Pirates 3B Josh Harrison on a tear at the plate of late
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:21 am ET) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison has turned things around at the plate. On May 10, general manager Neal Huntington suggested Harrison was pressing too much to prove his worth. Harrison is hitting .468 (22 for 47) in 11 games since those remarks and Huntington is estatic for him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It looks like a guy that's having fun playing the game again," Huntington said Sunday. "Just showing up with energy every day and trying to do everything in his power to help a club win versus trying to justify. It’s fun to watch him get back out there and be the guy he is."

Harrison extended his hitting streak to 11 on Sunday and noted his contract may have factored into his early struggles.

"The contract could have played a little into it," he said. "It's no secret I knew I was a contract guy. But that doesn't make me approach the game any different. It's just a matter of, you know, I got off to a rough start."

Harrison is now hitting .261 with 14 RBI in 157 at-bats this season.


3B Nolan Arenado's huge day fuels Rockies in romp
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Third baseman Nolan Arenado helped spark the Rockies' offense to a big performance against the Giants, as he went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs in Colorado's 11-2 victory Sunday. 

Arenado scored the Rockies' first two runs and then put the capper on Colorado's eight-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, his eighth of the season. 

Arenado fell just a double short of the cycle, as he hit his first triple of the season. All four of Arenado's RBIs came with two outs, as he lifted his average to .275 on the season. 


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval abandons switch-hitting for at-bat
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has missed the last five games with a knee injury, was called upon to pinch-hit Sunday against Angels lefty Cesar Ramos, and surprised everyone by lacing an RBI single while hitting left-handed.

Sandoval told MLB.com that the lefty-lefty matchup was a one-off due to his knee soreness and that when healthy, he would continue to switch-hit despite hitting just 2-for-41 from the right side this season. 

"It feels kind of weird, but I got the job done," Sandoval said. "It's one of those things, I'm going to try to help the team, no matter what. I don't feel great hitting right-handed because of my knee, so I'll just try to keep the momentum going hitting left-handed."

Sandoval said he hopes to be in Boston's lineup Monday if his knee cooperates. 


Padres' Will Middlebrooks hits fifth HR of season
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks hit a solo home run to left center field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon's 11-3 victory over the Dodgers. 

The homer was Middlebrooks' fifth of the season. He's now slashing .218/.255/.376.

Middlebrooks finished the game 2 for 5 and also had a single. It's his third two-hit showing in his past five games. In this span, Middlebrooks is hitting .316. 


Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter blasts eighth home run of the year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter went 1 for 3 at the plate in St. Louis' 6-1 win over the Royals on Sunday. 

Carpenter did his damage in the sixth when he belted a two-run home run off of Yordano Ventura, his eighth of the season. Carpenter, who also walked twice and struck out once, is now hitting .323 with 27 RBI in 158 at-bats this season.

"He's just a pro," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said to MLB.com. "We're big fans of the way he goes about his work, how he plays the game and how he respects the game and his teammates."


3B Kyle Seager's solo shot not enough for Mariners
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Kyle Seager went deep for the second straight game, but the third baseman's solo blast wasn't enough to keep the Mariners from falling 8-2 to the Blue Jays on Sunday. 

Seager, who now has seven homers on the season, connected in the second inning to give Seattle a 1-0 advantage, but the Mariners fell behind shortly thereafter and weren't able to recover. 

Seager now has a 10-game hitting streak, which has raised his batting average from .246 to .270. 


Nationals' Anthony Rendon headed for simulated game on Monday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon is expected to play in a simulated game on Monday and play 3-4 innings, according to MLB.com.

Rendon, who is currently on the 15-day DL with knee and oblique injuries, was able to participate in batting practice on Saturday. He has taken part in baseball activities, but this will be his first game action since suffering the injuries. Rendon is yet to play this season after posting a .287 average with 21 home runs and 83 RBI in 2014.


Kyle Seager hits home run in Mariners' loss
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager hit a solo home run in Sunday's loss to Toronto. 

Seager went deep in the second inning to open the game's scoring. It was his seventh homer and 23rd RBI of the year. 

Seager went 2 for 4 and scored both of Seattle's runs in the game. 


Yankees' Carlos Beltran sits, Chase Headley bats second Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Rangers, while third baseman Chase Headley is batting second.

Beltran has been in the No. 2 spot for the last three games with leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury out and typical No. 2 batter Brett Gardner bumped up one spot, but with Beltran out of the lineup on Sunday, Headley will see his first action in the spot since April 17. Beltran is said to be battling "flu-like symptoms."

"We're hoping anything he has doesn't go to anyone else," said Girardi to MLB.com. "But if you start getting these [illnesses], they can start going around the clubhouse."

Garrett Jones draws the start in right field in place of Beltran.

The Yankees are favorites (-145) at home on Sunday night, per VegasInsider.com.


Marlins 3B Martin Prado extends hitting streak, goes yard
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Marlins third baseman Martin Prado hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Orioles.

Prado took pitcher Miguel Gonzalez into a deep at-bat that lasted 12 pitches before he went deep to left center field. This was Prado’s third home run of the season. He finished the game 2 for 4. 

Prado now has a hit streak of seven consecutive games. During this span, Prado has hit a batting average of .313.

For the season, Prado is now slashing .278/.314/.361.


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