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The Juice: Washington Nationals’ ‘Zimmermen’ put hurt on Marlins; Dodgers-Padres quiet

David Brown
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Z-men: If your name is Zimmerman(n), your name also is mud as far as the Miami Marlins are concerned. Behind the efforts of right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and slugger Ryan Zimmerman, the Washington Nationals straightened themselves out after suffering a humbling sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. Zimmermann (pictured above with catcher Kurt Suzuki) threw a six-hitter and Zimmerman hit his first home run of the season and drove in four in a 10-3 thumping of the Marlins on Monday night. Call them the "Zimmermen" and make the T-shirts forthwith. The Marlins fell to 2-11. No shirts for them.

All quiet at Dodger Stadium: No fights (at least on the field), no brushbacks, not even a lengthy stare. Yahoo! Sports' own Tim Brown said the Dodgers and Padres wisely set aside whatever grievances they had over the Carlos Quentin-Zack Greinke fight and just played ball. And the Padres won 6-3, tanks in part to a three-run home run from pitcher left-handed pitcher Eric Stults, the first of his career (though he did come in with 18 hits in 80 at-bats).

And, to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, outfielder Carl Crawford wore colorful shoes.

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Red Sox 3, Rays 2: About an hour before unspeakable horror occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, slugger Mike Napoli gave Boston some short-lived joy with a game-winning double off the Green Monster. The Red Sox start a road trip at Cleveland on Tuesday.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3: Left-hander Mark Buehrle can't wrap his head around pitching against the White Sox.

Mets at Rockies, ppd (snow): Football weather in Denver.

Athletics 11, Astros 2: Slugger Nate Freiman goes deep for the first time, but it feels "bittersweet" because of events in Boston.

Cardinals 10, Pirates 6: Right-hander James McDonald has had better days (although only three runs against him were earned).

Twins 8, Angels 2: Unable to deal with the stylings of right-hander Kevin Correia, the Angels fell to 4-9 (just like last season at this time). As for the Twins: Nicely played, Mauer.

Reds 4, Phillies 2: A two-run single by Brandon Phillips was the key blow, though Ben Revere tried to keep the Phillies in it with some incredible defense, and Chase Utley came through with a pinch-hit, two-run homer.

"Without Jackie Robinson, I wouldn't be here. I was proud to wear his number on my back tonight. To get a game-winning hit on his day, nothing better than that."

— Brandon Phillips

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"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good fastball " — actor/space smuggler Harrison Ford.  …

• Reds ace Johnny Cueto was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 14, because of a strained right lat muscle.

• The Marlins failed to hit a home run for the ninth straight game, tying the club record set by the franchise's inaugural team in 1993. Remember Scott Pose?

• Red Sox rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. went 0 for 3 and is hitless over his past 20 at-bats.

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