Before the Royals played Tampa Bay on Memorial Day, the team and its fans honored Armed Forces veterans and those presently serving in a pregame ceremony.
The Royals got to the Rays’ bullpen for four runs in the eighth inning Monday, as Eric Hosmer’s three-run home run proved to be the big blow of the inning.
A hit-and-run single by Whit Merrifield sent Alcides Escobar to third base Monday, setting up the go-ahead run in the Royals’ four-run, eighth inning.
The Blue Jays recalled right-hander Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday afternoon and will temporarily carry eight relievers in their overworked bullpen, which was pushed to the limit during the weekend series against the Red Sox.
For the second time in less than a week, J.A. Happ and and CC Sabathia will square off on the rubber when the Blue Jays and Yankees play the second game of their three-game series on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
Right-hander Marco Estrada rose to the occasion when the Blue Jays needed him the most, tossing eight scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
Known for his defence, Ryan Goins was the centrepiece of Toronto’s offensive attack on Monday, going 2-for-2 with a home run and a double in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 takedown of the Yankees.
Lance McCullers looks for his second straight win on Tuesday against the D-backs at Chase Field, where he last pitched on the day Houston clinched the second American League Wild Card on the final day of the 2015 season. The D-backs send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound to finish their five-game homestand.
There was no activity in the Astros’ bullpen Monday afternoon until there was one out in the ninth inning, when Michael Feliz began to get loose. It didn’t matter, though. Collin McHugh wasn’t about to let anyone else step on the mound.
The Astros have had the reputation for the past few years as an offense that relies on the home run, and that’s largely true. They showed Monday afternoon, though, that they can do some damage without hitting the ball out of the park.
Astros starter Collin McHugh pitched a complete-game gem and his club’s offense lit up D-backs starter Edwin Escobar in his first Major League start, striking for eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits against the left-hander in an 8-3 win over Arizona on Monday afternoon at Chase Field.
Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez, who’s been on the disabled list since May 17 with a bruised left rib cage, will return to the starting lineup for today’s game against the D-backs. Third baseman Colin Moran has been optioned to Triple-A Fresno.