Atlanta: OF Jason Heyward started in center field Wednesday when regular starting CF Michael Bourn got his first game off this season. Manager Fredi Gonzalez tried Heyward in center several times in spring training, when GM Frank Wren needed to know whether he had to find a possible bench outfielder who could play there. But the athletic Heyward did just fine. ... LH reliever Jonny Venters' recent subpar outings might have to do with getting too much rest, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Sinkerball pitchers always say their stuff is better when their arm is fatigued, and Venters was at his best last season when his nickname was "Everyday" Jonny Venters. Chicago: RH reliever Blake Parker was called up from Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa, and LH reliever Scott Maine was sent down after failed to retire any of the three batters he faced Wednesday. Parker, 26, was looking to make his major league debut. At Iowa, he was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and five saves. ... C Geovany Soto was a late lineup scratch because of a sore left knee. He was listed as day-to-day. Cincinnati: LH reliever Aroldis Chapman's 19 1/3-inning scoreless streak ended when he allowed an unearned run. It was the first time this season Chapman has worked on back-to-back days. ... OF Ryan Ludwick was back in the lineup even though he was 3 for his last 29 and was batting .177. That meant Chris Heisey, who went 0-for-4 Wednesday after two straight three-hit games, was out of the lineup. "I know everybody wants to play the guy who is hot," manager Dusty Baker said. "But what happens when the guy who's hot gets cold and the guy who's cold never gets lukewarm because he ain't playing?" Ludwick went 1-for-3. Colorado: RF Michael Cuddyer was not in the lineup for the first time since April 30 as the Rockies played a day game after a night game. Manager Jim Tracy said, "He's tired. He's not going to tell me he needs a day, and I respect that. But I can go by what my eyes are telling me. And he needs one." ... LHP Jamie Moyer, 49, became the oldest player in major league history to record an RBI, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, with his two-run infield single Wednesday. It was just the second two-RBI game of Moyer's career. The other was in 2004. Houston: RHP Bud Norris is off to a 4-1 start, and the Astros have won seven of his eight starts, including five after losses the day before. "I'm growing up," he said. "I guess I'm getting a little older and a little wiser. It's something I'm going to take into each offseason, try to make some strides in the right direction. I've got a lot of people helping me." ... 1B Carlos Lee ended a 69 at-bat homer drought Wednesday but nearly wasn't able to take the at-bat. Moments before, while waiting on deck, Lee almost got nailed by a foul ball. "The ball is coming right at you," Lee said. "You're so close, by the time you react, the ball is already by you. It's scary to be out there." Los Angeles: CF Matt Kemp began stretching drills two days after receiving an injection of platelet-rich plasma to help heal his strained left hamstring. Kemp is expected to return from the disabled list on May 29, the first day he is eligible. ... SS Dee Gordon, in a 12-for-65 (.185) slump, returned to the starting lineup after sitting Wednesday against Padres LHP Clayton Richard. ... IF Elian Herrera got his first major league hit and RBI with a double and later scored his first run Wednesday. He was playing in his second major league game. Miami: Manager Ozzie Guillen said he is done using Twitter. "I hate Twitter," said Guillen, who has 230,926 followers to @OzzieGuillen. He said he is tired of people on the social-media network taking shots at him. He didn't say if one incident spurred him to quit. "People out there are nasty, nasty. I don't need that. I don't need the aggravation," he said. "So many nasty people. They don't have nothing better to do. I'm not Kim Kardashian. I don't sell anything in my life to have Twitter." ... RF Giancarlo Stanton, who leads major league right fielders with five errors, made a terrific diving catch that snuffed a rally Wednesday. Two innings later, he failed to properly pick up a base hit, allowing the ball to pop out of his glove. "A lot of stupid, stupid mistakes this year," he said. Milwaukee: CF Carlos Gomez (right hamstring) began a rehab assignment Wednesday with low-A (Grand Chute) Wisconsin. He went 0-for-3 with a run scored. ... RH reliever Brandon Kintzler, who had a screw inserted in his forearm last season