Author: Drew Silva

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Video: Down on the Farm with Kris Bryant


There’s so much gold in this new Red Bull spot for Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant …

Bryant finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, but the 23-year-old top prospect then reached base in five of his six plate appearances on Saturday.

Yasiel Puig out Sunday with lingering hamstring injury

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Yasiel Puig was able to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Saturday night after missing three games with left hamstring soreness and he even went 2-for-3. But the 24-year-old Cuban outfielder was in obvious discomfort as he ran the bases and played defense, so he will get another game off on Sunday.

Andre Ethier is starting in right field and batting fifth in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the visiting Rockies. Scott Van Slyke will start in left field in place of Carl Crawford, who is battling flu-like symptoms. Justin Turner will play third base and hit second.

Puig, who boasts an .886 through 34 plate appearances, is considered day-to-day.

Carlos Carrasco to return to Indians’ rotation Tuesday

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Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco took a Melky Cabrera line drive off his left cheek last Tuesday and hasn’t pitched since. His normal turn would have been Sunday’s series finale against the Twins, but the Indians pushed that back to Monday. And now it’s being moved back again to Tuesday, according to beat reporter Jordan Bastian

Carrasco was lucky to avoid a serious injury. These reschedulings seem to be completely precautionary.

The 28-year-old Venezuela broke out with a stellar 1.69 ERA and 117 strikeouts in his final 112 innings last season and he was rewarded with a three-year, $22 million contract extension just before Opening Day.

Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor

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From the official Twitter account of the Washington Nationals …

Span underwent surgery for a sports hernia in December and then needed a followup procedure for a core muscle injury in early March. The initial timetable called for him to be sidelined until sometime in May, but the 31-year-old had a smooth second rehab. He’s batting leadoff for the Nats on Sunday against the Phillies.

Taylor hit .271/.314/.500 with two home runs and eight RBI in his two weeks as Washington’s fill-in center fielder. The 24-year-old prospect is now better off getting regular playing time at Triple-A Syracuse.

Giants receive their 2014 World Series championship rings

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It’s been a rough first couple of weeks for the 2015 Giants, who sit in last place in the National League West with a record of 4-9 and a -21 run differential. But they got to do some celebrating Saturday night …

Cool of the Diamondbacks to stand at the top of the dugout and applaud throughout the ceremony.

Here is a close-up of the ring, via the San Francisco Giants’ official Vine account …