Fernandez Dominates in Debut


Pretty impressive debut by 20-year-old Jose Fernandez, who had never been above Class A, gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out eight, a record for a Marlins pitcher in his major league debut. Fernandez retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a one-out single to Daniel Murphy in the fourth. The Mets got to him for a run in the fifth after Ruben Tejada reached on a one-out single and scored on Anthony Recker's double on a 1-2 pitch. The Mets rallied and won the game in the 9th.

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  • Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum made a change at closer after Carlos Marmol blew a save chance Saturday by giving up two runs in the ninth inning and has given up five runs in three appearances. Kyuji Fujikawa will get an opportunity to close for the Cubs.
  • Will Middlebrooks put on a show as he had his first three-homer game in Sunday’s blowout win over the Blue Jays. Middlebrooks, whose rookie season in 2012 was cut short by a wrist injury  finished 4-for-5 and scored four runs.
  • Josh Hamilton finally broke out of his slow start on Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a double in a loss to the Rangers.
  • Jered Weaver (elbow) is questionable for his next scheduled start after suffering an elbow strain on Sunday night.
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu was strong again and earned his first career victory on Sunday after allowing only two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates. Ryu received plenty of run support from a Dodgers lineup that has been struggling to start the season.
  • John Axford posted 1.95 ERA in 2011 for the Milwaukee Brewers while collecting a league-high 46 saves. In 2012, Axford struggled most of the season as his ERA ballooned to 4.67 ERA, and now he is looking even worse through the first week of the 2013 regular season. Jim Henderson might be the best bet to get the first crack at the closer role in Milwaukee if Axford continues to struggle.
  • David Ortiz (heel) could begin a rehab assignment as early as Thursday. Ortiz's rehab assignment will last multiple weeks, given his limited spring training activity.
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. It's unclear how much time the injury will require him to miss.
  • Darwin Barney is hoping to have the stitches removed from his left knee on Monday. Barney is currently on the 15-day disabled list but could begin a rehab assignment at Class-A Kane County this week.
  • John Lackey is expected to miss 1 or 2 starts after an MRI revealed a mid-biceps strain and nothing more serious. After Lackey grabbed his arm on Saturday and walked off the mound, its great to hear that this injury will not keep him out longer.