Brian Roberts collects three hits in win over Rays
by Igor Mello |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(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

Jason Kipnis ejected after strikeout
by Chris Cwik |
(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.

Anthony Rendon justifying faith of manager with hot start
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/17/2014) Matt Williams certainly can't regret using Anthony Rendon as a full-time starter this season. Rendon has justified that decision - at least so far.

Rendon has hit safely in 13 of 15 games for the Nationals and owns an encouraging stat line of .339/.381/.593. He is the surprising team leader with 12 RBI and is tied for the top with five doubles. His .974 OPS is the best among all starters not named Ryan Zimmerman.

He has also shown a decent eye at the plate and an ability to make consistent contact with 10 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.

Leury Garcia takes loss in first career pitching appearance
by R.J. White |
(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.

Derek Dietrich hits third homer
by Chris Towers |
(4/16/2014) Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich continued his hot start to the season Wednesday, clubbing his third home run of the season in a 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

Dietrich accounted for all of the team's offense in the losing effort with one swing of the bat, as he clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to establish an early lead.  He finished the game 1 for 4, with a pair of strikeouts.

Dietrich has impressed early in the season, though he hasn't quite been a full-time player yet. He is hitting .286/.429/.643 in 28 at-bats, with eight RBI and eight runs scored in nine games. 

Aaron Hill smacks first home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(4/16/2014) Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill connected on his first home run of the season in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Mets.

It was the only hit of the game for Hill, who has struggled at the plate thus far. He owns a .222/.273/.375 line with 18 strikeouts in 72 at-bats.

Seattle promotes Nick Franklin, place Logan Morrison on DL
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/16/2014) The worst-kept secret in baseball was finally revealed Wednesday when the Mariners officially announced the promotion of Nick Franklin. He will take the spot opened with the placement of Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury.

Morrison has struggled to start the season. That could open the door for Franklin to take over a permanent starting spot. He has been torrid to open the year at Triple-A Tacoma.

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