Here are your MLB highlights for the week of April 12-18, 2021:

Mazel tov

  • The Astros called-up C Garrett Stubbs from the team’s alternate training site on April 14 and deployed him as a pinch runner the same day. His younger brother, CJ Stubbs, was drafted by Houston in 2019.

At the plate

  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) came out of his early-season slump, hitting .348 (8-for-23) with a home run and two RBIs.
  • OF Joc Pederson (Cubs) hit .167 (3-for-18) with his first triple in nearly 2 years and no RBIs, but 5 walks and 2 hit-by-pitches left him with an on-base percentage of .400. He also made a fine diving catch.
  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros) hit .167 (1-for-6) with a .286 OBP before before being placed on the injured list due to “COVID protocols.” It’s not clear whether Bregman was exposed to someone with the virus or tested positive.
  • OF Kevin Pillar (Mets) hit .143 (1-for-7) with a .250 OBP.

On the mound

  • Dean Kremer (Orioles) bounced back on April 17 after beginning the season with two rough outings. The second-year player tossed 4.2 innings of one-run ball, yielding 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6 (see video). To the anger of Baltimore fans, Kremer was reassigned to the team’s alternate training site on April 18 (see article).
  • Richard Bleier (Marlins) made three appearances, going 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and two blown saves over 2 combined innings.
  • Max Fried (Braves) lasted just 5 innings on April 13 to earn a loss, yielding 7 earned runs on 9 hits, 2 walks, and 2 hit-by-pitches while striking out 3.


  • P Dean Kremer (Orioles) was reassigned to the team’s alternate training site on April 18.
  • C Garrett Stubbs (Astros) was called-up by Houston on April 14.
  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros) was sent to the injured list on April 14 for COVID protocols.

Injured list

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