Cardinals' Kolten Wong: On base four times Sunday
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(11:46 am ET) Wong went 2-for-2 with an RBI double, two walks, a stolen base and two runs in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Brewers.

The 26-year-old put in a full and highly productive day that represented his best all-around effort of the season. Wong has raised his average from .171 to .229 in the last four games on the strength of a 5-for-13 tally that includes two doubles, a triple, four RBI, three walks, a pair of stolen bases and four runs.

Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Transferred to Portland
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(11:43 am ET) Rutledge (hamstring) was sent to Portland on Monday to finish his rehab assignment, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Rutledge has played four rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket -- going 1-for-9 with a homer and a 3:3 BB:K -- but with the PawSox on an off-day Monday, Rutledge will head to Double-A Portland in an attempt to speed up his return to the majors. If Dustin Pedroia (knee) or Pablo Sandoval (knee) require a trip to the DL, Rutledge could serve as a replacement given he is fully healthy.

Pirates' Josh Harrison: Punchless start to 2017
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(10:26 am ET) Harrison went 2-for-4 with two singles Sunday against the Yankees. He stranded three baserunners.

He's seen time at second base (13 games) and third base (six games) but has yet to become part of Pittsburgh's right field shuffle, playing one game in left field. Harrison is batting .291 with two stolen bases in 62 plate appearances, but has only one double and one homer. He's hit seventh or lower in the batting order in over half his starts and has made errors in his last two starts. Harrison has the ability to get hot and carry his fantasy weight but it hasn't happened so far in 2017.

Pirates' Phil Gosselin: Play seven innings Sunday
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(10:10 am ET) Gosselin made his fourth start at second base Sunday, going 1-for-2 against the Yankees.

He has two hits in 15 at-bats and has yet to play a complete game. Gosselin made some poor fielding decisions in the season's first series in Boston and has mostly ridden the bench thereafter. He'll need to wait for injuries to strike before getting a chance at semi-regular playing time.

Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Collects two hits Sunday
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(8:15 am ET) Zobrist (back) went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

After sitting out the previous two games, it was good to see Zobrist productive in his return to the lineup. The veteran will likely see more rest days moving forward so that he can stay healthy and contribute at the plate.

Braves' Brandon Phillips: Two more hits Sunday
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(8:13 am ET) Phillips went 2-for-4 with his fifth stolen base of the season in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

It's not a surprise that the 35-year-old can still contribute on the basepaths -- he had 37 steals over the last two seasons with the Reds -- but Phillips looks like he wants to take a run at his career-high of 32 SBs, set a decade ago in his 30-30 campaign of 2007, before 2017 is in the books. If he continues to hit in the two-hole for the Braves, he should get plenty of opportunities to further pad that stolen base total.

Mets' Neil Walker: Hits second homer Sunday
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(8:07 am ET) Walker went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

His third-inning shot off Max Scherzer, Walker's second homer of the year, actually brought the Mets to within a run, but they were never able to complete the comeback. Like most of his teammates the second baseman has had a slow start to the season at the plate, slashing just .206/.295/.338 through 78 plate appearances, and while both his home runs have come in the last four games, they're also his only hits during that stretch.

Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Crushes grand slam Sunday
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(7:40 am ET) Murphy went 1-for-4 with a first-inning grand slam, his third home run of the season, in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Mets.

He continues to punish the Mets for not re-signing him after his massive 2015 playoff run -- Murphy is now slashing .386/.421/.727 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 22 games against his former club since the beginning of last year. The Nats begin a four-game series in Coors Field on Monday, so expect the slugging second baseman to continue raking in the thin air.

Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: Showing surprising power
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(7:33 am ET) Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 5-2 win over the Braves on Sunday.

The home run was Hernandez's fourth of the season, which is just two short of his career-high. His .939 OPS in the best of of any second baseman in the National League. Manager Pete Mackanin told Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia that he attributes Hernandez's power production to an adjustment he made to level out his swing rather than the added muscle the second baseman put on in the offseason. Hernandez has an unsustainable HR/FB rate of 26.7% and a BABIP of .434 which should temper any expectations for this level of production continuing throughout the season. Also of concern is his 27.1% strikeout rate, nearly a 10% increase over last season. If he continues hacking at that rate, he is going to struggle to maintain the batting average gains from last season.

Nationals' Grant Green: Outrighted to Triple-A
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(4/23/2017) Green was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

The Nats designated Green for assignment earlier in the week but Green will remain in the Washington system, having passed through waivers unclaimed. A first-round pick in 2009, Green is merely an organizational depth piece. He has totaled 353 plate appearances in parts of five seasons at the major-league level (97 plate appearances since the start of the 2015 season).

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