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.

Giants' Travis Ishikawa will attend World Series ring ceremony
by Jason Butt |
(4/17/2015) First baseman Travis Ishikawa is not attending his Triple-A road trip so that he can attend the Giants' World Series ring ceremony on Saturday. 

Ishikawa has an injured back, which he told CSN Bay Area is feeling better. He'll presumably return to his rehab assignment following the ring ceremony. 

"I haven't had any setbacks, thankfully," he said, per 

Slumping Giants 1B Belt lowered Friday to sixth in order
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/17/2015) The combination of a personally difficult matchup and a season-long slump has motivated Giants manager Bruce Bochy to drop first baseman Brandon Belt to sixth in the lineup Friday night for the first time this season.

Belt is 2 for 16 lifetime against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter. He is also 2 for 23 on the year with a slash line of .067/.160/.087.

Rockies give Gonzalez, Morneau the night off vs. Dodgers' Kershaw
by Igor Mello |
(4/17/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss gave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and first baseman Justin Morneau the night off Friday against Dodgers right-hander Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles. Morneau is 0-for-3 lifetime against Kershaw, while Gonzalez has five hits in 30 at-bats against the Dodgers southpaw.

With Gonzalez on the bench, Weiss chose to go with Charlie Blackmon in right field, Corey Dickerson in left field and Drew Stubbs in center field. Wilin Rosario started at first and batted cleanup in place of Morneau.

Braves plan to use Markakis, Freeman at DH during weekend series
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/17/2015) The Braves will utilize right fielder Nick Markakis as the designated hitter for Saturday's game at Toronto, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

First baseman Freddie Freeman will DH on Sunday with infielder Chris Johnson playing first base.

Cardinals' Matt Adams returns to lineup Friday vs. Reds' Cueto
by Igor Mello |
(4/17/2015) Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams returned to the lineup Friday night against the Reds after receiving the night off on Thursday, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Adams, who will bat cleanup, is hitting .167 (4 for 24) with a home run and two RBI in seven games this season. He is a .364 (4 for 11) lifetime hitter with one home run against Johnny Cueto, Friday's starter for Cincinnati.

Padres' Bud Black: 1B Yonder Alonso is going to hit to all fields
by Igor Mello |
(4/17/2015) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has worked past defensive shifts, which has contributed to an 11-for-31 (.355) start with two doubles and a home run with four RBI in nine games.

All three opponents (Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks) Alonso has faced this season have implemented a defensive shift with three infielders on the right side. Of his 11 hits, five have been to the left side of the diamond to beat the shift, per

"Yonder's going to hit to all fields, hit for average and be productive," Black said.

D-Backs' Paul Goldschmidt goes deep in back-to-back games
by Igor Mello |
(4/17/2015) Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt homered for the second time in as many days Thursday night against San Francisco.

Goldschmidt took Madison Bumgarner deep for a three-run home run in the fifth inning. He finished 1 for 5 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in a 7-6 win in 11 innings. He is hitting .324 (12 for 37) with four homers and 12 RBI in 10 games.

Goldschmidt has homered in at least back-to-back games 14 times in his career. He's has only hit a home run in three straight games once. He'll get a crack at it Friday night against Jake Peavy and the Giants. He has a home run in two at-bats against the right-hander.

Still a significant gap in contract talks between Mets, Lucas Duda
by Igor Mello |
(4/17/2015) There is still a significant gap in contract discussions between the Mets and Lucas Duda, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Duda is taking a new approach at the plate, which has paid dividends early this season. He has racked up three straight games with multiple extra-base hits, including his first home run of the season Wednesday. Duda is batting .395 (15 for 38) with six doubles, one home run and eight RBI through 10 games.

"We're 10 games in," Duda said, downplaying his fast start, per Newsday. "So, let's not get too carried away with what's going on."

Brewers place OF Carlos Gomez on DL; recall Jason Rogers
by Igor Mello |
(4/17/2015) The Brewers officially placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 16 due to a right hamstring strain, according to the team's official website. Milwaukee recalled infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Gomez's spot on the roster.

Gomez returned to Milwaukee on Thursday to receive further examination and a cortisone injection. Gomez batted .235 (8 for 34) with one home run, four doubles and six RBI in eight games before the injury. The Brewers will likely use Gerardo Parra as the team's regular center fielder until Gomez is ready to return.

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