Rangers hopeful two injured players are back in June
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) 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 MLB.com.


Mike Zunino resting Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino will not play a fifth game in five days or a day game Thursday after a Wednesday night game. He has been benched for the Thursday clash in Texas.

Zunino is on a weird streak in which he has followed hitless games with two-hit games. He has eight hits in his last seven games - two each in four of them. He has also not walked in 47 at-bats as his batting average and on-base percentage both sit at .277.


Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz out for Thursday game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:13 am ET) A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sitting Thursday. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is merely getting the day off after a Wednesday night game.

Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.


Evan Gattis receives a day off Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:40 am ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis was not listed in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Phillies. 

Gattis was replaced behind the plate by Gerald Laird. It's likely just a normal day of rest for Gattis. The club probably doesn't want to start the catcher during a day game after the team played Wednesday night.

Gattis is hitting .378/.378/.757 in 37 at-bats.


Chris Iannetta walks off Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:21 am ET) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit a walkoff home run Wednesday against the Athletics.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Iannetta hit the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz out to center field for the solo shot. It was Iannetta's first hit since the second inning of the game. He was also hit by a pitch, reaching base three times.

Iannetta finished the night 2 for 5, with two runs scored and one RBI.


Evan Gattis provides sole offense in 1-0 win Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Braves catcher Evan Gattis was the only player to get on the scoreboard Wednesday, going 4 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 1-0 win over the Phillies.

Gattis' home run was the only extra-base hit on either side in the pitchers' duel. His big effort follows up a two-homer performance against the Phillies in his previous game, and he's 9 for 13 in his last three games. Gattis has hit .378/.378/.757 with four home runs and seven RBI in 37 at-bats.


Anthony Recker hits second home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Mets catcher Anthony Recker went 2 for 4 and hit his second home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

Recker's solo homer in the second inning kicked off the scoring for the Mets, and the team would extend the lead to 5-0 before the opposition tacked on a couple meaningless runs on a par of ninth-inning home runs. Recker is 4 for 14 with two home runs, four RBI and one stolen base.


Jonathan Lucroy doubles RBI total Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled home two runs in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 5-1 win vs. St. Louis. It was his only hit in four at-bats.

Lucroy is batting .302 with one home run and four RBI through 14 games. He is mired in a bit of a slump, batting just .185 (5 for 27) in his last seven games.


Yadier Molina stays hot with another multi-hit game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina singled twice Wednesday against the Brewers, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Molina has five multi-hit games during the streak.

He is batting .451 (14 for 31) with one home run, three doubles, six RBI and eight runs over his last eight games. For the season, Molina is batting .352 with a .386 on-base percentage and .574 slugging percentage.


Finding comfort level has been key for Devin Mesoraco
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco entered play Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh leading the team in doubles (three) and RBI (nine) despite missing the first week of the season due to an oblique strain. He also entered Wednesday batting .500 (11 for 22) with three home runs.

"He's just kept it going really nicely," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "I think the fact that he knows he's our No. 1 guy, there's a lot more responsibility there for him. He knows he's going to play. If he goes 0 for 4, he'll be back in there the next day. That certainly lends to some confidence."

Mesoraco seemed to agree with his manager's assessment.

"It's just an overall comfort level that's the biggest thing," Mesoraco said Wednesday. "I'm comfortable with being the everyday guy. I'm comfortable with Bryan as the manager. I'm comfortable with being in the clubhouse and being around the guys. That's been the biggest thing."


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