SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Colorado Rockies designated right-hander Jorge Rondon for assignment Saturday and called up left-hander Ken Roberts from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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San Diego’s Ian Kennedy had one pitch working Friday night. It was more than enough to snap the Padres’ three-game losing streak. The Padres thumped the Colorado Rockies, 14-3, behind Kennedy’s bounce-back start. He allowed two runs on four hits in winning for the sixth time 10 decisions against the Rockies.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Carlos Quentin has announced his retirement after chronic knee injuries cut short his All-Star career.

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The Washington Nationals have signed Jose Valverde to a minor league contract as an insurance policy for their inconsistent bullpen. The right-hander earned two saves last year for the New York Mets but had a 5.66 ERA in 21 games. Washington signed him to a minor league deal last week, but the team did not announce the move. Valverde went to spring training this year on a minor league contract with San Diego, but the Padres released him on April 2.

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The Houston Astros capped a great road trip with another big win against the slumping San Diego Padres. Dallas Keuchel held San Diego to three hits in eight innings and Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer to power the Astros to their sixth straight win, 7-2 Wednesday. The AL West-leading Astros swept the Padres for the first time since May 8-10, 2009. First-year manager A.J. Hinch had worked in San Diego’s front office from September 2010 until just after A.J. Preller was hired as general manager in early August.

