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Seattle Mariners shortstop Taylor Motter went 2-for-5 from the dish on Sunday, hitting a double and blasting a grand slam in an 11-1 blowout win over the Oakland Athletics. What It Means: The Mariners were up 2-1 when Motter took Andrew Triggs deep for his grand slam in the third inning, and Seattle poured it on from there, moving to 8-12 on the season. Motter is slashing .255/.321/.667 with a .41 ...

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer dealt nine strikeouts on Sunday night, allowing only three runs and five hits over 8 innings in a 6-3 win over the New York Mets. What It Means: Scherzer is up to 3-1 on the season, with a strong 2.88 SIERA and 31.4 percent strikeout rate through 27 2/3 innings (four starts). numberFire's models project Scherzer for a 3.31 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 29.8 perc ...

Washington Nationals infielder Daniel Murphy helped complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets on Sunday with a grand slam in the first inning of the 6-3 victory. What It Means: Murphy finished 1-for-4 on Sunday, but he made sure the lone connection counted by taking Zack Wheeler yard with the bases loaded in the opening frame. The 32-year-old vet's .216 ISO this season is well above hi ...

Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a three-run blast, five RBI's and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. What It Means: The three-run rocket was Cruz's first tater since April 17 and the five runs driven in were as many as his previous nine games combined. His .200 ISO for the season remains well below what we've come to expec ...

Mets manager Terry Collins said after Sunday's game that New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) told manager Terry Collins he'll be ready for Tuesday's matchup with the Atlanta Braves. What It Means: Cespedes hasn't played since last Thursday, but he was in the on-deck circle as a pinch-hitter on Sunday prior to the final out. He'll go through a pre-game work ...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller (forearm) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. What It Means: Miller and Diamondbacks manager Torey Louvullo both expressed concern after the right-hander was pulled from Sunday's start in the fifth inning due to tightness in his forearm. More details will be known later today once the results are in, but it sounds like Miller could be ...

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was removed from Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to right groin tightness. What It Means: There's little details available at this time regarding the injury. If Pederson's forced to miss time, Enrique Hernandez will fill the void in center field. Pederson is slashing .220/.322/.340 across 59 plate appearances this season ...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller was removed from Sunday's start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning due to tightness in his forearm. What It Means: Miller had tossed four shutout innings before running into some trouble in the fifth, walking two and allowing a RBI double to Corey Seager. He finished with three runs allowed in four-plus innings. Miller will ...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman tossed a complete game in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, surrendering two runs (one earned) on seven hits. What It Means: Sunday was Stroman's second complete game of the year, needing only 99 pitches to finish off the Angels. He threw 63 strikes as he walked just one and struck out five. Overall, a nice bounce back game fr ...

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland pitched beautifully in Sunday's 8-0 win over the San Francisco Giants, firing off seven innings of scoreless ball. What It Means: Freeland allowed six hits and walked one while striking out three in an efficient seven innings. He needed only 93 pitches as he made quick work of the Giants. Take out a six-run blowup against the San Diego Padres, a ...

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Derek Holland picked up his second victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Cleveland Indians to just one run on three hits over six strong innings. What It Means: Holland's lone mistake came in the fourth as he gave up a solo home run to Francisco Lindor. He also walked three batters as he struck out six for his fourth nice outing of the year. The vete ...

Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi went 5-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored Sunday in a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. What It Means: At 22-years-old, Benintendi becomes the youngest Red Sox player in 50 years to rack up five hits in a game. All five hits were singles as he scored on a Mookie Betts homer in the first and drove in Xander Bogaerts in the sixth. The Boston outfielder is ...

Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles worked a scoreless 10th inning to earn his fifth save of the year Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Rays. What It Means: Giles gave up just a single to Brad Miller, with one out, as he finished his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance. It's a welcome sign after a rough stretch to start the season. The 26-year-old right-hander remains one of baseball's ...

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored Sunday in the Astros' 6-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. What It Means: Altuve cranked his second homer of the year in the fifth inning and scored the sixth and final run of the game in the 10th as the Astros came back from a 4-0 first inning deficit to win in 10 innings. The second baseman will look ...

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Scott Schebler finished 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI's in the Reds' 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. What It Means: Schebler cranked his fourth homer of the year in the second inning and knocked in another run in the fourth with a single. Sunday was a nice bounce back from the outfielder who went 1-for-9 with three strikeouts in the first two games ...

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin fired seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Phillies' 5-2 defeat of the Atlanta Braves. What It Means: Eflin blanked the Braves for six innings before giving up a solo shot to Mat Kemp in the seventh. He gave up just three hits total while walking none and striking out three in just his second start of the year. He will be back out on th ...

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova was dominant in a victory over his former club on Sunday, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings in a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees. What It Means: Nova's only mistake was a solo shot to Jacoby Ellsbury in the seventh. He struck out a season-high seven batters while walking only one as he earned his second win of the season. Nov ...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey notched his third loss of the season after giving up seven runs -- five earned -- over six innings in a 7-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. What It Means: Lackey walked two and gave up six hits -- including a two-run blast by Scott Schebler -- while striking out seven on Sunday. The veteran right-hander is off to a shaky start this year and faces a ...

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered in his third consecutive game on Sunday versus the Cincinnati Reds. What It Means: Rizzo cranked a two-run shot in the fourth inning, his lone hit of the game. The first baseman totaled three home runs, eight RBI's and five runs scored during the three-game series as he firmly cements himself as one of the top first basemen in the game. Rizzo i ...

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock is not in the lineup on Sunday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. What It Means: Sunday is just a routine day off for Pollack, who has started the last seven games. Jeremy Hazelbaker is filling in in center field and leading off for the Diamondbacks as they face Brandon McCarthy. Pollock is batting .286 with a .741 OPS while tallying one home run, six RBI ...

The Seattle Mariners recalled first baseman Daniel Vogelbach from Triple-A Tacoma. What It Means: Vogelbach is immediately being thrown into the fire as he is starting on Sunday and batting fifth. The Mariners offense has struggled to start the season, and the big bat of Vogelbach could help spark the offense as the free-swinging lefty will likely be in the lineup against most right-handers. Danny ...

X-rays on San Francisco Giants outfielder Denard Span's right shoulder came back negative. What It Means: Span is dealing with a sprained SC joint in his right shoulder. He said he dealt with the same injury in 2012, which forced him to miss three weeks, but the good news is nothing is broken. Gorkys Hernandez is in center field and batting eighth against Kyle Freeland on Sunday. numberFire ...

The Seattle Mariners designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. What It Means: Martin is slashing just .111/.172/.130 on the year but with his defense and base stealing upside, it's a little surprising the Mariners let him go. With a $4.85 million salary, he will likely clear waivers, but Martin should find employment elsewhere. Seattle promoted Daniel Vogelbach with the move, while ...

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday with a sore hip. What It Means: Seager has been bothered by a sore hip for a few days now and Sunday will mark his second straight game missed. He said he is available to pinch-hit though, so it sounds like the injury is minor. He should be back in the lineup soon, but without him on Sunday, Mike Freeman gets ...

Oakland Athletics outfielder Rajai Davis (hamstring) remained out of the A's lineup Sunday. What It Means: Davis will miss his third straight game on Sunday, but he was able to work out on Saturday and Sunday, so it looks like he could be back sometime early in the week. Jaff Decker, Matt Joyce and Matt Olson are making up the Athletics outfield on Sunday against Yovani Gallardo. numberFire ...

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