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Zach Eflin Headshot

Eflin twirled seven strong innings Saturday against the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out four. However, he ended up with a no-decision.

The 23-year-old starter has been incredibly effective this season, and Saturday night was no different. 68 of his 103 offerings went for strikes, and although he didn't miss too many bats, he kept the Dodgers at bay by inducing 12 groundouts (as opposed to just two flyouts). Unfortunately, a ninth-inning implosion by the bullpen kept Eflin from picking up his first win of the season, but he'll look to pick that up in his upcoming start Thursday against the Cubs.
1:09 am (EST)
Matt Cain Headshot

Cain pitched excellently Saturday against the Padres, allowing just one run on six hits to go with seven strikeouts in five innings of work, although he walked away with a no-decision.

The hamstring issue nagging the veteran starter since his last start didn't appear to hinder him Saturday, as he managed to produce a season-high in the strikeout category while firing 57 of his 86 offerings for strikes. Cain's strong showing also lowered his ERA to 2.30, the lowest mark of his career. Unfortunately, the bullpen squandered his outstanding outing as soon as he left the game, but he'll look to produce a victory in his next start Friday against the Reds.
1:01 am (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin Headshot

Chacin (3-3) picked up the win Saturday against the Giants, tossing five innings of three-run ball while allowing five hits, walking two, and striking out six.

The soft-throwing righty continued his trend of alternating good and bad starts, with Saturday fortunately being the former. Chacin was actually getting outperformed by Giants starter Matt Cain, although an eight-run explosion by the San Diego offense in the top of the sixth provided enough run support to get the 29-year-old his third victory of the season. His command was decent (as is evidenced by his two free passes), although 87 pitches in just five frames is nothing to call home about. Chacin will look to stay in the win column when he makes his next start Friday against the Dodgers.
12:54 am (EST)
Jake Lamb Headshot

Lamb belted his fifth homer of the season in the Diamondbacks' 7-6 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

Colorado starter Tyler Anderson left a 1-0 cutter over the middle of the plate, and Lamb certainly got all of it, slamming the sixth-longest home run ever at Chase Field. The bullpen ultimately blew the lead, but the 26-year-old continues to mash, as he's now hitting .292 with an .888 OPS out of the cleanup spot.
12:46 am (EST)
Jhonny Peralta Headshot

Peralta (illness) has begun taking grounders and hitting in the batting cage as part of the recovery from an adverse reaction to medication that landed him on the disabled list, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Peralta could be heading back to Florida for some extended spring training or minor-league rehab starts by the end of the coming week if all continues to go well. The veteran infielder suffered a significant scare after medication he was taking for an upper respiratory infection left him weak and lethargic. Those symptoms were largely responsible for Peralta's early-season struggles, which include nine strikeouts in his first 25 at-bats and sluggishness while playing at third base as well. Jedd Gyorko has taken over the starting duties at the hot corner in Peralta's absence and thrived, slashing .321/.397/.643 over 63 plate appearances.
12:43 am (EST)
Brandon Drury Headshot

Drury went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Rockies.

The 24-year-old has been a high-average hitter thus far, but he finally managed to send one over the fence Saturday when Rockies starter Tyler Anderson let a 1-1 changeup get a little too much of the plate. Saturday's performance brings Drury's OPS up to .802, which is 15 points up from last season's final tally.
12:39 am (EST)
Trevor Story Headshot

Story went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Although the strikeouts continue to pile up for the young shortstop, he's also continually flashing his prodigious power. Story's batting average is currently residing at a lowly .184 mark, but he also holds a .226 ISO, meaning that his power should continue to play up even if his average dips a bit from last season.
12:35 am (EST)
Mark Reynolds Headshot

Reynolds finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a two-run single in the Rockies' come-from-behind victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

The veteran slugger eighth homer of the year initially seemed like a minor blow dealt to a surging Diamondbacks squad, but when Reynolds came up with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, he smashed a single to left field off of closer Fernando Rodney to tie the game. With the strong outing, Reynolds raised his batting average to .311 and his OPS to 1.003, and even with Ian Desmond (hand) expected to return from the disabled list as soon as Sunday, Reynolds doesn't seem to be in danger of losing any playing time if he continues to hit like this.
12:30 am (EST)
Phil Kessel Headshot

Kessel scored two goals (one on the power play) and added an assist during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.

After posting 22 points in 24 playoff games last year, Kessel has four goals and seven assists through seven postseason contests this spring. He's also turned in four multi-point showings. Saturday's outing also improved his career numbers to 27 goals and 54 points over 53 playoff games. Those are elite numbers, and considering the bad rep that has followed Kessel in the past, they shouldn't go unnoticed.
12:29 am (EST)
Jake Guentzel Headshot

Guentzel scored two goals and added and assist during Saturday's Game 2 win over Washington.

The rookie has been an offensive machine during the playoffs with seven goals and 10 points through seven games. Guentzel's hot stretch actually dates back to the regular season, as he's posted 17 goals and 31 points over his past 25 games. Guentzel appears to be locked in with Sidney Crosby at five-on-five, and while his salary is rising across the daily industry, his production warrants nightly consideration.
12:24 am (EST)
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