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Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's victory against the Marlins.

Alvarez provided insurance with a sixth-inning solo homer off of David Phelps, extending the Pirates' lead to 4-2. He has homered in back-to-back starts and has four in his last eight games, giving him nine total on the season along with 21 RBI and a .241/.327/.496 triple-slash line.
May 25 - 9:40 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run as the Pirates topped the Marlins on Monday.

Cervelli gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead in the second inning with a three-run blast off of David Phelps. Not exactly known for his power, that was Cervelli's first homer of the season. The catcher is batting a solid .316/.381/.404 with 13 RBI on the year.
May 25 - 9:38 PM

David Phelps gave up four runs in six innings, taking the loss in Monday's start against the Pirates.

Three of the runs came on a Francisco Cervelli home run in the second inning. The other came on a Pedro Alvarez homer in the sixth. They were two of eight hits Phelps allowed in the outing along with two walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander has allowed four-plus runs only three times in 10 starts, but two have come in his most recent two starts. He still maintains a solid 3.56 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 34/16 K/BB ratio over 48 innings. Phelps makes a road start against the Mets next.
May 25 - 9:36 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that Alberto Callaspo may be designated for assignment.

The Braves didn't give a reason for scratching Callaspo from Monday's lineup, but Bowman is hearing it could be because his time with the club is coming to an end. The veteran infielder has just three hits in his last 53 at-bats to drop his season average to .206. He was signed to a $3 million contract over the offseason.
May 25 - 9:34 PM

Charlie Morton, making his first start of the season, got the win after limiting the Marlins to two runs in seven innings of work on Monday.

Giancarlo Stanton was responsible for both runs, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the third. Morton had his ground ball stuff working, inducing 20 of them compared to one fly ball. He scattered eight hits overall, walked none, and struck out three. Morton will look to repeat the success in a weekend start in San Diego against the Padres next.
May 25 - 9:33 PM

Justin Smoak walked, hit an RBI single, and slugged a two-run home run in four trips to the plate as the Blue Jays enjoyed a 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday.

Smoak pushed the Jays' lead to 4-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Hector Noesi. He added on unnecessary insurance in the eighth with an RBI single. Smoak hadn't homered since April 24 but still has a decent .246/.343/.426 batting line with three home runs and 11 RBI.
May 25 - 9:30 PM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run, and three runs scored as the Blue Jays shut out the White Sox on Monday.

Donaldson made it a 5-0 game with a second-inning solo blast of Hector Noesi. The third baseman is hitting a terrific .300/.363/.533 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI on the year, providing excellent production since coming to Toronto from the Athletics in an offseason trade.
May 25 - 9:27 PM

Hector Noesi fell to 0-4 on Monday against the Blue Jays after allowing five runs in seven innings of work.

The Jays scored four times in the first inning: twice on a Chris Colabello single and two more on a Justin Smoak home run. Josh Donaldson tacked on with a solo home run in the second, but Noesi settled down from there. He allowed five hits in total with three walks and four strikeouts. Noesi was re-inserted into the rotation after a spell in the bullpen, but now carries a 5.84 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP and a 20/14 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He'll take the hill next in Houston to face the Astros.
May 25 - 9:25 PM
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