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Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game against the Astros before No. 9 hitter Marwin Gonzalez ruined things with a solid single up the middle on a first-pitch fastball. His pitch count having reached 111, which is pretty high for early April, Darvish was removed after he gave up the hit to Gonzalez. Darvish was fantastic all night and racked up a career-high 14 strikeouts. This looks like the year Darvish could establish himself as a legitimate ace.
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- Carl Crawford batted .357 with a home run and two steals in spring training. He then picked up two base hits and scored a run on Opening Day Monday. On Tuesday, he was on the bench. Crawford is feeling fine physically, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wants to ease Crawford back into things since returning from Tommy John Surgery.
- Ryan Ludwick will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will be sidelined for the months. Given the serious nature of the injury, it’s possible that Ludwick won’t be himself even when he returns to the Reds lineup. Chris Heisey will get the majority of playing time in left field and is worth picking up in deep mixed leagues and NL-Only leagues.
- Michael Morse belted a three-run homer and a solo shot in Tuesday’s game. He’s coming off a Cactus League season where he hit nine home runs.
- Johan Santana underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a tear in the capsule in the front of his left shoulder. He’ll miss the 2013 season and it is very possible that Santana will retire.
- Brett Lawrie (ribs) was missed on Tuesday night and is expected to miss the next two weeks. The Blue Jays expect Lawrie to begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
- Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki each hit their second home run in as many games in Tuesday’s win over the Brewers.
- Stephen Drew (concussion) is expected to play in another extended spring training game on Wednesday. Drew played an extended spring training game in Fort Myers on Tuesday and went 1-for-3.
- Madison Bumgarner shutout the Dodgers over eight innings Tuesday night. Bumgarner made it look easy as he gave up just two hits while striking out six Dodgers.
- Evan Gattis is expected to make his major league debut Wednesday against the Phillies and catch Paul Maholm.
- David Freese (back) may not be ready for the team's home opener on April 8. Freese is scheduled to play in extended spring training games on Friday and Saturday, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is not convinced that Freese will be ready to come off the disabled list.