Colorado Rockies rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland gets more than 66 percent of his outs on the ground. "Kyle's stuff sets up for the ground ball," Rockies manager Bud Black said. Freeland will face Cincinnati for the first time.
Mike Minor's road back to the majors was not an easy one. Shoulder surgery kept him out of the majors for two years and resulted in a move to the bullpen. Minor got his first victory since 2014 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the Kansas City Royalsk, who beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 Sunday in a doubleheader opener.
Kris Bryant was the star for the Chicago Cubs, who seem to be returning to form in MLB.