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Marlins CF Marcell Ozuna named NL Player of the Week

Marcell Ozuna talks to FS Florida's Jessica Blaylock 2016 By Arturo Pardavila III, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending April 16th.

Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers, who spent the previous three seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization, also posted an impressive week, collecting six extra-base hits and eight RBI. Entering play today, Thames has homered in each of his last four games, and has become just the eighth player in franchise history to hit safely in each of his first 10 starts in a season. Moreover, on Tuesday night, New York’s Yoenis Céspedes (.308, 2 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI) became the first Met in club history to record his second three-home run game (also August 21, 2015 at Colorado), also tying the franchise record with four extra-base hits in a single game. Other noteworthy performances included San Diego’s Wil Myers (.455, 3 2B, 2 3B, .909 SLG), who hit for the cycle on Monday; Yoenis’ Mets teammate Travis d’Arnaud (.381, 6 R, 4 XBH, 7 RBI); Washington’s Bryce Harper (.391, 7 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI); and Eugenio Suárez (.385, 7 R, 5 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds.

Ozuna batted .435 (10-for-23) with four runs scored, a double, four home runs and 12 RBI over six games to claim his first career Player of the Week Award. This is the Marlins’ second consecutive weekly award, following Marcell’s teammate J.T. Realmuto, who earned the first NL Player of the Week Award in 2017. Among NL leaders, Ozuna finished the period first in RBI; tied for second in slugging percentage (1.000); third in batting average and total bases (23); tied for third in home runs and hits; and tied for seventh in on-base percentage (.481).

On Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park, Ozuna went 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs and six RBI in Miami’s 8-4 win over their NL East rival. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native became just the ninth player since RBI became an official statistic in 1920 to plate at least six runs with two-or-fewer at-bats in a single game, and the first to accomplish the feat in 17 years, when Bret Boone of the San Diego Padres tallied six RBI in two at-bats against the Houston Astros on June 10, 2000. The two-homer output was the second of his career (also June 20, 2016 vs. Colorado), and Marcell became the 17th player this season to record a multi-home run game. In Thursday night’s extra-inning thriller against the New York Mets, the 26-year-old slugger connected for his third career grand slam, and first since August 22, 2014 against the Colorado Rockies. With a career-high six RBI game two nights before, the 2016 NL All-Star recorded 10 RBI in a three game span. Ozuna concluded his award-winning week with a three-hit effort in Sunday’s afternoon tilt against the Mets, collecting his Major League-leading 18th RBI. Led by Ozuna’s hot start at the plate, the Marlins have posted a 7-5 record through their first 12 games, and are tied with the Washington Nationals for first in the NL East.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Marcell Ozuna will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

 

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Mariners lefty pitcher James Paxton named AL Player of the Week

James Paxton Seattle Mariners pitching 2014 By Elsie Lin Paxton, CC BY SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 16th.

Paxton compiled a 2-0 record without allowing a run over 15.0 innings to earn his first career Player of the Week Award. James struck out 17 batters, and issued just three free passes and six hits in two outstanding starts last week. Among qualified AL hurlers, Paxton finished first in innings pitched, tied for first in wins and ERA, and second in strikeouts.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, James Paxton will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Other players worthy of the award includes Trey Mancini (.500, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles posted an impressive week as well. The 25-year-old rookie became just the third player in MLB history to record seven home runs in his first 12 career games, joining Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies (2016) and Dino Restelli of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1949). Additionally, José Ramírez recorded four extra-base hits and eight RBI for the Cleveland Indians. The 24-year-old second baseman blasted two homers and tallied six RBI in Saturday’s win over the Tigers. Other noteworthy performances included Houston’s Jose Altuve (.529, 7 R, 3 2B, 4 SB); Aaron Hicks (4 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1.083 SLG) and Michael Pineda (2-0, 1.84 ERA, 14.2 IP, 17 SO) of the New York Yankees; and Mitch Moreland (.440, 11 H, 6 2B, 4 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox.

In Paxton’s first start of the week on Monday against the Houston Astros, the hard-throwing lefty tossed 7.0 innings of shutout ball, while striking out eight batters and walking just two. With the bullpen’s help, Seattle pitchers combined for the club’s first shutout of the 2017 campaign, and the sixth M’s shutout in a home opener (also: 2013, 2007, 2003, 1995 and 1982). The University of Kentucky product posted another gem on Saturday night against the Texas Rangers, throwing 8.0 shutout innings with nine punchouts and just two hits allowed. Paxton, who was selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, became the 10th pitcher in the Majors since 1900 to begin the season with three consecutive starts of at least 6.0 scoreless innings. Jordan Zimmermann of the Detroit Tigers accomplished the feat last season en route to April’s AL Pitcher of the Month Award. No starting pitcher in Mariners franchise history has started a season with as many scoreless innings as Paxton (21.0). James’ teammate Felix Hernandez held the previous mark at 17.0 scoreless innings pitched in 2007. Entering play today, Paxton is the only qualified starting pitcher in all of Baseball who has not allowed an earned run. On the season, Seattle’s ace has posted a 22:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has limited opponents to a .113 batting average.

 

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MLB suspends Pirates star Starling Marte

Starling Marte at bat By Sports Crazy, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced this week that Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Marte is effective immediately.

 

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MLB suspends Phillies prospect Elniery Garcia

Elniery Garcia (courtesy Reading Fightin Phils)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced recently that Philadelphia Phillies left-handed pitcher Elniery Garcia has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Garcia, a 40-man roster player who is currently on option to Double-A Reading of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

 

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Indians activate Chisenhall from disabled list; option Naquin to Triple-A Columbus

Lonnie Chisenhall in field 2011 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Press Release | April 13th, 2017

The Cleveland Indians on Thursday announced the following roster moves relative to the 2017 Major League roster:

  • Activated OF LONNIE CHISENHALL from the 10-day Disabled List.
  • Optioned OF TYLER NAQUIN to AAA Columbus.

Chisenhall was placed on the disabled list on March 30 after spraining his right shoulder on March 24 in a collision with the outfield wall in Mesa, AZ against the Chicago Cubs. He batted .268 (11-41) 1-41) this spring with 5 runs, 3 2B, 2 HR & 6 RBI in 15 spring games (.806 OPS). He rehabbed between AAA Columbus and AA Akron, April 7-12, appearing in 4 games. (5-for-15, 2 R, 2B).

Naquin opened the season on the Major League roster and has appeared in six games thus far.

 

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