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MLB Sunday

By Aaron Morton

Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 23 2011 8:08 p.m. MDT

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Starting pitcher Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks from the mound after getting injured during the game against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on April 15, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins won 4-3. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Drew Hallowell, Getty Images

Hometown report

Name . . . Team . . . Class . . . Org.

Jay Brossman . . . Arkansas AA Angels . . . Third baseman played for Utah

On the 7-day DL after tweaking a hamstring

Tyson Brummett . . . Lehigh Val. AAA Phillies . . . Pitcher from Spanish Fork

Moved up to Triple-A. ERA in 2011: 0.87

John Buck . . . Florida MLB Marlins . . . Catcher played for Taylorsville High

Caught Anibal Sanchez's 1-hitter on Friday

Matt Carson . . . SacramentoAAAAthletics . . . Outfielder played for BYU

On a tear: 9 of 14 with 7 RBI in last 3 games

Brandon Duckworth . . . Pautucket AAA Red Sox . . . Pitcher from Kearns

2-0 with one run allowed in three starts

Willie Eyre . . . Sacramento AAA Athletics . . . Pitched for Cyprus High and CEU

Got two victories pitching in relief this week

Jeremy Guthrie . . . Baltimore MLB Orioles . . . Pitcher played for BYU

Has taken three losses after an opening win

Steve Hirschfeld . . . New Britain AA Twins . . . Pitcher from Moab

He has 11 Ks and just 4 BB for Rock Cats

Brandon Lyon . . . Houston MLB Astros . . . Pitcher played for Taylorsville High

Has four saves with a 4.26 ERA

Kam Mickolio . . . Reno AAAD-backs . . . Pitcher played for Utah Valley

Sent down to Reno on April 15

Jordan Smith . . . Louisville AAA Reds . . . Pitcher from Pleasant Grove

41/3 inning-appearance for Reds before demotion

Matt Spring . . . Salem A Red Sox . . . Catcher played for Dixie State

Batting .444 despite playing sparingly

Mitch Talbot . . . Cleveland MLB Indians . . . Pitcher from Cedar City

Expected to be out 3 weeks with elbow strain

MLB Rankings

1. Philadelphia Phillies: Surprise! The super starters rank third in quality starts.

2. Colorado Rockies: Troy Tulolwitzki leading MLB with seven home runs.

3. Cleveland Indians: Justin Masterson is really hitting his stride — 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA.

4. New York Yankees: Who knew Colon could still pitch? He struck out seven on Wednesday.

5. Boston Red Sox: Just 31/2 games behind the Yankees with 143 games left to play.

Series of the week

Reds at brewers

The Brewers will try to avenge being swept in Cincinnati in the season's first three games.

Around the horn

Yeah, but ...

Royals manager Ned Yost, on being told that designated hitter Billy Butler would rather play first base: "Sure, I (know), but I'd like to be an astronaut and for some reason they won't let me ... We've got better options."

Realist

Here's what Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey had to say about the team's worst-in-the-majors start: "I think we have to find some kind of way to be honest about what kind of team we are. We can't just keep telling ourselves, 'We're a better team than this.' We may not be."

ON the Dodgers

From L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke: "The baseball commissioner (took) over the Dodgers ... like an angry and exhausted landlord sweeping out a destructive tenant."

On the farm

Salt Lake Bees: Right now: Started a eight-games-in-nine days homestand on Saturday.

Ogden Raptors: Coming up: Open season at Idaho Falls on June 20. Go to Ogden-Raptors.com for more info

Orem Owlz: Coming up: Host Casper on June 20 in season-opener. Go to OremOwlz.com for more info.

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