Cubs starter Jake Arrieta hit a pair of homers last season, removing any doubt that he can rake after starting the first four seasons of his major league career in the American League. Arrieta showed off his hitting prowess again on Sunday, blasting a 442-foot two-run home run to left-center at Chase Field off of Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller.
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The measurement on the home run comes from ESPN Stats & Info.
Arrieta entered Sunday’s start — his second of the 2016 season — having pitched 29 consecutive scoreless innings. He last allowed a run in the eighth inning on September 16 against the Pirates last season. Paul Goldschmidt, however, ended the streak with a solo home run off of Arrieta with no outs in the fourth inning.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pitcher Jesus Luzardo became the second player in two days to beat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration and was awarded $2.45 million.
Miami had argued for $2.1 million during a hearing Thursday before a panel of John Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch.
AL batting champion Luis Arraez, an All-Star infielder acquired by the Marlins from Minnesota last month, was awarded a $6.1 million salary on Thursday rather than the team’s $5 million figure.
Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.
Luzardo made $715,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He can become a free agent after the 2026 season.
Players have won two of three decisions this year, with about 20 more scheduled for hearings.
Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.