Bryce Harper had an RBI single, a walk, and a stolen base Tuesday as the Nationals took the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
Harper appeared uncomfortable against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in his first two at-bats, but he managed to break through with a single in the fifth to put the Nationals on the board. The stolen base was his third of the season. Harper leads the NL with 18 home runs and is tied with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the RBI lead at 44.
Yunel Escobar went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Escobar hit leadoff Tuesday with Denard Span (knee) sidelined. We keep waiting for the 32-year-old to come back down to Earth, but he's showing no signs of slowing down yet. With a .319/.378/.396 batting line over 47 games, he's been a nice surprise for Washington.
Chris Colabello had a single in four at-bats in a losing effort in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
Colabello has now hit safely in 12 straight games. He's provided a huge boost to Toronto's battered outfield, posting a .364/.411/.556 batting line with four home runs and 14 RBI over 26 games, but we're very skeptical it's going to last.
Tigers recalled OF Daniel Fields from Triple-A Toledo.
Fields will be with the team for a couple of days while Rajai Davis is away on paternity leave. The 24-year-old was batting .271/.394/.486 with three home runs, 21 RBI, and nine stolen bases over 48 games this season in Triple-A.
Tigers placed OF Rajai Davis on the paternity leave list.
Davis left the team to be present for the birth of his second child. He's permitted to be away from the team for 24 to 72 hours.
Tigers optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.
The move clears a spot for Alfredo Simon's return. It also suggests that the Tigers think Justin Verlander could be close to coming off the disabled list. Farmer was rocked for seven runs over five innings in a start against the Angels last Thursday.
Tigers activated RHP Alfredo Simon from the bereavement list.
Simon recently left the team following the death of his father. He'll return to start Tuesday against the Athletics.
Marlins recalled RHP Kendry Flores from Double-A Jacksonville.
He'll join Miami's bullpen following Steve Cishek's demotion. Acquired from the Giants in the Casey McGehee deal over the winter, Flores posted a 2.06 ERA over nine starts in Double-A this season.