Yankees dispatch two to minors
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) The Yankees have optioned infielder Dean Anna and reliever Preston Claiborne to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre and transferred starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the 60-day disabled list.

Anna struggled at the plate when given the opportunity this season with three hits in 22 at-bats. Claiborne, however, performed well. He yielded one earned run in four innings covering two appearances.


Asdrubal Cabrera continues to awaken with two-hit game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera continued to emerge from a slump and hit well against left-handers Thursday against Kansas City.

Cabrera raised his batting average to .238 with a two-game game. He singled in the first off Royals southpaw Bruce Chen and added a two-run double in the fifth to give his team a 5-0 lead. He has 16 hits in his last 53 at-bats.


Jhonny Peralta gets day off amid slump
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10:54 am ET) Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Mets. 

Peralta will be replaced by Daniel Descalso at short. Peralta was starting to surge after a slow start, but has fallen into a slump again. He's hitless over his last 20 at-bats. Peralta is hitting .151 in 73 at-bats.


Andrew Romine providing encouragement, production
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Tigers shortstop Andrew Romine has been given a game off in favor of Danny Worth on Wednesday against the White Sox, but has solidified the position offensively in the wake of the probable loss for the season of starter Jose Iglesias.

Romine had a six-game hitting streak ended Wednesday night. He is 6 for 17 with four walks and two stolen bases since takiing over the starting spot upon the release of previous starter Alex Gonzalez.


Jean Segura hits first homer in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's bat is showing signs of waking up, as he homered for the first time in a 5-2 in over the Padres Wednesday.

Segura took Tyson Ross deep in his first at-bat, riving in three runs with a shot to left field. He finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI and one run scored in the win.

Segura is still hitting just .247/.273/.341 as he tries to work his way out of a season-opening slump. He has five RBI and 11 runs scored, but has been caught stealing on four of his nine stolen base attempts. 


Jose Reyes connects on first home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes smacked his first home run of the season while going 1 for 5 in his team's 10-8 loss to the Orioles Wednesday.

Reyes missed significant time this month due to injury and he's been slow to get going at the plate despite recording at least one hit in each of his four games since returning. He's 5 for 21 with four RBI in five games.


Troy Tulowitzki goes deep yet again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki continued his strong play Wednesday, in a 12-10 loss to the Giants in 11 innings.

Tulowitzki went 3 for 5 in the game, his third three-hit game in the last six. He drove in three runs, including two on a first-inning home run. He added one walk and scored twice as the Rockies went on to los in extra innings.

Tulowitzki is off to a remarkable start to the season, with 16 RBI and 19 runs scored in 21 games. He is hitting .388/.494/.701 in 67 at-bats. 


Brandon Hicks makes an impact in start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Giants infielder Brandon Hicks continued his solid play as a part-time player Wednesday, hitting his second home run of the season in a 12-10 win over the Rockies.

Hicks played the entirety of the 11-inning battle, and had his best game of the season. He went 3 for 6 with a pair of extra-base hits, including a solo home run in the third inning that began a comeback. He finished with one run scored and one driven in.

Hicks is hitting .250/.412/.475 in 40 at-bats this season, with four RBI and seven runs scored. 


Brendan Ryan continues work at spring training complex
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan has continued to receive at-bats at the team's spring training complex in Florida while recovering from nerve damage in his spine, MLB.com reports.

Ryan has received about 20 at-bats thus far, and the team was looking to get him at least 50 at-bats before he returns. He could end up back with the Yankees in seven-to-ten days, according to the report.


Padres release Alberto Gonzalez
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) The Padres released minor-league infielder Alberto Gonzalez Wednesday. The 31-year-old was hitting just .208/.218/.264 through 19 games at Triple-A El Paso. 

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