Yankees' Mark Teixeira: Reaches base four times Wednesday
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(10:01 am ET) Teixeira reached base four times, going 1-for-2 while drawing a trio of walks in Wednesday's win over the Orioles.

The Yankees' bats have been in a collective slump over the first month of the season, and Teixeira has been unable to avoid that distinction as he's batting just .224. Maybe even more concerning though, the power-hitting first baseman has just three home runs and hasn't gone deep since April 13. Despite the low average and power, Teixeira does have a .365 OBP, his highest mark since his first season in the Bronx in 2009.


Orioles' Chris Davis: Spotted with thumb wrapped
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(5/4/2016) Davis was spotted with his left thumb heavily wrapped following Wednesday's game, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Davis hardly seemed concerned about the status of his thumb, but it would be the explanation if he was held out of Thursday's lineup. The Orioles figure to confirm Davis' status for Thursday's game several hours before first pitch.


Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Expects to play Thursday
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(5/4/2016) Ramirez (illness) is feeling better and expects to play Thursday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Ramirez was a late scratch Wednesday due to his illness, but it appears he will not miss any further action. The Red Sox will confirm Ramirez's status for Thursday's game when they release their lineup in the afternoon.


White Sox's Jose Abreu: Extends hitting streak while ending power outage
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(5/4/2016) Abreu's two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday accounted for all the White Sox's offense in a 5-2 loss to the Red Sox. He also drew a walk.

While Abreu's been racking up hits of late -- he's gone 14-for-32 (.438) with 10 RBI over the course of an eight-game hitting streak -- his power had been missing in action for a couple weeks, as Abreu hadn't homered since April 19. His numbers are still subpar (.255 and only four homers), but there's no reason to think Abreu shouldn't end up right around 30 homers and 100 RBI again this year.


Rays' Steve Pearce: Powers win with three-run blast
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(5/4/2016) Pearce went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

The long ball was a big one, snapping a 2-2 tie after a hit and a walk set the table for Pearce to open the sixth inning. As per usual, it came off a lefty in Dodgers starter Alex Wood. Pearce hit cleanup in this one, the seventh time this year he's appeared in that lineup slot, and his middle-of-the-order at-bats when the Rays face southpaws make him an attractive DFS play.


Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Late scratch Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Ramirez was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms, MLB.com's Ian Browne reports.

With Ramirez a bit under the weather, he will not start Wednesday as expected. Travis Shaw will move over to first base in Ramirez's place, and Josh Rutledge will take Shaw's spot at third base. Ramirez's next chance to play will come in Thursday's series finale with the White Sox.


Mariners' Dae-Ho Lee: Swats two homers Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Lee homered twice in Wednesday's win over Oakland.

He finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, raising his season line to an impressive .281/.343/.656 in limited duty (32 at-bats). The Mariners slotted him in as their No. 8 hitter Wednesday, but it's not unreasonable to think that he could move up in the order in his future starts against lefties should he continue to outperform Franklin Gutierrez in the coming weeks.


Astros' Tyler White: Out of the lineup Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) White is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins, Angel Verdejo Jr. of the Houston Chronicle reports.

White's struggled of late, going hitless over his past 12 at-bats. Furthermore, he has just two hits since April 20 (2-for-35) after a great start. White's down to .224, but has five home runs and 14 RBI. He's replaced by Marwin Gonzalez in the lineup on Wednesday.


Astros' Marwin Gonzalez: Starting at first base Wednesday
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(5/4/2016) Gonzalez is batting seventh and starting at first base Wednesday against the Twins, Angel Verdejo Jr. of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gonzalez's positional flexibility keeps him in the lineup more often than not, having logged 20 games this season at every spot in the infield. However, his bat has let him down thus far this season, hitting .196 on the season. Despite that tepid start, five of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles and a home run) with a pair of stolen bases as well. He replaces Tyler White at first base.


Rays' Steve Pearce: Launches solo homer in Tuesday loss
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(5/4/2016) Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday's 10-5 loss to the Dodgers.

The veteran tagged former Rays stalwart Scott Kazmir with the bases empty in the fifth for his second homer in his last four starts. Pearce has proven to be a solid addition to the Tampa attack, and has now reached base safely in five straight contests. He's displayed solid plate discipline as well, whiffing only six times in 46 at-bats. Pearce's .283/.365/.435 line has manager Kevin Cash contemplating providing him with additional opportunties beyond strict platoon situations.


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