Mets LF Michael Cuddyer could be finding his way at the plate
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:39 am ET) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer had his first three-hit game of the season in Thursday's win over the Cardinals. Cuddyer reached safely in all four of his plate appearances, going 3 for 3 (all singles) with a walk. 

The veteran outfielder has gotten off to a rather slow start at the plate for his new team, but he may be starting to turn things around. He's reached base safely via a hit or a walk in each of his last seven games, batting .346 during that span. 

“I feel a little better,’’ Cuddyer said after the game, per the New York Post. “I don’t really tinker with mechanics too much. There’s a few things you I can do in the cage that will free you up a little bit, and we’re getting you that point. But ultimately, you look at the box score, and that’s how you say if a guy is hot or not.’’

Cuddyer hasn't homered since May 1, so the power hasn't quite been there for him yet. But the team is happy to see Cuddyer improving.

“Cuddy’s hitting the ball well. He hit the ball well [Wednesday] night, but right at them," Mets first baseman Lucas Duda said. "I think we’re getting rolling here offensively, and that will just help us. It should be fun.’’


Braves' Cameron Maybin provides spark in No. 2 spot Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:08 am ET) Braves center fielder Cameron Maybin batted second for the first time this season on Thursday, going 1 for 4 with a walk, two RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in his team's 10-1 win over the Brewers.

"It was cool, man," Maybin said of hitting second after the game, per MLB.com. "I didn't really change my approach, tried to keep the same approach -- be a tough out, get a good pitch to hit and just make sure I'm on base, somehow, someway. Whenever I can do that good things happen, and good things happened tonight."

Maybin has excelled since taking over the full-time starting role in center field on May 2, going 17 for 54 with nine runs and 21 RBI.

"My confidence is high," Maybin said. "I've been able to put in some really good work with [hitting coach Kevin Seitzer] in the cage. And every day is a competition. Every day I feel like you have to fight to keep the job, win the job. So my mentality is to come out and go hard everyday and things will work out."

Maybin has hit .255/.352/.426 with four home runs, 17 RBI and five stolen bases in 94 at-bats.


Giants CF Angel Pagan collects two hits in Thursday's win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Giants center fielder Angel Pagan went 2 for 4 with two runs to help the Giants to a 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Thursday.

Pagan is now 13 for 39 in his last 10 games. He is batting .325 on the season.


Giants OF Hunter Pence drives in two runs Thursday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 2 for 4 with two RBI to help lead the Giants to a 4-0 win over the Dodgers on Thursday.

Pence drove in a run when he singled off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning and he added his second RBI in the eighth when he reached based on an infield single, which scored Angel Pagan.

The two hits broke an 0-for-8 streak over his last two games. He is now 6 for 20 with four RBI in his first five games since returning from a fractured forearm.


Rockies OF Brandon Barnes has four-hit game in win on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes had a big day in the team's 7-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday. Barnes, who had just been recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday, went 4 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in his first start of the season.

Barnes had a decent season in 2014 when he hit .257 with eight home runs in 292 at-bats. He will likely be a platoon outfielder for the foreseeable future. 


Marlins CF Marcell Ozuna collects sixth multihit game in May
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna went 2 for 5 with one RBI, one strikeout and two runs during a 7-6 loss Thursday vs. Arizona. Ozuna had an RBI single off Randall Delgado in the sixth inning.

Ozuna had his sixth multihit game in May. He is batting .276 (21 for 76) with three home runs, four doubles, eight RBI, nine runs, six walks and 14 strikeouts in 19 May games.


Diamondbacks' Inciarte records seventh multihit game in May
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder Ender Inciarte recorded his seventh multihit game in May during a 7-6 win Thursday at Miami. He had three singles in five at-bats.

Inciarte led off the game with a single. He came back with an RBI single in the second inning and added another RBI single in the sixth. He also had one run in the game.

Inciarte is batting .300 (24 for 80) with one home run, five doubles, eight RBI, nine runs, two walks, two stolen bases and 14 strikeouts in 19 May games.


Phillies LF Ben Revere: I'm not distracted by trade talk
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The rumored talks between the Angels and Phillies in which the former is targeting left fielder Ben Revere are real, according to CSNPhilly.com. But Revere is claiming to be unaffected by them.

"For some people, it might be distracting, but it's not for me," he said. "The only thing I'm doing is trying to get ready to help my team win. ... There's always going to be talk. Everyone has to deal with it."

The Angels are hoping to bolster a struggling offense. But he certainly won't provide much punch. He tied for the National League lead in 2014 with 184 hits, but all but 22 were singles. He owns a .259/.333/.363 slash line this season.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, Todd Cunningham out of lineup Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and left fielder Todd Cunningham are getting a rest and are being held out of the lineup on Thursday against the Brewers. 

Pierzynski had been behind the plate each of the last four games, but has struggled with the bat. He's hitting .185 (5 for 27) over his last seven games. He'll cede Thursday's start to rookie Christian Bethancourt.

Cunningham has been on a tear since being called up last week. In his first five games this season, the 26-year-old rookie is 9 for 19 with a pair of doubles. Nevertheless, he'll sit on Thursday with Jonny Gomes making the start in left while batting fifth.


Brewers OF Khris Davis not in Thursday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Brewers left fielder Khris Davis will be held out of Thursday's lineup at Atlanta, the team announced.

Davis is in a 2-for-23 slump over his last seven games. Outfielder Gerardo Parra will start in left and bat second in Thursday's game. Parra will face Julio Teheran, who he is 2 for 11 against in his career. 

The Brewers are the underdogs (+120) at Atlanta on Thursday


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