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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward has a sore right wrist keeping him out of the lineup after going 0 for 17 on the last home stand. It's not a serious injury, per Joe Maddon.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Randal Grichuk, mired in an 0-for-20 slump that has put his batting average at .179, was out of Monday night's lineup vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals have a bit of a conundrum with Grichuk, who they were hoping would become their everyday center fielder this season. He is struggling with pitch recognition and the only way to fix that is to see live pitching. On the other hand, they need production and players like Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brandon Moss have provided more. If he keeps struggling, the question might arise whether he needs to be sent to Triple-A Memphis to work on recognizing breaking balls. Mike Matheny talks about Grichuk's struggles:


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Joe Maddon's T-Shirt Collection - All sales benefit his RESPECT 90 Foundation: "The Process is Fearless", "Embrace the Target", "Do Simple Better" and Busch Stadium favorite "Try Not to Suck"

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has never played at PNC park. He came here with the Rays in 2007 but before taking the field Joe Maddon informed him he was being sent down.


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Your AL and NL Pitchers of the Month: Jordan Zimmermann and Jake Arrieta.

MLB Power Rankings

Four of the top five teams come from the National League. How high did the White Sox climb? Rankings

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Reigning MVP Bryce Harper has been named NL Player of the Month for April. The Nats slugger finished the month tied for first in RBI's (24), was second in homers (9), extra-base hits (14), slugging (.714), and OPS (1.121), and was tied for third in steals (5).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After plenty of rain lately in Pittsburgh AccuWeather forecast calls for a clear evening for Game 1 between the Cubs and Pirates on Monday. Game time temp should be around 66 degrees.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward is getting the night off in the series opener between the first place Cubs and second place Pirates on Monday. Heyward went 0 for 17 on the just completed home stand. He's healthy but might need the breather. Matt Szczur starts in his place in right field while Kris Bryant is in left. Tommy La Stella gets another start at third base.

What to make of Puig's 1st month of season

Yasiel Puig has shown a renewed dedication to making things right on and off the field with the Dodgers, Doug Padilla writes. Finding balance

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Manny Machado has been named AL Player of the Month for April. The Orioles slugger either led the league or tied for the lead in hits (33), extra-base hits (17), total bases (64), and was second in average (.344) and OPS (1.061). In the field, the 23-year old former Platinum Glove winner didn't commit an error at third base until the final day of the month.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bad news for the Baltimore Orioles: Shortstop J.J. Hardy is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture of his left foot, and is expected to miss about six weeks. The three-time Gold Glover is one of only four major-league shortstops without an error so far this season. The O's are expected to recall utility man Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk to fill Hardy's roster spot. Manny Machado will likely slide over to shortstop with Flaherty getting the majority of the action at third base.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Phillies & Cardinals play tonight in St. Louis. Amazingly, the Phillies (15-10) have a better record than the Cardinals (12-13). Last time that happened: The legendary Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS