• Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson reached a milestone last week, beating the Washington Nationals for his 200th career victory. He did it in grand style, too, ignoring his .179 career batting average and hitting a home run in the fifth inning. The only other pitcher to ever homer in his 200th win before last week was the Indians’ Bob Lemon in 1956. More intrigue from the situation: Nationals manager Davey Johnson also was in the opposing dugout for Hudson’s first career win in 1999, when Johnson was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
• A second opinion on Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd’s right elbow has confirmed a tear of his flexor muscle. His ulnar collateral ligament (the ligament connected to Tommy John surgery ) is also said to be “unstable.” Floyd is seeking a third opinion in New York on Monday. If the diagnosis is similar, Floyd could opt for surgery that would end his 2013 season. Meanwhile, John Danks is still working his way back from arthroscopic shoulder surgery last August. Danks threw seven innings in a rehab start for Double-A Birmingham and said he felt good.
• As Jayson Stark of ESPN pointed out, April had the fourth-most postponements of any month in baseball history. It’s starting to create a real problem for those tasked with scheduling 162 games for all 30 MLB teams and cramming the remaining games into an already-cramped schedule. April had 18 postponements, maybe most notably in Cleveland after the Indians had back-to-back rainouts against the New York Yankees, forcing the Yankees to fly back to Cleveland for a May 13 makeup, doubleheader.
• Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had perhaps the best April of any pitcher but now finds himself in a whirlwind of allegations. After Buchholz dominated the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, striking out eight and lowering his season ERA to 1.01, Blue Jays broadcasters and former pitchers Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris accused Buchholz of putting an illegal substance on his left forearm. Video appears to show a clear substance, not of the color and consistency of rosin, sweat or water, on his left forearm. He then repeatedly swipes two fingers from his pitching hand across that forearm. Buchholz says he keeps water on his uniform and in his hair, and does pat the rosin bag on that left forearm, all of which is legal. But until the answer is clear, Buchholz will surely be under scrutiny.
• Kansas City Royals pitcher Ervin Santana has flipped the script on his career norms. Santana entered this season averaging (over the past three seasons) a 5.17 ERA in April. His career norms saw him progressively improve as the season dragged on. But this year, Santana’s first with the Royals, he’s 3-1 with an ERA of 2.00. James Shields was supposed to be the pitching staff’s savior, but so far Santana has been one of the best in the division.
— Ryan Lewis