to address a stress fracture, continued to make progress on a rehab assignment with high-A Brevard County (Viera, Fla.). In five relief outings there, Kinzler was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA. ... RHP Claudio Vargas, who pitched for the Brewers in 2007, 2009 and 2010, is back in the organization -- primarily to provide depth in the rotation of Class AAA Nashville. Vargas, 33, had been pitching in Mexico. New York: LH reliever Robert Carson was called up from Class AA Binghamton (N.Y.), replacing RH reliever D.J. Carrasco, who was designated for assignment. Carson was with the Mets earlier this year for a short time but didn't appear in a game. GM Sandy Alderson said he is exploring other bullpen options as well. ... RHP Jenrry Mejia (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to make another rehab start Saturday for Binghamton, but Alderson said not to expect him in New York anytime soon. Alderson said Mejia is "still in a rehab phase" and will need a couple more starts in Binghamton and a couple for Class AAA Buffalo before he can return. Philadelphia: 2B Chase Utley, who hasn't played this season because of knee tendinitis, took groundballs Wednesday for the first time in a month, then did so again Thursday. "Over the past year or so, I know the pain threshold I can play at," Utley told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "And right now I'm in the good zone." ... 3B Placido Polanco, who left Wednesday's game because of a bruised left knee, remained out of the lineup Thursday. He is day-to-day. Pittsburgh: SS Josh Harrison earned his second consecutive start after his home run and three RBI on Wednesday. That sent SS Clint Barmes to the bench even though Barmes had been 4-for-4 against Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann. ... LHP Erik Bedard, who had to skip a start before pitching six solid innings Wednesday, reported no issues with the back spasms that had kept him out. "I felt good," he said. "I was fine." St. Louis: RF Carlos Beltran was out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game because of right knee tenderness and some discomfort from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Beltran was used as a pinch hitter and popped out. ... 1B Jamie Romak was acquired from Kansas City for cash considerations. Romak, 26, was hitting .147 in 11 games at Class AAA level but hit 23 homers in Class AA last year. San Diego: 2B Orlando Hudson was released, SS Jason Bartlett (right knee) was placed on the disabled list and the Padres called up IFs Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista from Class AAA Tucson. Hudson was hitting .211 with a .260 on-base percentage but was leading the majors with five triples. Bartlett is hitting only .133. "We felt it was time to make a change," GM Josh Byrnes said in a statement. "O-Dog has been a two-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and a contributor to playoff teams, but at this point, we want to give our younger players an opportunity." ... Jimmy Jones was named the interim bullpen coach, replacing Darrel Akerfelds, who is hospitalized in his fight with pancreatic cancer. Jones is in his fourth season coaching in the Padres' organization and his second as the pitching coach for Class AA San Antonio. ... LH reliever Eric Stults was claimed on waivers from the White Sox. San Francisco: IF Joaquin Arias (bruised left forearm) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game because he still was having trouble swinging a bat, manager Bruce Bochy said. Vice president Bobby Evans told CSN Bay Area that the club had "put out feelers" for infielders who might be available on the trade market. 2B Freddy Sanchez, whose comeback from shoulder surgery was halted by a sore back, received an epidural injection in his back. ... OF Melky Cabrera was back in the lineup after he was scratched from Wednesday's lineup because of a sore left toe. "It's a corn thing," Bochy said. Cabrera had started every game this season. Washington: C Wilson Ramos said he'll undergo surgery in 2-3 weeks to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, and he won't be back this year. "They said it's normal surgery," he told The Washington Post. "... I will be good for next season." ... LF Michael Morse (right lat) could return by June 1, manager Davey Johnson said, if he continues to progress in rehab. ... 1B Adam LaRoche's three-run double Wednesday was his 1,000th major league hit and came against his former team. He played in Pittsburgh in 2007, 2008 and most of 2009.
- Jason Heyward