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Mike Trout, Ryan Zimmerman win April Player of the Month honors

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The monthly award winners have just been announced for April. It breaks down as follows:

Trout batted .364 (36-for-99) with 18 runs scored, nine doubles, a pair of triples, seven home runs, 18 RBI and five stolen bases. Zimmerman hit .420 (37-for-88) with 22 runs scored, eight doubles, 11 home runs, 29 RBI and a stolen base.

Keuchel compiled a 5-0 record with a 1.21 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 44.2 innings pitched in six starts. Nova recorded three wins to go along with a 1.50 ERA and an impressive 22:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio Across 36.0 innings pitched in five starts.

Judge batted .303 (23-for-76) with 23 runs scored, a pair of doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 20 RBI and one stolen base. Senzatela compiled a 3-1 record with a 2.81 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 32.0 innings pitched in five starts.

Allen pitched in 10 games in April for the Indians, converting each of his six save opportunities and striking out 20 opposing batters.Holland was perfect in save opportunities, collecting his Major League-leading 11 saves in 12 games over 12.0 innings pitched.

 

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.