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J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with an RBI against the White Sox on Sunday.
Martinez hit a ground ball up the middle that would score Enrique Hernandez from second base for the only run in game two of the double-header on Sunday. After a down 2020, Martinez has bounced back in the early going, hitting .364 with five home runs and a league-leading 18 RBI.
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Nick Madrigal went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in a 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
Madrigal led off the second game of the double-header with a base hit and scored on a groundout by Jose Abreu. The 24-year-old would later add an RBI double off of Austin Brice in the fourth inning to put the White Sox up 4-0. Madrigal is hitting .304 and has struck out just one time through 52 plate appearances.
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Ronald Acuna was removed from Sunday night's game against the Cubs due to pain in his lower abdominal muscles.
Acuna was pulled from the game after the top half of the fourth inning, after he dove headfirst into home plate on the final play of the inning. At this point, the severity of the injury remains unclear and it's unknown whether or not he'll be forced to miss any time. Expect the Braves to provide another update on their superstar outfielder's status after the game. Prior to exiting, Acuna had been 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. For the season, he's slashing a monstrous .419/.486/.887 with seven homers, 16 RBI and three stolen bases.
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Y. Mercedes - C
Yermin Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday against the Red Sox.
Mercedes took Martin Perez 431 feet deep to center field on a ball that left the bat at 109.9 miles per hour for his fourth round-tripper of the season. The 28-year-old is slashing .415/.456/.704 with 12 RBI as he appears locked in as the designated hitter in the middle of the order.
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Michael Kopech struck out four batters and allowed one run on one hit and a walk over three innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Kopech continues to be impressive in short stints as he made his first spot start of the season for the second game of a double-header on Sunday, going three innings on just 41 pitches -- 25 for strikes. The 24-year-old right-hander would go out for the fourth inning before issuing a walk and a base hit to end his day. One inherited runner would score after J.D. Martinez singled to drive home Enrique Hernandez. Kopech carries a 1.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts over 10 2/3 innings after Sunday's start.
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M. Pérez - SP
Martin Perez allowed four runs on seven hits and no walks with four strikeouts across 3 2/3 innings in a loss against the White Sox on Sunday.
Perez apparently made the second start of the double-header because he is 'not a morning person' according to manager Alex Cora. Well, it doesn't look like he's an afternoon person, either, after giving up four runs and not making it to the fourth inning on Sunday. Perez started the game by loading the bases on three consecutive base hits, though he'd limit the damage to just one run in the frame. Yermin Mercedes would later tag him for a solo shot in the fourth before an RBI single by Danny Mendick would end the day for the 30-year-old southpaw. Perez is in line for a matchup against the Mariners in Boston on Friday.
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Jake Cronenworth went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Cronenworth took Trevor Bauer deep to right field with a solo shot in the fourth inning for his first home run of the season. The 27-year-old is off to a hot start to the season, slashing .313/.382/.463 and has been in the lineup everyday after speculation about his playing time in spring training.
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Chris Taylor went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against the Padres on Sunday.
Taylor took Blake Snell deep in the second inning with a runner on to drive in the only two runs of the day for the Dodgers. It was just about all the lineup could muster against San Diego on Sunday as his blast was one of only three hits by the team. Taylor now has three home runs on the season and is slashing .245/.373/.490 through 49 plate appearances. Injuries to Cody Bellinger and Gavin Lux should keep his bat in the lineup everyday.
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