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"I can't tell you how awesome it is here."

— Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who was 1-6 with a 5.50 earned-run average in 10 games last season with Arizona. In three games with Los Angeles in 2015, he is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA after Sunday's 1-0 win over Colorado.



The earned-run average for the Detroit Tigers bullpen in May, best in the majors. The Tigers, with a traditionally shoddy relief corps, have been led out of the bullpen by closer Joakim Soria, who is 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and is 12-for-12 in save opportunities since replacing the injured Joe Nathan in role.


The earned-run average for the Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers in the final three games of a four-game weekend series at home against San Francisco. The starters surrendered 21 earned runs in 11 innings pitched as the Reds were outscored 30-12 in the final three games of the series.


What rookie slugger Kris Bryant (10-for-22) hit on the Cubs' recent 6-1 homestand. He hit three home runs and knocked in eight.


Bryce Harper

OF, Washington

The Nationals star is about as hot as a player can get, and Harper was rewarded for his efforts Monday by being named the National League player of the week for the second straight week. Harper, 22, is just the 10th NL player to win the award in consecutive weeks since 1974. He hit .522 for the week (11-for-23) with six extra-base hits, including three home runs. He is hitting .338 and leads the NL in 12 offensive categories so far.