Matt Holliday has three hits in Cardinals' win
by Shawn Krest |
(5/5/2015) Left fielder Matt Holliday went 3 for 5 for the Cardinals in Tuesday's win over the Cubs. 

Holliday has five hits in his last two games. 

Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen continues to struggle with 0-for-4 night
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 4 on Tuesday to drop his batting average to .185 through 92 at-bats.

McCutchen, the 2013 National League MVP, said after Tuesday's loss to the Reds that he doesn't need time off but avoided answering if he was injured.

“Right now I’m not doing what I should be doing for the money I’m making," McCutchen said. "Right now, it's under mediocre right now ... It's bad and I know I'm better than that."

Reds' Marlon Byrd doubles, homers, drives in four in win
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Left fielder Marlon Byrd doubled, homered and knocked in four runs Tuesday in the Reds' victory over the Pirates. 

Byrd had struggled early on in the season, hitting just .163 during the first month. 

"It's the toughest time since I turned things back around two years ago," Byrd said. "I've been putting in a lot of time in with [hitting coach] Don Long and things are slowly starting to come around."

Tuesday marked the first time this season that Byrd notched two extra-base hits in one game.

"The home run was exciting and the double in the ninth inning was especially exciting because it's a lot easier to manage a game with a six-run lead than a one-run lead or being down a run," Reds manager Bryan Price said about Byrd.

Kelly Johnson reaches 1,000 hits in big night for Braves
by Shawn Krest |
(5/5/2015) The Braves' Kelly Johnson went 2 for 3 in Tuesday's win over Philadelphia. 

Johnson hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, then reached the milestone with a single in the sixth. 

Johnson had a bases-loaded walk in the seventh for a fourth RBI on the night. He has six home runs and 17 RBI this year and lifted his average to .266. 

LF Starling Marte goes deep for Pirates in Tuesday's loss
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Left fielder Starling Marte connected for his seventh home run of the season Tuesday in the Pirates' loss to the Reds. 

Marte's homer was a second-inning solo shot of Reds starter Michael Lorenzen. 

The seven homers for Marte is currently the most for the Pirates.

Angel Pagan scratched from Giants' lineup
by Shawn Krest |
(5/5/2015) Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was a late scratch from the starting lineup. 

The team announced that Pagan had a laceration on his left middle finger. This is just the second start Pagan has missed this season and snaps a streak of 19 starts in a row in center. He was replaced in the lineup by Gregor Blanco

Giants' Angel Pagan playing through fingernail issue
by R.J. White |
(5/5/2015) Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is in the starting lineup and batting third Tuesday despite dealing with a finger issue in Monday's game, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Pagan said he got his left middle fingernail "cracked pretty good" when spiked in Monday's game. He was able to pick up two singles early in the game before finishing the night 2 for 4 at the plate.

Pagan has hit .350/.373/.447 with eight RBI and three stolen bases in 103 at-bats.

Giants' Bochy encouraged by Hunter Pence's BP session
by R.J. White |
(5/5/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy was encouraged by the batting-practice session of right fielder Hunter Pence Tuesday, CSN Bay Area reports.

Pence has yet to play this season after suffering a broken forearm during spring training. A decision on the next step in his rehab will be made in the coming days.

Braves' Kelly Johnson credits Kevin Seitzer with hot start
by R.J. White |
(5/5/2015) Braves left fielder/third baseman Kelly Johnson credited first-year hitting coach Kevin Seitzer with his increased offensive production, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"Like I was saying in the spring, it’s the stuff that Seitz preaches," Johnson said. "Staying on top of it, trying to be a consistent as you can, not deviate — good or bad, just keep working."

Johnson said he's benefited "big time" by following Seitzer's tenets as well as his attention to detail and persistence.

"He’s so big on not trying to do too much, stay in the middle – all the stuff he says, just BP and the approach and having all that kind of take care of some stuff and clean stuff up," Johnson said. "For me personally, I think sometimes you turn up the knob a little bit and try to do too much, or maybe you get going and you feel pretty good and you keep trying to do better and better, and hit the ball farther and farther, or whatever, instead of just continuing to do the same thing and let the results take care of themselves."

Johnson comes into Tuesday's game hitting .246/.292/.525 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 61 at-bats.

Padres' Myers out of lineup Tuesday, Spangenberg leads off
by R.J. White |
(5/5/2015) Padres center fielder Wil Myers is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.

It's just the second time Myers has gotten a break from starting this season. Will Venable is starting in center field as he did the last time Myers sat, but rather than leading off, Venable is batting sixth Tuesday. Second baseman Cory Spangenberg is leading off for the Padres Tuesday.

The Padres are road favorites (-120) in San Francisco Tuesday.

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