The Nationals made the biggest news of the weekend late Saturday night by calling up top prospect Juan Soto. The outfielder got the call officially Sunday after Howie Kendrick tore his right Achilles tendon. Soto is 19 years old and coming up from Double-A. He has a line of .362/.462/.757 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 39 games across three levels. He will play every day and occasionally sit against some left-handers. He went for $235 in the 15-team Tout Wars mixed league draft and $412 in the 15-team Tout Wars auction league. He won’t be available in the NFBC until next weekend.
Brandon Belt is one of the hottest hitters in baseball, and he delivered again Sunday. He hit a three-run homer off left-hander Jake McGee to break a tie at 5 in the seventh inning to lift the Giants to a 9-5 win. Belt hit five home runs last week and is batting .313 with a .413 on-base percentage with 29 runs, 11 home runs and 28 RBIs.
After throwing 39 pitches in the first inning, Yu Darvish rebounded for one of his best starts of the year. He went six innings and allowed two hits, one run, three walks and struck out seven in a win over the Reds.
Shohei Ohtani allowed two runs over 7.2 innings and stuck out nine while allowing six hits and one walk. He is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and a 52:14 K:BB ratio in 40.1 innings. He is batting .321 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 84 at-bats.
Blake Parker struck out two in a scoreless inning to get the save in a 5-2 win. He allowed one hit and had the job for a portion of last season. He seems to be the favorite for saves.
Jack Flaherty was dominant against the Phillies Sunday, striking out 13 in 7.2 innings for the win. He allowed one run, two hits and one walk. He has a 2.31 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
Daniel Mengden threw seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, one walk and struck out two in a win over the Blue Jays.
Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer Sunday and also homered Saturday. He’s batting .285 with five home runs, 29 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
Eduardo Rodriguez struck out nine over 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing nine hits and no walks in a win over the Orioles.
Noah Syndergaard went seven innings and allowed six hits, one walk, one run and struck out seven in a win over the Diamondbacks. He has a 2.91 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.
Amed Rosario hit his first two home runs of the season Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
Mitch Haniger hit a game-tying two-run homer, his 11th, in the bottom of the ninth inning off Shane Greene. Francisco Liriano allowed one hit over eight scoreless innings in a no-decision.
Jesus Aguilar homered for the third straight game Sunday.
Yasiel Puig hit his fourth homer Sunday, and all have come in the last six games.
Reynaldo Lopez bounced back from a terrible start to throw eight scoreless innings in a win. He allowed two hits, two walks and struck out eight.
Fernando Rodney struck out the side for his ninth save Sunday. He has a 2.87 ERA.
Jake Odorizzi stuck out ten and allowed one run over 5.2 innings.
Tyler Austin hit two home runs and had four RBIs Sunday for the Yankees.
Austin Meadows made his major league debut Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and went 3-for-4 with a homer Sunday.
Brad Hand picked up his 14th save Sunday.
Alex Wood picked up his first win Sunday but was removed after six innings due to cramps.
We know we can’t count on Rich Hill to stay healthy. It’s worse than we thought. He threw two pitches Saturday before exiting with a blister. Dave Roberts said Hill would miss at least four weeks.
Khris Davis left Sunday’s game with a right groin strain. He pulled up while running to first base.
Lance McCullers pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit, two walks and struck out eight in a win over the Indians Sunday night. He is 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and a 66:23 K:BB ratio in 59 innings.
Ken Giles got the final two outs for his eighth save Sunday night. He has converted all eight chances.
James Paxton went the distance and allowed three hits, two runs, one walk and struck out eight in a win over the Tigers. He has a 3.30 ERA and has pitched a complete game in two of his last three starts.
Max Scherzer struck out 13 over seven innings and allowed two runs, five hits and three walks, but lost the win when Sean Doolittle blew his first save of the season.
Kenley Jansen picked up both saves in a doubleheader Saturday and has converted six straight saves after an awful start to the season. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last eight innings.
Josh Hader continues to dominate. He got seven outs, including six strikeouts to get the save Saturday. He has a 1.32 ERA, 0.51 WHIP and a 56:7 K:BB ratio in 27.1 innings.
Seranthony Dominguez retired all six batters he faced to get the save for the Phillies Saturday. It appears the Phillies are using a committee, but Dominguez has a good arm and could emerge with the job.
Jose Quintana bounced back from an awful start, throwing seven innings and allowing one run, one hit, walked four and struck out seven in a win over the Reds.
Mookie Betts hit his 15th homer Saturday, and teammate J.D. Martinez hit two Sunday, giving him 15.
After striking out 13 in his major league debut, Freddy Peralta wasn’t as good. He walked six and allowed four runs over four innings.
Christian Villanueva was mired in an awful slump, but homered twice over the weekend, giving him 12 home runs.
Tyler O’Neill hit his first major league home run Saturday and hit another one Sunday.
Gary Sanchez went 4-for-5 with two home runs Saturday.
The Astros placed Derek Fisher on the 10-day DL and called up infielder J.D. Davis. He was hitting .415 with a .654 slugging percentage in 130 at-bats at Triple-A.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Greg Bird could be activated from the DL this week.
Avisail Garcia isn’t progressing well from his hamstring injury. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right hamstring.
Andrew McCutchen sat out Sunday’s game with a bruised knee.
Nelson Cruz sat out Sunday after being hit in the elbow with a pitch Saturday.
The Twins placed Joe Mauer on the DL with concussion-like symptoms.
Clayton Kershaw threw a bullpen session Sunday. He will throw one more bullpen before returning to game action.
Joe Musgrove will make his Pirates debut Friday. He has missed the start of the season with a shoulder injury. He has a 4.58 ERA and 17:2 K:BB ratio in 17.2 innings in his rehab starts.
The Pirates activated Josh Harrison from the DL and sent pitcher Nick Kingham to Triple-A. Kingham has pitched well, but the Pirates will go with Musgrove Friday. Harrison went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his return Sunday.
The Braves released Jose Bautista after he struggled at third base and batted .143 with a .250 on-base percentage. Johan Camargo will play third base.
The Indians called up Melky Cabrera from Triple-A, and he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Sunday.
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