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Craig Kimbrel Earning Role, Shane Victorino Injury, Cliff Lee Fans 11 In Win: Braves Cup Of Coffee

Recapping the events of April 2:

Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel will be given every chance to earn the closer's job over Jonny Venters (link). Apparently all of the talk about levering the two relievers during spring camp was all for nothing.

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens will likely hit the disabled list with his side injury, though it's not official yet (link). If he does, he could only miss a couple days and make an April 9 start against the Phillies, while Mike Minor would get a spot start in Milwaukee.

Philles outfielder Shane Victorino strained his calf during Saturday's game and left early (link). It's not known whether he can play Sunday, but he may get the rest.

Marlins third baseman Donnie Murphy left Saturday's game with a right hand bruise (link).

Marlins minor league third baseman Matt Dominguez may only miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured elbow (link). It was originally thought he may be out 6-8 weeks, but new tests reveal only a slight fracture.

Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton likely won't return to action until Tuesday after the off day Monday (link). Stanton strained his hamstring in the season opener Friday.

Phillies 9, Astros 4
(PHI) Cliff Lee: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
(PHI) Raul Ibanez: 2-3, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
(HOU) Carlos Lee: 3-4, 3B, HR, 4 RBI

- Cliff Lee made his 2011 debut in fine fashion, fanning 11 while walking zero over 111 pitches in seven innings. He threw 77 for strikes.
- Carlos Lee finished a double shy of the cycle, driving in all four of Houston's runs.

Mets 6, Marlins 4 (10 Innings)
(NYM) Jon Niese: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K
(NYM) David Wright: 3-5, HR, 2 RBI
(FLA) Ricky Nolasco: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

- Niese and Nolasco battled over seven innings, coming away tied. Both teams scored a run in the ninth to remain tied. The Mets put it away in the 10th with three runs, though the Marlins did score once in the home half.
- Wright hit a homer in the first and drove in a run in the 10th to lead the Mets. Willie Harris added a two-run double in the 10th.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.