Astros' Luis Valbuena cranks sixth home run of the year
by Brandon Wise |
(5/2/2015) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena went 1 for 5 at the plate in Houston's 11-4 win over the Mariners Saturday. 

Valbuena's lone bright spot came in the fourth inning when he ripped a Yoervis Medina pitch over the left center field wall for a solo shot, his sixth of the season. Valbuena is now hitting .218 with 10 RBI in 87 at-bats.

Eric Campbell misses second straight for Mets
by Shawn Krest |
(5/2/2015) Mets third baseman Eric Campbell is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game on Saturday. Campbell is hitting .204 this season.

Just like Friday, the Mets replace Campbell by moving David Murphy over from second base. Dilson Herrera replaces Murphy at second, batting sixth in the order. 

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson smacks lead-off home run Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson did all he could to help his club avoid defeat Friday against the Indians. Donaldson, who was moved to the leadoff spot in the lineup, went 2 for 3 with two walks, a run scored and a solo home run.

The homer was Donaldson's sixth of the year and came on Carlos Carrasco's second pitch of the game. It doesn't seem to matter where manager John Gibbons puts Donaldson in the lineup these days, as he is hitting .282 with three home runs and six RBI over his last 10 games. 

Astros 3B prospect Colin Moran sidelined by fractured jaw
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5/1/2015) Astros third base prospect Colin Moran suffered a non-displaced jaw fracture during a game Thursday night for Double-A Corpus Christi, per Moran suffered the injury as an errant throw struck him in the face as he was sliding into second base.

There is no word yet on how long Moran will be sidelined, but he was placed on the disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle. The 2013 first-round pick is batting .268 with no home runs, nine doubles and 17 RBI in 20 games.

Donaldson moves into leadoff spot for Blue Jays as Travis gets day off
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5/1/2015) With Jose Reyes on the disabled list and Devon Travis getting his second day off this season, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to shake up his lineup Friday against the Indians.

Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion all moved up one spot in the lineup, which meant Donaldson moved into the leadoff spot. It was the first time in Donaldson's career he hit leadoff.

Russell Martin moved into the cleanup spot, which is usually where Encarnacion bats. He was followed by Kevin Pillar, Michael Saunders, Dalton Pompey, Ryan Goins (who started for Travis) and Jonathan Diaz.

Rangers' Joey Gallo settling in at Double-A following foot surgery
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5/1/2015) Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo has played six games for Double-A Frisco after missing the start of the season due to foot surgery. While Gallo is batting .320 (8 for 25) through six games, the slugger has yet to hit his first home run.

Gallo has a .346 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage, .866 OPS, one triple, three doubles, four RBI, two runs, one walk, 10 strikeouts and one stolen base.

He is considered a top-10 prospect by Baseball America (No. 6) and (No. 9).

Double-A hitting coach working with Twins' Sano on improving approach
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5/1/2015) Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano clubbed his fourth home run for Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday. However, the highly touted prospect struggled offensively for most of April.

Sano, who sat out last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, is batting just .159 with 22 strikeouts in 18 games. Before Thursday's game against Jacksonville, he spent extra time with Lookouts hitting coach Chad Allen working on his approach.

"Early in the year, he's really tried to do too much," Allen said, per "He's got a lot of strength and everybody that faces him knows he's a strong man and can hit the ball a long way. At the same time, he himself is trying to do too much.

"We hit early today and just really tried to slow him down and let the ball come to him. Let him understand he doesn't have to exert himself just to hit the ball hard."

Allen was encouraged with Sano's approach Thursday, especially when he hit his home run.

"Tonight was a great judgment on what he was thinking, that he wasn't trying to do too much," Allen said. "He took an 80-percent swing with two strikes on a fastball in and hit a home run. It's just a matter of him relaxing, calming down a bit and letting the game come to him."

Sano is considered a top-20 prospect by (No. 11) and Baseball America (No. 13).

Mariners 3B Kyle Seager (thumb) able to start Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb |
(4/30/2015) Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros after having to come off the bench Wednesday due to a thumb injury. Wednesday was the first time all season he did not start.

Seager is back in the starting lineup in time to face Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman. He is batting .444 (4 for 9) with one double and four walks in his career against Feldman.

Mariners' Kyle Seager (thumb) enters Rangers game off bench
by Jason Butt |
(4/30/2015) Though he didn't start due to a thumb injury, Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager did come off the bench in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Rangers.

Seager entered the game in the eighth inning and played in the field for the final two innings of the game at third base. His lone at-bat came in the ninth.

“It’s just the kind of annoying little thing that happens over the course of the year,” Seager said, via The News Tribune. “Stuff like this happens all of the time. You just play through it and not make an issue about it.”

Seager is now hitting .267/.325/.413 for the season. 

Tigers' Andrew Romine goes 4 for 4 in win over Twins
by Jason Butt |
(4/29/2015) Tigers third baseman Andrew Romine went a perfect 4 for 4 during Wednesday afternoon's 10-7 victory over the Twins. 

Romine recorded one RBI in the solid offensive day. Only the second time he's started this season, Romine made his at-bats count as he has all season long. He's now recorded six hits in nine at-bats, giving him a .667/.750/.667 slash line. 

Romine also stole a base, his third of the season. However, he was also caught stealing twice. 

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