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Giants' Tim Hudson hit hard in defeat
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:37 pm ET) Veteran starter Tim Hudson had his worst outing of the season Sunday, lasting just 3 2/3 innings in the Giants' 11-2 loss to the Rockies. 

Hudson was hit hard early and often, allowing a season-high eight earned runs on six hits, including seven of the eight runs Colorado scored in the decisive fourth inning. 

Hudson saw his ERA rocket to 5.04 after the rough start as he fell to 2-4 on the season. 


Rockies SP Chad Bettis sparkles in victory
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:31 pm ET) Rockies starter Chad Bettis nearly went the distance but did more than enough in his 8 1/3 innings of work as Colorado cruised to an 11-2 triumph over the Giants on Sunday. 

Bettis picked up his first win of the season in just his third start. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven, marking his best outing for the Rockies. 

Bettis picked up his first MLB victory since Sept. 16, 2013, when he earned a win during a relief appearance. 


Giants C Buster Posey extends hit streak to 16 games
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:22 pm ET) There weren't many bright spots in the Giants' 11-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday, but one was that catcher Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to 16 games. 

Posey waited until the ninth inning to keep his streak alive, singling to right field to finish 1-for-3 on the evening. Posey's career-high hit streak remains 21 games, which he accomplished in 2010. 

The catcher is hitting .310/.382/.468 on the season. 


3B Nolan Arenado's huge day fuels Rockies in romp
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:15 pm ET) Third baseman Nolan Arenado helped spark the Rockies' offense to a big performance against the Giants, as he went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs in Colorado's 11-2 victory Sunday. 

Arenado scored the Rockies' first two runs and then put the capper on Colorado's eight-run fourth inning with a three-run homer, his eighth of the season. 

Arenado fell just a double short of the cycle, as he hit his first triple of the season. All four of Arenado's RBIs came with two outs, as he lifted his average to .275 on the season. 


Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell tosses scoreless inning in Double-A rehab
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:57 pm ET) Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell tossed one scoreless inning on Sunday for Double-A Binghamton as a part of his rehab assignment. Parnell allowed one hit with one strikeout and no walks in his appearance.

Parnell is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury. He has thrown one inning so far this season, posting a 9.00 ERA with a walk and a strikeout.


Tigers RP Bruce Rondon retires side in rehab appearance
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8:49 pm ET) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon, making his second rehab outing since going on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis, threw an efficient inning Sunday for Triple-A Toledo, per MLB.com. 

Rondon needed just 10 pitches to work through his inning, twice hitting 98 mph on the radar gun. The reliever has been on the DL since Opening Day, and will travel with the Mud Hens on their 10-game road trip, where he likely will make three more rehab appearances. 


Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal to serve as DH in Triple-A rehab
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:47 pm ET) Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal will begin his Triple-A rehab assignment with Oklahoma City on Monday against Salt Lake and serve as the designated hitter, according to the Los Angeles News Group.

Grandal is currently on the 7-day DL after suffering a concussion when he took a bat to the head on Saturday. Grandal is hitting .291 with 17 RBI in 103 at-bats and could be activated as soon as he's eligible.


Phillies rookie Odubel Herrera continues to struggle in the field
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:41 pm ET) Phillies rookie outfielder Odubel Herrera continues to have problems with his glove. Herrera misplayed balls in two of the three games over the weekend, leading to runs for the Nationals. Manager Ryne Sanberg believes it has something to do with the walls in Washington, according to Philly.com.

"I've seen balls come off firm and I'm seen them come off where they die off the wall. That's knowing the outfield wall and how the balls come off," Sandberg said. "It's all part of the learning process for him."

Herrera made another mistake on Sunday when he misjudged a pop up from Darin Ruf in the seventh. Herrera waited too long to make his move toward second and was gunned down by Bryce Harper.

"We want to favor the runner getting to second base instead of having to be that far to go once it dropped in," Sandberg said. "Could have been a big play."


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey may be dealing with 'dead arm'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:16 pm ET) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey may be adding insult to injury after the worst start of his career on Saturday. The young pitcher may be dealing with "dead arm," manager Terry Collins said per the N.Y. Daily News.

"I have not talked to Matt yet, but it looks like he might be going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens. This might help him to have an extra day to get him back on track," said Collins, referring to Thursday’s off day. "He's going to pitch Friday with five days rest, be ready to go."

The team expected these types of bumps in the road in his first season back from Tommy John surgery and didn't send him for futher medical evaluation. Harvey gave up seven runs on six hits in just four innings of work on Saturday.


Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval abandons switch-hitting for at-bat
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8:14 pm ET) Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has missed the last five games with a knee injury, was called upon to pinch-hit Sunday against Angels lefty Cesar Ramos, and surprised everyone by lacing an RBI single while hitting left-handed.

Sandoval told MLB.com that the lefty-lefty matchup was a one-off due to his knee soreness and that when healthy, he would continue to switch-hit despite hitting just 2-for-41 from the right side this season. 

"It feels kind of weird, but I got the job done," Sandoval said. "It's one of those things, I'm going to try to help the team, no matter what. I don't feel great hitting right-handed because of my knee, so I'll just try to keep the momentum going hitting left-handed."

Sandoval said he hopes to be in Boston's lineup Monday if his knee cooperates. 


 
 
 
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