Indians' Zach Walters (oblique), Nick Swisher (knee) close to rehab action
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Indians infielder Zach Walters (oblique) and first baseman Nick Swisher (knee) are close to being cleared to begin rehab assignments, reports

Indians manager Terry Francona said Walters could begin rehabbing in the next few days while Swisher is right behind him.

History at Target Field could factor into Indians' Moss snapping slump
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4/16/2015) It has been well-documented already that Indians outfielder Brandon Moss is not off to a good start offensively. The 31-year-old slugger is batting just .100 (2 for 20) with no home runs and one RBI in seven games.

Well, Friday against the Twins could serve as a good opportunity for Moss to put an end to his struggles since Mike Pelfrey will be on the mound. Moss has had some success against Pelfrey in his career, batting .500 (5 for 10) with one double, two RBI and one walk.

Moss also has had success at Target Field. In six games, he is batting .333 (8 for 24) with one home run, three doubles, seven RBI and eight runs.

Orioles' Chris Davis drives in three runs in win Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(4/15/2015) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis went 2 for 5 with three RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Yankees Wednesday.

Davis smacked an RBI single in the first inning but struck out in his next two at-bats before coming up with a two-run double during his team's five-run sixth inning.

"He doesn't give in," manager Buck Showalter said after the game, per "His contact-to-damage ratio again has always been pretty good, but I know it's frustrating for him to strike out that much. But more times than not you like the finished product. Whether he's hitting the ball the other way or pulling it firmly, just trying to string together some good at-bats. It's pretty obvious the way they're pitching him, but it's the same way they pitched him last year and the year before. Same way."

Davis has hit .226 with one home run and five RBI in 31 at-bats and has struck out 15 times.

Rays 1B James Loney should return close to first eligible date
by R.J. White |
(4/15/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that first baseman James Loney (oblique) should be able to return to the lineup around April 22, the first day he's eligible, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Loney was said to be dealing with a minor injury when he went on the disabled list last week, and it appears he shouldn't need a long stay on the disabled list. He's 0 for 2 with a walk in his only game of the season.

Quartet of Angels make game miserable for Rangers
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/15/2015) The heart of the Angels lineup broke the hearts of the Rangers on Wednesday.

Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Matt Joyce and David Freese combined for nine hits in 16 at-bats with five runs scored and seven RBI. Oddly, all but a Joyce double was a single, but the hits were timely. The Joyce double scored two to complete a six-run second inning.

Orioles DH Steve Pearce absent from Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/15/2015) Slumping Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce is out of the lineup for the Wednesday night game against the visiting Yankees. It's the first time this season he has been benched.

Pearce, who has batted either second or cleanup in every game, has just two hits in his last 23 at-bats covering six games. His average has slipped to .161.

Indians' Francona confident Brandon Moss will get on track
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4/15/2015) Indians outfielder Brandon Moss got a day off Wednesday against the White Sox after striking out four times Tuesday. 

While the Indians have faced five left-handed starters in eight games, the left-handed hitting Moss hasn't fared well against right-handed pitchers either. He is batting .083 (1 for 12) against righties, while batting .125 (1 for 8) against lefties.

"I'm kind of conflicted in my approach right now," Moss said, per "I'm getting a lot of offspeed pitches early in the count. So do I go up looking for that or do I stick to my middle-of-the-field approach?

"(Tuesday) was one of those nights where I was trying to see more pitches to find that timing and comfort zone. But everytime I looked up I was 0-2 or 1-2 and it's really hard to hit that way. It's one of the things where the more pitches you see and better at bats you start to put together, it will come."

Moss struck out 153 times in 500 at-bats with the A's last season.

"There is some swing-and-miss in his game which we knew," manager Terry Francona said. "He's going through it right now. In spring training, he came out and was hitting the ball all over the place with no at-bats under his belt.

"Now he's going through his rough little stretch, but that will change. There's a lot of production in that bat and we'll see it."

Rangers' Prince Fielder not concerned with lack of power this year
by Brandon Wise |
(4/15/2015) Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder has the highest average on the team so far this season, posting a .405/.450/.459 slash line in 37 at-bats. But, Fielder has yet to record a home run and just two extra-base hits ths year. The veteran is not worrying about the lack of pop just yet, reports FOX Sports Southwest.

"Getting hits is always better than making outs," Fielder said. "Hopefully I can continue doing that. I like getting hits. Whatever I don't do you guys will talk about. I might just get hits all year."

Fielder is trying to hit the ball away from the shift adjustments more this season.

"Obviously when I'm up there I see the hole sometimes," Fielder said. "In my mind I want to do it (hit to the left side) but I try not to manipulate the ball or I'll pop up to third base or I'll miss a good pitch. I'm just trying to hit the ball hard."

Yankees' Teixeira has at least one RBI, one hit in five straight games
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4/15/2015) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira enters play Wednesday against the Orioles with at least one hit and one RBI in five straight games. It is his longest such streak since May 24-30, 2011, per the New York Daily News.

Teixeira, who has hit safely in six straight games, is batting .240 (6 for 25) with two doubles, three home runs and five RBI in seven games.

White Sox slugger Jose Abreu open to playing third base
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/15/2015) Jose Abreu could soon be adding another weapon to his already impressive list on the baseball field. The White Sox slugger has opened himself up to the possibility of playing third base.

Abreu, who handled the shortstop position at times in Cuba, has rotated with newcomer Adam LaRoche between first base and designated hitter. But 20 interleague games on the schedule has Abreu seeking to play some third base in order to keep his bat in the lineup. He has been taking ground balls at the hot corner in practice to prepare himself.

"If something is decided for the team to win, I will [play third base]," Abreu told ESPN. "I will do it."

That attitude has White Sox manager Robin Ventura singing his praises.

"It's one of the mature parts about him: It's not about personal gain or fame or anything like that," Ventura said. "He just wants to be a good baseball player and help his team win."

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