Giancarlo Stanton Heatin Up....


The month of April has been a disaster for Giancarlo Stanton until the Chicago Cubs came to Miami this past weekend. Stanton had batted just .167, no home runs and 12 strikeouts over his first 38 plate appearances this season. Then things got worse for Stanton as he had to miss six games because of a shoulder injury. Since Stanton has returned from that injury, he is on a tear. On Sunday afternoon, he went 3-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, and three runs scored. Stanton’s first home run of the season came Saturday on his 65th at-bat. Now, he has blasted three in his past six at-bats. Look for Stanton to have a big year in 2013 despite a being in a weak Marlins lineup.

 MLB News & Notes

  • Nolan Arenado was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday and if everything goes according to the Rockies plan, he will be their third baseman for a long time. Chris Nelson was sent down to Colorado Springs when Arenado got the call to join the Rockies in Phoenix.
  • Troy Tulowitzki injured his right shoulder on Sunday. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Tulo has a mild left shoulder cuff strain. At this point, the injury is not considered serious and Tulowitzki is listed as day-to-day. If this guy could ever stay healthy for an entire season, the production would be awesome.
  • Clayton Kershaw racked up a season-high 12 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings against the Brewers.
  • Tony Cingrani was impressive on Sunday as he struck out 11 Nationals and earned the victory. Cingrani now has a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings since being promoted to take Johnny Cueto's spot in the Reds rotation.
  • Michael Morse hit his seventh homer of the season that was the winning run in the Mariners' tight victory versus the Angels on Sunday. It was Morse's first home run since April 9th.
  • Jason Marquis was effective as he managed his way through 6 2/3 innings on Sunday and he gave up just two earned runs on six hits. Marquis had just three strikeouts as San Diego completed a three-game sweep of San Francisco.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hand) returned from the disabled on Sunday and went 2-for-5 in a wild A's victory over the Orioles.
  • Erick Aybar (heel) is expected to return to the Angels lineup on Tuesday. It was reported that Aybar would return over the weekend, but Aybar needed a few more days on a rehab assignment. Peter Bourjos is doing a nice job leading off for the Angels so don't be surprised if Aybar is at the bottom of the Angels lineup Tuesday night.
  • Ben Zobrist went 3-for-5 with RBI as the Rays defeated the White Sox on Sunday. Zobrist also played his fourth consecutive game at shortstop with starter Yunel Escobar out with a hamstring injury.
  • Dodgers top prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested for reckless driving this weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Puig is currently on the 7-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Very disappointing to see Puig having problems after such a strong spring training and a solid start to the season in the minors.