Author: Drew Silva

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Nationals activate Denard Span, option Michael Taylor


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 …

Angels activate Garrett Richards for Sunday debut

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As anticipated, the Angels have activated right-handed starter Garrett Richards from the 15-day disabled list for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

This will be the first start for Richards since he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August in Boston. The 26-year-old needed surgery for that injury and was eased along this spring in Angels camp.

Richards posted a tremendous 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 8.8 K/9 in 168 2/3 innings last year.

Anaheim’s rotation is currently sporting a 4.78 combined ERA through 11 games.

Video: Jason Heyward’s first Cardinals homer

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Jason Heyward hit his first home run as a member of the Cardinals on Saturday in St. Louis …

Heyward entered play Saturday with a weak .225/.244/.325 batting line, but he has hit plenty of balls hard and been playing tremendous defense in right field. St. Louis acquired the 25-year-old from Atlanta this offseason in a four-player trade that sent right-handers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves. Heyward is due to become a free agent after the 2015 World Series. Maybe some more curtain calls will convince him to stay.