Troy Tulowitzki looks good in first batting practice session since suffering hip flexor strain

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Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is finally making progress in his recovery from a left hip flexor strain. Nick Groke of the Denver Post shared the positive news on Twitter …

Tulowitzki has been on the disabled list since July 20 with what was originally called a left quadriceps cramp. He paid a visit to a sports hernia surgeon last week in Philadelphia and apparently got a good report.

The star 29-year-old looked to be on the way to his first National League MVP award before suffering the hip injury, batting .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs, 52 RBI, and 71 runs scored through 91 games played.

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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.