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Yadier Molina Headshot

Molina went 1-for-4 with two RBI from a sacrifice fly and a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

The veteran backstop extended the Cardinals' lead to 5-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and then launched a 381-foot solo blast in his next at-bat in the seventh. Molina now has a 13-game hitting streak and has reached safely in all 17 contests he's played in during May. He's shown some nice pop during the month as well, smacking three homers overall after hitting just one in April.
8:17 am (EST)
Kolten Wong Headshot

Wong (elbow) went 1-for-3 with a two-run single and a walk in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

As predicted by manager Mike Matheny, Wong only missed a couple of starts before returning from his sore elbow, and he proved his swing was in working order when he opened the scoring with a second-inning hit that plated Jedd Gyorko and Adelmys Diaz. The 26-year-old has put together an impressive May, hitting safely in all but two of his starts during the month and slashing .306/.389/.387 with five doubles, seven RBI, six walks and 10 runs.
8:13 am (EST)
Mike Leake Headshot

Leake (5-2) gave up an earned run on four hits over eight innings in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Dodgers. He struck out five.

The veteran right-hander continues rolling along, with Wednesday's effort making him 9-for-9 in quality starts this season. Leake has allowed two earned runs or less in all but one of those outings, and he's now reached the eighth inning twice while throwing under 100 pitches in each instance. His ERA and WHIP are at a sparkling 1.91 and 0.93, respectively, and he'll look to keep it going in a rematch against the Dodgers at home next Monday afternoon.
8:07 am (EST)
Clayton Kershaw Headshot

Kershaw will start Sunday against the Cubs, David Vassegg of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

Manager Dave Roberts laid down his cards Wednesday night, revealing his three starting pitchers for the highly-anticipated weekend series in Los Angeles. Kershaw will toe the rubber with an NL-best seven wins and 0.82 WHIP in a showdown with Jon Lester Sunday afternoon.
8:04 am (EST)
Aroldis Chapman Headshot

Chapman (shoulder) may begin a throwing program Saturday, ESPN.com reports.

Chapman has been shut down since May 12 with inflammation in his rotator cuff, but he's scheduled to visit a doctor on Friday and will begin moving forward in the rehab process if given medical clearance. Once the lefty begins throwing, he'll likely have to head out on a rehab assignment before resuming the closing duties in the Bronx. While he remains without a firm timeline right now, Chapman's recovery timetable should become a bit clearer when he starts to ramp up participation in baseball activities.
8:00 am (EST)
David Price Headshot

Price allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out four over 3.2 innings in his second rehabilitation start at Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

From a physical standpoint, Price checked all the boxes. He ran his pitch count up to 89, threw all of his pitches, and his fastball consistently hit the mid-90s. But the right-hander struggled with command once again and failed to put away Triple-A hitters for a second straight rehab start. Given the problems he had with command in 2016, when he gave up an American League-high 227 hits, a cynic might think Price is back to normal. But $217 million pitchers aren't supposed to get battered around by minor leaguers. He didn't wait around to speak with reporters following the game, instead letting PawSox manager Kevin Boles tell reporters that the left-hander "felt good" but his command and location wasn't where it needs to be. The Red Sox will huddle up with Price on Thursday to determine the next step.
7:53 am (EST)
Trea Turner Headshot

Turner went 1-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Mariners.

The 23-year-old may finally be snapping out of his early-season slump, as Turner now has six hits, four runs, four RBI and three steals in his last five games. His .242/.269/.409 slash line marks him as one of the biggest disappointments of 2017 so far given the preseason hype that accompanied him, but there's still plenty of time for Turner to turn things around.
7:47 am (EST)
Anthony Rendón Headshot

Rendon went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Mariners.

The first-inning blast proved to be all the offense Tanner Roark would need in this one. Rendon now has three homers and eight RBI over his last two games after going 11 starts without producing either one, but his .277/.378/.497 slash line, eight home runs and 31 RBI on the season have him on track for a career-best campaign.
7:42 am (EST)
Tanner Roark Headshot

Roark (4-2) allowed only one run on eight hits while striking out eight over seven innings in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Mariners.

It was a strong rebound after Roark had coughed up 11 runs in 9.2 innings over his previous two starts. Despite a 4.32 ERA and 1.32 WHIP the 30-year-old's 7.7 K/9 is actually the highest of his career, offering some hope that he'll be able to shave down those ratios over the summer. His next trip to the mound will come Monday on the road against the Giants.
7:38 am (EST)
Robinson Canó Headshot

Cano went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Nationals.

After an 0-for-3 showing Tuesday in his first game off the DL, Cano found his swing again. The 34-year-old now sports a .303/.365/.535 slash line on the season with eight homers and 29 RBI in 36 games.
7:34 am (EST)
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