Nationals’ Juan Soto hits home run in second career at-bat

Recalling Juan Soto in May wouldn’t have been in the Nationals’ plans to start the season, but it paid off Monday.

The Nationals promoted 19-year-old Soto to their roster Sunday, when he received his first MLB at bat. Monday, he recorded his first hit: an opposite-field home run on the first pitch he saw.

Soto’s home run was a three-run shot, which helped Washington jump out to an early 5-0 lead over the Padres.

Tommy Pham, batting second, was ejected by Timmons after Pham took a called third strike in the first. He continued to bark about it from the dugout before being tossed for the first time in his career. Bader replaced Pham in center field.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (7-2, 2.69 ERA) makes his third start against the Brewers this season. He won 8-4 in his Cardinals debut on April 2.

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (5-6, 4.54 ERA) makes his second start this season against the Cardinals. He is 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 10 career outings, including a no-decision April 3 at Miller Park.

Logan Morrison, Twins — one-year, $5.5 million ($1 million buyout for $8.5 million option)
Morrison was one of many second-tier first basemen available last winter and like many of the others had to settle for a single-season contract. Morrison struggled mightily in the early stages of the season and his slash line — .204/.319/.359 — is paying for it. Morrison’s 88 wRC+ and poor defensive metrics have the first baseman working on a 0.0 fWAR.

The good news for the Twins is that Morrison is hitting .273 since the calendar flipped to May (66 at-bats) with a .877 OPS and a 141 wRC+. This should give the Twins some hope that Morrison can reach and surpass the 0.7 fWAR required to break even on the contract.

CC Sabathia, Yankees — one-year, $10 million
Sabathia spoke with other clubs, but it seemed a near certainty that the Yankees would land the veteran lefty. Sabathia, 37, completed a lengthy transformation in 2017, pitching to a 3.69 ERA in 148 2/3 innings. Sabathia was the club’s stopper, not once taking a loss when he pitched the game after a Yankees’ defeat. Sabathia has started the season well, but has fallen on hard times over the last three starts: he’s allowed 15 runs in 13 1/3 innings, pushing his season ERA to 3.55.

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