Gordon Beckham nearing end of minor-league rehab
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:13 pm ET) White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham started his sixth consecutive rehab game at Double-A Birmingham, MLB.com reports. Beckham is no longer feeling any soreness in his oblique and could be nearing the end of his rehab.

"He's been doing good," manager Robin Ventura said of Beckham. "He's getting closer. You want to make sure you get a good five, six in a row where you don't feel anything, so you know, even when they do it, there are no signs. It just happens. Knowing that he's had it before, you want to just nip it."

Rangers make several roster changes
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:25 pm ET) The Rangers have announced that right-hander Nick Martinez will join the starting rotation as a replacement for Tanner Scheppers, who is on the disabled list. Martinez is set to start Tuesday in Oakland.

The team has also brought up southpaw Aaron Poreda from Triple-A. He will take the roster spot vacated by Scheppers until Martinez arrives.

The Rangers have also designated infielder Andy Parrino for assignment.


Lefty starter fuels lineup changes Friday for Angels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:54 pm ET) Angels designated hitter Raul Ibanez has received a rare day off Friday to avoid Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly. Howie Kendrick is set to serve as the DH with defensive specialist John McDonald taking over at second base.

John Farrell to contemplate lineup possibilities
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:14 am ET) The impending return of Shane Victorino from the disabled list will provide John Farrell intriguing lineup options.

Victorino will almost certainly be plugged back into the second hole, but Farrell might place emerging Xander Bogaerts into the leadoff spot rather than move him down. That would result in Dustin Pedroia batting third.

That lineup would give the Red Sox a right-left-right configuration at the top of the order that Farrell covets, according to ESPN.

Bogaerts has earned consideration to take over the leadoff spot with an on-base percentage of .397.


Brian Roberts collects three hits in win over Rays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts returned to action Thursday and broke out of a mini-slump with a three-hit night against the Rays in Tampa.

Roberts entered Thursday with just one hit over his previous 24 at-bats. He tripled in a run in the second, doubled in the sixth and singled in a run in the seventh. He finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 10-2 win. He is hitting .194 with just three RBI in 36 at-bats this season.

Robinson Cano finally puts one over the fences
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) It may have taken him 56 at-bats, but Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano finally put one over the fences Thursday, launching his first home run of the season in an 8-6 defeat to the Rangers.

Cano took starter Tanner Scheppers deep for a three-run home run in the third inning, his first home run since Sept. 11, 2013 when he was a member of the Yankees. He finished 1 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI. He is hitting .271/.333/.356 with one home run and eight RBI in 59 at-bats.

Ian Kinsler racks up season-high four RBI against Indians
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Tigers second baseman and leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead with one swing of the bat Thursday against Indians right-hander Danny Salazar.

The three-run homer in the fifth inning put his team up to stay and allowed Justin Verlander to earn the victory. He added an RBI single in the sixth.

Kinsler has been consistent and productive since the opening bell. He has seven multi-hit games and boasts a slugging percentage of .519.


Rangers hopeful two injured players are back in June
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday he's hopeful second baseman Jurickson Profar (shoulder) and catcher Geovany Soto (knee) will make earlier than expected returns from the disabled list.

"We're hoping to get [Jurickson] Profar and Soto back in June," Daniels said, per MLB.com.


Jason Kipnis ejected after strikeout
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was ejected from Thursday's game following a strikeout.

Kipnis had a rough day at the plate, grounding into a double play during his first at-bat and striking out his second time up. Following the strikeout, Kipnis may have said something while walking away from the umpire. The ump then ejected Kipnis from the game. Mike Aviles came into the game to replace Kipnis.


Leury Garcia takes loss in first career pitching appearance
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) White Sox infielder Leury Garcia was called upon to make his first career pitching appearance in the 14th inning Wednesday, and he gave up two earned runs and took the loss as the Red Sox pulled out a 6-4 win.

Garcia (0-1) got the first two batters he faced out before walking the next two. Jackie Bradley then came up and hit a two-run double down the right field line that was just fair. Garcia's mound appearance will likely be his last for a long while.


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