Mark Melancon RP PIT 10 Hrs
Melancon threw a scoreless inning of relief in a non-save situation Sunday against the Cubs. He struck out two batters.
Because the Bucs play six home games in the coming week -- where the team holds a 46-29 record, Melancon could see multiple save opportunities. The closer has notched three saves and a victory thus far in six September appearances.
Andrew Lambo LF PIT 10 Hrs
Lambo made his major league debut at first base Sunday, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being lifted for a pinch hitter.
The Pirates gave Lambo a shot at first, bypassing fellow lefty Ike Davis for a day. The results weren't particularly encouraging, but Lambo was the final link on the Bucs' first triple play in Pittsburgh since 1993. The team auditioned Lambo at first base during spring training, but the former Dodgers farm hand failed in his bid to make the team.
Wilson Ramos C WAS 10 Hrs
Ramos hit a two-run homer in Washington's 3-0 win over the Mets on Sunday.
Ramos has suffered through another injury-plagued season, but he was the hero Sunday, slugging a two-run shot off Jonathon Niese in the seventh inning. Ramos has hit .272 with 10 homers and 44 RBI in 78 games (302 at-bats) in 2014.
Jordan Zimmermann SP WAS 10 Hrs
Zimmermann logged another quality start Sunday, pitching 6.2 innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts and one walk in a win over the Mets.
Zimmermann scattered six hits in the winning decision. Following Sunday's effort, he's 12-5 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 168:28 K:BB ratio in 30 starts (184.2 innings) this season. Zimmermann will aim for continued success Friday in Miami.
Jon Niese SP NYM 10 Hrs
Niese made one mistake and it cost him, as he allowed a two-run home run to Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning of the Mets' 3-0 loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
Niese allowed just those two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. He has just a 3.55 ERA on the season, but is only 8-11 due to the moribund Mets offense.
Dana Eveland P NYM 11 Hrs
Eveland (elbow) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, The Record reports.
Eveland continues to experience pain and inflammation in his throwing elbow, and the team has made the call to shut him down in hopes of avoiding a serious injury. An MRI last week revealed no structural damage, so Eveland will return to his home in California to rest and begin rehab. "There was really no sense in ramping it back up for three games," Eveland said. "They figured the best thing was send me home, let me start my rehab at home, and let me be 100 percent for next year."
Vic Black RP NYM 11 Hrs
Black (shoulder) will undergo a precautionary MRI on Sunday, The Record reports.
Black has been dealing with weakness and soreness in his throwing shoulder since returning from the DL on September 8. With only a dozen games remaining, and the Mets well out of contention, it's possible Black will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. "We're going to be very, very careful," manager Terry Collins said.
Alex Avila C DET 11 Hrs
Avila (head) left Sunday's game against the Royals due to lightheadedness, the Oakland Press reports. "He took one off the mask earlier in the day, but at the time, he didn't show the reaction that's normally associated with someone that's been concussed. He kind of went about his business," said manager Brad Ausmus. Avila will likely miss Monday's contest against the Twins.
Avila was removed after his seventh inning at-bat and was diagnosed with lightheadedness. He took a pitch off the mask earlier in the game and was reportedly experiencing headaches in the dugout. Avila has dealt with concussion issues each of the last three seasons, so the Tigers likely wanted to err on the side of caution. As such, it is unlikely Avila suits up Monday in Minnesota.
J. D. Martinez LF/RF.. DET 11 Hrs
Martinez was 2-of-3 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Indians.
Martinez has been on a roll, slugging three homers with eight RBI over his last five games alone. With a .305/.350/.557 slash line to go with 22 home runs and 71 RBI, the 27-year-old outfielder has become an integral part of Detroit's lineup this season.
Justin Verlander SP DET 11 Hrs
Verlander surrendered six hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings against Cleveland on Sunday.
Verlander, who had six strikeouts and three walks in the no decision, was pulled after 109 pitches, 68 of which were strikes. The right-hander will try to improve on his 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in Saturday's start in Kansas City.