This isn't the old Perez, the southpaw who caved to the pressure of pitching in New York on a $36 million contract. This is the older Perez, a father, a reinvented reliever and a man so relaxed that he can enjoy life's small treasures,
In a battle of rookies, Padres right-hander Burch Smith was outmatched by Cardinals southpaw Tyler Lyons on Wednesday night in San Diego, where the Friars took a 5-3 loss to close their homestand.
The only offseason question between the Phillies and Nationals seemed to be how far behind the Phils would be in the National League East standings when they played the Nats for the first time in May. It turns out that just one game separates them in the standings 47 games in.
Pedro Alvarez's play in the field has been criticized in the past, but Wednesday night, he made three great stops on hard hit groundballs to his left. And while the Pirates did make two errors in their 1-0 win, manager Clint Hurdle said they probably saved five hits with stellar defense, several by their third baseman.
Coming off back-to-back scoreless outings, Bronson Arroyo leads the streaking Reds back to Cincinnati to face the Cubs and an equally hot Scott Feldman.