- Albert Pujols made sure he didn't make the watch for his 600th home run last too long. Pujols hit a grand slam on Saturday night off Ervin Santana to become the ninth player in baseball history to reach 600 home runs. Pujols is the fourth youngest player to reach the feat at the age of 37. He is batting .249 with 18 runs, nine home runs, and 42 RBIs. Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, and Pujols are the only players in baseball history with 600 doubles and 600 home runs.
- Edinson Volquez was close friends with Yordano Ventura, who would have been 26 Saturday. He posted an Instagram tribute to Ventura, who died in January and then threw a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks. He walked two and struck out ten while throwing 98 pitches in a 3-0 win. He is 2-7 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a 57:33 K:BB ratio in 61.2 innings.
- David Price was excellent in his second start of the season against the Orioles. He went seven innings and allowed three hits, one run, one walk and struck out seven to get the win. He has allowed five hits, three walks, four earned runs and struck out 11 in 12 innings.
- Craig Kimbrel allowed a run in a four-out save Saturday but got his 16th save and has a 1.07 ERA, 0.47 WHIP and a 48:4 K:BB ratio in 25.1 innings.
- Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-4 with three runs, two home runs, three RBIs, a walk and a stolen base Sunday. He is hitting .269 with 30 runs, seven home runs, 30 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
- Chris Sale allowed three runs in the first inning against the Orioles Sunday but didn't allow another the rest of the way, going six innings allowing one walk, six hits and struck out nine. He is 7-2 with a 2.89 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and an 119:17 K:BB ratio in 84 innings.
- Ian Happ hit two home runs and drove in four Sunday night.
- Ender Inciarte reached base in all six plate appearances Sunday, going 5-for-5 with a walk, home run, and five RBIs. He is batting .299 with 35 runs, six home runs, 24 RBIs and ten stolen bases.
- Zack Cozart won't stop hitting and is one of the best values this season. He went 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs, and five RBIs. He's hitting .344/.432/.622 32 runs, nine home runs, and 33 RBIs.
- The same applies for Justin Smoak, who is finally having a breakout season after hitting his 14th homer Sunday. It took to age 30, but Smoak is batting .283 with 32 runs, 14 home runs and 39 RBIs with a .906 OPS. He has an 18 percent strikeout rate after a 32.8 percent rate last year.© Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
- Josh Donaldson hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win over the Yankees. It was his fourth homer in five games.
- After an injury to begin the season and a slow start, Roberto Osuna is turning into a dominant closer. He struck out the Yankees in order Sunday for his 13th save. He has a 2.78 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and a 29:2 K:BB ratio in 22.2 innings.
- Justin Upton hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday. He has 11 home runs and 30 RBIs.
- J.D. Martinez has been on fire since he returned from the DL. He hit his 10th homer and has a 1.201 OPS in 22 games.
- Justin Verlander was removed from Sunday's game with a tight groin. He allowed six hits, three walks, and two runs in two innings. He threw 72 pitches and is expected to make his next start. He underwent a precautionary MRI on Sunday.
- Ariel Miranda went the distance in a win over the Rays Sunday. He allowed one run, four hits, one walk and struck out nine. He has a 3.74 ERA.
- Julio Teheran was fortunate to get a win as the Braves offense went off against the Reds. Teheran's struggles continued as he lasted five innings and allowed 11 hits, seven earned runs, two walks and struck out four. He has a 5.40 ERA.
- Amir Garrett doesn't appear to be ready for the majors. He struggled for the third straight start since coming off the DL. He went 2.2 innings and allowed eight earned runs, seven hits, three walks, three home runs and one strikeout. His ERA is 7.17.
- Devon Travis got hit by a pitch on the left wrist, and the X-rays came back negative.
- Brad Peacock's transition to the starting rotation couldn't go any better. He allowed two runs on four hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts in a win over the Rangers. As a starter, he has pitched 15 innings and allowed nine hits, and six runs with a 25:4 K:BB ratio.
