Edwin Encarnacion
Jose Bautista not getting many pitches to hit
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR
10:29 AM
News: Given how pitchers are pitching around Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, it's amazing he has six home runs and 13 RBI 20 games into the season.

Bautista leads the major leagues in percentage of balls thrown to him at 47 percent, Sportsnet has reported. The early-season slump by cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion has contributed to a willingness to pitch around him. Bautista already has 25 walks, which puts him on pace for 200 for the season.

"His discipline has been off the charts because even the strikes he's taken have been marginal pitches, pitchers' pitches," said hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. "He's got to stay right there, take his walks and trust the guys behind him because if he starts expanding just to put balls in play, then he's going to struggle."

Bautista owns a .262/.467/.569 stat line.

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Will Middlebrooks
Will Middlebrooks could be back with Sox this weekend
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS
10:15 AM
News: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks could return from his rehab assignment as early as this weekend against Toronto, per the Boston Herald.

Middlebrooks, who has been dealing with a calf injury, will play for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. A determination will then be made as to when he is ready to come back.

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Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury calls calf wrap 'maintenance'
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYY
10:10 AM
News: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had his calf wrapped Tuesday night, which brought to mind his absence for two weeks from spring training with a tight right calf.

Ellsbury, however, told the Newark Star-Ledger that the calf wrap merely served as "maintenance."

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Pedro Figueroa
Pedro Figueroa exits game Tuesday with elbow injury
Pedro Figueroa, RP, TEX
1:47 AM
News: Rangers pitcher Pedro Figueroa was removed from Tuesday's game against the A's after suffering an elbow injury, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Figueroa threw just one pitch in the game, hitting a batter. He immediately began shaking his arm and was removed after a visit from the trainer. The team will likely have him undergo an MRI. Figueroa owns a 4.00 ERA and 3:3 K:BB ratio in nine innings.

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Matt Albers
Matt Albers dealing with shoulder tightness
Matt Albers, RP, HOU
1:41 AM
News: Astros pitcher Matt Albers was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Mariners due to shoulder tightness, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Albers may not be able to pitch Wednesday either, but the team doesn't see the injury as a major issue. He has allowed just one earned run in 10 innings while striking out eight and walking three in eight appearances.

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Chris Carter
Chris Carter smacks first home run Tuesday
Chris Carter, 1B, HOU
1:28 AM
News: Astros designated hitter Chris Carter went 2 for 4 with two RBI and his first home run of the season in his team's 5-2 win over the Mariners Tuesday.

It's been a rough beginning to the season for Carter, who was 1 for 19 over his previous seven games before Tuesday's two-hit performance. He now owns a .148/.264/.279 line in 61 at-bats.

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Josh Fields
Josh Fields earns second save vs. A's
Josh Fields, RP, HOU
1:24 AM
News: Astros pitcher Josh Fields recorded his second save of the season Tuesday, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to lock down his team's 5-2 win over the A's.

Fields' first save came all the way back on April 2, and three Astros relievers have shared the team's five saves thus far. It was Fields' turn Tuesday, and he turned in a 1-2-3 inning to pick up the save. He owns a 2.00 ERA and 11:4 K:BB ratio in nine innings.

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Collin McHugh
Collin McHugh strikes out 12 in debut Tuesday
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU
1:20 AM
News: Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was masterful in his season debut Tuesday, striking out 12 in 6 2/3 scoreless innings while giving up three hits and walking none in his team's 5-2 win over the Mariners.

McHugh (1-0) was making his first start in place of Scott Feldman, who is on the disabled list with a biceps injury, and he couldn't have asked for a better performance, ceding just three singles while throwing 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He's on track to square off with the A's Sunday.

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Erasmo Ramirez
Erasmo Ramirez strikes out eight in quality start Tuesday
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA
1:20 AM
News: Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez gave up three earned runs on three hits and three walks in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 5-2 loss to the Astros Tuesday.

Ramirez (1-3) surrendered home runs in the first and second inning but settled down after that, pitching four scoreless innings before coming out. However, he was no match for Astros starter Collin McHugh, who turned in a gem to deliver a loss to the Mariners starter. Ramirez has posted a 6.75 ERA and 20:11 K:BB ratio in 24 innings. Thanks to two off-days in the next week, he's lined up to face the Yankees next Tuesday if the team decides not to skip his spot in the rotation.

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Joakim Soria
Joakim Soria locks down fifth save Tuesday
Joakim Soria, RP, TEX
1:18 AM
News: Rangers closer Joakim Soria recorded his fifth save Tuesday, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 5-4 win over the A's.

Soria got out to a slow start this April, recording just one save in his first five appearances while giving up four earned runs in five innings. However, he's tossed four scoreless innings in his last four appearances, racking up four saves while not allowing any hits or walks. He owns a 4.00 ERA and 9:2 K:BB ratio in nine innings.

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