Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino
, who was not in the lineup Thursday due to a hamstring injury, ran sprints and completed other workouts
prior to the game, according to The Boston Globe
"As we continue to ramp up the physical work and the physical activity, the information that we get back and how he responds to that is certainly helpful as far as our decision-making going forward,'' manager John Farrell said.
Victorino has missed the last three games since leaving Monday's 6-4 loss to the White Sox with a tight left hamstring. He is hitting .283 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 127 at-bats.
Austin Jackson not likely to return when first eligible
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Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson
is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list Monday, but it appears it could be a bit longer
, MLive.com reports. Jackson has not participated in physical activity yet.
"I want it right," Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLive.com. "We talked about that today: 'Get it right.' I don't want him to come back 85 percent and try to play and then do it again. Try to get it as close to 100 percent as you can. You might not get it to 100 percent. Who knows."
Jackson strained his left hamstring nearly two weeks ago and last week seemed to be on track to make it back when first eligible. He has .272/.333/.371 with two home runs and five stolen bases in 16 plate appearances this season.
Oswaldo Arcia expected to start Friday
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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he chose to keep outfielder Oswaldo Arcia
out of the starting lineup for a fourth straight game
Thursday at Detroit because he wanted to start players with good numbers against Rick Porcello. Gardenhire added he expects Arcia to be in the lineup Friday.
Arcia delivered a pinch-hit home run Wednesday against the Braves, but he is mired in a 3-for-26 slump (.115) in his last 10 games (seven starts).
Darin Mastroianni to miss six more weeks post-surgery
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Twins outfielder Darin Mastroianni
had successful surgery Thursday
to repair a bone chip in his left ankle and will be in a cast for a week, according to MLB.com. The hope is Mastroianni will be ready to return in six weeks.
Adam Jones to return to center field Friday
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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones
, who is dealing with a sore groin, was the team's DH for a third straight game Thursday against the Blue Jays. He said, however, he is expected to be back in center field Friday
Jones is batting .300 (24 for 80) with two home runs, five doubles, seven stolen bases, 10 RBI and 11 runs in 19 May games.
Manager pushing Leonys Martin to be better
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Rangers manager Ron Washington has been as hard on outfielder Leonys Martin
as he was on Elvis Andrus before he developed into an All-Star shortstop, MLB.com notes.
"Martin is a very good baseball player and he certainly has the ceiling to get better," Washington said. "How good? I think we'll just have to wait and see."
Martin continues to split playing time in center field with Craig Gentry as he learns how to adjust to a 162-game schedule. However, his playing time has been on the rise lately because his offensive production has taken off. Martin has started eight of the last 10 games through Wednesday and has hit safely in seven straight (.381).
Still, Washington feels Martin has plenty of room to improve offensively.
"I think he's still trying to find that," Washington said. "The thing is he's getting comfortable and getting his confidence together, and that's the key."
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley
extended his RBI streak to four games Wednesday against the Tigers, totaling three RBI as he finished 3 for 5 with one run. Brantley has nine RBI in his last four games, while batting .438 (7 for 16) during that span.
Brantley is having a productive May, batting .338 (25 for 74) with a home run, a double, 10 runs and 15 RBI in 21 games (18 starts).
Yankees manager wants to settle on three outfielders
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been juggling a lineup of four outfielders for three spots since Curtis Granderson
came off the disabled list May 14. Girardi expressed Wednesday he would eventually like to settle on a rotation of three outfielders
among Granderson, Brett Gardner
, Vernon Wells
and Ichiro Suzuki
, but for now he will continue with the status quo.
"At some point you will probably get to where you will try and put out the same lineup every day," Girardi said.
Girardi has a simple message for his outfielders.
"Just go out and play, that’s all you can do," Girardi said. "As we have seen there are so many things that can happen in this game that we might need to play all four of them."
Results finally starting to appear for Josh Hamilton
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Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton
had another promising performance Wednesday against the Mariners, driving in two runs for a second straight game and walking twice. After batting .202 through his first 32 games, Hamilton is batting .286 (14 for 49) with a .375 on-base percentage, .633 slugging percentage and 1.008 OPS in his last 14 games.
Hamilton will tell you, however, nothing in his approach has changed.
"The ball is finding holes," Hamilton said, per the Los Angeles Times. "It's irritating for me to try to explain. Before … the results weren't there. So when the results finally get there, it's like something different happened. But it really hasn't. That's irritating."
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson
had his best performance of the season Wednesday at Baltimore, going 3 for 3 with a double and his first home run. It was his second three-hit game since being activated off the disabled list May 14.
Granderson was batting just .174 entering Wednesday's game.
"It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and getting timing right and getting in a rhythm and going from there," Granderson said, per The Journal News. "It’s one of those baseball things. You can’t really pinpoint it exactly. It’s just going to end up happening one day. Could be one swing. Could be one at-bat. Could be one day."
Granderson certainly was encouraged by his performance Wednesday.
"It’s a result-oriented game, so you always want to see that stuff," Granderson said. "At the same time, the feel is the most important thing. Whenever you do get the feel, then you’re in a better situation to get the results that you want. That’s what I’m still working on right now, just getting that feel."