Matt Carpenter finding his way
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:23 am ET) Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter was almost constantly on base Wednesday, in a 3-2 loss to the Mets. Carpenter reached four times, with three singles and a walk to his credit, though he scored just once while going 4 for 5.

 A recent three-game hitting streak has raised Carpenter's average to .296, and he carries a .392 on-base percentage and .346 slugging percentage as well through 22 games. 


Cody Asche's struggles costing him playing time
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) The Phillies are turning away from infielder Cody Asche recently, as he was on the bench for the third straight game Wednesday against the Dodgers.

He has started just five of the team's last 11 games, after he was in the starting lineup for eight of the first 10. Manager Ryne Sandberg told MLB.com he does not have to talk with Asche about the situation, even with Freddy Galvis, his replacement, struggling mightily.

"I don't need to because I already have," he said. "I just told him to be ready to go in any capacity. The biggest change in the last three games is quality pitching and good defense behind. Freddy has been a part of that combination for the last three games."

Asche is hitting just .196/.275/.304 through 46 at-bats, with one home run, three RBI, six runs scored and 14 strikeouts. 


Mike Moustakes homers again in loss Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas homered for the second consecutive game Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with his fourth home run of the season and two RBI in his team's 5-3 loss to the Indians.

Moustakas started the season off on a sour note but has picked things up lately, recording an extra-base hit in three straight games against the Indians. He has hit .159/.224/.377 in 69 at-bats.


Kyle Seager delivers walkoff win with second homer Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 2 for 3 with a walk, two home runs and five RBI in his team's 5-3 win over the Astros Wednesday.

Seager kicked off the scoring for his team with a two-run home run in the seventh inning, which was his first blast of the season. He came back to the plate with two men on and one out in the ninth inning with his team down one and ended the game with his second homer of the day. Seager has been struggling at the plate this season, hitting just .179/.304/.328 in 67 at-bats, but perhaps his heroics Wednesday will give him the jolt he needs to get on a hot streak.


Donnie Murphy launches first home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Rangers infielder Donnie Murphy went 1 for 4 with his first home run of the season in his team's 3-0 win over the A's Wednesday.

Murphy has recorded an RBI in three straight games as he continues to see regular work with the team's abundance of injuries. He has hit .240/.310/.360 in 50 at-bats.


Scuffling Yangervis Solarte getting night off
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) A mini-slump has Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte out of the lineup Wednesday night against Boston.

Solarte, who will be replaced at that position by Kelly Johnson, is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. But he still owns a .303 average and .387 on-base percentage.


Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) can't grip bat yet
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) can't grip a baseball bat yet, but he is running in the pool, according to The Washington Post.

Manager intrigued by Luis Valbuena as leadoff hitter
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Luis Valbuena appears destined for more opportunities to bat leadoff. The Cubs third baseman has impressed Rick Renteria with his propensity to produce from that spot in the lineup.

"His on-base percentage has been extremely high, especially against right-handed pitching," Renteria told MLB.com.

Indeed. Valbeuna owns a .420 OBP against righties. He is batting just .250, but has 12 walks in just 40 at-bats. The Cubs have generally used Emilio Bonifacio and Junior Lake in the leadoff position, but that could change.


Hot-hitting White Sox duo still out
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Third baseman Conor Gillaspie (hand) and center fielder Adam Eaton (hamstring) are still sidelined for the White Sox. Neither has been placed in the lineup for the Wednesday game in Detroit.

Both hope they can maintain their momentum upon their return. Gillaspie has hit safely in 15 of 16 games played this season. Eaton owns an impressive on-base percentage of .394 and has scored 15 runs.


Report: Adrian Beltre sure to be back in lineup Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Third baseman Adrian Beltre is set to return to the Rangers on Friday against Seattle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported.

The slugger has been on the disabled list with a quad strain. He has yet to homer in 28 at-bats this season.


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