Alexei Ramirez homers to extend hitting streak Wednesday
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White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez
went 1 for 6 with a two-run home run in his team's 6-4, 14-inning loss to the Red Sox Wednesday.
The sixth-inning home run extended Ramirez's hitting streak to 15 games to open the season, matching the season-opening mark set by Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. The shortstop has hit .390/.438/.661 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 59 at-bats.
X-rays come back clean on Hanley Ramirez's hand
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X-rays on the injured hand of Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez
, the Los Angeles Times
Ramirez was in visible pain after being hit by a pitch on the back of his left hand in Wednesday's game against the Giants. He seems to have escaped major injury, but it's likely he'll undergo further testing Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.
Zach Walters hits second homer in as many nights
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Nationals infielder Zach Walters
hit his first major-league home run Tuesday against the Marlins, and he didn't wait long to hit his second. Walters put the Nationals up for good in a 6-3 win, with a pinch-hit home run to left off Mike Dunn to open the eighth inning.
Walters has appeared in three games as a sub since joining the team, and has two hits in four at-bats, both home runs.
Rafael Furcal could move up to Double-A soon
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Marlins infielder Rafael Furcal
continues to make progress in his recovery from a left hamstring strain, and should move up a level in his rehab assignment soon.
According to MLB.com, Furcal is expected to play Friday and Saturday for Class A Jupiter, before getting Sunday off. If he does not experience any setbacks in his recovery, he could move up to Double-A Jacksonville early next week.
Brandon Crawford sidelined by hamstring tightness Wednesday
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Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford
is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, due to tightness in his right hamstring. He suffered the injury after attempting to bunt in the team's previous game, but does not consider it a serious issue.
Crawford told the San Francisco Chronicle he is available off the bench Wednesday and hopes to be back in the starting lineup in time for Thursday's series finale.
Everth Cabrera returns to Wednesday's lineup
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Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera
is back in the lineup for Wednesday against the Rockies, after being a late scratch Tuesday with a sore right knee. He was spotted with ice on the knee after Tuesday's game, but appears to have improved enough to play through the injury.
Jhonny Peralta attributes surge to 'better luck'
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Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta
has responded postively since getting a day off Saturday amid a 2-for-32 slump to begin the season.
Peralta entered play Wednesday at Milwaukee having hit .500 (6 for 12) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI in three games since returning to the lineup.
"I've felt good from the beginning. It's nothing different," Peralta said, when asked about his recent surge. "The only thing different is better luck. But I haven't changed anything."
Marcus Semien scuffling after fine start to season
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White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien
has not fallen into a deep slump, but he has certainly struggled after a strong start.
Semien has just two hits in his last 16 at-bats to lower his batting average from .250 to .216. He has also fanned 16 times in 56 at-bats, but has shown a bit of the power that marked his minor league career with two doubles and two home runs.
Derek Jeter ready to return in Wednesday nightcap
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The farewell season of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter
remained on temporary hold Wednesday as he continued his absence due to a quad injury. He was not in the lineup for the first game of the day/night doubleheader against the Cubs, but said he would return for Game 2.
Jeter has not played since Friday. He will try to extend his six-game hitting streak in the nightcap.
Jose Reyes reaches twice in rehab debut
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Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes
was able to return to action for Class A Dunedin Tuesday, as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Reyes had five plate appearances in the game, reaching base once on a walk and once via error. He ran the bases well, scoring from second once without issue. He also drove in one run.
Reyes is expected to play in Dunedin again Wednesday, before returning to the team fro a Friday activation from the disabled list.