MLB news

      • Oakland’s Sam Fuld continued his slump at the plate in Monday’s 2-1 win over Houston, but he helped preserve the win by robbing George Springer of an extra-base hit in the 8th atop Minute Maid Park’s infamous Tal’s Hill. Fuld had rehearsed on the Hill during batting practice. Said Springer: “That’s obviously a hell of a play by Fuld. You just have to tip your hat to him” ***
      • In a rare start Monday, Danny Valencia stroked a 2-run double in a rare start Monday as Toronto beat the Angels 10-6. Valencia is hitting .333 with 6 doubles and 8 RBIs in just 48 at-bats ***
      • Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Monday, but Detroit prevailed 3-2 as Ian Kinsler went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a slick bare-handed play ***
      • Mark McGwire tells USA Today that Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson has “ridiculous talent” ***

Minor-league news

        • Padres prospect Cody Decker (AAA) went 3-for-4 with a walk and a crushing 3-run HR that left the park Monday. After hitting .229 in April with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs, the Padres’ all-time minor-league home-run leader is hitting .309 in May with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs ***
        • Mariners prospect Scott Dececco earned his first win of 2015 with 6 innings of shutout ball Monday. Dececco allowed 3 hits and 4 walks while fanning six ***
        • Rob Kaminsky (A+), rated the Cardinals’ #4 prospect by, lost his second game in a row Monday despite a decent performance ***
        • interviewed Palm Beach Cardinals (A+) players about their walk-up songs. Mason Katz walks up to Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen, while Rob Kaminsky swears by Jay Z’s Moment of Clarity ***
        • Sorry to report that Reds farmhand Josh Satin (AAA) has been placed on the disabled list with post-concussion syndrome ***

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