Angels send C.J. Cron to minors; plan to call up Grant Green
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1:28 am ET) The Angels optioned designated hitter C.J. Cron to Triple-A on Monday, reports Cron is hitting .204 with one home run in 98 at-bats this season.

"I wasn't playing much," Cron said, per "Obviously when you're not playing, you're doing something wrong, and the opportunity is not there for you to just prove you belong. I knew in the recent stretch there was a chance [of getting optioned].

"When you're getting at-bats every once in a while, it's hard to get your timing right. That's what I'm going down for, to get better timing and to start swinging like I know I can."

The team plans to call up outfielder Grant Green, sources told Green is 2 for 6 in three games for the Angels this season.

Rangers' Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers
by Jason Butt |
(5/25/2015) Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder and third baseman Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning of Monday afternoon's 10-8 win over the Indians.

Fielder was the first to go yard in the game's third at-bat of the day. His homer also scored Shin-Soo Choo as a result. Beltre came up to bat next and hit a solo shot, his sixth of the season. 

Fielder finished the game 3 for 5, marking the third game in a row he has recorded three hits in an outing. Over his past five games, Fielder is hitting .478. For the season, Fielder is now slashing .365/.417/.575. 

Beltre is now hitting .261/.298/.418. 

Athletics DH Billy Butler collects two hits in Monday's win
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(5/25/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 2 for 4 at the plate to help the lead the A's to a 4-0 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Butler also drove in a run when he singled off Shane Greene in the sixth inning, which scored Marcus Semien. Butler is now on a four-game hitting streak and is 6 for 16 during the streak.

Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista aiming to get back on field by June
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/25/2015) Jose Bautista has been bothered by a shoulder injury for several weeks, and the Blue Jays outfielder viewed his cortisone shot as the "least invasive" of his recovery options, which also included exploratory surgery, per TSN. 

"The progression wasn't going the way I expected, or as quick as I expected," Bautista said, per "You're looking for some relief, not only on the field and my work life, but also regular life.

"Having throbbing pain at night is not necessarily enjoyable, and I was having to take pain medicine just to go to sleep and that was messing up my stomach. It was just time, I've been on the pain medication for too long anyways, so it was time to cut that off and try alternatives, and this is the least invasive of all the alternatives left over."

Bautista has not been able to throw due to the injury, but he said he hopes to be able to return to the field when the Blue Jays play an interleague series at Washington on June 1. 

"It would be pretty hard for all these doctors and experts to have looked at my MRI and not see anything," he said. "So, if you do an exploratory surgery, it would have to be absolutely last resort because it makes no sense unless it gets to the point where I cannot play anymore and this is the only way I can get back on the field."

Bautista is hitting .215/.364/.454 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 130 at-bats this season.

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista remains sidelined Monday
by R.J. White |
(5/25/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

Bautista's absence was expected after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder this weekend. He's just 1 for 15 in his last five games but has hit .215/.364/.454 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 130 at-bats this season.

The Blue Jays are heavy favorites (-160) at home on Monday, per

David Murphy slots in as DH for Indians on Monday
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/25/2015) David Murphy will step into the DH role on Monday as the Indians face the Rangers, just the second time in nine games that Murphy will be in that role. 

Murphy will hit fifth in Cleveland's lineup against Texas starter Phil Klein. He has only faced Klein once, but has a hit in that lone at-bat. Murphy is hitting .529 with two doubles and two RBIs from the five-hole. 

Two other Indians starters, Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley, have also just faced Klein once, and both have hit solo home runs against the pitcher. 

Astros DH Evan Gattis blasts ninth home run of the season
by Brandon Wise |
(5/25/2015) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis went 3 for 4 at the plate in Houston's 10-8 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Gattis got things going in the first inning when he ripped a triple to right field, scoring two runs, his second of the season. Then in the sixth, Gattis blasted a solo shot off of Anibal Sanchez to left center field, his ninth of the season. 

Gattis, who also drew one walk, is now hitting .201 with 28 RBI in 154 at-bats this season.

Rangers DH Prince Fielder continues hot hitting with two RBI
by Brandon Wise |
(5/25/2015) Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder went 3 for 5 at the plate in Texas' 5-2 win over the Yankees on Sunday.

Fielder, who also singled twice, did his damage in the first when he doubled to deep center field, driving home a run. Fielder singkled to right in the seventh to collect his second RBI. Fielder is tearing the cover off the ball, hitting a blistering .358 with 32 RBI in 176 at-bats this season.

Rays' Steven Souza leaves game with wrist injury
by Shawn Krest |
(5/24/2015) Rays outfielder Steven Souza left Sunday's game during a third inning at bat, after suffering a sprained left wrist on a foul tip. Souza is considered day to day after colliding with catcher Stephen Vogt at home in the first inning, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"On the collision, I kind of felt something and figured it would just go away," Souza said. "Took some swings on deck. It was lingering a little bit, but nothing too severe. But on the check-swing, I felt the pain. We’re just being precautious."

Souza will undergo an MRI on his wrist on Monday. He was replaced by Joey Butler

Jose Bautista out of Blue Jays' lineup after cortisone shot
by Shawn Krest |
(5/24/2015) Blue Jays DH Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, per Toronto's 590 AM. Bautista is out of the lineup Sunday and will likely miss Monday as well. 

Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH from first base to replace Bautista, with Justin Smoak getting the start at first. 

Munenori Kawasaki also gets his second start of the year second base, replacing Steve Tolleson

Danny Valencia also gets a rest. Chris Colabello moves over from right field to left to replace him. Ezequiel Carrera replaces Colabello in right. 

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