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M. Fulmer - SP
Michael Fulmer pitched three scoreless innings Monday versus the White Sox.
Fulmer is coming back from Tommy John and hadn't pitched in two weeks because of the schedule interruption, so the Tigers were planning on going easy on him tonight. He threw 57 pitches in his three effective innings. The team will probably be aiming to have him throw four and five innings in his next two outings.
Added 11:30 pm (EST)
G. Soto - RP
Gregory Soto retired all four batters he faced for his third hold Monday against the White Sox.
Soto, who went 0-5 with a 5.77 ERA in seven starts and 26 relief appearances as a rookie last year, has been a revelation for the Tigers this season, allowing just one hit over nine scoreless innings to date. He's also struck out 11 and walked just one. He definitely has the stuff to keep it up, too; he's throwing 96-99 mph with movement while working as a full-time reliever for the first time. It's going to make for a tough decision for the Tigers this winter; they were still hoping he might return to the rotation at some point, but now they have to weigh whether or not he's just too good to move.
Added 11:27 pm (EST)
J. Candelario - 3B
Jeimer Candelario tripled and doubled in Monday's win over the White Sox.
After opening the season 0-for-17 in five games during July, Candelario is 10-for-22 with a homer and two triples this month. It's a big 60 games for him this year, since he was very much on the verge of falling out of Detroit's plans at the beginning of the season.
Added 11:24 pm (EST)
JaCoby Jones was credited with an inside-the-park homer Monday against the White Sox.
Adam Engel tried to make a diving catch on Jones's liner to center and missed the ball, allowing it to roll all of the way to the wall. It went as Jones's fifth homer of the year. Even though he's batting .333 with a 1.177 OPS, the Tigers still have him batting ninth for some reason.
Added 11:21 pm (EST)
White Sox manager Rick Renteria said he is "hopeful" that Jose Abreu's left hip issue is minor.
Abreu was removed from Monday night's loss to the Tigers after planting awkwardly on first base following a groundout in the eighth inning. He had a stinging sensation down his left leg but Renteria said it quickly subsided. The veteran slugger will be reevaluated by the White Sox medical staff on Tuesday.
Added 10:17 pm (EST)
Added 10:17 pm (EST)
Aaron Nola cruised to his first win of the year Monday, allowing one run and two hits over eight innings in the Phillies' 13-8 win over the Braves.
The rout turned into less of a laughing matter in the ninth, when the bullpen gave up seven runs. Until then, it was all Phillies; Nola got 10 runs of support in the first two frames. The win was his first in 10 starts dating back to last August, though that's hardly his fault. Nola has a 2.79 ERA and a 29/2 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings to begin the season.
Added 10:09 pm (EST)
B. Harper - RF
Bryce Harper went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a HBP and three runs scored Monday in the win over the Braves.
Harper has three homers in just 33 at-bats to start the year. His 9/8 K/BB ratio is pretty nice, too, especially after his career-high strikeout total (178, vs. 99 walks) last year.
Added 10:02 pm (EST)
R. Quinn - CF
Roman Quinn went 3-for-4 with his first homer and a double Monday against the Braves.
Quinn continues to get considerable time over Adam Haseley in center field for the Phillies, and he's up to .304 with four extra-base hits in 23 at-bats. He's the better defender and baserunner of the two, so as long as he hits, he should get plenty of at-bats. He's yet to try for a stolen base, though.
Added 10:00 pm (EST)