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Storylines: Colorado Rockies keep rolling, sweek San Francisco Giants

The Colorado Rockies continue to be an early season storyline with their play and standing atop the NL West three weeks into the season. That and all the other news and notes from around baseball on Sunday...

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· When baseball fans predicted the NL West standings, it’s doubtful that many had the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks as the two best teams. We’re not even a month into the season, but what each team is doing is impressive. The Rockies completed the sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday as they shut them out, 8-0. It’s the first time they have swept the Giants since May of 2002.  The Giants are an NL worst 6-13, and on top of that, they will be without ace Madison Bumgarner for the next two months. Meanwhile, the Rockies bring their record to an NL best 13-6.  All it took was a Charlie Blackmon leadoff triple in the first inning to set the tempo for Colorado. Lefty Kyle Freeland threw seven scoreless innings to complete the great performance of the weekend.

News and Notes

· The Tampa Bay Rays have placed righty Tommy Hunter on the 10-day DL with a right calf strain. The move led to the recall of righty Chih-Wei Hu from Triple-A.

· The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder Ryan LaMarre from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a PTBNL or cash considerations. 

· Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Mariners have DFA’d outfielder Leonys Martin. This move led to first baseman Dan Vogelbach and righty Chris Heston being recalled from Triple-A.

· The Los Angeles Angels have DFA’d righty Kirby Yates. This move led to fellow righty Brook Pounders being recalled from Triple-A. 

· According to Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com, Boston Red Sox veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia will undergo an MRI on his left ankle and knee today. He suffered injuries after a hard slide on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. 

· According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, San Francisco Giants outfielder Denard Span is hoping to miss only two days after crashing into the wall and injuring his shoulder Saturday against the Colorado Rockies.

· Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports that Oakland Athletics righty Sonny Gray could be one more rehab start away from making his season debut

· The Milwaukee Brewers have outrighted outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

· The Washington Nationals have outrighted infielder Grant Green to Triple-A Syracuse.

· Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com reports that Arizona Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller could be in for bad news after only lasting four innings on Sunday with forearm tightness. It can potentially lead to Tommy John surgery.

· According to Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Howie Kendrick is expected to be out until mid-May with an oblique strain.

· According to Matt Ehalt of the Record, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes isexpected to be back Tuesday after missing three previous games with a left hamstring injury.

· Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton will see a hand specialist today after landing on the DL last Sunday with a forearm strain.

· Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson left Sunday’s game with left groin tightness. He is likely to miss some games.


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