4/19/2015 | Leake cruises in between two costly mistakes
It was a brisk two-hour, two-minute game for the Reds and Cardinals on Sunday night, when Mike Leake needed only 86 pitches -- including 66 for strikes -- to work a complete game. Yet Leake was on the wrong side of a 2-1 Cincinnati loss -- the team's fourth in a row.
4/19/2015 | Reds' road trip featuring scuffling offense
In their four-game losing streak, including Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals that got them swept in a series, the Reds have scored just four runs while batting .198 as a team, including 1-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
4/19/2015 | DraftKings picks: Kinsler, Kemp, Volquez
With eight games on the docket for Monday evening, DraftKings participants may be inclined to stack their hitting lineups with players who are facing a lower-tier starter or those who are playing at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
4/19/2015 | Statcast shows off endless array of capabilities
As a quick primer to some of Statcast's seemingly endless capabilities, here's a look at some standout plays on the young season, analyzed Statcast-style.
4/19/2015 | 'Gritty' Mariners don't back down in comeback win
"I said this before, this team is a very gritty bunch," Lloyd McClendon said after Sunday's comeback win.
4/19/2015 | Walks put bullpen in 'bad situation' as lead melts away
Tanner Scheppers blamed himself for putting the Rangers bullpen in a tough spot as the Mariners rallied to win with a walk-off run in the ninth.
4/19/2015 | Giants hoping to turn things around soon
The Giants, who lost Sunday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1, have dropped nine of their last 10 games. After losing three of four games to Arizona, the Giants own a disappointing 1-6 record at home. Their 4-10 overall mark matches that of four other teams (1980, 1983, 1985 and 2000) for the club's worst after 14 games since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958.
4/19/2015 | Cruz's bat, Lester's glove key on wild Sunday
Sunday was a fun day for some teams, a difficult day for others, and quite the crazy day all around in Major League Baseball.
4/19/2015 | Infante exits game due to groin strain
The injury bug continues to bite the Royals, as second baseman Omar Infante appears headed for time out of the lineup with a strained groin.
4/19/2015 | McCarthy keeps ball in the park in six scoreless
After winning his previous start despite allowing four home runs, Brandon McCarthy went with a more conventional approach on Sunday. He kept the ball in the park, allowing nothing longer than three singles during six scoreless innings and beat the Rockies for the first time in a 7-0 Dodgers win.
4/19/2015 | Plawecki projects as capable fill-in for Mets
It's tough enough for any prospect to come up and make his big league debut. But expecting Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki to be a capable stand-in until Travis d'Arnaud returns, however, is entirely realistic.
4/19/2015 | Dodger Stadium suddenly a hitter-friendly park
The Dodgers launched an assault of 10 extra-base hits in a 7-0 beating of the Rockies that extended the Dodgers win streak to seven games and concluded a sweep of the six-game homestand. The damage was well distributed and it came with regulars Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Juan Uribe and Yasmani Grandal out of the lineup.
4/19/2015 | Angels shake off early-season offensive struggles
Very early into the 2015 season, the Angels are near the bottom in several offensive categories, a far cry for the Majors' top-scoring team in 2014.
4/19/2015 | Grichuk goes back to drawing board on workout routine
While Randal Grichuk nurses the lower-back injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday), the Cardinals plan to reassess Grichuk's workout routine in an effort to prevent additional future injury.
4/19/2015 | D-backs pleased with success early in season
It is early yet and they are just one game over the .500 mark, but there is some confidence beginning to build in the Arizona Diamondbacks' clubhouse.
4/19/2015 | Lefty swing swings callup in Anna's favor
A quick start to the Triple-A season kept Dean Anna on the Cardinals' radar, but it seems that something as simple as the side of the plate he bats from positioned him for his first callup to St. Louis.
4/19/2015 | Good news on Hamilton, no news on Mesoraco
Some good news came the Reds' way Sunday, and it was a little unexpected. Leadoff hitter and center fielder Billy Hamilton's sore right groin was not as bad as expected on Sunday -- one day after he came off the field hurting during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Cardinals.
4/19/2015 | Power Rankings: Mets surge with Harvey as Reds drop
The Cubs and Mets surged in the Power Rankings after stellar first weeks, while the Reds plummeted from the sixth spot after a rough week vs. fellow NL Central opponents.
4/19/2015 | Dodgers sweep Rockies to extend win streak to seven
The first-place Dodgers' win streak reached seven games Sunday as Brandon McCarthy threw six scoreless innings and Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner had three extra-base hits each in a 7-0 victory over the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
4/19/2015 | Papi ejected amid frustration over check-swing call
David Ortiz started to swing at an offering from Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez in the middle of his fifth-inning at-bat, with the count sitting at 1-2, then checked his swing above the center of the plate. Third-base umpire Jerry Meals called it a swing. The Red Sox's designated hitter disagreed and soon tempers flared, as the slugger was ejected from Boston's eventual 8-3 loss on Sunday.
4/19/2015 | V-Mart may see fewer lefty ABs as knee issue lingers
Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez's left knee doesn't bother him when he's batting right-handed, but his status as a left-handed hitter against right-handed pitchers moving forward will be monitored.
4/19/2015 | Lester gets out at first -- by throwing entire glove
Jon Lester called the play one of those "weird" occurrences in baseball. After he fielded a Clint Barmes grounder to the mound in the second inning, Lester tried to grab the baseball as he looked to second base for a potential double play. But the ball became stuck in the Cubs pitcher's glove. So, Lester heaved the entire glove -- with ball still inside -- at first baseman Anthony Rizzo to get the out. Rizzo dropped his own glove to catch Lester's.
4/19/2015 | Valbuena displaying home run stroke Astros expected
Luis Valbuena is showing the kind of power early in the season that the Astros expected when they traded for him during the offseason.
4/19/2015 | Cruz hits 2 homers, game-winner as Seattle stuns Texas in 9th
Nelson Cruz added to his two-homer day with a game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth to lift Seattle over Texas and take the series.
4/19/2015 | Feldman rebounds with strong outing to beat Angels
The Astros finally won a game not started by Dallas Keuchel or Collin McHugh, thanks to Scott Feldman's six effective innings on Sunday in a win over the Angels.
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