MLB scores: Inspiring Twins lefty thrives in MLB debut; Derek Dietrich dominates Pirates again

Tuesday was a busy one, as baseball's slate was chock full of games -- especially of the night variety -- with 15-plus on the docket. (The plus being the completion of the suspended game between the Royals and White Sox.) Sluggers from Houston, San Diego, and Cincy had big nights, as did a lefty debutante in Minnesota. You'll also want to see Avisail Garcia's inside-the-park home run at Tropicana Field. That, of course, is not all. 

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Inspiring Smeltzer suffocates Brewers in big-league debut

Twins 23-year-old lefty Devin Smeltzer made his major-league debut at home against the Brewers, and he pitched quite well against an offense that leads the NL in home runs: 

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Devin Smeltzer MIN • SP • 31
vs. MIL, 5/28/19
IP6
H3
R0
SO7
BB0
Pitches69
Strikes53

Smeltzer doesn't light up the gun, but he has a deep repertoire -- fronted by a plus curve -- and good skills at the command-and-control level. The numbers above show you what he's capable of. 

Speaking of what Devin Smeltzer is capable of, he's a survivor of pediatric cancer. Former big-league second baseman Chase Utley, as it turns out, inspired him along the way: 

Indeed you can support Catch Cancer Looking by purchasing one of these pretty righteous t-shirts: 

Alka Smeltzer! Quite a night for a young man who has already faced much tougher opponents in his life. 

As for Smeltzer's first-place Twins, they're now 20-7 in May. 

Bregman hasn't missed a beat

The Astros in 2015 made Alex Bregman the second overall pick of the MLB draft. He then proceeded to put up an OPS of almost .900 in the minors and establish himself as a top prospect. In 2016, he authored a strong rookie campaign for Houston, and he was even better in 2017. Last year, he made the All-Star team, put up an OPS+ of 154, and finished fifth in the AL MVP balloting thanks to his bat and his stellar fielding. This year, he's working on taking yet another step forward -- perhaps all the way to the top of the AL MVP vote. 

On Tuesday night against the Cubs, he gave us a glimpse of what he can do as he homered twice to almost the exact same opposite-field spot:

Bregman on the season is now batting .271/.395/.573 with 17 home runs and more walks than strikeouts. That's of course in addition to his plus glove at the hot corner.  He's lived up to the billing while getting methodically better every year. That $100 million contract the Astros signed him to over the winter is going to turn out to be quite a bargain from the team standpoint. 

As for Bregman's Astros, they've now clinched the series against the Cubs, and they're playing at a 107-win clip. With Tuesday's triumph, manager A.J. Hinch picked up his 500th win. 

Dietrich keeps raking despite being on scrap heap

Back on Nov. 20, 2018, the Marlins designated utility man Derek Dietrich for assignment. A few days later, the baseball world found out he had cleared waivers, so he hit free agency, where he sat for a long time. On Feb. 19, 2019, Dietrich signed a minor-league deal with the Reds. 

In between all that, every single team had chances to acquire Dietrich very cheaply and didn't do it. For many, it was a big mistake. 

Dietrich homered Monday and then three times on Tuesday, helping get the Reds to within three games of .500. You can read more here about Dietrich's night and season to date.

Pads' Hosmer stays hot

The fun and likely up-and-coming Padres grabbed a win in Yankee Stadium Tuesday night and the biggest blow of the night came from Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer. The three-run shot: 

Hosmer has been pretty locked in this past week or so. He's hitting .428 with three homers and nine RBI in the last seven games, five of which have been Padres wins. It goes back a lot longer, though. 

You can read more here about Hosmer's recent surge

Highlight of the day: Garcia hits a 287-foot home run

Yes, you read that right: Avisail Garcia of the Rays managed a 287-foot home run against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. As you've probably already figured out, it was a bit of a Tropicana Field Special: 

Suffice it to say, Toronto right fielder Randal Grichuk lost that one in the baseball-colored roof of the Trop. It happens -- reasonably often, actually. Garcia's a big guy, but he's deceptively fast, and you saw him turn on the burners as he made his way around the bags. The outcome was obvious, though, when the ball landed, oh, 30 feet behind the outfielder. That's Garcia's 10th home run of the season and the first of his career to leave the bat at a 51-degree launch angle. 

Speaking of highlights of the day, you're going to want to see the ceremonial first pitch that went down on the south side of Chicago.


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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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