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Jordan Lyles yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight in a victory over the Yankees on Monday.


May 23   10:54 PM

Lyles went almost a year without an eight-strikeout game before reaching that total against the Yankees last Wednesday. Now he's done it twice in a row against the same team. With new Oriole Park helping him along, he's a solid 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA on the season. All seven homers he's allowed, including two to Aaron Judge tonight, have come in his five road starts.


Aristides Aquino hit two homers and drove in three of the Reds' four runs Monday against the Cubs.


May 23   10:54 PM

It's not very often a guy gets sent down and hits two homers on the same day -- especially when it happens in that order -- but the Reds technically demoted Aquino this morning before recalling him in the afternoon. The homers were his second and third in 51 plate appearances this season. He raised his OPS from .305 to .484 tonight.


Patrick Wisdom homered in a fourth straight game Monday against the Reds.


May 23   10:54 PM

Wisdom has taken over the major league lead with 58 strikeouts and his OBP is at .278, but he now has 10 homers in 144 plate appearances, giving him a .508 slugging percentage. He'll likely remain streaky, but his current .220 average is in the neighborhood of what should be expected going forward.


Vladimir Gutierrez gave up four runs in four innings Monday in a loss to the Cubs.


May 23   10:54 PM

Gutierrez, now 0-6 with an 8.70 ERA, lost his rotation spot 10 days ago, but he was needed to start tonight after Connor Overton went on the IL. He could return to the bullpen if Mike Minor (shoulder) is activated next time through.


Roansy Contreras had a locker at PNC Park on Monday.


May 23   10:38 PM

The Pirates have yet to confirm reports of Contreras' impending promotion, but this pretty much does that. Contreras was sent back down last month in order to be stretched out to start, and he posted a 2.66 ERA and 24/11 K/BB ratio across 20 1/3 innings of work. He probably won't have a big workload and is on a bad team, but Contreras' upside especially from a strikeouts perspective warrants a roster spot in fantasy leagues.


Ramon Urias went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double Monday versus the Yankees.


May 23   10:38 PM

Urias came into the night with an ugly .207/.258/.298 line, but Statcast believes he's been one of MLB's unluckiest players based on his strong 48% hard-hit rate this year. Tonight, his luck evened up some; he had xBAs of .530 on his homer, .260 on his double and .220 on his single. Most likely, Urias's line will continue to improve, but since he doesn't steal bases, he's probably not going to amount to much in shallow leagues.


Gerrit Cole surrendered five runs while striking out 11 in eight innings Monday against the Orioles.


May 23   10:38 PM

Cole allowed seven hits, five of which came in a four-run third inning. He was stellar over the rest of the night, never walking a batter and amassing a new season high for strikeouts. Alas, the Yankees couldn't let him off the hook and he took his first loss of the year.


Jorge Lopez pitched a hitless ninth with a two-run lead for a save Monday against the Yankees.


May 23   10:38 PM

Lopez blew his last save chance Thursday against the same Yankees team, but he's still performing quite well, even if he has walked 13 in 21 innings. His ERA stands at 1.29.


Chad Kuhl managed to hold the Pirates to one run despite five hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings Monday.


May 23   10:22 PM

He dropped his ERA a bit, but Kuhl surely envisioned a better performance in his return to Pittsburgh. The right-hander needed a whopping 103 pitches to cover his 4 1/3 frames, tying a season high with his four free passes. Kuhl has turned in three straight clunkers, as the inevitable regression has arrived. He'll face the Nationals this weekend.


Gavin Lux went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored versus the Nationals on Monday.


May 23   10:22 PM

Lux could be in danger of losing some playing time with the way Edwin Rios is stepping up, so it'd be nice if he could put together a little hot streak of his own here. With his .346 OBP and plus defense at second, he's been a perfectly fine player for the Dodgers, but he hasn't shown as much upside as hoped with just six extra-base hits in 130 plate appearances.


JT Brubaker limited the Rockies to just one unearned run over 6 2/3 frames Monday in the Pirates' 2-1 win.


May 23   10:22 PM

Brubaker wasn't credited with a victory Monday, but he certainly pitched well enough for one. The right-hander was very efficient, ultimately throwing 85 pitches before getting pulled with two out in the seventh after a couple singles. It's Brubaker's longest and best start of the season, and he has pitched much better this month with a 3.22 ERA and 26/9 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings. He'll try to keep it going this weekend in San Diego.


Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in Monday's rout of the Nationals.


May 23   10:22 PM

Freeman has had three hits in three of his last six games, though just one hit in the other three combined. Tomorrow will mark one month said he last homered (he had three in April), but there's nothing wrong with his .310/.397/.481 line.


Austin Voth gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief Monday against the Dodgers.


May 23   10:22 PM

If Voth had options, he would have been sent down by now. He's given up 12 runs in 3 2/3 innings over his last four appearances, leaving him with a 9.35 ERA in 17 1/3 innings for the season. At this point, there's a good chance he'd clear waivers should the Nationals decide to make a change.


Joan Adon dropped to 1-8 after giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday against the Dodgers.


May 23   10:22 PM

It doesn't seem quite fair that Adon is 1-8 with a 6.97 ERA while teammate Aaron Sanchez is 3-3 with a 7.16 ERA. Still, it's not like Adon can really complain. He's walked 27 in his 41 1/3 innings to date, and it's pretty clear that he should be in Triple-A right now.


Ke'Bryan Hayes reached base in all four plate appearances and also stole a base Monday versus the Rockies.


May 23   10:06 PM

Hayes did a little bit of everything in this one. He immediately got the scoring started by doubling in a run in the bottom of the first inning before reaching on a single and a walk in his next two trips to the plate. Hayes would score what turned out to be the winning run in the eighth when he singled, stole a base and scored on a Yoshi Tsutsugo infield single. The young third baseman is still looking for his first home run of the season, but he's batting .290 with a .377 on-base percentage.


David Bednar retired four batters and was credited with a victory Monday against the Rockies.


May 23   10:06 PM

Bednar was summoned in the top of the eighth inning with the game tied, two outs and a runner on first base. He allowed an infield single to the first batter he faced but then escaped the game with a popout. Bednar came back out for the ninth after the Pirates took the lead and he pitched around a two-out walk to nail down the victory. No one on the Pirates other than Bednar has recorded a save since April 22.


Josh Bell snapped an 0-for-19 drought by going 2-for-4 against the Dodgers on Monday.


May 23   10:06 PM

Bell is probably the Nationals' second-best hitter, but he's batting fifth right now, something that needs to change soon. In spite of the recent slump, he's batting .296/.383/.421 in 177 plate appearances. His OBP is actually higher than Juan Soto's .381 mark.


Nate Pearson (illness) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Dunedin later this week.


May 23   8:46 PM

Pearson has been out all season with mononucleosis but is finally feeling well enough to test things out in games. It's not clear how many rehab appearances he might need, but the Blue Jays are expected to use Pearson in a relief role.


Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Triple-A Syracuse.


May 23   8:46 PM

He's clearing out to make room for David Peterson, who is starting Monday. Reed is unscored upon over three relief innings this season.


Mets recalled LHP David Peterson from Triple-A Syracuse.


May 23   8:46 PM

Peterson will get the start on Monday in San Francisco. The left-hander will have the chance to stick around a while with the Mets dealing with multiple injuries in their rotation.


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