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Starling Marte hit a ninth-inning solo home run, but it was too late to help the Pirates stage a comeback against the Cubs on Monday.

Marte belted a Zac Rosscup offering to left field in the ninth to make it a 5-2 game, but it was too little, too late for the Pirates. Marte, who finished 1-for-4 on Monday, has been on a power surge lately, homering in three out of his last four games. Other than that, though, he hasn't done much at the dish as he's batting .178/.208/.467.
Apr 20 - 10:58 PM

Jorge Soler finished with four hits and a pair of runs scored in five trips to the plate in Monday's win versus the Pirates.

Soler singled and scored in the fifth, then doubled and scored in the seventh. The young outfielder is on a seven-game hitting streak and has safely hit in 10 of 12 games overall. He owns an impressive .320/.364/.520 slash line with two home runs and nine RBI to begin the season.
Apr 20 - 10:55 PM

Kris Bryant knocked in three runs and walked to help lead the Cubs to a win over the Pirates on Monday.

Bryant finished 3-for-4 on the evening. He tied the game at one apiece with a fifth-inning RBI single. In the seventh, he brought in a pair of runs with a double and came around to score on two Pirate errors. Bryant has yet to sate fans' appetite for power with a home run, but has looked comfortable at the plate following his 0-for-4 performance in his major league debut.
Apr 20 - 10:52 PM

Justin Upton left Monday's game versus the Rockies in the fourth inning.

It's certainly possible that the Padres were just being careful here since they had a big lead, as Upton was returning to the lineup after missing a game with a sore quad. The club should give an update on his status after the game.
Apr 20 - 10:47 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Monday's game that he would worry about the closer situation when Joe Nathan (elbow) returns from the disabled list.

He has previously stated that Nathan would get his job back when he returned, but the skipper appears to be backpedaling a bit here. Perhaps he might finally be willing to face reality and admit that Joakim Soria, who is 5-for-5 in save chances with a 1.35 ERA, is a better choice for the ninth inning. As for Nathan, he could throw a simulated game soon, which might be the last step before he's activated.
Apr 20 - 10:15 PM

Padres manager Bud Black said that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) "looked good" during an 81-pitch appearance in an extended spring training game Monday.

"He looked good, [threw] all his pitches," Black said. "He had a few strikeouts. They nicked him for a couple runs, but overall he's throwing the ball good, no issues with the hamstring." Black wouldn't officially confirm that Kennedy was slated to rejoin the rotation on Saturday against the Dodgers when first eligible, but all signs point to it happening. Odrisamer Despaigne will head back to the bullpen.
Apr 20 - 10:10 PM

Anthony DeSclafani held the Brewers scoreless over eight innings on Monday as the Reds won 6-1.

Though it was against the lowly Brewers, DeSclafani gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out five. DeSclafani was a popular sleeper pick coming into the season and he's already paying dividends. The right-hander owns a 0.86 ERA, a 0.62 WHIP, and a 16/4 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. DeSclafani will attempt to remain undefeated in his next start at home versus the Cubs.
Apr 20 - 9:59 PM

Jonathan Lucroy will be placed on the disabled list after suffering a fractured toe on his left foot during Monday's game versus the Reds.

The injury occurred when Lucroy was struck by a foul tip. It's absolutely brutal news for the Brewers, who are 2-11, have Carlos Gomez (hamstring) and now Lucroy on the DL and might have Scooter Gennett (hand) join them. It's not clear at this point how long Lucroy might be sidelined. Martin Maldonado is now set to see the bulk of the action behind the plate for the Brewers, and Juan Centeno will be promoted to take Lucroy's roster spot.
Apr 20 - 9:56 PM
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