Lyle Overbay on paternity leave as Elian Herrera promoted
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:57 am ET) The Brewers have placed first baseman Lyle Overbay on paternity leave and called up versatile Elian Herrera from Double-A Nashville.

Overbay is off to a miserable start with just two hits in 20 at-bats.


Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz out for Thursday game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:13 am ET) A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sitting Thursday. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is merely getting the day off after a Wednesday night game.

Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.


Justin Morneau continues hot start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:49 am ET) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau made a big impact in Wednesday's game against the Padres, albeit in a 4-2 loss.

Morneau was just about the only player to produce for the Rockies, putting together the team's lone multi-hit performance. He went 3 for 3 in the game, with his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. He added the team's only other run by way of a late sacrifice fly.

Morneau has started the season well for the Rockies, hitting .354/.396/.542 with five extra-base hits and five RBI in 14 games. 


Yonder Alonso getting work in at hot corner
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:36 am ET) The Padres were without starting third baseman Chase Headley Wednesday due to a bicep strain, and they revealed their emergency backup plan before the game. First baseman Yonder Alonso took groundballs during batting practice, with manager Bud Black watching, and Black seemed confident he could fill in if the need arose.

"We've got a third baseman who is day to day with a biceps strain, and if something happens tonight, we might need someone to go over there," Black told MLB.com. "[Alonso] has got good hands and a good arm. We're going to look at it a little."

Alonso has appeared in two games at third place in his major-league career, but played  it plenty before he got to college. 


Paul Goldschmidt cranks homer, double in loss Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Mets Wednesday.

It was the eighth double and third home run of the season for Goldschmidt, who is following up his breakout 2013 season with an excellent April. He has hit .338/.392/.577 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 71 at-bats.


Allen Craig finally connects for first home run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig was the only reason St. Louis avoided getting shutout during Wednesday's 5-1 loss at Milwaukee.

Craig parked a solo home run off Wily Peralta in the sixth inning for his team's only run of the afternoon. It was his first home run of the season. He finished 1 for 3 with one walk and one strikeout Wednesday.

Craig, who came into Wednesday batting .143 in 13 games, extended his hitting streak to five games. He is batting .278 (5 for 18) over that stretch.


Joey Votto hits fourth home run in last six games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit a two-run, two-out homer off Francisco Liriano in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 3-0 win vs. Pittsburgh. Votto finished 1 for 3 with one walk and two strikeouts.

Votto hit his fourth home run a day after collecting a season-high four hits Tuesday. All of Votto's home runs have come during a six-game hitting streak. He is batting .450 (9 for 20) with eight RBI in his last six games.


Joey Votto knocks four hits vs. Pirates Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 4 for 4 with one run and one RBI in his team's 7-5 win over the Pirates Tuesday. Votto's in the midst of a five-game hitting streak, and he now owns a .327 batting average in 51 at-bats.

Gaby Sanchez homers twice in suspended game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez went 2 for 4 with two solo home runs in Monday's suspended game that ended in an 8-7 win over the Pirates Tuesday.

The home runs were the first of the season for Sanchez, who is 4 for 16 in limited action. Both of the right-handers home runs came off righties, and he could continue to see some action against right-handed pitchers moving forward.


Lucas Duda to stick at 1B despite outfield situation
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) The Mets are committed to keeping Lucas Duda at first base despite dealing with multiple injuries in the outfield, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Duda was shifted to the outfield Monday after the team lost two guys to injuries during the game. However, they'll be able to make a roster move or two should a DL stint be required for either injured player. Duda will likely only be in the outfield again if another emergency arises.


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