The Yankees activated closer David Robertson from the disabled list on Tuesday, completing the right-hander's two-week recovery from a strained left groin.
By any measure, right-hander Edinson Volquez has been Pittsburgh's best pitcher early on, and his April output could be an indication that pitching coach Ray Searage and special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict have worked their magic with yet another reclamation project, a la Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett, among others.
Which First-Year Player Draft was superior: 2009, featuring Mike Trout and Stephen Strasburg, or Harper's talented group the following summer? It's still relatively early, but the 2009 collection could go down as the greatest ever. It runs almost as deep as the Pacific Ocean.
Kevin Kouzmanoff's magical mystery tour continued on Monday night in Oakland. With the game tied, Kouzmanoff led off the eighth inning with a double against Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Donnie Murphy to give the Rangers a 4-3 victory at the O.co Coliseum.
Cliff Lee pitched brilliantly in a 7-0 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, allowing four hits and striking out 10 in eight scoreless innings in the first game of a four-game set.
On the day that Michael Cuddyer was placed on the disabled list, Charlie Blackmon led the Rockies' home run binge en route to an 8-2 victory over the Giants at Coors Field on Monday night.
Any fines or suspensions for those involved in Sunday's fracas between the Brewers and Pirates at PNC Park aren't expected to be levied until today at the earliest.
After Craig Kimbrel suffered his first blown save, and a bases-loaded threat was squandered during Monday night's ninth inning at Turner Field, Evan Gattis saved the day with a two-run home run that gave the Braves a 4-2, 10-inning win over the Marlins.
Wily Peralta was solid, giving up two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, and Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and Francisco Rodriguez -- notching his fourth save in as many days -- held on to the Brewers' one-run lead for their Major League-leading 15th win of the season, as the Brewers beat the Padres, 4-3, on Monday at Miller Park.
The Cubs have had a tough time scoring lately, so pitcher Travis Wood took matters into his own hands. Wood belted a three-run homer, hit an RBI double, and struck out nine over seven innings to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 victory Monday night over the D-backs.
Monday's hard-earned 6-5 triumph over the visiting Reds felt more significant than your usual April affair for the Pirates, if only because this was the first night this season in which Andrew McCutchen, the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, looked to be in control.
The last time Jose Fernandez faced the Braves, he gave up an Evan Gattis homer and little else in seven strong innings. But the story of the night on Sept. 11, 2013, was Fernandez's two-run home run off Mike Minor in the sixth. After standing at the plate to admire his shot, the benches cleared.
Ian Kennedy's last time out, he opened his start with five no-hit innings against the Rockies. On Tuesday, he'll need that kind of stuff against the team with the best record in baseball. Kennedy makes his fourth start of the season when the Padres face the Brewers and ace Yovani Gallardo at Miller Park.
Down a run and four outs away from being shut out, Erick Aybar tied the game with a single, and Raul Ibanez cleared the bases with a pinch-hit three-run double, leading the Angels to a come-from-behind 4-2 victory at Nationals Park on Monday night.
Neil Walker singled with two outs in the ninth to deliver the tie-breaking run and give the Pirates a 6-5 walk-off over the Reds in front of 12,864 in PNC Park on Monday night.
The Mets peeked back above .500 with a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday, riding Jenrry Mejia's career-long scoreless innings streak, Travis d'Arnaud's improved hitting, some sharp defensive plays and Kyle Farnsworth's first save to a victory at Citi Field.
The must-see high school game of the week, if not the month, takes place on Thursday when Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High visits Lawrence (Kan.) High in the opening round of the River City Baseball Tournament.