Jonathan Villar went 2-for-5 and knocked in four runs Tuesday against the Reds.
Villar is batting just .189 and has already struck out 33 times, but he's managed 14 RBI from the leadoff spot, giving him just as many as Ryan Braun has collected batting third.
Eric Thames delivered his 11th homer Tuesday off the Reds' Robert Stephenson.
Eight of those homers have come versus Cincinnati pitching. He also worked his 14th walk in 20 games tonight.
Billy Hamilton went 0-for-5 and fanned four times Tuesday against the Brewers.
The Reds really need to break up Hamilton and Jose Peraza at the top of their order; both are sporting OBPs in the .260s right now, leading to too many plate appearances for Joey Votto in which he's up with none on and two out. Because of his defense, Hamilton's starting job is secure. He'll pick it up some offensively, and he has already swiped 10 bases in spite of his struggles getting on base.
Ian Kinsler went 4-for-5 with a double and four runs scored as the Tigers clobbered the Mariners 19-9 on Tuesday.
Kinsler upped his average from .217 to .262 tonight. That's nothing special, but his OBP is sitting at .400, thanks to 14 walks in 18 games. That's a huge improvement from recent years; he walked an average of 39 times per season from 2014-16.
Jordan Zimmermann won Tuesday despite giving up five runs and 11 hits in six innings.
He's the first pitcher this year to give up three homers and win, though it's not all that uncommon of an occurrence in recent seasons. Zimmermann still isn't showing any signs of being fantasy worthy. This makes three straight starts in which he's allowed five runs.
Chris Heston gave up five runs in two innings Tuesday after relieving Felix Hernandez.
Heston could have been a candidate to step into the rotation in place of the ailing Hernandez with a better outing tonight, but he gave up two homers and seven hits in all, failing to do much to save the Mariners pen in the process. He'll probably be sent back down.
Jose De Leon (forearm) has begun throwing live batting practice at extended spring training.
If he can avoid setbacks for the next week or two, the Rays should be ready to station him at Triple-A Durham. De Leon, acquired from the Dodgers in January for second baseman Logan Forsythe, projects to debut for Tampa Bay sometime in late-May or early-June if his health cooperates. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.61 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 111 strikeouts over 86 1/3 innings last season with Triple-A Oklahoma City before making his first climb to the MLB level.
James McCann went 2-for-5 and clubbed his fifth homer Tuesday against the Mariners.
McCann has just eight hits in 45 at-bats, but five of them have left the yard. Somewhat encouraging is his 10/9 K/BB ratio to date. Still, we don't expect that he'll end up hitting for much of an average.