MLB In Full Bloom - Braun's Big Day - 4/9/2014

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Ryan Braun had a day that fantasy owners dream of on Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia as the Brewers ruined the Phillies home opener with a 10-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. All Braun did was blast three home runs and knocked in seven RBI to back the Brewers in their victory. Braun's first home run came in the third inning and it was a three-run home run off of Kyle Kendrick. In the fourth inning, Braun hit a solo home run off of Kendrick. The third blast came in the eighth inning and it was a three-run home run off of Brad Lincoln. The blasts were the first three of his season, and the seven RBI in one game matched a club record set by Jonathan Lucroy. It appears that Braun's thumb is feeling just fine and for those fantasy owners that grabbed Braun in the first round of their draft are feeling much better about things after his slow start.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Josh Hamilton (thumb) had a x-ray on hisĀ  left thumb and it came back clean, however he'll undergo an MRI today. Hamilton was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mariners after he injured the thumb on a head-first slide into first base. Hamilton initially stayed in the game, but noticed soreness while on defense and had to be pinch-hit for in a big situation in the ninth. You never want to see a player dive into first base.
  • Corey Hart belted two home runs in Tuesday's 5-3 victory over the Angels. Hart's first homer on Tuesday night was a two-out blast in the third inning off Hector Santiago. Hart's solo seventh inning home run came against Fernando Salas and it was a line drive right bomb that Mike Trout just watched sail over the wall. Hart has been all or nothing at the plate as he has hit three homers and two singles in 22 at-bats for a .227 average and .636 slugging percentage.
  • James Paxton (lat) has been diagnosed with a left lat strain. Paxton suffered the injury while throwing a pitch in the sixth inning of Tuesday's start against the Angels. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, but a trip to the disabled list is certainly a possibility. A strained lat is an ailment that has sidelined pitchers for months in the past, but we'll just have to wait and see how serious Paxton's injury is later today.
  • Yasiel Puig thumb has been fitted for a split that will help him grip a bat. He was available only in an emergency situation for last night's game against the Tigers. Puig is telling the medical staff that it is still sore following the game. It's unlikely that he'll start today.
  • Adrian Beltre (squad) left Tuesday's game with a tight quad and will not play Wednesday. It is possible that he could miss even more time with a stint on the disabled list. Beltre was sent back to Texas for further tests on his quad.
  • Jose Abreu hit the first two home runs of his major league career Tuesday night in the White Sox win over the Rockies. Abreu drove in five runs and continues to hit the ball all over the yard to start the year. Abreu belted a three-run shot in the seventh inning and followed it up with a homer in his next at-bat. His power is as advertised, and Tuesday's display should just be the beginning for him.
  • Dan Haren posted his second quality start in two opportunities as a Dodger on Tuesday against the Tigers. He allowed just one run on three hits over six innings of a no-decision. He struck out four and walked one. Besides a second inning Austin Jackson solo homer, the Tigers didn't have any answers for Haren on Tuesday night. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and the Dodgers brass have to be feeling pretty good about their investment on Haren.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list as his left elbow injury involves a UCL tear. This injury usually requires Tommy John surgery and Moore could need Tommy John Surgery. If the tear is small enough, Moore could rehab the injury and pitch through it, but he did schedule a visit with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday after the team's MRI was inconclusive.