Cubs' Baez returns to lineup day after outfield collision

The Brewers had pulled within 5-3 in the third on a three-run homer by Ryan Braun. "He was just really on top of his game, I thought". "I have a really good feel for everything".

The young infielder was able to leave the game under his own power and has been diagnosed with a left eye contusion.

Wilson Contreras broke the game open with a two-run double in the eighth and Javier Baez drove in two more with a single up the middle, giving the Cubs an 11-4 lead.

Baez had a welt around his left eye as he walked off the field accompanied by manager Joe Maddon. "All of a sudden you're seeing the ball better, your confidence goes up and you start striking the ball harder". Davies looks to rebound from a 6-5 loss to Colorado where he was charged with all six runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings.

"We needed more fielders tonight", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "They played some good defense".

Chicago Cubs' Ben Zobrist watches his home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Blue Jays rallied for a 7-6 lead, but Tampa Bay overtook them by scoring three times in the sixth inning, two on a double by Steven Souza Jr.

"Once the game started going, I started to find my groove a little bit", Hendricks said.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, INDIANS 3: Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two during a five-run fifth inning, and Arizona rallied from three down to beat Cleveland. The movement is really good. I don't care. It was just an accident. A switch-hitter, Franklin has now hit 22 of his 23 career home runs from the left side of the plate. "Yeah, there is", Maddon said. Since I came out of the game, I was icing it, so the swelling was going down. "Where I am now in my career I don't worry about it because I know that I'm smart enough to work around that, and the velocity is still good enough to get it by guys and to do certain things in certain situations with it".

Heyward wasn't in the lineup, but was available. Maddon said the collision had nothing to do with Heyward's absence.

Vargas (1-0) returned from Tommy John surgery last September and earned his first victory Friday since June 8, 2015. Arrietta buckled down after the Braun homer, retiring 13 of the next 14 batters he faced.

The Brewers have played a lot of close games through the first five on their schedule, leaving their bullpen - which covered five of the final 11 innings of a 2-1 victory Friday night - a little stretched.

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