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The way the Arizona Diamondbacks have been hitting the last few days, they didn’t seem to need a sterling performance from starting pitcher Josh Collmenter. He delivered one any way Wednesday night, striking out six and scattering five hits over eight innings without allowing an earned run in Arizona’s 9-1 romp over the Colorado Rockies. Jordan Pacheco stung his former team with a three-run home run and Yasmany Tomas drove in three runs with two singles to lead the Diamondbacks. Just wanted to give the team as many opportunities to score and they continued to do that.” The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the fifth inning – all with two outs – to break open a 2-1 game.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw may have pitched well Tuesday, but Buster Posey was the real hero during the pitcher’s duel. [ It's not too late to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] Posey picked up two hits, knocking in the only two runs Bumgarner would need in order to win the game. He would kick things off with an RBI single in the first inning, and then came back with a solo home run off Kershaw to open the fourth. Posey finished 2-for-4, with one scored and two RBI during the contest. Both Bumgarner and Kershaw turned in excellent performances. Kershaw gave up two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings of work. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks. Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t enough. Bumgarner was even better, allowing just one earned run on five hits over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked one, earning his second win of the year.  JERED WEAVER FALTERS AGAIN Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver would probably like a do-over for the season’s first month. The 32-year-old turned in another tough start Tuesday, losing 6-2 against the Oakland Athletics. All six runs were charged to Weaver during the contest. Things did not start out well for the ace. With the bases loaded in the first inning, Weaver allowed a two-run single against Josh Reddick. He then gave up a three-run shot to Brett Lawrie.  Weaver would recover, tossing four scoreless frames before allowing his sixth and final run in the sixth inning. When all was said and done, Weaver allowed six runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out one, but did not issue any walks. With the loss, Weaver drops to 0-3 on the season. It’s the first time in his career Weaver has gone winless after his first five starts.  Despite the slow start, manager Mike Scioscia remains encouraged , according to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez.  “His stuff is not that far away from when he won 20 games,” Scioscia said of Weaver, who got to 20 wins in 2012 and led the American League with 18 wins last season. “At times, you’ll see the ball come out like you expect with Jered, but right now, he’s trying to find a release point and a mechanical solution that will let him be in sync to where his complicated delivery adds deception but gets him that crisp fastball. Right now, it’s something he’s searching for, and he’s really not that far away. His stuff is still going to play, and in a big way.” The Angels are 9-11 to kick off the season. Weaver has posted a 5.83 ERA over 29 1/3 innings.   HOUSTON CONTINUES TO PILE IT ON The Houston Astros continued their offensive surge Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. The Astros scored 14 runs on 17 hits en route to a 14-3 victory. The top of the team’s lineup was responsible for a big chunk of damage. The club’s first five batters accounted for 12 hits, eight runs and 10 RBI during the contest. Jose Altuve picked up four of those hits, while George Springer was responsible for five RBI.  Springer, Evan Gattis and Chris Carter all added home runs during the victory. The win pushes the Astros to 13-7 on the year. The club has now won five straight games.  BLUE JAYS OUT-SLUG RED SOX   Despite allowed six runs over four innings, Toronto Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison escaped with a no-decision Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Hutchison wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up five walks against zero strikeouts during the contest. Things were rough early, as the Red Sox tagged Hutchison for four runs in the second inning. Hutchison didn’t give up a ton of hard contact during the inning, but the hits kept finding holes. Hutchison was taken off the hook by Clay Buchholz. Buchholz pitched well to kick things off, but fell apart in the third. He failed to get out of the inning, giving up five runs before he was pulled. Buchholz lasted just 2 2/3 innings.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The Blue Jays would continue to pile it on, eventually winning the game 11-8. The middle of the lineup did the most damage. Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion combined to go 7-14, with six runs scored and seven RBI.  Bautista and Donaldson each added their fifth home runs of the year during the contest, bringing the Blue Jays to 10-11 on the season. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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Josh Hamilton has spent the past 11 weeks lifting weights, shagging fly balls, taking swings, running bases, rehabilitating his surgically repaired right shoulder. The uniform, the logo on his hat, the nameplate on his locker, the crack of balls being hit, the camaraderie with fellow players, even if they weren’t going to be his actual teammates – all of it meant he was part of a team again and the Texas slugger couldn’t have enjoyed it any more. ”I was on my own, removed from the game,” Hamilton said. Following a self-reported cocaine and alcohol relapse during the offseason, the prodigiously talented outfielder was back in uniform Tuesday after being traded from the Los Angeles Angels back to Texas, where he went to the World Series twice and was the 2010 AL MVP.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts entered the season with enormous expectations, but has gotten off to a slow start to begin the year. That may have changed Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. With men on first and second, Betts delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Betts stepped to the plate against rookie Miguel Castro, and, on the second pitch he saw, hit a ground ball into center for the game-winning hit.  [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] Betts was a consistent force throughout the contest, reaching base four times. After walking in the first, Betts doubled in the fifth and added a single in the eighth. With the performance, Betts raised his average to .218. Both teams suffered injuries during the contest. Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had to exit the game early due to a neck injury. He’s expected back in the lineup Tuesday.  Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes managed to play the entire game, but was placed on the 15-day disabled list once the contest was completed. Reyes has been dealing with a rib injury for most of the season, but aggravated the issue Monday. This is the third straight season in which Reyes has made a trip to the DL in April. He was hitting .250/.266/.300 over 66 plate appearances. MURPHY BACKS GEE’S DOMINANT PERFORMANCE Dillon Gee was masterful for the New York Mets on Monday against the Miami Marlins. Gee allowed one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings. He stuck out three and did not issue any walks during the performance. Gee only needed 70 pitches in order to get the job done. Gee was matched throughout the start by Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart. Cosart gave up just two hits over eight strong innings, putting him in line for the win. That changed in the ninth inning. With Steve Cishek on for the save, the Mets began their rally.  Juan Lagares doubled to kick things off. That was followed up by a walk to Lucas Duda. With men on first and second, and one out, Daniel Murphy stepped to the plate. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Murphy clobbered an 89 mph sinker out to right for a three-run shot.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Jeurys Familia came on for the save in the bottom of the ninth, and tossed a perfect inning. Familia is a perfect nine-for-nine in save opportunities this season. With the win, the Mets improved to 15-5. HOUSTON CAN’T STOP WINNING Don’t look now, but the Houston Astros are the leaders in the American League West. Houston continued their April dominance, winning their fourth straight game Monday against the San Diego Padres. With the win, the Astros will post their first winning record in April since 2006. A win tonight guarantees the Astros their first winning record in April since 2006. — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) April 28, 2015 Jose Altuve has continued to be a force at the top of the lineup, but the team was also helped by both Colby Rasmus and Jed Lowrie on Monday. The trio combined for six of the team’s 10 hits, and five of the club’s nine RBI during the contest. The club may be without Lowrie for some time, however. Lowrie scored on a base hit in the ninth inning, but slid into home awkwardly. He’s slated to have an MRI on Tuesday. Lowrie flying to Houston for MRI tomorrow — Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) April 28, 2015 The 31-year-old Lowrie is hitting .300/.432/.567, with four home runs, over 74 plate appearances. TAIJUAN WALKER SETTLES IN AGAINST TEXAS The Seattle Mariners expected big things from Taijuan Walker this season. After the 22-year-old posted big numbers in spring training, it was assumed he was ready for a breakout. That wasn’t the case during his first three starts. Walker was rocked during his first two appearances, giving up 14 earned runs in just 7 1/3 innings. While his third outing was better, Walker lasted 5 1/3 innings due to control issues. In his fourth outing, against the Texas Rangers, Walker flashed the potential he showed in March. Walker allowed one unearned run over seven strong innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing, earning his first win of the year. With the performance, Walker lowered his ERA to 6.86.  Want to see more from Monday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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