Khris Davis
Brewers' Khris Davis batting second Monday vs. RHP
Khris Davis, LF, MIL
11:02 AM
News: Brewers left fielder Khris Davis is batting second on Monday against the Giants and righty starter Tim Lincecum.

It's just the second time this season that Davis has been slotted second against the righty and his sixth time batting second against any pitcher. He's been much better against righties than lefties this season, hitting .257/.361/.396 with two home runs in 101 at-bats, while posting a .452 OPS against lefties. Lincecum has also seen more struggles against righties (.720 OPS against) than lefties (.455 OPS against).

The Brewers are favorites (-120) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.

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Billy Hamilton
Reds' Billy Hamilton back in lineup Monday vs. Rockies
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN
10:10 AM
News: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the starting lineup and batting ninth in Monday's matchup with the Rockies.

Hamilton suffered shoulder and wrist injuries on a slide on Saturday and was held out of Sunday's game, but it appears the issue was minor. He has hit .211/.256/.322 with three home runs, nine RBI and a league-high 17 stolen bases in 152 at-bats.

It's the first time this season manager Bryan Price has batted the pitcher eighth. The Reds are favorites (-140) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.

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Odubel Herrera
Phillies rookie Odubel Herrera continues to struggle in the field
Odubel Herrera, CF, PHI
5/24/2015
News: Phillies rookie outfielder Odubel Herrera continues to have problems with his glove. Herrera misplayed balls in two of the three games over the weekend, leading to runs for the Nationals. Manager Ryne Sanberg believes it has something to do with the walls in Washington, according to Philly.com.

"I've seen balls come off firm and I'm seen them come off where they die off the wall. That's knowing the outfield wall and how the balls come off," Sandberg said. "It's all part of the learning process for him."

Herrera made another mistake on Sunday when he misjudged a pop up from Darin Ruf in the seventh. Herrera waited too long to make his move toward second and was gunned down by Bryce Harper.

"We want to favor the runner getting to second base instead of having to be that far to go once it dropped in," Sandberg said. "Could have been a big play."

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Justin Upton
Padres OF Justin Upton hits grand slam against Dodgers
Justin Upton, LF, SD
5/24/2015
News: There is a clear reason why the Padres have Justin Upton hitting cleanup. 

In the first inning of Sunday's 11-3 win over the Dodgers, Upton hit a grand slam. Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias loaded the bases and Upton cleared them with a deep shot to center field on a 2-2 pitch. 

This helped set the tempo of San Diego's barrage of hits and runs for the day. 

"He's been taking the boys and putting us on his back, for sure," said pitcher James Shields to U-T San Diego. "We're going to need some of the other guys to step up as well to win more ball games, but he's been phenomenal."

Upton finished the game 2 for 4 with six RBI. He also hit a two-run double in the second inning. Upton now has 35 RBI for the season. 

Upton is now slashing .284/.343/.562. 

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Will Venable
Padres' Will Venable, Cory Spangenberg combine for 7 hits
Will Venable, CF, SD
5/24/2015
News: As a team, the Padres posted 20 hits in Sunday afternoon's 11-3 win over the Dodgers. 

Outfielder Will Venable and infielder Cory Spangenberg combined for seven of those hits in the win. Venable went 4 for 5 and scored three runs while Spangenberg went 3 for 5 with one run scored. 

Despite the barrage of hits and runs, neither recorded an RBI. 

For Venable, this marked the first time this season and the ninth time in his career that he's recorded four hits in a game. Venable now has a slash line of .292/.354/.472. 

This is the second time Spangenberg has recorded a three-hit game. He's slashing .236/.296/.371. 

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Alex Guerrero
Dodgers' Alex Guerrero hits homer in loss
Alex Guerrero, LF, LAD
5/24/2015
News: Dodgers third baseman Alex Guerrero blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon's 11-3 loss to the Padres. 

Guerrero took a 1-0 pitch deep to center field for the home run off of Padres pitcher James Shields. Guerrero finished the day 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. Guerrero is slashing .300/.329/.638 for the season but is only hitting a batting average of .235 in his last five games. 

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Chris Coghlan
Cubs LF Chris Coghlan blasts seventh home run of the season
Chris Coghlan, LF, CHC
5/24/2015
News: Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan went 1 for 2 at the plate in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Coghlan did his damage in the fifth inning when he took a Jeremy Hellickson pitch to deep right field for a two-run shot, his seventh of the season. Coghlan is now hitting .208 with 11 RBI in 125 at-bats this year.

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Starling Marte
Pirates OF Starling Marte goes 1 for 5 with HR in win
Starling Marte, LF, PIT
5/24/2015
News: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte only recorded one hit against the Mets but made sure it counted in a big way. 

In Sunday afternoon's 9-1 victory, Marte hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The homer also scored Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen. 

After the game, McCutchen said it was only a matter of time before Marte made someone pay. 

"Pick your poison. That's the way I look at it," McCutchen said, via MLB.com. "I guess they felt since Marte hadn't been swinging the bat the past few games, they could get him out. Nah, you can't do that either."

Marte finished 1 for 5 with two strikeouts. He's now slashing .278/.326/.513. 

Before the homer, Marte had gone 11 at-bats without a hit. 

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Andrew McCutchen
Pirates' Andrew McCutchen tees off in win over Mets
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
5/24/2015
News: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of Sunday's 9-1 win over the Mets. 

McCutchen took a 1-2 pitch to deep center field off of Jonathon Niese that also drove in Jose Tabata. That was McCutchen's seventh home run of the season. He finished the game 2 for 3 with a single and two walks. 

"You've got to have the confidence in yourself that regardless of what they're throwing up there, you're capable of being able to have some good at-bats and be able to be on the successful side of it," McCutchen said to MLB.com.

This was the second game in a row that McCutchen went yard and marked the third time in the past four games he's done so. After a horrible start in April, McCutchen is hitting .321 since May 1. 

McCutchen is slashing .261/.359/.464 for the season. 

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Marlon Byrd
Reds' Marlon Byrd slugs ninth home run Sunday
Marlon Byrd, LF, CIN
5/24/2015
News: Reds designated hitter Marlon Byrd went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Byrd put his team on the board with his seventh-inning blast off Indians starter Trevor Bauer, but he was only able to reduce his team's deficit to 4-1 in the eventual loss. He entered the game 0 for 11 in his previous three appearances. Byrd has hit .203/.275/.434 with nine home runs and 24 RBI in 143 at-bats.

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