The Rangers love, miss Kevin Millwood

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MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli picked up on something adorable down in spring training this weekend.  According to several Rangers, 23-year-old right-hander Tommy Hunter included, veteran starter Kevin Millwood is sorely missed in the Texas clubhouse.

“I miss him,” Hunter said Saturday. “I’m not going to lie, I miss him. I might give him a
call this afternoon and see how he’s doing. He’s not good at returning
calls. He might be on the golf course. If he is, you know he’s not going
to return calls.”

Whether the Rangers will miss his presence on the mound is a different matter.  Millwood, 35, posted a 3.67 ERA and 1.34 WHIP last season while compiling a 13-10 record, but he wasn’t all that great after the All-Star break and was sidelined for a few weeks with a left gluteus injury.  The Rangers have a bevy of young starters, thus Millwood was dealt to Baltimore this winter for reliever Chris Ray and a Rule-5 Draft pick.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.