Jason Hammel pitched decently in Sunday's loss to the Marlins, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings.
Hammel surrendered an RBI double to Derek Dietrich in the second inning and an RBI ground out to Adeiny Hechavarria in the sixth, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. He struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. After a 7-1 start to the season, he has failed to pick up a win in any of his last four outings and has picked up outright losses in three of them. Despite the recent troubles in the win column, Hammel is maintaining a crisp 2.58 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 70/27 K/BB ratio across 87 1/3 innings. A road NLCS rematch against the Mets shows next on his schedule.
Gregory Polanco (leg) is once again not in the Pirates starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers.
Polanco has been dealing with discomfort in his left leg which forced him to miss all three games of their weekend set against the Dodgers. It doesn't sound as though it's anything that will necessitate a trip to the disabled list, so expect him to rejoin the starting lineup early next week.
Pirates optioned LHP Kyle Lobstein to Triple-A Indianapolis.
The 26-year-old southpaw continues to shuttle back and forth between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis any time the Bucs need an extra arm for a couple of days. He'll continue to provide depth at Triple-A until he's called upon once again.
Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Chad Kuhl from Triple-A Indianapolis.
He'll make his big league debut on Sunday against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old hurler owns a 2.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 59/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings at Triple-A. It's unclear how long he'll remain in the Pirates rotation, but if he pitches well on Sunday he could be given a chance to stick, which could give him some value in NL-only formats.
Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers.
Napoli's homer came with one on and two outs in the fifth inning. The Indians cranked a whopping four dingers in that frame. With the bomb in the books, the veteran slugger is hitting .235/.308/.466 with 16 homers and 51 RBI over 264 at-bats. He has done fine work this season, particularly in comparison to the injury-plagued 2014 and 2015 campaigns on his ledger.
Royals LHP prospect Garrett Davila earned the win by logging 5 2/3 shutout innings Saturday in his professional debut for Rookie-level Burlington.
He finished with five strikeouts and three walks. The 19-year-old retired seven straight hitters before allowing a leadoff single to Princeton second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz in the second inning. Kansas City selected Davila as a fourth-round pick in 2015 but it took him over a year to make his debut after the Royals put him on a strength training program so he could gain weight. The left-hander pitched to an incredible 0.11 ERA as a senior at South Point High School in North Carolina last spring.
Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Indians.
Martinez went yard off Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the fourth and sixth innings. Alas, both were solo homers and could do little in the face of the eight runs allowed by Justin Verlander on the afternoon. The 36-year-old Martinez remains a legitimate force with the bat and is slashing .319/.365/.531 with 14 homers and 40 RBI over 260 at-bats. He played in just 120 games last season, but health has not been in an issue in 2016.
Josh Tomlin pitched well in Sunday's win over the Tigers, allowing three runs on six hits over eight innings.
All three of the runs on Tomlin's line scored via the home run, with Mike Aviles striking for a solo shot in the third inning and Victor Martinez launching a pair of solo dingers in the fourth and sixth innings. He struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. The veteran right-hander will carry a nice 3.32 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 56/8 K/BB ratio (89 1/3 innings) into a road date with the Blue Jays next time he takes the mound.