Kyle Kendrick SP COL 2 hours ago
Kendrick endured yet another rough start on Sunday, giving up six runs on six hits over 5.0 innings against the Padres to earn his fourth loss in his last four decisions.
San Diego scored four runs via the home run, which has been a problem for Kendrick all season. The 30-year-old is now the owner of an ugly 8.73 ERA and will look to right the ship against the Dodgers on Saturday.
Justin Upton LF SD 2 hours ago
Upton continued his hot hitting on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored against the Rockies.
The 27-year-old is adjusting quite nicely to his new home stadium, as he has posted a 1.013 OPS at Petco Park through 55 at-bats. He should continue to see plenty of chances to produce in the middle of a loaded Padres lineup and makes for an even nicer daily play when the team is at home.
James Shields SP SD 2 hours ago
Shields was touched up for five runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings against the Rockies on Sunday, striking out seven en route to his third win of the season.
Shields struggled to keep the ball in the yard this time out, as three of the Rockies' runs against him came via the home run. Luckily each of the long balls came with no men on base, and the Padres offense was able to bail him out. Shields failed to record a quality start on Sunday for the first time this season, and will look to bounce back against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Kyle Blanks 1B TEX 2 hours ago
Blanks made his fourth consecutive start at first base on Sunday against the A's, going 0-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.
The 28-year-old has made quite a splash in his first four games as a Ranger, hitting .333 with two home runs, four RBI and a stolen base, and could continue to occupy first base if he keeps performing well, as Prince Fielder is a huge defensive liability.
Yovani Gallardo SP TEX 2 hours ago
Gallardo tossed his second consecutive quality start on Sunday against the A's, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks over 6.2 innings.
Gallardo was a hard-luck loser on the day as the Rangers' bats were stifled by Sonny Gray, and is now the owner of a 2-4 record on the season. The righty will look to continue his string of solid outings against the Rays on Friday.
Danny Santana SS/CF MIN 3 hours ago
Santana went 1-for-5 in Sunday's win over the White Sox. He's hitting .392 (11-for-28) over his last seven games.
Santana has moved back to ninth in the order the past four games after being used mostly at leadoff early in the season. It looks like the move has helped him end an early slump at the plate and it's not clear if he'll move back to the leadoff role.
Josh Reddick RF OAK 3 hours ago
Reddick remained red-hot on Sunday against the Rangers, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and one walk, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
After returning from an injury absence, Reddick has really hit his stride of late and is hitting .500 during the streak. He will be a fixture in the ever-changing Oakland lineup for as long as he continues to perform at this level.
Julio Teheran SP ATL 3 hours ago
Teheran used his fastball more often than in his previous starts this season in the course of shutting out the Reds on Sunday. He allowed just three hits and two walks over six innings, striking out six.
In previous starts, where Teheran had some poor results, his fastball usage was below 50 percent, but it was back up to 64 of 102 total pitches Sunday. "I was feeling good," Teheran said. "I was feeling my fastball coming out of my hand. All of my pitches were good. I was really focused on this game." It didn't hurt Teheran that the Braves jumped ahead in the first inning, allowing him to be more aggressive.
Stephen Vogt C/1B/RF OAK 3 hours ago
Vogt returned to the lineup on Sunday against the Rangers and went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and two walks.
Vogt's awesome start to the season carries on, as the 30-year-old has now piled up six home runs and 20 RBI to go with his stellar .356 average and 1.126 OPS through 26 games. Vogt was a late bloomer by MLB standards, but is an absolute force at the plate right now and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Kristopher Negron 2B/3B CIN 3 hours ago
Negron went 0-for-2 after replacing the injured Zack Cozart at shortstop in Sunday's loss to the Braves.
Negron could be in line to start for the Reds when the resume play on Tuesday against the Pirates. After that series, they face the White Sox on the road, meaning that he could also be in consideration for a DH slot (or one that results in one of the Reds' regulars getting a DH day), though they might just use Devin Mesoraco for all three games there.