Right-handed three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt is still three to four weeks from being considered for the Rockies' rotation, but his effort Saturday at extended spring training suggests he is progressing rapidly.
If you thought the Cubs were playing without a third baseman at times during Saturday's win over the Mets, you wouldn't be entirely off base. The defensive shifts that Dale Sveum and his staff like to employ have been on display this weekend when New York outfielder Rick Ankiel comes to bat.
Lefty Patrick Corbin (6-0, 1.57) and the D-backs will open up a three-game set at Coors Field against Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89) and the division rival Rockies on Monday.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was still shaking his head in dismay Sunday over reliever Kenley Jansen's decision to challenge Braves pinch-hitter Evan Gattis, who slugged a two-run homer Saturday night on an inside cutter.
Though the Giants could have used Marco Scutaro's hot hitting and Buster Posey's formidable presence to bolster Sunday's lineup, manager Bruce Bochy considered their long-term welfare and left both regulars on the bench for the series finale against the Colorado Rockies.