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Delmon Young (ankle) has ramped up his rehab a bit this week, doing drills with an agility ladder and also running back-to-back days on the treadmill.

It's not clear when Young will be cleared to perform baseball activities, but the Phillies are hoping the outfielder will be able to play in games before the team heads north. Young is shooting to return sometime between mid-April and May 1, but it just depends on how his rehab comes along.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 11:48:00 PM

Daniel Murphy belted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Mets and a three-game sweep of the weekend series.

A hit-batsmen, an infield single and a sharp single loaded the bases in the first inning and Murphy unloaded them by taking Zack Wheeler over the wall in right-center on a 1-0 pitch. It was his only hit in four at-bats on Sunday but proved to be the difference. He's now hitting .324/.359/.541 with three homers and 14 RBI on the season.
Apr 23 - 10:55 PM

Max Scherzer earned his third victory of the season on Sunday night, limiting the Mets to three runs on five hits over his eight frames.

The reigning National League Cy Young award winner racked up nine strikeouts on the night while walking only one. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Michael Conforto swatting a leadoff homer and Neil Walker adding a two-run blast in the third. He was in complete command after that though and retired the final 16 hitters he faced. Scherzer now sports a fantastic 1.98 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 33/8 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Mets again his next time out at home on Friday.
Apr 23 - 10:55 PM

Shelby Miller (forearm) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

The right-hander was lifted from Sunday's start in the fifth inning after experiencing tightness in his forearm. He admitted after the ballgame that it's the first time he's ever had an issue like this with his pitching arm and manager Torey Louvullo admitted that the team is very concerned. Expect an update on his status after the D'Backs get the results of that exam on Monday.
Apr 23 - 9:16 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, five RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-1 win over the A's.

Monster showing from Cruz in this one. He started off his RBI binge in modest enough fashion, driving home a run via a bases-loaded walk in the third inning. He opted to forego the modesty a few innings later, slugging a three-run home run in the seventh to boost the Mariners to a 9-1 advantage. Just for good measure, he tacked on an RBI double in the ninth. The veteran slugger has yet to go on a power tear, but that could be coming soon. Cruz has picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games, with all three of his home runs coming in that space. He has crushed at least 40 in each of the last three seasons.
Apr 23 - 8:25 PM

Taylor Motter went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and a double in Sunday's 11-1 win over the A's.

Motter unloaded for the grand slam against the previously-untouchable Andrew Triggs in the third inning. That gave the Mariners a 6-1 lead, one which the A's were unable to ever challenge to any serious degree. The 27-year-old shortstop owns a .255/.321/.667 triple-slash to pair with five home runs and 12 RBI across 51 at-bats. His start has been one of the more surprising in the bigs to date.
Apr 23 - 8:17 PM

Marcus Stroman tossed a complete game in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Angels, surrendering two runs (on earned) on seven hits.

Second complete game of the season for Stroman, who struck out five and walked one on the afternoon. He surrendered solitary runs in the third and ninth innings, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. This was a huge rebound performance for Stroman, who was rocked for six runs on 11 hits by the Red Sox in his last outing. He will try to replicate Sunday's result in a home start against the Rays next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 23 - 6:43 PM

Joc Pederson was removed from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks due to right groin tightness.

It's unclear when exactly the outfielder sustained the injury or how much time he may stand to miss. Kike Hernandez replaced him in center field on Sunday and would stand to see additional playing time if Pederson is forced to miss any time.
Apr 23 - 6:31 PM

Shelby Miller was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Dodgers due to an undisclosed injury.

The right-hander received a visit from the team's trainer during the fifth inning where the decision was made to pull him. He had hurled four shutout innings entering the fifth before walking the first two hitters and giving up an RBI double to Corey Seager. Expect an update from the Diamondbacks on his status after the conclusion of Sunday's game.
Apr 23 - 6:22 PM

Kyle Freeland pitched beautifully in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Giants, firing off seven innings of scoreless ball.

Freeland scattered six hits and walked only one on the afternoon. The lack of runners on base -- plus only three strikeouts recorded -- allowed for a very low pitch count, as he exited after seven innings having thrown a mere 93 pitches (57 strikes). Through four starts, the 23-year-old southpaw is pitching to a 3.32 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Outside of a six-run blowup against the Padres on April 12, Freeland has surrendered just two runs combined in his other three starts (17 innings). A road showdown with the Diamondbacks shows next on his schedule.
Apr 23 - 6:01 PM

Kolten Wong went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-4 defeat of the Brewers.

Wong made an error in the sixth inning and was picked off at second base by Brewers catcher Manny Pina in the third inning, but it was a positive afternoon overall for the 26-year-old second baseman. He's batting .229/.339/.417 with one home run, eight RBI, two stolen bases, and five runs scored through 17 games this season for St. Louis.
Apr 23 - 5:46 PM

Derek Holland picked up his second victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Indians to just one run on three hits over six strong innings.

The veteran southpaw walked three on the afternoon. The only damage against him came on a solo homer off the bat of Francisco Lindor in the fourth inning. Holland has actually done a very nice job so far for the White Sox, compiling a 1.99 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 19/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option against a depleted Tigers' offense in Detroit on Saturday.
Apr 23 - 5:32 PM




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