Steven Souza is batting fifth for the third straight game on Sunday.
Souza has been hitting seventh this season for the Rays, but manager Kevin Cash said the outfielder has earned a move up in the lineup. "He’s swinging the bat well," Cash said. "Just like the way he’s going about his business right now. Like we did with mixing it up with (Logan Morrison) and (Brad) Miller, a different spot, different look for somebody to see if that triggers something." Souza sports a .274/.329/.521 batting line with five homers and one stolen base so far this season. Cash said that Souza could remain in the fifth spot for a while if he continues to produce.
Joey Gallo has been placed on Triple-A Round Rock's disabled list with a strained left groin.
It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Gallo is hitting .254/.400/.642 with seven homers and 16 RBI for Round Rock this season.
Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.
He's on the bench with the Padres throwing a lefty (Drew Pomeranz), which has been a regular thing this season. Trayce Thompson is in center field and Enrique Hernandez is in left Sunday. They also have Yasiel Puig in the leadoff spot.
Nori Aoki is absent from the Mariners' lineup Sunday.
He's simply receiving a day off. The M's have Seth Smith in left field, Nelson Cruz in right, Robinson Cano in the designated hitter spot and Luis Sardinas at second base Sunday.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that he expects Jung Ho Kang (knee) to initially play two out of every three games upon his activation from the disabled list.
That sounds about right. Kang is making his way back from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia and just recently began playing in back-to-back games on his rehab assignment. The Pirates have some infield depth, so there's no need to push Kang too hard too fast.
Indians purchased the contract of C Adam Moore from Triple-A Columbus.
He'll serve as Yan Gomes' backup while Roberto Perez (thumb) is on the shelf.
Indians placed C Roberto Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb.
It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but obviously it will be a while. Adam Moore is up to serve as Yan Gomes' backup.
Nationals optioned C Pedro Severino to Triple-A Syracuse.
Severino filled in for a few days while Wilson Ramos was on the bereavement list.