Brandon Crawford
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford cranks third home run Saturday
Brandon Crawford, SS, SF
4/18/2015
News: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 1 for 4 at the plate in San Francisco's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday. 

Crawford did his damage in the fourth inning when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Rubby De La Rosa over the right field wall, driving in Gregor Blanco. It was Crawford's third home run of the year and now has eight RBI with a .163 average.

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Wilmer Flores
Mets SS Wilmer Flores keys offense in Saturday win
Wilmer Flores, SS, NYM
4/18/2015
News: Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores didn't perform like an eight-hole hitter Saturday night against Miami. And he didn't perform like a batter with no multi-hit games this season.

Flores slugged a two-run homer to cap a three-run sixth and added a single in the victory. He nudged his average 40 points to .222 in the process and is batting .300 in his last six games.

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Ian Desmond
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond struggling with his defense
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS
4/18/2015
News: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond couldn't get things figured out on defense in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Phillies. Desmond was charged with an error after mishandling a throw from Dan Uggla in the third inning, allowing a run to score.

"Both times Desmond didn't get a grip on the baseball. It's one of those things," manager Matt Williams said to MLB.com. "He is going to be back out there tomorrow playing short for us and helping us win a game."

Desmond now has eight errors on the year.

"Brutal," Desmond said. "But I've done it before and I'm going to work my way out of it. … If this is the biggest problem in my life, I guess I'm doing all right. At the end of the year, I will look back at this and know that I made my way through it."

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates not considering sending Jung Ho Kang to the minors
Jung Ho Kang, SS, PIT
4/18/2015
News: Pirates utility infielder Jung Ho Kang is still working to find his way in the majors. A path that can prove difficult for players coming from overseas, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune.

With the tough transition, manager Clint Hurdle is looking to find something that works for Kang.

"We have conversations on how we're going to use him. Where we're going to use him," Hurdle said. "We've given (sending Kang to the minors) hardly any thought right now."

Kang is hitting just 1 for 9 to start the season with no RBI.

"It's up to Clint, it's up to the team," Kang said. "I'm open to anything the team wants me to do."

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Eduardo Escobar
Twins' Eduardo Escobar (toe) enters Saturday's game as PH, K's twice
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
4/18/2015
News: Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar pinched hit Saturday and stayed in the game for another at-bat, striking out both times. 

Escobar was left out Saturday's starting lineup after taking a pitch off his big toe in Friday's game.

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Alcides Escobar
'Slidegate' intensifies between Royals' Escobar, Athletics' Lawrie
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
4/18/2015
News: The soap opera involving Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie continued Saturday through Twitter.

It began when Lawrie slid into Escobar on Friday night, causing the latter to be escorted off the field with a sprained knee and bruising.

Escobar later told Sports Radio 610 that he felt it was a "dirty slide" and added that Oakland outfielder Sam Fuld did the same thing to him a year ago. Others chimed in, claiming Lawrie came in spikes high. But Royals teammates such as Eric Hosmer offered his view that there was nothing dirty about it the play.

The controversy continued Saturday when Escobar told the Oakland Tribune that he had not heard any apology nor received any text from Lawrie. Lawrie, however, claimed he had texted Escobar to let him know he had no intention of causing injury.

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Zack Cozart
Zack Cozart homers for Reds in loss
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
4/18/2015
News: Zack Cozart went 3 for 4 with a home run in the Reds' 5-2 Saturday loss at St. Louis.

Cozart hit his first home run of the year, with a solo shot in the fifth inning. He has two RBI on the year and is hitting .368.

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Xander Bogaerts
Emerging Red Sox SS Bogaerts maturing at the plate
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
4/18/2015
News: Though early-season statistics can be skewed, those registered by Red Sox young shortstop Xander Bogaerts in 2015 compared to the numbers he recorded last year jump off the page. And there are several reasons for it.

Bogaerts sweetened his stat line to .395/.452/.474 with a 2-for-4 performance Friday night, which included a game-winning single that made him the youngest Boston player to slam a walk-off hit since Jim Rice in 1975. Not bad considering he batted just .240 with a .297 on-base percentage a in 2014.

Among the reasons for his surge has been opposite-field hitting. He has hit more line drives and fly balls to right and with greater success, MLB.com is reporting. He hit .218 on balls hit to right a year ago, but is 6-for-13 going that way this season.

But perhaps the most significant improvement has been in regard to patience and discipline. John Farrell has certainly noticed.

"He's just been a little more relaxed at the plate, letting the ball travel a little bit deeper in the strike zone," Farrell said. "It's allowed him to use the whole field a little bit more, which is more the norm of what he's always been as a hitter. He's in a confident place right now."

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Freddy Galvis
Freddy Galvis has two hits, two RBI in Phillies win
Freddy Galvis, SS, PHI
4/18/2015
News: Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis went 2 for 5 with two RBI in Saturday's win at Washington. 

Galvis drove in the Phillies first run of the game with an RBI single in the third inning. He drove in another run with a single in the fifth. 

Galvis is hitting .317 with five RBI. 

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Pete Kozma
Pete Kozma replace Kolten Wong in Cardinals' Saturday lineup
Pete Kozma, SS, STL
4/18/2015
News: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.

Pete Kozma will start at second base and bat eighth.

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