Yoenis Cespedes broke out of his early-season funk with three mammoth home runs in a 14-4 victory over the Phillies. Cespedes collected 14 total bases and drove in five RBI. Cespedes raised his batting average nearly 100 points from .154 up to .250 in one game.
Harvey solid, but exits early
Matt Harvey pitched well in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts, allowing just two earned runs. In two starts this season, Harvey has been solid with a 2-0 record, 10 total strikeouts, one walk, while surrendering two runs per start. Harvey left the game early with a hamstring issue, but MLB.com is reporting he will make his next start Sunday.
Lindor strikes again
Francisco Lindor smashed another home run Tuesday raising his season total to four, good for second in the majors. Lindor hit 12 and 15 homers in his first two seasons, respectively, which indicates he is almost certainly on pace for a career year.
Brantley comes through
Boy did the Indians miss Michael Brantley. Brantley smacked a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th giving the Tribe a 2-1 victory over the White Sox. After missing most of the 2016 season, Brantley (whose 212 ADP reflected fantasy owners hesitation) is playing well with five hits in six games and a .348 on-base percentage.
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Boyd baffles Twins
Staying in the AL Central, Tigers starter Matt Boyd took a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to a 2-1 win over the Twins. Boyd rallied from a disastrous first outing in which the White Sox roughed him up to the tune of five earned runs and a 19.29 ERA.
Daniel Murphy continued his offensive onslaught with four more hits including another tater, five RBI, and two runs scored. After Tuesday’s game Murphy is slashing an otherworldly .472/.486/.778.
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Gonzalez gold early
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez claimed his second straight quality start hurling seven innings of one run ball against the Cardinals. Gonzalez has been lights out to start the season with a 0.69 ERA and 13 total strikeouts in two games.
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Senzatela silences Padres
Starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela delivered a much needed quality start for the Rockies in a 3-2 win over the Padres. Rockies pitchers have surrendered 36 earned runs which is seventh in the league after nine games. Senzatela (SP-183), who made his major league debut April against Milwaukee, was signed by the Rockies as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Buxton out Wednesday
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton will not play Wednesday. Buxton is not injured (beside his fractured ego), but started the season 2-for-29 at the plate with a league-leading 17 strikeouts.
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Dyson struggles again
Other standouts from last night’s action … Sam Dyson blew his second save opportuntiy of the season … his 2017 ERA would be better served as an NBA scoring average at 33.00 … Red Sox back-up catcher Christian Velasquez went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base in an 8-1 win over the Orioles.