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. For the first time in a long time, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright came into the season with some legitimate question marks. After an iffy second half in 2014, which led to offseason elbow surgery, there was plenty of speculation about whether Wainwright would still be an elite option. If the start of his season is any indication, that’s not going to be an issue. Wainwright continued to dominate Sunday, tossing eight strong innings in a 2-1 win against the Cincinnati Reds. Wainwright allowed one run on seven hits during the outing. He walked two and notched four strikeouts. On the season, the 33-year-old has a 1.71 ERA over 21 innings. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Wainwright gave up his only run in the third inning. After getting two quick outs, Wainwright was tagged by the middle of the Reds’ order. Joey Votto singled, and Todd Frazier walked, putting Votto in scoring position. He was brought home by a Brandon Phillips single.  Other than that, Wainwright turned in an excellent outing. Following his rough third inning, Wainwright retired 12 straight Reds before Tucker Barnhart picked up a single in the seventh inning. Wainwright loaded the bases in the eighth, but was able to get out of it without giving up any runs. Jordan Walden was called upon in the ninth, and was able to preserve the 2-1 lead. Wainwright threw 102 pitches en route to his second win of the year. METS WIN EIGHTH STRAIGHT, BUT IT COMES WITH A COST For the second time this season, the New York Mets won a game at a significant cost. The first came Wednesday , when the team lost David Wright to a hamstring injury. Just a few days later, disaster struck again. The Mets pulled out a tight 7-6 win over the Miami Marlins, but lost two players this time. Reliever Jerry Blevins suffered a fractured forearm after being hit with a comebacker. In the bottom half of the inning, catcher Travis d’Arnaud was hit on the hand with a pitch, and had to leave the contest.  The news was not positive after the game. Travis d’Arnaud fractured right hand — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) April 19, 2015 Both players will be examined by specialists Monday. At that point, the team will have a better idea of when both players will be able to return to action. They are expected to miss significant time. Lost in all the injury news is the fact that the Mets won their eighth straight game. They currently sit on top of the National League East with a 10-3 record.  NELSON CRUZ STAYS HOT, WALKS IT OFF FOR THE MARINERS It’s early, but Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is starting to look like one of the better offseason signings. Cruz continued his torrid start Sunday, picking up three hits, including two home runs. Through 12 games, Cruz has already belted eight homers this year. While a two-homer game would usually be the top story, it was Cruz’s third hit of the day that was the most impressive.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] After giving up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Texas Rangers opted to walk Robinson Cano to load the bases for Cruz. With two outs, Cruz singled to left for the walk-off hit.  Cruz is now hitting .357 on the season. With the win, the Mariners improved to 5-7.   BREWERS DROP FIFTH STRAIGHT, FALL TO 2-10 The Milwaukee Brewers may not have received the memo, but the regular season started two weeks ago. Milwaukee dropped its fifth straight contest Sunday, losing 5-2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the loss, Milwaukee fell to a major-league worst 2-10. Through 12 games, the Brewers own the worst run-differential in the majors, coming in at -35. It’s tough to put the blame on one particular area. Milwaukee has scored a league-low 30 runs this year, but has allowed a league-high 65. The whole team has been bad thus far. Both issues were on display Sunday. Starter Matt Garza gave up five runs over six innings against Pittsburgh, while the Brewers offense could only muster two runs against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.  Milwaukee will begin a series with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Both teams have struggled to begin the season, but could start to turn things around with this series. Want to see the rest of Sunday’s MLB action? 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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Kris Bryant finally made his debut for the Chicago Cubs amid staggering expectations. The slugging third baseman is not only expected to challenge for rookie of the year honors – there’s also a sense that he might already be one of the game’s top hitters at his position. After all, the Cubs batted him cleanup in his first three major league games. ”I’m sure things will start to settle in and I will become more of just a guy,” Bryant said.

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Jason Heyward wasn’t sure how to react after hitting his first home run as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. ”A couple guys in the dugout said, ‘They want you to go back out there,”’ Heyward said. It was a good feeling.” Heyward’s homer backed a strong six-inning pitching performance by Carlos Martinez as the Cardinals won their fourth in a row. Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.

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Freddie Freeman plans to look around downtown Toronto before the Atlanta Braves play the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon. ”I’m going to walk around, see the high-rise where she worked, take that in,” Freeman said Saturday before homering for the second straight day against the Blue Jays. It’ll be special to see that.” Rosemary Freeman, a Toronto native who grew up in Peterborough, Ontario, died of melanoma in 2000 when Freddie was 10 years old. Now 25, Freeman says his mother’s memory continues to play a huge part in his life and his baseball career.

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With pitchers Johnny Cueto and Michael Wacha locked in a duel, Cincinnati Reds manager Brian Price took a calculated risk. It did not pay off and the Reds lost 6-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. The score was 1-1 with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the Cardinals had runners on second and third base. Price told starter Johnny Cueto to intentionally walk Jon Jay, who was 12 for 29 with three homers against the Reds’ ace.

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Not only does Shane Greene make pitching sound simple, he is making it look easy. Greene pitched eight strong innings and the Detroit Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. He had three strikeouts and no walks after the Tigers’ six-game winning streak ended on Monday with a 5-4 loss. ”He has so much movement on his pitches,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.

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Homer Bailey has moved closer to a return to the Reds’ rotation, but Devin Mesoraco is out of Cincinnati’s lineup for a third straight game because of a left hip injury and could be headed to the disabled list. The Reds are playing short-handed against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night with Mesoraco back in Cincinnati for rehabilitation.

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The Royals’ hot start has them picking up where they left off last season.

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Two years ago, Travis Wood was an All-Star. Wood pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run of the season, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs (5-3) won two of three games in the series and moved back into first place in the National League Central. It was a nice bounce-back from his first start of the season in Colorado where he yielded three runs on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings – and his 2014 campaign when he was 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA.

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