After sitting out six of the last seven games with a sore left ankle, Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley was back in action for Monday's series opener against the Angels and hopes he can continue playing the rest of the stretch run.
The D-backs' five-run third inning on Sunday helped the D-backs edge the Padres, 8-6, before a crowd of 26,075 at Chase Field.
After surrendering four runs and blowing the Phillies' three-run lead in the ninth of Sunday's 5-4 loss, Jonathan Papelbon kept his gaze on the fans above the Phillies' dugout as he began to walk off the field. Midway through his trek from the mound to the dugout, he made a not-so-subtle gesture that sent an already fired-up Citizens Bank Park crowd into a frenzy.
Righty John Holdzkom was drafted in '06, but his road to pitching for the Pirates was long and winding. Now, he dispatches hitters with ease. In fact, in his first five Major League innings pitched over five late-game appearances, Holdzkom yielded one hit and struck out nine. He walked one. He's a force.
For the first time in his career, Reds pitcher Mike Leake crossed the 200-innings threshold Sunday afternoon as he faced the Brewers. It's something that the right-hander has long sought to achieve, but the satisfaction of a victory did not come with it. Leake's performance was rocky throughout in a 9-2 loss as the Reds dropped two of three in the series at Miller Park.