Baseball Shots Of The Week – April 29, 2013

Boston Red Sox (18-7)
Boston Red Sox (18-7)
David Ortiz hit the ground running during his first week-plus back. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz earned a win over the Astros, making Buchholz the first five-game winner in baseball.
Atlanta Braves (15-9)
Atlanta Braves (15-9)
Entering Sunday Justin Upton's batting average was twice as much as B.J. Upton's. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tim Hudson will be going for his 200th win on Tuesday as he faces the Washington Nationals.
Texas Rangers (16-9)
Texas Rangers (16-9)
Nick Tepsech and Justin Grimm continue to give the Rangers better performances than expected. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Nelson Cruz is on a hot streak having recorded 12 RBIs in five games last week.
St. Louis Cardinals (14-10)
St. Louis Cardinals (14-10)
Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook and Shelby Miller might be off the best start amongst pitching trios in the league. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Jason Motte is trying to show the Cardinals he is improving from his injury to avoid having Tommy John surgery.
New York Yankees (15-9)
New York Yankees (15-9)
Derek Jeter's setback means the Yankees will be without their captain likely through the entire first half. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kevin Youkilis' is scheduled to receive an epidural injection for a stiff lower back and could be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Arizona Diamondbacks (15-10)
Arizona Diamondbacks (15-10)
Wade Miley continues to pitch well for the injury-depleted Diamondbacks. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Didi Gregorius underwent a precautionary CT scan after beining hit in the head by a 93-mph fastball. Results came back normal.
Baltimore Orioles (15-10)
Baltimore Orioles (15-10)
Baltimore's defense has converted the league's highest percentage of balls in play into outs. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Wei-Yin Chen allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings as the Orioles beat the A's, 3-0.
Cincinnati Reds (14-12)
Cincinnati Reds (14-12)
Ryan Hanigan's early-season struggles have opened the door for Devin Mesoraco to potentially play a large role. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Johnny Cueto threw a 45-pitch bullpen session and was pain free after. Cueto is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat.
Washington Nationals (13-12)
Washington Nationals (13-12)
With Wilson Ramos out again Kurt Suzuki is doing a nice job behind and at the plate. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ryan Zimmerman and catcher Wilson Ramos hope to be activated by the Nationals within the next week.
San Francisco Giants (13-12)
San Francisco Giants (13-12)
Obscured by Brandon Belt's tough start: Marco Scutaro's less-than-stellar play thus far. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Giants have lost five straight game this past week.
Oakland Athletics (14-12)
Oakland Athletics (14-12)
Josh Reddick continues to struggle after a great start to last season. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

A's third baseman Josh Donaldson was awarded with his first career American League Player of the Week honors.
Detroit Tigers (13-10)
Detroit Tigers (13-10)
The Tigers need Alex Avila, Andy Dirks, and Victor Martinez get going. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Tigers' pitcher Doug Fister might have a control issue, as he has hit eight batters through five starts this season.
Colorado Rockies (15-10)
Colorado Rockies (15-10)
Nolan Arenado is up and he should bring his sweet glove with him. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Rockies designated regular third baseman Chris Nelson for assignment and call up Nolan Arenado, from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Kansas City Royals (13-9)
Kansas City Royals (13-9)
Don't look now but Lorenzo Cain is showing Royals fans that he's not a bust. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Royals' Ervin Santana threw seven shut out innings against the Cleveland Indians for a 3-2 win.
Pittsburgh Pirates (15-10)
Pittsburgh Pirates (15-10)
A.J. Burnett appears set on proving last year wasn't a fluke. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Jonathan Sanchez was given a six-game suspension, after having intentionally throwing a pitch and hitting Allen Craig of the Cardinals.
Milwaukee Brewers (12-11)
Milwaukee Brewers (12-11)
The Brewers have been playing well so far, in part thanks to Yuniesky Betancourt's power production. Go figure. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The Brewers ended their nine-game winning streak with a 2-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.
Tampa Bay Rays (12-13)
Tampa Bay Rays (12-13)
James Loney leads the Rays in each of the three slash line stats so far. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Pitcher David Price earned his first win of the season in six starts as the Rays rallied to beat the White Sox 8-3.
New York Mets (10-13)
New York Mets (10-13)
Daniel Murphy is off to a fantastic start for the Mets. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

David Wright sat out Monday's game against the Marlins with what the Mets are calling a "real stiff neck."
Los Angeles Dodgers (12-12)
Los Angeles Dodgers (12-12)
The Dodgers continue to have a bad run of luck with injuries. The latest saw Stephen Fife, a spot starter, head to the DL. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Chad Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday and he could be sidelined for a year.
Toronto Blue Jays (9-17)
Toronto Blue Jays (9-17)
If the Jays are to climb out of this hole they need Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie, among others, to get going. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

R.A. Dickey is expected to go for an MRI to examine the cause of his upper back and neck injury.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (9-15)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (9-15)
Although the Angels would rather have Erick Aybar healthy, Brendan Harris' start is a nice story. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver is one step closer to returning to a major league mound after breaking his left elbow. Weaver started to play catch on Wednesday.
Philadelphia Phillies (12-14)
Philadelphia Phillies (12-14)
Carlos Ruiz's return couldn't have come at a better time for the Phillies. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Kyle Kendrick pitched a three-hit shutout against the New York Mets and the Phillies won for only the fourth time in 12 games on Friday.
Cleveland Indians (9-13)
Cleveland Indians (9-13)
Mark Reynolds, Carlos Santana, and Nick Swisher keep hitting, but few others in the Cleveland lineup have pitched in. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Indians' Mike Aviles recorded five RBIs in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader to beat the Royals 10-3.
Chicago White Sox (10-14)
Chicago White Sox (10-14)
Amongst the few early-season surprises for the White Sox is Conor Gillaspie. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Hector Gimenez, Tyler Greene and Conor Gillaspie each hit a home run and helped Jake Peavy earn his third win in five starts as the White Sox beat the Rays 5-4.
Minnesota Twins (11-10)
Minnesota Twins (11-10)
The only Twins hitting are Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham, and, believe it or not, Eduardo Escobar. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Twins bullpen has helped the starters this year with a 2.37 ERA, while the starters have a 5.15 ERA.
Seattle Mariners (11-16)
Seattle Mariners (11-16)
Seattle's decision to start Robert Andino over Brendan Ryan figures to worsen their defense, but may provide a slight offensive upgrade. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Jesus Montero ended his 0-for-13 streak by hitting in five consecutive games and going 7-for-19 over the span.
Chicago Cubs (9-15)
Chicago Cubs (9-15)
Anthony Rizzo has eight home runs this season; he had 15 last season. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Cubs had their first winning streak of the season by beating the Miami Marlins in three straight games.
San Diego Padres (9-15)
San Diego Padres (9-15)
Andrew Cashner's latest start included six innings of one-run ball. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The Padres hit three home runs on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants and swept the three-game series.
Houston Astros (7-18)
Houston Astros (7-18)
Rick Ankiel has struck out 29 times in 46 plate appearances. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Astros moved right-hander Brad Peacock from the starting rotation to the bullpen, after struggling as a starter.
Miami Marlins (6-19)
Miami Marlins (6-19)
Giancarlo Stanton homered for the first time this season on Saturday. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez gave up his first big league home run in Game 1 of the doubleheader at Target Field.
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