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Brian Serven Colorado Rockies

Hard to believe but he's the first player in history to hit homers with a runner on for his first two hits. 

So the Mets announcers are saying in a pitchers' duel in Coors. Joely Rodriguez is watching the game sitting on a folding chair on top of a rock in center field.

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Pat Corbin Washington Nationals

His ERA when Peter and I have had him active in the XFL is even more cringe-inducing: 11.20 in four starts.

Rotoworld:

05.22: Patrick Corbin suffered his seventh defeat of the season on Saturday,giving up five runs on eight hits over five innings against the Brewers. (The left-hander walked one while striking out three on the night. Andrew McCutchen led off the game with a solo homer off of Corbin and the Brewers offense never looked back. Luis Urias also took him deep for a solo shot during a three-run uprising in the fifth inning. Corbin generated nine swings and misses in the game while posting a CSW of 28 percent. Now 0-7 on the season, he'll try once again to earn his first victory of the season as he brings a cringe-inducing 6.60 ERA and 1.69 WHIP into Thursday's battle against the Rockies.)

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Joc Pederson San Francisco Giants
Reaches three times Saturday
May 22, 2022
Pederson went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Padres.
ANALYSIS
Pederson was the only Giant to log multiple hits in the low-scoring contest. The outfielder hadn't posted a multi-hit game since April 24, going just 4-for-46 (.087) in the 17 games in between. That brutal slump dropped his slash line to .239/.308/.500 with seven home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored, three doubles and a stolen base through 104 plate appearances. He'll continue to play against most right-handed pitchers while sitting against many southpaws.
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Lane Thomas Washington Nationals
May have taken Robles' starting gig
May 22, 2022
Thomas will start in center field and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
After going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-1 loss, Thomas will pick up a fourth consecutive start out of the Washington outfield in the series finale. Victor Robles will sit for the third time during that stretch and may have moved into a fourth-outfield role while the Nationals give Thomas a longer look.
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Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox
Scratched from Game 1 lineup
May 22, 2022
Anderson was scratched from the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees for unspecified reasons.
ANALYSIS
The 28-year-old was penciled in to start at shortstop and bat atop the order, per usual, but he's absent from the revised lineup that was released by the White Sox. It's unclear whether Anderson is dealing with an injury or if he'll be available for either game of Sunday's twin bill. Yoan Moncada (leg) will take over the leadoff spot while Leury Garcia starts at shortstop.
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Andrew Kittredge Tampa Bay Rays
Heads to IL
May 22, 2022
The Rays placed Kittredge (back) on the 15-day injured list Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The transaction is retroactive Thursday, three days after Kittredge made his most recent appearance out of the Tampa Bay bullpen. The Rays were hopeful that Kittredge would need only a few days of rest to overcome his bout with lower-back tightness, but he didn't progress quite as quickly as anticipated. While Kittredge -- Tampa Bay's team leader with five saves -- is sidelined, the Rays could turn to Brooks Raley as their main option at closer.
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Steven Souza Seattle Mariners

Rotowire:

DFA'd by Seattle
May 22, 2022
Souza was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Souza was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma on May 13 and went 3-for-19 with an RBI and eight strikeouts in six games for Seattle, but he's now been removed from the 40-man roster. Sam Haggerty had his contract selected in a corresponding move.
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Justin Steele Chicago Cubs

Now we know what he looks like.

 
 
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Rafael DeversRandy ArozarenaBrian ServenJustin SteeleJoe Musgrove
Rafael DeversRandy ArozarenaBrian ServenJustin SteeleJoe Musgrove

May 21, 2022 Top Performers

Pitchers:

Justin Steele (CHC): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 72 GmSc

Joe Musgrove (SDP): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 70 GmSc

Jeffrey Springs (TBR): 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 70 GmSc

Michael Lorenzen (LAA): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 69 GmSc

Alek Manoah (TOR): 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 68 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

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Brian Serven Colorado Rockies

If you picked up Serven last weekend, you can't wait for the stat feed.

 
 
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Rafael DeversRandy ArozarenaBrian ServenJustin SteeleJoe Musgrove
Rafael DeversRandy ArozarenaBrian ServenJustin SteeleJoe Musgrove

May 21, 2022 Top Performers

Batters:

Rafael Devers (BOS): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Randy Arozarena (TBR): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Brian Serven (COL): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

William Contreras (ATL): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Bo Bichette (TOR): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Mookie Betts (LAD): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Kevin Kiermaier (TBR): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Jake McCarthy (ARI): 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB

Andrew McCutchen (MIL): 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Paul Goldschmidt (STL): 4-5, 2 RBI

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

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Josh Donaldson Minnesota Twins

The Post today:

Donaldson admitted after the Yankees’ 7-5 win in The Bronx that he jokingly called Anderson “Jackie” — as he has in the past, he said — referring to a 2019 Sports Illustrated story in which Anderson described himself as “today’s Jackie Robinson.”

Though Donaldson insisted that the two had laughed about it before, Anderson, who is black, did not take it as a joke on Saturday. He said Donaldson asked him, “What’s up, Jackie?” multiple times.

clearing incident with Josh Donaldson (right) who said he jokingly called Anderson "Jackie" for Jackie Robinson during the Yankees' 7-5 win over the White Sox.

Tim Anderson (left) is held back by Jose Abreu during a bench clearing incident with Josh Donaldson (right) who said he jokingly called Anderson “Jackie” for Jackie Robinson during the Yankees’ 7-5 win over the White Sox.
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Bryan Reynolds Pittsburgh Pirates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl-DpM-1e_k -- Inside the park home run ... standing up.

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Michael Lorenzen Los Angeles Angels

Was sad to see him depart to the AL but happy for him personally. Another good game last night will drop his ERA to 3.05 after the update.

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Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles

Looked ready. Struck out on changeups his first time up. The next time he recognized them and took a walk. Had a triple - gifted the third base on a solid double down the line that was bobbled in the corner. Still fast for a catcher, maybe even close to average speed. Looked really solid behind the plate.

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Josh Donaldson Minnesota Twins

No love lost between Tim Anderson and Josh Donaldson. Lots of pushing and shoving when Donaldson comes to the plate in the fifth inning. Grandal says something to him. Donaldson looks surprised. Grandal keeps saying whatever it is he has to say. Anderson comes in from shortstop to add his two cents.

No punches thrown, no one tossed, but this game is far from over.

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Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox

David Cone is exactly right. Abreu swung late on a Nestor Cortes fastball just now.

Tells you something about Nester's fastball. Speeds vary. This one was 93.

Doesn't matter.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays

A streak of 13-straight one-hit games ended yesterday.

Maybe that will get him going.

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Very true.

The baseball season didn’t seem complete until, as he did late each fall, Mr. Angell wrapped up its multiple meanings in a long New Yorker article.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/sports/roger-angell-dead.html

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D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

From the notes handed to David Cone during the game...

Average career in the majors is 3 1/2 years.

60 percent of the players don't make it to arbitration.

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Celebrated his 10-years-in-the-bigs day by dropping the ball over the porch in right with the sacks full a few minutes ago.

The Mets celebrated this day for Eduardo Escobar on Thursday by wearing special T-shirts after the game. I bet it becomes a thing.

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Dallas Keuchel Chicago White Sox

A mismatch!

I called this the game to watch yesterday but it was postponed by a bad weather report.

Keuchel's soft stuff isn't get it done, not in Yankee Stadium.

Nester's (which isn'l all that soft) is mowing them down.

Oops! Abreu just hit a three-run homer.

Score is Yankees 5, White Sox 3.

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