The more Adam Lind plays, the more his Toronto teammates believe the designated hitter and outfielder is All-Star Game material. Lind hit two 400-foot home runs on Monday and followed with his 12th of the season on Tuesday. He's also fifth in the AL with 45 RBIs.
"The kid had a great [Monday] night. You look at him, and he's going towards having the best season of any DH in the game. ... I'd love to see him at the All-Star Game," Jays manager Cito Gaston told the Toronto Star.
"It's great, it's fun to watch," added teammate Vernon Wells. "When he's locked in, he's as good as anyone I've ever seen in the game. He's got the ability to hit the ball pole to pole, and he's hitting his pitch."
Ortiz happy he decided to come back: Russ Ortiz has been pitching well since moving to the bullpen on May 7 and has not allowed a run in five straight appearances, including Sunday when he threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Last year he missed the entire season due to a torn flexor tendon.
"I was actually enjoying my time with my family and, I've never done that in my career -- spending day after day with my family," Ortiz told the Houston Chronicle. "There were a couple of days, where I was thinking like, 'Man, this is nice.' But after talking about it, seeing how well I was doing in rehab, I figured, hey, I'd give it a shot."
Fielder among top hitters in NL: Prince Fielder is second in the NL with 54 RBIs, leads the league in walks (44), and is fifth in OPS (1.014) and slugging (.587). He also has 15 home runs among his 27 extra-base hits.
"He's been phenomenal," left fielder Ryan Braun told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's been as a good as any hitter in baseball, having good at-bats every day. Not necessarily just about the production or getting hits but just having good at-bats, going deep in the count, hitting the ball hard. He's been taking his walks. And he's driving the ball to all parts of the field. He's been incredible."
Hernandez standing tall: With the Mets trying to overcome injuries this season, Livan Hernandez has risen to the occasion. In his 11 starts, the Mets are 7-4, and, in his last four starts, Hernandez is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA. Livan is 5-1, overall.
Despite battling illness, the innings-eating veteran right-hander improved to 5-1 by throwing seven scoreless innings against the Nationals in a 7-0 win on Sunday.
"Obviously, we need good pitching, and that was outstanding pitching," manager Jerry Manuel told Newsday. "He had a shutout going and he came in and said, 'I'm done.' That's not normal for Livan. He can throw 160, 170 pitches and not flinch, so you know he's battling some different things."
Hughes ends long layoff with relief appearance: Phil Hughes, pitching for the first time as a reliever for the Yankees and for the first time in eight days, had a 1-2-3 seventh inning, which included a strikeout, in the club's 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night.
"He gave us a big inning, going through the top of the order," manager Joe Girardi told the New York Daily News. "He did a very nice job."
"I probably had a little bit extra because I hadn't pitched," said Hughes, who made his first appearance since May 31. "I may have had a little more in the tank than usual."
Peavy comes through after marathon game: With the pitching staff tired after an 18-inning game, Jake Peavy threw seven innings on Monday night to lead the Padres past Arizona.
Peavy, who left his last start after one inning due to illness, allowed three runs on seven hits.
"I knew I had to give it at least seven innings," Peavy, who is also suffering from a sore ankle, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I was basically on the shelf for 10 days. I'm getting a little strength back. As for the ankle, running is not fun. Coming off the mound and making plays are more uncomfortable than pitch by pitch."
Surgery to sideline Hamilton: The Texas Rangers were relieved to learn Josh Hamilton will only have to miss four to six weeks after surgery to repair a partial tear in his abdominal muscle.
"It's great, because we thought it would be longer," manager Ron Washington told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "We could have been out with him until September. At least now it looks like we'll have a chance after the All-Star break to have him back."
Longoria back after battling hamstring: After being out of the starting lineup for four games with a tight left hamstring, Evan Longoria was in the No. 3 hole on Monday night for the Rays.
"It just makes a huge difference," manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Tribune. "I know he's eager to get back out there. It's difficult for him to sit around, but it's very difficult to watch him sit around also."
Stewart earns weekly honors: Ian Stewart is bouncing back and forth between third base and second base for the Rockies, but it hasn't affected him as a hitter.
Stewart was named the National League Player of the Week for the week ending June 7 after hitting four home runs, collecting 12 RBIs and scoring nine runs. He racked up 27 total bases and posted a 1.080 slugging percentage. He also hit .480 (12-for-25) with a .500 on-base percentage.
