Phillies slide 2B Chase Utley back to No. 3 spot in order
by Igor Mello |
(3:50 pm ET) With Ben Revere back in the starting lineup, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley slid back to the No. 3 hole  for Friday's contest against the Nationals.

Utley recorded his first triple of the season on Thursday, and is has had a hit in each of his last six games. He is hitting .450 (9 for 20) with four doubles, a triple and three RBI over that span. He owns a .169/.250/.292 slash line with three homers and 18 RBI over 148 plate appearances this season.

Philadelphia is considered an underdog (+245) at Washington, per

Reds move Brandon Phillips to top of order over Zack Cozart
by Igor Mello |
(2:25 pm ET) Red manager Bryan Price inserted second baseman Brandon Phillips into the leadoff spot for Friday's contest against the Indians. It's the first time since Sept. 25, 2014, he's at the top of the order.

Phillips bumped Zack Cozart to the No. 2 hole against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Phillips is hitting .357 (25 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and six walks over his last 19 games played. Cozart has just one hit over his last 16 at-bats.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+155) at Cleveland, per

Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings still up-and-down at the plate
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:55 am ET) Hot-and-cold Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings was hot early this week. Now he's cold.

Owings has remained inconsistent all season. The latest example was a 12-for-22 outburst followed by his current 2-for-17 slide. It all adds up to a mediocre .252/.273/.367 slash line with just 10 RBI in 139 at-bats.

He is also striking out at a much higher rate in 2015 than he did a year ago. Owings has fanned 35 times.

Rival executive: Cubs willing to deal prospects Baez, Vogelbach
by Michael Hurcomb |
(11:47 am ET) The Cubs appear willing to trade prospects Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach, a rival executive told Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The executive suggests it is partly because both players were drafted by a previous regime.

However, Heyman writes the reality is there are issues with Baez and Vogelbach. Baez is working on cutting down his strikeouts and getting rid of the perception he "doesn't make contact," according to one rival's assessment. One scout said Vogelbach is a "30 fielder," using scout parlance for well-below average on the 20-80 scale.

Vogelbach was the Cubs' minor-league player of the month for April. The first baseman has a .328/.449/.515/.964 slash line through 39 games for Double-A Tennessee. He has a career .289/.382/.485/.867 slash line. He was a second-round pick in 2011.

Baez was sent to the minors after struggling in spring training. He missed some time due to a personal leave, but the former top-10 prospect has a .284/.369/.405/.774 slash line through 20 games for Triple-A Iowa. He has 22 strikeouts in 20 games.

Braves 2B Jace Peterson cools off after two-week tear
by Marty Gitlin |
(11:42 am ET) The hot streak that sent the numbers soaring for Braves second baseman Jace Peterson is decidedly over.

Peterson went on a 20-for-51 tear in late April and early May to catapult his average from .171 to .293 and increase his on-base percentage to .362. He has not gone into a slump, but he has certainly cooled off. Peterson has just five hits in 27 at-bats since.

His slash line is now at .269/.346/.328.

Cubs' Addison Russell knocks third home run on Thursday
by R.J. White |
(5/21/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-0 win over the Padres on Thursday.

For the first time in their major-league careers, rookies Russell and Kris Bryant smacked home runs in the same game, while pitcher Kyle Hendricks did his part by delivering a complete-game shutout to give the Cubs a win. Russell has hit .253/.302/.434 with three home runs, 11 RBI and one stolen base in 99 at-bats.

Phillies 2B Chase Utley records first triple of the year on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 2 for 4 on Thursday, including his first triple of the season, as the Phillies fell 7-3 to the Rockies. Utley, who extended his current hitting streak to six games, has an extra-base hit five of those six games. 

Utley will look to keep the hitting streak alive on Friday when the Phillies take on the Nationals. Utley is a career 1-for-7 hitter against Max Scherzer who will be on the mound.

Padres' Cory Spangenberg returns to leadoff spot
by R.J. White |
(5/21/2015) Padres second baseman Cory Spangenberg is back in the starting lineup and batting leadoff in Thursday's matchup against the Cubs.

Spangenberg took a seat on Wednesday but will return to the lineup spot he occupied in his previous five games. He's just 3 for 27 in the No. 1 slot this season but has hit .233/.305/.384 in 73 at-bats overall.

The Padres are home underdogs (+101) on Thursday, per

Giants 2B Joe Panik gets day off Thursday vs. Dodgers
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) After starting six straight games, Giants second baseman Joe Panik is being held out of Thursday's lineup against the Dodgers. Panik has been hitting well lately, batting .282 with two doubles and a triple over his last 10 games. 

But, with tough lefty Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers, Panik will cede the start at second base to Matt Duffy

Phillies 2B Chase Utley moves up to second spot in order
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley keeps on moving around the batting order for manager Ryne Sandberg. On Thuresday, Utley is batting second for just the second time this season as he looks to extend his current five-game hitting streak.

Utley is 4 for 14 with one home run lifetime against the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa, who starts on Thursday. 

Utley went 2 for 4 and scored a run on Wednesday and is still batting a disappointing .159 on the season. 

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