Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar cracks first home run of the year
by Brandon Wise |
(1:07 am ET) Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar went 1 for 5 at the plate in Minnesota's 8-5 win over the Mariners Saturday.

Escobar did his only damage in the fourth inning when he ripped a 3-2 pitch off James Paxton over the left center field wall for a solo home run, his first of the season. Escobar, who also struck out twice, boosted his average to .171 in 35 at-bats this season.

Orioles' J.J. Hardy won't throw until Wednesday after cortisone shot
by Brandon Wise |
(4/25/2015) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder and will not be able to throw until Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said per CSN Baltimore.

Hardy, who rejoined the team Saturday, is still on the 15-day DL with the shoulder injury and has not yet played in a rehab game on his road to recovery.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy inching closer to return
by Brandon Wise |
(4/25/2015) Orioles shortstip J.J. Hardy rejoined his teammates Saturday in Baltimore and is reportedly feeling better, according to

Hardy, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain, has yet to play in a rehab game and is still working with the team to determine his next step.

"I think he still feels just a little bit [on his swing]," bench coach John Russell, filling in for manager Buck Showalter, said on Saturday. "I can't go into a lot of detail. I'll let Buck handle more of that. I do know he's making very good progress, so knock on wood that's a good sign."

Twins sit Danny Santana, Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer
by Shawn Krest |
(4/25/2015) The Twins will be without three regulars in the starting lineup on Saturday. 

Shortstop Danny Santana, left fielder Oswaldo Arcia and center fielder Jordan Schafer are all out of the lineup. 

Eduardo Escobar will start his third game of the year at shortstop, batting eighth in the lineup. 

Eduardo Nunez gets his second start of the year in left, batting sixth. Shane Robinson starts for the sixth time in center, batting ninth. 

Reynaldo Navarro to make second straight start at 2B for Orioles
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) After making his major league debut on Friday, Reynaldo Navarro is starting again for the Orioles, batting seventh and playing second base, on Saturday against the Red Sox.

Navarro went 1 for 3 with a double on Friday.

Navarro was called up after infielder Ryan Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Astros' Chris Carter replaces Evan Gattis at DH
by Shawn Krest |
(4/25/2015) Astros DH Evan Gattis is not listed in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game at Oakland. After 11 straight starts at DH, Gattis heads to the bench, replaced at DH by first baseman Chris Carter

Marwin Gonzalez gets his third start of the year at first base, batting eighth in the lineup. 

The Astros are +105 money line underdogs at Oakland. 

Orioles INF Rey Navarro says first-ever call up 'A dream come true'
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) After 885 games in the minor leagues, infielder Reynaldo Navarro said his first-ever call up to the major leagues is "A dream come true. This is where they play the best baseball in the world," reports

Navarro was called up by the O's after infielder Ryan Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Navarro is a career .265 hitter in the minors.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) not ready to be cleared
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/24/2015) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy needs to have two straight days without any pain in his shoulder before he is cleared to start playing in rehab games, reports SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Hardy has not played this season due to a shoulder strain and he has been working out with the team's Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk.

Royals recall Brandon Finnegan, send down Orlando Calixte
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(4/24/2015) The Royals brought up pitcher Brandon Finnegan on Friday and sent down shortstop Orlando Calixte to its Triple-A affiliate, the team announced.

Finnegan started the season at Double-A, while Calixte was 0 for 2 in his lone appearance this season.

Manager Ned Yost said Finnegan will work out of the bullpen initially and he does not have a definitive role for him yet, reports The Kansas City Star.

Red Sox's Brock Holt starts for Xander Bogaerts
by Shawn Krest |
(4/24/2015) Red Sox utility man Brock Holt gets a start at shortstop in place of Xander Bogaerts for Friday's game at Baltimore. 

Holt has started games at second, third, short and center. With Friday's game, Holt will have three starts at shortstop, more than any other position. It's the second time in four games he's gotten the start at short ahead of Bogaerts. 

Boston and Baltimore are even with -105 money lines for the game. 

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