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Padres Rookie Christian Villanueva Records Three-Homer Game; Wil Myers Sidelined With Nerve Irritation

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The San Diego Padres won their first game of 2018 Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies by a score of 8-4, and rookie third baseman Christian Villanueva stole the show, going 3-3 with three homers and five RBIs.

It was the eighth three-home run game in Padres franchise history.

All three of Villanueva’s blasts were absolute no-doubters. Take a look:

Villanueva, 26, hit .226 (12 for 53) with four homers and 16 RBIs in Spring Training to make the team. A September callup last year, he hit .344/.344/.750 in 32 at-bats with four homers and seven RBIs after making his debut on the 18th.

“I have a lot of dreams, I have a lot of goals, and I think, little by little, I’m starting to reach them,” said Villanueva following his big night.

An eight-year Minor Leaguer, the 5’11” Villanueva appears to be the real deal for San Diego.

In other Padres news, outfielder Wil Myers was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday due to nerve irritation in his right arm.

“It’s pretty uncomfortable to throw, pretty uncomfortable to hit,” said Myers. “So right now, what’s best is to give it a few days to get it back to where it needs to go.

“It’s early in the season. If I can use these days to get this right, get my back right, to finish the last 148 games completely healthy, it’s the right move.”

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Phillies Sign Andrew McCutchen to 3-Year, $50M Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year, $50 million contract, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

McCutchen, 32, started the 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

McCutchen performed well for the Yankees, and the Phillies are banking on that version of McCutchen moving forward.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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