Nick Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and four total RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Twins.
The Twins actually held a 5-2 lead entering the sixth inning (such things do occur on occasion), at which point Castellanos cracked a three-run home run off starter Ricky Nolasco to tie the game at 5-5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would provide the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning as the Tigers improved to 14-10. For his part, Castellanos is hitting a cool .361/.371/.590 with four homers, 18 RBI and five doubles over 83 at-bats. He has accumulated eight hits over his last four games, with homers in two of his last three.
Miguel Sano went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.
The two doubles gave Sano six on the season. He has also whacked a trio of home runs. The soon-to-be 23-year-old is working with a .258/.377/.427 triple-slash over his first 89 at-bats. We should have a better idea of how the youngster's season as a whole might unfold once he has a larger sample size under his belt. There is no denying his talent.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Sunday that Mike Foltynewicz will be recalled from Triple-A to start on Monday.
The Braves could have opted to skip the spot in the rotation after Saturday's rainout, but they'll stick with the plan to recall the young right-hander instead. Foltynewicz owns a 2.05 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 20/14 K/BB ratio over 22 innings this season at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Mike Pelfrey pitched poorly in earning a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday, yielding five runs on eight hits over five-plus innings.
In a contest that won't be shown on an instructional pitching video any time soon, Pelfrey matched Twins starter Ricky Nolasco with five runs allowed. The Twins nicked Pelfrey for a pair of RBI singles in the first inning and would add an additional three runs in the bottom of the fifth -- all of which scored after Pelfrey had left the contest. They counted on the veteran's line anyway. Baseball is a cruel mistress. Avoid avoid avoid in fantasy. A home start against the Rangers shows next on his schedule, though that could end with disastrous consequence given the way Pelfrey has pitched of late.
Yu Darvish (elbow) looked electric in his first minor league rehab start, striking out a pair over two hitless innings at Double-A Frisco.
Darvish walked one in the outing, throwing a total of 32 pitches. He had good life on his fastball, hitting as high as 97 mph on the radar gun, and also was able to command his sharp breaking ball. He's on track for a return to the Rangers rotation at some point in May.
Ricky Nolasco struggled in earning a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday, surrendering five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
By all rights, Nolasco probably should have been in line for the loss, but Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey proved equally ineffective. The result? Both men took no-decisions. For his part, Nolasco fanned four without walking a batter. The 33-year-old right-hander will take a 4.05 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 28/3 K/BB ratio (33 1/3 innings) into his next outing, a road start against the White Sox.
Scott Schebler hit a go-ahead RBI double in the 11th inning of Sunday's win over the Pirates.
Schebler didn't start the contest, but came on as a pinch-hitter late. He notched hits in both of his at-bats, with his 11th inning RBI double off Ryan Vogelsong boosting the Reds to a 6-5 lead. That score would stand as the final. He should feel free to bask in the glory of his go-ahead hit, but for fantasy purposes, there is little intrigue here.
John Jaso hit a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds.
Jaso's solo homer off reliever Ross Ohlendorf came with two outs in the ninth inning and tied the proceedings at 5-all. Alas for the Pirate faithful, that would be the last run to score for the home team. Jaso has now homered in two straight games -- his first two homers of the season, at that. While he is slashing a tidy .306/.375/.471 across 85 at-bats, there is little in his history that would indicate that such a batting line will hold up over the course of the season.