Happy Jackie Robinson Day, everyone.
Phillies 2, Marlins 1 – Roy Halladay threw much, much better on Sunday, holding the Marlins to just one run and five hits over eight innings and earning his 200th career victory. It was Miami, though, so there’s no telling whether the Doc is actually fixed or not.
Braves 9, Nats 0 – Atlanta just keeps on winning. The sweep of the Nats brings the Braves’ winning streak to nine. Justin Upton hit his league-leading seventh blast of the year.
Pirates 10, Reds 7 – Held scoreless by Mat Latos through the first six frames, the Bucs erupted for 10 runs in the seventh and eighth to take down the Reds. Michael McKenry hit his first two bombs of the year to lead the comeback.
Red Sox 5, Rays 0 – Clay Buchholz carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but a broken-bat single off the bat of Kelly Johnson ended the bid with just six outs to go. Buchholz finished the day with 11 Ks over eight frames, lowering his ERA to 0.41.
Royals 3, Blue Jays 2 – Ervin Santana put together eight solid innings for the second straight start, and Alex Gordon provided the walk-off heroics for the Royals in the ninth to avoid being swept by the Blue Jays.
Brewers 4, Cardinals 3 (F. 10) – Ryan Braun ended Milwaukee’s record 32-inning scoreless streak with a solo blast in the eighth, and Jonathan Lucroy gave the Brew Crew a much-needed victory with a solo shot of his own in the 10th.
Giants 10, Cubs 7 (F. 10) – Chicago’s closer-by-committee didn’t get off to a great start. Hunter Pence launched a game-tying, two-run homer off of Shawn Camp in ninth. Camp then proceeded to balk in the go-ahead run the following inning. Cubs gonna Cub.
Angels 4, Astros 1 – Sleeping giant Josh Hamilton has finally awoken. The Halos’ $125 million man finished a double short of the cycle Sunday, homering in his second straight game. The victory gives the Angels their first series win and first "winning streak" of the year.
Tigers 10, A’s 1 – Austin Jackson’s four-hit day paved the way for the Tigers, who racked up 14 hits off of Jarrod Parker and company to take the series from the A’s. Detroit outscored Oakland 17-4 in their two weekend games.
D’Backs 1, Dodgers 0 – Josh Beckett pitched masterfully for L.A., taking a shutout into the ninth, but his offense's support was nowhere to be found. Beckett surrendered a walk-off blast to Paul Goldschmidt with one out in the ninth.
Mariners 4, Rangers 3 – Rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer notched the first quality start of his career, holding the Rangers to three runs over six innings and striking out five. Fellow rookie Nick Tepesch took his first loss for Texas.
Yankees 3, Orioles 0 – I don’t think Hiroki Kuroda’s finger is bothering him anymore. The veteran right-hander tossed a five-hit shutout against the O’s Sunday night, surrendering just a handful of measly singles on the evening.
The Big Three
1. Michael Bourn is off to a quick start for his new club, and hit his second home run of the year on Sunday, but will be on the shelf for the next week after a wayward headfirst slide. The speedy outfielder cut open his right index finger sliding into first base in eighth inning Sunday afternoon. Bourn was attempting to avoid a collision with White Sox reliever Matt Thornton but ended up having his finger stepped on as a result. Bourn got five stitches in his finger and won't be able to get back on the field until they are removed, which should be in a week or so. The injury shouldn't hamper the Tribe too much so long as complications don't arise, but it should be beneficial to the pretty terrible wager I have going that Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos will have a better year than Bourn. I need all the extra plate appearances I can get. Also, kids, never ever slide into first base. Period. Only bad things can come of it.
2. I kind of missed the whole Zack Greinke/Carlos Quentin saga over the weekend. I don't really have a dog in the fight, but it's still sad and frustrating to see one of the game's best go down with a serious injury that never should have happened no matter whose side you're on. Greinke had his broken collarbone operated on over the weekend and is slated to miss at least eight weeks as a result. I imagine heads will roll the next time the Dodgers and Padres face each other and Quentin isn't on the sidelines with a suspension. If we're going to be honest about it though, is there a really a chance he isn't on the disabled list by the time the next match-up rolls around? And if he is healthy next time around, who plays interference for the Dodgers when Clayton Kershaw goes up-and-in? I'm imagining Matt Kemp at a full sprint from center to deliver the leaping roundhouse kick.
3. Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto left Saturday's game in the fifth inning with discomfort in his triceps, then was found to have an additional injury, a lat strain, when examined further on Sunday. The injury will force the right-hander to the 15-day DL, which caps off an overall crummy week for Cincinnati. The Reds have yet to officially make the move, or indicate who would start in his place, but one has to wonder whether Cincy is now second-guessing their decision to put Aroldis Chapman back into the bullpen rather than trying him out in the rotation. Pitching prospect Tony Cingrani seems the most likely candidate to get the call, meaning he would make his MLB debut later this week.
In Other News...
1. The Texas Rangers are confident that they'll be able to trade outfielder Julio Borbon before his time in the purgatory of DFA land expires this week. Several squads are believed to be interested, so it's a race against the waiver-wire clock more than anything else.
2. The Cubs added some relief depth over the weekend in response to Kyuji Fujikawa hitting the DL and everyone else in the 'pen imploding, signing Kevin Gregg to a minor-league deal and claiming Kameron Loe from the Mariners.
3. Wilson Ramos can't seem to catch a break. The Nats catcher missed most of 2012 with a knee injury, and now will hit the DL again after straining his hamstring late in Sunday's game.