MLB In Full Bloom - Adam Wainwright Wins 9th - 6/11/2014

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Adam Wainwright became the National League's first nine-game winner, and the Cardinals beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Tuesday night, the Rays' third straight shutout loss. The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings against the Rays on Tuesday and allowed seven hits in the win. Wainwright lacked his best stuff, but he battled for most of the night. He struck out just two and worked out of a jam with runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning. Even without his A game, the struggling Rays were unable to take advantage, giving Wainwright and the Cardinals the win. He will take a 2.15 ERA into Monday's game with the Mets.

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  • Christian Yelich went 4-for-6 with four RBI as the Marlins beat the Rangers 8-5 on Tuesday. Yelich had a two-run double in the fourth inning, one of his two doubles on the evening, and his two-run single in the seventh proved to be the game-winning hit for the Marlins. His four-RBI night is easily the best in his career as he hadn't driven in three runs in a game before Tuesday.
  • Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. On a night when all eyes were on prospect Gregory Polanco, Rizzo stole the spotlight with another great offensive game. He put the Cubs ahead  2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run home run, doubled and scored in the fourth, and hit an RBI double and scored in the seventh inning. Rizzo is now batting .284  with 13 home runs and 36 RBI on the season.
  • Gregory Polanco went 1-for-5 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs. Polanco's first major league hit came in the third inning with a single to the opposite field. Polanco is just getting started and should be in Pittsburgh for a long time.
  • Carlos Gonzalez (finger) to be able to resume swinging a bat in two weeks according to the Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger. CarGo had what is suspected to be a benign tumor removed from his left index finger Tuesday. Assuming he has no complications, it doesn't sound like he'll be sidelined long.
  • Justin Upton (hamstring) was removed from Tuesday's game with a strained left hamstring. Upton had gone 1-for-1 Tuesday before getting removed early in the game, with Jordan Schafer replacing him in left field. It's not clear how serious the injury is, but it could sideline him for a few days, at least. Consider him day-to-day for now.
  •  Lonnie Chisenhall's bat is headed to the Hall of Fame. Chisenhall went 5 for 5 and hit three homers while driving in nine runs in a 17-7 rout of Texas on Monday night. By the time he arrived in Kansas City for Tuesday night's game, he was told that the folks in Cooperstown wanted to retire his bat for posterity.
  • On Father’s Day weekend, the cast, crew, and friends of one of the most impactful movies of the 20th century, Field Of Dreams are all getting together in Dyersville, Iowa for a celebration to commemorate the 25th Anniversary at the beautiful world famous Field of Dreams farm. They are inviting the public to join them for this great celebration.

MLB In Full Bloom - Gregory Polanco's Big Arrival - 6/10/2014

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Many people expected Gregory Polanco to be recalled late last week, but on Friday when the move was expected to be announced the Pittsburgh Pirates there was nothing. Polanco made the announcement Monday that he's headed to Pittsburgh. Polanco will be activated before Tuesday's game, and there's no reason to think he won't be in the starting lineup for the game against the Cubs. This roster move had to happen sooner than Pirates management wanted to due to Neil Walker going on the 15-day disabled list who underwent an appendectomy. Josh Harrison will now play second base and the outfield will consist of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Polanco. Polanco batted .347 with 7 home runs and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A Indianapolis before the promotion, and he's been batting leadoff in recent days to get a feel for setting the table atop a lineup. Fantasy owners have been drooling over Polanco and have great expectations for the 22-year old outfielder, but the struggles of Oscar Taveras and George Springer need to temper those expectations just a bit. Fantasy owners expecting the next coming of Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig may be disappointed. But the potential is sky high, and Polanco should immediately be owned and started in all leagues.

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