 5-for-9 with three home runs in the last two. He boasts a sensational slash line of .351/.404/.544.Analysis:
Hanley Ramirez, who was nursing his left hand after being hit by a pitch on Friday, is also back in the lineup. Shane Victorino will hit second in the lineup after missing two games with a sore calf.
The Sox (19-23) are currently in fourth place in the American League East Division.Analysis:
Butler has produced seven multihit games in his last 17 appearances. He has a .286/.311/.371/.682 slash line in that span. He also has one home run, three doubles, six runs and 10 RBI in his last 17 games.Analysis:
Morales drove in all five the team's runs Friday. He did it by hitting two home runs off Lance Lynn. Morales went 3 for 5 in the game to raise his average to .305.
Prior to his three-hit game Friday, Morales had been hitting .154 with no home runs over his last four games.Analysis:
As a result, Cron has seen his playing time dwindle, starting just twice in the last 10 games.
Of course, with limited at bats, it will be tough for Cron to find his swing. The question the Angels must answer is whether Cron should stay on the Major League bench or go down to Triple-A to get regular playing time.
"If you are getting at bats at the major league level you don’t have to get them seven days a week, but if you are getting them one day a week then there’s a discussion of what’s best for the team and what’s best for the player," manager Mike Scioscia said, per the Orange County Register. "C.J. has gotten enough at-bats where if he’s swinging like he can, he’d be contributing, but he hasn’t found that swing yet."Analysis:
Martinez was placed in the disabled list with a lingering knee ailment that prevented him from hitting against right-handers to his usual standards.
Ausmus has stated that he has no clear idea as to when Martinez will return to the team.Analysis:
Swisher's first home run of the season came in the first inning and was part of a four-run frame for the Indians, which ended up being more than enough to cruise to a win behind the pitching of Danny Salazar. Swisher has hit .250/.328/.365 with four RBI in 52 at-bats.Analysis: