Anibal Sanchez – coming off a shutout of San Francisco – gave up solo home runs to Justin Upton and Kelly Johnson, but otherwise was in control as the he ended May 4-0 with a 1.66 ERA. From the second inning to the fifth, he retired 11 of 12 and he needed just 13 pitches in the fourth to retire the side. In eight innings, Sanchez struck out eight and walked one in lowering his season ERA to 2.57. Sanchez will face the Brewers in his next start on Sunday. Make sure he is in your lineup.
- Matt Holliday (strained left quad) was a late scratch Tuesday night. Holliday was in the original lineup, but shortly before the game the decision was made to pull him out.
- Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with two RBI. The rookie first baseman collected multiple RBIs for the third time in the last five games.
- Curtis Granderson hit his 17th homer and drove in four runs against the A’s.
- Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with two RBI. He is now hitting a respectable .265 and should be owned in deep mixed leagues and NL-Only formats.
- Dan Uggla was out of the lineup again. Manager Freddy Gonzalez said he just wants to “give Uggla a breather” in hopes that it will help Uggla break out of this epic slump to start the year.
- Domonic Brown hit his first homer since returning from the minors. Brown is hitting .333 (11-33) with a homer, 5 RBI, and a stolen base.
- Alfonso Soriano (left quad strain) was placed on the 15-day DL. The Cubs recalled Tyler Colvin to take Soriano’s roster spot. The Cubs and Soriano seem hopeful that the injury will only take the length of the DL stint for him to return.
- Mike Minor threw he second consecutive quality start for the Braves and then was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves don’t need Minor to throw until June 11th against the Astros which should be a good match-up for him