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Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run home run, in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.

Van Slyke hit an RBI double in the second inning and a two-run home run (his first of the season) in the sixth. His other hit was a double, non-RBI variety. Van Slyke only has 11 at-bats on the season, but he has five hits in those at-bats, four of which have gone for extra bases. The 28-year-old is a legitimate weapon off the bench when the Dodgers face left-handed pitchers.
Apr 19 - 8:42 PM

Dodgers sent LHP Ryan Dennick outright to Double-A Tulsa.

Dennick was designated for assignment no Friday but passed through waivers unclaimed and will function as organizational depth for the Dodgers. He should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the 2015 season.
Apr 19 - 8:37 PM

Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and a solo home run in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.

Pederson knocked in Scott Van Slyke with his RBI double in the second inning. He then homered in the sixth, going back-to-back with Van Slyke. The modern day Bash Brothers combined to drive in five of the Dodgers' seven runs. Pederson finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. The home run was his second of the season, the two RBI bringing him up to six. Pederson's hitting .289/.438/.553 and is showing none of the troubles that are often seen with 23-year-old hitters. It'll be interesting to watch the youngster's batting line progress as pitchers make their in-season adjustments.
Apr 19 - 8:30 PM

Troy Tulowitzki did not record a hit in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Tulo ended the game 0-for-3. He shouldn't hang his head, though, as the Dodgers combined to hold the Rockies to just four hits in the contest. Even with the uneventful day at the park, Tulowitzki's still hitting .326/.340/.543 with one home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored. As always, if Tulowitzki can remain healthy, he will be one of the top offensive producers in baseball. To this point, his hip has not started barking at him.
Apr 19 - 8:22 PM

Brandon McCarthy struck out six batters and did not allow a run to the Rockies in picking up his second win of the season on Sunday.

McCarthy had struck out 19 batters in his previous two starts. While he didn't go K-crazy on Sunday, he pitched efficiently, only allowing three hits and two walks in his six innings and exiting with just 92 pitches on the arm. The veteran has now struck out 25 in 18 innings. McCarthy's career K/9 is 6.6, so it's probably not logical to expect him to keep up this breakneck pace. He's in a good place with the Dodgers, though, and could end up with a fair number of wins by the end of the season. He'll try to build on the shutout in his start against the Padres next weekend.
Apr 19 - 8:15 PM

Nelson Cruz had himself another mighty impressive afternoon on Sunday, clobbering a pair of home runs and delivering a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning, leading the Mariners to a come-from-behind 11-10 victory over the Rangers.

Cruz belted a solo shot off Ross Detwiler in the first inning then tagged him again for a three-run blast in the third. With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, he lined the game-winning single off Rangers closer Neftali Feliz to complete the comeback after the M's trailed 10-5. Cruz, the Major League leader in home runs, has blasted eight long balls in his last eight games. He's now slashing a monstrous .354/.404/.854 with 14 RBI on the season, doing exactly what the Mariners envisioned when inking him to a contract this winter.
Apr 19 - 8:12 PM

Austin Jackson launched his first home run of the season on Sunday, helping to propel the Mariners to a victory over the Rangers.

Jackson led off the game by depositing a Ross Detwiler offering into the seats in left-center. He also collected a pair of singles, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. With the three-hit attack, Jackson is now hitting .277/.333/.362 with a homer and two RBI. He has also yet to steal a base after vowing to run more this season.
Apr 19 - 8:08 PM

James Paxton struggled against the Rangers on Sunday, surrendering two runs on nine hits over just 2 2/3 innings.

Paxton struck out one and didn't issue a walk in the brief appearance. His velocity was noticeably down in this start and he could be going through a dead arm period that most starters experience in spring training. Until he can right the ship though, he's best kept out of fantasy lineups. He'll carry a 5.40 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Twins.
Apr 19 - 8:05 PM
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