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Nelson Cruz explodes in Mariners' demolition of Oakland

Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a three-run blast, five RBI's and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

What It Means:

The three-run rocket was Cruz's first tater since April 17 and the five runs driven in were as many as his previous nine games combined. His .200 ISO for the season remains well below what we've come to expect from the 36-year-old veteran, but perhaps Sunday's performance will be the start of a power surge.

Cruz is slashing .271/.384/.471 with a .369 wOBA across 86 plate appearances in 2017 while adding three home runs and 14 RBI's.


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Yoenis Cespedes tells Mets he'll be ready for Tuesday

Mets manager Terry Collins said after Sunday's game that New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) told manager Terry Collins he'll be ready for Tuesday's matchup with the Atlanta Braves.

What It Means:

Cespedes hasn't played since last Thursday, but he was in the on-deck circle as a pinch-hitter on Sunday prior to the final out. He'll go through a pre-game workout on Tuesday before the Mets make a final decision on his status.

Cespedes is batting .263/.377/.632 with 6 home runs, 10 RBI's and 12 runs scored in 69 plate appearances this season.


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Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller (forearm) set for MRI on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller (forearm) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

What It Means:

Miller and Diamondbacks manager Torey Louvullo both expressed concern after the right-hander was pulled from Sunday's start in the fifth inning due to tightness in his forearm. More details will be known later today once the results are in, but it sounds like Miller could be looking at a stint on the shelf.

Miller owns a 2-2 record with a 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 20.2 strikeout percentage in 22 innings pitched this season.


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Joc Pederson leaves Dodgers' victory early with tight groin

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was removed from Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to right groin tightness.

What It Means:

There's little details available at this time regarding the injury. If Pederson's forced to miss time, Enrique Hernandez will fill the void in center field.

Pederson is slashing .220/.322/.340 across 59 plate appearances this season with one home run and seven RBI's.


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Arizona pitcher Shelby Miller leaves start with forearm tightness

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller was removed from Sunday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning due to tightness in his forearm.

What It Means:

Miller had tossed four shutout innings before running into some trouble in the fifth, walking two and allowing a RBI double to Corey Seager. He finished with three runs allowed in four-plus innings. Miller will be re-evaluated on Monday and will likely miss at least one start.

Miller owns a 2-2 record with a 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched this season.


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Marcus Stroman goes the distance in Blue Jays' win

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman tossed a complete game in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, surrendering two runs (one earned) on seven hits.

What It Means:

Sunday was Stroman's second complete game of the year, needing only 99 pitches to finish off the Angels. He threw 63 strikes as he walked just one struck out five. Overall, a nice bounce back game from a disastrous outing against the Boston Red Sox last week. He will face the Tampa Bay Rays in his next start on Saturday.

Stroman owns a 2-2 record with a 3.10 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts in 29.0 innings pitched this season.


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Kyle Freeland shuts down Giants over seven frames for Rockies

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland pitched beautifully in Sunday's 8-0 win over the San Francisco Giants, firing off seven innings of scoreless ball.

What It Means:

Freeland allowed six hits and walked one while striking three in an efficient seven innings. He needed only 93 pitches as he made quick work of the Giants. Take out a six-run blowup against the San Diego Padres, and Freeland has allowed just two runs in his other three starts.

Freeland owns a 2-1 record with a 3.32 ERA, 3.85 FIP, and 14 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings pitched.


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White Sox get a strong outing from Derek Holland on Sunday

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland picked up his second victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Cleveland Indians to just one run on three hits over six strong innings.

What It Means:

Holland's lone mistake came in the fourth as he gave up a solo home run to Francisco Lindor. He also walked three batters as he struck out six for his fourth nice outing of the year. The veteran will look to take advantage of a short-handed Detroit Tigers offense on Saturday.

Holland owns a 2-2 record with a 1.99 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings pitched this season.


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Andrew Benintendi racks up 5 hits as the Red Sox top O's

Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi went 5-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored Sunday in a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

What It Means:

At 22-years-old, Benintendi becomes the youngest Red Sox in 50 years to rack up five hits in a game. All five hits were singles as he scored on a Mookie Betts homer in the first and drove in Xander Bogaerts in the sixth. The Boston outfielder is off to a hot start and is the early, early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year.

Benintendi is hitting .347/.415/.444 with one home run, two stolen bases, 1 RBI's and 10 runs scored through 82 plate appearances this season.


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Ken Giles earns his fifth save of the year for Houston

Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles worked a scoreless 10th inning to earn his fifth save of the year Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

What It Means:

Giles gave up just a single to Brad Miller, with one out, as he finished his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance. A welcomes sign after a rough stretch to start the season. Giles remains one of baseball's elite closers.

Giles now owns a 5.00 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts to go along with his five saves in nine innings pitched this season.


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