MLB In Full Bloom - Jackie Robinson Day - 4/15/2014

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The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers will be celebrated as usual throughout baseball today with ceremonies proceeding each game today. The main event will be in the Bronx prior to an Inter league game tonight between the Cubs and the Yankees. Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance. Robinson played in his first major league game for the Dodgers on April 15th, 1947 and went 0-for-3. Despite not getting a hit, Robinson did score the deciding run in a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves in Brooklyn. He was the first black player to appear in the majors since 1884.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Ernesto Frieri blew his first save of the season by coughing up John Jaso's two-run ninth-inning homer in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's. Angels fans are calling for Frieri's head already, but they should keep in mind that he was 37-for-41 in save opportunities last year. If Angels manager Mike Scioscia could turn to Joe Smith, but the safer bet is Frieri continues as the closer.
  • Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's. Pujols is officially heating up and he's now hit a homer in four of his last six games. In those games, he's racked up eight RBI and did I mention he's riding a 10-game hitting streak?
  • Huston Street collected his fourth save of the season by throwing a perfect ninth inning in San Diego's 5-4 victory over Colorado on Monday. We're only two weeks into the first month of a long baseball season, but Street has been one of the game's best fantasy closers. He's now 4-for-4 in save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in five appearances.
  • Matt Moore (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Moore was hoping to avoid the surgery, but it's seemed inevitable for the last few days. He apparently made a final decision Monday night after feeling discomfort in his elbow while throwing earlier in the day. Moore can be ruled out for 2014, and it will be a challenge for him to be ready by Opening Day 2015. Moore's surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 22.
  • Bryce Harper (quad) left Monday's game against the Marlins with quad tightness, but he expects to play tonight. It's not being viewed as a serious injury, as the Nationals were likely just playing it safe since they had a big lead.
  • Craig Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder and was not available Monday night to close out the Braves' 9-6 victory over the Phillies. Kimbrel said that the sore shoulder is no big deal and he'll be ready to go in a few days. It's never a good thing to hear a sore shoulder or believe what a player is telling us. David Carpenter picked up the save Monday night and should be added immediately in case there is more to Kimbrel's sore shoulder.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined to hit ten home runs and all the fireworks came in the first six innings. The game was suspended prior to the beginning of the 7th inning due to rain and the game was picked up today at 2:30pm local time. The Pirates hit six home runs, on three sets of back-to-backers, and the Reds hit four homers. Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto hit two-run shots and Devin Mesoraco hit a solo shot for the Reds.