- Hector Neris picked up his fifth save Sunday with two strikeouts in a perfect inning one day after allowing four hits and two runs in a non-save situation.© Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
- Scott Schebler injured his non-throwing shoulder while making a diving catch Saturday and missed Sunday. He's not expected to land on the DL. Teammate Billy Hamilton injured his left shoulder and also sat out Sunday and is also expected to avoid the DL.
- The Giants activated Hunter Pence from the DL and sent Christian Arroyo to Triple-A.
- Steven Matz and Seth Lugo will make starts for the Mets this week. One will start in a doubleheader Saturday against the Braves, and the other will pitch Sunday.
- Mike Zunino hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs Saturday.
- Austin Hedges homered for the third straight game Saturday and has 11 home runs.
- Logan Morrison hit his 16th homer Saturday.
- Alex Cobb allowed a career-high nine earned runs, 14 hits, and two walks in five innings against the Mariners Saturday. The ERA went from 3.67 to 4.52.
- We knew Ervin Santana was going to regress and he allowed seven earned runs, seven hits, three walks and two strikeouts in four innings. He has a 4.28 ERA over his last six starts.
- After blowing a save on Friday, Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless 11th and 12th inning to get a win. He has 11 saves in 15 chances.
- Matt Adams hit two home runs and drive in five Saturday. He is batting .273 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
- Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning in a 10-8 win for the Dodgers Saturday. Taylor went 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs, four RBIs and two stolen bases.
- Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 19 games Saturday. He is batting .307 with six home runs and six stolen bases.
- George Springer went 3-for-5 with two home runs Sunday and has homered five times in the last four games. He has 16 home runs and 37 RBIs.
- Carlos Correa hit his 11th homer and has four in the last six games.
- Ryon Healy went 4-for-4 with two home runs Saturday and has 11.
- Yonder Alonso keeps hitting the long ball, with No. 16 on Saturday. His career-high before this year was nine.
- Joe Ross could be losing his grasp on a spot in the starting rotation. He allowed six earned runs, six hits, and two walks in three innings, throwing 48 of 83 pitches for strikes.
- Jayson Werth fouled a ball off his foot Saturday and was out Sunday. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Werth's foot wasn't doing well and Werth was walking on crutches.
- Ben Lively made his major league debut for the Phillies Saturday and allowed one run in seven innings to get the win. He allowed four hits, three walks and struck out none.
- The Rockies placed Tyler Anderson on the 10-day DL with knee inflammation.
- Rockies outfielder David Dahl is reportedly a long way from returning.
- Jameson Taillon will make another rehab start Wednesday. If that outing goes well, his next start could be with the Pirates.
- Matt Garza left Saturday's start early after crashing into teammate Jesus Aguilar at first base and has a chest contusion. More will be known about his status for his next start Monday.
- Brandon McCarthy (blister) threw a bullpen Sunday and is expected to make his start Tuesday.
- Carlos Rodon will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.© Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
- Mike Napoli left Saturday's game with back spasms and didn't start Sunday. He's been bothered by his back for about a week.
- The A's optioned Daniel Mengden to Triple-A and recalled OF/1B Matt Olson, who hit .285 with a .575 slugging percentage and 14 home runs at Triple-A.
- Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion) will be activated from the DL Monday.
- Justin Turner (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week.
- The Phillies will call up Nick Pivetta to start Monday.
- The Angels recalled C.J. Cron from Triple-A and sent Jefry Marte to the minors.
- Jean Segura said he felt improvement over the weekend in his high right ankle sprain. He said he would return before the end of the month, although GM Jerry Dipoto said it could take up to two months.
- Dustin Pedroia expects to be activated from the DL Friday.
- The Royals sent Jorge Soler to Triple-A and recalled Billy Burns.
- Jacoby Ellsbury has been shut down with more headaches. He will see a neurologist when the team returns to New York.
- Tyson Ross allowed two runs, five hits, four walks and threw 93 pitches in 5.1 innings in a rehab start Saturday. His next start could be with the Rangers.
- Joe Musgrove will not be ready to return from the DL Tuesday and David Paulino will make another start for the Astros.
- Jesse Hahn has been cleared to start for the A's on Tuesday.
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