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4/23/2017 John Hicks, Det, C
Hicks had three hits, including his first career homer, and drove in five runs Sunday at Minnesota in his second game of the season.

Analysis: Hicks is 5 for 10 with a homer and six RBIs in two game since he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
4/23/2017 Trevor Story, Col, SS
Story drove in two run in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: Story is slowing starting to regain some of his 2016 form. He has hit safely in five straight games, homering three times while driving in eight.
4/23/2017 Stephen Strasburg, Was, P
Strasburg will not take his regular turn in the Nationals' rotation this week as he awaits the birth of his second child. The Nationals plan to put Strasburg on the paternity list Monday, when they open a four-game series in Colorado. The team has not announced a scheduled starter for that game.

Analysis: Strasburg's next turn comes up Tuesday, but Washington bumped back Joe Ross a day into that slot. The team said Sunday that Strasburg could pitch next weekend at home against the Mets. A two-time All-Star, Strasburg is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in four outings this season. He has 29 strikeouts in 28 innings.
4/23/2017 Charlie Blackmon, Col, CF
Blackmon led off with a triple for the second straight game in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: Blackmon went 2 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He has hit safely in eight straight at Coors Field, batting .419 with four homers and 10 RBIs.
4/23/2017 Yadier Molina, StL, C
With a scheduled off day on Monday, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny kept Molina out of his starting lineup against the Brewers on Sunday. Molina has started in 16 of the Cardinals' 19 games this season.

Analysis: The Cardinals return home to open a three-game set against Toronto on Tuesday, and Molina is batting .542 with a homer and two doubles in 24 at-bats against Marco Estrada, the scheduled starter for the series opener.
4/23/2017 Zach Putnam, CWS, P
Chicago manager Rick Renteria said the team had no concern about Putnam, who exited Saturday's game against Cleveland with right elbow tenderness. Renteria said Putnam was available to pitch Sunday.

Analysis: Putnam has no record and a 1.04 ERA in seven appearances this season. He's allowed just two hits over 8 2/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.
4/23/2017 Tim Anderson, CWS, SS
Anderson had his first multi-hit game of the season in Sunday's win over Cleveland.

Analysis: Anderson is 12 for 67 (.179) this season with two RBIs.
4/23/2017 Todd Frazier, CWS, 3B
Frazier went 1 for 4 in Sunday's win over the Cleveland.

Analysis: Frazier's hit was just his fourth in 37 at-bats this season. His lone RBI came on his only home run at Cleveland on April 11.
4/23/2017 Ryan Braun, Mil, LF
Braun had an RBI double among his two hits in Sunday's loss to St. Louis.

Analysis: The Brewers open a series with the Reds on Monday at Miller Park, and Braun is batting .476 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last five meetings with them in Milwaukee.
4/23/2017 Mark Trumbo, Bal, RF
Trumob went 0 for 4 in Sunday's loss to Boston and continues to experience a power drought.

Analysis: Since hitting an extra-inning, walk-off home run on opening day, Trumbo has gone 16 games without a homer and has just five RBIs in that span. His longest stretch without a homer last season was 13 games.
4/23/2017 Hyun Soo Kim, Bal, LF
Kim, who has played sparingly this season, had an infield single off Fernando Abad Sunday for his first hit off a left-hander in his career.

Analysis: Kim now has one career hit in 23 plate appearances against left-handers.
4/23/2017 Matt Carpenter, StL, 1B
Carpenter was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Analysis: The Cardinals open a 10-game homestand Tuesday against the Blue Jays, and Carpenter is batting .167 with no extra-base hits in seven contests in St. Louis this season. He enjoys facing AL pitching, however, batting .367 with eight homers, 13 RBIs and 19 runs in 23 interleague games since the start of last season.
4/23/2017 Kevin Gausman, Bal, P
Gausman was hit hard again Sunday in a 6-2 loss to Boston, allowing five runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Analysis: After a very strong second half in 2016, Gausman has struggled mightily this season. He has a 7.50 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP in five starts, completing six innings just once.
4/23/2017 Mookie Betts, Bos, RF
Betts hit yet another home run at Camden Yards in Sunday's 6-2 win.

Analysis: Betts is batting .326 (30 for 92) with 10 home runs and 19 RBIs in 24 career games in Baltimore.
4/23/2017 Andrew Benintendi, Bos, LF
Benintendi had a career-high five hits in Sunday's win at Baltimore.

Analysis: Benintendi is 15 for 30 with four RBIs in his last seven games. He's 12 for 33 (.364) in nine career games against the Orioles.
4/23/2017 Pablo Sandoval, Bos, 3B
Sandoval left Sunday's game at Baltimore with a sprained right knee.

Analysis: Sandoval, who is listed as day to day, is batting .213 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 17 games.
4/23/2017 Leonys Martin, Sea, CF
The Mariners designated the struggling Martin for assignment on Sunday after he was benched by the team.

Analysis: The left-handed-hitting Martin is hitting just .111 with no home runs or RBIs in 54 at-bats over 15 games this season. Jarrod Dyson replaced Martin as the Mariners' starting center fielder, moving over from left field. Martin, 29, hit .247 last season, starting 142 games in the outfield for the Mariners. He set career bests with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs. Seattle acquired him in a 2015 trade with the Texas Rangers.
4/23/2017 Dexter Fowler, StL, CF
Fowler was 0 for 4 in Sunday's win over the Brewers, dropping his average to .169. His .241 OBP is the second-worst in the majors among regular leadoff hitters.

Analysis: Fowler returned Sunday after being held out of the starting lineup on Saturday. He left Friday's game with a sore heel.
4/23/2017 Matt Andriese, TB, P
Andriese allowed three runs and six hits over five innings in a no-decision against Houston on Sunday, and again was hurt by the home run.

Analysis: Andriese has surrendered 18 home runs in his last 14 starts, spanning 72 2/3 innings.
4/23/2017 Matt Bowman, StL, P
Bowman pitched a perfect seventh Sunday against the Brewers.

Analysis: Bowman extended his scoreless inning streak to 19 2/3 over 20 games dating back to Sept. 6 of last season when he allowed four runs against Pittsburgh. He has pitched 9 2/3 scoreless innings this season in 11 appearances.
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