Odrisamer Despaigne picked up his second win of the season against the Rockies on Monday, limiting them to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Both runs scored in the fourth inning, when the Rockies enjoyed a pair of RBI singles, but they were too far behind for it to matter at that point. Despaigne gave up six hits and walked two while striking out five on the night. The right-hander has been excellent in three starts, owning a 1.47 ERA with a 0.34 WHIP and a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. Despaigne will have to work against a tough Dodgers lineup at home in his next start.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs will promote infield prospect Addison Russell.
Derek Norris doubled twice and singled in five at-bats in Monday's trampling of the Rockies.
Norris scored all three times he was on base and even knocked in a run with a double in the fifth inning. Most of the offense Norris has shown so far has been in the form of singles, but he still boasts a productive .314/.340/.412 triple-slash line in 51 plate appearances.
Matt Kemp had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a pair of RBI singles in Monday's win against the Rockies.
Kemp started the onslaught of runs with a two-run double, sparking a five-run first inning. He added RBI singles in the second and fifth innings as well as the Padres went on to score 14 runs. Kemp is making quite an impression with his new team, batting .368/.393/.561 with 13 RBI in 61 plate appearances to begin the season.
Jorge De La Rosa's season debut didn't go well, as the lefty was hammered for nine runs (seven earned) in two innings in a loss to the Padres on Monday.
De La Rosa missed the first two weeks of the season with a groin injury. The Padres had no issues squaring him up, as the lefty yielded nine hits and a walk while striking out three. The nine runs were split up with five in the first inning and four in the second. De La Rosa will try to bounce back in his next start at home against the Giants.
Trevor Bauer continued to impress, hurling seven scoreless frames, but took a no-decision as the Indians lost 4-3 on Monday.
Bauer allowed just four hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Considered by many to be a breakout candidate for the 2015 season, Bauer has bolted out to a 2-0 record with a 0.95 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 26/11 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. He'll need to have the command he showed on Monday if his success is going to last over a full season. Bauer matches up against the Tigers in Detroit next.
John Danks allowed three runs in six innings, earning a no-decision as the Indians lost to the White Sox on Monday.
Danks allowed a pair of home runs: a solo home run to Ryan Raburn in the second inning, and another solo home run to Brett Hayes in the fifth. Overall, the lefty gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out four. All things considered, it was an improvement over his first two starts. Danks will bring a 6.06 ERA into his next start against the Tigers in Detroit.
Cody Allen let a three-run lead slip through his fingers in the ninth inning as the White Sox rallied for a win over the Indians on Monday.
The White Sox were hitting everything Allen was throwing. The right-hander allowed six hits and a walk, leading to four runs in one-third of an inning. It's his second disastrous outing in five appearances to start the season. Control has been an issue for Allen early. It wasn't an issue last year, as Allen posted a 91/26 K/BB ratio with a 2.07 ERA and 24 saves in 69 2/3 innings. It's early, but some concern is warranted. Allen, however, has job security for now.