Braves rehires OF Ronald Acuña Jr., speeding up his return from knee surgery

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Acuña was 2 for 5 for Gwinnett Wednesday night, hitting .368 with three stolen bases in six games.

Despite Acuña’s strong performance on his rehabilitation assignment, the Braves had appeared firm in their plan to remain cautious ahead of his scheduled May 6 return.

However, there had been some indication that Acuña was influencing this plan. On Wednesday, manager Brian Snitker said the team would wait until after Acuña’s scheduled nine innings with Gwinnett Thursday night before deciding on its next game.

The Braves’ decision to activate Acuña may have been motivated by a loss Eddie Rosario for eight to 12 weeks. Rosario, last season’s NL Championship Series MVP, had a laser procedure to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye on Wednesday.

The Braves designated outfielders Alex Dickerson for the job of clearing a spot for Acuña on the active roster.

Royal’s SS Mondesi tears her left knee ligament

Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesis The season is in jeopardy after tests revealed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. The 26-year-old Mondesi, who only played 35 games in 2021 due to left hamstring and left oblique injuries, started 14 of 15 games. “It’s heartbreaking,” infielder Nicky Lopez called. An MRI Thursday showed the tear. Mondesi, who hit .140 (7 of 50) in five attempts with five stolen bases, suffered the injury in an attempted pickoff game Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Lopez, who started 141 games at shortstop in 2021, is likely to move from second base. Bobby Witt Jr. is also a possibility, but manager Mike Matheny hinted that his esteemed rookie is adjusting to third base. “I expect to be there [at shortstop] probably every single day,” Lopez said. “Until I hear otherwise.” Versatile Whit Merrifield He is expected to move to second base from right field. . . Beginner Kyle Isbel hit a two-run single in Kansas City’s 10th inning, and the Royals defeated the host Chicago White Sox 5-2. Merrifield hit the go-ahead run in the 10th as the White Sox catcher Reese McGuire was charged with a passed ball with charged bases and two outs. Then Isbel, promoted from Triple-A Omaha before the game, got his hit from left-hander Aaron Bummer (0-1).

Richter drives Yankees past Orioles

Aaron Richter Shortly after hitting his fifth error of the game, Baltimore hit a three-run long homer, and the rising New York Yankees defeated the sloppy Orioles 10-5 at Yankees Stadium. Judge hit his fifth homer two batters from the shortstop Jorg Mateo committed his second error by playing wrong DJ LeMahieus Erdner. According to Tim Locastro scored through on a wild throw Paul Fried, Richter blasted a slider into the left midfield seats. The judge also had a binding hit and Anthony Rizzo delivered a go-ahead single during New York’s fifth four-run run when all runs were undeserved. Marvin Gonzales had an RBI double and Judge hit his single against Baltimore starter Bruce Zimmerman (1-1). Gian Carlo Stanton added an RBI single as the Yankees won for a sixth straight season and eighth in nine games. New York also won its seventh consecutive home game, becoming the first AL team with 13 wins. . . Kyle Tucker scored a tie pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros beat host Texas Rangers 3-2 in a series finale that began as an impressive duel between the starting pitchers. Tucker’s two-run blast went off Matt Busch (0-1), the first assist for Texas after the left-hander Martin Perez took a perfect play into the seventh inning, pulling back the first 18 hitters he faced before giving up his only run on Yordan Alvarez’s opposing RBI single to the left. Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (2-0) struck out eight and allowed a seven-inning run in only his fourth start since Tommy John’s surgery. The right-hander threw 64 of 91 shots for strikes and didn’t have a walk while dropping his season ERA to 1.73.

Rays rally to beat Mariners

Brett Phillips rebounded with a tied single-off pitcher Chris Flexens Leg in the seventh inning and host Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1. With Harold Ramirez at third base and two outs in a 1-1 game, Phillips landed a comeback at Flexen (1-3), dashing off the pitcher’s right leg to the left side of the infield, which was cleared by a shift. Ramirez scored easily. JP Feyereisen (1-0) won after a perfect seventh and eighth place finishes. . . Carlo Correa broke out of a bottom with three hits and three RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins ended a three-game win over the Detroit Tigers with a 7-1 win. Gio Urschel, Trevor Larnachand Gilbert Celestino All had two hits for the Twins, who have won seven straight and ended a 6-0 home record that also included a win over the White Sox.

Wheeler throws Gem for Phillies

Zack Wheeler threw one-hit ball for six shutout innings and Alec Boehm homered to help the Philadelphia Phillies wrap up a four-game win over the visiting Colorado Rockies in a 7-1 win. Wheeler (1-3), who lost his first three starts of the season, batted seven and walked four. He threw nine strikes on nine pitches without a strikeout in a 1-2-3 first inning and walked Sam Hilliard stranded in third place after a leadoff triple in the third inning. The Rockies were defeated in a four-game series in Philadelphia for the first time since July 2010. Bryce Harper went 1-3 as the designated hitter on the 10-year anniversary of his first big league game as a 19-year-old fielder playing for the Washington Nationals against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He won the Rookie of the Year award that season and won the NL MVP twice, with Washington in 2015 and last season with the Phillies. Against the Rockies, he was again the designated batsman. . . Ha Seong Kim hit a three-run tie double in the sixth inning that eluded the diving left fielder Tommy Pham, which allowed the San Diego Padres to beat the host Cincinnati Reds 7-5 to cap a season win in the series. Kim had three hits, including two doubles, with the second rebounding off the top of the left field wall. Manny Machado had four hits which gave him seven in his last two games as San Diego improved to 6-0 against the Reds this season. Eric Hosmer, who entered the game and led the majors in batting, gave San Diego a 1-0 lead with a first inning single to midfield. Hosmer went 2 for 4 to raise his average to a .415. He finished the three-game streak with six RBIs. . . More than four years are away from his departure from Pittsburgh, the five-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen propelled the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Pirates to complete a three-game win in Pittsburgh. McCutchen led the game with his 93rd home run in Pittsburgh and added a two-run go-ahead single in the ninth as Milwaukee won their eighth straight win over the Pirates from last season. . . left handed Trevor Rogers allowed a run in six innings to record their first win of the season (1-3), the Bullpen extended their lead again, and the Miami Marlins ended a three-game win over the faltering Washington Nationals with a 3-2 win to extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 10-8 after a 1-4 start.

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