Cubs' Joe Maddon praises Kris Bryant's batting eye
by R.J. White |
(2:47 pm ET) Cubs manager Joe Maddon had positive things to say about the batting eye of rookie third baseman Kris Bryant, who has eight walks in his first eight games, reports.

"They're coming after him pretty hard right now," Maddon said of the way opponents are approaching Bryant. "To his credit, he's not swinging at everything, he's taking his walks. If he continues to do that, he'll continue to hit at a high pace. For right now, he's doing a nice job of not biting [at pitches out of the zone], and they keep trying to expand the strike zone, and he's not doing it."

Bryant has hit .379/.526/.517 with four doubles and seven RBI in 29 at-bats over his first eight games.

Brewers' Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez out of lineup Sunday
by R.J. White |
(11:42 am ET) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez are out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

"It's not something I want to do, rest them," manager Ron Roenicke said, per "I need these guys in here playing, trying to win. But when someone tells me they need a day off, they need a day off."

Braun had started 15 straight games in right field coming into Sunday's action, but he'll get his first break from starting since April 8. He has hitjust .230/.277/.279 with one home run and four RBI in 61 at-bats.

"He's pressing like everybody is," Roenicke said. "They're frustrated they're not seeing better results. I think he's had a lot of really good at-bats but he doesn't have much to show for it."

Ramirez has started 16 of the team's 18 games at third base but will take a seat after making four straight starts. He's hit just .197/.197/.295 with one home run and six RBI in 61 at-bats.

"It's tough to do with both of them," Roenicke said. "You guys saw the lineup today. It's quite a bit different. In games we feel like we have to do everything we can to win, it's not what I want to do."

With Braun out of the lineup, Logan Schafer will play center field and bat second, while Gerardo Parra while shift to right field and bat third. Hector Gomez draws the start for Ramirez and will bat seventh.

The Brewers are home underdogs (+135) against the Cardinals Sunday.

Braves to use Jace Peterson as primary second baseman
by R.J. White |
(10:36 am ET) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Sunday that he's returning to his initial plan to use infielder Jace Peterson as his primary second baseman, reports.

Peterson has shared time at second base with Alberto Callaspo, who has also made eight starts at third base, and Phil Gosselin, leading to Peterson seeing just 11 of a possible 17 starts at the position. He's seen action all over the starting lineup, batting first or second in four of the team's first five games but spending most of his time batting seventh or eighth as of late.

Peterson has hit just .171/.239/.220 in 41 at-bats. He's starting at second base and batting sixth in Sunday's matchup with the Phillies, in which the Braves are underdogs (+100).

Nationals' Ian Desmond batting sixth Sunday
by R.J. White |
(10:25 am ET) Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been moved down to the No. 6 slot for his team's matchup with the Marlins.

Desmond opened the season as the team's No. 6 batter but had slotted second for 10 straight games heading into Sunday's action. He has hit .333/.378/.500 in 42 at-bats out of the No. 2 spot this season. With the shortstop hitting lower in the order, third baseman Yunel Escobar will see his first action batting second since April 13.

The Nationals are favorites (-118) in Miami Sunday.

Phillies' Cody Asche out of lineup Sunday
by R.J. White |
(10:16 am ET) Phillies third basemanb Cody Asche is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Asche has started 13 straight games at the hot corner but will get a break from starting in Sunday's series finale. Cesar Hernandez will make the start at third basem and bat sixth against the Braves.

The Phillies are favorites (-115) at home Sunday.

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe connects for first home run
by Brandon Wise |
(1:51 am ET) Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe went 1 for 5 at the plate in Los Angeles' 11-8 win over the Padres Saturday. Uribe did his damage in the fifth inning when he smashed a 1-1 pitch from Ian Kennedy over the right field wall for a two-run home run, his first of the season.

Uribe is now hitting .244 with three RBI in 45 at-bats this season.

Jean Segura, Aramis Ramirez both pound three hits for Brewers
by Marty Gitlin |
(4/25/2015) The woeful Brewers lost again Saturday night, but they can take at least a bit of solace that two of their key players had big games.

Both leadoff hitter Jean Segura and veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez slammed two singles and a double.

The effort of the latter was particularly encouraging. Ramirez has emerged from a four-game hitless streak to hit safely in four of his last five. The multi-hit game was only his second since the opener.

Segura, on the other hand, has been pretty much raking all year. He has been the subject of trade rumors and his hot hitting can only raise his stock.

Mets third baseman David Wright taking swings off tee Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(4/25/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright was able to take swings off a tee Saturday and begin throwing as he works his way back from a hamstring injury, according to Newsday.

Wright, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, is expected to begin testing his legs soon as the next step in his recovery process. The team is hopeful he can return before the end of April.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy sticking with Casey McGehee at third
by Brandon Wise |
(4/25/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy knows the struggles of third baseman Casey McGehee. The veteran, who was moved to seventh in the batting order for Friday and Saturday's games, is hitting just .163 with a home run and two RBI in 43 at-bats. Bochy wants McGehee to get his confidence back, reports the Mercury News.

"We've got to get him to back off a little," Bochy said to CSN Bay Area. "Less is more. He's just trying so hard. You guys saw him (Friday night), he's taking it really hard. It's so early and we've got to get him going. He knocked in (76) runs last year. He can hit, and he's going to hit."

Diamondbacks move Mark Trumbo to the bench Saturday
by Brandon Wise |
(4/25/2015) Diamondbacks right fielder Mark Trumbo is on the bench for Saturday's game against the Pirates, with Ender Inciarte moving to right field and David Peralta taking over in left, the team announced.

Trumbo had started four consecutive games for Arizona and will get the day off. Also out of the lineup Saturday is Yasmany Tomas, moving Aaron Hill back to third base. Tomas has started two games at third since being called up and is hitting .400 in 10 at-bats. Cliff Pennington also replaces Nick Ahmed at shortstop, who started the last nine games in a row.

The Diamondbacks are currently the underdogs (+120) against Pittsburgh.

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