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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia pitches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, April 14, 2016 in St. Louis. Garcia gave up just one hit and struck out 13 as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 7-0. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

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We’re back to a full panel of games on Tuesday evening after roughly half the league took Monday off. Tonight’s 8:15 PM EST game between the Cubs (Jason Hammel) and Cardinals (Jaime Garcia) is our highlight, not just because of some controversy over how the St. Louis crowd may or may not have treated ex-Cardinal and current Cub Jason Heyward, but because of the historic rivalry in general. Additionally, Garcia is coming off of a one-hit shutout against the Brewers, walking only one while striking out 13. It was overshadowed as Phillies starter Vincent Velasquez struck out 16 Padres on the same afternoon.

Garcia, 29, hasn’t made more than 20 starts in a season since 2011 as the lefty has battled injury after injury. He has started off the 2016 season strong and is hopefully behind the shoulder issues that have plagued him for years.

Hammel is no slouch. In two starts to begin the season, the right-hander has yielded just one run on eight hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 12 innings. While he’s probably not 0.75 ERA good, he’s a lot better than he’s given credit for being. Last season, Hammel set a new career-high with a 24.2 percent strikeout rate, and nearly matched his career-low walk rate of 5.5 percent.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Seattle Mariners (Wade Miley) @ Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco), 6:10 PM EST

New York Mets (Logan Verrett) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 7:05 PM EST

Oakland Athletics (Eric Surkamp) @ New York Yankees (Michael Pineda), 7:05 PM EST

Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman) @ Baltimore Orioles (Mike Wright), 7:05 PM EST

Colorado Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa) @ Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson), 7:10 PM EST

Los Angeles Dodgers (Alex Wood) @ Atlanta Braves (Williams Perez), 7:10 PM EST

Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly) @ Boston Red Sox (Joe Kelly), 7:10 PM EST

Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg) @ Miami Marlins (Adam Conley), 7:10 PM EST

Detroit Tigers (Shane Greene) @ Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura), 7:15 PM EST

Houston Astros (Scott Feldman) @ Texas Rangers (Derek Holland), 8:05 PM EST

Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker) @ Chicago White Sox (Mat Latos), 8:10 PM EST

Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @ San Diego Padres (Colin Rea), 10:10 PM EST

Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray) @ San Francisco Giants (Matt Cain), 10:15 PM EST

Phillies acquire Alfredo Marte from the Orioles

Arizona Diamondbacks' Alfredo Marte breaks his bat as he lines out against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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The Phillies announced the acquisition of outfielder Alfredo Marte from the Orioles in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. This comes shortly after the club optioned Cedric Hunter to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalled David Lough.

Marte, 27, has a career OPS of just .532, but the Phillies continue to search for outfield help after losing Aaron Altherr for the season due to a torn tendon sheath, and Cody Asche for at least another two weeks due to an oblique strain. So far in left field, the Phillies have used Hunter, Rule-5 selection Tyler Goeddel, Darin Ruf, and Emmanuel Burriss but the foursome has combined for an abominable .248 OPS, by far the worst in the league.

Marte began the season with Triple-A Norfolk and will report to Lehigh Valley for the Phillies, but there’s a chance he could get called up to the majors at some point in the near future.

Noah Syndergaard threw a pitch so hard he branded catcher Kevin Plawecki

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Mets starter Noah Syndergaard routinely hit 100-plus MPH with his fastball — as usual — during Monday’s start against the Phillies, a 5-2 victory. Even as he got into the seventh inning, Syndergaard was still sitting in the high 90’s.

By now, we’re familiar with the numbers on Syndergaard’s velocity, but what about the visual evidence. SNY’s Steve Gelbs snapped a photo of catcher Kevin Plawecki‘s chest, which was branded with an imprint of his necklace. That happened when Plawecki blocked one of Syndergaard’s pitches in the dirt, as it bounced up and hit him in his chest protector.

Syndergaard went seven innings against the Phillies on Monday night, yielding jus tone run on five hits and a pair of walks with eight strikeouts. He now has a 0.90 ERA with a 29/4 K/BB ratio over 20 innings in his first three starts of the season.

Adam and Drake LaRoche will appear on Good Morning America on Tuesday

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Adam LaRoche, left, and his son Drake walk to the White Sox's clubhouse during a photo day before a baseball spring training workout in Phoenix. Told to cut down his son's time in the clubhouse, LaRoche took a different path: He said he planned to retire and walk away from a $13 million salary. White Sox President Kenny Williams confirmed Wednesday, March 16, 2016, that he twice asked LaRoche in the last week to "dial it back" with his 14-year-old son. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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Former White Sox 1B/DH Adam LaRoche and his son Drake will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Anchor T.J. Holmes will have the two “talking family and [Adam’s] decision to leave baseball.”

Adam retired abruptly in mid-March because White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams asked him to limit the amount of time Drake spent in the clubhouse. It turned out that a few players complained about Drake’s frequent presence.

Adam was recently the feature of an ESPN piece by Tim Keown in which he quizzically discussed not only his departure from the White Sox, but a quest he went on with Blaine Boyer to south Asian brothels in an attempt to rescue underage sex slaves. The whole situation has been… interesting… to say the least, and now he’ll be on daytime TV.

Video: Trevor Story finally homered again

Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story adjusts his arm protector while in the on-deck circle before facing San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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It’s hard to believe, but Rockies shortstop Trevor Story went six consecutive games without homering. Story started off the season white hot, belting six homers in his first four games and adding number seven in his sixth game.

Story hit a pair of triples at Coors Field last Wednesday that might’ve been home runs last year — the club raised the fences in an effort to aid pitchers — but aside from that, he had hit the skids. He struck out at least twice in each of his previous four games entering Monday night, giving him 22 in 55 plate appearances (a 40 percent strikeout rate).

The Rockies and Reds were tied 1-1 in the eighth inning until Story sent a Ross Ohlendorf fastball way over the fence in right-center at Great American Ball Park for a solo home run. It’s number eight on the season for Story, who remains the league leader. He’s also hitting a cool .309 with 14 RBI.