Christian Vazquez blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, propelling the Red Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Yankees.
In a back-and-forth contest, Vazquez provided the biggest blow of the night launching the first pitch he saw from Dellin Betances over the Green Monster in left to break a 6-6 tie. It was the young backstop's only hit in the ballgame as he finished 1-for-4. It has been a struggle at the dish to this point for Vazquez, hitting just .225/.279/.375 with one homer and two RBI.
Craig Kimbrel slammed the door on the Yankees on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead.
Kimbrel retired all three hitters he faced without issue, recording a pair of strikeouts in the process. He now sports a 3.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio through 12 innings on the season while successfully converting eight of his first nine save chances.
David Price picked up his fourth victory of the season on Sunday despite allowing six runs on eight hits over his seven innings of work against the Yankees.
The left-hander struck out three and walked one on the evening. Alex Rodriguez was his biggest nemesis, contributing a two-run homer and two-run double to the damage against him. While he is 4-0 and has yet to lose a game as a member of the Red Sox, Price owns an unsightly 6.14 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over his first 36 2/3 innings. He'll look for better results when he takes on these same Yankees in New York on Saturday.
Alex Rodriguez homered, doubled and drove home four runs as the Yankees were outlasted by the Red Sox on Sunday night in Boston.
A-Rod blasted a two-run homer off David Price in the third inning then added on a two-run double his next time up in the fifth. The 40-year-old slugger has really picked up his offense in the past few weeks, and is now slashing .203/.286/.464 with five homers and 12 RBI on the season.
Nathan Eovaldi struggled in a no-decision against the Red Sox on Sunday night, surrendering six runs on 10 hits in just five innings of work.
Eovaldi also issued three free passes while striking out three on the evening. The Red Sox scratched out a run in the first inning, rallied for three in the third and added on with a two-run homer from Travis Shaw in the fifth. The 26-year-old hurler has struggled mightily through his first five starts, compiling a 5.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 31/8 K/BB ratio across 29 2/3 innings. He'll look to put this one behind him and get back on track in a rematch against these Red Sox at home on Saturday.
Daniel Nava (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Monday.
Nava is only expected to need a couple of games to get his timing back before he's deemed ready to rejoin the Angels. His return could force Rafael Ortega back to Triple-A.
George Kontos (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session without issue on Sunday.
It's the second time over the weekend that the right-hander has been able to throw without any problems. He should be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment soon and is on track to rejoin the Giants bullpen in early May.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Sunday that despite his extreme ineffectiveness, Mike Pelfrey will remain a part of the Tigers rotation for the time being.
Pelfrey, who was inked to a head-scratching two-year, $16 million contract in the offseason, owns a 5.68 ERA and cringe-inducing 2.05 WHIP over 25 1/3 innings in his first five starts. With Michael Fulmer having pitched well in his first start, it may only be a matter of time before Pelfrey is squeezed out of a rotation spot. Keep an eye on his situation when Shane Greene and/or Daniel Norris are deemed ready to return.