"It seems like everybody is in a pretty good place right now," Stewart told MLB.com. "Me and [Garrett] Atkins were the two guys that had been struggling the most the last month or so, but we were always rooting for each other."
Farnsworth's latest addition is a two-seamer: Kyle Farnsworth has added a two-seam fastball to his arsenal, something that he says is a big part of the success he's having so far this year with the Royals. Farnsworth has a 3.15 ERA and has not allowed a run in his last 16 2/3 innings.
"It's something different," Farnsworth told the Kansas City Star. "It has a little more movement [than the four-seam fastball]. I'm trying to mix it in a little more. Say a certain lefty comes up who I know is going to be first-pitch swinging, I'll start him off with that and try to get a first-pitch ground out."
Inge credits new stance for success: Helped by a change in his batting stance, Brandon Inge is batting .281 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs.
"My foot is down a lot earlier," the Tigers third baseman told the Detroit Free Press, referring to what he does with his front foot as he awaits the pitch. "I see the ball better. My body is in a better position, and I see the ball a lot better."
Poreda makes fashion statement on arrival: White Sox teammates kidded Aaron Poreda about his attire when he arrived from the Minor Leagues.
"The outfit I wore [Tuesday], with a long-sleeve shirt and a vest and a Kangol hat, I got some [ribbing] for it," the pitcher told the Chicago Tribune. "But I had to pick one outfit, and I decided to go with that one."
Lohse works to lessen forearm swelling: Kyle Lohse, on the disabled list with an injured forearm, says that early reports that he could miss anywhere from four weeks until sometime after the All-Star break are not necessarily accurate.
"I think that's too long, but anything is possible," Lohse told MLB.com. "It's a strain, and there's a lot of swelling in the muscle, but we're just working every day trying to get [the swelling] out of there."
First triple memorable for Lilly: In addition to pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Tuesday night in the Cubs' 7-1 over the Astros, Ted Lilly also had a triple to lead off the second inning.
"I had a lot of fun," Lilly told MLB.com. "I didn't realize how tired I'd be running from home to third. I've never experienced that. I think that's the first one I've ever had."
Jurrjens continues to progress: Jair Jurrjens has picked up where he left off in his rookie season.
"Even last year, his first full year in the big leagues, his maturity level was way ahead of the normal 21-year-old kid," Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "His work ethic is tremendous; his feel for the game is tremendous. Every day he comes to the ballpark he wants to learn. He takes things in. He listens to people. He never comes to the ballpark satisfied. He wants to get better every day."
'Little Unit' West realizes dream game against idol: Marlins rookie left-hander Sean West faced his idol, Randy Johnson, and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Monday night before allowing a leadoff single to Edgar Renteria. Florida won, 4-0.
"It was so surreal seeing [Johnson] out on the mound today," the 6-foot-8 West, whose agent and former Johnson teammate Bobby Witt nicknamed him the 'Little Unit', told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "It would have been even better if I got a hit off him, but just seeing him out there is a dream."
Sandoval's four-hit night gets 'em talking: Pablo Sandoval led the way with a four-hit night in the Giants' 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. He's now batting .318 for the season.
"That guy is just amazing," starting pitcher Matt Cain told the San Francisco Chronicle of Sandoval. "I don't know that he gets enough credit, including his defense. But he can just flat-out hit. That's what he does."
"They compare him to guys like [Vladimir] Guerrero, other bad-ball hitters," manager Bruce Bochy said. "And it's true: up, down, off the plate, he hits everything. Seeing the long ball was really nice. Occasionally, that's just what we need."
Cunningham sees replay at hospital: Aaron Cunningham kept his sense of humor after finding out he'd suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a pitch on Monday night. He pointed to a replay on television when hospital staff asked him what had happened.
"As they put my IV in, they didn't know I played for the A's," Cunningham told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I was like, 'Look, that's what happened, right there.'"
Cunningham said he was expecting an off-speed pitch away.
"It never broke," he said. "It continued through my cranium."
Contreras allows one hit in eight innings: Jose Contreras, who had been sent to the Minors after a rough start to the season, returned and allowed just one hit through eight innings in the White Sox's 6-1 victory over Detroit in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday. It was his first win in nearly a year.
"I think it was exciting for everyone, especially his teammates," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told MLB.com. "It's something we like to see, not because we won, but just because we want to see Jose back and throwing the ball the way we know he can throw the ball."
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