Jordan Zimmerman Dominant Once Again

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Jordan Zimmermann shutout the Minnesota Twins on Sunday in Game 1 of a double header in Washington. Zimmerman gave up just two hits and had a season-high eight strikeouts in seven innings. In 13 starts this season, Zimmerman has collected 11 quality starts this year and is tied for the National League in wins with 9. We're about a month away from the All-Star Game in Citi Field in New York, and right now my vote would be for Zimmerman to be named the starting pitcher for the National League. Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright are certainly worthy of the honor as well, but Zimmerman tied Wainwright in wins (9) on Sunday and has a slightly lower ERA than Wainwright. Zimmerman will face Cleveland in his next start. 

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 on Sunday in the Dodgers 8-1 loss to the Braves. This marked the end of Puig's first week in the majors and his .464 AVG, 4 HR, 10 RBI line is very impressive. Look for Puig to remain in the leadoff spot for the Dodgers with Carl Crawford on the disabled list.
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) had a minor setback on Sunday while he was running and is no longer expected to return from the disabled list later this week.
  • Peter Bourjos (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list today and join the Angels in Baltimore. However, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Bourjos won't return to the leadoff spot in the Angels lineup. Scioscia put Mike Trout back in the leadoff spot on Saturday and moved Josh Hamilton as the new No. 2 hitter.
  • Jerome Williams will start Wednesday against the Orioles. The Angels need a spot-starter after playing a doubleheader Saturday, so Williams will get a start and after a very poor outing on Sunday from Joe Blanton, it would not be surprising to see Williams get an opportunity to remain in the Angels rotation if Blanton continues to struggle.
  • Jedd Gyorko (groin) left Sunday's game with a groin injury. Gyorko is hoping that it was just a cramp, but he will be re-examined on Monday in San Diego. Gyorko owners can hope for the best, but expect the worst which will mean a trip to the disabled list. Gyorko is batting .330 since May 14th with 5 home runs and 13 RBI.
  • Ike Davis was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday night. Davis continued to struggle over the weekend against the Marlins. Davis went went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in Saturday’s 2-1 loss and 0-for-3 with one strikeout in Sunday’s 8-4 loss. Davis is batting .161 this season and he has 66 strikeouts in 55 games.
  • Ryan Braun was taken out of Sunday's game with thumb soreness. It does not appear right now that he will spend time on the disabled list, but he could miss some time.
  • Clay Buchholz (neck) is questionable for his start Friday against the Orioles. Buchholz left his start Saturday against the Angels with neck tightness. The Red Sox will reevaluate him early this week.
  • Mariano Rivera will not be available on Monday. Rivera picked up his 23rd save Sunday and has pitched on back-to-back days, so the Yankees will give him a day off.