Red Sox's Chris Young: Red Sox facing three lefties
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(6:37 am ET) With the White Sox scheduled to throw three left-handed starters, Young is expected to get a significant number of at-bats in Boston's three-game series beginning Tuesday.

Young was signed in the offseason for his ability to hit left-handers, but Boston hasn't faced many southpaws early on, leaving Young with just 29 plate appearances. It hasn't helped that when he has been given an opportunity, Young is 5-of-27 with 10 strikeouts. He should get at least two starts in the Chicago series and will look to jump-start his bat in the process.


Phillies' Cody Asche: No timetable for return
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(4:49 am ET) Asche (oblique) has been swinging a bat, but has not progressed to taking batting practice yet, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Asche is at the Phillies' spring training complex in Florida rehabbing his oblique injury. Manager Pete Mackanin said Asche is a "ways away" from returning to the team. The Phillies are being cautious after Asche suffered a setback in late March trying to return too soon from the injury.


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk: Blasts pinch-hit homer against Phillies
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(2:03 am ET) Grichuk hit a pinch-hit home run and finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored in Monday's win against the Phillies.

Grichuk was mired in an 0-for-17 slump, so even though the home run came as the Cardinals were closing out a blowout win, it had to feel great for the young outfielder. It was a no-doubter, estimated at 439 feet. Even with Grichuk slumping to start the season, he has eight extra-base hits already and continues to show great power. It's his 26.7 percent strikeout that has limited him to a .200/.278/.413 line thus far.


Padres' Matt Kemp: Knocks in both Padres runs with first-inning double
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(1:03 am ET) Kemp went 2-for-4 Monday, knocking in both Padres runs with a first-inning double in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies.

Rockies starter Jon gray settled down nicely after letting each of the first three batters get on, but the damage had already been done. Kemp continues to thrive despite being part of a toothless Padres lineup, as Wil Myers is the only San Diego regular whose OPS comes within 200 points of Kemp's .897 mark.


Astros' George Springer: Homers against Twins
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(12:57 am ET) Springer homered, his fifth, in a loss Monday against Houston.

The solo shot was Springer's only hit of the night, but it broke a streak of 11 games without a home run for the Houston right fielder, a stretch that saw Springer's OPS drop by 99 points. Thanks to the home run and a walk, Springer has his OPS back above .800 again (.269/.333/.471).


Astros' George Springer: Homers against Twins
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12:57 am ET) Springer homered, his fifth, in a loss Monday against Houston.

The solo shot was Springer's only hit of the night, but it broke a streak of 11 games without a home run for the Houston right fielder, a stretch that saw Springer's OPS drop by 99 points. Thanks to the home run and a walk, Springer has his OPS back above .800 again (.269/.333/.471).


Athletics' Khris Davis: Homers twice in loss to Mariners
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(12:31 am ET) Davis went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers, while driving in all three Oakland runs in Monday's loss to the Mariners.

Davis provided all of the Oakland offense in this one, following a second-inning solo shot off Seattle starter Nathan Karns with a two-run blast against Karns in the seventh. It had been 11 games since Davis last drove in multiple runs in a contest, but he was finally able to once again reach that threshold as the Athletics' cleanup hitter.


Mariners' Norichika Aoki: Does it all in win over Oakland
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(12:03 am ET) Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base during Monday's 4-3 win at Oakland.

Aoki manufactured Seattle's fourth run all on his own, following up a one-out double in the seventh inning by stealing third base and scoring on an errant throw by catcher Stephen Vogt. His performance in this one demonstrated why the Mariners opt to use the Japanese outfielder at the top of the order, though it is worth noting that Aoki's steals total has decreased in each of his first four major league seasons.


Angels' Mike Trout: Logs four hits, home run in loss to Brewers
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(5/2/2016) Trout recorded four hits, including his sixth home run, a stolen base and three RBI in Monday's loss to the Brewers

So much for Trout's slow start. With this performance, Trout has his batting line up to .313/.396/.563, just shades off his 2015 marks (.299/.402/.590) and comparable to his 2014 numbers (.287/.377/.561). His .313 batting average is his best since he hit .323 in 2013. It will be tough for Trout to maintain such a mark with his 23.4 percent strikeout rate, but if anybody hits the ball hard enough to do so, it's Trout.


Brewers' Ryan Braun: Dealing with general soreness
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(5/2/2016) Braun is dealing with general soreness and is uncertain for Tuesday's game against the Angels, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

If Braun elects to sit Tuesday, Ramon Flores is a likely candidate for an unexpected start in left field. Braun has made appearances in 22 of Milwaukee's 24 games this season.


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