Dexter Fowler's catch preserves no-no
Outfielder saves Jimenez's no-hitter with great grab
There wouldn't have been a no-hitter for Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday night if Dexter Fowler hadn't raced nearly 40 yards, stretched out his 6-foot-5 frame and made a diving catch on Troy Glaus' long drive to the left-field gap in the seventh inning.
"I knew if I didn't hear anything from Carlos [Gonzalez], I was going after it," Fowler told the Denver Post. "When I dove, I was like, 'All right. I am there. I got it.'"
"Given the circumstances," Fowler said, "I have never made a bigger [catch] in my life."
Pelfrey give Mets relief in marathon: Mike Pelfrey came back two days after his seven-inning start on Wednesday to get his first Major League save in the Mets' 20-inning win over the Cardinals on Saturday night.
"You've got to really applaud him for that effort to come back," Mets manager Jerry Manuel told MLB.com.
Ervin Santana riding high after four-hitter: Ervin Santana pitched a complete-game four-hitter on Sunday to cap a three-game sweep for the Angels in Toronto.
"Everything was working how I wanted -- this is the best all three pitches have felt since 2008," Santana told the Los Angeles Times. "I felt strong in the ninth. I threw fewer pitches because they were swinging at everything."
"He was nice and smooth, hitting his spots, throwing his slider and changeup for strikes and his fastball to both sides of the plate, which kept them honest inside," catcher Jeff Mathis said. "When he's feeling good, feeling all three pitches, it's fun to be back there. He got some early-count outs. ... They were aggressive, which is why some innings went quick."
Burrell finds his stroke: Pat Burrell's bat came alive on Saturday. He hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning in the resumption of the Rays' Friday night game against the Red Sox, then added three RBIs in the regularly scheduled game.
"Biggest hit of the year so far," winning pitcher Lance Cormier told MLB.com.
"To touch one off like that under these circumstances has got to help his confidence, I would have to believe," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Silva loving life at Wrigley: In his two starts as a member of the Cubs, Carlos Silva has posted a 0.69 ERA at Wrigley Field.
"Like my first game here, like Opening Day?" told the Chicago Tribune. "How you say, goose bumps? I've never seen anything like that before. I know they are hard fans, but, man, I love these fans.
"My favorite part is when we win the game and they sing that song, 'Go, Cubs, Go.' It's like, beautiful."
Choo riding surge: Shin-Soo Choo has hit .545 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his past seven games, including a grand slam and a total of five RBIs in Sunday's 7-4 win over the White Sox.
"I feel like I played this way in Spring Training," Choo told MLB.com. "I didn't put pressure on myself [in the spring]. The first three or four games, I put pressure on myself. But, I talked to some guys and the hitting coach [Jon Nunnally], and they told me not to worry too much. I'm trying to see the ball and hit the ball."
Heyward does plenty with game-winning hit: Hot rookie Jason Heyward's opposite-field single in the ninth inning lifted the Braves to a 4-3 win on Sunday.
"I was just going with the pitch," Heyward told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I was trying to relax, not trying to do too much with it."
Matusz sets career mark with eight strikeouts: Rookie left-hander Brian Matusz struck out a career-high eight batters over 6 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 8-3 victory over the A's on Sunday and earned his second win.
"He keeps his poise, and he locates with all his pitches," Orioles manager Dave Trembley told MLB.com. "He knows when to take a little off, put a little on. He moves the ball around. He has very good tempo, and he doesn't get rattled. He was in control of the game."
Soriano no longer hip on the hop: In an effort to improve his defense, Alfonso Soriano has decided to abandon his hop before catching a fly ball.
"I'm just trying to be more relaxed and concentrate," Soriano told MLB.com. "I'm not trying to hop because when I hop, I just move my head."
Robertson in fine form as fifth starter: The Marlins' late-spring acquisition of Nate Robertson to be their fifth starter is paying off. The veteran right-hander threw 6 1/3 shutout innings against the hard-hitting Phillies on Sunday to improve his record to 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA.
"What you see is a veteran pitcher that is not going to give up a big inning, and he is going to be able to get out a jam," manager Fredi Gonzalez told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "That is the sign of a guy who has done it before."
Livan Hernandez extends scoreless streak: Livan Hernandez got his eighth career shutout and 48th complete game in the Nationals' victory over the Brewers on Saturday. He hasn't allowed a run in two starts.
"You never think it's going to be a nine-inning shutout," Hernandez told the The Washington Post. "I feel good in the bullpen before the game. I know I got to keep the ball down, and with the wind blowing in and a good power hitting team, you don't want to make a lot of mistake."
Berkman set to make return: Following a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock, Lance Berkman, out with an injured knee, expects to be activated from the disabled list in time for Houston's series opener against Florida on Tuesday.
"I'll be back, yeah, unless there is something I don't know about," Berkman who homered, hit two doubles, drove in two runs and scored three times on Sunday before leaving after the sixth inning, told the Houston Chronicle. "It feels OK. It's not perfect, but it feels good enough to play. I didn't expect it to be perfect, and I knew it was going to be sore. I am pretty pleased with how everything worked out this weekend."
Edwin Jackson chalks up six shutout innings: Edwin Jackson, acquired by the D-backs from the Tigers during the offseason, threw six shutout innings against the Padres.
"Once he gets locked in and finds his rhythm, he's good," Diamondbacks pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. told the The Arizona Republic.
Jackson threw down in the strike zone for 13 ground-ball outs. Jackson also kept a steady tempo on the mound and maintained his mechanics.
"That's something we talked about and worked on in his side [session] -- improving his concentration and not trying to do too much too early in games," Stottlemyre said. "Basically, slow his mind and his body down and allow himself to make pitches and stay away from high pitch counts."
Dice-K to make one more rehab start: The Red Sox want Daisuke Matsuzaka to make a third rehab start before returning to the rotation. The right-hander threw six shutout innings on Thursday in his second Minor League appearance.
"Personally, I feel like I'm ready even now to come back," he told the Boston Globe through interpreter Masa Hoshino. "Since I've been given the opportunity to pitch in one more Minor League game, I think I am going to take that chance to work on some finer things and make some more detailed adjustments."
Westbrook adds drop-down delivery: Jake Westbrook, working his way back from his 2008 Tommy John surgery, has added a drop-down delivery to his repertoire.
"It gets them thinking about something else," Westbrook told MLB.com. "My curveball is only so-so, and I'm not a strikeout guy. I didn't really have anything to throw with two strikes to righties. Dropping down gives me another element. The sidearm sinker and slider is another pitch to righties."
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