Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a stolen base Tuesday vs. the Rockies. Batting second, Hosmer followed Travis Jankowski's leadoff single in the bottom of the first by blasting the first pitch he saw from German Marquez an estimated 396 feet into the right field seats with an exit velocity of 102 mph. He later singled and notched his third stolen base in the third inning to round out his afternoon. Four of Hosmer's six home runs have come at home this season, as Petco Park doesn't appear to have taken too much of a bit out of his power numbers in his first season with San Diego. It did break him out of a rut at the dish, however, as he'd gone just 8-for-44 (.182) over his past 12 games.
Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock has been placed on the 10-day DL and is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks after being diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his left thumb Tuesday. Jarrod Dyson and Chris Owings are expected to fill in for Pollock in center field during his absence. Arizona also called up infielder Christian Walker from Triple-A Reno to correspond with Pollock's trip to the DL. This marks another unfortunate break for Pollock, who was limited to just 124 games over the past two seasons combined. The 30-year-old was batting .293/.349/.620 with 11 home runs, 33 RBI and nine steals through his first 40 games this year.
Cubs righty Yu Darvish received a no-decision vs. the Braves on Tuesday after allowing one run on three hits (one homer) and two walks with five strikeouts over four innings in his return from the 10-day disabled list. Darvish was sharp in his first start since May 2 after going on the DL with flu-like symptoms, limiting Atlanta to a fourth-inning solo homer by Ender Inciarte. Darvish threw 36 of his 61 pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 5.56 with the outing. Look for him to increase his workload when he makes his next scheduled start at the Reds on May 20.
Padres righty Jordan Lyles came within five outs of a perfect game vs. the Rockies on Tuesday before Trevor Story ended his bid for history with a single. Lyles walked the next batter before coming out of the game, having logged 7 1/3 scoreless innings while tying his career high with 10 strikeouts. The 85 pitches were a season high for Lyles, who threw 64 for strikes. He also picked up his first win of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.53 with the outing. Lyles has allowed just one earned run in 12 innings across two starts this year since moving to the rotation, and he'll look to keep rolling when he hits the road to face the Nationals on May 21.
Pirates righty Trevor Williams won after allowing six hits and no walks with six strikeouts over seven shutout innings Tuesday vs. the White Sox. Williams rebounded from his shortest start of the season with his longest on Tuesday, completing more than six innings for the first time this year. The 26-year-old scattered six hits -- five of which were singles -- and didn't walk a batter for the first time this year, throwing 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes. The victory was his first in three May starts as he improved to 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA on the season. His 35:20 K/BB ratio through 53 innings suggests regression is likely, but he'll look to keep it up vs. the Padres at home on May 20.
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