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The third homer he hit on Tuesday came off a 96.7-mph fastball from Kyle Finnegan, the fastest pitch he's hit for a home run in his career. It's a small sample size, just 15 plate appearances and 11 at-bats, but the swing-and-miss rate is down, a good sign that the improvement against fastballs can hold.

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Sir, it’s your job to figure this out. The Braves’ lack of offensive success isn’t a new issue. It’s April 26, and the Braves have somehow found a way to remain just two games out of a crowded NL East race. Much of that is thanks to the ineptitude of the rest of the division, but there’s no guarantee that sort of poor play continues.Colorado Rockies

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Fernando Tatis Jr. found himself during a four-game series at Dodger Stadium, amassing five home runs and three stolen bases. Trent Grisham, meanwhile, entered Wednesday with an .888 OPS. If those two are clicking at the top of the lineup, the Padres' offense is among the best in the sport. -- GonzalezSan Francisco Giants

Tauchman has a chance to become the primary center fielder against right-handed pitching, as the Giants have been using Austin Slater and Mauricio Dubon in those situations. The Giants know some of what he'll bring to the table, but they're hoping for more of what the AL East saw in 2019, when Tauchman hit 13 homers and was one of the league's better players for a stretch. He hasn't hit a homer in more limited action since.

As the Tigers desperately need someone to step up with consistent quality at-bats, Schoop is showing improvements on offense. In the first game of Tuesday's contest, he crushed a solo home run in the eighth inning.Atlanta Braves

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Ohtani has made three starts as a pitcher this season and his latest came Monday night against the Texas Rangers. He racked up nine strikeouts in five innings and finally got his first win of the season.

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