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. The Washington Nationals played with nine fielders against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, but they really only needed two. Jordan Zimmermann and Wilson Ramos starred as the Nats took the 3-1 victory over the reigning World Series champs. On the mound, Zimmermann was fantastic. He allowed just one run on three hits over seven strong innings. Zimmermann walked one and struck out eight during the contest. His only blemish was a solo home run to Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning. Other than that, the Giants failed to get much going against Zim. At the plate, Zimmermann’s battery mate took center stage. Ramos broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a solo shot off George Kontos. He would also drive in the team’s insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Ramos finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. He also reached on a walk. Over his past three starts, Zimmermann has been exceptional. In 22 innings, he’s allowed just one earned run. He’s posted a 17:1 strikeout to walk ratio over that period. Following Sunday’s start, Zimmermann now has a 3.04 ERA. After a slow start to the year, he’s starting to round into form. With the victory, the Nationals improved to 46-36 on the year. BIG ERV IMPRESSES IN SEASON DEBUT The Minnesota Twins have already made surprised plenty of people this season. They’ve been able to do so without one of their best pitchers, Ervin Santana. Santana returned from his suspension Sunday and pitched well during a 3-2 loss. Santana, who was suspended for the first 80 games of the season after testing positive for steroids during the offseason, looked great in his first game back. The 32-year-old allowed two runs on just three hits over eight strong innings. Santana walked three, but struck out eight during the outing. Santana left with the game tied, receiving a no-decision for his efforts. The Kansas City Royals managed to scratch across a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, saddling the Twins with the loss. Minnesota’s rotation hasn’t been particularly strong all season, so Santana should provide a nice upgrade. The club ranks 18th in starting pitcher ERA and 17th in FIP, just below the league average in both categories.  With the loss, the Twins fell to 43-39 on the season. They are 4.5 games back of the Royals in the American League Central. PHILLIES PULL OFF LATE RALLY The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t experienced a ton of highlights this season, but that changed Sunday. Philly rallied against the Atlanta Braves, scoring four runs in extras to pick up the victory. While neither factored into the decision, both starting pitchers deserve a ton of credit. Cole Hamels tossed seven scoreless frames, giving up just six hits. He did not issued a walk, and struck out six during the outing.  Shelby Miller wasn’t as good, but his performance was still impressive. Over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, Miller gave up seven hits. He walked two and struck out eight.  Both teams received strong bullpen work once their starters were removed. That lasted until the top of the 10th inning, when the Philly bats started to come alive.  The club feasted on Nick Masset immediately. Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez each singled to open the frame, and Maikel Franco walked to load the bases. Ryan Howard would come through with a sac fly, giving the team a 1-0 lead. That wasn’t enough. Carlos Ruiz would drive in two more runs on a double, and Freddy Galvis would single in the fourth run of the inning.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Jonathan Papelbon came on in the bottom of the ninth, and managed to shut the door. With the win, Philadelphia improved to 28-56 on the year. MATZ DOES IT AGAIN FOR METS By the end of the season, New York Mets might regret that they didn’t call up rookie Steven Matz sooner. The 24-year-old was excellent his second time out, picking up the 8-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Once again, Matz contributed in both aspects of the game. On the mound, he gave up just two hits over six shutout innings. Matz struck out eight and walked two during the outing.  At the plate, Matz picked up another RBI. He already has five RBI despite making just two starts in the majors.  With the victory, the Mets improved to 42-41 on the season. The club remains 4.5 games out of the National League East lead.  Want to see more from Sunday’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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Alex Rodriguez finished fifth in fan voting at designated hitter for the All-Star Game, but he’s worthy of serious consideration. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy have tough tasks filling out the rosters. It’s remarkable that Rodriguez even warrants discussion considering he missed the entire 2014 season while serving the longest penalty in baseball history related to performance-enhancing drugs.

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Alex Rodriguez finished fifth in fan voting at designated hitter for the All-Star Game, but he’s worthy of serious consideration. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy have tough tasks filling out the rosters. It’s remarkable that Rodriguez even warrants discussion considering he missed the entire 2014 season while serving the longest penalty in baseball history related to performance-enhancing drugs.

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Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game. Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park. AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

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It took some time, but Mike Montgomery probably couldn’t have asked for a better start to his major league career with the Seattle Mariners. After becoming the 12th rookie since 1980 to record back-to-back shutouts, Montgomery looks to continue his recent dominance Sunday against the host Oakland Athletics. A 2008 first-round pick of Kansas City who was dealt to Tampa Bay in 2012 then to Seattle (37-44) in March, Montgomery (3-2, 1.62 ERA) has shined in six starts since making his major league debut June 2.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday:

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Joe Mauer continues to make Kansas City his home away from home. Mauer hit a two-run homer in his first four-hit game in nearly two years, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 Saturday night. Mauer, who is 13 for 28 against Royals starter Joe Blanton, homered with Brian Dozier aboard in a three-run first.

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The surprising Minnesota Twins, who are in second place in the American League Central, have added a front-line starter for the second half of the season. Right-hander Ervin Santana has been reinstated after an 80-game drug suspension and is scheduled to start Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. ”It’s a little different than making a trade, I think,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said Saturday.

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Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera will be sidelined with a calf injury for at least six weeks after the Tigers placed the AL batting leader on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The two-time AL MVP pulled up while breaking for second on an attempted hit-and-run in the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. An MRI showed a strain of his calf muscle but no injury to his Achilles tendon.

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Twins prospect Miguel Sano has prodigious power and a tale that demands to be told.

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