Ian Kennedy SP KC 1 hour ago

Kennedy gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 3.1 innings in a no-decision Monday over the Twins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kennedy's start was interrupted by a rain delay. Although he came out to pitch after the delay, Kennedy said a long inning after the delay in which the Royals scored four runs was a factor in his early exit. He had recovered well from a rough first inning which included a Joe Mauer home run and induced a whopping 13 swinging strikes in just 73 pitches. Given the obstacles Mother Nature threw at Kennedy in this start, it's best not to read too much into it.

Jake Smolinski LF/RF OAK 1 hour ago

Smolinski went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI Monday in Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This was Smolinski's best effort since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday, but he's still just 3-for-13 in that time. If he keeps batting ninth in the order like he has over the past two games, the 27-year-old outfielder is going to be tough to trust.

Danny Valencia 3B/LF OAK 1 hour ago

Valencia went 1-for-5 with a two-run double during Monday's 5-0 victory in Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Valencia was quiet for most of the game, but finally made his mark with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. While he's just 3-for-21 with three RBI over the last five games, the third baseman still owns an impressive .529 slugging percentage this season and continues to hit in the heart of the A's order. It wouldn't be surprising to see him heat up again in the aftermath of this late-game success.

Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 1 hour ago

Kershaw (7-1) threw a two-hit complete game shutout with seven strikeouts and one walk in Monday's win over the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Kershaw's incredible streak of six double-digit strikeout games in a row ended Monday night, it was still one of the most dominant starts of his season. No Reds runner made it to third base and Kershaw retired the last 17 hitters in a row. He induced 13 swinging strikes and, most impressively, 16 groundball outs as the Reds had no answer for any of his pitches. He now owns an absurd 95:5 K:BB as he is on a great start towards his fourth Cy Young Award.

Stephen Vogt C/1B/DH OAK 1 hour ago

Vogt went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch for a second RBI in Monday's 5-0 win over the Mariners.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Playing in the spacious Safeco Field didn't stop Vogt from hammering his fourth homer of the season for the first run of the game in the seventh inning before adding an insurance run in the eighth through much less impressive means. While the offensive outburst was nice to see, the catcher's ability to draw a walk was an equally important positive sign considering his 4.0 percent walk rate this season is half his career mark.

Brandon Finnegan P CIN 1 hour ago

Finnegan (1-3) gave up a run on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts over eight innings in a loss Monday to the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Finnegan also worked around three Reds errors, all of which he managed to strand on the bases. The bread and butter for Finnegan was the groundball, as he induced 13 groundball outs including four double plays. Unfortunately, he was matched up against Clayton Kershaw on Monday night, who was almost perfect in a two-hit shutout. Finnegan lowered his ERA to 3.97 with the effort, but he continues to play with fire with the walks. He now has 27 in 56.2 innings, resulting in a 4.3 BB/9 that ranks sixth-worst among the 52 qualified National League starters. He'll have to tighten things up if he wants to keep rolling quality starts like this one.

Rich Hill SP OAK 1 hour ago

Hill (7-3) allowed just eight hits while striking out six without surrendering a walk over eight scoreless innings Monday against the Mariners.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Control continues to be the key to Hill's success, as he has pitched 15 scoreless frames in his two walk-less starts this season. The veteran is now riding a four-game winning streak, and has allowed just a measly five runs over 25.2 innings in that span. He'll look to keep the good times rolling in his next start Sunday against the Tigers.

Coco Crisp LF/CF/DH OAK 2 hours ago

Crisp went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Monday's 5-0 win at Seattle.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Crisp has already swiped five bags in 2016 after managing just two in 44 appearances last season, but the 36-year-old clearly doesn't possess the 30-plus steal speed he once had. Billy Burns is clearly the bigger threat on the base paths near the top of the Oakland lineup, although the switch-hitting Crisp is proving that he's not cooked yet with hits in seven straight.

DTDAngel Pagan LF/CF SF 2 hours ago

Pagan (hamstring) prematurely exited Monday's game against the Padres, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pagan was seen laboring around the base path Monday, and it appears his current injury is related to the same hamstring that forced him out of Saturday's game. Brandon Belt moved out to left in place of Pagan on Monday while Conor Gillaspie entered the game at first base.

Tommy Kahnle RP CWS 2 hours ago

Kahnle will remain with the White Sox following Monday's doubleheader, Don Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The relief pitcher acted as the 26th man Monday but ultimately he'll remain on the 25-man roster after Erik Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following his lackluster start in Game 2. Despite the current reason for optimism, Kahnle will likely be facing a trip back to Charlotte in the near future.