Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins (-175, 8.5)
Contract negotiations between Josh Hamilton’s agent and the Texas Rangers are ongoing and that’s about all the slugger wants to know about it.
"It's good that I don't know all the details," Hamilton told reporters earlier this week. "It keeps me from being weird around front office people, too, if I really don't know what's going on until it gets very serious. I don't think it's at that point. I think they want to get an idea, each side, and feel things out. We've expressed what we'd like to do contract-wise."
The contract talk certainly doesn’t seem to be bothering Hamilton. He had three hits and was a triple away from the cycle in Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins, swatting his third homer of the season in the third inning.
Hamilton is now hitting a team-best .378 early this season and the 13 hits the Rangers banged out Saturday was just what the offense needed.
Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals (-115, 8)
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is itching to get back in the lineup to help the team’s scuffling offense. He might get his wish Sunday.
Phillips felt his left hamstring was good to go for Saturday’s game, but manager Dusty Baker decided to hold him out another day.
"Seeing the way we're playing and with me on the bench, I feel like I need to go in there," Phillips told MLB.com. "I'm not 100 percent, but I can play. I can go out there and perform, regardless of the fact. No one on the team is 100 percent. I could go out there, play, and be comfortable.”
The Reds definitely need a spark. They were averaging just 2.75 runs per game heading into Saturday’s game, ranking 29th in the bigs and then managed only two hits in a 4-1 loss.
Phillips will give them a boost as they try to avoid the series sweep.